Twilight origins. My theory.


Though she claims the idea for Twilight came to her in a vivid dream, Stephenie Meyer plays the role of Vampire, as she bites the styles of Tim Burton, circa 1990.

That’s right.  The original ageless outcast.  The first Edward.

Scissorhands.

Now, I’m not saying she intentionally got all up in that kool-aid on purpose.  But I do think we can draw some serious parallels between the two.  Shall we?

A) Let’s start with the obvious.  The name sake.

Edward Scissorhands – Lead is Edward

Twilight – Lead is Edward

B) Social status upon introduction

Edward Scissorhands – Social pariah existing on the peripheral of society

Twilight Edward – While integrated into society on a superficial level, continues to exist on the peripheral of society

C) Species Status

Edward Scissorhands – Not human, but takes human form

Twilight Edward – Not human, but takes human form

D) Societal Integration

Edward Scissorhands – The object of desire for all women with a pulse.  Has eyes for only one fair skinned beauty

Twilight Edward – The object of desire for all women with a pulse.  Has eyes for only one fair skinned beauty

E) Relationship status

Edward Scissorhands – Admires from afar; unable to adequately express himself

Twilight Edward – Admires from afar; unable to adequately express himself

F) Relationship Development

Edward Scissorhands – Fair skinned beauty sees through the exterior(and species difference), falls in love.

Twilight Edward – Fair skinned beauty sees through the exterior (and species difference), falls in love.

G) Relationship Elevation

Edward Scissorhands – Is afraid to touch fair skinned beauty.  Doesn’t want to hurt her

Twilight Edward – Is afraid to touch fair skinned beauty.  Doesn’t want to hurt her

H) Age

Edward Scissorhands – Ageless.  Time marches on, he is untouched

Twilight Edward – Ageless.  Time marches on, he is untouched

I) Hair style

Edward Scissorhands – Hey brother.  Save the ozone.  Ease up.  (Get it?  Aeresol?  Hazardous CFC’s?)

Twilight Edward – Stock in Mousse went up 200%

J)  Mood/personality

Edward Scissorhands – He was emo before emo was emo

Twilight Edward – He was emo after emo was beaten and flogged

K) Visual finish

Proof is in the pudding

Our 2 Edwards

Who can blame Stephanie?  Tim Burton is a cult hero who is unrivaled in his ability to marry the strange with the simple.  And really, Stephanie.  Every last one of us want a piece of Johnny, no matter how small or in what form.

Now before all the Tweeks, or Twerds or whatever the term of the moment is for those entrenched in the world of blood lust and love burn me at the stake.  Hear me out.  I love Edward.  Both Edwards.

As noted in a previous blog, my borderline obsession with an undead teenager was starting to unsettle me, and force me to consider the option of being medicated.  You know the disease going around.  Twilightis.  Horribly contagious.

I just found the similarities so smack you in the face obvious, I need to puke them out on the internet, float the concept and see what sticks.

Your thoughts?

And as a total aside, I absolutely adore how Johnny Depp fused the character from scissorhands into his Sweeney Todd performance.  Solid.

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3 responses to “Twilight origins. My theory.

  • Jason

    The comparisons are there, but sadly, almost nothing written now-a-days can be completely original. Everyone takes bits and pieces from other stories and build upon that to make something they would have you believe is original. I have not read Twilight, nor will I ever.

    There is one difference though that will always creep me out, Bella is 17 when the books start, and Edward is a creepy “17” (actually 107) year old pervert, but that is just me.

    • bettiepeg

      Aren’t old men, at some age granted a creep pass? That’s just Edward. He drools a little, and he’s harmless.

      In Edward Scissorhands, how old IS Edward?

  • Brodie

    Here’s my feeling…

    Look at True Blood. The basis, the storyline, the way it all goes, which came long before Twilight. Too much the same, but vamped down for tweens.

    I think she read TB, had a dream, and mellowed it out.

    JMO

    😀

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