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.
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
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%
Edward Scissorhands – He was emo before emo was emo
Twilight Edward – He was emo after emo was beaten and flogged
K) Visual finish
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.
And as a total aside, I absolutely adore how Johnny Depp fused the character from scissorhands into his Sweeney Todd performance. Solid.