While I’m nowhere near as riled up about Twilight as many of the haters, the fact that so many people live to hate it is amusing.
Thankfully, we knew it was all finally coming to an end with Breaking Dawn Part 2, and finally we didn’t have to hold our heads in pain over it anymore.
Still, like with any bomb, the fallout lingers for a while. You pretty much knew when Razzie time came around that the last Twilight installment would clean up, and sure enough, it did. For those who aren’t familiar with the Razzies, it’s the anti-Oscars that awards the worst that cinema has to offer.
Well, Twilight recently won seven Razzies, including Worst Picture, Worst Supporting Actor for Taylor Lautner, and of course Worst Actress for Kristen Stewart. Razzie perennial Adam Sandler won two for That’s My Boy, and Rihanna won Worst Supporting Actress for Battleship. Twilight was nominated for eleven, count ‘em eleven, Razzies this year.
John Wilson, the founder of the Razzies, told Fox News, "I have a pet theory, which is that the box office on Twilight films is very impressive, but my theory is that instead of 40 million individual girls going to see it, it’s 8 million girls going to see it five times each.” And as far as Stewart’s acting, Wilson said, "Acting should involve having an expression on your face, and [Stewart] is blank, other than the morose kind of half-Goth thing her character does…Kristen Stewart is so expressionless she might as well be a brick wall."
In fact, you may have seen the joke on the internet where you see a picture of Bane from the Dark Knight Rises, and the caption says, "Still More Facial Expressions Than Kristen Stewart."
Okay, so the hate over Twilight is just about over, and the saga is finally taking what will hopefully be its final beating from the haters. There were indeed big line ups for the DVD and Bluray, and according to Variety, the last Twilight has sold 3.85 million copies the first weekend of March 1. VOD sales were also up 20% from the last installment's release, Breaking Dawn - Part 1.
And if it's any consolation, The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Wreck It Ralph is right up there on the charts with Twilight, and in some ways it could be beating it. Ralph made it to the top of Nielsen's VideoScan Alert charts, and also made it to #1 on Nielsen's Blu-Ray sales charts as well. While Twilight was #1 in overall sales, Ralph outsold it on Blu-ray in a 2-to-1 margin.
While one Stephanie Meyer saga is finally done, the adaptation of her sci-fi novel, The Host, directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show) is also coming on March 29, 2013. However the film turns out, it’s very doubtful it will have the hater phenomenon that Twilight inspired. I know, you’re disappointed, and in some ways, it’s too bad we don’t have Twilight to kick around anymore, and hope the haters enjoyed their fun while it lasted.