Okay I’m going to go out on a limb here and discuss why in the wide, wide world of sports it means that Stephanie Meyer’s vampires “sparkle”? I looked it up and found out that Bella is taken into a field in broad daylight and Edward “sparkles”. So instead of him bursting into flames and igniting this mealy mouth heroine he sparkles? Geez, what a convenient plot device to allow Bella and Edward to “walk amongst the daisies and frolic”. Pardon me my gorge is rising…
…okay much better now.
Before I get 1,000,000 emails of hate-spewing people who want to defend this I’d like to start by saying this. I do not begrudge Ms. (or Mrs.) Meyers her millions of fans or commercial success. Good for her. However I really do miss the good old days when vampires were bad, women were terrified and heroes climbed out of the woodwork to defend them. Now it’s all mixed up.
Let’s take a moment and ponder this much, what is the ecology of a vampire? Everything on this planet (as Wiccans all know) has a purpose. Lycanthropy is a curse, zombies are the result of bad science, and Nancy Pelosi is obviously allergic to Botox. Let us use the one animal that consists entirely on a blood diet…desmondus rotundus or the common vampire bat.
Average weight: 30-40 oz/ blood intake half their body weight ever 3-4 days/nocturnal hunters/bad eyesight/excellent hearing/thermal sensors in their nose/interior of their mouths lined with teeth (to shave away fur)/must urinate half their intake before being able to fly (it’s funny how nobody talks about how much vampires must have to go to the bathroom with that liquid diet and all).
Their job? Thin the herds of over populated wildlife. Side effects–very susceptible to blood borne pathogens and diseases.
Let’s do the math.
I weight 165 pounds. This means I’d have to take in almost 82.5 pounds of blood during 3-4 days and the average human has over a gallon. That means I’d have to kill (drain fully) almost 7 people in a feeding frenzy. Although an average of nearly 1 million people go unexplainably missing every year it boils down to a vampire problem of there being about 125,000 vampires in the United States (minus the occasional serial killer body count or extremely obese bloodsuckers okay). Can you imagine Ralphie May or as a vampire? I shudder to think of the carnage. Either way it’s food for thought, isn’t it?
The problem is I can’t find anything in nature that “sparkles” in the daytime or that sweats something to coat themselves from sunlight. Most nocturnal animals just sleep during the day–it’s easier than evolving some sort of diamond-dust skin. Ooh! I just had a thought! Is this how come vampires are rich? They sell off their flaked skin at the jewelers?
“Damn I’m molting again,” Edward says.
“Cool,” Bella replies, “now I can buy that Mercedes-Benz.”
That’s dialogue I’d like to see. Oh and that reminds me, can you just imagine what a vampire’s breath must smell like? Have you ever had bloodstained clothing? Can you picture what your teeth would look like as a vampire? I think a great marketing concept would be “Twilight Toothpaste”
Cut to a Victorian reading room with Edward sitting in a chair sparkling for the sunlight pouring in from a nearby window. Turning to the camera he flashes his pearly white fangs and begins to speak.
“After a hard night trying to keep Bella out of trouble,” Edward says, “I find my breath less than fresh. Thank goodness for Twilight Toothpaste with it’s minty fresh scent and grime and stain removing action. And for those hard to reach places try Sparkling Vampire Dental Floss.”
He holds up a crimson and white colored tube of toothpaste and a small box of floss–the camera zooms in for a better look. Then it pans back out where Bella is sitting across his lap with those half-opened eyes and lazy smile.
“So before you go out to find a vapish and morose girlfriend don’t forget to stop by the drugstore and buy some Twilight Toothpaste–you’ll find it next to the feminine hygeine aisle. Remember Twilight Toothpaste–make your fangs sparkle!”
…let’s not even get into what kissing someone who drinks blood must taste like, and you thought your hubby or girl’s cigarette breath was bad to savor.
Okay we’ve had a little fun with this. It’s all in good fun. Let Bella be and Edward sparkle–I don’t care. I just wonder if we’ll see Werewolf untangling shampoo, Creature from the Black Lagoon Swimsuits, or Zom-Be-Fresh deodorant?