It hit the official airwaves that Twilight: Breaking Dawn will be revealing footage at this year’s Comic Con. The Twi-hards are officially in a frenzy, much to the disapproval from regular Con fans. For those of you who are new to the scene, this is what has transpired to build the animosity between these opposing groups. Back in 2008, Comic Con was still relatively easy to get into. Tickets hadn’t sold out and could actually be purchased at the door (which is what I did). Can you imagine that? I got into every panel I wanted to and navigating the crowd was manageable. Then in 2009, everything changed. Twilight had just exploded and planned their first appearance at the Con. 09 tickets soon sold out and the legion of Twi-hard fans (and moms) came out in droves to fill up the infamous Hall H. Since Hall H was maxed out early on with Twilight fans, many people missed the panels they wanted to see. This was the tipping point for Comic Con.
09 was the year everything changed. Tickets sold out within a few months, panels were harder to get into, and the crowds really became a challenge. The euphoric Con bubble had finally burst and Twilight was to blame. In reality, the Con had been on a path for explosive growth for the past few years and it was just a matter of time that it would get to this point. With Twilight’s arrival and the Con’s growth, it became the perfect storm. What exasperated the issue was the type of fan Twi-hards were stereotyped as. Composed of pre-teen, emo-goth fan-girls and their mothers, this drastically stretched the already eclectic crowd of Comic Con. This year, Con tickets sold out in 7 hours and Twitter was fast to blame Twilight as the culprit. Was this the actual case? It’s inconclusive, but every problem needs a scapegoat.
Twilight fans are easy to blame because they are such an easy target. They are young, naive, and defenseless. I know I am guilty of taking a shot or two at them as well. However, if I were to be honest, they are not so unlike ourselves. The Twi-hards are obsessed misfits that are misunderstood and marginalized. They are living a similar story to our own but in their own unique way. While it’s kind of ‘in’ to pass judgement on these Twilight geeks, we are also delivering the same type of persecution that we once received from the ruling class.
On my movie site, BabbleOn 5, I have extensively written my thoughts and complaints on the Twilight phenomenon over the years. I get why it’s so popular with its demographic and personally don’t care for it. However, I am learning to accept it. I am trying hard not to repeat the same mistakes as the generation before us did- over generalizing, demonizing, and pass judgement (remember the Dungeons and Dragons scare?). Does Twilight deserve to be at Comic Con? Yes it does. It’s hard to say that but it does. Twilight represents the best and worst of what Comic Con has to offer. The Con is more than fanboys and girls seeing nerdy things together. It’s a community of creative artists that are fueled by the popular arts. Whether we like it or not, Twilight is a major force in today’s culture. If Twilight doesn’t belong to our brand of crazy, then where do they belong? Maybe by embracing them, we can guide this new generation of nerds. I know I would have appreciated some positive nerd role models when I was younger. I probably would have accepted how truly nerdy I am earlier in life.
So my fellow Con fans, this year may be a repeat of what happened in 2009. Be prepared to rub elbows with thousands of screaming pre-teen girls as they chase their dreams to meet some hunky, pasty skinned vampires. I know it won’t be easy but change rarely is. Just because you love Comic Con doesn’t mean you have to like Twilight but it does mean we have to accept it. Twilight fans are nerds too- and whether we like it or not, us nerds need to stick together.
Let me know you thoughts on the subject.