Fans of the Twilight series were given something new to celebrate yesterday. Summit Entertainment confirmed that the fourth installment, Breaking Dawn, will be split into two separate films. Academy award winning director Bill Condon has already signed on along with stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. That means three more movies are now on the horizon, with Eclipse hitting theaters later this June.
Naturally the reaction from many movie-goers has been one of utter euphoria. Yet one segment of audience members in particular has responded with indignation. Specifically, males in the 15-18 age range forced into seeing Twilight films by girlfriends/first dates. A number of online petitions have sprung up protesting a lengthening of the series. One such petition has grown to over 3,000 members, begun by sixteen-year-old Eric Campbell. When asked about his opposition, he explained "My girlfriend makes me go to every Twilight film. You don't know what it's like in there... girls shrieking... it's like a pack of animals in heat or something."
Thousands have expressed similar distaste for the popular franchise. Some complain about a lack of real drama in the series. Others are turned off by the less-than-terrifying nature of the vampires. Or, as one movie-goer succinctly put it: "Vampires shouldn't ****ing sparkle." In the end, many teenage males are pressured into seeing these films at the risk of alienating a potential love interest. One teenager, speaking on anonymity, described it as a choice between "a chance at getting laid" and "having to sit through three hours of shirtless dudes prancing through meadows."