Borderline suicidal teen’s obsession with stalker boyfriend with barely sublimated violent impulses breaks box office records

The cumbersomely titled The Twilight Saga: New Moon grossed $72.7 million on its opening day. To put that in perspective: The former record holder for opening-day gross, The Dark Knight, made $67.2 million its first day. (Incidentally, Serenity made $10.1 its opening weekend. Just throwing that out there.)

Should we be worried about the message our tweens are getting? Or that parents are paying for their daughters to see a movie revolving around a young woman putting herself in mortal peril so an adrenaline rush can evoke a psychic link with her absent boyfriend? It seems to me a not-far interpretive leap for a confused pubescent to divine from this plotline that bodily harm or suicide attempts are romantic, in both the broad sense of the term and aesthetic . I can’t help but wonder, What is the overlap between Twilight fans and cutters, or anorexics?

Am I blowing this out of proportion? Or are other people as unnerved by the Twilight phenomenon (evidentially far bigger than I thought it was, and also not in decline as I suspected it to be)?

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