Sex, cruelty and tragedy: Twilight, too light vampires?

The saga returns to W9.

Ready for a Twilight rewatch ? The five films released between 2009 and 2012 at the cinema return on Monday to television.

Twilight is part of a genre that has been revisited many times, but has not followed its rules or has barely respected them, especially in the symbolism of romantic relationships. As summarized by Neil Gaiman , author of Coraline and great lover of fantasy: “Vampirism is a good way to talk about sex without talking about sex” . Comparison with some vampiric classics.

A reassuring story

In Dracula , the vampiric figure is represented in its traditional form: seducer, murderer, having several concubines, the character is very exactly what Edward refuses to be, at all levels. “The vampire, formerly the embodiment of evil, is a good guy here, who behaves well […] Twilight is a reassuring story” wrote sociologist Michel Fized in his column at Le Figaro Why Twilight appeals to young people . Logic, in the saga the symbolism of the vampire who does not control his thirst heavily refers to the boy who does not control himself and wants to sleep right away. The only thing in common with Dracula is their hard-to-live immortality: the character ofGary Oldman , like Edward before meeting Bella, is plagued by loneliness and looking for a mate for eternity. Their desire for death comes from there (Edward who “envies” the suicide of Romeo, Dracula who finds peace in his final death).

The tragic evacuated

This is where Twilight dodges classic gender issues. Here it’s Bella who wants to be transformed at the end of the first film. A sort of extremely practical consenting prey that instantly zaps the usual pessimism of this type of story. If the base of Twilight can recall that of Morse , their paths quickly separate. The film by Tomas Alfredsonexplores to the end the tragic and illusory aspect of a romantic relationship between immortal and human. If the vampire Eli has a protector that we guess attached to her for decades, she has kept her appearance of a little girl while the other is now an old man. The end of the film confirms that only the repetition of this cycle, by renewing its protectors again and again, can be suitable for Eli. An idea quickly dispatched in Temptation in a short sequence of nightmares which makes Bella realize that, decidedly, it is time to activate not to age and to go with Edward forever.

An accepted condition

The arguments hammered by Louis ( Brad Pitt ) along any ‘ Interview with the Vampire are also swept a backhand yes Bella realizes she will be separated from his friends and relatives who will inevitably die before her , no it doesn’t bother her. The hero of Neil Jordan’s film could give the illusion of being quite close to that played by Pattinson, but again in Twilightwe defuse: Louis considers himself a monster, hates having to kill and lives his condition as a curse. Edward, on the other hand, lives quite serenely with his adopted family where everyone feeds on animal blood and only expresses reservations when he wants to discourage Bella from becoming like him. Being deprived of human blood is presented as a hard habit to take, much like stopping coffee, no more. We are light years away from Anne Rice’s characters , especially since Bella, once a vampire, declares herself satisfied with her new situation – a shame. In Interview with a vampire , the only one who comes close to this position is the character of the journalist ( Christian Slater), which the film presents as an unconscious which has understood nothing, unlike Bella, to whom the narrative proves right since it acts out of love.

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