Revenge of the Sparkly Vampires – Twilight is Back

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It’s time to grab a wooden stake and give Buffy a call because the sparkly vampires are back. The Twilight Saga is going to return in the form of five short films that will be released on Facebook. While there is so much to hate about that sentence, there are actually some interesting discussions to be had about this. And even if you hate the series, something to celebrate too (no, really).

The first question that springs to mind is “Does Twilight have an audience anymore?” About a year ago I remember seeing an article about a big Twilight event on the website Hypable. For anyone unfamiliar with the site, it’s a haven for teenagers and fans of young adult literature. In other words, the perfect audience for an article about Twilight, so it was a big surprise to see very little reaction in the comments.

A few years ago, any story with a vague hint of Twilight would earn a huge wave of reaction from (mainly) teen girls. Jump ahead to now and all is silent. It really feels like the majority of Twilight fans have grown-up and moved on to other things. Either that or the fandom simply went into hiding once the films were over. Although with the short films being released online, there’s no pressure to sell tickets or get high viewer-ratings. So perhaps a smaller audience won’t be the end of the world?

WhiScreen Shot 2014-10-02 at 20.19.14ch brings us to the next curious thing about this story. We’re used to hearing about original releases on Netflix and Amazon Prime by now, but Facebook? That’s a new one. Is this a hint at some new video section for Facebook? Or will they simply be uploaded to a Twilight fan-page?

We’ll have to wait to hear more about that. But if Facebook was trying to get in on the video streaming business would it really be such a big surprise?

Finally we arrive to the element of this story that should give cause to celebrate, even if you are the biggest enemy to shiny vampires and shirtless werewolves. The five films will all be made by female directors. It’s part of a scheme run by Lionsgate with the backing of the Women in Film organisation.

Stephenie Meyer, the author of the original Twilight novels had this to say:

“The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I’ve worked in the film industry. I’m honoured to be working with Women in Film, Lionsgate and Facebook on a project dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively.”

The project is called The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga and will feature a wide variety of characters from Twilight Universe. It will be run as a competition with the likes of Kristen Stewart and Kate Winslet on the judging panel. The five winning films will be financed, with one filmmaker earning a cash prize and “career opportunities”.

The number of women in directing roles within the film industry is depressingly low, so a project like this is something to cheer about. And while some might wish the subject matter were different, you have to admire any project that supports women in film.

Sources: Digital Spy, Deadline

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