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New Moon Trailer, Same Old Disappointments

We've taken a slight break from covering Twilight news on the blog because we thought our vampire jokes might be sucking the life out of you (zing!), but the New Moon trailer aired earlier this week and posting it here became as irresistible as Bella's sweet-smelling heroin plasma. Warning: The following video contains clunky dialogue, paranormal teen angst, and more damsel-in-distress scenarios than you could shake a wooden stake at.

Some of the players may have changed, but it looks as though Bella's role as the defenseless female who is both abused and protected by males has remained the same. Also, the werewolf looks cheesy.

So the premise here is that Edward leaves Bella in order to protect her, both from other vampires and paranormal creatures, and from himself (because he is always one drop of blood away from freaking out all over the place). She is devastated, because even though he is wearing mime makeup most of the time, she loves him with an intensity that only a teenager could muster. While he is gone, renegade vampire Laurent tries to kill her, but sweetie-pie Jacob turns into a werewolf (apparently the Native Americans in this region descended from supernatural wolves, one reason why the series has been called racist) in order to save her life and kill the remaining vampires in Forks.

It seems as though Bella has lost any shred of agency she may have been clinging to at the end of Twilight and now exists mainly to further the plot by being a victim or object of desire (or both) for males (supernatural or otherwise). This series was written by a woman (Stephenie Meyer) for young women and features a woman protagonist (if you can call her that), so why can't we see some women actually doing something here besides breathing heavily and pining after men? (Oh, it looks like one of them baked a cake also.) This film will undoubtedly be viewed by millions of impressionable female fans, and it's too bad that a woman character these fans might look up to seems to be even more of a fantasy than the vampires who star in the series.

New Moon has a different director than Twilight, so at first it seemed reasonable to hope that it might not have as many damsel-in-distress moments. We were also hopeful that the acting might not be as wooden, and that cutie character Jacob Black (the one who turns into a werewolf) might be dealt with in a more interesting and less Other-ing manner. Unfortunately, this trailer does not reinforce any of those hopes. It is just one trailer, though, not the entire film, so there might still be reason for our hopes to remain in their state of undead, vampiric anticipation. (Remember what we said about the vampire puns?)

And hey, let's look on the bright side. At least Edward is out of the picture for most of New Moon, so we don't have to have abstinence shoved down our throats as intensely as it was in Twilight.

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or not..

From what I hear, once the Edward character leaves he still appears to Bella. I havent read the books yet, but I read an article saying that in the book it is written as a voice that she hears, whereas in the movie he goes all Obi-Wan Kenobi on her and is shadowy-figure-esque.

more creepy stalkerishness!

more creepy stalkerishness!

New Moon

It looks like the only good part about this movie is going to be Taylor Lautner shirtless for most of it. Yea yea I know, objectification is bad...but c'mon! He's sexy...now if only he was legal.

Watch out peeps, paper cuts

Watch out peeps, paper cuts can kill. The melodrama of this promo makes my soul ache. Creepy black guy with dreds, shirtless wonder werewolf, RPatz flaking (I can't even understand what he's saying because he mumbles!) and Bella curling up in the fetal position in the middle of the woods because her boyfriend left her. Thanks American media machine, I feel empowered.

I won't go to see it in theaters but heck if I won't download the bootleg for a good laugh.

How contrived

Seriously, a paper cut? How long did it take to come up with that one? Also, that paper must have been made out of knifes because I have never seen a paper cut bleed that badly.

let's not forget

That the evil vampire is the only one that is not blindingly perfectly white.

Anon: I have not read the

Anon: I have not read the book, but there were two other evil vampires in the first movie that roll with the dreadlocked vampire pictured in the trailer. And they were as white and as blond as they come (the male white vampire was killed in Twilight), but the female is shown at the end, plotting her revenge on Bella. So there's plenty of white people on the evil side too.

I work at a shelter for homeless and runaway teens, and there is an acute obsession with Twilight there. I actually watched the film for the first time at work last night with some of the girls. I came away completely understanding their obsession with the books and the films. When one is a teenager, everything seems dramatic, and although Bella's internal monologue was painfully wooden, I can remember those kind of things in my journal when I was sixteen. The Twilight series walks the line between what teens perceive as love and actual love. That is, to a teenage girl, their first romance can seem like it will never end, though she eventually learns better.
It is bothersome how okay Bella is with Edward's creepy, stalker-like approach to their relationship. He watches her sleep, he follows her everywhere, he says that he wants to KILL her, and her only reply is "I trust you." But this isn't even what really pisses me off about Twilight.
I was a gigantic Buffy fan in high school, and I see lots of parallels between Bella/Edward, Buffy/Angel relationships--the stalking, the danger of sex. But something about Buffy makes it different. As I was thinking about this driving home last night, I realized that it was Buffy's strength.
As Bitch has often stated, Twilight suffers from a lack of any strong female character. Yes, Buffy was in love with Angel, but she could kick his ass as well. I worry for the girls who watch Bella lie in the woods, pained and pining away over a man who said he wants to kill her. I'd rather they watch Buffy--who pines over Angel-- but also goes to college, survives hell, and saves the world a few times. Now there's a vampire lovin lady girls can look up to.

he says that he wants to

he says that he wants to KILL her, and her only reply is "I trust you." But this isn't even what really pisses me off about Twilight.

Man, i don't know about you, but whenever a guy tells me he wants to eat me and that my blood makes his mouth water with murderousness, I am SO turned on!

But hey, he wants to kill her in a sexy way, so it's OK.

I've read the books twice now, and I still can't figure out why he's in love with her.

Buffy was good because she had substance. She had a personality, and her whole life wasn't about Angel, it was about kicking vampire ass.

Buffy vs. Twilight

I agree with the previous posts. I haven't read the books (because I'm not sure I could stomach them), but I have watched the first movie. And although I was able to get through all of it, I found the storyline, and script to be average at best. I am a huge Buffy fan, and although there are lots of moments in the series where you want to strangle her for being so melodramatic, she did have other things in her life than just her boyfriend. That didn't make up her identity, as we see throughout the seasons.
And when she had to, she ended up killing Angel to save the world. Can we picture Bella doing this? Hardly. She would probably rather die first. I hate the message this sends to youth. People have argued that it's pop culture, it's harmless fun, leave it alone. But with the hype, popularity and reach it's had, I can't say that I believe this. All of the people I know have defended the storyline profusely when I've mentioned the things that concern me about the storylines (not just the cheese factor). It's scary really.

The problem is that Bella is

The problem is that Bella is incredibly weak. And people are trying to pass off her decision to become immortal as a strong one... well the only thing is, it isn't that strong since she gives nothing up in the process of it. She has no friends other than the Quileutes and the Cullens. Her father conveniently asks no questions, and her mother lives in Arizona, but of course won't ask questions when Bella never ages.

Buffy had a life outside of Angel, and it was a very awesome group, and she didn't give up her friends entirely for a guy.

Oh, and don't read the books.... they're like crack. Literally. Very harmful, you know it's harmful, you know you shouldn't be reading them, yet you can't put the books down. And then it's like after a binge.... you hate yourself but still want more.

Pretty much the way that

Pretty much the way that Bella is written in the books is perpetual damsel in distress who is also irrational and stubborn, so its not really a surprise that these movies don't portray a strong female character. I don't know what Stephanie Meyer's objective was in writing this series- obviously humans in general are going to be weaker than the mythical vampires and werewolves- but I'm not sure there was too much thought put into whether Bella portrayed a strong female or not. She does save everybody when she becomes a vampire, but I think that's just there to help illustrate that Bella was "meant to be" a vampire, which seems to be a pretty heavy theme if you read all the books.

objective

"I don't know what Stephanie Meyer's objective was in writing this series..."

Uh, make a lot of money? :-)

Edward = Morrissey?

Edward is definitely moving towards a distinctly Moz look (as exemplified in 1:03-1:04). And that's really the most interesting thing in this entire trailer.

harumph...

i'm not going to bash the movie... it's too easy... i'd like to just state publicly that i'm a little upset that it opens on my birthday. i know, i'm being petty and self absorbed. i'm ok with that.

It's fucking Twilight, what

It's fucking Twilight, what do you expect? I expect this movie to be filled with cheesy close-ups, shitty dialogue and over-acting just like the first one (and pale clown make-up).

On a funny note, at the MTV movie awards, any time Rob Pattinson or Kristen Stewart went up to collect an award, I knew they were repeating "fuck my life, fuck my life, why did I do that fucking movie, fuck my life" over and over. I feel sorry for the people in that movie because of the hoards of obsessed to the max teen girls.

I don't take issue with the movies, the people who see them have already read the books, and those who want to see the movies will read the books. So it's like meh with the movie coming out and what happens.

Fiction, anyone?

Now, I'm about as Feminist as they come - constantly on the lookout for anything that can rub equality the wrong way. And of course I see Bella as a less-than-stellar example of what a strong, fierce, independant woman would be (yes, I have read all four books, along with the unreleased 5th book). However, this is fiction, people. Why are we ripping apart a fellow female author when we could be sitting around ripping apart all the dead, white men who've written books that are FAR more outwardly sexist than this one? Does anyone remember what a raging sexist Earnest Hemingway was (or at least his implied author was)? Hollywood is making movies every day by men who wrote bad examples of female power. Do we hold our female authors to some higher standard than our male authors? Who's the sexist now?

Mothers (like myself) need to take responsibility for teaching their children REAL life examples of equality, and leave fiction for what it is - an imaginary story - not a book of moral lessons.

Feminist/Activist/VBAC Mother of 2 Boys

Feminist/Activist/VBAC Mother of 2 Boys and a baby girl, born at home.

Well sure, but how many

Well sure, but how many teenagers do you see falling over themselves to read Ernest Hemingway? Sure kids read his books in high school, but most of the time, not voluntarily.

The fact that young women, many of whom are in a fairly impressionable period of time in their lives, are all scrambling to read Twilight and are obsessing over Twilight is scary and indicates that they want to be like Bella or want a guy like Edward. the level of Twilight mania is insane, and I think that these critiques are kind of necessary in order to bring to light the fact that Bella is NOT someone to aspire to.

Do millions of teenage girls

Do millions of teenage girls read Hemingway or any other dead white male author with such fervor that they read the Twilight series? The problem is that so many young girls as impressionable as they are, are seeing Edward as the perfect man, and also seeing his relationship with Bella as ideal. They're not influenced by those dead white male authors. they are, however, influenced by this series.