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November 19, 2009

THE pressing question of the day: Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?


Hey, if you're the parent of a 13-year-old girl, you probably know that New Moon, the second cinematic installment of the Twilight teen vampire series, opens tonight.


(First show at Century 14 in downtown Walnut Creek is at 9:30 p.m. tonight!).

Hey, if you're the parent of an 11-year-old middle school boy, you probably know that as well. Because, a certain boy I know wants to see it, too. And, true confession, so do I.

Yes, I read all the Twilight books, because my son was into them. Not great literature, but, story-wise, they definitely--uh--sucked me in. They do present a fascinating case study of female longing, adolescent and otherwise. Also, there was a little controversy at my son's elementary school last year, after the librarian issued a warning to parents saying some of the subject matter might not be appropriate for kids fifth grade and under. I wrote about that mini-controversy back in April.

But now it's November 19, opening day for the hotly anticipated New Moon. And now, to the big question of the day. Forget the health care debate, Afghanistan, or whether Sarah Palin is the savior of the Republican Party or even of all of America!

The big question to Twilight fans--male, female, straight and gay) is whether you align yourself with Team Edward (the dreamy vampire played by Robert Pattinson) or Team Jacob (the very buff werewolf played by Taylor Lautner).

My son claims that lots of girls he knows will vote for Jacob. (And, a lot of those girls, he says, have giggle a lot.) He, himself, found the Jacob sections of the books to be annoying, because Jacob was doing "lots of whining." I tend to agree that I thought those sections, particularly from Jacob's point of view, lagged.

My son's vote: Team Carlisle.

14 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Team Edward!!!!! I really don't care for the actor that plays Jacob at all!! There are so many handsome native American guys, and I just can't take that guys turned up nose!!
Plus, come on....Robert Pattinson :) I thought that guy was pretty dreamy in Harry Potter, and was so sad when he got killed of !!

Robyn said...

If we are just voting on looks....TEAM JACOB! But the allure of vampires makes me wanna vote for Team Edward. I don't think Robert is cute at all.

Anonymous said...

Are you guys serious about this discussion?

Must have alot of stress in your lives to want check out of reality by wasting time being concerned about such fluff.

Elizabeth said...

Oh brother Anon at 12:09 Lighten up!! And to Robyn, are you kidding me!?????

Soccer Mom said...

Dear Anon 12:09 p.m.
Please indulge us. Sure, it's fluff. But some fluff in life is not a bad thing. I spent the past week posting blogs about mental illness, teen substance abuse, kids with knives at school--not to mentioning reading up today on the state budget crisis. And, I would trust that Elizabeth and Robyn are dealing with plenty of non-fluff issues in their lives.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Robyn, I did have to buy the new Vanity Fair with Robert Pattinson on the cover, and he was oh-so typically self-effacing and self-deprecating and stunned by his fame. Oh, and he talked about being a SERIOUS actor and artist.
Lots of accompanying photos of him in the Hamptons, with a wind-blown look, a cigarette dangling from his lips. Stubble on his face.
Can't get any more fluffy than that!

Robyn said...

Well put Soccer Mom! I'm not going to dignify an answer to 12:09 with all the serious issues going on in my life right now. A little distraction from everyday stress is welcome in my house!

Elizabeth - I just go for the guys with dark skin and eyes....Colin Farrell is a perfect example! Yum!

I will say that I thought Robert Pattinson was cuter in the Harry Potter movie.....but not as a pale skinny vampire....

Soccer Mom said...

The next pressing question, particularly for Elizabeth and Robyn:

When are you two going to see New Moon. I've already purchased my tickets for a Saturday matinee.

Anonymous said...

I haven't delved into the whole Twilight series yet, but I applaud Soccer Mom's usual mix of heavy and light topics! Good for you.

We all need that! Example: I spent part of this evening watching an excellent Frontline episode on early warnings (circa 1998) about the derivatives market that, if heeded, could have avoided at least some of the ungodly economic meltdown we're in now (but no, the pols followed the Reagan/Bush/Greenspan line, rather than listening to, god forbid, the woman in charge of the regulatory agency, which they then proceeded to de-fang) -- but then I followed that up with the Project Runway finale.

So, mix it up! Keeps us all sane! :)

p.s. And speaking of intriguing actors, if you ever post anything on James Franco, I'm there! LOL

Elizabeth said...

To Anon 2:25 Did you happen to see that James Franco will be on General Hospital as a guest star? I don't watch GH, but had the TV on, and noticed that he will be on there for a short stint. He sure is a cutie pie!!

Soccer mom, I'm going next week when the lines get a bit shorter. Last time I went with my husband, we were so disappointed in how rude the audience was. The shouted out things and laughed all through it. So, I may go in the middle of the day when the kids are in school!!!
How about you?

Did I say how much I really enjoy reading your blog :)

To Robyn, I like that sort of guy too, but some of the guys they were thinking on replacing Taylor with, were gorgeous native American men, but to each his own I suppose. He just doesn't fit the bill for me.
Robert's features are so amazing! I saw that Vanity Fair issue!! DROOL :)

Soccer Mom said...

The literary project of James Franco's family: James, mom, brothers. In today's SF Chronicle:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/11/20/DDF81AI3Q1.DTL

Robyn said...

Soccer Mom - I'm going next week with my 13 year old niece...after the craziness dies down!!

Don't get me wrong Elizabeth...I like all kinds of actors...a good example is Cam Gigandet in his OC days.....not so much in Twilight.

Soccer Mom said...

I'm sort of intrigued to see if we'll be in a crowd of girls shrieking over either Edward or Jacob.

Actually, I'm not that into Edward or Jacob, though I can appreciate Robert Pattinson's appeal--and I'll have to see Taylor Lautner shirtless.

Speaking of shirtless men, I have a picture of a shirtless Vladimir Putin posted next to my desk... Not sure what that says about my diabolical nature...

I also have a vintage Marlon Brando. When I was 13, I had a BIG crush on Marlon Brando--the Marlon of Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront. Not the Marlon of The Godfather or Missouri Breaks or Superman or Don Juan Demarco.

Anonymous said...

General Hospital! I never did watch that soap (I got hooked on the equally creeky, old hat Days of Our Lives for some years, while of middle school, high school age). Wonder why he's on there? I did happen to see a TV ad for that this week, and did a double-take at the sight of him on it, LOL.

Thanks for the article URL, Soccer Mom. What an interesting family the Francos are! He was so wonderful in the James Dean biopic.

But now I'll return you all to your "regularly scheduled programming" about Twilight, Team Edward and Team Jacob.

Thanks again!

(anon poster from 2:25 a.m.)

Soccer Mom said...

I was an All My Children fan...

Yes, fluff...

Ladies, I saw Twilight this afternoon. The crowds were not too bad, though I sat next to some giggly high school girls. They weren't too obnoxious.

The theater was pretty packed. We ordered tickets ahead of time, and got to Century 14 early, because I'm a bit neurotic about seating.

To be honest, I wasn't expecting great filmmaking. It was fine, pleasant. Somehow let out a squeal when Taylor Lautner first removed his shirt. Yeah, he's got "300"-level abs.

I'll have to think some more on this... If you're into the books, and into the whole phenomenon, I think you'll have a good time.

I was expected Lautner to be really, really bad. A couple reviews said that while he looks good without his shirt, his acting could use some work. Whatever.

The main thing I noticed is that he had REALLY white teeth.