What does he mean "why"? Why should I have a "why" to watch a film? Well, not any film. He meant "Breaking Dawn", the latest instalment of the teenage romantic saga "Twilight".
Fact is, he knows me quite well. Though he's quite wrong when he thinks I can't see anything different from Shakespeare or Jane Austen adaptations. Moreover, I've actually seen the previous movies in this saga just with him, on TV. He can't have forgotten the experience, I asked him so many questions about who was who the first time!
But he was there, waiting for an answer to his "Why?" Why does his not-any-longer-a-teenager mother show so much interest in those YA romances?
I didn't actually answer him, if not mumbling briefly "I was curious, that's all".
But he's right. There is a "why". There is always a reason when I decide to see or read something meant for teenagers. Especially if that something is particularly successful among them.
A Walk to Remember"?
A Walk to Remember"?
So, is Bella and Edward's dark romance what most of my female students like daydreaming about? I feel the need to discover more. And, honestly, I don't approach their stuff , cults and idols with the aim to destroy them, nor with a snobbish smirk, but with some respect and in order to understand these young people more deeply. That can make my job easier because, in fact, it is not always easy to get to them or to create a bond with them.
turn their noses up at reading Shakespeare or Jane Austen in my classes (why always that old stuff?) but do they realize how old the story they like reading or watching is?
Bella Swan the human loving Edward Cullen the vampire is not so distant from Juliet Capulet loving Romeo, her enemy, a Montague. Forbidden love is not at all a new theme in literature nor in movies. Neither is the vogue of vampires, werewolves or ghosts, which comes from ancient times: the first Gothic tales were written centuries ago. Love, family, friendship, loyalty, chastity, bravery: aren't they the main features of many literary classics?
So, what charm is there in Meyer's Twilight saga for our kids?
Love beyond any barrier against their world full of barriers, love above sex against the sex-maniac world they must live in, love ready to self-sacrifice against our tragically selfish world. Sound old values against the shallow vanity they are surrounded by. Is this really what many of our children dream of? Does this mean the grandchildren of "divorce" and "women's emancipation" would like to go back? Maybe they don't realize, but that seems what they most long for.
What? Did I like the movie? Do you really want me to answer that question? Not so important, since I didn't mean to write a review. However, it was not a total waste of time, if not a great movie.