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Love Song For A Vampire (Annie Lennox)

"Let me be the only one
To keep you from the cold
Now the floor of heaven's lain
With stars of brightest gold"


The Books

Twilight is a young-adult vampire-romance novel written by author Stephenie Meyer. It was originally published in 2005 in hardback. It is the first book of the Twilight series, and introduces seventeen-year-old Isabella "Bella" Swan who moves from Phoenix, Arizona, to Forks, Washington, and finds her life in danger when she falls in love with a vampire, Edward Cullen. The novel is followed by New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.

The Protagonists

Isabella "Bella" Marie Swan is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Twilight series, written by Stephenie Meyer. The Twilight series is primarily narrated from Bella's point of view.
In the novels, Bella, after moving to her father's house in Forks, Washington, meets the mysterious Cullen family and falls into a deep love with Edward Cullen. However, she soon discovers the truth behind their strange habits: the family is a coven of vampires. Desperate not to lose him, Bella vows to stay with Edward, even if it means turning into a vampire herself, despite Edward's wishes. In an effort to keep her safe, he leaves the town of Forks. Jacob Black, a werewolf from the Quileute tribe and the son of Bella's father's best friend, comforts her in that time and Bella falls in love with him as well. Upon Edward's return, Bella marries Edward, gives birth to their half human-half vampire daughter, Renesmee, and becomes a vampire.
Edward Cullen is a vampire who, over the course of the Twilight series, falls in love with, marries, and has a child with Bella Swan, a human teenager who later chooses to become a vampire also.

The Film

Twilight was shot in Portland, Oregon and not in Forks, Washington because of its intense rainy weather.
In the 2008 Twilight film, Edward is played by actor Robert Pattinson. Cullen also sings the song Never Think in the movie. Pattinson is best known for playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Bella is played by actress Kristen Stewart. At the age of 11, Stewart had a major role in the Hollywood film Panic Room, playing the sullen, diabetic daughter of a divorced mother (Jodie Foster). Stewart will also portray rock star Joan Jett in The Runaways. For the film Twilight, Stewart had to hide her natural blue eyes behind brown-coloured contact lenses and Pattinson had to dye his blond hair a copper tone. He will play a young Salvador DalÝ in the film Little Ashes which will be shot in Barcelona.

The Band & The Music Genre

HIM is a rock band from Finland formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko Lindstr÷m, and bassist Mikko Paananen. The band's popularity began to rise when their single "Join Me in Death" reached #1 on the German music charts, selling over 500,000 of this single in two months. Join Me in Death was used as the soundtrack of European version of sci-fi movie 'Thirteenth floor', thus making it more popular worldwide.
On April 14, 2003, HIM released Love Metal. This was the first album that did not feature singer/songwriter Ville Valo on the cover. Instead, it featured a gold heartagram, the band's well-known logo.
HIM's genre is debated in some circles; their musical style is often referred to as "love metal" by Valo and by the group's fans. Ville Valo has stated that the band started as a "Black Sabbath tribute band". Valo stated in an interview that he was fed up with journalists and interviewers asking him (Valo), and the rest of the band what the genre of HIM was. He said in answer to that question, they created the genre entitled "love metal" (which was also the name of their 2003 album.) Critics, incorrectly or not, frequently refer to them as alternative rock, gothic metal, or gothic rock. However, their musical style varies between albums and songs.

The Fans

Followers of The Twilight Series include members of different urban tribes such as emos and goths. Most of them listen to love metal and the band that created it, HIM. They are also big fans of another vampire movie: Underworld. Underworld is a 2003 action-horror film about the secret history of Vampires and a type of werewolf known as Lycans (an abbreviated form of lycanthrope).

My Point of View

The fact that teenagers go wild over vampire love stories such as Twilight indicates that adolescents find the literary genre of fantasy horror romance totally irresistible.
Women, in particular, seem drawn to the male archetype that vampires represent: gorgeous guys with supernatural powers who can seduce them and hurt them at the same time. They are "bad boys" who don't follow any human rules or laws.
Moreover, the story of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen revives another classic story of impossible love: Romeo and Juliet. This tragedy (believed to have been written between 1591 and 1595 by Shakespeare) tells the story of two teenagers whose feuding families ultimately cause their deaths. It is possible to connect the plots of both the Shakespearean play and the novel written by Stephenie Meyer.  
The movie Twilight has attracted a considerably large audience to the cinemas. The fact that the film was not seen only by teenagers but by adults as well shows the great fascination which the myth of the vampire holds. I firmly believe in this society we are either the vampire or the victim. The fact that we can curiously play both roles at the same time reinforces the idea that we can easily identify with these roles.