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So my esteemed fellow blogger, Esther Kustanowitz beat me to the punch by posting the hilarious Buffy vs. Edward video-mash-up flying around the net these last couple of days. But in addition to the sheer enjoyment provided by watching one of my all time favorite kick-butt female tv heroines, Buffy (!!), aka, The Slayer, The Chosen One, She-Who-Kills-Vamps (and loves ’em too), take on and take down my “Twilight” heartthrob Edward Cullen (as portrayed by the beautiful Robert Pattinson), this clever little montage has feminist significance according to blip.tv, which calls it:
“An example of transformative storytelling serving as a visual critique of Edward’s character and generally creepy behavior. Seen through Buffy’s eyes some of the more patriarchal gender roles and sexist Hollywood tropes embedded in the Twilight saga are exposed in hilarious ways.”
Yes, yes, yes, we can all have a field day analyzing “Twilight” from a feminist perspective, and if there is anyone who can show us the way, it would be Buffy Summers. But what I found most interesting about the Edward Cullen of “Twilight,” Stephenie Meyer’s novel vs. Robert Pattinson’s Edward Cullen in “Twilight,” the movie, which this video clip highlights for sure, is the possibility of encountering Edward Cullen-as-stalker, as opposed to ultimate romantic lead. In the novel, Edward is far more playful, so much so that it wasn’t until I saw the movie that I truly could see how Edward could act a lot like a creepy stalker. As played by dear Mr. Pattinson, Edward almost never smiles and is almost always brooding and creeping around (quite literally).


I may be the only person who loves the book more than the movie–for exactly this reason–but it’s true, I did walk away after first seeing the film thinking that movie-Edward (despite his hotness), is not exactly the guy I first imagined. That yes, he comes across as a stalker.
As a huge Twilight fan, am I alone feeling this way about the movie-Edward, and how this Buffy vs. Edward video highlights his, well, less than romantic side?

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