Suffering from Twilight Fatigue Syndrome?!?
Analee Newitz, in her review of Daybreakers, argues “If you’re suffering from Twilight Fatigue Syndrome (TFS), this gritty, unromantic tale will be a welcome break.”
She throws out this TFS terminology without comment, as if this syndrome needs no explanation, as if we all should be suffering from this.
In similar off-handed Twi-hating commentary, Peter Travers of the Rolling Stone writes in his review of Daybreakers, “After all the toothless, limp-dick vampire posturing in the Twilight chick flicks, it’s a kick to see a balls-out, R-rated movie about bloodsuckers that doesn’t spare the gore so little girls won’t cry into their Twitpics of Rob Pattinson.”
Excuse me, Travers, but I take issue with your “limp-dick” claims as well as with your hatred for the “little girls” who supposedly need to be spared of gore.
In these all too typical anti-fandom comments we can see what the “fatigue” is about – people like the above writers are sick of romance*, of the non-gory and the non-violent. More specifically, they are sick of those things designated as “girly” and their derision for female fans drips with misogyny.
I don’t have TFS, but I do have THFS (Twilight Haters Fatigue Syndrome) – a condition that makes me weary of all the under-theorized, discriminatory, and anti-female Twilight jabs…
*Must admit I am not a big fan of romance novels of the Harlequin variety nor of silly rom-coms like the recent Proposal movie with Sandra Bullock. Nor do I like the idea that (for women) romance is the be all and end all of existence. Blech.