Twilight: The Texts and the Fandom, In Class Writing, Week 5
On Monday, students chose one of the following options to write on and then exchanged papers in order to comment on each others work. We used the writing to shape our discussion about romantic myths, intertextuality, Byronic (anti-)Heroes, resistant reading, and comparing the Twilight movie adaptation to the book.
Cochran quotes Meyer’s claim that she wanted to write a fantasy for herself and “that’s what Edward is.” Write a fantasy partner from your own perspective, listing his/her attributes, personality traits, life goals, etc. Surmise what your “perfect relationship” would consist of. Does this character/relationship echo any of those in Twilight? Why or why not?
Create an alternate set of myths about romantic love that would create more sustainable, functional, and realistic relationship models. Then, consider how Twilight could be adapted to further these alternative myths.
Pen an alternate scenario for a portion of the Twilight Saga that is set in a particular historical time period (as Coker does in “Courting Edward Cullen”). You might focus on Bella and Edward, Bella and Jacob, or any other combination of characters…
Pen an alternate scene for the first Twilight movie.
Formulate a different set of actors for the Twilight movie and document how these actors would change the film adaptation as well as the cultural response.