The Breaking-Dawn Line at Comic-Con and Edward’s “Little Bit of That”
My 12-year-old daughter and I arrived Wednesday afternoon to stake out our spot with another Twi-demic (Twilightacademic) colleague of mine.
Shortly after we arrived, Reelz Channel asked to interview my colleague and I, but when we revealed ourselves to be academics, the reporter derisively called us “moles” and moved away, as if anyone with serious interest in studying fandoms are some sort of traitors. My colleague then shared that MTV.COM had asked to interview her, but when they asked her age (37), they were no longer interested. Ah yes, because post-twenty-something females are so uninteresting! Does MTV.COM realize the number of fans that are above the mid-thirty mark?!?
Other than disappointing encounters with the mainly male media covering the line, the experience was as positive as sleeping on Astroturf on a rather chilly night could be.
In the early morning hours, a crew of volunteers passed out Breaking Dawn coffee mugs and posters. Then, Ashley Greene, Boo Boo Stewart, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, and Julia Jones made there way through the lines, signing autographs. My daughter was thrilled to bits to get all the autographs, as well as a picture with Boo Boo Stewart. Reaser asked her why was wearing a “Team Wilson” button, and she explained her mom wrote a book on the saga. Here’s hoping that news spreads! J
This was the first time I saw Kristen Stewart speak in person (though I have viewed many videos before), and, indeed, she is as awkward and hard to read as other interviews indicate. When asked about the birth scene, she said “I thought it was sooo cool.” Hmmm, really? Cool would hardly be how I would describe it. More like bloody and horrific.
She characterized Bella as a fighter, saying “She’s able to fight harder than any human really would be able to because a little bit of that [here, she gestured towards Robert Pattinson] in her. Literally.”
After this rather awkward suggestion that Edward’s sparkly member led to her having “a little bit of that in her,” she became embarrassed and flustered, as if backing away from the sexual innuendo she had made. Hut, it seems the underlying abstinence narrative of the books has seeped into the stars brains as well, or else been hammered into them, as if admitting that SEX HAPPENS is just so, ummm, embarrassing.
Stewart later characterized Bella as a momma cat in a corner protecting her kittens. This was an interesting characterization of her as animal, especially given the historical tendency to frame women as mere animals designed for reproducing the species, but certainly nor for thinking, or, for instance, college. Though KStew was not making this type of critique and instead championing Bella’s mama-cat protectiveness, the link is nevertheless apt.
As per any indication she thought it was unrealistic or problematic to frame 18-year-old marriage and motherhood as THE happy ending for Bella, there was no indication of that. Absolutely zilch. In fact, she talked of the wedding with awe and of the birth scene with reverence, a sentiment echoed by a pregnant fan who came to the mic to ask a question wearing a “Little Nudger” shirt.
Tune in later this week for more on Stewart talking about being “locked into” the wedding dress and Robert Pattinson claiming Bella is the true hero of the saga.
Until next time…