Robert Pattinson’s Twilight Confession Is What We’ve Been Waiting For Since 2008

Welcome to the party Rob, you're late.

Last year we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the first Twilight film, which brought a wave of glorious Twilight memes out of the woodwork. Officially dubbed, ‘The Twilight Renaissance’, the once-belittled franchise fandom is now proudly reclaiming the pop culture phenomenon.

The Twilight Renaissance

Great news fanpires – it's officially cool to like Twilight now. Get the low-down on the 'Twilight Renaissance' in this week's episode of News To Me.

Posted by GOAT on Thursday, 22 November 2018

We’ve already rolled onto the 10 year anniversary of the Twilight sequel: New Moon, and now even Robert Pattinson is showing the franchise the respect it deserves. Finally.

In an interview published on Wednesday, April 3, R.Patz admitted to USA Today that when he recently watched New Moon on TV it wasn’t the awful experience he was expecting it to be. 

“It genuinely does have an incredibly good soundtrack. I completely forgot, but the soundtracks were quite ahead of their time.” he said.

“It seems like with younger people in their late teens, early 20s, it’s sort of become quite a hip thing to like,” Pattinson says. “It’s a fascinating second wave of people appreciating it, which is kind of cool.” he continued.

‘I think when anything becomes a massive phenomenon, there’s always people who get annoyed because it’s just everywhere. But now it seems like a retro thing: the soundtrack, the fashion. It’s like, ‘Oh, that’s so late 2000s.’ ” 

In spite of landing the coveted lead role of Edward Cullen in the franchise, Robert Pattinson was always openly negative about the franchise itself. He once said he would “mindlessly hate” it if he were an average moviegoer, and shared plenty of other comments with the same sentiment. 

It’s fair for Pattinson to have his own opinion, and his experience was no-doubt shaped by the the anxiety both he and his co-star (and then-girlfriend) Kristen Stewart admitted they faced during the rabid fan and media obsession with their on and off-screen relationship. Also, the Twilight franchise was decidedly not the height of cinema, and no one is pretending that it was.

But it was a shame that the person who was lucky enough to play a character so beloved by such a huge, mostly female, fandom, took part in belittling the thing they loved. The trivialisation of women’s interests saturated the Twilight phenomenon, and the fact that an attitude of self-deprecation came from within the franchise from our leading man didn’t help.

Thankfully, now that the craziness around Edward Cullen and the whole Twilight saga has died down, Robert Pattinson has admitted that he has a real appreciation for the experience and the fandom.

“It’s lovely now that the mania is not so intense,” Pattinson says. “People come up (to me) and just have very fond memories of it. It’s a really sweet thing. I think the only scary part was right in the thick of it all, when it was very, very intense. Now the intensity has died down and it’s just very warm memories.” 

It might be 10 years too late, but it feels validating that the Twilight fandom finally has the love and support of Robert Pattinson, forever our moody vampire boyfriend.

10 Years Since The Twilight Movie And The Fandom Is Reviving The Cult Hit For A Glorious Meme-Filled Renaissance

It’s cool to like Twilight now!

Cast your mind back to 2008, when the first film adaptation of the Twilight franchise was released and changed the world as we know it. It was one of the biggest pop culture moments of the year, perhaps of our entire lives, and ten years on, it’s making a comeback.

In honour of the anniversary of the film’s release (October 5), the fandom has come out of the woodwork and brought the film back into the internet spotlight. Welcome to the Twilight Renaissance. What a time to be alive.

Twilight-related content is all the rage across Tumblr and Twitter and spreading like wildfire across the internet, with a slew of entire new accounts being made in tribute to the resurgence.

It’s mostly an endless internet hole of glorious memes that you can easily fall into and waste hours/days as you please.

To get us all up to speed, here’s what you need to know about the Twilight Renaissance.

#1. We love it.

This is crucial.

#2. Pretty much all Twilight-related content is welcome.

Book, movie, fanfiction – anything goes.

#3. No Twilight fandom shaming allowed.

Back in the noughties the majority-young-female Twilight fandom was belittled for the silliness of our enthusiasm. I had a home-made Edward Cullen shirt I wore to two showings of the Twilight premiere on the opening day and I’m not ashamed to say that now. But in the aftermath of the initial hype, us Twi-hards were put down for our passion.

Well, to all the boys who protested that Twilight ruined Comic-Con“, your judgment is boring and conceited and so are you. Thank you and goodbye.

The Twilight Renaissance is an opportunity for those who felt shamed ten years ago, to unapologetically reclaim their infatuation with the Twilight franchise.

#4. Everyone agrees that Bella and Edward are categorically idiots.

#5. There’s a widely accepted fan theory that Bella Swan is gay.

#6. And/or that everyone is gay

#7. Or alternatively, Bella was so irrationally thirsty for Edward that it seriously clouded her judgment.

I feel you girl.

#8. Hard hitting fan theories, conspiracies, plot holes and the like are all welcome.

#9. Love is not blind

It’s important to note that this is not blind adoration for the film or book franchise. It is critical. We know the film is bad. We know the book is bad. No one is special or clever or superior for saying they are bad, that is news to literally no one.

But the Twilight fandom is a glorious fandom who has mastered the art of being critical without losing a sense of humour. You can have a little love for some nostalgic pop culture texts that you know have flaws, if you just acknowledge those and keep on keeping on.

#10. There are sub-communities of dedication to just about every character

Something for everyone!

#11. Except Jacob.

Jacob sucks.

So lean into the Twilight Renaissance and let your inner-2008-Fanpire out to play, because now is your time.


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