The Reluctant Twilighter

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Round Four: Villains! July 23, 2009

Big happenings going on in the Twilight world, folks.  Big. time. stuff.  With all the Comic-Con hoopla today AND New Moon releasing its fancy new official website full of goodies, it’s hard to tear myself away.  I’m still in the midst of an internal struggle:  Do I want to soak up any clip, picture, interview for New Moon I can, or do I want to wait until I see the movie so that I will be surprised?  It’s a tough choice, one I still haven’t made and one that I’m pretty sure I need to decide soon.  But before I do, I think I’ve still got a few rounds of this battle royale in me, so we’re on to Round 4:Villains Edition!

This round gives us a chance to consider quite a few characters.  In the Twilight series, we’ve got James, Victoria, Laurent, the Volturi…and Jacob.  (I’m kidding about that last one, don’t freak out and send me hate mail.  We’ll discuss it later.)  The Harry Potter series has Voldemort, Bellatrix Lestrange, Lucius Malfoy, (I’m not including Draco because I love him too much, did I mention I think he’s sexy?), Severus Snape (I guess we could argue about this one too, yeah?), Fenrir Greyback (eep!), just to name a few.

victoriaIn my humble opinion, the best villain in the Twilight series is Victoria.     She is super-scary.  Vengeful, with long, flaming-red hair, a creepy, high-pitched voice, piercing red eyes, those are some good ingredients for a first-class villain.  Part of her creepiness to me is that she kind of sneaks up on us.  You don’t pay too much attention to her in the first book, and then all of the sudden she shows up in New Moon, ready to take somebody OUT.  (As if Bella needed something else to freak out about.  Poor Bella!)  I think it’s cool how she’s always creeping around, testing the boundaries, seeing how close she can get to Bella, seeing how strong the wolf pack is.  THEN when the Cullens come back and suddenly her revenge gets ten times more difficult, what does she do?  Does she give up and run away?  NO!  Does she go cry to the Voturi about it?  NO!  She builds herself an army of newborn vampires. That’s pretty bad ass, I must say.

bellatrix2Now my favorite Harry Potter villain is by far Bellatrix Lestrange.  Voldemort’s right-hand girl, his most-faithful Death Eater…not to mention crazy like a fox.  She’s creepy too, but in the way like, “She’s so creepy I want to be just like her.”  I love her crazy black hair and her ragged witch-clothes.  She’s got a very confident way about her, even when she’s locked up in Azkaban she knows that her Dark Lord will rise again.  She’s a super-powerful wizard, those little Hogwarts kids are no match for her.  And then she goes and kills Harry’s godfather!  Poor Harry.  Then she has to rub it in his face!  “I killed Sirius Black!  I killed Sirius Black!”  That’s just cruel, Bellatrix.  That name too, it’s just so cool, Bellatrix Lestrange.  Awesome.

Since we’re talking about all the villians though, I guess I need consider them all when making my decision.  I think both authors give us some great ones, both series have characters who truly did scare me as I was reading these books.  But looking over the lists above, I think I’m going to have to give it to Rowling again.  My reason being that a lot of her characters cannot necessarily be defined as villains or heroes for sure.  Snape did some evil things, and was questionable throughout the entire series, but does Chapter 33 of Deathly Hallows erase all that?  Is Draco to blame if his hatred of mudbloods has been ingrained in him his entire life?  Sirius Black is incredibly scary in the 3rd book, until you learn that he was framed and is the exact opposite of what everyone thinks he is.  This is why I’m giving this round to JoJo, she has the ability to create multi-layered characters that can be argued for years to come, which is exactly what I plan on doing with my HP-nerd friends until I die.  HARRY POTTER VILLAINS WIN!!!

I’m off for the weekend, camping with the family, but I’ll be back on Monday to finish up this little showdown and declare a final winner!  See you then!

 

Here’s to our Revolutionary Friend July 5, 2009

Second only to Halloween, the Fourth of July is a favorite holiday of mine.  I love watching fireworks, BBQs with my family, getting all decked out in red, white and blue, etc.  Each year my hometown has a parade, which I have attended almost every year since I was born.  One of my favorite parts of this parade is the Revolutionary War Reenacters.  These are nerds at their finest, people.  Two groups of grown men, decked out in costumes as Redcoats and Revolutionaries, walking down Main Street firing fake guns at each other.  When the Redcoats pass by the crowd boos and hisses, and then cheers erupt for the Patriots.  This year was a little different though, because as I was booing along with everyone else (Don’t think I wouldn’t be joining in!) my thoughts couldn’t help but wander to everyone’s favorite revolutionary vampire, Garrett!  Of course in the midst of a small town American celebration I would be thinking about Twilight…sorry Obama!  I love my country, really I do.  I just love Twilight too. 

 

Garrett shows up in Breaking Dawn as a witness for the Cullens.  Bella describes him as “a tall, rangy vampire with eager ruby eyes and long sandy hair he kept tied back with a leather thong.”  Um…what?  Leather thong!?!?  Anyways, he’s a nomad, or a rugged adventurer, if you so choose to think of him that way.  Which I do.  Not much else is known about him, other than that he was turned into a vampire around the time of the Revolutionary War and fought against the British.  He’s a very likable guy, everyone I know enjoyed him in book 4.  He’s one of those happy-go-lucky types until showtime, then he makes dramatic, inspiring speeches, risking his life to save creepy little Renesmee.   His speech is pretty badass, he’s actually got some of the best lines in Breaking Dawn, including my favorite, “If we live through this, I’ll follow you anywhere, woman.” 

 

Is that a leather thong I see in your hair??

Is that a leather thong I see in your hair??

He ends up leaving his human-killing ways to hook up with Kate and heads to Denali.  Which, if that all worked out would make him one of the few vegetarian vampires who started out as a regular one, saw the error of his ways and made the decision to switch on his own.  Something that deserves our respect I think, choosing that life on your own rather than being guided along by Carlisle from the moment you wake up thirsting for blood.  The most well-known vampire in this category of course would be Jasper who, as my personal favorite, definitely deserves a post dedicated to him as well.  But not today, because he fought in the Civil War for the South and that is not appropriate for this holiday weekend.  Some other time though, I promise. 

 

So here’s to you, Garrett, a vampire who not only risked his live to give the Cullens their freedom from the Volturi, but also risked his life to give us Americans our freedom from England.  In your own words, “Here’s to freedom from oppression!”  We salute you!  If I saw you walking down the street at a parade I would not boo you!   USA!  USA!  USA!

 

Thanks for reading!