Twilight and its Impact on the Fantasy Film Genre

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‘The Twilight Series’ has grossed $385 million worldwide and has gained followers all over the world, but has decidedly split the critics and the audiences. It’s like the film version of marmite, you either love it or you hate it. For me, I’m rather indifferent to it; it has all of the cinematic tropes which equal big box office success.

First component; big name stars, ‘The Twilight Saga’ boasts an impressive cast. The two leads are portrayed by Kristen Stewart and Brit Robert Pattinson, and the supporting cast include Taylor Lautner and ex child star Dakota Fanning.

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Second component; universal themes, ‘The Twilight Saga’ is known for its themes of identity, love and sexual awakening, which all appeal to its pre-teen audience.

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Final component; fantasy, this big budget film series would be nothing without the fantastical element, vampires and werewolves, at war. And, similar to the ‘Harry Potter Series’ all of the action happens in our modern day humdrum world.  

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What these successful films show is that evidently, this is a genre which is still relevant in Modern day society. Films are a way to escape the humdrum of life, to forget our worries if only for a couple of hours. What the Fantasy Film genre proves, is that we need to escape our lives, through the genre of Fantasy film.

Of course, in order for the studios to keep producing fantastic, indie films, they must create these big budget fantasy films to keep their business going. ‘The Twilight Saga’ is only one example of a big budget fantasy film and with ‘Beautiful Creatures’ set to be released next month, it seems the industry isn’t quite finished with this cocktail of films.

Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor

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