We’ve taken a slight break from covering Twilight news on the blog because we thought our vampire jokes might be sucking the life out of you (zing!), but the New Moon trailer aired earlier this week and posting it here became as irresistible as Bella’s sweet-smelling heroin plasma. Warning: The following video contains clunky dialogue, paranormal teen angst, and more damsel-in-distress scenarios than you could shake a wooden stake at.
Some of the players may have changed, but it looks as though Bella’s role as the defenseless female who is both abused and protected by males has remained the same. Also, the werewolf looks cheesy.
So the premise here is that Edward leaves Bella in order to protect her, both from other vampires and paranormal creatures, and from himself (because he is always one drop of blood away from freaking out all over the place). She is devastated, because even though he is wearing mime makeup most of the time, she loves him with an intensity that only a teenager could muster. While he is gone, renegade vampire Laurent tries to kill her, but sweetie-pie Jacob turns into a werewolf (apparently the Native Americans in this region descended from supernatural wolves, one reason why the series has been called racist) in order to save her life and kill the remaining vampires in Forks.
It seems as though Bella has lost any shred of agency she may have been clinging to at the end of Twilight and now exists mainly to further the plot by being a victim or object of desire (or both) for males (supernatural or otherwise). This series was written by a woman (Stephenie Meyer) for young women and features a woman protagonist (if you can call her that), so why can’t we see some women actually doing something here besides breathing heavily and pining after men? (Oh, it looks like one of them baked a cake also.) This film will undoubtedly be viewed by millions of impressionable female fans, and it’s too bad that a woman character these fans might look up to seems to be even more of a fantasy than the vampires who star in the series.
New Moon has a different director than Twilight, so at first it seemed reasonable to hope that it might not have as many damsel-in-distress moments. We were also hopeful that the acting might not be as wooden, and that cutie character Jacob Black (the one who turns into a werewolf) might be dealt with in a more interesting and less Other-ing manner. Unfortunately, this trailer does not reinforce any of those hopes. It is just one trailer, though, not the entire film, so there might still be reason for our hopes to remain in their state of undead, vampiric anticipation. (Remember what we said about the vampire puns?)
And hey, let’s look on the bright side. At least Edward is out of the picture for most of New Moon, so we don’t have to have abstinence shoved down our throats as intensely as it was in Twilight.
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