redwoodalchan: Character and screencap are from "Shiki" (pic#5113210)
I know this wasn't intentional, but once I saw it, I couldn't unsee it.

Read my thoughts on the matter )

I'm impressed--Meyer's done a pretty good job of writing a story about a woman tempted by sin. If only we weren't supposed to view her and her little friends as the good guys....
redwoodalchan: Character and screencap are from "Shiki" (pic#5113210)
So a short time ago I was reading this article about something completely unrelated, but one of the things the writer commented on in passing was that Twilight comes under fire a lot simply for being a book for girls. One of the people in the comments put in, quite sensibly, that a lot of people who don't like Twilight are offended by its undeniably offensive messages, to which the original poster replied that although there is, in fact, quite a lot to dislike about Twilight, in practice not everyone who's willing to talk about how much they hate it even brings that up, with many instead commenting on how it's a "stupid sparkly vampire series for stupid girls" (probably not in so many words, but you get the point). I even think this line of thought might be the origin of Mervin's "Hate it for the right reasons" video series (though there's no confirmation there).

I will say this makes the almost-obscene amount of time anti-Twilighters in certain sections of the internet spend comparing Twilight unfavorably to "Hellsing" all the more suspicious, because while "Hellsing" is popular with women and in some respects quite feminist, it's still technically written by a man, for an audience consisting primarily of men, and it shows.
redwoodalchan: Character and screencap are from "Shiki" (pic#5113210)
...Although really it's more generally anime fans bashing Twilight. I'm getting sick of how they constantly make everything a "Hellsing" joke and constantly compare Twilight unfavorably to "Hellsing" for all the world as though "Hellsing" were the greatest thing ever! The latest entry on the Twilight-Sucks comm on LiveJournal was just a "Hellsing" AMV, and near as I can tell, that AMV didn't even have anything to do with Twilight!

I mean, okay, I'll admit that it's likely some of this is just me being a raving "Shiki" fangirl, but I'd like to think I'd get annoyed if they made everything a "Shiki" joke too (specially now that I'm no longer...quite as obsessed a "Shiki" fan as I used to be)!

Otherwise, I think this is probably half my annoyance at the common forms anti-Twilight discussions take, and half my sense that "Hellsing" just gets a ridiculous amount of hype from the anime fandom when I honestly have a hard time seeing how it's that interesting. In the former case, it seems like sooner or later anti-Twilighters inevitably fall back on comparing the Twilight protagonists unfavorably to either Leah or the "Hellsing" cast. I mean, I get that providing a good example of something to compare to a bad work is desirable because it enables you to explore just how something can be done well, but there are a million other things to compare the "Twilight" characters to besides just those things. They aren't the end-all, be-all. And in the latter case you have "Hellsing" fans going on about how Hellsing is the BEST THING EVER!! because its vampires are sexy and badass and don't sparkle, all while anime feminists go on about how Integra is the BEST THING EVER!! I think Shamanicshaymin put it best in one of her comments: they're putting these things so high on a pedestal that they can't see anything below. And that pisses me off.
redwoodalchan: Character and screencap are from "Shiki" (pic#5113210)
So say Renesmee really is the Antichrist out to kill everyone. What makes you think Leah alone would be spared? Is there any qualification that Leah is more powerful than the other werewolves? If Renesmee kills the other werewolves she could probably just kill Leah as well. Seriously--I'm getting the impression that the only reason why you say that is because you actually like Leah.

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