First let’s come up with a better name for ourselves because I don’t exactly like to be called anything that ends in “hards.” Secondly, other people are onto us. It’s not just our little LTT corner of the fandom that discusses the ridiculous (but amazingness) of the phenomenon anymore. Other people know. Like REAL people who haven’t fallen for the Edward Cullen or Jacob Black trap. They haven’t been entranced by the “spider monkey” line or Buttcrack Santa or the Fake lesbians, the DILF’s mustard pants or the brilliancy of “They’re NOT Bears!”
A few weeks ago I heard about some drama going down on a blog called The Score Card Review. Basically every year they host their own movie awards on their site. They work with writers & people in the industry to come up with a list of the best movies, actors, screenplays etc. etc. etc. And then their readers vote. It’d be like if we did an LTT award ceremony and had you vote between Buttcrack Santa & Big Daddy (which would be CRUEL and unfair. HOW COULD ONE CHOOSE!?)
So anyway, New Moon was included as one of the options on a few categories. The guy running the awards said even though the movie wasn’t at the caliber as many of the Oscar-nominated movies that were also up for his award, it made a lot of money and he wanted to see where it ended up in the rankings. Here is the rest of the story, straight from his site:
Last year, 823 people voted. February 16, a date that will live in infamy to … well, me. I was tracking my stats, and noticed people finding the TSR Movie Awards from [a bunch of Twilight sites]. On February 16, I had over 2,000 voters. Then I looked at the results. Everything Twilight was nominated for, was destroying the competition. Destroying. Something had to be done. It was a hostile takeover. I ran some filters and noticed a couple of things.
1. A number of voters were only voting for Twilight and nothing else.
2. A large number of voters were giving everything Twilight a 10 and everything else a 1.
3. Moon was crushing everything else for Best Ending. Keep in mind this is a film barely anyone saw, yet hundreds were voting for it. I think it did $1.5 million at the box office. My best guess as to why this was happening … Remember when I said the awards appeared on many Spanish websites? I think they recognized the word Moon and decided that must be The Twilight Saga: New Moon. When Moon was the ONLY film hundreds voted on for Best Ending, it’s the most reasonable explanation.
The site decided to pull New Moon from the awards. This was (part of) their official statement:
Unfortunately, I had to remove ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ choices. Too many twihards were giving everything Twilight a 10, and every other film a 1, trying to manipulate the results.
I love movies, movie fans and I have no problem with people loving Twilight, but trying to kill other movies is not the point of these awards….but here is an example of what was happening …
In the BEST MUSIC category, Twilight had a 9.3 score. The next highest was Crazy Heart with a 3.8. That was the next highest! In other words, there were hundreds of twihards who decided the best way for Twilight to win was to give the other nominees a 1.
Apparently fans FLIPPED out & sent him hate mail & hate comments. And he had some pretty strong words for the “Twihards” and called them out for their avid fan… uh.. ish.. ness. Yes. their fanishness..
Hear my thoughts & get Twilosophical with me after the jump
So here’s the thing- shouldn’t him pulling New Moon off his options bother me? Shouldn’t his excessive use (and not so positive use) of the word “Twihards” offend me? I mean, I’d assign it a much cooler name if I had a choice, but aren’t I a “Twihard?” Aren’t I into it harder than most considering I’ve run this site for so long? Well… maybe. LTT isn’t a fan site- the kind of site that stands by the saga no matter what. It’s a site where we discuss the ups, the downs, the good, the bad, the crazy, the normal, the SO abnormal it’s kinda become normal and love it, hate it, make fun of it, protect it and at the end of the day just laugh and laugh and laugh because we’re all in it. Together. So no, this dude calling out Twihards is NOT offensive to me. Because he’s right. Twihards aka Twilight fans aka WE are crazily, obsessively fans of this saga. And I’m the first to admit we sometimes (okay MOST of the time) go a little too far.
For example: There are twitter accounts that exist to make the movies, the actors, the music #1 ALL OF THE TIME, even when the movies, the actors & the music don’t deserve to be #1. How many times have we seen tweets saying “GO HERE NOW- VOTE FOR KELLAN TO BE THE HOTTEST GUY EVER” when he’s up against someone so much hotter (and more famous!). And “Twihards” are the reason Kristen won the BAFTA award. And she knows it. If all things were equal, and all the Rising star’s movies were received with the same level of adoration and had a similar type of fandom- Carey Mulligan would have won, because she deserved it the most for her amazing performance. Even the Kristen fan sites admit that this shouldn’t have been Kristen’s year. But all things aren’t equal. All movies aren’t received the same way and the level of fan adoration isn’t the same. Carey Mulligan was NOT in a movie that hit teens and moms and grandmoms and all the in-between like The Twilight saga did, therefore, she didn’t stand a chance.
Is that fair? No. But it might just be the reality of a big, obsessive “fandom.” But is it embarrassing? Well, kinda. Last year Twilight won over Slumdog Millionaire at the MTV movie awards for “Best Picture”. I mean, come on!! Slumdog won the OSCAR that year! I don’t think ANYONE reading LTT will argue for the ‘artistic integrity” of any of the Twilight movies. When New Moon wins over better, more legit films, it kinda makes us fans look dumb. Like we’re saying, “We don’t care about culturally significant films , we just want to hear 109 year olf virgin vampires say “I don’t want you to come.’ Move over “Shawshank Redemption” we want the Wolfpack in JORTS!
So to the dude who took New Moon off his movie competition: I’m sorry you had to see the dark side of the fandom. Come on over to LTT and stay for awhile. We’re MAJORLY, obsessive fans who might from time to time vote for Rob Pattinson to win a “Hottest man in the history of the universe” contest 112 times in an hour, but at the end of the day, That’s Normal. And so is watching Oscar nominated films & admitting that it might be more fulfilling that seeing the Wolfpack shirtless while wearing jorts. But that’s not gonna stop us. Cuz at the end of the day, it’s a bunch of guys- some with actual six-packs, and they’re in jean shorts. Tell me something that’s more “culturally significant” than that!?
What do you think!? Don’t miss the entire article from The Scorecard Review. Was he too harsh? Are you offended? Do you think Twihards (aka US!?) go too far!?
A message from Forum mod & LTT friend: Emmyloowho:
Did you start the Big Loser challenge in January ans slack off? it’s okay, so did I… Guess what? We’re doing it again, we’ve come up with a few changes in tasks that didn’t quite work and we’re switching up the wild cards. It’s all about fun, making friends and supporting each other in the challenges that real life faces. You get a point for doing things you do normally… or somethings you should do but might need to do better…
If you want to join in, post a message in the big loser thread in the Flat. We’re starting April 5th and we’ll be going until the Eclipse premiere…
Are you in?
And a HAPPY HAPPY 30th birthday to our DARLING BROOKELOCKART. We love you & your friendship Brookie! XO