Posts Tagged ‘twilight’

Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

“Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?”

That seems to be the number one question out of everyone’s mouths these days. I can easily answer that question — no. This year feels different than many other holidays past. People have less money to spend. (Although I did see a young woman drop $500 on dvds in Best Buy last week. What does she do for a living?!)

It also seems that many people aren’t in the holiday spirit. They aren’t in the mood to go out and shop for gifts. With that, let me go back to a previous statement — people have less money to spend. However, the lady in Best Buy certainly had the right idea. Movies make great gifts. Snuggling up in my blankets and pillows and watching movies is certainly one of my favorite things to do when the winter hits.

Here’s amazon.com’s list of popular and new movies to give to your friends and family this holiday season:

10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

9. Gran Torino

8. Slumdog Millionaire

7. Quantum of Solace

6. Terminator Salvation

5. The Hangover

4. Star Trek

3. Up

2. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

1. Twilight


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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove
Today’s post will be more of something like an op-ed. That has been your formal warning. Much like this one: watch out for the Dracula lurking behind your crushed velvet curtains.
I am having a hard time fully grasping the sudden vampire craze that has taken over the entertainment industry as of late. I see no point for it, and don’t understand its origins. Surely, the book series Twilight has had an enormous part in this influence, but how come it has struck so hard?
I can think of several vampire things that have recently come about:
  • Twilight (the book series)
  • Twilight (the movies based on the book series)
  • Vampire Weekend (the band)
  • Suck (a new vampire movie recently released at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival)
  • The Vampire Diaries (could be a Twilight knock off book series??
  • True Blood (the tv show)


Twilight, I blame you for all this vampire madness. Photo from manolobig.com.

Twilight, I blame you for all this vampire madness. Photo from manolobig.com.

It took me all of three minutes to list off those six things, and I know there are plenty more. You’re probably thinking of something else vampire-like right now.

But why has everyone suddenly gone batty for the stuff? I had no idea vampires were so cool. Even though many stores have started putting out decorations, it’s not even close to Halloween yet — we’ve still got over a month before then.

Whatever the reason for this bloody mess, I’m sure we can all agree on one thing: the entertainment industry sure is making profit off it! I don’t know about you, but I’m going to wait until Halloween to start thinking about vampires. Until then, have your garlic and holy water ready.

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