People around the world just can’t seem to wait.
It’s been steady in the last 15 or so years that the really big movies pervade and saturate our culture, and well they should. Hundreds of millions of dollars are invested into their success, and most of them have already built-in fanbases derived from those who already love the particular genre that the movie is in, or from the film’s literary roots. People can’t get enough, and it’s marvelous.
But do they really need to stand in line for days and weeks just to see it?
The Twilight movies have this giant, female-skewing, cultural-phenomenally insane cult that devours anything that has to do with the series. Being a guy, it’s a familiar kind of love, as us men have our die-hard loves, but it’s really been something that’s always been ours. Until Stephanie Meyer came along and allowed her books to be optioned.
Men invented the modern nerd. Whether you believe its roots are in the science-fiction writing of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Robert Heinlein, Frank Herbert, L. Ron Hubbard, or something else entirely, the impassioned nerd was always stereotyped as a male. And now we’ve been outdone by the female version of the movie-loving nutbar.
While it’s not a bad thing, this is something that requires getting used to. It’s only been predictable romantic comedies up until this series graced us all with its cinematic presence. Ladies, we probably will go see it with you, but we don’t want to wait for days and weeks on the sidewalk outside the theater. It’s nice you’ve already packed the tent and sleeping bags from the garage, and have stocked up on plenty of snacks, but it’s they’re just not movies that us men actively seek out to experience the very first moment their available to see.
I’m really glad that a saga like this exists, because it aides women in understanding men that much more than they think they already do.
And at the same time, us men are still scratching our collective heads when it comes to most other things having to do with our opposite gender.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I really must be getting away from my office here at The Daily Damn in order to secure my spot at the front of the line for the July 20th opening-night premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.
And that’s my giving a damn.