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Let the Right One In and the Twilight Generation

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Molly Marie Wright

Let the Right One In is one of the best bittersweet horror flicks. Ever. It's one of the perfect examples on how life works in circular patterns. The vampire, her entire lifeless life, is searching for somebody to look out for her and does this via luring young males. The promise of friendship and immortal love draws each male in as a child causing them to take care of her as an adult, hence why she shows you two (of her probably hundreds) of her keepers. That is what everybody desires and needs. Each dying keeper represents a time in our life where everything shifts, for the good or for the bad. The new childlike keeper represents whatever we hold onto to survive: Money. A person. Art. A video game.

As a fan of Twilight, I get made fun of by hipsters and scensters on a daily basis. Twilight is often regarded as a stupid movie/book about unrealistic overemotional and mainstream vampires. First of all, the original concept of vampires was unrealistic to begin with. Secondly, giving them emotion gives them depth. Who doesn't adore mindless vampires and zombies killing randomly? That, however, wouldn't make a likable and/or relatable protagonist. Author Stephanie Meyer gave the vampires in Twilight depth. Third, vampires have always been mainstream.

Believe it or not, fellow teenagers, you arent super original for reading Bram Stroker's Dracula. Let the Right One In and Twilight are complete opposites from each other. There is a bridge between the two. Think of it as comparing Lady Gaga's fame ball and monster ball: How sadistic are you willing to go? People who enjoy Let The Right One In are most likely going to enjoy Twilight. Perhaps they won't admit it. Twilight fans, however, might not like Let the Right One In. It all depends on how far they are willing to take their vampire genre interest. Watching vampires and werewolves fight over some brunette is different from that of watching a vampire float across a pool to decapitate some bully that almost drowned her future keeper. Both contain vampires, however, they are two completely opposite movies. From what I've seen, most teenagers like Twilight just because their friends do, whilst hardly anyone ever even heard of Let the Right One In. I have shown Twilight fan friends of mine Let the Right One In. Once you have somebody you respect show you the movie, then, its pretty hard not to love. (You have to give it your full attention). Let the Right One In is a really good movie whilst Twilight is just an addicting series. You dont receive any messages from Twilight. Let the Right One In is life changing.

Being a huge movie fan, movies naturally have shaped my understanding of things in life - as well as personal experience. A huge message I got from Let the Right One In was simple: everything beautiful and terrible will work together in circles. Right when one thinks that they know everything in life, something happens to make them completely change their mind. This movie helped me understand that evil and beautiful balance each other. He (the boy) was giving up his entire life to take care of a monster, and he loved her. This was what was real to him. His intentions and motivations were all products of her affection, the catalyst of a new life style for him. I suppose this movie is just the perfect example of how we should keep looking at everything around us. What we could imagine our 'home' to be could be just another gateway into a further understanding of our existence.

Molly Wright is a high school girl from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania who enjoys blogging on tumblr, looking up lolzcats images, and playing video games for entertainment

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