Did 'Beautiful Creatures' Star Emmy Rossum Just Rip 'Twilight'?

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beautiful creatures emmy rossumSeems like some reporters will jump on just about any chance to "trap" a star into saying something that's most definitely going to be construed in a negative way. That seems like what may have happened when Emmy Rossum chatted with Hollywood Life about her new film Beautiful Creatures.

Apparently, they had to ask her how the fantasy flick compares to -- not Harry Potter or Hunger Games or any other magical movie released in the past few years and geared toward young adults -- but Twilight, of course! Her response? "It’s very different and it’s empowering for women." Oooh boy! Everyone, pounce! Did Emmy just rip Stephenie Meyer, the entire Twilight franchise, in on fell swoop?!

She went on to say:

A lot of the female characters were able to decide for themselves who they are going to be and what they are going to do with their lives.

Ehhh ... now to say that she's actually ripping Twilight with this quote seems to be a bit of an exaggeration, right? She's just calling a spade a spade -- noting that the characters in Beautiful Creatures are masters of their own universes ... They're not finding out that their destinies revolve around a potentially violent vampire boyfriend. Sounds like a fair assessment to me!

Then again, all right, it also bears noting that to compare the two films doesn't really make sense. Just because they're both fantasies geared at a young adult audience, they don't necessarily have the same themes or similar characters. Why must we always try bring everything new back to something we already know?

When we're already anticipating not one but TWO films on the horizon that were initially inspired by Twilight, I think it's high time we stop trying to compare any movie with a glimmer of fantasy or magic to Stephenie Meyer's stories. Really, I'm sure it'll be possible to sit back and just enjoy Beautiful Creatures for what it is without launching a Women's Studies analysis of the empowering traits of Bella Swan vs. Ridley Duchannes. Unless that's what floats your boat, of course!

What do you think of Emmy's comment? Do you think it's ridiculous to compare these two flicks?


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Elizabeth Gronewald

Maybe everything isn't related to Twilight just because it is a supernatural romance. I find her response to be appropriate in promoting her feelings on her role in a series not related to Twilight. It can be all of the things mentioned above and because it is not related to Twilight, she can still say it is different without ripping Meyers' franchise apart because it is not a love triangle.

nonmember avatar britt

Twilight ISNT empowering to women. At all. It's given young women the completely wrong impression of relationships. I understand that it wasn't written with that intention but oh well. I'm sure teen moms don't MEAN to get pregnant sometimes but there it is...

nonmember avatar Carrie

But... Twilight doesn't empower women. And it wasn't written with the intention to. At least, it wasn't written with the intention to tell women that they can be strong and self-sufficient. It does, however, "empower" them to get shacked up ASAP even if the guy is a total nutjob.

nonmember avatar Lyssa

To think that a supernatural/magical book or movie is intended to deal with anything in real life is silly. Dealing in the realm of supernatural is only a way to escape the real world and imagine a magical alternative for brief periods of time. Be realistic.

Alicia Oregel

Damn, you people need to read with comprehension.

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