Back when those damnable Twilight movies first came out, every impressionable girl out there had either a Team Edward or Team Jacob shirt, because nothing says “I’m going to grow up to have mature, fulfilling relationships!” like forcing a completely personality-devoid female character to choose between two emotionally manipulative monsters. Anyway, in an interview with Yahoo! Movies, actor Robert Pattinson went on the record to tell everyone that the stupid teams thing was just a marketing ploy to make desperate teenagers buy shirts. Stay classy, Twilight.
Yahoo! Movies recently sat down with Twilight heartthrobs Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, who revealed their thoughts about the ongoing public debate between their characters. And while everyone knew the studio got a lot of mileage out of the rivalry, and some are still questioning its authenticity, Pattinson himself, confirmed it was a rivalry invented purely by business strategists. “That was not from the fans either. That was kind of, uh, marketing,” Pattinson slyly revealed during our recent interview. “We’re both on the same team,” he joked.
You know, I rag on the Twilight movies a lot, but I really do have to make this as clear as possible: if you grow up basing your idea of a healthy relationship on these stupid books, you are going to be absolutely miserable. Seriously, I’m happy you girls are reading something that isn’t posted on a Facebook wall, but there are much better series out there featuring strong female protagonists that don’t posture them as being defined solely by who they’re dating. Read those.