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University professor puts Twilight: New Moon into context


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November 20, 2009/11.27


The University of Denver is an unlikely institution to get on board the Twilight movie phenomenon, but Lynn Schofield Clark, associate professor of mass communication and journalism, puts it into context.
   Dr Schofield Clark says that Twilight appeals to teenage girls, and their mothers, because of its empowering message. ‘Who wouldn’t want to be irresistible and hold the cards in the relationship, especially when it comes to initiating sexual behaviour?’ she adds.
   The theme goes even further in Twilight: New Moon as Bella, the main character, has two suitors.
   She also looks at the symbolism of the vampire in culture—something she knows a great deal about, having authored From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural (Oxford University Press, 2003).


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