2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

From Page to Screen: A Feminist and Aesthetic Analysis of the film Twilight
Krista M. Crider
Dr. Elizabeth M. Clark, Faculty Mentor

Twilight, based on the first installment in the bestselling book series by Stephenie Meyer, gained worldwide recognition in the media, box office, and is the highest grossing film by a female director in history. The story centers around a 17-year-old girl and a vampire who fall in love. The film's audience consists mainly of females in their teens and twenties. Through observation of its aesthetic elements and an analysis of the hierarchy and stereotypes presented, it can be concluded that Twilight represents women, through the main character, as subordinate to men. In regard to relationships, the film promotes male domination, not only through its dialogue, but with certain production elements as well. Finally, in an analysis of the sexual symbolism associated with vampires, it can be reasonably deduced that Twilight is a poor example for its younger female audience in regard to sexual desire and dependency within relationships.

Keywords: Communication, Feminist, Stereotypes, Aesthetic, Analysis, Twilight

Women's and Gender Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 10-1
Location: VH 1320
Time: 8:00

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