More than any film in recent memory (except perhaps for the Harry Potter series) Twilight has inspired a fanatical following. So rabid are the fan base that apocryphal tales are popping up all over the internet about violence carried out by fans in defense of their favorite fictional vampires.
Have you ever been verbally or physically abused because of your love for “Twilight”? Have you ever picked on someone else because their views of the vampire series weren’t in line with your own? Have you ever lashed out at someone just because they voiced their distaste for the Cullen clan?
Since we have so many Twilighters and non-fans who post on our messageboards every day, we wanted to ask for some first-hand stories from you guys.
The reported attacks range from sexual harassment
to someone having a beaker of acid thrown in their face
. At least Harry Potter fans are young enough to be no threat, the Twilight brigade tend to be a lot older and a lot more hormonal (if equally unbalanced).
I would like to think that as a race we are sensible enough not do descend to assaulting people who have a differing opinion on a film or piece of literature, unfortunately people do ridiculous things, and it's not difficult to imagine things getting out of hand. However, until I see a story carried by a reputable news source (i.e. The Times or the BBC) then I'm going to remain skeptical about these stories.