Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Twilight -- The Presley Factor

The Examiner has an article about Rob and the resemblances with Elvis, and Kristen and the resemblances with his daughter, Lisa.

Other than the numerous Twilight profiles I’ve done on my other Examiner page, the only Twilight-related article I’ve done here was an attempt to ease tensions among Twi-hards after an unfortunately curt comment by Stephen King. However ...

After recently doing a bio of Elvis Presley, something occurred to me about one of the mysterious reasons this series is so popular. Yes, Stephenie Meyer paid homage to some classically successful literature in her books (Romeo and Juliet, anyone?), and basically comprised a story about an “every-girl” in love with the "ultimate bad boy with a heart of gold," but when it comes to the furor over the film series (and furor is putting it mildly), I’ve noticed something I don’t think anyone else has brought up: The Presley Factor.

My theory is not rock solid, but as pictures often say more than words, check out exhibits A and B below.

Countless film reviewers have referred to Robert Pattinson as having a brooding quality -- but with that tousled and slightly greasy mane piled high on his noggin, and his ability to put his chin down and his eyes up, creating a dark-lidded smolder, from certain angles he strongly resembles a young Elvis Presley. (There's a little James Dean in there, too, but let's stick with the subject at hand.) He has certainly mastered the ability to cause screaming pandemonium among teenage girls.


The painfully lovely Kristen Stewart, on the other hand, is a chameleon. Sometimes her look can change so drastically she doesn’t even resemble herself. Other times, she reminds me quite a bit of Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. Both are jaw-droppingly gorgeous, know how to use smoky eye shadow to great effect ... and is it just me or do they both look perpetually stoned?


What does all this mean? I haven’t a clue. But something else of note is that Elvis’ granddaughter, and Lisa Marie’s daughter, Danielle Riley Keough is making her film debut in The Runaways, alongside Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett. Coincidence? You decide.

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