The time-honored Teenage Girl Fan reaction to a live sighting of one’s idol is to scream at the top of one’s lungs, in a frequency and volume traditionally reserved for dog whistles and jet engines at full thrust, respectively.
With the premiere of “Twilight”, the movie adaptation of a teenage-girl-falls-for-vampire novel by Stephenie Meyer, the baton of Most Screamworthy Teen Obsession seems to have been passed to one Robert Pattinson, a young actor previously best-known for playing Cedric Diggory in yet another novel adapted for the screen, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Here’s a fun thought experiment: Would you want that sort of fame, and the associated monetary benefits, in exchange for drawing mobs of hysterically screaming teenage girls everywhere you go?
Me, I certainly would (mainly for the monetary aspect; I’d feel decidedly weird about teenage girls lapsing into hysterics at my sighting), but the number on the check would have to be pretty damn high. In fact, it would have to have more zeros than a History Channel special on Pearl Harbor.