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I liek it!! Especially seeing as I don't like Twilight :)

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSmileyfreak

to be fair they are called shape shifters. not werewolves but this is still hilarious, especially the leeches part

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterha

I 100% agree with the comic!

Yay being uptight is fun! You tell em!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjack

@Richa Verma: There are two reasons that people love to criticize the twilight series. One is that it is horribly written. The other is the numerous fangirls that try to force them to listen to/read/watch the thing. Your comment in no way helps with either of these.

As to the misrepresentation of a fictional creature, well, all vampire books play with the legends a little bit. This is overlooked if the story is good. However, it is something that is easy to pick on (while avoiding subjecting readers to direct quotes) when the story is horrendous.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFree Fall

@ wes : dude the negative number thing, hillarious! too bad it was wasted on someone who didnt understand.

the lech-men, awesome. i couldnt agree more.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterandy

She didn't screw up werewolves. Just wait until the end of the series. And no everyone calm down I don't love twilight I read the books yes and seen the movies but I agree that she kinda jacked the vampires up but whatever. Shit happens. Also people stop talking shit unless you know what you are talking about. Cause I can guarantee that most if not all of you haters have not even touched the book or dvd so you just don't even know whats up just stop k just stop.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndo

My girlfriend asked me to watch New Moon...the vampires are worthless...but the werewolves rocked in the movie.

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMasteradept

This is for theJames:

I know you posted your comment 8 months ago, but since you insist on others getting things straight:

The phrase "large negative number" is used extensively in peer-reviewed technical journals to mean a number that is both negative and very far away from zero. It is true that a large negative number is less than a small negative number, since the phrase "less than" simply means being closer to negative infinity. Technical papers do not use the phrase "low negative number" or "lower negative number." They do use "large negative number", "small negative number", "less than" and "greater than". "Large" or "small" is a reference to how close to zero a number is (i.e., the absolute value), while, as mentioned, "less than" and "greater than" are relative references comparing how close two numbers are to positive or negative infinity.

And while we're on the topic, it is not always true that multiplying a negative number by a positive number will result in a larger negative number (i.e., a number that is less than the original negative number). If the positive number is between 0 and 1, then the result will actually be a negative number that is closer to zero than the original number.
Example: -5 * 0.5 = -2.5

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteveR

Thank you very much,

Now let me bite you!!! Vla!

April 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterme

film = shit teen girl movie designed to (not unlike the jonas brothers from the southpark episode) make ginas tingle

April 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe d.o.n

*restrains self from e-beating the crap out of everyone who just defended Stephanie Meyer using the 'if you havent read/watched them, dont talk about it' line. everyone who used that line knows for a fact they make fun of gamers, ie table-top and LARP (live-action role play, which is basically improvisational acting) without having actually played it/participated in a game.

as a rule, i generally stick away from using an argument that can also be turned against me, especially when debating films and books.

also, im -amazed- that no one has commented on the fact that scotts last name is the same as stephanies. just saying that that particular little bit of irony is what made this comic hilarious for me.

well done, scott, well done.

May 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpiscesmended

I've not read or watched Twilight. I'll probably get around to it, but don't expect much out of the experience.

To the person who mentioned the section called Paranormal Romance: actually, it's a much broader genre that came about long before Twilight showed up. It is meant to encompass all romance/sci-fi and romance/fantasy hybrids, from swords and sorcery to urban vampires to space travel. It's growing hugely in popularity right now, and there are some good books in that section!

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJera

Werewolves that change at will are old news. Underworld for example; in the book series Discworld by Terry Pratchet, the werewolves could change at will, could stop part way through the transformation, but were forced to change and lose most of their control when the full moon was out.

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThor

Well seeing as this is about putting down ignorance and promoting intelligance I would love to prove each and every one of you wrong.

First: One of the first stories in literature about a vampire is Carmilla. She is not afraid of sunlight, does not turn into a bat, and is known only to dislike religious symbols but suck the "life" out of a girl. We aren't even really sure it was blood but this story is widely known by scholars as one of the first stories of a vampire.

Second: Our modern interpretation of vampires come from Bram Stoker's Dracula. Which I'm willing to bet few of you have read and even less have actually studied. In this story, sunlight does not hurt Dracula!!!!! He is seen by Jonathan on the streets of London during the day. He does have super speed, strength, and the ability to look young enternally with a supply of blood. Edward in Twilight has all of these requirements.

Third: As for the "werewolves" in the story if you've read all the way to the last one you'd know that they are not considered true werewolves but shape-shifters. Big difference. Shape-shifters chose to change, werewolves are forced to. I willl give on the point that Stephanie Meyer should have clarified this in the beginning of the story but her argument for the term is legitimate. If suddenly a group of people were given the ability to change into wolves, what would you call them? It's not like they knew for sure that there were true werewolves haunting the forests of Europe.

Please, feel free to argue but this is a subject I've studied quite thoroughly because of a passion for science fiction.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiterature Historian

"made up" vampire rules???
As opposed to rules about REAL vampires?

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

Well, technically, there aren't any "vampire rules". The original vampire could basically do anything he or she wanted as long as it was evil and despicable. Don't get me wrong, I hate Twilight for plenty of reasons, but the whole "ruining vampires" thing is silly. You can't ruin vampires. because they don't actually have any specific rules. All of these so called rules are purely creations of Hollywood. Dislike Meyer for her lack of skill and talent, not her imagination. Don't worry, kids. Everything is going to be alright.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

I saw both twilight and new moon and at first was not too impressed. At first, I was annoyed with the idea of changing all of traditional ways vampires and werewolves lived/function. MY fiancé buried her nose in eclipse and breaking dawn and ignored everyone and everything around her to the point where i said it must have been that good so i decided to read a chapter. Long story short, after giving it a chance I realized that the twilight series was more then just vamp/werewolves. It actually is a rather awesome love story. BTW what we begin to assume is a werewolf is actually a shape-shifter.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHABITS

LOL leeches...lol. It kinda reminds me of howitshouldhaveended.com 's version of Twilight.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAria

Umm, as much as I hate Twilight (gack talk about a bad writing style, poor character development, and basic legend destruction), you can't really ding her for the werewolf thing. There are actually stories of people who can turn into wolves at will, without relying on the moon. They're called lup garoos (spelling mutilated) and are more commonly called "Children of the Moon". They were blessed by the moon, who granted them the power to turn into wolves and run with her. It's mostly a European legend, and although I will say that she murdered the vampire legend, the werewolf one is technically it.

My girlfriend made me see Twilight with her.

It was the most horrifying thing I've ever been through, including getting puked on by my older brother.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVerick

upon further review of this... i have to say the funniest part is "richa verma's" post. The fact that they are defending Twilight with such terrible grammar just pleases me greatly. The best part of all though is that we should all go get our heads checked because we recognize bad writing and storytelling when we see it. shucks.

June 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdigs

I'm Who and I totally care.

June 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWHO

Ah ha ha... thank you for the laugh richa verma... your comment just depicted what a twilight fan acts and writes like exactly

July 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanG

regardless of the actual validity of the monsters, the book itself is just very poorly written and it has a whole lot of religious and sexist symbolism. really annoying if you take the time to break it down, which most intelligent people cant bear to commit to

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermelanie

"I think" stands for "My opinion is", the only way the next sentence could be proven wrong is by knowing that he tells something he don't thinks, even if it is objectively wrong.

So you may change his mind but what he told still true, he still "was thinking that"... and now he simply thinks differently.

Thats what I think ;).

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrel

I love how the author's last name is the same as the author of the Twilight series...

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTravis

To everyone who keeps questioning the last panel about the werewolves that change at will... he was being sarcastic. He KNOWS Twilight etc. has those things. It's called wit, people.

And thank you, comic creator extrordinare! I must be the only person in my group of friends that doesn't like Twilight, and none of them understand why. This comic pretty much sums up everything wrong with Twilight except bad acting in the movies, and poor writing skills by Stephanie Meyer. As soon as this whole Twilight craze is over the world will be for the better. (And yes, diehards, it WILL end. Just like LotR, Star Wars, etc. There will still be the fans, oh yes, but so many will be silenced of their first movie-love by the next blockbuster.)

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarma

xD good stuff. GO TEAM JACOB. lol jk i we hate twilight at the office just as much as the next guy

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWeb Guy

This is awesome. I love this, and it's so true, I hate Twilight, I mean my family has done some pretty messed up things in our history, we played a large role in the Spanish Inquisition, we led many witch and other demon hunts (these included hunts for vampires), yeah we're pretty messed up family. Twilight though is just shameful, I mean vampires and werewolves, and the others monsters are things that such be feared and hated and hunted down, this just made them into jokes. Man, if these fangirls were around back when those hunts were still goings on they would be burned at the stake for being vessels for the Devil, though I think that last thing would be kind of true.

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBenito

richa verma....
no one is going to take you or your comments seriously if you keep excluding all of the vowels. learn how to spell, then express your opinion.

July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBTizz

This is funny. I liked the Twilight series until it got ridiculously popular and then I was just sort of "The books are eh and the movies are awful (to put it lightly)) It's an easy series to make fun of as only the most ridiculously popular things in society are & the more popular it is, the funnier it is. Good job man. As for Twilight fans being offended, chill. It's a joke. I liked the Twilight books but I'll still make fun of them by joking that "only real vampires sparkle" in a gay sarcastic voice. or I'll joke about how it's a story about a girl deciding between necrophelia and beastiality. Twilight turned me off majorly though when the Twilight moms were excited to see "Edward" take his shirt off at the end of New Moon. SERIOUSLY? He's like what, 20 something? & his character is 17. If a 40 year old guy wanted to see a 20/17yr old girl take her shirt off it would be viewed as perversion and would be disgusting. These crazy people just take it too damn far. But the shape shifting thing that the Quileutes do is actually interesting and has some substance to it. She's a good researcher, I'll give her that. In their legends the warriors of the tribe turned into wolves to protect them but it's stupid that they even think themselves true werewolves in the first place. They should have realized they weren't really werewolves when they could change themselves at will and didn't have to care about the full moon. DUH. Anyway, this is hilarious, keep up the good work man. I'll be on the lookout for these leechmen so they don't blind me with their sparklyness. XD

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmsy

I was froced to watch one of these films, and unfortunatly all i got from it was some girl was stuggling with her desires between necrophillia and beastiality....

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjon

This argument of the qualifications of a vampire is a waste of pixels and drive space. Vampires suck life. The original movie vampire sucks life, the bullshit twilight vampire movie sucks life, and arguing about it sucks life. Wastomg up're time drawing that comic sucked the oxygen I could have been breathing. Bitch about something that looks like it has a point.

Loki

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLokisan

What a load of garbage. First, if you're going to straighten somebody out, you should both be seated, then the person with the info should deliver it well and fully. Your guy is an idiot talking to another idiot. Beep that.

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan

If only you had done this when your purported sister Stephanie wrote those books! Why couldn't you be right, then, Scoot, huh?! WHY COULDN'T YOU BE RIGHT, THEN?!

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAMIRITE?

she says they are not were wolves in the book that they are lycanthropes which are actually exactly like what are in the books they follow all the myths following lycanthropy. just had to point that out.

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterl

You know, for an accurate description of modern vampires, hellsing ultimate is the way to go.

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUgvvguv

Thank you. I love you. This comic has made my day. Again, thank you.

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCalen

This was fantastic!! I swear you've been evesdropping on my friends and I...

The part which bugs me about people defending "Twilight" based on the "Vampires are made up and therefore so are the rules" arguement is that vampires are creatures from folklore with different versions appearing in every culture. Adding your own spin on them isn't bad at all, but there are certain traditions that ought to be respected. Vampires in sunlight I can deal with--Carmilla for example was a famous example (she was awake though weakened in the afternoons)--'Vampires' sparkling like a Disney pixie is just too much.
Though I don't usually consider Edward a "leech-person"...I don't want to insult any leeches....

(BTW, for those who haven't seen the movie & don't quite know why it inspires so much venom, my sister saw the latest one. Apparently the best part was when the power cut out in the middle. I believe she may have mentioned people applause at that point)

August 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQueen_Undine

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