This weekend, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1, will premiere at a theater near you. The quirky fictional romance about an ordinary teenager named Bella Swan, who moves to Forks, Washington and falls for a vampire named Edward Cullen (who looks seventeen but was born in 1901), also features Jacob Black, a shape-shifting teen who can transform himself into a wolf and who loves Bella.
In Breaking Dawn, based on the fourth and last novel in the series, Bella marries Edward, gives birth to their daughter and nearly dies, and morphs into a vampire.
The books, created by Stephenie Meyer (a graduate of Brigham Young University) when she was a stay-at-home mom, boast a massive, global following. As of this writing, the official Facebook page for the latest Twilight flick had 25,925,820 likes, while ardent followers have been nicknamed Twi-hards. The principal stars of the movies, Kristin Stewart (Bella), Robert Pattinson (Edward), and Taylor Lautner (Jacob) also have a ridiculous number of people, from relentless paparazzi to infatuated adolescents, who monitor their every move.
But some of the attention lavished on this saga is beyond ridiculous. It’s an affront to taxpayers.
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