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EW's 'Twilight' cover backlash

Ewcover_twilight_2 What's the fastest way to rile up a whole community of fan girls? Depict their favorite vampire heartthrob in a less-than-flattering light.

The cover of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly features the leads of the upcoming "Twilight" movie, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, in full-on glam mode, and it's generating plenty of negative reaction from devoted readers of Stephenie Meyer’s ultra-successful young adult franchise who are less than thrilled with the shot.

The English actor plays Edward, a 90-something vamp who struggles to control his thirst for human blood. Stewart stars as Bella Swan, the quirky, independent-minded high school student who captures his heart. Catherine Hardwicke is directing the film, which is due out Dec. 12.

Though the online community has gone wild for almost anything having to do with the film, the new image is being criticized for a whole host of reasons -- but mostly for its depiction of Pattinson, whose unbuttoned shirt/chest-hair look doesn't exactly jibe with the descriptions of Edward that appear in the books.

Over at MTV.com, which features updates on the film every Tuesday as part of its "Twilight Tuesdays" series, comments such as the following were typical: "Edward looks like a ZOMBIE," a poster identified as "Horrified" said. "The stylists and photographer obviously had no idea who the characters are. Horrible! I thought the photo was a fake at first.  And wow, he looks like a hairy, powdered donut."

"Blake" agreed. "This cover is horrible. I mean Bella is supposed to be timid and ‘girl next door,’ and this photo does not convey any of that. And as for Edward, his lips are too red, and he is too white. I think that this is a crappy cover for such an amazing series, and it does not do the actors or the movie justice.”

Entblog_twilightIn the "Twilight" forums on Amazon.com, "Alice" posted: "I agree. I mean, come on. If Steve Carell can wax his chest, why cant Rob?!?"

Not every response has been quite so vitriolic, of course. On Fanpop.com, kittykatkate wrote: "Honestly, it's a good picture, but it kinda reminds me of the covers of those romance novels you see at a grocery store or something."

The next book in the series, "Breaking Dawn," is set for release Aug. 2.

-- Gina McIntyre

 
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The cover was a really bad cover. Rob Pattinson is gorgeous but they managed to make him not so gorgeous. I'm not bothered by his hair. I don't think it's that bad. I am bothered with the make up and the hair on his head and the angle of this shot. The photographer and stylist really messed this up.. Rob deserves better. Twilight deserves better.

I think whoever's in charge is going a little overboard in trying to make Edward look scary. Aren't vampires just supposed to look seductive? If they look scary, they wouldn't have much success in seducing their prey. Ha, I love the way the books make us take these silly things so seriously.

btw Edward is not 90 something he is 107. and i mean the picture is not how i thought it should look but i will still buy the magazine. they could have done a better job but what can you do about it?

Excuse me but edward is 107. his birthday was on June 20, 1901. that is one other way to enrage fan girls. jk. I'm not that mad but get the facts right.

I think they both look fine - I'm going out to buy the magazine just because they are on the cover :P

People need to stop hating on this cover. Kristen cant look innocent. They want to sell the magazine. They need to have a sexy cover, and frankly its very sexy. Rob doesnt need to wax his chest, because no where in the book do it say that Edwards chest was hairless. I think Rob is extremly hot in this picture. I would totally do him :) and I personally cant wait for this mag. to come out so i can put the picture on my wall. The fangirls for Twilight need to take a chill pill can accept what they get. Because you know when the movie comes out they are all going to be there and fainting by the awesome sexiness that will be covering the screen.

This picture is so....odd. It doesn't even look like Kristen and Rob. Especially not Bella and Edward. Oh well, the inside photos make up for it. : )

aww how ruude.. :/
buut well i thiinkk kristen looks beautiifuul!
& robert looks akward..i agree with that..
buut WOOW! the insidee picturres are
beautiifuull the one in the raiinn iss HOOT!
lovved it<3333333333333333333333333!

Hahahah! I love this LA Times article, because it was very truth full! This thus far is my least favorite picture! (I'm not saying its that bad- just umm, Bella looks to 'sexy' in the pictures, and Rob's hair is everywhere {not just his chest hair either- I don't like head hair also}) xD :)

If you know the Twilight community well enough to know that we go crazy over any Twilight-related release, than you should also know us well enough to know that we stick behind the people we support 100% percent.

Nobody is 'generating plenty of negative reaction', much less is there a 'backlash'.

We're all thrilled that Kristen and Rob got a cover of Entertainment Weekly, and we're happy for them.

If you're going to jump on the Twilight bandwagon to get a lot of hits towards your site, the best way to make sure that those are recurring hits probably isn't to offend your target audience.

alight when they say 90, they're reffering to how long hes been a vampire....not all together.
now to this picture........its horrible....
Robert's hands look dirty from the hair... ( werewolf-ish much?)
the look on his face is not seductive or anything like that its rather creepy
But i kind of like Bella . its a little too seductive, it makes her seem like the vampire not edward....

I didn't think the cover was real the first time I saw it, I thought it was fanart. It's not really a bad picture, though. I don't think Kristen looks like herself, she's beautiful in this picture, but it reminds me more of Evan Rachel Wood. I think Rob looks hot and honestly, sometimes I'm ashamed to be a fan of the Twilight Saga because of how immature a lot of the other fans are. It makes me want to completely renounce my attatchment of the books and go read Libba Bray's series again. I would really love it if Twilight "fans" could grow up a little bit. No wonder we have so many haters.

I think it's a pretty good photo .DO NOT critacise the cast they rock .Go Spunk !Go Kristen!

Okay I thought this cover was a joke when I first saw it. I mean, why would Bella ever wear a DRESS? Seriously if she dreaded going to prom in a dress then why would she wear it any other time?? As for Rob/Edward, one word--DISGUSTING! He normally looks so hot, and now he looks horrible. The eyes are BLACK, I mean, c'mon is it that hard to put in the contacts he's been wearing for months for one photo? And his hair--ICK wayyy too red! Edward is NOT a redhead, he's supposed to have bronze-colored hair. The makeup on Rob looks horrible, his eyes are too dark and his lips just look weird. I'm not saying the pose isn't hot (for Rob and Kris) but for Edward and Bella...Yeah, they DEFINITELY don't act like that. Ever. This cover would make a LITTLE bit of sense if it was Rob/Kris...But since its supposed to portray Edward and Bella it's just horrible. And I am only buying it because it has to do with Twilight. And because Rob's there. He looks so much better in the movie and in the other shoots that they did. Just this is seriously shameful for a magazine like this to put on the COVER. Seriously guys, do a little research before you shoot something like this for your COVER. Idiots.

The photo is supposed to be of Kristen and Rob...not Bella and Edward. The shoot was for the actors not the characters. Sure they tied in the book/movie with the apple thing but I don't believe their goal was to make it look like the characters per say.

I mean, c'mon...they couldn't turn anyone into Edward Cullen even if they tried. He's just to perfect and as we all know, perfection is something you here about in fictional stories. (Like Twilight!)

I think the shot is beautiful and so what if Rob has a little chest hair?
He is a grown man, they are bound to have hair there. He does look a little pale but it doesn't take anything away.
I'm a huge Twilight fan and I'm ok with the cover...not absolutely thrilled, but I'm not going to bash someone's art direction because of it.
If you think the picture could've been better, then go photoshop it and prove it.

O.M.G. That was funny. I agree the cover is not the best. I was thinking it would be something more...real. I mean Rob look ugly and he is hott and Kristen doesn't look like Bella. She is too pretty. I don't know. It is okay...i guess.

Rob needs to shave his chest..or whatever guys do to there chest :D

Hey, um, you switched up my post with someone else's.

I actually wrote this-

'If you know the Twilight community well enough to know that we go crazy over any Twilight-related release, than you should also know us well enough to know that we stick behind the people we support 100% percent.

Nobody is 'generating plenty of negative reaction', much less is there a 'backlash'.

We're all thrilled that Kristen and Rob got a cover of Entertainment Weekly, and we're happy for them.

If you're going to jump on the Twilight bandwagon to get a lot of hits towards your site, the best way to make sure that those are recurring hits probably isn't to offend your target audience.'

But you MY post under another commenter named Sara, and put my URL with this post-

'alight when they say 90, they're reffering to how long hes been a vampire....not all together.
now to this picture........its horrible....
Robert's hands look dirty from the hair... ( werewolf-ish much?)
the look on his face is not seductive or anything like that its rather creepy
But i kind of like Bella . its a little too seductive, it makes her seem like the vampire not edward....'

Is there anyway to switch that back?
I'd like credit for what I actually wrote.

He's beautiful and they ruined him in that picture. That stylist should be fired. :/ They did no research! Edward looks nothing like that. Did they even check any of the movie stills or check with Summit Entertainment or the director?? I'm at a loss for what they were thinking.

A fan photoshopped him with his normal Edward hair and the topaz eyes... 1000% better! It's his hair in this. His face is perfect and gorgeous as always. And SHE looks nothing like Bella there. Bella is not a glam girl. :/

You all are MORONS!

THIS IS NOT SUPPOSED TO DEPICT EDWARD AND BELLA!
ITS TWO ACTORS PROMOTING THEIR MOVIE!
THEY WANT TO CATCH YOUR EYE!

A SHY, TIMID, PLAIN GIRL AND A BOY WITH A BUTTONED UP SHIRT WILL NOT CATCH ANYONES EYE!

im not going to lie, i wasnt big on the cover at first, but after awhile it grew on me.and i have to admitt the picture just doesnt do robert justice. i just dont feel its his best picture. i think kristen looks amazing.
overall i think the cover is Awesome!

ROBERT'S CHEST IS FINE! IT'S THE HAIR. He's way too beautiful for this Harleqiun crap.

And frankly, my mom probably won't let me buy this cover cause of this "seductive, cheesy romance novel cover" lol. She'd be paranoid about Twilight and maybe ban it :(

THINK ABOUT THE TEENS/KIDS WHO HAVE VERY CONSERVATIVE PARENTS Entertainment Weekly!

BTW, Los Angeles Times, there is not a "backlash" just mixed reactions.
I love it. I love RPattz & KStew.
As someone else has said before me, I'm sometimes very ashamed to be Twilighter. Grow up y'all. If you don't like the cover (I do though!) look at the photos inside! GORGEOUS!

And frankly, my mom probably won't let me buy this cover cause of this "seductive, cheesy romance novel cover" lol. She'd be paranoid about Twilight and maybe ban it :(

THINK ABOUT THE TEENS/KIDS WHO HAVE VERY CONSERVATIVE PARENTS Entertainment Weekly!

 
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