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Twilight: Popularizing Baby Names

Whether you love it or hate it, Twilight has infiltrated our society, and it seems to show no signs of stopping. To give you an example of how much this fictional story has affected our world, lets look at the Social Security Administrations list of newborn baby names for 2009.

The most popular boys name is currently Jacob, but that may have little to do with the popularity of the Twilight series. Since 1999, Jacob has held the #1 spot for male baby names. Out of 4.1 million babies born in 2009, 21,000 were named Jacob. Those poor kids are in for a world of lycanthropic humiliation.

As for the female protagonist in Twilight, Bella, the name now ranks at #58, leaping 64 spots from the previous year. At this rate, Bella may become the #1 female newborn name for 2010, but only time and data will tell. As a side note, Isabella is currently the most popular female newborn name. I pray we do not see the #1 and #2 spot filled with both Isabella and Bella.

Rounding out the sudden boom of newborn Twilight popularity is the name Cullen, from the character Edward Cullen. In 2008, the name was ranked at #782. In 2009, however, it jumped nearly 300 spots to claim the rank of #485. While that is still very low on the list, it shows just how much of a popularity explosion there was among child-expecting Twilight fans. Again, one can only hope that this trend does not continue into 2010 and we find ourselves suddenly surrounded by mass amounts of Cullen babies.

In 2010, the New York Times interviewed a woman who had read Breaking Dawn while pregnant and later named her newborn Cullen. The mother had this to say: I like old names. And most of [the Twilight] characters in there are vampires. So they are really, really old names.

Yes, clearly those fictional characters based on fictional beings are very old, and their names are equally as fictional and old. You have it right, Mrs. Twilight Fan, you have it right.

Bite Me.

Vampire Bite

With our modern day love affair with vampires still in full force, and Halloween right around the corner, there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight. If you can’t beat em, join em.

Take look at quiet mysterious Bella from the Twilight Series. She dresses dark and appears to be half dead and depressed most of the time. However, teenagers across the world are pining to look and act like her in order to get the vampire or their dreams. You can beat everyone to the bite, so to speak.

Here’s what to do:

Start dressing in dark colors. Keep your hair long and in your face. Lighten your face with a little powder to give yourself that “just bitten” look. The coverage is buildable so just a little bit will do you fine. Don’t go overboard… this isn’t a Casper contest. Use dark shadow to highlight your under eye circles. Dead is in, don’t hide your lack of sleep anymore! Next, apply your bite. You can bet that you’ll be getting more attention then Pamela Anderson at a frat party.

Face Painting Glitter

Boys, you want more girls than you can shake your stick at? Toss some glitter all over your body and walk into the sunlight. You will be swarmed in the hottest mess of 14 years olds you can imagine and probably a few sex crazed Adam Lambert fans as well. Don’t forget your setting spray, it will keep you glittering all night and all day.

Good luck!

Can Charley Defeat Edward?

A couple of years ago, a “Near Dark” remake was scrapped because the producer was afraid that the story, which has a teenage romance element, would come off like an R-rated “Twilight” knockoff — apparently, the planned unnecessary remake was probably a thousand times worse than imagined. Although 1985’s “Fright Night” isn’t quite as awesome as the near-perfect “Near Dark,” it’s up there; “Fright Night” also has a teen romance element, so it’s fair to worry that the updated remake that’s currently in development could tread too close to Twilight territory. More likely, the “Fright Night” remake will be the anti-Twilight, an encyclopedia of traditional vampire lore like the original, with wooden crosses, bats and razor-sharp fangs.

The remake actually looks promising. This week, it was announced that Colin Farrell and Toni Colette have been added to the the cast, in addition to Anton Yelchin (aka teen Kyle Reese) as Charley and rumors that Chris Sarandon will be featured as himself in the Roddy McDowell role, which would be too cool, if true. Now word is the new “Fright Night” will be in 3D, too — how could a ’10s version not be?