This is all copied and pasted from the introductions forum, but I thought I would announce myself on this thread as well since it seems to be the place for academic research related analysis of the Twilight phenomenon. So, here I am!
My name is TwiAnthropologist, and I am so excited to be a part of this amazing forum! I wanted to let all of you know about a project that I'm working on over the summer.
I am an undergraduate student with a university funded research grant to study the Twilight phenomenon! My mentor is Dr. K, a cultural anthropologist. She has studied major cultural phenomena, from Disney to Harry Potter, and seeks to determine how fan movements come to exist. As her student researcher, I am eager and ready to learn more about anthropological methodology.
Over the summer, I will be looking for some of the ways that Twilight fans identify themselves and categorize their worlds. I will be collecting information about Twilight literature, merchandise, websites, films, and events. But most importantly, I will be interacting with fans, both online and in person. I cannot wait for the midnight screening of Eclipse on June 30, and I will definitely be attending a Twilight Convention later in the summer!
But, I will be needing your help. To tell you the truth, I am new to this whole "Twi-world." When I found out about my summer project, I finished up my finals and came home to read the entire Twilight Saga. Although I have never been a major fan of anything before, I have to say that I was mesmerized. I spet hours at a time reading those books, and of course I devoured the movies...three times. I will be blogging every day with updates and tidbits about my findings--and I look forward to hearing what you think!
My blog is already up and running, with a few weeks of research already documented. Please take a look at http://www.twianthro.wordpress.com
. I would love your comments
I'm not going to ask any specific questions--anthropology research (or at least the kind that I'm doing) is more about immersing oneself in a certain culture in order to understand it. So, I'll be around the site a lot just making conversation about everything Twilight related. That being said, I would love for you to tell me what you think I should be looking for, or what you feel is most important about the Twilight saga. Your comments on my blog would be super helpful, because that will help me figure out if I'm getting it right, or if I'm totally off base! Can't wait to get started.
Lots of love,