TWILIGHT — THE PRESLEY FACTOR

Published August 25, 2009

I’ve done a few Twilight-related articles here … however, after recently doing a bio of Elvis Presley over at Examiner, something occurred to me about one of the mysterious reasons this series is so popular.

Yes, Stephenie Meyer paid homage to some classically successful literature in her books (Romeo and Juliet, anyone?), and basically told a story about an “every-girl” in love with the “ultimate bad boy with a heart of gold,” but when it comes to the furor over the film series, I’ve noticed something I don’t think anyone else has brought up: The Presley Factor.

ELVIS PRESLEY OR EDWARD CULLEN?
Young Elvis
My theory is not rock solid, but as pictures often say more than words, check out exhibits A and B below.

Countless critics have referred to Robert Pattinson as having a brooding quality: with that tousled and slightly greasy mane piled high on his noggin, and his ability to put his chin down and his eyes up, creating a dark-lidded smolder, from certain angles he resembles a young Elvis Presley. He has certainly mastered the ability to cause screaming pandemonium among teenage girls.

EXHIBIT A – PRESLEY AND PATTINSON
Presley and Pattinson
The painfully lovely Kristen Stewart, on the other hand, is a chameleon. Sometimes her look can change so drastically she doesn’t even resemble herself. Other times, she reminds me quite a bit of Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. Both are jaw-droppingly gorgeous, know how to use smoky eye shadow to great effect … and is it just me or do they both look perpetually stoned?  (You know … in a good way.)

EXHIBIT B – LISA MARIE PRESLEY AND KRISTEN STEWART
Presley and Stewart
What does all this mean? I haven’t a clue. But something else of note is that Elvis’ granddaughter, and Lisa Marie’s daughter, Danielle Riley Keough is making her film debut in The Runaways, alongside Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett. Coincidence? You decide.

I recently stumbled on a YouTube video made by someone who also appreciates Twilight’s Presley Factor. While I’m not sold on the idea that Pattinson should play Presley, the video is entertaining nevertheless. Check it out and let me know your thoughts.