Twilightmania has currently got a firm hold on schoolgirls almost worldwide, with teenieboppers everywhere idolising tousle-haired Robert Pattinson and over-gelled Taylor Lautner. But Goths, for the most part, seem immune to the allure of the sparkling vampires. A friend from my old site was in fact so disgusted by the books that she burned them (a waste of money and paper, if you ask me, but heigh-ho).
I think that part of the reason that a lot of Goths are anti-Twilight - despite the cameo from Bauhaus's very own Peter Murphy in the movie Eclipse, and the supernatural romance subject matter - is the sheer media hype and the fact that Twilight has, by and large, taken over the market. Almost overnight, vampires are EVERYwhere. And Goth culture, by association, is currently 'enjoying' new status as media darling, marketing tool, and pre-teen fad.
Not to mention that, for devoted readers of Goth doyennes Poppy Z. Brite, Anne Rice and Tanith Lee (to name but three Vampire Lit Queens of the Goth subculture), the whole Twilight thing seems a little, well, sad. Vegetarian vampires that double as disco balls? Honestly, Ms. Meyer, Lestat (and Louis, my one and only fictional vampire crush *swoons* - he may be almost vegetarian, but he damn sure doesn't sparkle) would be ashamed...
Basically, the Twilight Saga has taken some of the things Goths enjoy most about vampire romance and vamp fiction in general, and trodden them underfoot. Then, to add insult to injury, a series of novels that are at best cheesy fun and at worst mediocre, have gained sudden superstardom and forced Goth into the limelight.
Incidentally, the Harry Potter series is actually reasonably popular amongst Goths (witchcraft and wizardry being ever-popular themes in dark culture) and never garnered the same level of loathing as Twilight; possibly because Potter geeks, unlike Twi-hards, have never been associated with Goth culture.
However, there are some Goths who do enjoy Twilight - me being one of them. Sure, they're not the best-written series in the world and I don't think they deserve the level of obsession and attention they have received, but I wouldn't rate them any worse than my previously-reviewed paranormal romance Vamps and the City (for example). Why so much hatred (or conversely, so much adoration) for what is basically an average vampire romance?
Whilst sparkly vampires make me wince, and I'm never going to drool over Pattinson's caveman mug, I've read the books, seen two of the movies, and have an Eclipse poster in my bedroom. I'm not obsessive about the series, but I don't despise it either, and I'm sure I'm not the only Goth who remains reasonably neutral.
Goths who like (or snarkily tolerate) the Twilight series seem generally quite amused about the whole thing; I have never met, online or otherwise, a Goth affected by Twilightmania, and Twilight tends to be treated as ironic entertainment. For example, Jillian Venters of Gothic Charm School (who falls distinctly into the 'snarkily tolerate' category) and some of her Gothy friends went on a sparkly-vampires road trip (to Forks, I am assuming), accompanied by a car full of cupcakes with bats and vampires iced on them.
So, NO to new babybats who think that Twilight is the epitome of Gothy vampire fiction. But otherwise, like it or hate it - it's just another vampire book, why all the fuss?