‘Twilight’ Web Site Controversy Inspires Strong Reactions

Yesterday, on the MTV Movies site, MTV News looked into an incident that happened Friday, where the Twilight Lexicon Blog was hacked, an act that resulted in the Web’s largest Twilight fan community being down for 48 hours.

According to site moderator Nicole Bright, the act was from a group of “haters,” who were disappointed or angered by “Breaking Dawn,” Stephenie Meyer’s blockbuster fourth installment (and, by extension, the Lexicon’s support of said book).

Several users who commented on the MTV News story suggested that it wasn’t necessarily “Breaking Dawn” that had the perpetrators riled up.

“I don’t agree with how the Lex blames it all on ’BD’ haters,” user Sarah wrote. “I think its much more than that. It was Lex haters!”

“From what I understand the hacking had nothing to do with the books, but rather the manifesto that the Lexicon recently put up, which pretty much took away posters’ freedom to share their true opinions on the book,” user lcculpep echoed. “I don’t agree with what the hacker did, but at the same time I think the Lexicon is taking things just a tad too far. … The manifesto isn’t the first time they have tried to take control of the fandom.”

The Manifesto was a nine-point bulletin posted by Lexicon staff members, breaking down their new rules for discussion.

“Stephenie Meyer’s writing … is [not] to be compared to bad fan fiction, ever,” rule number three stated.

“If every time you post it is going to start with feelings along the lines of ‘It would have been better if …’ it takes the fun out of the boards,” read another.

Judging by the comments on the article, many thought these rules were draconian at best, and “ridiculous” at worst — and, more importantly, the direct cause of the hack.

“It was the bloody manifesto’s fault,” the Pirate Princess wrote.

“While I don’t support malicious hacking or destroying the hard work of others, neither do I support a dictatorial authority telling me I can’t be a fan if I have reservations about a book. When you are banning phrases like … ‘It could have been better if …’ you are not trying to make a better site,” user FerrinLandry added. “You are trying to quash people’s opinions that don’t agree with your own.”

We may never know the true identity of the hacker. But is there anything feuding Twilighters can agree on?

“How very immature,” user xtwilightxsunx wrote in the very first comment. “Regardless if you liked the book or not, hacking into a fan site where those of us that did enjoy the book can discuss it is uncalled for. This action isn’t going to do anything but piss the fans off.”