As ill-advised weddings go, Vegas has played host to more than its fair share. If we were looking for the weirdest of the lot, though, this would be a strong contender. A woman is marrying a cardboard cut-out of Edward Cullen from Twilight. But it may not be exactly what you think.
Why would a woman want to marry a piece of cardboard? Here's a better question—why would she have an indiegogo crowdfunding page for that wedding that successfully raised $1,235.00? Is it because of Edward Cullen's stalking ways, his diamond-cutting cheekbones, or his ... sparkle?
Or is it something else entirely? Bride to be Lauren Adkins explains herself:
This work focuses on the female escapist fantasy in its most popular forms-primarily finding "true love"-and the extent to which it seeps into our real lives. I've looked at this fantasy primarily through a pop cultural lens; that is I've used film & television's representations of the love story and female characters in general in an attempt to understand my own expectations of romantic love. Because of personal attachment to and experience with this fantasy or quest, which took a particularly strong hold of me when I discovered the intensely popular Twilight Saga, my thesis exhibition will touch on romantic expectation primarily through the main love interest, Edward Cullen.
So this isn't so much about love as it is about analysis. Given the wild success of the Twilight Saga both as a book series and a host of films, it's not surprising that Edward would become the pale face for this feminist experiment.
Think Lauren isn't taking this seriously? Think again. The money she raised is going to all sorts of things, from minister fees to her bridal gown, dinner and even wedding rings. While we lowly Internet folk may not be there in person to witness the unholy union, the chance to see it streamed live will be available.
What do you make of this—competent performance art challenging the present-day ideals of female wish fulfillment ... or just a lady marrying a stiff piece of paper?