Question of the week: which franchise do you really hate?

Twilight annoys me. New Moon annoys me even more, yet I’ve seen neither of them. I’ve seen clips, and they all make me want to strangle Kristen “wetter than a haddock’s bathing costume” Stewart. Robert Pattinson? He’s fine, although I just wish he’d find something better. And the whole plot is very creepy: 100+-year-old vampire falls for underage girl but she turns him on too much so they can’t ever have sex. Ugh. Bloody mormons.

Maybe this hatred is rational; maybe it’s completely irrational. At the very least, it caused The Vampire Diaries to be made, and I had to sit through at least an episode of that, so maybe I do have some cause.

But my veins course with hate whenever there’s even a hint of Twilight around. How about you?

Is there a movie, TV or book franchise whose mere existence fills you with hate?

Maybe it’s Stargate. Maybe it’s those rubbish David Eddings books. Maybe it’s Only Fools and Horses and its numerous spin-offs. Maybe it’s even Spiderman and his amazing cash-ins.

Whatever it is, fess up: it’s good for the soul.

As always, leave a comment with your answer or a link to your answer on your own blog.


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.