My friend Tammy wrote a piece about the ladies of Wizard Rock (for the uninitiated, that’s bands spun out of the Harry Potter universe) and the new, growing subculture of, yes, Twilight rock.
But plenty of DIY communities, especially within the indie music scene, are male-dominated and less than female-friendly. The difference in wizard rock is the sheer number of women and girls making the music, and the extraordinary amount of encouragement wrockers and fans provide each other. Many men who are involved in wizard rock actively support their female peers, and the vast majority of wrock music avoids demeaning or stereotypical treatments of women.
Wizard rock has also paved the way for Twilight rock, a small but growing collection of musicians and bands devoted to making music inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling series. Mostly made up of solo acts and acoustic bands who sing from the perspective of the novel’s many characters, Twirock is overwhelmingly (and, given the book’s fan demographics, unsurprisingly) dominated by women. Katie Parr of the band Bella Rocks! says, “Obviously, Twirock is a branch of wizard rock. We’re still in our young stages, but we are related to them in almost every way.” But Twilight rock doesn’t seem to have the momentum that wizard rock had at the same time in its history, leaving one to wonder if Twilight’s female-dominated readership hinders the growth of its fan-based musical movement.
Most wizard and Twilight rockers will acknowledge that the treatment of women in their source materials is problematic, and some wrockers have also raised questions about gender issues in the scene.
I love when a creative work, whatever that work might be, spawns other creative work, and particularly since Twilight faces a lot of criticism for encouraging girls into traditional gender roles, it’s nice to see girls who love the books taking that love to a very untraditionally feminine place: fronting a rock band.
Of course, there’s the usual downside:
Although there’s no open feud, and a few wizard rockers even have Twirock side projects, Twirockers are often received in the same way that the public tends to characterize all Twilight fans: as screaming, silly girls.
Still, it’s a start. Maybe the more active and involved Twilight fans get, the easier it will be for people to take them seriously–at least as seriously as grown men who call themselves “Harry and the Potters.”