Much Ado About Stalking

Finally saw Twilight last week and as expected the movie was..meh. A few scenes were outright gag-worthy, others were more tolerable, and the rest was just okay. Compared to the book though, I'd have to agree that the movie was so much better, mostly because of the reduction in the gag factor. Which got me thinking. About Edward and his certifiably something fan base and how people will, for a pretty face, overlook any character flaw be it extreme sappiness or the propensity to stalk someone, as stalk Bella Edward certainly does. In fact, people do more than overlook Edward's 'flaws', they love him for it. The film even has an ode to the depths of sappiness that Edward will sink to (in the guise of Bella's lullaby). Somewhat surprisingly, however, there is no stalker song in the movie.

This leads me to my next brain wave–stalker songs. We can all think of a few, can't we? The Police's Every Breath You Take for example, probably the definitive stalker song of the past century. And then there's Blondie's One Way or Another. Wait till the 0:49 second mark when Debbie Harry promises to "drive past your house" in that deep voice of hers and if that doesn't freak you out (or turn you on), I don't know what will. Then of course there's that stalker song that sneaks up on you, waiting to be picked on your shuffle list, and it's not until you start to really listen to the lyrics one day (or belt it out in an ill-advised karaoke session) when it dawns on you that, omg, this is a seriously creepy song. I can think of at least two songs which fit that bill: Crash Into Me (Dave Matthews Band) and Goodnight and Go (Imogen Heap), both of which start off innocently enough, then proceed to get creepier by the second. The final song to round off my stalker playlist? I'd have to go for Sarah McLachlan's Possession, which was inspired by an actual stalker. Inspire might not be the best word actually–McLachlan reportedly wrote the song to help her cope with an obsessive fan who claimed he was in love with her.

What's your favorite stalker song?

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