Michael Jackson has danced away forever. He leaves behind the brilliant image of a consummate genius of music and dance, — untimely death included. He also represents the tragic face of identity politics in the United States, at the end of the twentieth century. If Barack Obama stands for the triumph of such politics, in the beginning of the twenty-first century, as his mixed race solidly allies white and black, Michael Jackson stands for the previous stage, when sacrifice was still necessary for victory and black battled white.
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The “light-er” side of Twi-light reveals the importance, in the fantasy genre, of the matrix of “supernatural proximity.” It is represented here by the vampire world. These new millennium vampires get involved with human beings, are not afraid of light, do not all eat human flesh, do not sleep in coffins and are sensitive to environmental issues. Their turn-of-the-century pop looks (sculpted hair, coloured contact lenses, vintage clothes) would make count Dracula turn green with envy. Proximity provides the readers with the possibility of playing on a whole range of positions, allowing them to travel through simulated universes, where reality is different by only a single change of rules that authorizes all sorts of discrepancies: here, immortality makes it possible to revisit mortality.