I have a simple rule about news items about celebrity gossip. I tend to ignore those things that concern people that I am too much of an old fogey to be aware of, let alone care about. So I will read something if it is about a truly famous actor or someone not so famous but who is of my generation (i.e., old). But if the header of a news item refers to people like minor celebrities like Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, and the like, I tend to skip over it and the story usually disappears fairly quickly. I save lot of time this way.
I started doing my ignoring policy when the recent stories about Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart emerged, since on the surface it seemed to be a run-of-the-mill story about minor actors (whose names I had barely heard about) having affairs. And yet, stories about them simply do not go away and keep popping up on the news sites that I read. It must be at least two weeks now and the stories about Pattinson and Stewart keep coming, even in the British press. It seems to be as big a news story as the affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton was a long time ago. And yet, unlike Pattinson and Stewart, Taylor and Burton were at the peak of their careers and extremely famous.
So why is this couple such a big news story? Are they the greatest actors of their generation and I am simply too much out of the loop to be aware of it? Or is it because, as actors in vampire films, this is part of the fascination with that genre that also baffles me?
I am truly puzzled. What is so special about this story that makes it dominate the celebrity gossip news?