WARNING: the following post is about Twilight. I apologize in advance. I can’t believe I’m doing this, but I wrote it, I obviously have a strong opinion on the matter. So, therefor, why not post it. Feel free to totally ignore this post. Though, I have to say, I am curious about other takes on this subject. So if you DO read, I’d love your feedback…
I read the first Twilight book to find out what all the ruckus was about. I remember when Harry Potter was so popular that I decided to check it out and BOOM! Amazing books! Twilight, not-so-much. It read like a cheesy bodice-ripper (but without the bodice ripping). Sometimes cheesy bodice-rippers can be a harmless and fun waste of time. But cheesy bodice rippers with a clearly anti-feminist message that are marketed to young women, are a waste of time, yes. But harmless, they are not.
I know from the first book that the lead character, Bella, is described as almost being entirely nondescript! And I remember being startled by this. But beyond this and the fact that book is just filled with paragraph after paragraph of how beautiful Edward, the vampire is, I didn’t see much to get angry over. Of course I wasn’t taking it seriously, so I probably wasn’t paying attention.
Then last night I turned on the tv to find the movie New Moon had just started, so I thought, eh why not. At first I found the movie hilarious. The sappy, impossible lines being acted out so… sincerely (I guess) was just down-right amusing. But, after a while it started to make me angry.
As I watched a started to make a list of all the things that were beyond fucked up…
- This quote: “If this is about my soul — take it. I don’t want it without you!” -Bella.
- Bella goes into a deep depression for months and months where she doesn’t do anything but pine for her lost love. No one thinks to get her professional help? As if this is normal female behavior? No one thinks to address this? It’s odd to say the least.
- Bella constantly puts herself in danger and/or hurts herself to be “closer” to a boy. Though, I must admit, the whole “disembodied head of Edward” thing really cracked me up.
- The “heroine” can’t think of anything but boys. She doesn’t even seem to have a personality unless she is around a member of the opposite sex. That is, a member of the opposite sex in which she finds herself sexually attracted to.
- Another female character (Emily, the fiance of the lead werewolf guy) was mutilated in a “brief moment” of anger from by her fiance. And yet, she continues to stay with with him?
- Oh, plus Emily’s only screen time is her in the kitchen making/serving food to the boys…
- Bella constantly states that her only reason for living is a boy.
- Bella’s only female friend describes her as not knowing “anyone more prone to life-threatening idiocy.” THIS is the heroine!?
- Both of Bella’s romantic interests are over-protective, jealous, seek to manipulate her to their wills/ways of life and are quick to violent fits of anger.
- OMG THIS QUOTE: “It doesn’t make sense for you to love me. … I’m nothing.” -Bella
It became quite clear that this chick Bella has some serious psychotic tendencies that, it appears, teenage girls are mistaking for “true love.” And that’s what I really have a problem with. Not every lead female character needs to be strong and kick some major ass. But, when a young woman’s role model is a deeply disturbed girl with an unsettling obsession with a very violent man … THAT’S where I start to get so angry that I write an entire blog post devoted to Twilight.
This is all sick and I need to stop. If there are any impressionable young girls out there reading this — this is NOT love, the women are NOT healthy and this whole story is NOT something to idolize.
Am I crazy? Are there others out there who see this? Am I thinking about it too much? (Duh.) Are there other ways in which to view this film that aren’t so dark and demeaning? Let me know what you guys think.