Thursday, August 6, 2009

Lets Discuss: Is Twilight bad for your love life?


Glamour magazine has an article about whether or not Twilight is bad for your love life. They looked at it from a feminist point of view and this is a bit of what they had to say:

Bella has no outside hobbies.
After she moves to Washington, Bella makes a few friends, but she’s not interested in them. Mostly her life is about Edward, Edward, Edward. But what relationship can survive that? Take it from Simone de Beauvoir, who writes about this in The Second Sex:
Two lovers destined solely for each other are already dead: they die of ennui, of the slow agony of a love that feeds on itself. (658)
Outside interests breathe life into a relationship. If you want a healthy one, you better get a life, whether you’re a dead vampire or not. On the other hand, Romeo and Juliet were teenagers obsessed with each other, so I don’t know what to make of that.

Bella is brainwashed.
Bella tells us repeatedly that Edward the smug vampire is “too perfect,” (256) “flawless,” (261) and has an “angel’s face” (262). I nearly got brainwashed. But it’s like, he could kill her at any second, yet she continues to trust and lust. Of course he doesn’t kill her, so we’re supposed to be grateful and think highly of him. Such manly restraint!
But he is always talking down to her about her safety, like she’s a porcelain doll. He tells Bella he can’t leave her alone for a second. Even doing laundry, he speculates she might fall into the dryer. Really? There’s nothing wrong with being a klutz, but even joking like she can’t possibly function…well, that doesn’t do wonders for a girl’s confidence. It turns her into a dependent. And as my mom says, no one loves a helpless woman. Obviously, for the story, it’s the knight in shining armor thing, I get it, but I don’t have to like it.

Is this the way you saw it when you first read the book? I sure didn't. I thought it was a great story and it is just a story. Some people might read to much into it. Later on though when I stopped reading the books for a while I thought well Edward is just a bit controlling and doesn't let Bella do anything. On the other hand I love Edward. The way he speaks to Bella about how much he loves her I think is really sweet although sometimes cheesy but sweet. I really don't think it gives out false expectations about relationships. Some may be similar but not the same. So what do you think? Do you agree that this is true?

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