The ever lovely Discipula offers an alernative read of Twilight, one that highlights all the nutty, crazy, political ramifications of Bella’s TOTAL LACK OF PERSONAL AMBITION and the nutty crazy world of her SPARKLY VAMPIRE STALKER LOVER.
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This, I have discovered, is the real reason that people hate Twilight. It depicts a foolish, young girl that considers her own future, college in this case, a “plan B” to twue wuv. If you can call a controlling, possessive stalker that doesn’t trust her to make her own choices about whom she interacts with and keeps her under house arrest a true love, though I would call it the antithesis thereof. Later in the story she risks her life so that he won’t die alone, because she honestly doesn’t see that her own life is of value.
These books could be an empowering allegory, the vampire a symbol for a predatory, draining relationship. The character could save herself, but doesn’t, and the author and legions of her young readers don’t see the tragedy in that. I want to make a stand; this post is the beginning of it.
Way to kick it feminist, D!