I decided to take today’s Daily Prompt and turn it into a Twilight post.
I’ve been strangely quiet about Twilight so far, when I started reading it, I was a teenage girl and the books were quite a phenomenon but in front of my eyes, I saw the torturous movies come out and read the opinion of everyone who has ever criticized twilight.
Everything seems to be a better love story than Twilight. your relationship with your bed, Sheldon and Amy, Batman and Joker (what?)
So I decided to set the record straight. Objectively (I hope).
Take Kristen Stewart out of your head for a while. I know its hard, but lets try?
Bella is a falling-awkardly-all-over-the-place, pretty-but-she-doesn’t-know-it, outcast, book lover who falls directly in love with the dangerous-but-irresistible, dark and mysterious stranger at school. Accusations against Bella range from she’s living in the twenty first century and should act like a mature, grown-up when it comes to love to Bella has no back-bone, she has no character and she’s the personification of a boring and unworthy protagonist.
Well, many of Bella’s decisions are illogical, scattered and unbelievable. Like the fact that she would permanently turn into a blood-sucking cannibal predator for the sake of the man she loves. But we are in the twenty first century and what we see all around us are relationships breaking up at the drop of a hat, people averse to the idea of commitment and a divorce rate that’s at an all-time high. The concept of love forever, true and bonding love seems to sicken most twenty-somethings, who would much rather trade it for the fast life, quick-make-up-quick-break-up and the independence to operate without choosing to be with someone for life. In such an era, I think Bella’s character represents (to an extreme that we need to tone down, perhaps, but someone needs to point out the good stuff too) a love which is profound and everlasting, beyond the requirements of constant revision. I mean, we’ve all seen and admired this image.
Why is that so hard to believe in anymore? Woman empowerment is about equal rights and opportunities and freedom from control and dominance. It is not about throwing love away or male-bashing or about lack of codependency. True love is hard and true love never stagnates but a woman CAN and SHOULD juggle work and relationships and that should be her biggest strength while the man should be supportive towards these needs of hers.
As for the questions of Bella’s so-called weaknesses, I think, to the contrary, Bella showed certain very strong characteristics. She was ready to die for the sake of her parents. She quite fearlessly ran to stop Edward from killing himself. She was not ready to give up her baby even when it was killing her. She was ready to protect Rennesmee until the very end and rose to the occasion. In fact, beyond her codependency on the much-stronger vampires and werewolves whose colliding worlds she was involved in, Bella was often the crucial factor who helped out and held the others together.
She did quite a few silly things too; especially in New Moon and Eclipse. Like the whole part about doing risky, harebrained things just so she could hallucinate about Edward and also lying on the forest floor for eternity when Edward said goodbye! But I think you get enough of that from other sources.
Edward glitters. I know, its stupid and a constant source of DOZENS of Twilight jokes. But let’s put that aside as well. Let’s also do away with Robert Pattinson.
Coming to Edward. Throughout the series, Edward was always supportive of Bella and respectful towards her decisions. He allowed her the freedom to decide whether or not she wanted to be with him and took whatever decisions he thought were needed to protect her.
When it comes to Jacob, Edward does show some passive-aggressive behavior and possessiveness but that is also quite normal, wouldn’t you say? He has seemingly waited a century for the girl he loves to come along. Though he does take the liberty to spy on her in every single way possible.
Again, loopholes abound but I am defending Twilight right now.
I’ve heard it said that the Twilight books have pretty-much no plot line. Three-fourths of Twilight has no movement, except for establishing the relationship between Edward and Bella. When I read it, in fact, I thought it was quite unusual for a book to do this, which was partly why I enjoyed it. Slow-moving books can often be interesting, though they might require more patience. The initial parts of Twilight lay the foundations of the story and describes some soul-searching scenes between the two protagonists. New Moon is slow as well and deals with Bella’s existence minus Edward. I enjoyed the psychological breakdown and the emotions. I also enjoyed the Jacob part of the plot, which was often more interesting than the vampires. Eclipse is slightly more action packed. Breaking Dawn’s first quarter is about a slow marriage and honeymoon. And then it just gets kind of weird. The second half of Breaking Dawn is about Bella’s life as a vampire.
I guess what I am trying to say, is that the Twilight saga has a slow plot but a deep expression of emotions that you cannot understand unless you get under their skin. I never thought making movies out of these books was a good idea because there is too less action for a movie in there. Twilight’s essence can only be understood if you actually read the books and understand the emotions within.
And so. Yeah.
And to wrap it up, here are the ten words I listed, which got me thinking about writing this long-overdue post:
Thanks for reading. Au revoir!