Twilight: Dazzlingly Frightening

July 22, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif.
Danielle Parker

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Twilight

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is a young adult novel that has become insanely popular. I, however, was not swept away by this story because the main couple has some major problems.

The Plot

Bella Swan moves to Forks, Wash. to live with her father. There, she meets Edward Cullen, a vampire who Bella thinks is the most beautiful person in the world. Edward, on the other hand, loves Bella’s scent. The majority of Twilight consists of Bella finding out Edward is a vampire and that he is in love with her, something the audience already knows from the book jacket.

The last fifty pages or so pull a complete 180. Bella is chased around by an evil vampire, and Edward has to save her. This chase results in a final battle in which damsel-in-distress Bella faints, fulfilling my least favorite archetype.

The Bad

Stephenie Meyer describes Bella Swan’s appearance on her website: “Her face is heart-shaped—a wide forehead with a widow's peak, large, wide-spaced eyes, prominent cheekbones, and then a thin nose and a narrow jaw with a pointed chin.” Bella sounds like a pretty girl, yet I am supposed to believe that she has such low self-esteem that she cannot believe Edward can love her.

Meyer has her heroine rescued again and again by her sparkling hero, Edward. Bella can barely walk without help, she is so clumsy. Also, Edward “dazzles” Bella a lot; she once forgot she was speaking. Dominant Edward, submissive Bella. This is the picture I am getting, and it is not a particularly nice image. The feminist movement was hindered slightly by this book, in my opinion.

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