Although the first book in Stephanie Meyer’s series, Twilight, offered a seemingly new twist in teen romances, by the time I got to New Moon, I sensed a fear that had nothing to do with Edward’s sharp teeth.
Where exactly is this series going? I admit to having read only two books of the four, but what kind of message is Meyer giving to fans?
In case you haven’t ‘met’ Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, they’re a high school duo. Okay, that’s not original except for the fact that Edward is a vampire. I give the author credit for having the klutzy-girl-next-door fall for the ultimate-bad-boy-who-is-really-good, but the development of this plot is definitely belittling to females.
Bella obsesses over this guy and can’t seem to breathe when he’s around or not. In New Moon, Edward decides to break off this relationship because, hey, it’s hard for an immortal 17 year old to date a human girl with nice smelling blood in her veins. (No, I didn’t make that up; that’s the essential story line.)
But what happens next is Bella falling apart. Sure, every good romance has to build up some tension that usually develops after an argument or misunderstanding. Yet, Bella really loses it.
And that’s my problem with this book. Is this normal? No, not the part about the vampire, we all know that’s fantasy. But the message I’m getting from this novel is that a girl needs a special guy in her life to exist.
Let me take this one step further. Bella wants to die to be with Edward forever.
Do we really need another book, (let alone an entire series!) to feed off teens’ emotions? (And for now, I’m just going to ignore her new best friend, Jacob, because it’s too weird.)
The author claims to have based her books (loosely) on Pride and Prejudice. Nah. That book was a classic, but Meyer’s series merely manipulates readers’ minds.
So, do you think I’m a Twitard?