“Twilight” was shown recently at Club De ‘Ville on February 12, and “New Moon” was shown on February 13.
I know I’m risking the wrath of all the Twihards out there, but I have to say it: “Twilight” wasn’t good, and “New Moon” wasn’t much better.
Before I’m attacked with life-size cardboard cutouts of Edward and Jacob, however, allow me to make a full disclosure. I’ve read all the books, and seen the movies in theaters, one of which may have been the midnight showing on opening night. I am not proud of this.
Even though I’m not a fan of the series, I understand why people love it so much. “Twilight” and “New Moon” do a pretty accurate job portraying teenagers, complete with lip biting and an almost unbearable amount of angst.
Despite this, there are some things seriously wrong with the people of Forks, and most of it revolves around relationships, especially Edward and Bella’s.
In “Twilight,” Bella and Edward realize they’re meant to be together a few weeks after meeting, even though Edward is a vampire and has a serious jones for her blood. Some people might consider this a deal breaker, but Edward and Bella don’t think so, and are instead perfectly content to spend every moment together, staring at each other.
The few friends Bella made before meeting Edward become largely abandoned in favor of the Cullens by “New Moon,” and I don’t like that Stephanie Meyer makes it seem romantic to spend every waking moment with a significant other. Friendships are important, and it’s scary to see someone who is so willing to give up anything and everything for another person, even if that person is an attractive, sparkly vampire.
Then there’s the issue of teams. “Twilight” fans are either Team Edward or Team Jacob. But interestingly, no one ever seems to be on Team Bella. In Ms. magazine, Carmen D. Siering writes, “There is no Team Bella. Bella is a prize, not a person, someone to whom things happen…”, instead of someone who actually doing things within the story. Siering continues, “Bella does nothing that suggests she is a person in her own right. If Meyer hopes that readers see themselves as Bella, what is she suggesting to them about the significance of their own lives?”
I can’t really blame Meyer for continuing these stereotypes of fragile girls who need saving, but I don’t like that she uses them. My main issue with “The Twilight Saga” is that so many girls want their lives to emulate Bella’s, and have a boyfriend like Edward.
But Edward isn’t a good boyfriend. Telling someone, “You’re my only reason to stay alive, if that’s what I am,” as Edward does in “New Moon”, isn’t love; it’s dysfunctional. And outside of the time spent with Edward, Bella doesn’t do anything except go to school and read “romantic” novels like “Wuthering Heights.” Speaking of which, the relationship between Cathy and Heathcliff is probably the most dysfunctional in all of literature, but I digress.
It seems that the mania surrounding “Twilight” has become bigger than the series itself. These fans are so obsessed that the story to them has become real. And this is the problem; “The Twilight Saga” shouldn’t be a model for anyone’s life. Young girls often dream about a devastatingly handsome man sweeping them up and away to a perfect life and everlasting love, like “Twilight,” but unfortunately, real life rarely works that way.