Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Twilight" Review, part 2

Okay, I've been found out. And, since I have more sense than Tiger Woods, I think it's best if I just come clean right now before any more damage is done to my character.

I'm actually reading Twilight because of a girl. There, I said it.

I was making fun of Twilight long before I first cracked the cover on the book. My girlfriend, who has read and is a fan of all four books, insisted that I read the books so that I could at least make an educated criticism. My previous reasons are still valid and true; but, I admit that my girlfriend was the initial factor.

That said, let's begin the second part of my review!
I last left off at the beginning of Chapter 6- "Scary Stories". I'm still not finished with the book. I've made it to Chapter 13, "Confessions" (I took a break to read something else for a while, cleanse the pallet). For part 2, I'd like to focus on the relationship between Bella and Edward.

Pg. 103, 104: "Where do you think you're going?" he asked, outraged, He was gripping a fistful of my jacket in one hand....He was towing me to his car now, pulling me by my jacket. It was all I could do to keep from falling backward. He'd probably just drag me along if I did. "Let go!" I insisted. He ignored me....I stood by the car, fuming...."Get in, Bella." I didn't answer. I was mentally calculating my chances of reaching the truck before he could catch me...."I'll just drag you back," He threatened, guessing my plan.

To be completely honest, I'm a bit disturbed that so many teenage and pre-teen girls have read this book, because odds are more than a few of them want similar relationships for themselves. Let's keep reading. On pages 214 and 215 Edward goes through the following spectrum of emotions:
  • He sighed, brooding
  • His eyes were suddenly fierce
  • He exhaled angrily, and looked away
  • He watched my face with enjoyment as that slowly sank in.
  • The corners of his mouth turned down in disapproval
  • He smiled teasingly
  • He smiled at some remembered joke
I'm no therapist, but abusive and controlling tendancies plus rampant mood changes are what I would consider red flags in a relationship. So why in the world is Bella interested in him at all?

Pg. 256: His white shirt was sleeveless, and he wore it unbuttoned, so that the smooth white skin of his throat flowed uninterrupted over the marble contours of his chest, his perfect musculature no longer merely hinted at behind concealing clothes. He was too perfect, I realized with a piercing stab of despair. There was no way this godlike creature could be meant for me.

Oh! I get it now! The lesson here, ladies, is this: It doesn't matter if your boyfriend is controlling, abusive, or experiences turbulent mood swings as long as he's pretty enough! The More You Know!

Also, the shirt described above is a woman's blouse. I have no idea what Meyer was getting at by having Edward wear it.
(image source: http://lookbook.nu/,cropped)

1 comment:

  1. Kay. =] So, To your theory of the teen/pre-teen girls who will be looking for this type of relationship: Most girls at that age already do, for whatever reason. The majority of girls go for the 'bad boy' rather than the 'good guy.' It really makes no sense to me. Maybe it's because a lot of times, in society, the 'bad boys' are the ones that are somewhat looked up to...admired. They are viewd as more manly, as someone who can handle their women. Therefore, since Bella is technically in that age range, that is probably a major reason she is dealing with him. There is something about him that she is absolutely in love with, and in all honesty, you can't help who you fall in love with. You can only help if you put yourself in the situation for the fall to happen. =] Not to mention, women try to go for the pretty boys...and if someone can get the most gorgeous guy in the class, they will probably do so just to show they can have him and others can't. It happens all the time. lol. I know Meyer doesn't go deeply into that kind of stuff, but just giving my opinion on your points. =D

    Also, this is why I'm team Jacob, not Edward. haha.

    As for the shirt, they do make that type of shirt for men...they just tend to be those of the denim type..y'know, like the bikers wear. XD