I write this in response to last month’s solely opinionated article, Twilight on Equality. When I read it I was enraged that Catherine Stafford had written this article about Twilight, and that it only showed half of the story. She had forgotten the multiple times when Edward had tried to tempt Bella into evil. Like in book three, Eclipse towards the end when he sees that he was hurting her with the idea of marriage and that she was only doing it to make everyone else happy. He ended his part of the deal and right then and there, he tried to throw away their virtues. She fought his attempts, said no, and kept their virtues intact. The idea that Twilight implies that men are superior to women is preposterous. I would say that these books are in favor of women because of how much control the female characters hold and the willingness for the men to throw away their lives for them. Bella is not depicted as an evil temptress trying to persuade an honorable man into evil, but rather a klutzy, individual with no sense of self preservation, caught between her two loves in and endless fight to save her family and keep from hurting anyone else. She does not have trouble making decisions for herself, she just has trouble deciding which choice will keep her friends and family painless and happy. Every time she has to make a decision, Edward does not swoop in and save her, and she can and does decide things without him. In the second book New Moon Edward had to leave because it set the stage for Jacob to take up such a big part of Bella’s life. Bella had to let Edward back into her life and justify it with love because that's who she is as a person and if she hadn’t, then the Twilight saga wouldn’t be as dramatic and “dazzling” as it was. Perhaps many female readers look up to Bella, not because she is protected and taken care of by Edward, but because she found someone she loves and is loved by. When she found Edward not only was she only happy with him, but he was also only happy with her safe in his arms. If Bella’s mother had not been the type of women who needs someone to keep her sane and strong, then Bella wouldn’t have been the strong individual that she was. She wouldn’t have become someone who can take care of herself, and she wouldn’t have been the person that Edward fell in love with. Without the events and characters in the Twilight saga acting the way they did, this story would have simply been another four books that we teenagers read without a second look.
Another Thought on Twilight on Equality
April 12, 2009