Bite Me! Literary Criticism of Twilight

by Kim on February 3, 2009 · 50 comments

My friend Phil pointed out an article in bitch magazine called “Bite Me (or Don’t)” which is a feministy literary criticism of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series.

Do not read the article if you hate spoilers, the article covers events that happened throughout the entire series.  I’m not much worried about spoilers, so I didn’t mind, but I know other people might.  Stop reading here if you hate spoilers… you have been warned.

The article presents the Twilight series as an example of of “abstinence porn” or a story that “convinces us that self-denial is hot.”  It asks whether this messages is one we want to send home, points to some of the real-life implications of the apparent message, and also discusses how the book inverts messages about sex through Edward and Bella’s relationship.  The article argues that the thrill of the first three books is, in part, because of the tension that Edward and Bella haven’t had sex yet.  Once they do, the relationship fizzles out and the story becomes much more traditional:

Perhaps some of this bitter disappointment stems from book four’s departure into adult territory, where Bella becomes a traditional—and boring—teenaged mom. The removal of the couple’s sexual tension reveals two tepid, unenlightened people. Neither character has much to offer outside the initial high school romance storyline: Bella doesn’t have any interesting hobbies, nor is she particularly engaged in the world around her. Her only activity outside her relationship with Edward seems to be cooking dinner for her father. Edward hangs out with his family, but the bulk of his 24 hours a day of wakefulness seems to go to either saving Bella from danger or watching her when she sleeps—you know, that age-old savior/stalker duality. Romantic!

As someone not finished with the series, I don’t feel comfortable commenting on the article much.  I will admit that the feminist part of my brain kept feeling uncomfortable as I listened to Twilight because I didn’t like the dominant and submissive dynamic between Edward and Bella.  As much as its romantic to have a big strong vampire to get your out of jams, Edward can be more than a little condescending (in my humble opinion).  I don’t know if I’d go as far as this author on her criticism, but maybe you have an opinion?

What do you think about the argument of this article?  Does it change what you thought of the Twilight series? Do you think the author is just reading too much into the whole thing?

Updated September 10, 2009: There’s been a lot of discussion and comments on this post, so I’m updating it to add links to a few other feminist and literary criticisms of Twilight and vampire stories in general. I also want to comment on one criticism that’s come up in the comments on this post — that Twilight is just pop culture crap so it doesn’t merit literary criticism.

I strongly disagree with that argument; anything that is a cultural phenomenon deserves to be looked at critically. In the case of Twilight, I think it’s important to consider the underlying values the novel is predicated on (not Mormonism, but the values Meyer sets up as acceptable in the world of the story). Those values should be talked about because it’s always important to think about what we’re being told. Even if you think Twilight is fluff, there are still people reading it and it’s important to talk more deeply about what the books are saying. </Soapbox>

Anyway, here are some other articles or posts I’ve found interesting on this particular topic that you might enjoy too:

If you have more Twilight literary criticism, please feel free to send it my way. I’ll continue to update this post for a little bit longer because I feel like it could use some more defenses to make the post more balanced. Enjoy the updates!

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Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit February 3, 2009 at 8:42 am

I think that argument is spot on in this case. I really wanted the books to end with book 3, but Meyer felt the need to write book 4, which fell flat for me.

I think the submissive/dominant relationship with bella and edward only works in the context of their abstinence.

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Jeanne February 3, 2009 at 9:36 am

A very good article. And about time.

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Sherrie February 3, 2009 at 10:14 am

Hi Kim,
This hasn’t got anything to do with your post, but I had to come an thank you for the comment you left at my place yesterday, concerning making a link in my post. It works!!!! I have posted a link list for the Blog Improvement Project and really works!!!! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Now I can put links in my post! Can you tell I’m very excited! This has been a curse on my blog for 2 years now, and now I can do it! Once again, Thank You, if I could do it, I would give you a big hug!! Have a great day!!

Sherrie

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Steph February 3, 2009 at 10:15 am

Definitely don’t disagree with the article, as it pretty much makes the same points that I have in discussions regarding why I dislike the books and the series. I understand that Meyer tries to backpedal when it comes to some of these objectionable themes by arguing that it’s a fantasy series, but… they’re targeted at young girls, primarily. And they will read the books and think that Edward is the type of boyfriend they should want, that his behavior is ok, that Bella *is* a role model (no matter what Meyer says) to them. Sure there are elements to the stories that will never ring true, but the human themes (sacrifice for love, damsel in distress, etc.,) are things that can shape their worldview and not necessarily in a good way. If I had a 12-year old daughter and she looked up to Bella, I would be really upset.

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Rebecca Reid February 3, 2009 at 11:30 am

I haven’t read any of the Twilight series and I never will probably because of these very issues. As the previous commenter said, if my daughter looked up to these characters, I’d be kind of upset — and worried.

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Melanie February 3, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Great article — and timely. I have some of the same issues with the series even though I never did finish all 4 books. My friend who has a teenage daughter really, really dislikes the Edward & Bella dynamic; her daughter thinks it’s great.

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Amanda February 3, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I find these statement to be right on the money, but I do feel also that the 4th book is the only one that should have been made into a movie. There is definite action, it’s not just stalker Edward and obsessive Bella drama. And the final confrontation (I won’t ruin that for those that are still reading or haven’t read it yet and will) was well played other than the werewolf cop-out. When you read it you’ll know what I’m talking about. I think the thing that bugged me the most was Bella was so “I just want to be a vampire only to do a total flip and have her be like I want to be a mother and I don’t care what you say.”

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Kim February 3, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Wow, I expected more disagreement about this article! It seemed pretty inflammatory to me, even though I agree with some of the main points.

Serena: That’s interesting, I’m curious what I’ll think of book four when I finally get there.

Jeanne: Ha ha :)

Steph: I agree, I think the fantasy argument only goes so far, especially with a book that is so intent on creating Bella as this sort of smarter-than-average everygirl. From book one, there are things about Bella to look up to, but some stuff I don’t think are good either.

Rebecca: Yeah, I don’t think I’d want someone looking up to them, but they are entertaining. I think it’s interesting to think about how the books (1-3) make an abstinence argument (something most people would say is good), but in exchange it sets up a relationship that is worrisome in other ways.

Melanie: I would have wanted an Edward when I was younger too :)

Amanda: I haven’t seen the movies yet, but I’m thinking about it once they are out on video. That’s interesting about Bella’s flip.

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Michele February 3, 2009 at 8:16 pm

While I agree with the arguments made in the article, I personally believe that the author knew good and well that anything to do with Twilight (good or bad) garners attention and readership right now. And that’s why they wrote it. ;)

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Kim L February 3, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Here’s the thing about Twilight. It doesn’t hold up to literary criticism, because the book is complete fluff. A seventeen year old is so obsessed with a boy, she goes into a catatonic state for six months?? (In New Moon). Ummm… yeah, I think teenagers are more adaptable than that. When logic is applied to the book, the book falls away. It honestly doesn’t make me feel differently, because when I read the book I took it for what it was… fluff.

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samulli February 4, 2009 at 3:37 am

Thanks for that link. I am normally not much of a feminist, but this article is spot-on. I despise the whole Twilight franchise exactly for those same reasons, although I couldn’t have put it quite this succinctly.
I read only the first book and constantly fought the urge to throttle Bella, because she is so pathetic and stupid. And Edward is the quintessential scary stalker-type – I really don’t get what is supposed to be so fascinating about him. Then again, I never really got the sexual fascination for vampires anyway – to me it just seems like necrophilia.
And from what I read about the other books (there’s a fantastic and hilarious recap of them available on LiveJournal) they are even worse.
I used to really hate Twilight, but nowadays I just laugh about its ridiculousness. Insofar literary criticism is really wasted on it. I have read fanfiction written by 12-year-olds that had more literary merit than Twilight.
If I had a daughter, though, I would by far prefer she watched Buffy than read Twilight.

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Michelle February 4, 2009 at 8:14 am

I think the article definately highlights the downfalls of the Twilight series. I hated that Bella especially had no other hobbies or interests.

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Kim February 4, 2009 at 11:24 am

Michele: Well I’m sure publicity is part of it — it helps to write about things that are current, but I don’t think that makes the arguments less valid :)

Kim L: I have to disagree a little bit, actually, at least on the idea that you can’t use literary criticism to look at a book as fluffy as Twilight. Sure, drowning in symbolism and stuff probably isn’t useful, but I think you can use a critical eye to see what values a book is presenting to readers. In this article, I think the author accurately points out that there are varying sets of values present in the book. Some, like abstinence, are pretty obvious, but some of the other themes the author mentions don’t come out until you analyze part of what the book is about. Certainly I wouldn’t expect to see Twilight become a classic that academics take on, but I think it’s still worthy of some assessment even if it is just fluff :)

Samulli: Ha ha! I wanted to take a few minutes to have a chat with Bella during the first book and have her get her head on straight, but I feel that way about a lot of characters in the books I read. I want to find the Livejournal recaps, I’ll have to look.

Michelle: Yes, it does. Bella needs a hobby — too bad she is too clumsy for almost everything :)

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Amanda February 4, 2009 at 11:33 am

For those that are interested in the livejournal Twilight recap it can be found here:

ttp://cleoland.pbwiki.com/Twilight#Bookdiscussionentries

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julia February 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I haven’t read the books yet, but they’re on my TBR list. Especially as I love both vampire and romance. Which brings me to the main aspect of the ‘Twilight’ series – they are commercial fiction, not literary fiction. Not intended to be heavy, but calling them fluff when their intent is to entertain is kind of missing the point. Fluff makes the writing seem pointless, when it has garnered enough interest to inspire feminist criticism.

My cousin Julianne MacLean, a historical romance writer, absolutely loves the series for their expert use of sexual tension without anyone going to bed.

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Steph February 5, 2009 at 9:26 am

I am not sure that I would call Meyer’s use of “sexual tension” expert… I mean, Bella & Edward hold off having sex for the first three books by essentially having the same conversation over and over again (“I want to have sex with you!” “Not unless you marry me” “But I don’t want to get married (but I’m totally up for you making me a vampire, something that is totally irrevocable)!” “Then we won’t have sex AND I won’t make you a vampire” “Now I’m going to sulk and whine…”), which doesn’t require much skill. I mean, plenty of tv shows have worked on the principle of keeping characters apart for a while, because it’s well-established that people like the whole lead-up to things and then get bored once the characters are together. So on that level, what Meyer is doing isn’t even that novel (ha!).

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Kim February 5, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Amanda: Thanks! I started to read the LJ piece, and it’s pretty funny.

julia: Good point, although I think Twilight garnered this sort of criticism because of it’s cultural impact (and nothing to do with the writing, fluff or not). There are plenty of fluffy books that could be analyzed, they just don’t have the current events ring that Twilight does (as Michele pointed out).

Steph: Ha ha, that entire conversation made me laugh! Spot on summary.

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rebel February 6, 2009 at 8:00 am

Haven’t read the books, but I find it interesting that people are so into the ‘sexual tension’ part…I think that’s the easy part to write either for TV or in books… the low hanging fruit. The difficult part (in real life or in fiction) is creating an adult relationship that is dynamic sexually and emotionally and mentally and spiritually. I think that would make for a good book!

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samulli February 7, 2009 at 4:31 am

Uhm, that’s not the LJ review I meant. I meant this one here:

http://stoney321.livejournal.com/317176.html

One of the funniest things I ever read, on LJ or elsewhere. After reading that I just couldn’t hate Twilight anymore, I could just feel sorry for anyone who actually takes it seriously. LOL

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Amanda February 7, 2009 at 8:27 am

@samulli – ha ha that ones great too. I didn’t know about that one. But it was definitely worth reading.

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Louise February 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

I haven’t read the books and although I think that they have been translated into Danish and that the younger crowd may have begun reading them, there has not been the same buzz over here re. this series.

So I can’t say anything about the books, the writing style etc. But the “conversation” Steph refers to above looks like it could’ve been taken from any of the first Anita Blake books (written by Laurell K. Hamilton) where Anita is also, repeatedly, saying NO! to her two love-interests, the vampire Jean-Claude and the werewolf Richard and maintains that she wants to stay a virgin. Although she is not asking to have them marrying her, it is definitely the same tension that makes for some interesting stories. I have to say, though, that this series most definitely is not for kids. When there is sex involved, it is often pretty weird and hardcore stuff, although not so much in the first couple of books in the series. But it does sound to me like the author of the Twilight series has been inspired by this other series….?

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Jackie April 6, 2009 at 6:59 pm

I have to completely disagree with these comments. This series was created for young teens and people have just torn apart the storyline to analize every bit and piece of the story. Do you honestly think that young teenagers actually think about these things. Meyer’s has written a book series that gets kids interested in reading. I see kids glued to these books and talking about them 24/7 with their friends. Leave it to the critics to tare apart a good piece of work and try to turn kids away from getting interested in reading.

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Persephone May 11, 2009 at 10:55 am

hi..!
i think that your post is really interesting because yes is a little stupid that bella is the pet of edward i mean the girl do whatever edward says! I feel really bad when the 4 book was over because is was so… Predectible. An almost good series of book become one of a thousand books, the little thing that was special was over and i belive people like it because the way is written i have hear that is poor and maybe it is but people love it is simple and easy to follow.
At the end is just an other book to relax not a master piece but just a book.

Im sorry about the mistakes on my writting but this is not my language so… I try my best.

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Jane May 23, 2009 at 8:51 pm

The post was…
very disturbing. I admitt i’ve read the books, but its only recently have i made these connections with just how wrong these books are.
As a teenager, you don’t IMMEDIATELY notice these things, but teens have noticed it.
Teens are not stupid. We can make connections with books, and such.

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Sara May 24, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Yeah, these books are awful.

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katie July 1, 2009 at 4:25 am

i think these are disgusting books to be aimed at young girls. bella is uninteresting (what are her redeeming qualities? she’s plain and falls over constantly. attractive.), and uninterested. She falls head over heels for her boyfriend at 17, and gives up her entire life for him, including college, her parents, and almost her life. twilight is an allegory for abstinence, anti-choice, and submission in women.

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Tabitha July 12, 2009 at 12:19 am

It makes me laugh…all the critics having their say about what messages the books send…the Twilight series of books are basically centre around a mythical storyline – something that I think teens and/or tweens will be able to comprehend (the smart ones anyway…) and realise it is just fantasy…no subliminal message or a purposeful fly in the face of feminism as many would have you believe!!!

As for, ‘if Edward wasn’t a vampire..” comment – in the storyline he IS a vampire so the point is moot…if we want to go down ‘what if’ and scenario changing lines, then we could argue that if the main female lead, Bella, was changed into a vampire (aka eternal life) then she would have copious time on her hands to study etc…

at the end of the day, these books are for entertainment and to tell a story…to get teens/tween interested in books again.

Seriously, let authors have fun with different storylines and genres…the smart readers will know its just a fictional, mythical story…

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Arrica July 29, 2009 at 6:26 pm

I think the criticism is silly. If you dislike it so much then why is all this time spent talking about it? I mean, I agree with the fact with all the 12 year olds running around chanting “Twilight” need go get a life as they should read the book when they are a little older (since the books deal with more young adult/adult conflict), but what I really don’t understand is how you can criticize something if you haven’t experienced it? True criticism comes from watching, reading, or taking part in something and analyzing its value, not by what rumor comes down the grapevine. People are so intrigued by this story simply because it’s an intense love story. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but honestly move on to something else. Please.

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nat February 9, 2011 at 2:44 am

The way popular culture, which reflects what children adults and teens believe to be true; the norms the morals the ethics. The definition of love is really, lust, or sexual pursuit. The popular culture (mainstream movies, shows, consumer products( place women in the passive role and men in the aggressive, and any deviation risks risks being ostracized. This can be seen in the taboo nature of gay transexual transgender or any breaking away from gender roles which are inextricably linked to sexuality.Gender and sexuality are social constructions. The roles in western society, esp American society classify women as passive and men as aggressive, and the resulting heterosexual relationship is dominant submissive. The scale between equal partners valuing separate roles equally or sharing roles equally is in itself taboo, it is not “true Love” which movies such as twilight and most pop culture (and true blood though a intelligent version of vampire mythology) maintains the dominant submissive definition of love. The I can’t live with out you animalistic sexual instinct, with inevitable conflict and the love hate phenomenon becomes love. The stable mutual respect may not sell, and is a working active process of love. Passion surely can exist without dominant submissive; I cant live without youl i will kill myself without you is all played out in twilight, and yes we know these are myths (vampires) but we (as a culture) conncet to the relationship dynamic.
My point is bella is beautiful and with the popular bad boy (an aggressive male who just cant help but try to kill her half the time) she rarely makes her own decisions. But coming from a mormon tradition women are subversive to men, so this bellas role should not be of any suprise. The vampire boyfriend rarely takes her feelings into consideration, rather he “knows whats best for her. The abstinence only message is clear, though I dont really have qualms with finding love that is not based on sex. But bella and the vampire guy arent really connecting on any deep level. Further more bella has the dad, and absent mother, like all disney princess movies (which young girls idolize) mothers are dead, or in this case irrelevant. It is not just women who suffer growing up with the black and white roles of gender norms, men must be angry and aggressive, or they fail to live up to manliness. And it is sadly true how many women, adults, would rather pursue a male that is somehow a “bad boy”; aggressive controlling emotionally unavailable than to pursue a realtionship with a man that respects them. This movie perpetuates the stalker, aggressive definition of male love; if he is jealous and violent its out of love, and if he is respectful, letting the women make her own decisions and not stalking/jeaoulous/controlling than they dont love you, its not passionate.

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Lee July 30, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Whenever a cultural phenomenon comes along, I like to form my own opinion of it, and my opinion is that “Twilight”, which I finished reading today, is an utterly vile book. I reviewed it here.

Bella is so pathetic and weak it’s untrue, and the whole thing just reeks of an unbalanced and abusive relationship. I actually found the book really disturbing.

I’m a man of 34, so I’ll admit I’m way out of the target demographic, but I have a daughter aged 7. I’d rather she didn’t read books like this when she’s older, as I’d like to think she’d aspire to more than just simpering over handsome bad boys.

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Michelle August 3, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I heard a lot about Twilight, and my friends all instantly split into two camps: “OMG I LOVE IT” and “OMG WORST BOOKS EVER.” Now, I’m a Literature major, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s to read a book honestly and thoroughly before forming an opinion.

Twilight did not give me this choice.

Allow me to explain: I began reading it, and while the juvenile writing style hurt my brain a bit, it was all right. All of Isabella’s “I’m so unpopular–oh wait people here are falling for me right and left” annoyed me, but, no matter, I can ignore it.

The point when I actually quit was this:

It’s that part where Bella goes to another town with her girlfriends to shop for prom, then wanders off in typical heroine fashion. She gets catcalled and eventually followed and cornered by some creepy guys. Now the problem was that this part was actually well written–it was realistic! By the time she realized “these guys may not just be after my purse” I was riveted. How would she get out of this situation?

And then Edward drives up in his flashy car and whisks her away. Crisis averted.

I was LIVID!! What is the implication there? That a woman in a bad situation better hope someone comes along to bail her out?

I felt tricked, basically, and a book that tricks me is never a book I can look kindly on. I still have the book–maybe one day I’ll finish it–but right now I only have to look at it for my irritation to rise. How dare he!

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Jerry August 13, 2009 at 5:11 pm

All I want to say is that you can not look at the relationship as a human/human relationship. it is a human and a vampire, and if you read the books while paying attention to details, you would realize that a vampire in its most basic form hunts humans, so they are very alluring to humans. that is why bella is so obsessed with edward. however, edward, due to the fact that he is a “vegetarian” vampire, is able to overcome that basic animalistic desire. this pushes them beyond the basic vampire eats human storyline and thus a relationship is created. the story is how their relationship transforms. you cannot judge edward and bella’s relationship and compare to our relationships as humans. he is a vampire, so the relationship must be different.

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Sherrie September 13, 2009 at 11:20 am

Hi Kim,
I haven’t read the Twilight series and have no desire to read them. Vampire stories just isn’t my thing. So I can’t really make a comment. But I also don’t see why this series is so poplar. My opinion only. Have a great day!

Sherrie

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Lisa July 14, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Hi. I’m a teen girl and I wanna tell you what I think.

I think the first book was totally the best, because there was some tension between Bella and Edward. I’m now reading the fourth book and I’ve noticed that it has gotten really boring. Bella and Edward are just being lovey-dovey and Bella is suffering because she wants to keep her baby. Bella even makes me angry with her behaviour. In the sex part – Meyer had totally lost it in that. I think its corny that Edward’s bitten pillows and broken beds while they had sex, eww! Made me feel really uncomfortable while reading.

Totally, the fourth book was really dully. I read all the other books in 1-2 days, now I’ve read this for a week and am barely on the page 240.

And there are lots of weirdnesses, like, they just go for a dinner and chat in a car and suddenly edward’s like ‘you’re the most important thing in my life, i love you baby!!!’? and the same conversation about sex and marriage and vampirism is made in every book. And when the discussion finally ends at Breaking Dawn, there’s no tension.

I loved the first books, but when I now started to think about it, I’m not that big fan of the series after all.

But I’ll try finishing Breaking Dawn.

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Kim July 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Hi Lisa! I’ve read a lot of reviews and discussions on the book that feel the same way you do — the tension between Bella and Edward is interesting, but their real relationship is pretty dull. I think the sex scene would make me uncomfortable too, but I haven’t read past the first book.

Good luck finishing the series, and thanks for taking time to share your thoughts.

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Jack August 12, 2010 at 11:19 am

I am a big Twilight critic from the moment i read the books. Twilight is even somewhat bearable, but reading through every single boring page of New Moon was something daring. Its just another lovestory with the only difference that the boy is a vampire. Bella is such an awkward character, she is immature and reckless and her world revolves around Edward. She has no independent life of her own and the only thing she thinks about is either sex or romance. Edward on the other hand is dominating and gaurds Bella like a watch dog. Its more a lust thing between them than love. He is strongly attracted to her scent which is nothing but sick while there is no overall chemistry between them. Moreover Twilight books are just focused on a whole generation of girls, no one read the Twilight books except silly teenager girls.

Stephenie Meyer uses a big dictionary to increase the pages in her books; while her language is professional, it lacks a certain charm and she cant draft a single interesting sentence. I find J K Rowling a more talented writer; her language is simple but captivating and preserves the interest of the reader while the story gains pace as it grows. The Harry Potter books have a more complex and broader plot, they are much more adventurous and contain every element of a great story. HP books have mystery, fun, adventure unlike Twilight which is just lust and depression. Also HP books are a great read for anyone whether it be kids, adults, boys or girls. Harry is a righteous and honest character and has a life of his own unlike Bella, not to mention Harry’s decisions are more machure from a young age while Bella can manage nothing, she is just a silly clumsy girl. Bella’s character reflects Stephenie who is still a teenager at heart despite being a mother to 3 kids. Overall, TWILIGHT SUCKS.

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Sissy999 March 2, 2011 at 10:15 am

Twilight forms part of patriarchal writing where the helplessness, submissiveness and sensitivity is highlighted. Even if vampires are put in a new light as compassionate and loving, I think that their love story is too what society expects of women. Women are to be saved from men because they are unable to look after themselves is the main theme throughout the series and her longing to become a vampire is way too much. Guess it would have been funnier if Bella was emotionally independent.

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Sara Allander March 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm

The problem with this book series isn’t the whole feminist bit however Stephanie’s grammar or lack there of. These books hold no traditional value to what Bram Stoker held True to Vampires and so Many authors after him. Never in history have they sparkled or been made of rock. I think Stephanie Needs to stop hitting the bottle and read a little deeper in Dracula to write a great novel that doesn’t have people bored to tears.

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Lindsay April 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I’m writing an article for class on Twilight and American/family values, and I found your post very helpful. Although I generally don’t agree with the feminist perspective on the series, I really enjoyed your comments and found the articles you linked to very interesting. If we can’t have a dialogue on things in pop culture, than what’s the point! I think the series as a whole raised some interesting questions and perspectives. As a masters’ student in English I often have to defend my favorable opinion of the series, but it’s just that – an opinion.

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Kim April 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I’m glad this was helpful, Lindsay. And I agree — I think the series raises a lot of interesting perspectives and things to talk about, as long as we’re not afraid to interrogate it just because it’s “pop culture.”

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sarah April 12, 2011 at 1:47 am

the books are amazing, the movies are also good. but you know bella gets on my nerves in both!! why she should even think about jake when EDWARD is there! this is not fair believe me! sometimes I feel surge of pitty for Edward. I actually love him.

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Dexter April 19, 2011 at 3:36 am

Even though i hate twilight with all my heart I like the character of Jacob. I think he’s way better than Edward. Edward just bores me while Jacob is full of life. Together Edward n Bella make a boring couple n their affection makes me puke.

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Dannii November 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm

When I read the twilight saga the first time I’m ashamed to say I became a Twilighter instantly, I loved it and the movies, luckily once I started reading the series a sedcond time (slower) I began to notice things that irritated me.
Bella’s personality or lack of it, I mean I myself am not the most social person but I at least have a life. Edward is a weirdo stalker and the books are just predictable and sometimes just plain wrong.
If I asked any girl in my year at school if she would act like a zombie for months if her boyfriend told her he didn’t love her and dumoed her, they wsould probably laugh and tell me they’d have punched him been upset for a few days then got over it.
And seriously saying to Jacob ‘I feel complete when your with me’ with your new husband right next to you is just wrong on soooo many levels.
and where the hell was the big fight between the Cullens and The Volturi??

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Sarah March 18, 2012 at 2:19 am

I am truly baffled by the submissiveness in this book and the acceptance of teenagers. Bella is just such a weak character! What does Edward, Jacob, her dad and the rest of the male population of Forks fall in love with? I also hate the message that it puts across. I am of course aware that this is a fantasy series but Meyers portrays that idea that men with problems can treat women any which way. Which I find disgraceful. Vampire or mental health issue, it is not acceptable. And the fact that Bella has no life outside of Edward. She isolates herself as much as he does and has no friends outside his family. Again, I know it is a fantasy drama but this to me suggests an almost abusive relationship. And I can’t believe people find it “romantic”! Often hear people comparing it to the Harry Potter series which upsets me. JK is a fantastic child writer, instilling her readers with a feeling of right and wrong and the actual difficulties children may face, alongside magic. Twilight tells girls to isolate themselves from everything just for a boy who may or may not be abusive.

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Kim April 6, 2009 at 9:57 pm

See, I think the problem is that teens wouldn’t think about it and the book presents a scenario that we wouldn’t normally think is ok.

For example, there’s a line in the second book where Bella says that when it comes to her future, college is her second choice and her first choice is turning into a vampire to be with Edward forever. That sounds romantic and stuff, but if you make Edward not a vampire then what the book is suggesting is that finding someone you love is enough of a reason to just derail your future. That, to me, doesn’t seem like a message that a mom would want to send her daughter, yet that’s the message the book seems to send.

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Ollieboo June 5, 2009 at 3:18 pm

AMEN, SISTER! it seems like Twilight only gets praise, and that if you criticize it, the twilight freaks will have their revenge. so it’s refreshing that someone actually spoke the truth about these books!

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vinylmatt August 4, 2009 at 12:18 am

Damn right. Twilight is low reading age pap.

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