Let The Argument Begin:
Twilight is BAD !!!
I know that I’m opening up a can of worms, but so be it.
Twilight is not good. Not at all.
I’m not talking about the movie. I mean the book. But, I really don’t know how the movie could be any better.
Before Twilight fans get all crazy, let me also put out disclaimers up front:
- Yes, I know it is a fictional novel.
- Yes, I know that teens don’t actually believe that vampires are real.
- No, I don’t think that this novel will cause teens to become involved in the occult (though I think that this will reinforce that tendency in teens who are already interested in the occult).
- Nevertheless, just because something is fiction doesn’t mean that it can’t be criticized.
With that out of the way, let me tell you why I think that Twilight is not good.
- First of all, the writing is HORRIBLE. Page upon page of endless drivel about how Bella longs for Edward. Page upon page of introspection. The book is 498 pages long; but it only gets interesting at about page 348.
- Okay, I know that some will disagree with me. Some will say that they’re captivatedby the endless descriptions of how Bella loves Edward. It’s a matter of opinion — to some extent. FWIW, my daughter also thought it was boring. She’s not interested in reading the rest of the series.
- Secondly, the supposed “love” relationship DECIDEDLY UNHEALTHY. And, I don’t just mean that because Edward is, well, a vampire. If he were simply a normal guy, this would be a very unhealthy relationship for Bella to be in. I really don’t get why teen girls (and their moms) are so eager to have Bella end up with Edward. Let’s look at the ways he’s bad for her:
- Edward spies on Bella. All.The.Time. While she’s sleeping, he sits next to her in her room — and she doesn’t even know it.
- Edward would like to read Bella’s mind, but he can’t. Bummer. So, he does the next best thing. He reads the minds of her friends. He’s got to know All.The.Time. what Bella’s saying and planning. He intrudes, not only on her privacy, but on that of her friends.
- In short, Edward is a control-freak.
- Thirdly – and most importantly – the two are not compatible; they are not made for each other. In our lives, sometimes our fantasies and the realities don’t match. Bella may fantasize that Edward is the “perfect man”, but such dreaming doesn’t make it so.
- Edward knows that he is bad for Bella. He tells her constantly that he’s no good for her; that she should leave him alone; that he should leave her alone. But instead of sacrificing himself and his desires for what’s best for Bella, instead he draws her in. The only one who sacrifices anything is this relationship is Bella.
- (And I haven’t even gotten into the whole “vampire” thing.)
Considering what I just wrote, I don’t understand how anyone could see this story as a “love story”. It isn’t. Edward certainly isn’t a model for the kind of man that I want my 12-year-old daughter to fall in love with. Bella is willing to do anything — anything — to be with Edward forever. I know the story is fiction; but the underlying message speaks powerfully to teenage girls. Bella is willing to give up her soul, to become a vampire, to be with Edward.
Vampires might not be real; but there are real people who might ask our daughters to do things that will cost them their souls. I don’t want them seducing my daughter. I don’t want my daughter thinking that this is what love is.
The guy I want my daughter to fall in love with should be someone who doesn’t cause her to live a lie. It should be someone whose love will make her a better person; and who could be a better person through her love.
And, don’t give me that whole “Twilight is about chastity” baloney.
Coming soon, I’ll let the Dumb Ox explain why it isn’t about chastity.
Meanwhile, if you’d like even more reasons why Twilight is BAD, click on the following links:
- Spes Unica– a great blog that wonderfully dissects and exposes the MAJOR problems with Twilight.
- The Sci Fi Catholic – funny, insightful, funny. Tons of other stuff besides Twilight.
- Decent Films – the best movie review site the web. This link takes you to Steven D. Greydanus’ sublime essay on Twilight.
Finally … PLEASE go read this laugh out loud send-up of Twilight. It is a “screenplay” from Eric D. Snider that was rejected. I can include just an excerpt, but I promise that if you don’t like Twilight, you’ll laugh till you have tears in your eyes.
Well, have at it in the combox.