I feel the urge to repost some of my favorite articles here from my blog. Here we go with my series on Twilight by Stephanie Meyers.
I have a lot of legitimate criticisms of Twilight. I read the first book, and never even tried any of the sequels. I have a strong disdain for passive heroines, and Bella is about as passive as it gets.
However, this is not about my baggage. It's about what makes this series resonate with so many people.
Let's talk about one aspect of Bella's passivity - namely, that you don't have to do anything to be considered worthy of love. You just have to be you.
We all seek to earn love - we get good grades (or bad grades), keep a clean house, save money, wear the right clothes and the right perfume, know all the outrageous sex tips, try to read someone's mind....
You get the picture.
But Bella is the object of Edward's obsession merely by sitting around, sleeping, and smelling really really good- all on her own. No special powers, no twisting herself into something she's not for approval, no Cinderella-type makeover to make someone notice her.
How powerful and hopeful of a message is that?!
You. Don't. Have. To. Earn. Love.
It's a radical thought in a society that tells women how they need to act to 'get a man'.
Twilight isn't my cup of tea, but it beats The Rules any day of the week.