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Stephenie Meyer is an anti-feminist, no-talent-hack. November 17, 2009

*This post contains spoilers*

Bella Swan stars in four anti-feminist novels, the Twilight series. She and the other main characters are gender stereotyped to a fault. Abusive misogyny and an embracement of lookism run rampant throughout the 500 pages of the first novel, Twilight, and her experiences with teen romance and/or love are truly a masterpiece on how to have an unhealthy relationship.

Her story is simple enough. Bella is an average teenage girl. She moves to Forks, Washington during her junior year of high school to live with her dad after her mom remarries a traveling baseball player. Bella gets situated at school where she meets Edward Cullen, a disturbingly beautiful and strange boy. He is initially hostile but warms up to her after a while, though his moods swing wildly between tender care and open aggression. In the first half of the story, he saves her life twice, both times by exhibiting extraordinary abilities—super human speed and strength and apparent clairvoyance.

After hearing an ancient Quileute legend about a group of “cold ones” who drank animal blood instead of human blood and went by the name of Cullen, Bella realizes that her gorgeous hero is a vampire. Instead of deterring her from pursuing a relationship with Edward, Bella realizes that nothing, not even the threat of death, could make her life worth living if Edward weren’t in it, and yet the reader is left wondering what exactly it is about Edward that Bella finds so captivating beyond his good looks. Stereotypical teen infatuation and simple physical lust seem to be about it.

Edward, despite repeatedly telling Bella he’s no good for her, is unable to stay away. He find the scent of her blood so alluring that it is a constant temptation to kill her. When she responds to his kisses with equal or greater passion, he draws away least he be overcome with temptation and kill her. Despite this obstacle, the two quickly fall in love and in short order, are professing their undying (?) love for each other.

When a conventional vampire sets his sights on ending Bella’s life, Edward and the entire Cullen family spring into action. Bella is whisked off to safety with Edward’s “sister” and her husband, while Edward, his brother, and their nearly four hundred year old father set a trap for the hunter. The hunter is able to trick Bella into leaving the relative safety of Alice and Jasper’s care. Bella meets the hunter in an abandoned dance studio (claiming he has her mom held hostage) and she is almost killed before Edward and company show up to save the day.

She returns home with a well fabricated cover story and the stage is set for them to live happily ever after…provided Edward is willing to turn her into a vampire so she can live forever with him.

The story is simple enough. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Girl (i.e. damsel) is in distress. Boy (i.e. knight in shining armor) comes to the rescue. Happily ever after.

Unfortunately, for readers, there is a dark undercurrent that flows throughout Twilight. Earlier, I wrote that Bella was “an average teenage girl.” I say “average” because there is nothing to set her apart. She is not especially smart or dumb. She is not particularly ugly or beautiful. She has no particular talents or shortcomings (aside from being chronically clumsy). Bella’s physical appearance is not described, aside from making note that she is about 5’4” and weighs about 110 pounds. In fact, Stephenie Meyer, the author of Twilight, purposefully wrote Bella as a mostly undefined character so that, as she said on her website, “the reader could more easily step into [Bella’s] shoes” (www.stepheniemeyer.com). Meyer’s intent, then, was for the reader to put themselves into Bella’s place, which is understandable. I think most writers want their readers to be able to do the same. What is insidious is that, after carefully not defining a character so the reader is more easily able to insert herself into the story, Meyer’s main characters unapologetically promote traditional gender roles, blindly accept society’s unrealistic expectations of feminine beauty, and condone abusive and controlling behavior.

As Leonard Sax, writing for the Washington Post, said, “the girls are still girls, and the boys are traditional men…The lead male characters…are muscular and unwaveringly brave, while Bella and the other girls bake cookies, make supper for the men and hold all-female slumber parties.”

Traditional gender roles are assigned to the main characters from the book’s beginning. The story opens with Bella’s move into her father’s home. Within the first 48 hours, she has assigned herself to kitchen duty as her father can’t “cook much besides fried eggs and bacon” (p. 31). Bella comments on her father being aware of the upcoming school dance; “Only in a town this small would a father know when the high school dances were” (p. 81). Bella fully embraces the stereotype that social events such as dances are the realm of mothers (females) and not fathers (men) even though it would make perfect sense for her father, the chief of police, to be aware of an upcoming teen gathering. Bella makes this even clearer when she tells her dad about an upcoming shopping trip…which is the only time she spends with female friends outside of school, by the way. Bella, explaining that even though she isn’t attending the dance, she is helping her friends pick out dresses, thinks, “I wouldn’t have to explain this to a woman” (p. 149), embracing the idea that men could not possibly understand the female mind while a woman would naturally have an intrinsic understanding of all things “feminine.” Her father quickly embraces his own gender stereotype. As he turns back to the television, Meyer writes, “He seemed to realize that he was out of his depth with the girlie stuff” (p. 149).

Bella’s shopping trip with her friends supplies more gender stereotypes. Bella wanders into a dangerous neighborhood, distracted by the wallowing despair she finds herself in over not having seen Edward in two days. She runs into one group of people—four men. And naturally, these men are rapists who quickly scheme together to lead her away from the more populated areas so they can gang rape her. Edward shows up in the nick of time and saves the day, playing the part of the knight in shining armor to Bella’s damsel in distress who forgot her pepper spray at home.

Edward then takes Bella to a restaurant where he dazzles the, naturally straight, waitress with his unbelievable good looks. He asks Bella how she’s feeling, explaining, “I’m actually waiting for you to go into shock” (p. 168), because, naturally, that is the first reaction a female has to physical danger.

As mentioned earlier, Bella assigned herself kitchen duty for the duration of her stay in Forks. After school and obsessing over Edward, cooking is the only other activity the reader regularly sees Bella engage in. Bella listens to music in passing, reads a bit in passing (romances such as Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice), but she has no other hobbies. She doesn’t paint or write. She doesn’t scrapbook or play an instrument. She doesn’t play video games or read voraciously. She doesn’t talk on the phone or play a sport. She thinks about Edward, talks to Edward, schemes to be with Edward, does some homework, and cooks for her dad, who is largely ungrateful as he watches sports on television and goes fishing on the weekends.

Besides promoting traditional gender roles, Bella fully embraces society’s current standard for female beauty. Bella observes Rosalie, one of Edward’s “sisters,” narrating, “The tall one was statuesque. She had a beautiful figure, the kind you saw on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, the kind that made every girl around her take a hit on her self-esteem just by being in the same room” (p. 18). Three paragraphs later, she remarks, regarding why she couldn’t look away from the five “siblings,” “…their faces, so different, so similar, were all devastatingly, inhumanly beautiful. They were faces you never expected to see except perhaps on the airbrushed pages of a fashion magazine” (p. 19). Bella believes that beauty is found in the glossy pages of mass media and nowhere else. There is no place for the beautiful, full figured woman, or the beautiful woman who looks like a human. Nor is there a place for the physically unattractive person who is still valuable. Bella’s only definition of beauty is that which conforms to the airbrushed models found in fashion magazines. Over seventy times, Bella mentions how beautiful the vampires are, in one way or another. Often it is in reference to Bella’s reaction to Edward’s “outrageous perfection” (p. 322). Other times it is within the context of Bella’s perceived plainness in comparison. Bella’s view of herself and her value has been completely and totally shaped by modern definitions of beauty, shallow as they are. As such, she sees herself as plain and therefore, without value.

As disturbing as Bella’s embracement of gender stereotypes and feminine beauty are, what is truly disturbing is her apology for abusive and controlling relationships. As Wendy Nosid of community.feministing.com said, “Bella’s choices are troubling, sure, but it’s the blatant romanticism of what she and [Edward do], excuses of him doing these things “out of love” and “to protect her” that makes her an anti-feminist figure” (http://community.feministing.com).

When asked if Bella is an anti-feminist heroine, Meyer, believing the accusation springs from Bella’s choice to marry early and carry a unexpected and life threatening pregnancy to term, argues that the accusations are invalid because Bella exercises her right to choose—the right to choose that feminists have fought for. Meyer says, “I never meant for her fictional choices to be a model for anyone else’s real life choices…she’s in a situation that none of us has ever been in, because she lives in a fantasy world.” (www.stepheniemeyer.com)

Meyer is correct. Bella does live in a fantasy world, filled with vampires and werewolves. However, if the vampire and werewolf aspects are removed from the story, you are left with a story which fits the description of an abusive relationship: “a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a[n]…intimate partner” (http://stanford.edu/group/svab/relationships.shtml). Stanford.edu gives sixteen “signs or ‘red flags’ to assist people in identifying a potentially abusive person” (http://www.stoprelationshipabuse.org/signs.html). Edward exhibits 13 of the 16.

Rachel Allen, a California mom, whose daughter defended Twilight with the “it’s just a fantasy” argument, writes, “[T]he thing is, the romance is not really the fantasy part. The romance is presented as the realistic part.” (www.canow.org)

And therein lays the danger. Feminists have fought for women to be free to make their own choices, even if those choices are not perhaps the wisest. Bella, however, is not really free to make choices. She has been so convinced that she is unappealing that when an attractive boy shows her the slightest attention, she swoons completely. She spends the entire first novel marveling that such an attractive boy would deem her worthy of attention, much less love. She is utterly convinced that she has so little value that she believes it will hurt her parents less to lose her completely than to experience even a modicum of danger. She spends most of the second book (2006, New Moon) in the depths of depression (for which she receives no professional help) because Edward has left her.

It is only when she becomes a vampire herself, gaining the beauty and strength she so admired in Edward, that she gains any value (in her own eyes). Instead of working hard and making choices to better herself, Bella waits for Edward to “rescue” her from her humanity (and its inherent plainness, clumsiness, and fragility) by turning her into vampire.

Again, while no reader can make that exact decision, ten minutes flipping through a stack of popular magazines or surfing through television channels will reveal many other “miracle” cures. From diet pills, hair care products, teeth whiteners to Wonder bras. The “cure” to all of a girl’s problems is just waiting, furthering the belief that something outside oneself can fix the inside.

It is not Bella’s decisions to choose a “traditional” role that makes her an anti-feminist heroine. Meyer’s is mistaken if she believes that is the root of the issue. The root of the issue is the glorifying and romanticizing of gender stereotypes, cookie cutter beauty standards, and abuse. These are what makes Bella Swan an anti-feminist heroine and Twilight inappropriate reading for…well, everyone.

References

Allen, Rachel. (2008, November 24). Feminist mom talks Twilight. California National Organization for Women. Retrieved November 6, 2009, from http://www.canow.org/canoworg/2008/11/feminist- mom-talks-twilight.html

Meyer, Stephanie. (2005). Twilight. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company

Meyer, Stephanie. (2009, August 28). Frequently asked questions: Breaking Dawn. Retrieved November 6, 2009, from http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/bd_faq.html

Nosid, Wendy. (2008, September 20). Stephenie Meyer side-steps anti-feminist allegations. Retrieved November 6, 2009, from http://community.feministing.com/2008/09/stephanie-meyer-side-steps-ant.html

Sax, Leonard. (2008, August 17). “Twilight” sinks its teeth into feminism. The Washington Post. Retrieved November 6, 2009,, from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/15/AR2008081503099.html

 

After all that, I found this video and it’s just too perfect to not share. Enjoy!


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24 Responses to “Stephenie Meyer is an anti-feminist, no-talent-hack.”

  1. amarisgrey Says:

    THANK YOU!!

    I was bullied into reading the series by my sister, who insisted once I read it, that I would love it, even though she knew I wasn’t into the “otherkin” (werewolves, vampires, etc…) fad. She said it was just like all the fantasy/fiction books I read, with romance and magical powers and epic battles. She couldn’t have been more wrong. I hated it, and for several reasons.

    1) The writing style. Stephenie Meyer likes to pretend she is an intellectual writer by using words like “encapsulate” and “monotonous”. I might have given her points for that, except she uses the same words over. And over. And over. It’s quite clear reading her stories that vocabulary is not one of her strong suits. Neither, it seems, is the ability to write with any sort of dignified objectiveness. A writer, though it is their job to emote their characters, should write a story as though they are a newscaster. They are merely reporting events. It’s very obvious that the “Twilight” books are nothing more than her own rediculous, purely self-serving teenage daydreams, and that’s exactly how they read. I mean, seriously, am I the only person who has noticed that the girl they chose to play Bella Swan looks identical to Stephenie Meyer?

    2) Obviously, the story. This is not new, people. People have been riding the vampire fad since Anne Rice, but even Anne Rice knew when to draw the line. Meyer’s work reads like poorly written fantfiction. She has taken something that has been overdone, flushed out everything that one would classically associate as vampiristic traits, and elevated the status of vampires from the soulless, blood thirsty, barely sentient monsters they were originally to nearly invincible God-like incarnations who’s main purpose is to be pretty to look at (Diamond skin? Seriously?) and display an aristocratic, narcissistic, indifferent elitism toward humans. None of them have jobs or are contributing to society in any way, beyond that of Carlisle Cullen, who is the town’s lead physician. As a matter of fact, they openly break several laws in the effort to keep themselves hidden (as seen in the last book “Breaking Dawn), in which Bella enlists the aid of a shady lawyer to forge a fake ID and a passport for her child so that it can flee the country). Not to mention using the psychic ability of one of their members to purchase stock, “earning” them all ever increasing personal wealth. The book glorifies fraudulently-acquired wealth, asthetic beauty to the point of realistic impossibility, and criminal behavior. Yeah, that’s what I would want my kids reading.

    3) The relationship between Bella and Edward. Falling in love with each other virtually over night, they are both destructive to one other; Edward in feeling pain because her smell literally causes his throut to burn and warring within himself about turning Bella or leaving her human, and Bella in that her love interest could leave at anytime for no reason, has admitted to killing people in the past, and both loves her and condemns her for being human. As you pointed out, Bella really is an uninteresting, two dimensional character with no talent, skill, or hobbies. Edward does have interests beyond Bella, but he often persuades her to take up his own hobbies, sometimes by force, than to encourage her to develop her own interests. Both Edward and Bella seem to be bi-polar. Even when they have everything they want, they are still unhappy and complain. In fact, it seems as though their relationship through the entirety of the book is extremely tenuous and could break at any time without a moments notice. Neither of them trusts each other, and it’s like the both of them are just waiting to leave or be left.

    4) Every single character is two dimensional. I’m including Bella and Edward in this statement. There is no character development at all. It’s all about Edward and Bella swooning over each other. Even though Bella and Edward are flat as characters, they still overshadow every other character in the series.

    5) Bella’s opinion of herself before and after becoming a vampire. One gets the sense that the message of the book is that a person can be asthetically beautiful if they are willing to change who they are entirely, physically and mentally, and endure a great amount of pain. It’s almost a metaphor (or advertisement) for plastic surgery. Bella believes she is unattractive and plain before she turns, but afterward she sees her reflection and believes she has become a very beautiful woman. It implies that the older she gets, the more ugly and less desirable she will become.

    There is so much more to rant about, but it’s early, and my rant lobe has shut down. I may say more later. You get the idea, at any rate.

    • ladyrebecca Says:

      Thank you for commenting, “Amerisgrey” (I know who you are…mwhahahahaha). (I miss you by the way.) The Twilight series is frustrating to me. I read all four books – willingly, I might add, though by the fourth one I was just ready for it to be over. I was SO sick of hearing about Edward’s eyes. I wanted to thumb out my own eyes just for having to read it over and over.

      The first chapter of “New Moon” was one of the worst for “getting old=getting ugly and undesirable.” There are a lot of people fighting ageism and this book just comes along and reinforces all the bullshit stereotypes. Her greatest nightmare is living to a ripe old age? Really? I can think of some things that would be worse nightmares. Like, say, getting butt-raped by a gang of vampires while they tear your hairless girly-man boyfriend to pieces in front of you. Or loosing a child to a senseless act of violence. Or watching your entire family die in a concentration camp. Or spending 23 years “in a coma” but really be conscious the whole time. Watching your children starve to death. Prostituting yourself in an attempt to feed them, contracting HIV, and then dying, leaving them to fend for themselves. Lots and lots of things worse than getting old.

      Anyway…I obviously didn’t get all my rant out when I wrote this. It was a hard paper to write because I kept going off on rages and loosing the focus of the paper. I just started shouting gibberish at the computer screen but that didn’t really communicate super well so I had to keep calming down. Whew. I’m okay now.

      Like, I said, I miss you. Wish you were here. I’d like to watch Twilight and New Moon with you (in the theater) and loudly mock it the whole time. See if we could get kicked out. *evil grin spreads across my face* Yes….it’s a brilliant plan.

      • amarisgrey Says:

        We should. We totally should. We should wait til it comes out on DVD, call each other, and watch it at the same time, just ragging on it. I keep hearing from everyone about how it’s much more like the books than the first, so it’s better, but how do you improve upon shit?

        I miss you guys too. I’ll be having a surgery early next year, probably February, and it sucks not having really good friends in close distance.

        I will say, though, that I don’t know what kind of Jedi mind tricks Meyer is utilizing, but some sort of subliminal messaging is going on, because I keep reading her shit. I hate the books, I know for a fact I hate the books, but I cannot STOP coming back to them. It’s got to be mind control.

  2. Tamara Says:

    I think Stephenie Meyer is a very lucky woman…the public obviously loves mediocrity and she has given them their fill! The publishing world isn’t about brilliant writing anymore, just good marketing.
    My teen daughter dragged me to New Moon over the weekend. Ugggh….what crapola. The diaolgue was so painful I thought my ear drums were going to pack a bag and move out of my ear canals!
    I tried to read the first book, couldn’t make it past the first chapter.

    • ladyrebecca Says:

      I couldn’t agree more. While I fault her for her complete and total mockery of the accepted mythology of werewolves and vampires and her character’s shallowness, I can’t fault her ability to make a TON of money crapping out some pretty terrible books. Kudos to her for making millions but shame on her for doing so by selling out.

  3. Melina Says:

    Agreed. I read Twilight and it was the most poorly written block of paper and ink that has ever been my displeasure to have infect my retinas. For the love a DEV- I’m in high school and I write better than her! I happen to enjoy vapire/werewolf novels -Lestat forever babe!- and this was just pathetic! More than that- it was repulsive, infuriating and a mockery to vampire novels, not to mention the female humans. The plot was so base it made me shake my head in disgust every page. I don’t care about Meyer’s excuses to cover up for her sad, sad little tale. They are nothing but BS, my friends. And this is just to top off everything else that is wrong with the Twilight series. =_=”

  4. AMEN! This is brilliant stuff.

  5. SaraC Says:

    i didnt like twilard before cause of this crazy fad…but now i get what a mary-sue bella swan is and what a stalking queerdo edward cullen is.thanks for your article.i should show this to all those twitards at my school

  6. amarisgrey Says:

    Oh. My. Gawd. You have to watch this video review of “New Moon”.

    • ladyrebecca Says:

      I finally got to watch this. Great. Absolutely great. Of course, it’s such easy pickings. I mean, seriously, the Twilight series is some of the worst shit I’ve ever read. Ever. And I’ve read some pretty horrible crap. Harliquinn romances are worse in a way but at least you get titillated from reading them…and the titillation comes from adults and not 17 year old boys. Twilight just blows.

      • amarisgrey Says:

        I know. Twilight is a sad, sorry waste of trees. I feel like I should plant new trees in apology.

      • Trisha Says:

        ROFL!!
        I’m sorry.
        This is a waste of a comment.
        But thats the funniest anti-twilight statement/article/anything I have EVER read and HAD to rofl it!!!

  7. Kendobunny Says:

    I think one of the major places where SMeyer dropped the ball was with Bella’s cooking. I admit getting annoyed at other anti’s for harping on Bella for cooking. I’m a woman, and I have loved cooking since I was a teen. I took over kitchen duties for the entire family when I was 15 and never looked back. I even planned on becoming a chef for a few years.

    Then I read the books. Bella doesn’t cook because she likes to. She doesn’t spend time reading cookbooks like I do, or sniff and taste everything on the spice rack like I do, or go out looking for exotic ingredients or create recipes like I do. She just seems to cook out of boredom and a vague notion that she should. Nurturing instincts don’t prevent women from being strong or active or individualistic – my boyfriend may think that I’m a gem for cooking a full dinner and wanting to give him a shoulder rub afterwards, but he knows that I do those things for him because we have a good, loving, respectful relationship. If he stopped being respectful, the nurturing would go right out the window.

    That’s also the problem with Esme. Being nurturing does not consume ones personality.

    • amarisgrey Says:

      I agree. That’s a problem with a lot of the characters, though. They are poorly defined characters and in no way are they individual from each other. They have one or two stereotypical hobbies to define their interests and that’s it. The vampires all have the same hobbies, if you notice. So do the werewolves; that is, the ones who were allowed to have any character development at all (meaning Jacob; maybe Seth and Lauren to a much lesser degree, though we never learn anything about their hobbies or interests). Hobbies being defined, of course, as an activity of interest from which one would derive pleasure, comfort, or happiness. I mean, look:

      List of hobbies and interests:

      Vampire Clan:
      Carlisle: Sports Cars, Medical Research
      Esme: Sports Cars, Her “Children”
      Edward: Sports Cars, Music, Medical Research
      Rosalie: Sports Cars, Piano, Herself
      Emmett: Sports Cars, Athletic Sports
      Jasper: (We never actually learn anything about Jasper’s interests or personality, though it’s safe to assume he also likes Sports Cars. Jasper is the least-described character in the Vampire Clan.)
      Alice: Sports Cars, Fashion
      Bella: (She is the only one who does not seem to like cars. The only interest that is individual to Bella is Jane Austen novels. As was said, cooking does not count as it’s not something she seems to enjoy.)

      Other Characters (The only other ones who were allowed to have personalities):
      Jacob Black: Restoring Old Cars, Reneesme (Which is highly creepy. Does no one else realize that Jacob Black has suddenly become a pedophile? He was only in love with Bella because he was supposed to fall in love with her daughter? WTF?!?!!)
      Charlie Swan: Sports, fishing.

      …that’s about it. No one else is important enough to warrant interests.

      I could write a better version of this story in my sleep. Jesus.

  8. Chalice Says:

    i totally agree!!! Meyer is one sick individual. how come she’s compared to great writers as J.K.Rowling when all she’s done is write a load of crap that later becomes a gory pornography?? at the end of the saga, Bella becomes a vampire when they’re all saying how it’s like eternal damnation- so is that supposed to be happily ever after? more like- a tragic inescapable nightmare. & it’s like back to before with the slight difference of Edward who was the only one single, having gotten himself a mate. gross.

  9. CrazyWriter Says:

    I completely agree. 🙂 Stephenie- I mean SMella-Er, I mean Bella is definitely a self-insert Mary Sue who is subservient to her sparkley beau and values image more than she does personality. (Who are those nice people named Mike, Eric, and Jessica?? Oh yeah, they’re the ones Bella left for her two ‘hotties’, EdTheUndead and JakeMcDateRape.)
    Honestly, even I can write better than Stephenie Meyer. And I just turned 15. Not being big-headed, but someone with little more than 8 years of English education is better at writing than a 40-something year old, college English major. That’s sad.
    Anyway, great article. 🙂 I’m happy that there are other people out there who realize what a load of bullcrap the Twilight SERIES (Not a Saga. xD) is.

  10. You can place words fantastically. I was researching the anti-feminst aspects of this series, merely for my amusement in feeling that I too can one day be a published and successful author.

    Giving a few hundred pages of over-used adjectives and children book characters and even I can get my stories somewhere onto the shelves to be bought and abandoned at a library where no one will check me out or a used book store lost in some archive of local authors.

    Very impressed at your well placed diction, and re-enforced, essay style, argument. It was informational, which is precisely what I was looking for.

    Thank You.

    You will continue to be read by me.

    Skyler R. Dowell

  11. lotlot Says:

    i visited twilight reviews and eventually ends me here. i find it more informational than Meyer’s book about her characters. she does not entertain me at all. i totally agree with all you people. even when english is only our 2nd language, i kinda think, i Can actually write a book better than her! its so much a shame to even compare her with a terrific author, my fave JK Rowling! twilight blows!

  12. Kitty Says:

    Lovely review. Thank you for posting!

  13. This is an amazing post. I refuse to read those books for all of the reason you have listen and more. Mainly the effect they have had on my “unpretty” friends. Now that I know they have reinforced their ideas of unattainable beauty, I can put blame on them for the hurt they have caused.

  14. Leslie Brooks Says:

    I am so glad I found this site. I totally agree with everybody on what they are saying. My 9 year old nephew could do better than Stephanie Meyers. I read half way through the first book and fell asleep several times. I couldn’t finish it because it was so bad. My friend adores this stuff (though she never read the books but watches the movies all the time). I asked her once what plot was there. She replied, “They love each other.” I asked, “And what else.” She looked at me as if I grew a third head. I told her that, “Harry Potter had a plot, It (the movie based on the book) had a plot, the Chronicles of Narnia had a plot. Twicrap did not have a plot.” I saw the movies and it’s the worst acting I have ever seen and hate simply because it ruined Vampires and Werewolves. After telling some people on facebook how stupid I thought Breaking Dawn was (and it is) I was told by a Twihard that, “I had no imagination whatsoever. That it was just a book and taking it WAY too seriously.” I almost died! Some freako twihard was telling ME that I was taking it seriously! I just hate this crap. And the fact that she’s EVEN compared to JK Rowling is horrible. JK at least cool characters.

  15. jakeeel Says:

    I’ve read all four books willingly. And I recommend this series to anyone who want to be a writer. Why? Because this series have every single type of mistakes a writer should never ever ever ever made. Identify why you loath this series, and make a mental note to never make same type of mistakes in your writting. It’s very useful 😀

  16. May Gem Says:

    Personally, I have never been a fan of the Twilight series. To be more honest, I was barely okay with the first book, when I read it before the hype began, and then I hated the rest of the books. In my eyes, these are all of the flaws that I see with the series:

    >Poor writing style (too mundane)
    >Little to nonexistent plot (little in Twilight, nonexistent in the other three books)
    >Weak female protagonist (my biggest proof: her breakdown in New Moon)
    >Overbearing male protagonist (he was barely tolerable at best in Twilight, horrible in the other three; extremely cliched)
    >Anti-feminist ideas (Bella needs to be supported by a man, namely Edward, at all times)

    There are more that I could mention (haters feel free to add), but I will let the Twilight fangirls challenge my stance in their responses.

    Meyer states that Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice as well as Edward Rochester of Jane Eyre (Edward Cullen was named entirely for Rochester, according to Meyer), were inspirations for Edward Cullen. I find this logic faulty and could create a long list of differences, let alone state Darcy’s and Rochester’s superiority, but I will also leave that up to you to decide.

    Now to get to the real questions…

    For Twilight fangirls…
    >What hooked you to the series?
    >What drew you into the allure of Edward Cullen?
    >Do any of you see any flaws or do you completely disagree with everything I’ve said?
    >What other books are you attracted to?

    For the Twilight haters…
    >What do you think fueled the Twilight hype? Edward Cullen? Vampires? Bella?
    >Also, what is it about Twilight that you hate?
    >Do you hate it for the same reasons as me, or do we share sentiments, but differ in reasoning?
    >Do you read classical literature like me?

    I’m curious to hear both sides…and please be civil. I’ve been civil this entire time and will listen to the fangirls and haters. Please do not criticize my opinion. Leave me with my opinion and I will leave you with your own.

    By the way, I will pick any response (fangirl or hater) as best response even if I disagree if they can explain this phenomenon to me in its entirety.

    ~Zara Sahana


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