Monday, April 4, 2011
I know. You're probably thinking, "I can't believe she's reading Twilight." Especially when I'm such a huge Harry Potter fan. However, it's the truth. I am indeed reading Twilight. Re-reading, I should probably say. Yes, I've read Twilight before. In my defense, I started reading it before all the hype around it began. And then I had to know how it ended. I bet you're waiting for the reason why I'm reading it again, aren't you? Well....I'm kind of writing a research paper about it. Yes, you read that correctly. I'm in college and I'm writing a research paper about Twilight. Shocking, I know. I'm currently taking an Honors class called Vampires in Film and Literature, which in its self is weird. But it's a very interesting class. We started with Dracula and have worked our way up to Buffy. But back to Twilight. I'm currently on the third book in the series, Eclipse. Exciting, I know. But re-reading the series points out the glaring flaws that made me not really like the series the first time.
The main reason I can't stand Twilight is that I absolutely can't stand Bella. She irritates me so much. All she does is complain the whole time how she isn't good enough for Edward, blah, blah, blah. She irritates me the most in New Moon. Edward leaves and she literally can't do anything. She's basically catatonic for like 4 months. Who does that? No one I know. If she could have just accepted that he wasn't coming back, then she would have been with Jacob and the series would have been ten times better. (Yeah, I'm team Jacob. He's better in about a million different ways). By letting Edward go, she would have been so much more happy. Who doesn't want to fall in love with their best friend? Okay, besides the fact that she complains all the time, the other reason that I can't stand Bella is that she always waits for someone to save her. She never does anything for herself. How does that empower the woman? We're supposed to be strong, men don't always have to come to our rescue. But not Bella. She's content to sit back and allow the strong men do the work. So annoying.
The second reason I can't stand Twilight is the writing. The writing style just isn't good. It's bad. It's one of those things that if you look too closely, you wouldn't be able to believe what you were reading. That is why I don't understand why people are so obsessed with the series. It's just bad writing. Look at Harry Potter. That is some good writing. JK Rowling is a genius. Her plot is so detailed and complicated, it's amazing that she came up with it all on her own. But Twilight's plot is so very simple. Girl falls in love with a vampire, and she gets what she wants in the end. End of story. Nothing really exciting really happens and the story really isn't that hard to follow. I guess I can see the appeal in that, if you're not really all that into reading. If you want something quick and easy, then Twilight is right for you. But if you're looking for something more complicated, something that will make you think, don't pick Twilight. You might regret it if you do.