After all the fuss about Twilight I finally decided to read it. Originally, I pushed it off as nothing more than a fad book, that is mediocre at best, my expectations were not quashed as I read through this book.
Myers had other motives for this book, obviously and her Christian faith had a strong influence on the behavior of her characters.
The basic plot of the story is, Bella, a 17 year old girl, falls "in love" (more like becomes infatuated with) Edward Cullen a 104 year-old vampire. Edward in turn, falls for Bella too (can you say super-pedophile?) . It is because her blood smells so good to him, but he chooses to abstain from drinking blood. This all seems to be a metaphor for abstinence, Myers is obviously pleading with teens to abstain from their 'instincts' to have sex, no matter how strong they seem. Edward speaks of a time when he rebelled, and killed murderers.
"But as time went on, I began to see the monster in my eyes. I couldn't escape the debt of
so much human life taken, no matter how justified." This is an obvious metaphor for teen rebellion.
Bella's relationship with Edward bothered me a lot. Firstly, Bella nearly instantly falls in love with Edward after only dating him merely for a few days.
Secondly, she drops everything in her life for this new romance. This is were I become concerned, my sister loves these books,and she has stopped talking to me because her boyfriend "Is the most important thing to her right now.
"You are my life. You're the only thing it would hurt me to lose." -Bella
Why is Myer's teaching teens that a high school romance, above all else should be the number one important thing in life?
Creepily, Edward confesses that he had been sneaking into Bella's room and watching her in her sleep. She finds nothing wrong with this, and instead asks if he heard her talk in her sleep. Why isn't she finding this weird?
Edward can't kiss Bella the way she wants because he might lose control and go into a vampire frenzy and drain all of her blood. So, Bella must deny her own sexual desires.
I only partly read the second book, where Bella actually jumps off a cliff in order to hear Edward's voice, and nearly dies because Edward abandoned her in order to keep her safe. He changes his mind in the end of the book. The entire book also is a sort of bad rip-off of Romeo and Juliet, only no one dies and no sex. (Well until the last book,but its really bad.)
Edward is overly-controlling of Bella, she isn't allowed to really make choices of her own at all. She wants to see her best friend Jake, but Edward removes her truck's engine so she can't. This sounds a little more than just being 'protective'. He says this is because Jake is a werewolf and dangerous, but he is much better to Bella than Edward.
The last book is by far the worst ever.
"I stared at my naked body in the full-length mirror behind the door.
I'd definitely had worse. There was a faint shadow across one of my cheekbones,
and my lips were a little swollen, but other than that, my face was fine. The rest of
me was decorated with patches of blue and purple. I concentrated on the bruises
that would be the hardest to hide-my arms and my shoulders. They weren't so
bad. My skin marked up easily. By the time a bruise showed I'd usually forgotten
how I'd come by it." - Bella describing herself after having sex for the first time with Edward.
For some reason, she isn't angered, or sad that Edward beat the shit out of her, she's blissful, and happy.
Bella also is afraid to leave her father when they get married because he can't cook. Right... he some how fed himself before she got there, but she has to cook and clean for him because that's what good girls do,right?
These books are such garbage, I have no idea why any adults would like them besides the obvious fact that they are selling absence to teens, but they are still misinforming teen girls about how a relationship should be.