I recently read “Twilight”, the first book in the disturbingly popular series of books by Stephenie Meyer. A young woman by the name of Kellen Rice articulates my issues with this book (and the rest of the series) far better than I can in her blog, here. I’m still going to rant a bit though, because this book left me with such a sick feeling in my stomach and a sense of horror that it is so popular with so many women and girls.
Great googly moogly, I’ve read Mary Sue fan fiction (the main character’s name is Bella Swann…really) that was less saccharine and had a better plot and characterization than this book has. My own sappy writing is that good and I can’t write my way out of wet freaking tissue paper, for crying out loud! How the hell did this schlock even get published, let alone get to be so popular? Was I the only one who was gravely disturbed by the way Edward (the male protagonist and love interest of the main character) treated Bella and the blithe manner in which she accepted that treatment? Good lord, manipulative, over bearing and borderline abusive doesn’t even begin to cover it. There’s no freaking way I would ever allow anyone to treat me like that and I find it highly disturbing that this book is so popular with so many women and that the entire series is actually recommended for young readers (despite the fact that things only get worse in subsequent books). Then again, I’ve known a lot of women in abusive relationships who thought their situation was perfectly normal and that the behavior of their abuser toward them was not only acceptable, but deserved.
Truthfully speaking, I wish I’d never read “Twilight”, it’s reminding me too much of all of the cases of domestic abuse I had to respond to as an MP (Military Police). I hated those cases more than everything else, even picking up road pizza, because I knew the situation was going to continue as long as the abused party accepted it, no matter what I did (and believe me, I learned that lesson the hard way).