I love Twilight. I'm going to read all of the books again, and I'm 51 years old.
I agree with this article. It is important that a parent be involved in what
their child is reading. Twilight is definitely for older teenagers. I adore
romance novels with 'mental anguish' and the Twilight series does with with
great flair. It's just fantasy people and uber romantic. Books in which I don't
have to skip over many pages with too much sexual description are hard to find
these days. I can hardly wait for another book by the author.
I agree with the mother's opinion of Bella in this article. For Bella, it's all
about Bella. She's depressed, nearly suicidal, withdrawn, self-absorbed, yet for
some reason, the boys still love her and fight over her (maybe because they're
virile teenage boys, I don't know). Hopefully, more mature young men in real
life realize that this is NOT the kind of girl you want to devote your life to
unless you have an advanced degree in clinical psychology and think your own
Bella might be open to you trying to help her change her ways.
The mother's description of Bella is interesting to me, because the author
viewed Bella as very self-sacrificing and considerate of others. This is clear
from the fragment of MIDNIGHT SUN (the same story as TWILIGHT, told from
Edward's point of view) that Stephenie Meyer posted online. The
problem is that Meyer chose to write Bella's story in first person point of
view, and a truly self-sacrificing Bella would not think of herself that way.
It's very difficult to convey the really good qualities of a first person point
of view character without appearing to boast (and cancel those good
qualities).I didn't see Bella as at all negative the way the mother
in this article described her, and I think it's too bad so many people seem to
have that view of Bella, instead of the one Meyer intended for them to have.First person point of view is not a good choice for first novelists or
for first novels.
I enjoyed this conversation~! I need to learn to talk this way to my kids.
Good job, Mom.
A lot people I know have strong tastes and opinions. It seems like people feel
it necessary to defend their tastes with their opinions. Such as, I don't like
Vampires stories. So I feel stories about vampires are bad. And if one of my
loved ones doesn't share this opinion, I'm going to set them straight! This is a
frustrating behavior trait. And reveals a strong inclination to control
others-whether its justified or not.My daughter LOVES twilight. I'm
indifferent. My wife HATES it. But, we let our daughter decide what she likes.
And thus far, she hasn't showed inclinations to kill people or worse, suck their
blood! So I guess, she'll be alright.