Why I Hate 'Twilight'

I may be the only person in the world who hates the entire Twilight series. Actually, scratch that. I may be the only person with a vagina in the world who hates Twilight. Men generally hate it, too.

This piece on the humor website The Oatmeal sums it up nicely. As they say:

It's just a romance novel with the occasional vampire teen drama bullshit peppered here and there. It doesn't really break any new ground in the realm of vampire fiction, other than portraying vampires as a family of uncomfortable retards who prance around the woods eating deer and bunny rabbits.

And yes, I agree. Oh boy, do I agree. But it's more than that, too. Twilight is bad for women. See this video:


Bella Swan is basically a completely uninteresting, boring teenage girl. She has no interests, no special talents. There is no passion in her life until this man -- this man with a "perfect face" -- loves her. Once there is that, she never has an interest beyond men again.

I get why teenage girls love the story. I wouldn't want my daughter to be anything like Bella Swan, but I get it. When we're young, we're all so mixed up about who we are and so full of angst, but as we get older, shouldn't we know ourselves better? Are we really still waiting to get rescued by a man for whom we will give up everything, even the very thing that makes us human?

Is it the throwback to a more innocent time? We remember when sex was taboo and all we wanted was for a boy to smolder for us. Or is it something more, something moms in their 30s are missing, something that Bella and Edward provide? This is the part that frightens me. These moms in their 30s who adore the saga make me wonder what is going on in their own lives that compel them toward this simpler, old-fashioned kind of "love." The same thing that compels women to want to read the bodice-rippers as grown-ups that really are just stand-ins for the princess stories we loved as little girls. The problem, of course, is that we should be satisfied enough by our marriages not to need the romantic "fix" these objectively poorly written books provide.

Why would educated, smart, intelligent women who are equal to their spouses in so many ways want to return to this chaste world where Bella's only joy is found in men? Where is the part where she is interesting? If I were looking for a role model for my 4-year-old daughter, Bella Swan wouldn't be her. In fact, she is my nightmare -- a girl so totally devoid of passion and spirit that she is willing to give up anything just to be with a boy who abuses her with mixed messages and even the occasional bruise, a "bad" boy who is WAY too old for her, I might add. 

No thanks. I'm with the guys on this one and I don't care if it makes me a traitor to my sex. I prefer my heroines to be strong and full of spunk. My daughter can read Coraline or A Little Princess or even The Babysitters Club if she needs inspiration from self-sufficient, young adult girls. Honestly, I think porn would be better for her self worth than Twilight. At least the women in porn are presumably interested in their own pleasure, too. 

Does anyone else hate Bella and Twilight?


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