I was as surprised as anyone to find myself falling in love with the Twilight world. As a mature and intelligent woman, I could see its faults and I even blogged about them, in my particular style. As a woman who has always gone her own way, I knew I was safe from being influenced by the values in the books that I disliked.
However, I feel I have been remiss in not discussing the dark side of Twilight with you; and I am not going to do that now because I just read a Freshly Pressed post that says it much better than I can.
I agree with most points raised in the essay apart from one thing: I don’t see anything wrong in telling teenagers that abstinence is okay. But then I would say that, wouldn’t I?
I recommend that you read the post and make up your own mind.
Originally posted on Sarah Gets Critical:
With the final film of the Twilight Saga to début in UK cinemas this week, the time is ripe to cast an eye of scrutiny upon one of the most popular franchises of the decade. Twilight could have been a positive force in fiction and film, not least because the book is aimed primarily at girls, with a female protagonist, speaking of female experience, written by a woman, and with the film itself being directed by a woman. In fact, Eclipse attracted audiences that were 80% female and scraped in a whopping £45 million (1). Since then, Twilight has had a considerable knock-on effect, not least on the revival of vampire fiction, but in the fiction industry – with 50 Shades of Grey starting its life as a slash fiction version of Twilight. The effects of Twilight are boggling, but what other knock-on effects are we missing?
Twilight teaches very dangerous lessons to its readers and viewers.
- Unhealthy, emotionally abusive relationships are desirable – see Edward and Bella.
- Women’s only life choices (“choice” is a key word here) are to get married, have children, and be a stay-at-home mum.
- Sex is bad. Abortion is even worse.
- Child-grooming is acceptable so long as the adult really loves “his” child.
(NB. I will be talking in very gender binary and white-washing ways, because Twilight erases all non-het sexualities and people of colour.)