Well I had a whole long post about werewolf movies but it got erased so now I'm pissed and I don't want to write about werewolves anymore. So I'll write about what I'm reading right now. My little sister suggested this teen romance vampire series to me because apparently she and every other girl in her (high school) class loves it. I was already weary when I heard all this information, but I decided I'd give it a try, since I do love vampires. So here's a little analysis of the first two books and half of the third book.
First off, I don't really enjoy a lot of vampire romance. It just seems like fangirl/Mary-Sue territory to me, a lot of wishful thinking on the part of lonely teenage girls who want a sexy vampire lover to sweep them off their feet. Cue Edward Cullen, the impishly handsome young vampire/model who has stolen the hearts of fangirls nationwide, who want to give him their blood, their hearts, and probably their virginities. Edward is the undead boyfriend of the main character/narrator/annoying little girl, Bella Swan, who is so over-the-top clumsy, that she actually said, "I don't like to run. I fall down a lot." That makes me angry. I happen to be a very clumsy person, and even I'm not stupid enough to fall down when I run. It's like she has the coordination of a toddler or someone with a recent head trauma. And that's not even what irks me the most about Bella. First she discovers she loves Edward in a matter of (literally) seconds, then in book three she can't decide whether or not she should marry him. So she knows he's her destiny but she can't put a wedding dress on? Just do it already, Bella, because you piss me off, and it's only a matter of time before Edward realizes how completely inept and inane you really are. Bella is boring. I'm sorry, but I see no reason for Edward to stay with her, other than the fact that apparently her blood smells really good to him. That's pretty perverted. How does he feel when she gets her period? So many awkward questions.
I have no sympathy for any of the characters, since they are just cardboard cutouts from previous vampire movies, books, graphic novels, and cereal boxes. There is no real danger. The bad guy is easily defeated every time, with relatively no consequences. In fact, in the second book, New Moon, the bad guy doesn't even really show up until there's only about 100 pages left, and the danger and conflict is resolved with just a few words and a ridiculous promise.
Yet, oddly enough, I will still finish the third book and will probably immediately finish the fourth book after my sister gets through with it. No, it is not my favorite series, far from it in fact. But as a guilty pleasure, I suppose it works as a trashy bathroom read.
Oh, and Edward is kind of a jerk. After first leaving Bella to a long and awfully boring stretch of emo "feelings," he comes back and she immediately forgives him. He then proceeds to ban her from seeing her best friend Jacob (who I personally would have chosen, he's much kinder) and honestly keeps her hostage for awhile. Again she forgives him. Now, I may be overreacting, since I do consider myself a feminist, but this bitch has got to take a stand for herself. She acts like as a woman, she should have no say in the relationship and Edward gets to make all the big decisions. She must take everything he says as law and his voice is more important than anything else in her world. Little girls read this crap! They may think that the only thing they can expect from life is an overbearing love affair with some guy who isn't even appreciative of women. Why can't there be a strong woman character in a romance novel, one who doesn't need a man or at least holds her own in a relationship? I suppose that's my main qualm with this book. Shame on you, Stephenie Meyer, women deserve better. A lead female character needs to be strong in order to show young girls that they can be strong too.
Is that so much to ask?