To be honest, the movie Twilight didn’t really appeal to me at first, and I had not read the books. I just assumed that it would be another mindless teen pleaser movie with a lot of gore and very little plot.
This weekend the weather was bad and there was nothing on television. Therefore, I decided to rent the only thing that I hadn’t already seen on PPV. I was astounded at how wonderful the movie was, and immediately wanted to see what my fellow Triond writers thought of Twilight. Of course, I found tons of pro Twilight articles. However, I found one article, “Why To Hate Twilight” that was written to bash the Twilight series. The author composed 95 reasons to hate Twilight, most of which I adamantly disagree with. Some of the reasons were just too nonsensical to even address. Reasons like- because it is “stupid”, “dumb , and Harry Potter could beat the main Twilight character with his magic powers, etc… wasn’t worth my time and effort. So, I just picked a few out of the article to rebut here. All of the quotes were taken from Sarah Rebeccas’ “Why To Hate Twilight” article here.
“Bella is a perfect character (“Mary Sue”) that Meyer hides by calling her clumsy.”
1. Bella is not a perfect character. She comes from a broken home, hasn’t seen her father in years, and she is shy and awkward. The idea that she is a perfect character is clearly negated by the mere fact that she attempts suicide. Perfect people would never feel so unworthy of life.
“Meyer is living out her own fantasies by writing about Bella, who is clearly herself.”
2. So what? How does this make the book or movie bad. What author doesn’t put at least a little of their own ideals into their work?
“All the rules Meyer sets up for being a vampire are broken by the end of the series.
Not only that, she breaks rules set down by more advanced authors.”
3. Isn’t that kind of the point; Edward chooses Bella above everything? Myer doesn’t have to write based on a fictional set of “vampire rules” set up by other authors. Part of what makes Twilight original and intriguing is that the author doesn’t use the same old trite vampire etiquette.
“The world population will come to an end because all the girls who read this book will think they are Bella and will wait for their Edward to come until they are old. And he’ll never come.”
4. This will happen around the same time that the world population comes to an end because all the kids think that they are Hanna Montana, Harry Potter, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, etc.. . The point of a fictional fantasy is to actually be a fictional fantasy.
“Edward is too perfect and has no flaws either. Even vampires should have flaws besides wanting to suck human blood because it’s natural to them.”
5. Edward has the largest flaw of all….he isn’t human. He is also stubborn, overprotective, and has a love for a human that defies reason. He struggles between what is his nature and his emotions.
“The reason the books became so popular is because Bella has no personality and any loser can put themselves in her shoes.”
6. I may be off my rocker, but typically boring characters are not insanely popular. Bella is far from boring. She shows bravery, trust for Edward when others would run, loyality, etc… Now, that is what sold over 42 million copies of the Twilight series.
“Isn’t in convenient how her father always leaves her alone and doesn’t question her? Real parents aren’t that way.”
7. Many parents are absent and/or do not pay attention to what their children do. That is why there are so many alcoholic, anorexic, drug abusing, pregnant, and high school drop out teens.
“People say that Twilight is better than Harry Potter. Guess what? WRONG.”
8. People say that Harry Potter is better than Twilight, but I disagree.
Edward is extremely possessive, border-line abusive, and boring as anything.
9. Edward feels protective of Bella. In Twilight, he feels such a connection with her, that he risks his own safety and exposure to save her life. His struggle to love her without endangering her is anything but abusive and boring.
“This book contains no real sex, so it’s not really a vampire novel.”
10. I wasn’t aware that there was a rule that “real” vampire novels had to include sex. I think that Edward and Bella deciding to wait until they are married to have sex is sending a good abstinence message to all the teenagers enamored with the series.
“It’s too cliché”
11. Those who dislike the movie claim that it isn’t authentic because it doesn’t have sex scenes, doesn’t follow vampire etiquette, etc.. Yet, somehow they call it cliché in the same breath.
“Her vampires sparkle.” “Read Anne Rice, those are vampires, not the girly men that Meyer has created”
12. This as opposed to vampires who explode in the sun and shake in their fangs at garlic. Yeah…that’s real manly. By the way, Anne Rice admittedly creates homoerotic feelings in most of her characters.
“She can’t think of original names. The only original name she used was Rennesme, which is combination of two names and doesn’t count.”
13. I love Bella and Edward because they are relatable and real. They do not have to have names that need a pronunciation guide to be original and interesting.
“Vampires can’t get people pregnant.”
14. Vampires can change into bats, grow fangs, move at lightening speed, posses the strength of 100 men, etc..etc.. but Twilight couldn’t possibly have a vampire character that produces a baby. Interesting!
“Vampire baseball was just a disgrace.”
15. Again, I dispute the cliché claim with the very complaints that are used to defame Twilight. Vampire baseball is totally original to Twilight, and it is an interesting way to show a titration of human vs. inhuman vampires qualities.
“Stephanie Meyer creates some interesting characters ie: Jasper, Alice, she ignores them, and gives them no development.”
16. The series is about Bella and Edward, not Jasper and Alice. They are what you call… supporting characters. They aren’t supposed to be developed. Just like no one wanted Christian Slatters’ character developed in Interview with a Vampire.
“Every Other Facebook bumper sticker is about Twilight/Edward. EVERY OTHER ONE.”
17. Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it needs to be hated by those that don’t get it. Twilight is popular because it is partly fantasy, but then also takes common subjects and presents them in a relatable way.
“Much too little actual conflict in the story. But this probably stems from having flawless main character.”
18. Edward saves Bella from: being smashed by a minivan, sexually assaulted by thugs, eaten as a baseball game snack, killed by a tracker vampire, and sucks vampire poison from her wrist…..all in one book.
“They fall in love way too quickly and it seems fake because no one falls in love instantly, especially teenagers.”
19. This is a vampire novel. Those that desire to read how long a real relationship takes should read Pride and Prejudice. Anyone that wants to read a fantasy novel will enjoy reading Twilight.
“There’s something disturbing about Carlisle only turning teenagers into vampires.”
20. The father didn’t just turn teenagers into vampires. He also turned his wife. Plus, it is no more disturbing than Ann Rice turning a little girl into a vampire.
I could go on and on here, but it all boils down to personal taste. Some will see the dazzling plot and originality of Twilight. Others will not. I personally found it to be a breath of fresh air from the usual vampire movies. There are only so many times that one can watch the same old stereotypical vampire woo women, sleep in his coffin, and gorily go on eating frenzies. For the close minded vampire fan Twilight will be an atrocity to all things vampire. But, for those that appreciate adding new dimensions to old ideas, Twilight will be seen as a sensational piece of work.