The Twilight Mystique Critical Essays On The Novels And Films

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So because Breaking Dawn—Part 2, the final film in the mega-selling Twilight movie franchise, comes to theaters this weekend, it might be wise to decide just what strain of liberal arts-y interpretation you subscribe to. But the degree to which Twilight has been analyzed, re-analyzed, reframed, and close-read makes it something of a lit-crit Choose Your Own Adventure story. Clarke and Marijane Osborn Film: Twilight (2008, Hardwicke) Thank you to Alabama Humanities Foundation and Alabama State Council on the Arts for their support of this program!

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To me, those limitations seem anti-feminist in basic principle.

Other thinkers have identified elements of the Twilight series as clear allegories—and apologias—for the Mormon faith, to which Meyer belongs.

His refusal to allow her to become a vampire is further evidence of that paternalism.

The three later novels focus both on Bella's becoming a vampire and Edward's dawning recognition of Bella's status as an agent. Edward's controlling behavior continues in Eclipse, but he is able to make some meaningful compromises. My way is always wrong."Later on, though, Jeffers asserts that Bella might be a somewhat feminist figure after all, in that she "rejects the violence inherent in a patriarchal system" because she "refuses to allow Edward and Jacob to remain rivals, and she engineers circumstances that require them to put their differences aside and work together."Meanwhile, just a few pages away in the same volume, Lori Branch's "Carlisle's Cross: Locating the Post-Secular Gothic" cast the protagonist as a "post-feminist" heroine who revealed a few unforeseen effects of the feminist movement: "The remarkable phenomenon here is the recognition in Meyer's fiction... Bella's popularity as superstar Gothic heroine reveals precisely that we as a culture have already travelled a feminist road, and that it has left apparently not a few readers with very particular unfulfilled longings and misgivings." In my own opinion (key word), the foundation of feminism is this: being able to choose.On the whole, beguilement by a teenage bad boy, however courtly his manner, doesn't lead to eternal love; nor is self-abnegation a reliable route to bliss.It's therefore understandable that some have questioned the merits of Twilight's message for womankind."That was, of course, not the end of that conversation.According to John Granger's Touchstone magazine article "Mormon Vampires in the Garden of Eden: What the Bestselling Twilight Series Has in Store for Young Readers," the series is a thinly veiled retelling of the formation and survival of the Church of Latter-Day Saints.dangerous—heartless, blood-atonement-driven religious believers who prey on non-believers—this is not true of the Cullen family, who are the Celestial-life Mormons of the essentially an allegory of one gentile seeker's coming to the fullness of Latter-day Saint faith and life. Meyer's stand-in, is also a modern American woman who struggles with Edward's patronizing misogyny and over-protectiveness.Her mind is the only one in the book open to him, which serves both as an indication of her reverential reserve towards him as God or prophet and her resistance to being totally subject to him.TO THE NAKED EYE, IT MAY APPEAR THAT: The Twilight saga is a story about love. For instance, in 2010, David Cox of the Guardian expressed some concern in a story called (amazingly) "Twilight: the franchise that ate feminism." "In a climactic argument, [Bella's two suitors Jacob and Edward] debate what's best for her," he wrote. Take your pick: Twilight and its sequels are one big story about... It's arguably the most notorious complaint about Twilight: That meek, indecisive teenager Bella Swan may be something of a sketchy role model for its largely teenage, largely female fan base.At the end of Eclipse, he finally says, "I've clung with idiotic obstinacy to my idea of what's best for you, though it's only hurt you... The core of anti-feminism is, conversely, telling a woman she can't do something solely because she's a woman—taking any choice away from her specifically because of her gender. One of the weird things about modern feminism is that some feminists seem to be putting their own limits on women's choices. It's as if you can't choose a family on your own terms and still be considered a strong woman. Are there rules about if, when, and how we love or marry and if, when, and how we have kids?Are there jobs we can and can't have in order to be a "real" feminist?


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