Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Twilight

I just finished reading Twilight. I kind of hate myself. My sister read this book in about a second and then my friend Claire started talking about it. Then each of them read the sequals and the books after that and I just had to get in on the game. I stayed up all damn night last night reading this book, with its gripping plot and fast action...and a main character who makes me irrationally angry!

The whole time I was reading, I kept thinking, "Oh my god. I am involved in a book with yet another helpless female protagonist who needs to be saved by her boyfriend, who has superhuman powers and is portrayed with this omnipotent, magical control and elegance." I wanted to burn the book in a whirl of feminist anger and protest. But I couldn't because A) I was borrowing it from Claire and B) I didn't want to miss out on the ending.

I am hooked on this series. I must know what happens. As I read each line of sweet-sappy dialogue, as I read about this 17-year-old in true, powerful, everlasting love, I simultaneously want to laugh out loud and kill her to take her place. Yes. I want a tall, handsome man to sweep me off MY feet and run with me through a forest and make out in a meadow. Then I want this man to save my life a few times. Perhaps Corey needs some amber contacts and a faster car?

There was one moment near the end of the book (don't worry--no spoilers!) where Bella (the protagonist) tells Edward (the hero) that she can't be Lois Lane all the time and that she wants to be Superman, too. I'm sorry, but I don't think that one line forgives the stereotype the book promotes.

Of course, I am going to read the other three books in the series and I am going to sit riveted to the page every minute. But I also have a master's certificate in Women's Studies. Perhaps only grownups should be allowed to read it and not young girls? Why oh why am I addicted to this saga? And will I survive until November when the movie comes out???

4 comments:

pghrugbyangel said...

Mwahahahaha... Can't stop laughing at your response. I sent your blog link to my sister, since she is the reason I even decided to read the series... You are right, 'poor little bella," but that's now. I promise you, it gets better, and more confusing and more exciting.

Oh, and I'll point out... that nickname I gained recently with the PRFC, "Clairebear," has been around for a LONG TIME, and had once or twice reinvented itself as “Bella.” Dunno how or why, but Bella always ends up as a nickname. Imagine how freaked out I was when I started to read the books…. Took me till halfway through book 2 to get over it. Perhaps my nickname of “Bella” is b/c of Clair-a-bell… disgusting, but I can maybe get it eventually…

I CANNOT wait to hear your responses to the other 3 books. CANNOT WAIT.

Amy said...

Stupid addictive vampire novels! I just finished the 2nd book and I totally feel you, Katy. Bella drives me nuts - she's well, insipid. At least in relation to Edward, and really is there anything to her outside of that relationship?

I kind of hated the first novel, but it was just SO compelling I couldn't stop reading. The second was better, but I still loathe how Bella thinks about Edward. Still, I finished New Moon last night and now must...get...Eclipse...

Em said...

I'm so confused.

east side girl said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I love the series, but Bella is so frustrating...and her relationship with Edward is so unhealthy (yet compelling!). I keep thinking about all of the teenage girls reading the book and using that relationship for a model of their own, and I shudder.