“The newspaper headline screams: “Eighteen-Year-Old Slain by Husband after Giving Birth.” As you continue reading, you learn that the young woman was brainwashed by a strange blood-drinking cult who call themselves a “family,” though none of the members were actually related. The young woman’s husband was much older than she and had a history of violence. In fact, you learn that her husband used to stalk her prior to her marriage, watching her secretly from the woods near her home and climbing into an unsecured window at night to watch her sleep without her knowledge. Once the young woman, then seventeen, was initiated into a relationship with the man and his “family,” she was encouraged to marry right after her high school graduation. The young woman reportedly had bruises all over her body after returning from her honeymoon, where she also reportedly became pregnant. Her husband was not happy about the pregnancy and wanted her to have an abortion. She refused, eventually leading to him ripping the child from her womb, then, draining her of her blood until she finally stopped breathing. Sounds torturous and sick, doesn’t it? But in fact, this is the basis of a tween-teen literary phenomenon called the Twilight saga…”
~Twilight and Philosophy, p.178 (chapter by Rebecca Housel)
I found this on tumblr today, and it actually shocked me. As I was reading it, I kept thinking ‘oh my god, how could the girl be so stupid. What is her deal?!’ Then, as I reached the end, I couldn’t help but laugh. As many of you know, I am not a fan of Twilight. It is utter garbage to me. And yes, I have taken the time to read the first novel, so don’t even try to tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about.
This novel is destroying the youth. Ok, that sounds preachy. But seriously, how can you write a book about the above, and make it seem ok. It just clouds the minds of young girls who are now searching for their ‘Edward’. Everyone claims that this novel is about romance, and the beauty of love. Where’s the beauty in that kind of love? Bella becomes obsessed with a man who stalked her, and falls apart when he leaves. She destroys herself for the sake of love. The relationship depicted in this novel is unhealthy.
Coming from someone that has been down that road, that has had a stalker. That has wasted away and cried every day because the one they thought they loved left, THIS IS NOT OK. (and no, I have never been hit or beaten by a boyfriend).
How is this novel appealing to anyone?! I bet if the above description was printed on the back of every novel, no one would find it appealing. They would be sickened and disgusted. But instead, the book paints a ridiculous fantasy.