I’m about halfway through with Twilight and I can see the how some people can see it as fun, candy-coated reading. I find myself reading along and viewing it as nothing more than badly written teenage romance. Which I’m fine with as long as that’s all it is. However ,every once and awhile a passage will come across that smacks me across the face and makes me realize that sometimes the author just goes a bit too far.
“I shivered in the warm sun, seeing my memories anew through his eyes, only now grasping the danger. Poor Ms. Cope; I shivered again at how close I’d come to being inadvertently responsible for her death”
Inadvertent or not, Bella would NEVER be responsible for anyone that Edward murders just because he can’t control his bloodlust. It is completely his responsibility to NOT KILL people, no matter how much he wants to. This bothers me because it creates the gate keeper image, often used in sexual activity, and once again apparently the woman is who must worry about keeping the situation controlled. The other disturbing issue is that Bella is not at all concerned that it would have also meant HER death. She is constantly confirming that she is not worried about dying. Not in that she is brave so much as that, seeing Edward, even if he might kill her, is less painful than not seeing him at all. That is not the sign of bravery, that is the sign of complete loss of self/identity outside of another person. I don’t care what anyone says, that is not healthy and romantic and goes beyond a sexual fantasy and fetish in many ways. I can understand the concept of losing power and yourself for a brief moment or for a sexual fling. However, Bella is talking about losing herself forever and that is a whole other can of worms.
The other issue I had was the whole bedtime conversation where he wants to make sure that Bella is pure. When she relates that she is and that even though other people may view sex and love as two different things she did not, Edward sounds “satisfied.” Yes, Edward is apparently a virgin as well which is all well and good. But here’s the deal, you can have that conversation without judgement.
example: Are you a virgin? Yes, are you? Yeah. Pretty simple, right?
But that must include the subtle commentary about how sex should only be saved for “the one” and that the handsome, great man of your dreams, who could kill you on accident if he gets a muscle twitch, will be “satisfied” with your pureness.