Should We Take Twilight Seriously

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Should we take Twilight Seriously or is it just Another Fairy Tale? Lisa Jeanne Luco Should we take Twilight Seriously or is it just Another Fairy Tale? Millions of young women have read the Twilight series of books by Stephenie Meyers; those same millions have gone to see the movies. Every time another Twilight movie came out, young woman everywhere lined up to buy a ticket, to be whisked away to vampireville. There have also been many questions as to how the relationship of the main character in the movie, Bella Swan, and those of her love interest affect the young girl’s viewing. Do they watch Bella and wish that they too could be swept off their feet by a handsome, broody, vampire? Do they see the young vampire, Edward, his affection and an obsession with Bella as a romantic ideal, a model for all relationships? Many feminists would disagree, saying that this model is not what we want for our young woman to look to in a relationship. Perhaps Twilight, like many other fairytale type stories, has its own genre and shouldn’t be confused with reality. (Flynn, April 2012) Do we really have something to be concerned about or is this another case of the dangers of Snow White eating a poison apple, falling into a deep sleep and waiting for Prince Charming to come and kiss her awake. Does reading and viewing the Twilight series, by Stephenie Meyer; send young woman the wrong message about healthy relationships, are young girls in danger when reading about and watching fairy tales? A conversation between Edward and Bella, “And so the lion fell in love with the lamb” he murmured. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word. “What a stupid lamb,” I sighed. “What a sick masochistic lion.” (Meyer, 2005, p.274) Edward Cullen the silent, brooding figure is handsome, rich, and every girl in school wants him, including Bella. Some would see Edward as the
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