hey, Sapphire, thanks for starting this thread!
Okay, my problems with Twilight (and I've only read the first book):
- Bella has no life beyond Edward - no interests, hobbies, volunteer projects, activist work, extracurricular activities, church, lessons, or ANYTHING. Her friendships are superficial and conversations with friends revolve around boys, fashion, etc. She ditches her friends and family to just be with Edward.
p. 251 - "Since I'd come to Forks, it really seemed like my life was about
- Bella is self-deprecating, and Edward feeds this by always either scolding her for or being amused by how easily and frequently Bella attracts trouble, gets into trouble, etc., and always needs to be helped and protected.
- Bella cooks dinner for her dad every night, and cleans up after, while he just watches TV. She mothers him, in a sexist, 1950s kind of way.
- Edward is controlling, condescending towards Bella, is violent, and ignores her.
p. 103 - he drags her across the parking lot by her jacket, ignores Bella when she tells him to let go, orders her to get in the car, threatens that if she tries to leave he'll just drag her back.
p. 270, Edward talks about how he had the urge to murder Bella's teacher so that he could be alone with Bella.
p. 272 - "And I was filled with compassion for his suffering, even now, as he confessed his craving to take my life." THAT'S NOT HEALTHY. Junk like this primes girls to have relationships with abusive men.
p. 293 - “'You spied on me?' But somehow I couldn’t infuse my voice with the proper outrage. I was flattered. He was unrepentant. 'What else is there to do at night?'"
(He admits to coming ‘almost every night’ to watch Bella sleep]) Nooo, it's not CREEPY when a man breaks into your house every night to watch you sleep without your permission or knowledge (e.g. STALKS YOU), it's sooo flattering!
p. 310 – “You are so soft, so fragile. I have to mind my actions every moment that we’re together so that I don’t hurt you. I could kill you quite easily, Bella, simply by accident. ... If I were too hasty...if for one second I wasn’t paying enough attention, I could reach out, meaning to touch your face, and crush your skull by mistake. You don’t realize how incredibly breakable you are.”
p. 315 – "He threw me over his shoulder, gently, but with a swiftness that left me breathless. I protested as he carried me easily down the stairs, but he ignored me."
- Edward treats Bella like a child:
p. 280 – "Then he pulled me around to face him, cradling me in his arms like a small child."
p. 297 – "Then he leaned forward and reached out with his long arms to pick me up, gripping the tops of my arms like I was a toddler."
I really could go on and on...
It really scares me that millions of preteen girls are enthralled by/learning from THIS.