Ben: Jolietime! (trademarked by Benco)
Given that I’ve finished my testing and I’m five years too late to every pop culture phenomenon, it was about time I picked up a copy of Twilight.
Not a fan. I will probably finish the rest of the series because I finish what I start but…no.
It’s also got the distinction of something I would probably not expose my hypothetical daughter to, because I’m seriously disturbed at what kind of behavior Meyer considers an acceptable marker of your One True Love. He’s stalkery, obsessed, never listens to a word Bella says and he throws her around like a laundry sack. Anything Bella says no to he cheerfully does anyway or forces her to do. He regularly drags her around physically, often by the wrists. He threatens to kill her, and while I see the point that he’s a monster so of course he can kill her, I don’t necessarily think he needs to be hanging it over her head the whole time. Half of the book is him making the point that he will hurt or kill her if he wants to, but she’s okay with that, because she’s in love with him.
What really interests me is the fact that Edward and Bella are exceptionally chaste. I hear that changes after they get married, but for the time being, they hold hands. Except he blames her for his lack of control. He gives her little peck kisses but when Bella kisses him back, he flies across the room and berates her for being too eager which will cause him to lose control. Of course, that’s not his fault. She’s not being “good.” So, as per usual, a woman’s dangerous sexuality is at fault and will cause a man to lose his control and she will be responsible for whatever happens. In this case, it’s being eaten, but if you don’t recognize that rape culture song and fucking dance by now, I feel for you. As long as she’s a good girl…he won’t be forced to hurt her. What the unholy fuck.
I never thought I would say this, but I much prefer Lestat.