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The last apology December 8, 2008

Posted by Michelle, with dignity in entertainment.
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I’ve lost the drive to write more than one little bit defending Twilight.  I’m not really sure why I felt the need, to be honest.  I’ve never really felt the need to defend anything I liked loved before….

But here are a few points.  

It’s not love written the way true love should be.  He’s a vampire for goodness’ sake!  Of course things are going to be a little more dire…  Besides, don’t all “great loves” start with superficial attraction anyway?  Isn’t it typical for everyone to be physically attracted to someone before they become emotionally attached?  Of course it doesn’t always work that way, but that’s our instinctual way of choosing a mate – the healthy, pretty looking one to make desirable babies….  So what if the initial attraction is superficial.  Edward finds in Bella what he has waited for 100 years to have, his “soul mate”, if you will.  That’s a LONG time to not find someone you feel connected to.  

I will not defend Stephenie Meyer’s writing style, or plot development, because literaturally speaking, they aren’t worth defending.  What is worth defending is her vivid imagination, and her obvious hope for the world.  She believes in “great love”, so to speak, and great love is worth believing in, and as Edward and Bella do (repeatedly), fighting for.  

And a few remarks on whether or not it’s appropriate for young girls….

Some of the most popular books for tweens, like Candy and Crank, are heavy on the illicit sex, copious recreational illicit drug use and abusive relationships.  I would say that the chasteness, the devotion to monogamy, and the relationships (friendly and otherwise) in Twilight, are much more stable, and much more of an example that I would want my teen sister looking toward than what’s depicted in some other YA novels (Lets not even talk about Gossip Girl….) 

So, in conclusion, Twilight isn’t “love the way love is meant to be”, he’s a vampire, and vampires aren’t real.  It’s fantasy.  The books may not be written on the levels of Kurt Vonnegut, or Nick Hornby, but it’s not the writing that’s important.  It’s the story.  The story has great messages, and great examples of relationships.  So much so, that I bought the books for my teen sister hoping that she gets something out of them.  I bet she gets more out them than she does from reading “The Scarlet Letter”, or “The Lottery”.  Next to the other popular YA novels out there, Twilight is much better as an example, and I would rather young ladies read it than those other books.

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