Saturday, December 27, 2008

thoughts on Twilight

^^a postsecret item that reminded me of twilight fan art.

Over the past month or so, I've read the first and the last of the twilight novels, watched the recently released movie, and encountered four interesting related reviews.

1)The one on Mary's blog

2)The one on Stormfront (the largest gathering of "white nationalists" on the internet)

3)My absolute favorite (thank you very much Heidi)

4)and this deeply desturbing one by Caitlin Flanagan.

It's this last one that I'm interested in discussing right now. Certainly there's something to be said for treating the metaphors and sexuality in the story candidly, and certainly it's about time someone noticed (or perhaps I should say, noted) the underlaying message about sex and morality, and its connection to Stephanie Meyer's faith.

While not brilliantly written, this review is at least, for a change, intelligent--and I can't help feeling that it somehow misses the mark. I know a lot of my readership are twilight fans, and I know that they tend to be the quieter lot. . . . but I'm asking you now; what do you think of her analysis?


J Rock said...

The review definitely made for an interesting read. I had a hard time because I really really dislike the Twilight books, so every time she said something like, "Twilight is a marvelous book," I had a gut rejection of her words. Even so, I found her analysis of why these books are so popular to be enlightening. It will certainly affect how I go about trying to convince my cousins and nieces that the Twilight books teach them negative lessons and unrealistic expectations.

One of the most interesting things about the review is that she takes aspects of the novel that are usually parts of the argument against it--for instance, Bella as an anti-heroine/anti-feminist--and uses them as arguments for what makes the book great. I suppose the interpretation if things like that boils down to a fundamental difference in attitudes and beliefs.

Day said...

Hey, thanks J. :)

I started re-reading it, and found myself thinking: but I disagree with that, and that, and that. . .

So maybe I'll do a better job of picking it apart soon.