It’s been almost a decade since I last watched Twilight. In that time, nothing has changed. I still like Twilight and will gladly defend it to anyone who speaks ill of it. I’ve made jokes about it, but I very much doubt the author and the people involved with the success of Twilight will lose sleep over my playful ribbing.
Does it have faults? Oh yeah. Is there any thing ever written, be it classical literature or third rate blog posts that doesn’t have faults? No.
The one thing I find Twilight at fault for is the marketing. It should never have been marketed as teen romance because what Edward and Bella have is the furthest from a romantic relationship. It’s not even healthy.
Edward is domineering, controlling, and the product of a time when women were still accountable to their fathers and husbands. Bella is manipulative, disrespectful, and ungrateful to friends and family. These two are perfect for one another on the grounds that in having each other, they aren’t being afflicted on others.
Both parties are incredibly co-dependent, to the point where they will engage in life threatening behavior, including but not limited to, suicide just to be with one another. No teenager should ever be given the impression that this is a healthy relationship.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t sell very many copies if they come right out and say, “These are the worst sort of people, but their friends and family are actually pretty cool.”
One unfair criticism that’s often repeated is that the vampire sparkle. The vampires in the Stephanie Meyer universe have diamond skin that glistens in the sunlight, and this is unacceptable because “real vampires don’t sparkle”. Except… there are no real vampires. No one who has ever used a vampire in fiction has ever written about a “real” vampire. Or it would be more accurate to say that no fictional portrays of a vampire was ever based on a real vampire, because real vampires are people who dress in black, glue fans to their teeth, and drink each other’s blood regardless of the health risks. That doesn’t make someone a real vampire anymore than swimming makes you a real dolphin.
The authors of vampire fiction with the most notoriety are the ones who did something original, either changing or reinventing the creature entirely. When I read the Twilight version of vampires and werewolves, I punched the air in celebration of the original twist.
Isn’t amazing what you can enjoy when you don’t require permission?