June 12, 2011 by Heather Harris
This is not a romanticized-vampire-bashing post. I give props to Stephanie Meyer for coming up with an original plot concept having to do with vampires who choose to do good. What I do take issue with is the message it sends to teenage girls.
I have not read all the books, nor have I seen all the movies, so I probably have no right to be judging it as I stand, but from what I do know of the storyline, the main character, Bella, is a whiny, self-absorbed teenage girl who needs an attitude adjustment more than she needs a man. What bothers me about this is the message it sends, that girls who act like this can just find a guy who will fall in love with her because her blood smells funny, which, in all actuality, is lust, not love.
In the first movie (the only one I saw), Bella talks to Edward (her vampire love-bird) just once, and all of a sudden, she’s saying she loves him unconditionally. I’m sorry, but that is not the way that works. Love doesn’t just come to you. It takes time, a lot of effort, and hard work to build up to that place where you love someone unconditionally (see my friend Sarah Moon’s blog post “I love you vs. I’m in love with you: the ultimate showdown”).
So, this is why I hate Twilight. Not because it is overly hyped up, or because it is supposedly un-Christian, but because it misleads our youth into swooning over a fictional ideal that ultimately leaves them heartbroken and disillusioned. Love is in fact real, but it isn’t what Stephanie Meyer, and many other authors, make it out to be.