New Moon is raking in the money, but at what cost? Is no sex worth no self esteem?!?
Twilight: New Moon has made a ton of money ($22.2 million on the first night alone). The Twilight books are one of the most popular series ever.
And it makes me sick.
Books like this are damaging to young girls. Any book or movie where the lead female character is a spineless wimp is a potential self esteem destroyer. And, yes, I know its fiction. Fairy tales are just fiction too. And, in every fairy tale a woman needs rescuing by a man. And, even today, we have lots of young women who base their self worth around men. Who believe they don’t count or don’t matter until someone loves them. Who stay in abusive relationships because they don’t feel they deserve any better. It’s unfortunate but some of this behavior is learned from the media.
I thought Twilight was bad. New Moon is nothing short of offensive and disgusting. Here are a few of the highlights from the book:
When Edward leaves Bella (for her own good of course, yawn) she stops functioning—literally. She lays down in the woods and her father and other “men from the village” must come rescue her. (By the way, she spends an awful lot of time getting rescued).
There are blank pages representing her inability to function without a man! I don’t even know what to say to that, it’s beyond upsetting. Girls – hear me now – a break-up is no reason to stop living.
She stops enjoying life. She moves in a daze. She stops hanging out with her friends, her family, she doesn’t care about anything.
Until, surprise, surprise, she meets another boy.
She begins risking her life in idiotic stunts just to hear his voice. She jumps off cliffs and races motorcycles, not caring if she dies. The more she risks the more often she has hallucinations of him.
And that’s just one book.
It actually gets worse. We’re talking pre-arranged marriage worse; and, getting married just to have sex, worse. (At 18 years old no less, if that isn’t a bad lesson I don’t know what is.)
I haven’t seen the new movie. I can’t. Besides, why should I? Most film critics agree: New Moon is a dud.
But I did ask a friend about the movie. She told me that
“Bella trips when she is walking in the woods looking for Edward, I don’t think she just lays down. Instead of blank pages she sits by a window in her room and the seasons go by. Also in the movie she can see him in her hallucinations, not just hear him.”
So they made it less slit-your-wrists offensive but, I’m sorry, it still sounds pathetic.
According to MsNBC.com, New Moon is boring. “Yet Stewart is on screen almost all the time, and her Bella is just a drag to be around. With her flat speech and listless presence, it’s unfathomable how two different sets of monsters could fixate so completely on her. All three lovers are so joyless; it’s hard to imagine why any of them would want to spend eternity together.”
We can’t imagine it either. In fact, we can’t imagine having to spend one more minute on this trash.
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