“Twilight” fans, you’re probably not going to like what I have to say about the book, but I’m okay with that — just don’t get too angry.
Twilight disappointed me. The story was pretty captivating — I definitely didn’t want to put the book down — but Bella made feel sad. Here’s why…During the first half of Twilight, author Stephenie Meyer sets Bella up as a girl who had always been a bit of an outcast. She’s a bookish type who has her own life going on, her own interests. She doesn’t care about going to the homecoming dance. She doesn’t mind driving an old truck. And she certainly isn’t as boy-crazed as the other girls who go to school with her. But then, in the second half of the book, all Bella can talk and think about is Edward. She seems clingy and needy and desperate. When she finds out about how one becomes a vampire, she won’t stop pestering Edward to make her one. I started worrying about her — what happened to the independent girl? She fell in love, of course. And if Bella leaves her human life behind to be with Edward, she will have to give up everything. She doesn’t see that, though, because all she can see is Edward.
I had a boyfriend when I was in high school. Of course, I thought I was totally in love with him and abandoned all of my friends in favor of spending time with him. We broke up after about a year. One year. There is no way we would be together now, a decade later. We both changed, and so would Edward and Bella. The guy Bella fell for might not end up being the man she wants to spend eternity with.
I realize Twilight is a work of fiction. And even if it weren’t, I know I shouldn’t get mad at Bella for making the same mistake most of us made when we were first in love. I just hope she doesn’t end up becoming a vampire as the series continues. That would be more permanent and horrible than having a Billy Bob tattoo on your arm after you’ve broken up with Billy Bob — mostly because it might give tween and teen readers the idea that giving up your entire life for a boy is okay. And we can’t have that. After reading about Edward, they probably already think that all guys are as dashing and dreamy as he is, which is hardly the case.