'86 Rabbit

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Feminist Male College Graduate: Chapter 2

This is fun. Mr. Benjamin Wheeler has finished Chapter 2 of Twilight and has graciously blogged about it already.  I don’t know if there will be much room for discussion on my part this chapter as I agree with just about everything here. Let’s see how it goes. Sometimes I surprise myself. I am a wordy girl after all.

I think a tempting way to read this is with Charlie filling the role of the undomesticated male, and Bella filling the role of the domesticated woman, but I think that’s unnecessarily reductive.

I agree with you here; it is tempting. I think that is a huge reason why so many people are so willing to label The Twilight Saga as sexist, or as having set the feminist movement back decades. The sad part about that for me is that these people seem to think that being a housewife or stay-at-home mom is a bad thing. Personally, I think the feminist movement is about having choices, options. If it’s your choice to stay at home, then great. You have weighed the options for yourself and your family, and presumably came to the conclusion that staying home was the best choice. It was not having a choice that was the problem that started the movement, I believe. In other words, it wasn’t the belief that every woman should be in the workplace with men, but rather the belief that women should be allowed to work on equal footing with men.

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April 30, 2009 Posted by | Bella Swan, Stephenie Meyer, Twi-blogs, Twilight, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Feminist Male College Graduate: Chapter 1

Mr. Benjamin Wheeler writes:

Immediately, Bella’s main female influence is a dependant woman with no apparent financial or personal agency. Without the masculine influence of Phil, she would not be able to support herself, either with money or with food. The most basic elements of her survival is dependent on a man’s benevolence, a man who will also thankfully be there to call when her mother inevitably gets lost. Serious red flag, noble readers, serious.

I suppose writing is a sort of double-edge sword. If you write realistic, or at least honest, characters, you get accused of possessing the same flaws as your characters. If you don’t, you get accused of being a no-talent hack with a penchant for writing stereo-types. You can’t please everyone. I’d prefer to err on the side of honesty, as I believe Stephenie Meyer has done. After all, as I’ve said before, if all characters are paragons of virtue, we’d have some pretty boring books. There would be no drama. Furthermore, this would be the literary version of self-esteem robbing magazine covers; everywhere we looked we would see perfection.

In Chapter 1 of Twilight Bella describes her mother as loving, erratic, and hare-brained. She is admitting right off that Renee is flawed. Renee is a pretty dependent sort, without even realizing that she is, I think. That doesn’t mean that the books or the author are anti-feminist, as Benjamin described in his original post announcing he was reading Twilight. It merely means that we have an honest, flawed character. This gives Bella some back history. We now know that Bella grew up sort of caring for her mother. Indeed, she was moving to Forks, a place she hates, to further care for her mother by letting her have her newlywed time. Despite having a dependent role-model, Bella is already, at the tender age of 17, showing remarkable strength.

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April 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Feminist Male College Graduate’s Brain on Twilight

Dear Benjamin Wheeler,

If you have followed a link back to me from your blog, you may want to hold off on reading my blog until you are finished with the Twilight Saga. Spoilers will abound. I’m interested in what you have to say, so I’ll blog about it over here until you can join the discussion spoiler-free.

Happy Reading,

Rabbit

 

Dear ’86 Rabbit Readers,

Mr. Benjamin Wheeler, self-professed Feminist Male College Graduate is reading Twilight and blogging as he goes. He’s already brought up a number of points I’d like to discuss, but I don’t want to spoil future chapters for him, so I’m going to blog about it here instead. Feel free to join me in the discussion, but please don’t go to his blog and spoil everything. I hope he’ll join us later.

Do you think we have a Unicorn in the making?

♥Rabbit

April 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Eclipse Casting Coming Up

If it’s one thing I get a lot of on this blog it’s searches for casting information. I get so many every day, that I feel somewhat responsible for y’all’s well-being in this regard.

First and foremost, I believe this is the place to go for info on casting: http://acting411.blogspot.com/2008/12/eclipse-auditions.html .

Here’s their most current entry:

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Auditions

April 29, 2009

*** Update Regarding Director for Eclipse ***

David Slade had been officially hired to direct The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. He is represented by William Morris Agency, and his manager is Keith Redmon of Anonymous Content. Mr. Slade will be hiring a casting director of his choosing shortly, and auditions information will be posted as soon as it becomes available, as well as filming locations.

Eclipse will not be filmed back-to-back with New Moon, there will be two months between filming. New Moon is scheduled to wrap filming in May and Eclipse is scheduled to begin filming in August. There will also be a separate casting cycle for new Eclipse roles. The release date for Eclipse has been announced as Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

Do keep checking that link. I’m guessing a lot of you who are searching this way are new to the industry. I’d advise you to get agents. If you continue to go it alone be careful out there. The site I posted the link for has other links to follow. Click on Headshot and Resume, and scroll down for the link to Beginner’s Resume. Break a leg!

EDIT 17Jun09: This post is now closed. Please see my Auditions page.

April 29, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Eclipse, Twi-Media | , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Channing Tatum as Riley

Channing Tatum To Eclipse Twilight?

Channing Tatum To Eclipse Twilight?
Channing Tatum is being touted as bad-boy vampire Riley in Eclipse, the third in Stephenie Meyer’s four-book Twilight series.DO YOU THINK Channing would make a good vampire — YAY or NAY?

 

 

 

 

“There’s a very big battle at the end with Riley, and I think Channing would do that so well,” Twilight and New Moon screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who is currently writing the Eclipse script, tells E!’s Marc Malkin. “And there are some complexities to that character. He really is tragic. He’s a puppet for Victoria [bad-girl vampire played by Rachelle Lefevre]. So he has to break your heart a little bit at the end when he realizes that she doesn’t want him. Channing could do that beautifully.”

The 29-year-old actor has his new flick, Fighting, in theaters NOW.

 I say YAY (OK so I picked him for Felix, but YAY someone else is thinking he’d make a good vampire)!

April 29, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Eclipse Part II

It’s Next Time, and as promised we’ll be discussing, “Why did Bella choose Death with Edward over Life with Jacob, exactly?” Death is not a natural thing for a human to choose, so why did she choose it? As Jordan pointed out in the earlier post, Bella would not see it this way. I agree, Bella would not consider life without Edward much of a life at all. For the purposes of this topic, I’m take the literal meanings or Life and Death. Edward does represent Death for Bella as choosing him would mean her heart would stop. Choosing Jacob means her heart continues to beat.

First, we have to remember this is not just fiction, but fantasy fiction, so what holds true in real life doesn’t necessarily apply. This being fantasy also means that we can attribute an awful lot to, “It’s magic.” What Jacob said about him being better for Bella than Edward is might be true…if this were real life. Edward is a drug to her, as Jacob suggests (and drugs are bad, mmmkay?). It is an obsessive love, and therefore not entirely healthy. But that’s only if you don’t look at it from a magical perspective (which you should only do with works of fiction, kids. I’m in no way condoning putting on blinders in real life). When you look at Bella and Edward from a magical, Meant To Be, perspective it all become a little clearer as to why they had to be together.

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April 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Note From Steph

Here’s a lesson for you. Always check your facts, otherwise you’re part of the problem, not the solution. Click here for a note from Steph on the internet rumor about being sued.

April 22, 2009 Posted by | Stephenie Meyer, Twi-Media | , , , , | 2 Comments

The USAToday Article…Again

Yes, I know, everyone has posted this, and possibly even this. I have a concern though. Where is the adorkable Quil Ateara (Tyson Houseman)?

Quil Ateara

Quil Ateara

Have I missed a crucial bit of news? Has he been dropped from the movie? He’s missing from both of these articles and the accompanying pics.

April 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

I Love You For Searching For This

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Did you find what you were looking for?

April 21, 2009 Posted by | Twi-blogs, Twilighters | , , | 2 Comments

Edward in New Moon

This :08 video just made me very happy. Months ago, I wrote (possibly on another blog, I’ll have to check) that a good solution to the No Edward=No Rob Dilemma in New Moon would be to have show us Bella’s delusion Edward. That might be exactly what we’re getting.

April 21, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, New Moon, Robert Pattinson, Twi-Media | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment