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FMCG: Chapter 10

Feminist Male College Graduate, Benjamin Wheeler, is as completed Chapter 10: Interrogations.  This was a fun one for many Twilight fans. It held scenes which many of us missed in the movie, such as when Edward shows up at Bella’s in the morning to offer her a ride and a jacket, thus showing us that he’s not only thinking of her safety, but, we can guess, her comfort. Edward and Bella sort of come out of the closet that there might be something going on between them. Go see what Benjamin has to say and then come back for some discussion, if you will.

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May 14, 2009 Posted by | Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Twi-blogs, Twilight, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Feminist Male College Graduate: Chapter 9

Benjamin Wheeler has now blogged about Chapter 9: Theory. I’ve given up hope of seeing a Unicorn in the making. I don’t think it’s going well. Go check it out and then come back for the discussion.

So, my spider-senses tell me that this is the chapter in which I’m supposed to feel the warm-fuzzies and excitement over the fact that Bella and Edward have finally shut up and have actually announced, more or less, that they want each other.

Yes, warm-fuzzies and excitement would pretty much cover it. If you’re not feeling it, I question why you are continuing to read. I get that you’re probably curious about why everyone has jumped on the Twilight bandwagon. I see from the tweets on your blog that you view it as a bandwagon. I look at it as more of word of mouth. Let me explain how I found Twilight. I was on a business trip last summer and one of the guys from my office, I noticed, was pulling out a book every chance he got. At the airport, on the shuttle busses, during our downtime, everywhere possible. I finally had to break my rule about interrupting other people’s public reading to ask him what was so good in there that he couldn’t join us out here. He told me it was a story about young love and vampires. It was a four day business trip that was packed with activities. He brought both Twilight and New Moon, and finished them both. Immediately following that trip I travelled to my family reunion. My cousin, knowing my tastes tend toward the geeky, said, “You’ve read Twilight, right?” Her tone suggested she assumed I had. She was so excited she had read it before me and that she got to be the one to introduce it to me. She told me a similar bit about young love and vampires. I asked her if New Moon was one of the books because that was the title I remembered my co-worker reading. She told me it was. I decided I would read it immediately upon my return home, which I did.

So you see, word of mouth got me to read the books. People who knew me suggested them to me as material I would enjoy. It was not in any way jumping on the bandwagon. When my co-workers started seeing me reading these books obsessively they were curious. I told them a little about it, and they decided they might like it. They picked it up. From there their friends started reading. Of all  the people I know who have read Twilight you are the only one who picked it up with any bandwagon in mind. You’re the only one I know of who is reading it because everyone else is. No judgement here. I just find that fascinating.

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May 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Feminist Male College Graduate: Chapter 8

I think I should probably hold my tongue for Chapter 8. I don’t think I’ll be able to though. What do you all think about his remarks? Port Angeles is a pretty important scene for Bella and Edward.

But at a discourse level, I’m not sure I like the implication that a woman can’t walk down the street without getting stalked by these kinds of people. Meyer presents this as something Bella has worried about before, but apparently not enough to remember to bring her pepper spray, which Bella has not unpacked yet.

Maybe this is a gender difference showing here. Women are taught to be wary, especially when walking by themselves. I can’t tell you how many talks and seminars we had about this on my all-girls floor in the dorms Freshman year. The bigger the city, the more wary you should be. Bella is from a pretty big city. It would have been drilled into her head. The seemingly slow, country feel of Forks seems to have lulled her into a false sense of security and she has an error in judgement in Port Angeles.

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May 8, 2009 Posted by | Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Stephenie Meyer, Twi-blogs, Twilight | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Feminist Male College Graduate: Chapter 7

Our Feminist Male College Graduate, Benjamin Wheeler, is back with his next installment of Twilight. Next up is Chapter 7: Nightmare. I don’t think it’s going well. What do you think? I almost think he’s reading it because he has to, and I almost want to tell him he can stop reading any time he wants…or can he? Admit it, Benjamin, you’re becoming a little bit obsessed with dumb Edward.

As always, check out what he has to say first, and then come back for my commentary.

The dream is interesting, though. Bella can hear Mike ahead of her, urging her on. And who are they all running from? Edward? Why is Jacob suddenly protective of Bella?

When I first read it, I imagined that Jacob was telling Bella to run from Edward. Interpreting the dream further, Mike was furthest away, being only a voice. That seemed in keeping with my thoughts that Bella didn’t relate well to your average human. I chalked that up to her somewhat unusual childhood, but as she was the one who made her childhood unusual by being so responsible and self-reliant, I thought maybe it meant there was something more to Bella than met the eye. She was closest to Jacob in the dream but had eyes only for Edward. Also Jacob was trying to pull Bella into the darkness, while Edward was approaching her from the light. I thought on some level she must be trying to choose between them and, being that I love Edward, I chose to see that Bella saw that Edward was the right choice. It remains to be seen, for you, if I was right.

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May 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Feminist Male College Graduate: Chapter 6

Brace yourselves. Benjamin wasn’t a fan of Chapter 6: Scary Stories. He does include a disclaimer about language, but really his post is quite funny. You should check it out and then come back for my commentary.

You know, even if this book is 498 pages long, I still would expect more to happen in the first hundred pages plot-wise. Bella moves to Forks. Bella goes to high school. Bella almost dies, is saved by uncannily beautiful boy who is obsessed with her. That’s it.

Yeah, a lot of people complain about that. I think Stephenie Meyer even said that the beginning isn’t the strongest. Still, I like it. It’s sort of like real life in that it just kind of goes along.  It’s especially like high school life. You go to class. You go to lunch. Someone makes you uncomfortable in the cafeteria. Crap it’s time for gym. You you go home. Repeat. Interwoven into all of that is the drama. Staring at the boy across the room, and trying not to get caught. Almost getting flattened by a van. Fainting in the blood lab (someone’s gotta do it, might as well be Bella).  You know, the day to day stuff. It’s about to pick up from here, don’t worry. At least it did for me. For all I know you’re already in the grips of it and will not find time to blog until you finish the book.

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May 4, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Stephenie Meyer, Twi-blogs, Twilight | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Feminist Male College Graduate: Chapter 5

Benjamin Wheeler read Chapter 5, Blood Type, and I can’t wait to read what he wrote. This was one of my favorite chapters in the book. I sorely missed it in the movie. I’ll be back for some commentary once I’ve read his article

I was surprised Benjamin did not write much on Chapter 5. It’s such an important chapter, in my mind. You find out Edward is always watching out for (or just watching) Bella, even when he isn’t supposed to be around. Where else might he be lurking? We find out Bella might have more in common with Edward than we imagined. She has a freaky reaction to blood? We might assume vampires do, too, and that’s why Edward skipped the lab. At one point, she lets Edward know that she can even smell the blood and that’s what makes her sick. For a moment he gets a look on his face. He’s questioning what she is all about, and we start to see a little about why he’s obsessed with her too. He finds her interesting, different.

May 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Feminist Male College Graduate: Chapter 4

Chapter 4, Invitations, is next up on Benjamin Wheeler’s blog. It was a short post, but I think I might have quite a bit to say. We’ll see. Don’t forget to read Benjamin’s blog. It’ll make much more sense in context.

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May 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Feminist Male College Graduate: Chapter 3

My friend Benjamin Wheeler has been busy. He’s read Chapters 3 & 4 of Twilight while I was off gaming this weekend. I’ll try to catch up as succinctly as possible.

Part of the reason I wanted to read this book was to see if my perspective as a man would offer a different reading than the women I’ve spoken with who’ve read the book have had.

Part of the reason? What were you other reasons? Just curious. Are you a vampire fan? Is it because everyone’s reading it and you want to see what the fuss is about? Is it because everyone’s reading it and you don’t want to be left out? Did your girl say, “Twilight has changed my life forever and you will never understand me again if you don’t read it.”? Again, just curious. My Twi-friends and I have been wondering what goes into the creation of a Unicorn. Many would love to turn their husbands and boyfriends.

Now, I’m still very early in the book, but I’m finding myself actually liking Bella, both as a character and as a narrator, but, oh God, I cannot stand this Edward guy.

Good, I’m glad you’re liking Bella more. I’m reading The Dresden Files right now. I’m on Book 4 and have decided I don’t like Dresden very much. These books are also told in the first person. It’s miserable being in the head of someone you don’t really like. Thank goodness a new Sookie Stackhouse book comes out Tuesday, and I can go to my safe place. As for Edward, I can’t help you out there. I imagine you love him at times, hate him at others. Well, really all the characters try you patience at times. They’re really wonderfully flawed, the lot of them.

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May 3, 2009 Posted by | Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Essays, Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer, Twi-blogs, Twilight | , , , , , , , , , | 4 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

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