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Oh the Jealousy!

Thursday my friend E-Fabulous and her BFF are road tripping to Port Angeles and Forks for Bella’s birthday celebration. I couldn’t be happier for them, or more jealous of them. I’m the one who gave them Twilight! I should be going! Whaaa! Oh well, I’ll be there in a way. I’ve sent them with a photo scavenger hunt. They are tasked to go forth and take pictures that will amuse and delight me. I can’t wait to post some! I’ve also asked for a postcard from Forks and a May The Forks Be With You t-shirt from Dazzled By Twilight. Have fun, girls!

September 6, 2009 Posted by | Bella Swan, Twi-blogs, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , | Leave a comment

FMCG: Chapter 11

I don’t know how much of Chapter 11: Complications I’m going to be able to talk about.  Things are still frustrating and unexplained in Benjamin Wheeler’s Twi-verse. For lack of a more tactful way of saying this, it seems to me that he’s miserable reading this book, but somehow can’t put it down. He seems hell bent on his analysis, and is beating his head against the “this isn’t love” wall. I don’t understand the love of every couple I meet. It’s different for everyone. I think this might be one of those moments for Benjamin that he might benefit from saying, “I’m happy if you’re happy,” to his new friends Bella and Edward, so he can move on to happier parts of the book and stop with the nit-picking. I’m just sayin’.

Now go see what he’s talking about, or you won’t know what I’m talking about.

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May 16, 2009 Posted by | Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Twilight, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Why Bella Isn’t Weak

All over the internet I run into articles complaining about Twilight, saying it sets a terrible example for young girls because the heroine, Bella Swan, is so weak. I was shocked when I first read this, and continue to be shocked that so many people seem to agree. So here’s me, going to bat for Bella.

The first thing we learned about Bella was that she was a survivor and she was inventive. She did not wallow in self-pity for having a flighty mom. She took over those aspects of life that Renee was not managing, even going so far as to look after Renee. This created a Bella who is wise beyond her years. When Renee remarried, she was able to look at the situation from a more adult point of view. She saw that Renee would be more miserable away from Phil than she herself would be in Forks for less than a year (until she was 18 and could live on her own), so she proposed the move and made the arrangements. Because of this take charge attitude and ability to rise to the top in a difficult situation, Bella had already lived a human adult life, in a way, so would not missing much in that regard by becoming vampire. She was not throwing away her life to be with her boyfriend forever. She had lived her life and paved the way to make her dreams come true on her own.

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April 17, 2009 Posted by | Bella Swan, Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, Edward Cullen, Essays, New Moon, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

WWED?

**Moved from original blog**
**Midnight Sun spoilers**

WWED?

That’s right; the theme of this post is What Would Edward Do?

Mom just finished New Moon. She liked it, but had a problem with Edward and the rest of the Cullens leaving Bella like that. Who didn’t have a problem with Edward being gone, was my response, but I quickly learned that wasn’t what she meant. She thought it was out of character for Edward to leave Bella when she was in such danger.

What do you think? I disagree. I believe he explains this, but maybe he doesn’t explain it until Eclipse. Maybe it’s in Midnight Sun. Maybe I’m just so obsessed that I’m in Edward’s head, and this is what I imagined him to have said. I could look it up, but I can’t be bothered to get off the couch at the moment. Feel free to post books and page numbers if you have the time to look them up for the next fan or two that might actually read this post.

I’ll get to the point. Edward always believed himself to be a danger to Bella. He never wanted to leave her, but always felt he should. The whole time he was with her he was rationalizing that while he was a threat to her, he was not the greatest threat to her. He would not leave her as long as there was a greater threat to her than himself. If you’ve read Midnight Sun, you know there were more threats out there than James and his coven. Jasper’s old friends, Peter and Charlotte, came to visit. They are not vegetarians. Even though Edward knows they never hunt in the area, he couldn’t avoid thinking how appealing Bella is, and how Peter and Charlotte are not abstaining. So, with them about to visit how could he leave Bella?

Then of course there was James and the gang. Clearly James is a bigger threat to Bella than Edward is, so he’s obviously not going to leave now. But once James was defeated, and Victoria and Laurent had evidently left the area, why would Edward stay?

Personally, not only would I love to see Midnight Sun published, I’d like New Moon to be written from Edward’s point of view (and then not leaked…and then published quickly). I would love to know exactly what happened there. Here’s how I think it went.

For the first time since they had met there wasn’t a threat looming on the horizon for Bella. I’m sure it tore him up that he wouldn’t be able to protect her from mortal threats, such as the guys in Port Angeles, but what Edward wanted more than anything was for Bella to live her life without supernatural threats. He hated himself for dragging her into his world and placing her in more danger than she should have ever been in. He didn’t plan on Bella ever becoming a vampire herself, so she would always be in danger around him and the Cullens. Not only could one of them slip, but as long as they were there, there would continue to be vampires showing up, either friends or curious nomads.

Bella’s 18th birthday showed Edward that as accident prone as Bella is, it was only a matter of time before her blood was spilled in front of them again. He would not always be able to save her, and I wouldn’t blame him if part of the decision was based on not wanting to always be on guard against his own family. With no threats looming, Edward and his family were now the biggest threat to Bella. That’s what Edward had been waiting for. It was now or never. And so they left Forks. Thank goodness Bella lost her mind and Edward came to his senses.

Now that being said, I can tell you what Edward would not do. I’m thinking now of the previews of the movie I’ve seen. Edward would not take accident prone Bella through the damp, slippery, moss-covered treetops and let her go to crawl around in the trees on her own. I know Ms. Meyer supposedly signed off on this, and I know the scenery is going to be great, but I also know I’m going to be very distracted by visions of Bella plummeting to her death. This is not half as disturbing as seeing Bella in her panties, kissing Edward. No, no, it’s not jealousy talking. I say good for her! I’m also saying that Edward simply would not allow this to happen. We’re talking Twilight here. That they couldn’t get physical is sort of a big thing in the books all the way up to Eclipse, where Edward says, quite clearly, “Bella will you please stop trying to take your clothes off.”

February 13, 2009 Posted by | Eclipse, Essays, Midnight Sun, New Moon, Stephenie Meyer, Twi-Media, Twilight | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments