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A FANGirl's Forkstress of Solitude

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

It’s Just A Book

Mom has never understood my Fangirl, nor my FANGirl, ways. Star Wars is, “just a story.” Anne Rice’s vampires, “are not real.” Twilight is, “just a book.” I never understood why she didn’t get excited about the books she read. Well, she gets excited, but there isn’t the fervor, the obsession, that I experience when I really get into a ‘verse. She just lets the book or movie wash over her. There is nothing more to it. I had hope for her when she read Harry Potter. She read it before I did, and I loved listening to her frequent tidbits about how imaginative it is. When I finally read it I thought we’d have great Potter talks. Not so. She didn’t remember a lot of it, and now that she wasn’t in the middle of reading it, it was, “just a book.” This is the difference between an avid reader and a fangirl, I suppose.

Ok, so that’s the back story. Today, I told Mom what a delightful time I had talking to Peanut the other day, and that we talked a lot about Twilight. I told her about Peanut being interested in certain labs and lectures at schools because of the Twilight connection, and about my epiphany that this is what any sort of fandom does for people. She agreed and said her genealogy work had sparked an interest in Irish history. Previously she was never a fan of history. Then the inevitable came: “But Edward’s not real.” She continued with her usual diatribe that he’s just a character, it’s just a story, and there isn’t anything more to it than what’s on the page. When I was Peanut’s age, I was all about Star Wars. I wondered about the stuff fangirls wonder about. If I had known then what I know now, I would have written fanfic and probably would have written several Star Wars novels in the expanded universe by now. Mom told me I couldn’t write in someone else’s ‘verse, essentially, that I had to write my own stuff.

So, what do you say when someone says, “He’s not real,” about our beloved Edward (or Jacob, if you swing that way)? You sound as crazy as they already know you are if you just say, “Wait…Wh-what do you…I don’t…Ya-huh!” Well, I had another epiphany today, and I think I stumped Mom. I said, “You know, if it weren’t for fans, there wouldn’t be any classics, no one to debate the merits of Jane Austen, no one to discuss symbolism and subtext.”

What do you think? Is this why we have classics? Is it because a group of people loved a story so much that a collective discussion started and just never ended? It can’t all be critical acclaim and academia. Books have to sell, too. That means fans are a necessity in the making of a classic, I would think.

April 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Eclipse

My POV on Eclipse per artisticphilosopher’s request. I hope it’s what you were looking for, AP. 🙂

The Twilight Saga could be looked upon as a trilogy with its Act II split into two fairly equal parts: New Moon and Eclipse. These two stories combine to create for the Twilight Saga what The Empire Strikes Back is for the Star Wars saga. In ESB you have your small victory; the heroes are reunited after a dark period of separation. But, they have been changed by their time apart. They are more on the run than ever, and their destinies follow closely on their heels. A similar thing occurs in New Moon and Eclipse. These heroes are also separated and there is a period of darkness. The reunion in itself is a small victory, but the battle in Eclipse, though a success for these heroes, still forshadows a greater threat on the horizon. These two books together quite literally say, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” In this case that dawn would be Breaking Dawn.

I’ve previously discussed a mistake a friend of mine thought Carlisle made in Eclipse, so I will not rehash the subject of who should have thought about using whose blood when, during the battle with the newborn army. I would, however, be happy to read any comments you might have on that subject over on that particular post.

What I would like to discuss here is the odd relationship between Bella, Edward, and Jacob. It’s my favorite part of Eclipse. We know from Twilight and New Moon, that Edward and Bella cannot stay away from each other. They both know it is beyond reason, but they must be together. We also know (although you may need to read the Midnight Sun chapters for all the info) that Edward is forever changed by meeting Bella. Vampires in the Twi-verse are unchanging, unless an event of great significance happens to change them. Usually this event is meeting one’s mate (read: soulmate, or bonded pair). The Denalis show us that vampires can take lovers and not consider them their mate, and if Edward’s psychological warfare on Victoria is to be believed, James did not care for Victoria as she cared for him, so it would seem that vampire love can also be unrequited.

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March 15, 2009 Posted by | Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, Essays, New Moon, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments