'86 Rabbit

A FANGirl's Forkstress of Solitude

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

Twilight Mistakes

**Moved from original blog**

’86 Rabbit on October 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm

After a discussion on MySpace with a friend I’ll just call Stalker for now, I decided to write about why the “mistakes” in The Twilight Saga might not have been mistakes.

First, I’d like to discuss Carlisle’s many supposed mistakes. I took the Which Male Twilight Character Are You quiz and tested as Carlisle, so I feel the need to defend this “”tard” as you called him. Carlisle is a brilliant fellow, but he’s been studying human medicine for centuries. He’s not a fighter. He doesn’t like spilling blood. More than that, he’s been trying to blend in. He can’t do anything flashy. I can imagine his focus has been to save as many people as possible without getting noticed. That’s probably how he ended up in Chicago during the Spanish Influenza outbreak. So many doctors, so little time. He could work without getting noticed. With the brainpower we now know vampires to have he could have been at the forefront of the research being done. He might have saved a lot more lives, but he would have had to have worked during the day, and he would have gotten caught. Carlisle is clearly a master of flying under the radar to have practiced for so long.

We have to remember that we’re reading a fantasy book, in which we expect realism along with the drama. There’s a fine line there. If Carlisle, or anyone else, had the perfect answers immediately there would be no drama, no tension. We have the answers because we have knowledge of foreshadowing, symbolism, and having read countless other books, seen countless other movies to show us the way. Do you notice the foreshadowing in your own life while it’s happening? If you call it symbolism, do you call it that before, during, or after the event? If we want any sort of realism in our fiction, we have to allow our characters the same degree of discovery in their lives as we have in our own. It will be boring if every challange is solved in 30 seconds. Furthermore there would have only been one Twilight book, two tops, and that would have been sad.

So what does my Stalker friend think Carlisle did wrong? Let me count the ways.

1. Carlisle should have taken some of Bella’s blood as a secret weapon during the battle with Victoria’s army. I disagree. Carlisle’s talents, as mentioned earlier, lie with healing and maintaining the Cullen family’s cover. If anyone should have come up with this idea it should have been Jasper, the only one with combat experience, both human and vampire; Edward, who quickly rejected Jasper’s unspoken idea to have bella present at the battle to distract the newborns with a potential tasty treat; or Bella herself, who knew she would pull a Third Wife at some point, but didn’t think to go to Carlisle and have him take a few viles of blood in case of emergency. I for one am glad that a no one thought of this. I don’t think the battle would have gone so well for our heroes if they, too, had been distracted by Bella’s blood. Their control might be much better than the newborns’ but it would still have been a powerful distraction. Bella planting her blood on the trail to the combat zone was a much better idea. The newborns arrived already distracted.

2. Carlisle should have fed Bella blood sooner. Sure, you and I figured that out, but the drama again lies in Carlisle’s training. Human women eat, the baby gets fed, and all is good. When human women has horrible, horrible morning sickness that lasts all day and all night and doesn’t let you eat, doctors give you IV fluids and work on your nutrition that way. Treat the mom, treat the baby. Centuries of experience told him this is what to do, hybrid baby or no, the mom is still human. If, after a half hour, Carlisle said, “AHA! Screw, my medical experience, my gut tells me that Bella needs to drink blood, and a lot of it, STAT!” I, frankly, would have been disappointed. There’s no drama there.

I had a good start on “Bella’s Paper Cut,” but my computer decided to freak out and I lost it. I’ll leave that for later. It’s bed time again.

February 13, 2009 Posted by | Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, Essays, Twi-Media | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments