'86 Rabbit

A FANGirl's Forkstress of Solitude

Random Page Experiment

I’ve had a general malaise lately. There are a variety of reasons, none of which I’ll mention here. I’m working on resolving my issues, and it’s time to get back on the horse, or blog, rather. Thanks to all who have kept checking back. I appreciate you. Just so you have something new to read, and so everything isn’t dreadfully old if My Favorite Unicorn decides to stalk me, here my newest idea. We’ll see how it goes. From time to time I’m going to pick up one of the books, turn to a random page, and just blog about whatever comes to mind. Today’s page is 164 of Twilight. I opened the book up and this was the first thing I saw.

Edward sighed, and finally opened his eyes.

“Better?”

“Not really.”

I waited, but be didn’t speak again. He leaned his head back against the seat, staring at the ceiling of the car. His face was ridged.

I had to flip back a page or two. I knew exactly what was going on. Edward and Bella were in the Volvo, just after he had saved her from the gang in Port Angeles, but I couldn’t remember if the car was stopped yet. Yes, Edward had driven them out of town and pulled off the road. He had already told Bella to distract him, and she had already admitted her plans to maim Tyler Crowley. LOL, I love that. I really wish that had been in the movie. Sigh.

This scene is very telling. They have bearly scratched the surface of each other’s secrets and already they are both protecting each other in their own way. Edward is over-reacting and having a hard time controlling his rage. Bella is trusting and doing what she can to make everything seem okay for Edward’s sake. Edward reminds me of another Edward I know: Edward from Pretty Woman. Remember at the end of the movie when he asks Vivian what happens when the Prince rescues the Princess and she says she rescues him right back? That’s exactly what this reminds me of. Edward has rescued Bella twice at this point, and now we see more of how Bella is rescuing him right back. Of course we know a lot more of this side of things from the bit of Midnight Sun we’ve been blessed enough to read, but just taking Twilight into consideration we can see how Bella has always been a Shield, how she’s always protected those she loves.

Man I need to read these books again. This experiment could be dangerous.

September 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the Twilight Widowers and Unicorns out there who also happen to be Dads. And of course to Charlie, Carlisle and Edward!

June 21, 2009 Posted by | Edward Cullen, Twi-blogs, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Continue reading

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

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.

Continue reading

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

Closeted Unicorn?

I accused OMB of secretly reading Twilight last night. He of course admits nothing. Here’s what happened. You decide.

Last night we went to see Monsters vs Aliens (In 3-D! So fun!). When we got home the following exchange occurred.

OMB: Oh I forgot to tell you. When I went to get our Cokes the guy’s name tag said Jasper H.

Me: (staring dumbfounded, thinking, “Kudos to him for recognizing the name Jasper, but too bad it didn’t say Jasper C,” then, “Wait, H is perfect! Wait! How did he know that?!?) I don’t think that’s his real name.

OMB: I don’t think the theater would let them use ficticious names.

Me: (gathering my wits about me) You’re reading Twilight aren’t you!

OMB: No.

Me: Well then how…

OMB: …did I know that Jasper’s last name is Hale? They said it in the movie.

Me: They did? And you just happened to pick up the one time they may have mentioned it? I don’t think they mentioned it.

OMB: Well maybe I picked it up from one of the extras on the DVD.

Me: (questioning look) And you just picked it up from that?

OMB: I’m not reading Twilight.

March 28, 2009 Posted by | Essays, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Ashley Greene’s Midnight Appearance

Have you really never been to Letters to Twilight? It’s an amazing Twilight blog with a quirky sense of humor. UnintendedChoice and Themoonisdown run the place and they have been on an excellent adventure this weekend. They were at the very same Hot Topic where Ashley Greene made her Midnight Release Party appearance. You can read all about it, and a special guest appearance by The Amazing Race’s Kynt, here. There’s more to the story at the companion site, Letters to Rob. What? You haven’t heard of Letters to Rob either?

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Twi-Media, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rick Mugrage and the New Moon Soundtrack

There’s a post on The Snarky Sparrow about indie artist Rick Mugrage. He’s a Twilight fan who would like to be considered for the New Moon soundtrack. Check out the musical Unicorn!

February 18, 2009 Posted by | New Moon, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , , | 3 Comments