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Coming Back To Twilight

I was a massive fan of Twilight; the books and movies still holds a place in my heart. I thought it be best to talk about this because the very first book was published on October 5, 2005.

 

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When I was younger I was obsessed with these books and I felt they could do nothing wrong but as I got older, I realized Twilight might not have been as good as I remember. My aunt had all of the books and she let me borrow them to read. I finished them so quickly, it kinda felt like a fever dream. I knew what the story was about, I fell in love (however very misguided) with Edward and liked how different the books felt to me.

From a young age I was into pretty macabre things. Like anything Tim Burton or Tim Burton-esque; basically anything considered to be weird. And that bleed into my reading.  Anything that involved, vampires, werewolves, witches, I read and Twilight felt more adult in a sense. I suppose it felt that way because I was entering high school and consumed every piece of Twilight media throughout that time.

As an actual adult now, looking back at it, Twilight is pretty problematic. And a lot of the problems come from the characters themselves.

Edward Cullen, as we all know is Bella’s main love interest. He’s brooding, aloof, a hundred and something year old  handsome vampire. So of course, he immediately is interesting to Bella. But he’s so closed off because of what he is and her blood calls to him so they can’t be friends. But he throws that away and wants to be with her because she’s not like other girls and he can’t read her mind.

His “over-protectiveness” comes across as completely controlling. And the excuse that he just wanted to protect her, takes away Bella’s agency as a character. Like she needed to be baby sat just because she was clumsy. Even before they started dating, Edward sneaks into her room and watches her sleep. One, that is very stalkerish behavior and he’s a commenting a crime, breaking into her house every night. How I found that romantic I can’t even tell you.

 

 

Jacob Black, the werewolf and her best friend, forcibly kisses her even though she has blatantly said that she wants Edward, NOT him. She punches him and because of his werewolf strength she hurts her hand on his face, which in a way punishes Bella for standing up for herself. And her father who is the chief of the police does nothing when he finds out this situation.

Jake like, Edward is horribly overbearing and tries to tell Bella what she should be doing or who she should be with. It’s extremely childish and again gives Bella, no character of her own.

And speaking of Bella’s character, she is so boring. Yes she was just a human in between vampires and werewolves but she could have had a hobby or something. She has a job which is great but we don’t get to see her do a lot outside of the love triangle. When Edward leaves, Bella is basically a zombie then when Jake rejects her friendship after changing into a full fledged werewolf, again for her own protection, nothing happens.

In a way to give her character what she wants more than anything is to get Edward to change her so she could stay with him forever and then to have their first time together. Okay? There’s nothing wrong with that but those are the biggest wants she has when the story is supposed to be centered around her. Up until she gets pregnant and her husband wants to get rid of their child. There is nothing that she wants for herself.

After she gets out of her depressed state, her goals should shift into figuring out how to navigate the world single again. She shouldn’t rebound with Jacob. She should try her best at school and try to hang out with her human friends. We needed more instances of her trying but instead she throws herself head first into her friendship with Jake which then starts to define her like her relationship with Edward did. It’s like once she learns about vampires and werewolves she becomes above her humanity. Her life isn’t horrible, far from it. And is she really ready to leave behind her family and friends? Because it seemed so easy to do so. She’s always ready to throw her humanity away for him.

Jacob stands as an opposition to that, he wants Bella to live a normal human life but with him, that’s the catch. She can still be human, go to college, live normally but with him. Do you see why picking either Team Edward or Team Jacob is like being stuck between a rock and a hard place? And Jacob is supposed to imprint which was basically him finding his soulmate but Bella isn’t that. So just be together until you eventually break her heart? Great plan.

 

 

This has been a sad trend in literature pushed to teens and young adults even to younger girls. The likes of The Kissing Booth and After which are much more recent, show how the main female character lets their relationship define them. After is a little better, I will admit but it still falls victim. They put up with unexceptable behavior and just because their love interest might be bad but has a heart of gold underneath and only the main characters love can change them, its fine.

 

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It’s as if all of these stories are trying to recreate Beauty and The Beast but completely misses the point. Belle, doesn’t change the Beast. He grows and changes on his own. When she makes it clear that she isn’t down with his behavior, he has to learn how to be human again. Sure at first it’s just to woo her because she can possibly be the one to break the spell, but he genuinely learns to respect her space, who she is and wants to gain her friendship and eventually doesn’t care of she is romantically interested in him. He enjoys her company and Belle sees all of his progress and falls for him because of it. Not because of PLOT but because you can see them organically develop feelings for each other.

 

Bella, Elle (The Kissing Booth) and Tessa (After) have magical ‘you’re not like other girls’ powers and put up with Edward, Noah and Hardin respectively even though they aren’t even close to being good boyfriends or husband.  Again, Edward is controlling and can be violent. Noah is controlling, a womanizer and literally starts like three fights. Hardin starts dating Tessa because of a bet, lacks any type of emotional control and smooths everything with a dumb class assignment.

Now, I know that all of these characters are teenagers and in Tessa’s case a freshman in college, so they are young women. Not every choice made to stay in a relationship or things they have let slide in said relationship is the smartest choice. Because as young people we are still learning and growing but it inexcusable to keep getting books like this marketed to women. Not men but women. It trains young women into thinking this way, that it’s okay to put up with this behavior and that it is completely on the women to do the emotional work in the relationship while the men can do what ever they want.

And its kind of a shame because all of these books were written by women.

I know this started about Twilight but I got on a  roll and had to get this off of my chest. But Happy Birthday, Twilight, you will always be remembered whether for good or bad.

 

 

 

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Revisiting ‘New Moon’ Thirteen Years Later (It’s Still Bad)

This past weekend, I turned 21-years-old. To celebrate I forced several my closest friends to crowd into my apartment, watch me play Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Golden Deer gang squad up), and sit through the movies that I have spent the past year carefully selecting just for this occasion. 

The favorite of the night? Twilight: New Moon

And what turns thirteen-years-old on September 6th? Twilight: New Moon.

 

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Time to party, folks. 

 

 

Now, the movie adaptation of New Moon didn’t come out until November of 2009, but I’m not going to reread one of those cinderblock sized Twilight books just for a ‘heeheehaha’ gag article. 

I did my time, and I ain’t going back in. 

Speaking of my time, it was in middle school. Every November, a new Twilight movie would be released. And, baby, ‘obsessed’ wouldn’t even begin to describe my friends and I. 

We had the neon clip-ins from Hot Topic, knee high converse with zippers down the back, and #TeamEdward shirts that were all black with glittery silver font. 

I wasn’t emo. I was scene. So, obviously, Twilight appealed to me. 

 

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And though it was a phase that took up about four years of my life, it was still a phase. I’ve seen the first film many times since said phase, college kids today enjoy reliving that vampire laden pre-pubescent nostalgia, but my memories of New Moon had all but faded away.

Until this weekend. 

 

 

New Moon opens on Bella Swan’s 18th birthday. We learn through her Sylvia Plath poem of a nightmare that she is now officially one year older than the age Edward Cullen was when he was turned into a vampire, the age he will remain for the rest of his time on earth. 

Technically, Edward is well over one hundred years old, but Bella worries that once her body ages past the point of Edward’s he won’t be attracted to her anymore. So, she has decided to alter her mortal life state for this guy she met in science class last year, and become a vampire. 

 

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Edward’s not into the idea. In fact, (after an incredibly awkward birthday at the Cullen’s) Edward dumps Bella’s dumb ass HARD. 

He claims that his family is moving, because townsfolk are becoming suspicious of the lack of aging going on over in the Cullen house. Which, yeah, they probably would be. 

Bella, however, sees through his very fair reasoning. She knows that Edward is just leaving to protect her from the greatest threat to her life. Him. 

OOOOOOO deep. 

 

 

Anyways, Edward leaves Forks and Bella sits in her room alone for, like, five months. 

 

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Eventually Bella’s father, Charlie, begs his daughter to end her melodramatic sobfest and go outside. And when she does, she realizes that she can conjure hallucinations of her lost love if she puts herself in dangerous situations.

So she puts herself in more dangerous situations, of course. One of such activities is cliff diving with her new rebound, Jacob. 

However, Alice (Edward’s psychic sister) has a vision of Bella falling into the sea, and assumes the worst. She returns to Forks in order to check on Bella, and while the two are catching up Edward calls the Swan’s landline only for Jacob to pick up the phone. 

Jacob then proceeds to tell Edward that Bella is f–king dead. 

 

 

So Edward decides to go to Rome during what looks like a giant Handmaid’s Tale festival, walk his glittering naked body into the sunlight, revealing his vampire status. This is a crime that in the vampire world is punishable only by death, which is convenient because the vampire police headquarters is stationed right next door. 

How anyone on God’s green earth is #TeamJacob is beyond me. 

 

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Anyways, Bella and Alice fly to Rome via hard-cut, and rent a zippy Italian sports car (when in Rome, amiright ladies?) in order to reach Edward before he can pull a Romeo and off himself in the name of love. Take a shot every time I say ‘rome.’

It’s also worth noting that in the opening sequence of this film Bella wakes up with a copy of Romeo and Juliet in her bed, and the following scene shows Edward reciting a stanza of the famous Shakespeare play from memory. I just don’t want you to think that any of the allusions in New Moon are subtle or nuanced in any way. They aren’t. They beat you over the head with any and all references to outside works in order to prove that, yes, Stephanie Meyer has read a book before. 

 

 

Moving on, Bella is running through this festival trying to save her ex-boyfriend. He’s stripping down, about to walk into the sunlight, and a child is watching him do it for whatever reason, when Bella is able to run in a stop him at the very last moment. 

Then the rest of the film is plot set up for the next book in the series, and it’s all happily ever after or whatever. 

What stuck out to me in these final moments of New Moon, are Edward’s incredibly pale nipples. I get what they were going for, but Jesus Christ. Edward shirtless looks like when they pulled E.T. out of that river, like a dehydrated used napkin. 

 

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In retrospect, it was a choice.

 

 

 

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10 Literary Ladies who Deserve to Celebrate Hot Girl Summer

What exactly is hot girl summer? I’m so glad you asked.

Hot girl summer is a term coined by fans of Megan Thee Stallion.

 

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The rapper explained the movement to The Root:

“It’s about women and men being unapologetically them, just having a good-ass time, hyping up their friends, doing you.”

And that’s really all there is to it. Hot girl summer is about exuding confidence, and helping those around you love themselves in turn.

Now, which literary heroines deserve to strut their stuff and throw it in a circle all night this summer?

Wow, I’m so glad you asked.

 

 

1. Fleur Delacour

 

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Fleur deserved better. There I said it.

By the end of all the Harry Potter books, Fleur is married to Bill Weasley and the couple have three children together. That’s all well and good, but I feel like Fleur never got the chance to reach her full potential as the enchanting siren of temptation that her introduction in Goblet of Fire makes her out to be.

Plus, Ginny calls her ‘Phlegm.’ And that’s just not very nice at all.

 

2. Bella Swan

 

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Bella Swan is easily one of the most hated characters in literary history. But if you look past the painful internalized misogyny, and the general blandness, what’s left to hate?

The fact that she has a hot vampire boyfriend, and you don’t?

Jealousy is a disease, sweetie, get well soon!

 

3. Helen of Troy

 

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Helen of Troy is a very well known facet of Greek mythology, and has been written about thousands of times. However, in pretty much anything you read about her, she’s a boss.

She caused a 10 year war, and the deaths of over ten thousand men, just by being the hottest hottie in all of ancient Greece. That’s some real hot girl stuff (I’m, sadly, not allowed to swear).

 

4. Janie Crawford

 

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Janie Crawford is the main character in Zora Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and, as a black woman living in North America during the early 1900’s, she suffers at the hands of almost every person she meets.

But, as we witness her life story, we see Janie’s liberation from the dictations of society. She bravely opposes those who try to limit her identity to her sex or race, and comes out the other side with the sense of self that had once been taken from her.

Maybe hot girl summer is when the pear trees blossom…

 

5. Lisbeth Salander

 

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Lisbeth Salander is similar to Janie Crawford in terms of the abuse she has suffered. And like Janie Crawford, Lisbeth seeks to defy those who have hurt her.

Hot girl summer is about loving yourself, and I think exposing a serial murderer and rapist after suffering through sexual assault yourself certainly falls under the proverbial self-love umbrella. 

 

 

6. Wendy Torrance

 

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Wendy had a bad winter, there’s no denying that.

But now it’s summer, baby! Time to shed that cowboy cardigan, make your way down the mountainside, and dip your toes in the warm sand!

Wendy is newly single and ready to mingle with a man who loves kids and HATES wielding axes.

 

7. Katniss Everdeen

 

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Katniss is one of the first characters to come to mind when thinking of badass heroines, and that alone gets her a spot on this list.

Plus, if you’ve read Mocking Jay, you know that things get -erm- literally hot for Katniss… She’s earned a little time to relax and let her braid down.

 

8. daenerys targaryen

 

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Okay, I’ll confess. I’ve never read or seen Game of Thrones. Sue me. I’ve included Daenerys based on the research I’ve done about her character, but I won’t pretend to be an expert.

Instead of making an argument that might fall flat on the ears of dedicated fans, I’ll turn to this quote (I also don’t really know if this quote is a spoiler, proceed with caution):

“Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith. Not in any gods. Not in myths and legends. In myself. In Daenerys Targaryen. The world hadn’t seen a dragon in centuries until my children were born. The Dothraki hadn’t crossed the sea. Any sea. They did for me. I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms, and I will.”

9. Nancy Drew

 

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Nancy Drew is an icon in every sense of the word. I don’t think anyone says it quite like my personal lord and savior, Shangela;

“Figure it out like Nancy Drew/Catch up quick like, Halleloo!/Who gon’ check me boo?/Not you!/I’m a pro!”

She’s smart and she knows it, and that is some real hot girl crap (is ‘crap’ any better than ‘stuff’?)

 

10. Elizabeth Bennet

 

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Okay, now it’s real hot girl hours. Possibly the most iconic hot girl of them all. Maybe the hottest of all the girls.

Elizabeth Bennet has all the men around town tripping over their heels in a rush to propose. She gets to turn down two proposals, and when someone asks her to refuse the next one she decides to say yes.

Having emotional depth, a complex psyche, and enough self respect to listen to your heart and do things on your own terms? That’s some real hot girl-ness (I’m sorry).

 

 

 

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Liam and Miley Broke Up! Here’s 6 Books We Can Cry Into

Devastating news broke this weekend: Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus have separated. While the 29-year-old actor spends time with his brother, Thor, in Australia, Miley seems to be having the time of her life as she spends her days with blogger Kaitlynn Carter.

 

Liam and Miley, separated

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Their rocky on-again, off-again relationship seemed to get steady once the two got married, but now it seems they’ve split up for good. It’s a sad day indeed.

“You don’t understand what it’s like,” Liam told Daily Mail Australia when asked about the split. “I don’t want to talk about it, mate.”

 

Liam and Miley when they were together

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Any breakup is bad, it leaves both parties plagued with questions of ‘What If’, and as we sit on the sidelines we can’t help but feel a little sorry for both actors. So while Hemsworth and Cyrus pick up the pieces, here are 6 books we can cry into.

 

 

6-Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 

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What might be John Green’s magnum opus, The Fault in Our Stars tells a beautiful love story about two young people who, against the odds, find love.

We have precious Hazel Crace Lancaster, a 16-year-old girl with thyroid cancer who falls in love with 17-year-old Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor who seems too good to be true. Is he all he seems to be, or will he breaks this young girl’s heart?

 

Hazel Crace Lancaster and Augustus Waters

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The ultimate answer is ‘yes’ to both questions. August is all he seems to be and his love for Grace and her love for him shows that while life be cruel and give us a bad hand every once and a while, it can also be beautiful.

Want to cry your heart out? Or are you crying too many years already? Don’t worry! We have others picks and all you need to do is scroll down.

 

5-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

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You won’t cry tears when reading this novel. Well, you might, but they will be tears of joy. Tears at the hilarious depiction of manners gone overboard, tears at the idea that marriage is all you need, and tears when Elizabeth Bennet finally convinces her father the difference between superficial goodness and actual goodness.

 

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Elizabeth Bennet marries who she wants to in the end, and he, against the odds loves her back. It’s a story about how love finds a way and, if it’s not meant to be, it won’t happen.

I’m crying already.

Don’t like this old book? Is the writing style too strange and foreign to you? Well, our next pick might be far more inclined with your modern tastes.

 

4-Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

 

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Twilight. Read the first book, get addicted, read the other three. It’s a story about a hot and cold romance (like Liam and Miley) that ultimately leads to marriage.

You know what happens next? It’s so beautiful, so wonderful…

They stay together and have a beautiful child!

 

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And you know what happens to Jacob, that wonderful werewolf who was in love with Bella but she wasn’t in love with him? It doesn’t in tragedy, no, it ends with him imprinted on her child, ultimately proving that even if you breakup with someone you still have a chance to take care of their child and be apart of their life.

Too sentimental? Well….

 

 

 

3-The Shining by Stephen King

 

The Shining

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Now I know what you’re thinking: Why the Shining? Well, if you think the multiple breakups between Liam and Miley are bad, here’s a book that says ‘it could be worse’.

Now most of you have seen the film adaptation and I’m here to tell you the book is totally different. For one, Jack doesn’t go after his family with an ax, he goes after them with roque mallet!

 

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Totally different.

Also instead of Jack trying to murder his wife and child and ultimately freezing to death, in the book he stops trying to kill his wife and child and instead scarifies himself by going after the ghosts which leads to him being simultaneously burnt and blown up!

 

Frozen Jack

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So if you think Liam and Miley’s breakup is the worst thing that could happen, well, we could have frozen/burned to death.

 

2-The Pisces by Melissa Broder

 

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This book shows that even after a break-up, things can still be beautiful.

Meet Lucy. She and her boyfriend broke up nine years ago but she’s still picking the pieces. Nothing is going well. Tinder is filled with “douche bros” and the sea outside the Los Angeles home where she’s dog-sitting only shows her how lost and empty she is.

 

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But then Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer named Theo. He is a merman, and things only get weirder from there.

The Pisces is not only swimming with dark humor (standout lines include “As we kissed I imagined eating his tail with garlic butter and “the tail starts below the dick”), it proves that life, like the ocean, continues on and on even after the worst of tides.

 

1. THE PATH MADE CLEAR BY OPRAH WINFREY

 

The Path Made Clear

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As we cry over this sudden and unexpected breakup, there will come a time when we have to say enough is enough. But we might need some help in admitting that, so maybe we should open up and cry into this inspiring self-help novel by Oprah Winfrey.

 

Oprah

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Here, our Book Club Queen details the journey toward making your life both successful and meaningful, no matter how many breakups you or the people you care about go through. With ten easy-to-read chapters, this book helps you get teaches you key lessons for you to create the best course for their life. But that’s not all! Filled with Oprah’s own personal stories, this book helps to remind you that life might just have more to offer than you know!

Need focus after this heart-shattering break-up? This book is the one for you!

 

 

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