Cognitive Dissonance

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Definition: A female (usually) fanfiction character who is so perfect as to be annoying. The male equivlalent is the Marty-Stu. Often abbreviated to “Sue”. A Mary Sue character is usually written by a beginning author. Often, the Mary Sue is a self-insert with a few “improvements” (ex. better body, more popular, etc). The Mary Sue character is almost always beautiful, smart, etc… In short, she is the “perfect” girl. The Mary Sue usually falls in love with the author’s favorite character(s) and winds up upstaging all of the other characters in the book/series/universe.

Oh, I’m so flawed, yet everyone loves me! I’m fucking vampire heroin!

Definition: A female (usually) fanfiction character who is so perfect as to be annoying. The male equivlalent is the Marty-Stu. Often abbreviated to “Sue”. A Mary Sue character is usually written by a beginning author. Often, the Mary Sue is a self-insert with a few “improvements” (ex. better body, more popular, etc). The Mary Sue character is almost always beautiful, smart, etc… In short, she is the “perfect” girl. The Mary Sue usually falls in love with the author’s favorite character(s) and winds up upstaging all of the other characters in the book/series/universe.

Oh, I’m so flawed, yet everyone loves me! I’m fucking vampire heroin!

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Twilight: the illusion of choice

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Cynical Idealism: Twilight: the illusion of choice.

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It’s funny because Stephanie Meyer has said this about Bella and feminism :she isn’t “a negative example of empowerment”. After all, “The foundation of feminism is this: being able to choose.” Ultimately, says Meyer, what Bella does is up to Bella.

Which is downright laughable. Yes feminism is about choice, but does Bella have that? Not at all. At every turn someone is making decisions for her and that someone is usually a man. Edward is cutting her break cables, watching her sleep, filling out her college applications, and telling her who she can and can’t see.

Does that sound like choice to you? Sure if Bella wants to have a family that’s all well and good, but don’t pretend like she chose that on her own. Edward was always there watching her, telling her what’s best for her and what she really wants. Making her believe that wanting sex was wrong, because as a teenager and a girl you can’t want it because it makes you impure and not worthy.

Hey Stephanie Meyer, how about you put down that pen and pick up a fucking book. 

Love, 

Crystal             

Here is the explanation for why Twilight has nothing to do with feminism. Nothing. DO YOU HEAR ME STEPHANIE MEYER?

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An open letter to Twihards

This letter was written by my friend Josh Wood. Read more of his writing here. Enjoy!
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Dear Twihards,

I can’t believe that you think the Twilight series are the greatest books all time. I would like to know what the hell you are smoking. It has to be something stronger than Saliva. Not even the combination of Jack Daniels and marijuana could make these books interesting.

Where should I begin? I know. The sparkly vampires. WTF. Vampires don’t sparkle.  Period. Normally they should blow up in the sun like a seagull after eating alkaseltzer or get a bad sun burn. I’m even willing to believe vampires walking around in the daylight with diminished powers (it happened in Dracula).

Next, feeding upon animals doesn’t make vampires vegetarians. I don’t care how you rationalize it. The concept wasn’t created by Stephanie Meyer (or SMeyer), either. Long before Edward came prancing onto the vampire scene there was Louis. Introduced by Anne Rice in 1976 in her debut novel “Interview with the Vampire”, Louis was a vampire that couldn’t bring himself to take a human life in his fledgling years and thus fed on animals. Later on he fed on criminals and those of low morality.

What’s with the whole not sleeping thing? Vampires aren’t alive, but they aren’t dead, either. They’re undead and use blood to sustain themselves. It can be assumed that because of this there are parts of the physiology that need the sustinance of said blood. Therefore it could be further theorized that their brain would need replenished and sleep is the best way to do that.

Those are just technicalities seen by a vampire purist. While the idea of an emo immortal disco ball causes me some distress, there are other things that drive me crazy about “omg, the bestest books ever”. The writing, for example. It’s rudimentary and dull and the times I’ve tried to read “Twilight” I’ve wanted to take a red pen to it.

How about the characters? The heroine, Bella Swan, doesn’t make the best literary character for girls to look up to. She’s just like Juliet Capulet except that Juliet succeeded in killing herself. Bella has no dreams for her future apart from spending eternity with Edward. No college, no period of “let’s see other people”. Nothing. It isn’t unconditional and irrevocable love. It’s obsession.

Edward Cullen is a far worse character than Bella. Women and girls drool over the shimmering bloodsucker wishing they’re boyfriend or husbands acted like him or that they could have a love story like that. Well, I’ve got news for you. If your husband or boyfriend puts you in a 12-hour coma after having sex with you, says he has to fight the urge to kill you, tells you he’s a monster, and/or has to destroy a pillow (a poor, defenseless pillow) to keep from killing you while having sex then you have the perfect Edward/Bella relationship.

We have Team Edward and Team Jacob, but why no Team Bella? We live in an era of strong women. So why give girls a role model that can’t be strong on her own, but instead depends entirely on a man? Bella should tell Edward that it’s actually kind of creepy that he watches her sleep and is really kind of freaky that he both loves her and wants to kill her. She doesn’t, of course.

What, at 18, is Bella so worried about aging? "College was Plan B. I was still hoping for Plan A, but Edward was just so stubborn about leaving me human…" At 18 people shouldn’t be worried about getting old. They should be thinking about college and a future. No reasoning exists as to why an 18-year-old girl doesn’t want a future unless it involves spending eternity with someone 90 years their senior.

What about Bella’s pregnancy? After having sex with Edward, an experience that bruises her and as previously mentioned makes her comatose, she become rapidly pregnant. The vampire-hybrid growing within her womb breaks two of her ribs, shatters her pelvis, and causes her to projectile vomit blood. Giving birth to her child practically kills her and then, and only then, does Edward turn her.

Then there’s Jacob. He constantly pines over Bella, but who could blame him.  After Edward leaves her in a forest under the pretense of keeping her from harm she begins to fall for the boy who turns into a gigantic wolf. As soon as the disco ball returns, however, she dumps Jacob like a bad habit.

By the end of the series wolf boy moves on from Bella. To a lovely young girl by the name of Renesme. There is only one problem. Renesme is Bella’s daughter. Her newborn daughter. Stephanie Meyer tries to make okay by calling it “imprinting”.  It’s basically a prearranged marriage. "Hey Renesme. You remember ‘Uncle Jacob’? Well guess what? When you’re 18 you’re going to marry him. It was decided upon the day of your birth when he couldn’t take his eyes off you. Isn’t that great?"

So, Twihards, what lessons can be learned from the Twilight series? Let’s see:

- a woman can’t be strong on her own, she must have a man.

- thoughts of college are overrated, the best future a woman can have is being married asap.

- at 18 you’re an old maid

- it’s cool for someone to sneak into your room and watch you as you sleep.

- feelings of love and wanting to kill somebody are completely interchangable.

- prearranged marriages are perfectly fine.

- abortions are wrong even if the baby is causing actual physical harm to the mother.

- Necrophilia and beastiality are perfectly normal feelings to have.

What lovely life lessons.

Sincerely,

Josh Wood

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