Note: While I do not give a full plot summary, some of the analysis may touch on topics that reveal the plot. Also, I embrace "the author is dead" perspective, since I do not know anything about the author or her motives. This analysis is strictly an analysis of the novel in question, and is not a criticism of the author, though I do criticize the author's writing, which I consider to be two different things.
I stared because their faces, so different, so similar, were all devastatingly, inhumanly beautiful (11).
Alice reached for Emmett's hand and they darted toward the oversized field; she ran like a gazelle. He was nearly as graceful and just as fast--yet Emmett could never be compared to a gazelle.
[Edward's] run was more aggressive, a cheetah rather than a gazelle (192).
[Victoria] was wilder, her eyes shifting restlessly between the men facing her, and the loose grouping around me, her chaotic hair quivering in the slight breeze. Her posture was distinctly feline (196).
- Bella is an awkward and clumsy teenager. I can relate to that!
- It's a decent enough story. Unfortunately Stephanie Meyer isn't a great enough writer to make it more than decent.
- Bella's brief feminist moment: in Twilight she mentions writing a paper on female gender roles in Shakespeare's plays. I really really wish there was more of this more.
- Oh, at the end she mentions something about needing equality in relationships. Thank you!!!
- I did find it hilariously absurd whenever Jacob warned Bella (or whoever) not to make him anger. LOL! JACOB SMASH!
- Bella's dad's name is Charlie (which is pretty similar to Charles, who stares at you every time you visit this site--yes, I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel here. It's not a great literary work. What the fuck do you want from me?)
- Jacob was likable up until he turned werewolf. He was happy and sweet to Bella. For a time I was rooting for him because Bella could have been with a great guy. Then he got all hairy, aggressive, and just as possessive as Edward. Which means she then had a choice between Douchebag 1 and Douchebag 2. And Jacob was actually worse in my mind because it seemed like he thought he deserved Bella, like she owed him something, which is totally creepy. And the forced kiss between her and Jacob clearly lacks consent (and her father laughed and was all cool with it. You can bet if I went home with the same scenario, Mommy and DaddyGrandeur would be kicking someone's ass--hint: not mine).
- After Jacob's monsterization, so-to-speak, any description of Edward and Jacob is entwined in aggression. Their issues with anger become so central to their characterizations, it's disturbing.
- Bella's hearing Edward's voice scolding her like some errant child in New Moon. God, even when he's not there his hold over her is totally creepy. And she willingly (again) put herself in danger just to hear that voice--and relished the imagined anger.
- Stephanie Meyer's writing is...lacking. Had she not tapped into a provocative premise (human girl falls in love with a vampire--sounds pretty sweet) she probably would never have had anything published. Her writing is pretty substandard. I mean, does she really have to have a character say the book's title in every fucking book? If you have to have your characters explicitly state the name of the book, it kind of kills whatever metaphor you think you were going for (which speaks volumes of the anticipated thinking capacity of the intended audience). Speaking of metaphors, did anyone else want to do a *headdesk* every time Bella mentioned the damn "hole" in her chest in New Moon? Okay, we fucking get it--you got dumped, it hurts. Think of some other way to describe that pain. Fuck.
Well, that's all I got. But here are some other fun Twilight links. If anyone else has written or come across any other good Twilight links, analyses, open threads, etc., drop them in the comments.