Twilightmania Takes Over

Whether you support Edward or Jacob, or perhaps Harry Potter, everyone has an opinion on the “Twilight” series. If you’re not aware of the story by now, here’s a brief summary: girl meets boy, boy turns out to be a vampire, girl and boy fall in love anyway and complications ensue. Since its release in 2005, “Twilight” has become more than a love story, its become a sensation. Girls and some boys waited for the release of “ Breaking Dawn ” at midnight at book stores. They lined up outside of movie theaters with their t-shirts proclaiming their love for either vampire or werewolf. These people love “Twilight.” But there are also those who hate “Twilight.” They cannot stand Bella Swan , the quintessential damsel-in-distress. The anti-Twilight crowd resent the fact that the sixth “Harry Potter” movie was postponed six months so the movie “Twilight” could be released. But what both Twilight-haters and Twilight-lovers are missing is that “Twilight” is only a story. In the history of the world there have been books that have meaning, books that make us think and stories that teach us about the world we live in. But in that same history of the world, there have been stories we have told to entertain each other. Both of these types of stories have value. No, I am not the hugest “Twilight” fan out there. Too often Stephanie Meyer equates love with obsession and too often I wonder what kind of message she is trying to send through Bella. Bella is not the best role model for girls out there. Bella defines herself by her boyfriend and she makes major life choices (as in mortality: yes or no?) only thinking about staying with him. Looking at Bella’s situation however, we can conclude that she was not very good at being human and is much better at being a vampire. Edward himself said she was the most civil new vampire he’d ever seen. So, perhaps she chose immortality for him, but also for herself. But maybe Meyer isn’t trying to make a global statement; maybe she’s just trying to let us escape from our mundane reality that does not include sparkling vampires or shirtless werewolves. “Twilight” is fun to read and sometimes that’s all we can ask of a book.