Confession: I actually like 'Twilight'

So, it’s confession time.

Despite my highbrow and (according to my friends) irritatingly-picky taste in literature (to be fair, I am studying English and literature at uni), I have to admit that I really like Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. No, this isn’t a joke. No, I did not lose a bet. In fact, it is one of my favorites in the “Young Adult” genre. (Disclaimer: I still have a strong dislike for the films and three other books in the series; I enjoy Twilight as a stand-alone piece.)

I think I can say with confidence that what has made Twilight so off-putting for people is the amount of hype it generated over the past several years. It’s similar to how I currently loathe Disney’s Frozen because of how much attention it is receiving. Not to mention that after Twilight became popular, YA authors hopped onto the vampire/paranormal romance fad and hundreds of nauseating Twilight knock-offs were being chucked at consumers.

Sure, the writing in Twilight is rugged. Sometimes it’s even cringe-worthy. Meyer is not Faulkner. Nonetheless, I think it’s simply stubborn of people to deny that Meyer has a profound eye for imagery and is an excellent storyteller. She has vision.

I love Meyer’s characterization of Bella and Edward. Many critics of the novel complain about how Bella is plain to the point that she is insufferable. I find Bella endearing. She’s not remarkable or unique in really any way except for her resilience and ambition. She’s a contemporary echo of one of my favorite characters in literature: Jane Eyre. Jane isn’t pretty, and she’s ordinary and modest, but, much like Bella, her boldness is illumined when the darkness of the world around her becomes its foil. Bella’s normality, in my opinion, is compelling, especially when Forks gradually reveals itself to be a little more sinister than it once appeared. Bella’s “plainness” keeps the story grounded, and her warmness and humanity make the supernatural revelations all the more startling and eerie.

Edward, on the other hand, is an undead counterpart of Heathcliff and Mr. Rochester (with a little bit of Darcy thrown into the mix). He’s fascinating. Edward is regularly condescending, dark, cruel, and savage, which makes his moments of compassion, sincerity, and tenderness incredibly powerful. His temperament, to me, is a combination of Beatrice and Dante from The Divine Comedy. He’s glowing, proud, and imperious like Beatrice, but inwardly insecure, tormented, and stricken with self-loathing like Dante.

Furthermore, in my opinion, Twilight isn’t a silly, bloodless teen romance. It has meat. There are heavy undertones throughout the novel that celebrate and highlight themes found in a variety of works from Austen, Shakespeare, the Brontes, the Brothers Grimm, and even the Bible. And not only that, Meyer takes big ideas like sex, love, temptation, morality, humanity, mortality, choice, and sacrifice, and translates them in a way that are comprehensible, and even relevant, to teen audiences.

Most will probably disagree with this and think I’m ridiculous. I just thought I’d say my piece, maybe offer a more intellectual, intelligent reading of Twilight,and possibly facilitate some conversation.

I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.
—  Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

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Inspiring beautiful things (well in my mind anyways)

Jane Eyre’s Spirit. 

Jane Eyre has become one of my favourite films to watch for a whole lot of different reasons. But i will talk about one of the first. The amazing woman that Jane is. Her life is filled with hardship and yet her heart still burns bright, her hopes are still fragile, and easily bruised. She is strong not because she is feeling-less, but because she feels so much in the way of both happiness and pain but does not let it tear her apart. Her beauty is not recognised in her appearance but in her soul, which is where It ought to be recognised in more people I think. She values herself and what she knows to be true and right, although most people in her life have endevoured to make her feel like she shouldn’t.

one of my favourite parts of the film is when she finds out that Mr Rochester cannot legally marry her because he is bound to his mentally insane wife. He Loves Jane and begs her to stay with him, he argues that it wouldn’t really matter, that if they loved each other they should be together , although not as legal husband and wife, but Jane communicates that it would matter to her, and that is the only opinion that matters, her own. 
i love her, and i love this film because of all it’s loneliness and hope, for its both strong and fragile nature. 
I don’t think I have really explained why I love Jane Eyre so much very well, but maybe reading some of these great quotes and looking at some of these beautiful pictures will convince you enough. 

I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.” 
― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” 
― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!” 
― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

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