Aishah Ansari

The Twilight Saga: Why Did I Read That?

March 17, 2014

The picture above was taken years ago, but I thought was perfect for this post!
Books. I love them but am a very picky reader. As I was looking at my bookshelf the other day, I was just reading the titles of some of my favorite books: The Harry Potter Series {still in progress, I KNOW, I KNOW!}, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Namesake, My Sister's Keeper, The Devil Wears Prada, to name a few. And then there was the Twilight Saga. I really ask myself why in middle school and early high school did I LOVE the series? {I will admit, not even halfway through the last book- Breaking Dawn, I stopped reading it because...over those two years I had grown out of it. 
The way I read and understood those books, I personally believe The Twilight Saga sends a negative message to its readers. Allow me to explain further, when Edward leaves her, she wants to kill herself and feels like her world is over. Then, when Edward thinks she killed herself because of him he wants to kill himself! I find it confusing that she is this average, normal looking girl but all the guys are literally in love with her in this new town she moves to and Edward on the other hand is the perfect, strong, handsome, glittery vampire that no girls pay attention to. {Am I the only one who found this odd?} But I know- look aren't everything. I just find that part of the book that is emphasized very heavily, a bit...confusing.
I understand, it's a forbidden sorta love, it was fate, they were made for one another-- blah, blah, blah. 
But what message does this send? That men who make you feel empty without them are the 'perfect' one? A man who has literally no flaws is one to look for? Personally, I think at the end of the day this saga sends a negative message to teenagers. It's a story about a unhealthy, toxic {and kind of creepy} relationship. It portrays Bella as a needy young woman and not being able to function without a man in her life. She also puts him above her friends and even family. And Edward sneaking into Bella's bedroom every night to watch her sleep- creeper. I can see {all of} this more clearly not only because I have grown up but also because today movies and books portray the heroine as one can save herself and doesn't always need a man.
 And I know this isn't the book kids are reading these days but I wanted to personally revisit this.

Reading List:{Finish} Harry Potter Series
The Fault in Our Stars (I hear Shailene Woodley portrays Hazel!)
Enders Game
13 Reasons Why

What do you think about the message Twilight sends to young women?
Do you think the Twilight Saga is good or bad for young readers?
Would you approve of your daughter going out with that type of guy (assuming he's not a vampire?)

xo Aishah Ansari

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