The Twilight Saga
The Twilight books is a series of four vampire-themed romance novels by Stephenie Meyer. The protagonist Bella Swan is a teenage girl who moves to Forks, Washington to stay with her dad and ends up falling in love with a 104-year old vampire named Edward. Edward lives with his “adoptive parents” Esme and Carlisle who are also vampires. Twilight became an instant bestseller and when first published, gained many mixed reviews. There are many weak women in Twilight such as Bella, shortage of free agency, and that self-control is the only thing that Twilight brings to the table. Bella Swan is known for being a Feminist’s nightmare and this is because Bella’s life revolves around Edward and the rules that he comes with. Throughout most of the books, Edward is undermining Bella no matter the subject such as sex, lifestyles, and friends. In Eclipse, Bella tries to get Edward to have sex with her while she is still human, but Edward gets her to agree to the terms of sex when they are married. Marriage being something that Bella was taught to tremble at the thought of. Along with marriage, Edward convinces Bella to own a fancy sports car and agrees to attend élite universities. Before, Bella hadn’t wanted to attend such a university or own a fancy car, but instead keep her beat up Chevy truck and attended a small college in Alaska. Moreover, when Edward and Bella do decide to have sex, it does more harm than good to Bella, ultimately hurting Bella physically and without their use of birth control, narrows down Bella’s life choices with either dying or turning into a vampire. In addition to this, Edward doesn’t allow Bella to have certain friends because of the feuds he and his family has with the Quileute tribe of Werewolves. Bella is forced to give up these relationships for Edward and even though he doesn’t have any romantic competition, Edward still hampers Bella’s relationships with her family and friends. A major theme in Twilight is free agency,...
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