Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bella Swan: 'A Virginal Goth Girl'?

There's a very controversial article swimming around Twilight World that has Twilighters everywhere baring their teeth. It's right here. Since so many people had some...er...things to say about this lady's opinions, I just had to read it myself. Upon doing so, I really get where the tumult is coming from. As a matter of fact, I have some things to say...
First off, I have to point out the title. Apparently Bella Swan's new nickname is Virginal Goth Girl. Can I get a 'say what?' I had to go to an online dictionary just to attempt to fathom what she meant when she called Bella this:
Virginal -
1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a virgin: virginal purity.
2. continuing in a state of virginity.
3. pure; unsullied; untouched: a virginal mountain stream.
4. Zoology. not fertilized.
Alright...so I'm thinking it's not the last one.
Goth -
1. one of a Teutonic people who in the 3rd to 5th centuries invaded and settled in parts of the Roman Empire.
2. a person of no refinement; barbarian.
3. a style of rock music, noted especially for somber or ethereal tones and lugubrious lyrics.
Okay...so none of those make any remote sense.
Girl -
1. a young, immature woman, esp. formerly, an unmarried one.
Yeah, so we get the point. According to this woman, Bella is a young, unmarried Teutonic woman who invaded the Roman Empire and is stuck a virgin because she likes the ethereal tones of her lugubrious rock music.
On to the actual article. The author goes in to say that this book is causing trouble for us young women because we now fantasize about the perfect guy climbing through our window at night to sweep us off our feet, and how that's never going to happen because boys these days feed off porn.
Um, excuse me, miss. First off, you're making it sound like a crime that us girls are raising our standards a bit. So what if we do? Are you saying we have to settle for a pig that doesn't care about our feelings and will force us to...hit the bed, with them? Talk about some serious disrespect! Being a woman yourself, you should know how unjustified that is (or are you secretly a man? *gasp!*). You're being unfair to the boys, too, going off on stereotypes as if they are facts. There are boys out there who want a genuine relationship that's true and deep. And all boys are capable of feeling that way towards women, it's just that they don't usually want to in this generation because, well, face it, chivalry is dead. Secondly, you're implying that us fangirls are total morons. Maybe some of us have taken a good look at Edward's characteristics and said, "hey, I want my boyfriend to be like that", but it's not like we expect Edward himself to come to our door. Seriously, we can dream, but we're not idiots. Believe it or not, we know that Edward is a...fictional character...dun, dun, duuun.
Another thing about this article that just adds to the grumble factor is that she thinks we only like Edward because of his flawless appearence. No, lady, that is untrue. How foolish of you to assume that. We love Edward because he's patient, he listens, and he's amazingly caring. If he were gorgeous and completely rude, I certainly wouldn't like him. That goes for every other Edward-lover, too. We aren't shallow, thank you very much.
And in response to someone's comment that stated Bella and Edward's relationship isn't true because Bella only ever describes his godly looks and not his other charactertistics, I say, look a little deeper. We don't need Bella to give us the details of how thoughtful, intelligent, and generous he is because it's obvious whenever he speaks to her. But, since it's (hello!) a book, we don't get to visualize Edward's appearence without Bella describing it. That is why Bella is always talking about his looks: so that we get the pleasure of experiencing them, too.
Phew. One more thing. I promise, this is the last thing. I saw a lot of people getting their panties in a knot about how the author referred to the saga as the 'Twilights'. Personally, I don't think that's a very big deal, but it is amusing. It's obvious in all her comments that she more skimmed through the books than actually read them. I'm glad she at least warned us she wasn't very deep (as if it wasn't obvious) or I would have really given her a bit of a smack across the face.

Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, Midnight Sun, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, vampire, Edward Cullen, Bella Swan, Twilight Movie, Stephenie Meyer, Edward's point of view

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's right lady!!!! Read the books and then actually give us your spinion lster, i bet you are the one that is going to dress up every night wating for Edward to come through you window!!

Anonymous said...

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Kalie Cullen, fangirl, and damn proud! said...

I agree. This woman, she is not getting the reason Meyer wrote these books. My assumption, is that she wrote them, because she loved the way the characters sounded to her, and thought that the readers (us!) would like them too. She was right! I love the books, and I...*I will give no spoilers!* However...I am team Edward...for Bella, for me, I will kick Alice's butt, for Jasper! :)

Kalie Cullen, fangirl, and damn proud! said...

I just posted, but the woman says that she doesn't think that Bella loves Edward's attitude...Well she can just go suck it, because I have a quote from the 3rd book (Eclipse) to prove her wrong... Behold!:(B "Bella: I love him. Not because he's beautiful or because he's rich! I'd much rather he weren't either one. It would even out the gap between us just a little bit - because he'd still be the most loving and unselfish and brilliant and decent person I've ever met. Of course I love him. How hard is that to understand?")

Anonymous said...

Just a little note after reading the post by the New your Times Coulumist, They dont really ever talk about having sex or the lack therof until the third book. Edward briefly mentioned that he was celibit and questioned wether bella abstained as well. Not only was your coulumn shallow but it was also poorly researched.
Robertk