There’s a book I want to read called Nightlight.
It’s a parody of Twilight written by The Harvard Lampoon. How can one understand the parody or the satire though unless that person understands the subject behind the parody and satire?
Therefore, for research and better understanding, I am listening to Twilight. Audiobook was the only format left in the library to check out and I’m actually glad I got that version. I can listen to it in many more situations than I could try to read a book. So I’m getting through it more quickly than if I were reading page by page.
I’m not sure I get the hype behind the book, but I’m only on Chapter 12. Maybe reading it, and being able to make up your own voices in your head, and read it to yourself your own way, gives it a spellbinding quality. I’m just not feeling it with the audiobook. Firstly, why is Bella swooning over Edward when he’s forever mad at her and picking on her? He’s constantly giving her angry looks and chiding her for being so clumsy, and yet she’s still so in love with him that she’s ready to die? Admittedly going to extremes here, are we telling our daughters that it’s ok to have men emotionally abuse us if we feel enraptured by their mysterious, brooding, loving hatred? Otherwise it seems that she has a clear head on her shoulders. Are we supposed to chalk this up to teenage infatuation?
Secondly, why do they keep scowling at each other if they’re both supposed to have this animal attraction towards each other. I get his dilemma of wanting to be with her yet wanting to protect her. What’s a little harder to comprehend is her neediness for him. But OMG, could it be reiterated any more? I’m sick of Bella’s deep desire one minute, deep uncertainty the very next minute and deeply irritated attitude the next. At one point Edward comments about how odd he finds it that she’s not afraid, and she admits to the reader that she has no fear. Then that very night, she’s at home doing laundry talking about being afraid. They both have multiple personality disorder.
Maybe I grew out of the teenage angst a decade and plus ago. Maybe I just don’t want to read about people going through it. It seems labored and contrived at this point in my life. I just finished The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Esther’s depression was actually severe clinical depression compared to Bella’s teenage angst that she labeled depression (after reading Plath I cannot even consider what Meyer calls depression to be so*), I still felt burdened by my dislike for her character. It’s much easier for me to want to slap Bella out of it though. I can’t fault Esther knowing that her author and creator was not mentally stable and therefore couldn’t write as such.
*Maybe Meyer has Bella talking about being “depressed” using the term lightly like we all do.