I was tossing around various ideas for titles that would cleverly point out my anger and disdain for a series that I have not read,but I decided to just be direct. Last night, I went to see New Moon. I had not seen any of the other movies, or read any of the books. I have to admit, I had done some reading about the misogyny in the books and knew that the author was the "special underwear wearing" type of Mormon. I didn't just dislike the movie, it made me actively angry.Let's go ahead and get the positives out of the way. It's a very nicely shot movie. Some good cinematography and beautiful scenery. The special effects were also quite nice, particularly the vampire movement and fighting. I got red vines as a snack at the theatre. That's really about it.
The movie was poorly written. Characters did things that made no sense (especially Bella, the lead, who (it must be said) is really an idiot..), changed their motivations in mid stream and were generally not fleshed out at all. The movie had the most laughable cliff hanger I can remember in a long time, and ended so suddenly that there was laughter in theatre.
But let's get to the meat of my anger with the film. This is supposedly aimed at young girls, and is yet so full of ridiculous misogyny that I would shudder for a daughter of mine to look for a role model here. The female characters in the movie were ciphers for their males. They could not exist without a man in their life, and are rendered non-functional when they are alone.
Perhaps the creepiest part was the werewolf wife (who was human) who had the misfortune of being around her husband when he got angry & lashed out at her. It was a tacit endorsement of domestic violence. There was never any thought that the wife might leave her husband or that you maybe shouldn't be around someone who will strike you when they are angry (especially someone with claws..) Like a good woman, she stayed with her man. Accepting that the odd savage face wound was small price to pay for his love. YIKES! It is simply irresponsible to present that to young women. There just can't be a defense of it.
The main relationship between Bella & her sparkly vampire is not much better. She is helpless. At one point, there is a gang of young toughs who are threatening her. Does she scream for help? Run away? Fight back? No, she sort of goes limp and seems ready to take Bobby Knight's classy old advice until Edward leaps to her rescue. Again, the meek woman waiting for her savior, whom she cannot live with out. She resorts to constantly endangering herself to try and summon him again. Certainly a healthy message for young girls out there.
I want young women to see examples of strong female characters. I want girls to really feel like they can do anything, to realize that they are not defined by a boy or by anyone else. Sadly, Twilight teaches them none of this. Instead the message is to completely sink yourself into your boyfriend, do his bidding and accept that he might get angry and hit you now & then. You've come along way baby!
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