Let’s have a change of language here, Tumblr.
Something from a celebrity that has been “leaked” is something that was planned to become public one day but had been revealed in advance (whether by mistake or from someone with a malicious intent).
Those nudes pics ? Not leaked. Stolen.
So let’s stop saying “leaked pics” and call them what they are : stolen pics.
Let’s shift the blame on the real assholes and not put the blame on the victims, even unconsciously.
I have a logical question: If it has to do with the smell of blood, wouldn’t Edward be having problems with the smell of all humans’ blood in that classroom, not just Bella’s?
I don’t want to read it. Hackneyed romance novels with vampires thrown in don’t particularly appeal to me.
I’m not obliged to agree with you and think it’s a good book. I’m not obliged to continue reading the book when the first chapter didn’t make me want to keep reading it. I’m not obliged to “give it another chance” and read it the whole way through. It just doesn’t appeal to me, and there’s nothing wrong with me disliking it. Not everyone has to buy into the “romanticism” (if stalking and emotional dependency can be thought of as romantic) of it. That’s fine if you like it, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Not everyone has to like Twilight.
Oh, but Bella is the special snowflake that always proves the exception to the rule. Despite being characterized as “clumsy” and “plain” (then there is the whole convenient mind block so that the vampires cannot read her) she truly exists so that Meyers can vicariously live out her fantasies and remember her college experience. It’s why Bella really fits the role of the anti-Sue quite well.
I still wonder whether Twilight was just a happy accident on the part of Meyers or if she knew what she was doing. She essentially profited from a cocktail of elements that have been traditionally appealing to the undiscerning reader since the silver fork novels of the 19th century.
Step one: Create a static primary character and use her for the main love interest. The two-dimensional quality of the character combined with the use of a first-person narrative allows women to project through her character and imagine they are her.
Step Two: Repeatedly describe how attractive the leading males are. It doesn’t make Bella seem shallow, it drives home the point to the uncritical reader that they should want to have sex with these guys (obviously if they’re seriously reading these books they’re the kind of reader that needs that level of hand-holding and direction/perceptional manipulation).
Step Three: More hand-holding! Make it very clear to the uncritical reader that this is supposed to be an “epic romance” by using as many obvious romantic clichés as possible (i.e. love triangles, a star crossed lovers trope, male dominance, attractive because she thinks she’s not trope, helpless female who needs protecting, romantic suicide/self-destruction, love = marriage = baby = happily ever after for women always, pseudo-female empowerment by making her significant only at the very end through convenient accelerated mastery of vampire powers, etc.) because it is easier than spending time thinking of a complex plot-line.
Step Four: Provide an illusion of depth by referencing classical literature. It’s like covering the smell of garbage with high end perfume; it doesn’t completely hide the stench, but at least it changes the quality of the odor.
Step Five: Border-line smut in books marketed for teenage girls is perfectly justifiable so long as they get married first (bonus: they’re both virgins …even if Edward is 90).
Step Six: Neat and tidy happy endings. Bella’s conveniently fast aging daughter makes a great romantic substitute for her for Jacob. In a world of werewolves and vampires it’s “totally” not weird.
I give you the reasons why Twilight managed to be so popular, yet nearly “everything” is still a better love story.
"Step Four: Provide an illusion of depth by referencing classical literature. It’s like covering the smell of garbage with high end perfume; it doesn’t completely hide the stench, but at least it changes the quality of the odor.”
God I love you, raptured-night. You have such a way with words :)