And Now For Something A Little Different
Usually I write about school, tech, social media, politics, ie “head stuff”. Rarely do I write about heart stuff. Seeing as Valentine’s Day is on Sunday this typically Seattle overcast Friday seems like a perfectly good day to break from my normal routine and write about something a little different: Love. Ok, that was unnecessarily dramatic. I’m not going to write about love I’m actually going to write about Twilight. Yep. Twilight as in the book about vampires and Forks.
Betcha’ didn’t see that one coming.
Last week I was convinced by a co-worker to give Twilight a try. I hadn’t read any of the books or seen any of the movies, but never one to turn down a book I haven’t read it took little convincing for me to give Twilight a chance. I figured if I hated it no harm done and if I didn’t then I reaped the benefits of a good read.
I read Twilight in about 2 hours. I didn’t hate it. I didn’t love it. I liked it, but more importantly I understand why other people like it. It’s a love story, and its a love story that appeals to the cultural context myself and my peers come from. Metaphorically, Twilight tells the ultimate love story because in it love truly can conquer all–even death.
Those who know me wonder how I could read a book that features a woman as weak as Bella Swan. Yes, I agree she’s weak, but it doesn’t really bother me. I suppose it seems that part of this new fangled feminist idea should be that women get to choose, but not that they HAVE to choose. Woman should be able to go to work or stay home. They should be able to be fierce or be meek. It’s the same for men. Go to work or stay home. I don’t really care as long as you work it out with anyone in your life affected by your choices I don’t see as its any of my business. I fancy myself a fairly strong woman, but I’ll tell you having a door opened for me puts a lift in my day. So as for Bella Swan’s weakness. I think it doesn’t matter. It’s her choice and as an empowered modern day woman its her right to choose.
So in conclusion I guess what I’m trying to say is I think I can be a fierce, fabulous, modern day woman and still have room in my heart for a little old-fashioned chivalry in the form of a glitter skinned vampire.