Twilight locks women in gender box

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Nina Lillehei, Contributing Writer

In light of the new Twilight movie release, Breaking Dawn Part Two, twi-hard fanatics are emerging from their hiding places as they prepare for the last movie of the entire series. Over the years it seems as though the movies have been all about Team Edward or Team Jacob- but what about Team Bella?

For those of you who have never read the books or seen the movies, aka living under a rock, and don’t know who I’m referring to, Bella Swan is the narrator of the books. She can be seen as a naïve teenage girl girl who falls in love with Edward – a vampire.

Bella is not the most captivating of characters in the eyes of most critics, and some even go as far to say that she portrays the female gender in a negative light, as her entire life is dependent on the men around her. Bella gets a lot of flack from Twilight lovers for portraying females as vapid creatures who only want to find true love.

This concept is also prevalent in almost every other popular book and movie in society today as well. Therefore, the issue doesn’t only lie on Twilight’s shoulders, but actress Kristin Stewart, playing Bella, does little to make her the most lovable character. As Maddy Williams ’14 states, Kristin Stewart has “the facial expressions of a rock.” Though some believe that Bella portrays females in a negative light, it is also seen that her monotonous character can’t be compared to teenage girls in general because falling in love with a vampire isn’t exactly relatable to most teenager’s lives.

Blake’s very own Twilight enthusiast, Isabel Redleaf ’13 agreed with critics views on Bella as a character. According to Isabel, “Bella is based loosely off Juliet from Romeo and Juliet, and Cathy from Wuthering Heights. When you actually read those stories, both girls are extremely whiney and dramatic. Though, people complain much more about Bella, so I think there’s some weird double standard there.”

Whether one believes Bella to portray teenage girls negatively or positively, she certainly has proven to be interesting enough for teenagers around the world to watch her have a love triangle with a vampire and a werewolf.