In Defense of Twilight

It’s a little known fact but Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga is still my favorite series. Hands down. It was the book that initially sparked my passion for reading but better yet, the gloomy little town of Forks, Washington became an escape or sorts. Teenaged Alexandra could have lived, folded between the pages of Bella’s world, forever. And yet, when do you ever really hear me talk about my unconditional and irrevocable love for these books?

Not a whole lot – and for good reason.

Twilight as a whole has developed a seriously negative reputation. Not only is it considered “cool” to bash the actual crap out of these books [and their characters] but if, like me, you do love Twilight you are automatically branded anti-feminist. Then there’s the whole idea that, as a blogger, admitting that Twilight is your favorite book somehow diminishes your credibility and intellect as a reviewer.

How is that fair?

And while I’m, by no means, the first to ask this question, an impromptu self isolation re-read has forced me to acknowledge that society’s treatment of “Twihards” was not only unfair but harmful.

In order to really understand my love for this series, you first have to understand one thing – teenaged Alexandra was going through some tough shit.

Let’s flash back ten-or-so years. It’s 2009 and I was twelve years old, finding my footing in high school. Lady GaGa was huge, Barack Obama had just been sworn in as the forty-forth president of the United States and the Swine Flu was officially declared the first pandemic of the twenty-first century. Amidst all the chaos, in the budding world of young adult fiction, vampires were everywhere.

But all of that was nothing compared to what was going on at home. I grew up in a Conservative Small Town™ under the oppressive thumb of an abusive father. I was close with my mum, who was my best friend and I felt responsible for her welfare. At school I was a quiet learner, what you would call an extroverted introvert. I didn’t really click with the beat of my friends and the isolation was made worse by the fact that no one knew what was going on at home.

I remember it as though it were yesterday – it was Friday afternoon and we were suffering though the last period of the week. A substitute teacher was occupied in their feeble attempt to wrangle in the boys while my best friend flipped through a dog-eared, movie-tie-in edition of Twilight. I remember watching the clock as my friend turned to me and said; “You know, you really should give this book a chance. You might even like it.” It was the same argument we’d had a thousand times but, seriously bored and with nothing better to do, I reached for the book and read the first chapter.

Stephenie Meyer had me at hello.

Twilight was the first taste I really had of “fandom”. And while I never really considered myself a “Twihard” or “fangirl” [my devotion being more of the quiet, subdued kind], I constantly found myself retreating into the pages of Bella’s world. When things got too much at home, Twilight became my escape. I saw my struggles and insecurities reflected in Bella and I latched on to Stephenie’s book like a life line.

It’s at this point that I should probably acknowledge the fact that Twilight isn’t award winning modern literature. Okay, that’s not what this discussion is about. The prose is firmly emotion driven and it’s simplistic in nature. I mean, Stephenie Meyer was a mum who essentially wrote Twilight for herself after having a dream. But what did you expect? Twilight never set out to be groundbreaking, it’s a wish fulfillment novel targeted towards young adults that resonated with a wider audience. And that doesn’t make Twilight any less valid. Readers shouldn’t be made to feel shame for enjoying what is basically an immersive, deeply atmospheric fantasy series.

But we see this judgment all the time because society as a whole has this aggressive, over-all contempt for anything even remotely relating to teenaged girls. There’s this destructive habit of degrading and belittling which only promotes that ancient belief of female hysteria. This harmful idea that women are somehow less than. It’s further proof of the inequality between the sexes because apparently it’s socially acceptable for a guy to don a Marvel shirt and rave about how Endgame is a cinematic masterpiece. Talk about a freaking double standard.

And while I respect the guys [and women for that matter] who are just as passionate in their opinions of Marvel [or any other franchise], it’s not fair that society slams those who support Twilight. Respect goes both ways.

Let’s address Bella Swan, our controversial protagonist and Twilight’s anti-feminist claims. I can already hear the masses assembling, pitchforks in hand. Honestly, just what is it that apparently makes Bella so anti-feminist?

You’ve heard it all before; Bella and Edward have an unhealthy relationship. Edward Cullen is emotionally abusive and manipulative. Bella Swan has no personality. Bella Swan is a cardboard cut-out, a paper doll – a blank slate.

Maybe some of the criticism is valid, there are problematic elements to Twilight but Bella is honestly such a strong character. Kristin Stewart aside, Bella is a passionate seventeen-year-old girl who feels things deeply. She’s a genuinely realistic portrayal of a teenaged girl, fully fleshed with authentic, almost pliable emotions and flaws. Initially insecure and awkward, Bella is compassionate and selfless who develops into strong woman capable of making her own choices.

Actually, what I admired about Bella, and why she was secretly one of the first young adult feminists, was the fact that she wasn’t the typical manic pixie dream girl. Bella didn’t cater to the whims of the men around her. She didn’t pander to Mike or Eric or Tyler. Comfortable in a blouse and converse, Bella was a quiet intellectual boasting a sarcastic, almost dry sense of humor – she didn’t conform to society’s expectations of what a girl should be.

And she chose Edward.

Bella’s not the spineless, anti-feminist, Mary Sue that critics and readers alike make her out to be. She constantly holds her own against Edward’s protective, sometimes overbearing nature, going so far as to rebel. He’s flawed and she knows it – she accepts him for it.

At the end of it, Twilight is an escape. It’s an escape the same way reality TV is an escape for others. Even now, as a twenty-something adult living independently, re-reading Twilight is nostalgic, comforting and all-consuming. And that’s okay. That doesn’t make me any less of a feminist or a critic. It just makes me human. And, with the release of Midnight Sun only months away, a whole new generation is poised to discover this vivid literary world. Suffice to say, I’m wary of the coming onslaught of backlash and criticism.

Bottom line: Twilight has value in the literary world, Bella Swan is a valid character and I will no longer be apologizing or justifying myself for loving for these books. So wear that Team Edward shirt with pride and stick it to anyone who ever made you feel shame for being a Twihard.

33 thoughts on “In Defense of Twilight

  1. Great post! I don’t think people should have to apologize for liking what they like and twilight doesn’t deserve all the hate it gets. You made some interesting points about Bella, and end while I don’t entirely agree with them all and personally do think she’s not feminist, underdeveloped, etc, I feel like there’s nothing wrong with that? Not every book has to be super deep and complex and just because something isn’t an award winning piece of great literature doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it.

    Theres definitely a doble standard for bashing on twilight more than other arguably bad books and movies I think because it’s targeted toward teenage girls. I totally agree with what you said about Marvel! I mean… is there really a big difference between mindless action and mindless romcom?

    I enjoyed Twilight back in the day enough, but for me my “guilty pleasure” was always The Selection which also got trashed and got backlash when they announced a movie adaptation a few weeks ago so I totally how you feel rn; like okay maybe it’s not gonna win the Nobel prize but it makes me happy can we pls let people enjoy what they enjoy??

    Sorry for writing an essay haha

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    • Haha, I actually stan your essays, Kay! ❤

      I knew this was going to be a very controversial post because not everyone is going to feel the same way about Bella – and that's perfectly okay because we are all entitled to our opinions. I can definitely understand the criticism, and I don't think Stepenie Meyer walks on water like some do, but the level of hate is actually unreal. As you said – there is absolutely no difference between mindless action and mindless romance.

      And yes – the Selection! I can 100% relate. Actually I could almost write a follow-up to this discussion about the Selection because that's another series with unwarranted, unreal hate. I just feel like we're living in 2020 – just stop with the book bashing already! let's all just be friends and support each other, you know? 😉 It's perfectly okay to enjoy those "guilty pleasure" books. It actually gets me so mad when I see people attacking others on goodreads or twitter because they love these books. [I feel like the After series is another series constantly bashed]. The books you read don't reflect your intellect or who you are as a person.

      And I like what you said about the Nobel Prize. What I find so funny about this whole culture of book bashing is that none of these books set out to win any said prizes??? Like, I feel like Twilight, the Selection and After are self aware(ish) – they never claimed to be literary gods or anything??? 😂😂😂

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  2. Amen, I devoured Twilight myself. Although I’ve never considered myself a twihard, I’ve never really understood the shaming that comes along with liking Twilight. I’m Team Jacob myself. I truly think Kristen Stewart’s portrayal of Bella was a crying shame. However, I’ve never had a problem with book Bella. If you ask me, minus the werewolves and vampires, it’s a pretty accurate portrayal of Teenage Love. It perfectly captures that feeling you get when you just can’t bear to be away from someone. Everyone wants to feel that every once in awhile. Why else would there be romance novels? Wave that flag as high as you want. As you said everyone else can suck it

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    • Oooooh, Team Jacob -: the dark side! 😉

      I am 100% with you on Kristin Stewart’s portrayal. I didn’t want to get into it in this discussion [it’s a whole other can of worms!], but I honestly think that Kristin Stewart was responsible for a lot of the hate and shaming. If the movies were your first taste of the series it’s no wonder Bella coped so much criticism. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy the movies but the amount of lip biting and fidgeting Kristen Stewart brought to the character was cringe-y. Book Bella was 110% more compelling and multi-faceted. I feel like she was awkward but not THAT awkward?

      And yes, they really did capture that teenage feeling of first love. I think we were all crazy hormonal and slightly obsessive at that age! In hindsight, I was just as obsessed over my crushes in high school too. I think that’s what makes Twilight so nostalgic – it takes us back to that time when everything was new and emotions were felt deeply.

      Thank you so much for reading! ❤

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      • I’m so glad this is something that we’re talking about. Once again, you’re absolutely right about the double standard regarding anything remotely enjoyable to a teenage girl. For me, the gateway book was Harry Potter. I cannot imagine how much more difficult it would have been for me to jump into reading is the book I loved more than anything else in the world was continually shamed. I lucked out in that regard.

        Thank you so much for a thoughtful post. It was my first exposure to your blog and I can guarantee I will be coming back for more.

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        • I was very young when Harry Potter came out [the first two movies seriously creeped me out as a kid. I mean, giant spiders – enough said, right?] so I came into the books a little later. I now count Harry Potter along with Twilight as one of my favorite series. It’s definitely more respected in the literary world than Twilight is!

          And thank you so much, that means a lot! ❤

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  3. Great post! Honestly I don’t remember any of the major details from the Twilight books because I read them so long ago and I think only read them once? But I do remember devouring them back in the day. I’m seriously tempted to dig out my old copies and re-read them before Midnight Sun comes around. I’ve only really been rereading books while in Quarantine as it is.

    Myself though, I was more drawn to the rest of the Cullens and their backstories and how they all came together. To this day, thinking about Rosalie makes me cry. I was also more team jacob but for me, not for Bella, she could have Edward.

    I definitely agree that a big part of the bashing of Twilight is only because it’s a thing for teenage girls. Even today, it’s popular to hate on things teenage girls like and I will never understand it. People drag on Twilight so much, without realizing that without Twilight, the YA book genre WOULD NOT be what it is today. Twilight opened the door for a lot of growth in the community. And it also sparked a lot of vampire hype.

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    • I’d highly recommend a re-read. I’ll admit – some of the aspects of Twilight haven’t exactly aged well but I had so much fun walking in Bella’s shoes all over again. It took me back to that feeling of being young and experiencing this world for the first time. And I’ll gladly let you keep Jacob if you let me have Edward! 😂

      And actually, Rosalie was my favorite character. Everyone always seems to rave about Alice but Rosalie had such a quiet strength. You know, reading about her character is even more heartbreaking as an adult. I think we have a better grasp of just how horrible and traumatic her “death” was.

      And YES – Twilight kick-started the whole YA movement. It was the “doorway book” for a lot of us. I never would have gotten so into the literary world if it wasn’t for Twilight. And Reading by Starlight definitely wouldn’t exist! It was the same with One Direction [even though I’m more of a indie, Lana Del Rey kind of girl myself]. Society tears down anything geared at teenaged girls and it’s so harmful. Society mocks what they love but praises what’s geared to guys? Like, people just shake there head and say “boys will be boys” when some guy reads a Playboy but if a girl reads Twilight she’s automatically a rabid, hysterical fangirl? I really hope that this changes in 2020!

      Thank you for reading! ❤

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  4. Thank you for sharing your story Alex. I’m so sorry for what you went through, but glad this book found you when you needed it. ❤

    There’s an amazing video I watched called ‘Dear Stephenie Meyer’ by Lindsay Ellis on YouTube. I think you’d really like it if you haven’t watched it already, it discusses what you’ve written here in the same vain. Whilst I wasn’t a fan of Twilight, after watching that video I had so much respect for the series, the author and teenage girls in general. It really is unfair that most things girls like just get shit on. They should be able to like whatever they want without being scared of what people think or calling it a ‘guilty pleasure’ because it would otherwise be embarrassing.

    And how many more people (GIRLS!!) started reading because of Twilight? It’s probably super high, which is just amazing!! More people reading is always a good thing 🙂

    I loved seeing this discussion post from you!! Hope you’re having a good week so far xx

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    • Thank you Carly, luckily that was a long time ago now [eight years since he left but who’s counting?] and while that experience was traumatic I’m much stronger now despite those emotional scars. Twilight definitely found me at the right time. I don’t know what I would have done or how I could have coped if I didn’t fall into the literary world! I think that’s why it’s so special to me.

      I’m going to have to check the ‘Dear Stephenie Meyer’ video out because somehow I haven’t seen it??? I’m glad I’m not the only one talking about this. I feel like it’s especially important now. I feel like as soon as Midnight Sun drops there’s going to be a lot of controversy blowing up again. People need to know that it’s perfectly okay to enjoy these books. *Sigh* It’s a shame we still have to deal with these standards in 2020…

      Your comment meant a lot, Carly so thank you so much for reading – as always! 😉 ❤
      Sending a big virtual hug your way xo

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  5. Ah, I loved reading this post so much! You brought up so many great points, and I absolutely agree with you that we’re allowed to like what we like. I really. really hate it when people bash on other people just because what they love is not up to *their* standards. In fact, I’d argue that a boring, award-winning book that’ll put me in a reading slump is 10x worse than a slightly trashy book that brought me joy and entertainment whileI was reading it.

    However, I don’t think that the only reasons people bash on Twilight are because it’s not award-winning literature or because it’s primarily marketed toward teenage girls. I, personally, will never support Twilight because of how it appropriated Native American culture in regards to the werewolf lore. Many Native American readers were incredibly harmed by the offensive portrayal of the Quileute tribe—a real group of people—in the book. Plus, Quileute tribe themed merch was sold to Twilight fans without their permission…

    I’m not saying that you can’t support Twilight though!! I just think that some of the criticisms about Twilight are valid! Happy reading, Alexandra!

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    • I’m a third-generation active member of a Native American tribe I’m a member of a First Nations tribe in Canada. My Native American ethnicity is an immensely important part of my life and speaking from this perspective I once again want to step up for Twilight. Is it a hundred percent accurate? Absolutely not! However, if we’re going to shame every book that is an absolutely correct about Native American culture then that’s going to be a very long list. Also, there are books, films, actual history, that is glossed over and atrocious ways and I feel like a lot of these are much worse offenders. I’m not trying to step on anyone’s toes. I simply think this is an important discussion

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      • Hey! Thank you for replying! I’m not Native American myself, so it’s super nice to have a conversation with someone who is. I’m glad that Twilight isn’t very harmful for *you*. However, that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t harmful for other Native American readers. Personally, I think #ownvoices readers’ opinions can greatly differ on the offensiveness/accuracy of representation, but just because some didn’t find the representation lacking doesn’t negate the fact that some people did.

        Yes, you’re right that many pieces of media & even actual history portray Native American culture in a bad way, and I’m truly sorry for that. But I know that a lot of people, including myself, would never support something that portrayed a marginalization in a toxic or inaccurate light. So Twilight isn’t the only thing we steer clear of. Sadly, I can’t speak for other people.

        You’re right that this is an important discussion to have. I think it comes down to each of us as individuals. You & many others choose to support Twilight—and that’s 100% okay. I just know that me and many others have made the decision not to.

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    • Thank you so much for your comment – I’m actually so excited that my little post sparked some amazing discussions! 🙂

      If I’m being honest, I could have written an entire book on all the controversies/problematic elements on Twilight. I figured I’d better play it safe and stick to a few arguments but you are so right about the Native American appropriation. It’s a whole other can of worms in itself, but I can 100% see how Meyer’s appropriation of the Quileutes is offensive. Especially considering the themed merch. It’s something I never really considered when I was younger but it’s definitely a conversation that should be shared now.

      And yes – classic literature can be boring! I love a lot of the classics [always going to recommend the Great Gatsby 😉 ] but the trudge can be real with some! Sometimes an addictive, trashy book is just what you need!

      Thanks again for stopping by! ❤

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  6. I really appreciate this post! I haven’t personally read Twilight or watched the movies growing up, vampires and romance didn’t particularly interest 12 year old me (but somehow Warrior cats did…who knows?) but I’ve really loved reading and interacting with those who have read the books. It definitely isn’t fair for there to be so much stigma around the series but it’s heartwarming to see those who love the books stand by them and share how they impacted their lives. Bottom line, reading is such a personal experience and it’s the impact the books can make on the readers that makes it so special 🥰

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    • OH MY GOD. GET OUTTA TOWN – YOU LOVE WARRIOR CATS TOO!?! Holy heck – NO ONE’s read Warrior Cats!!! YAY! Seriously, Twilight and Warrior Cats were my entire freaking LIFE. 🙌🙌🙌 [Favorite book will always be Fire and Ice because MAN did that book make twelve-year-old-me feel all them feels!]

      Anyway, now I’ve got THAT out of my system, you are 100% right about reading being a personal experience. Like any art, it’s subjective and we’re all entitled to our opinions but like, let’s respect each other??? I’ve never had much hate directed at me personally, but I’ve always felt that sort of second-hand-shame and wariness when it comes to Twilight. I’m always too scared to talk about it because it’s like talking about politics or religion – basically A BAD IDEA! 😉 And it’s such a shame that this exists because Twilight isn’t the most controversial book [Fifty Shades anyone?] on the market. It’s actually not that bad, it’s reputation just precedes it.

      Thanks for stopping by! ❤

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  7. I love this post so much! No one should have to apologise for the books they love, because reading is a very individual experience. ❤️ I’ve been fortunate enough to never have to defend my love for any books, but it’s definitely been the case with things like Taylor Swift or Captain America, and the conversations I’ve had with people frustrate me to no end. 😔

    I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again – I actually think Bella Swan was an incredibly witty & intelligent character, and the movies did her dirty. I *do* think that Edward & Jacob were manipulative (and downright creepy at times???) and that Bella’s obsession with near-death experiences to get Edward’s attention in New Moon was wildly inappropriate and downright disturbing? 😬

    And the series finale was just…very anti-climatic 😂 But other than that I actually think the writing is a lot more advanced than some of the books that get hyped these days! And tbh, Stephanie Meyer got a WHOLE generation of people into YA/reading in general, so I don’t see how that’s a bad thing 🤷🏻‍♀️

    Love always, your saltmate 💛💛💛

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    • Oh, 100% – it’s so FREAKING frustrating! Like, let’s all just respect each other and be friends???Twilight isn’t the best book on the market. Not by a long shot. There are seriously flaws in it’s mythology, appropriation and characters but that doesn’t make it okay to tear people down. We are entitled to be passionate about the books we love. The amount of hate and backlash that Stephenie Meyer and Twilight coped was so unnecessary.

      But I agree with you on New Moon. I mean, I can sort of understand why she went off the rails but it was 100% unhealthy. I guess it’s a reflection of how passionate and all consuming first love is. I was pretty hormonal and crazy about boys as a teen too. [I did some pretty /questionable/ things myself…]. But jumping of a cliff is NEVER the way to go.

      It just makes me mad that Twilight is considered trash but series like the Selection is semi-what acceptable??? Like, don’t get me wrong – I love the Selection but the writing, the names and the characters are so cringey. I always felt that Twilight’s dialogue and prose felt sophisticated compared to the other early YA vampire books??? Teenaged Alexandra felt mature AF [for some reason??? 😂😂😂] reading Twilight at family events. Maybe because Bella felt mature for her age, cooking for Charlie and reading the classics? LOL.

      Love always, your saltmate 💙💙💙

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      • I actually agree with you – I think the writing is so much more sophisticated than some of the more popular books nowadays (looking at you, The Selection 😒) Plus, the love triangle (in my eyes, anyway) totally made sense & didn’t feel forced whereas EVERY YA LOVE TRIANGLE THAT CAME AFTER felt like a carbon copy of the Twilight or Hunger Games one???

        I just re-watched Twilight last night with some of my friends & it actually made me want to re-read the books more, because I feel like the movies did not do the books justice at all!

        And YES people can like a book while acknowledging that it’s problematic – books are such a personal experience, I think people overall need to be a bit more understanding of the connection other people have to stories & characters, even if you don’t agree!! 🤷🏻‍♀️

        💛 always, your saltmate

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        • AHHHHH YES – PREACH IT SALTY SISTER! 🙌🙌🙌

          Confession: as much as Jacob Black annoyed the actual flipping heck outta me to no freaking end, you are so totally right about the love triangle never feeling forced. The Bella/Edward/Jacob triangle always felt natural despite all the backlash it copped. I don’t think there was ever any other way their character dynamic could go. Triangle was inevitable. Cannot say the same about any other YA book afterwards. Except maybe the Infernal Devices and the Summer I Turned Pretty but those are clearly the exceptions.

          Love always, saltmate 💙💙💙

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          • RIGHT???? I feel like The Hunger Games, Twilight, and The Infernal Devices are the only acceptable love triangles & everyone else can just GTFO 😂 I haven’t read the Summer I Turned Pretty actually, I’ve heard such mixed reviews of it! 😱

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            • Ah yes – the reviews for The Summer I Turned Pretty sure as heck aren’t pretty. I actually read the Summer series way, waaaaaay before To All The Boys and I’ve always loved it more. Maybe because I read it as an /actual/ teenager and so related better to Belly’s immaturity? Don’t know what this says about me as a person but teenaged Alexandra was Belly to an actual T – I was a hopeless romantic obsessed with boys and being “mature” but was actually so clueless. 😂

              For me, the Summer series is so nostalgic and the perfect beach read. If you could score a copy from the library [that way you won’t come for me with your pitchfork if you hate it] I would highly recommend it! 💙

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  8. JUST ALL OF THIS!!!
    Thank you so much for this post, your support and honesty about this series honestly made me rerealise how much love I have for this series, and yes, even love parts of it’s problems.

    I even went and bought an entire new set of the saga, my love for the saga has been rekindled and I am no longer ashamed to say that I love Twilight ( but I’m not immune to it’s flaws ).

    – Emma xx

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    • YAS GIRL – TWILIGHT ECZEMA SISTERS FOREVER 🙌🙌🙌

      I actually didn’t realize how passionate I was about this whole debate until I re-read the series as a twenty-something and felt I had to defend my rating. Like, we don’t have to defend ourselves for enjoying Shadowhunter books [All I’m saying is the original TMI trilogy had just as many relationship red flags. Also, I always sort of found Clary as a character sightly immature and annoying???] so why do I need to justify giving Twilight a high rating??? SCREW THAT!!!

      And I LOVE that you just bought a new set because… *drum roll* I DID TOO! [More evidence that we are the same person – did you ever have a missing twin???]. I found a super good deal for the Hardcover box set, brand new on Ebay. Spoiler alert: they are STUNNING.

      💙 Your eczema sister x

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  9. Very well written and thanks for sharing your personal relationship with Twilight, I’m glad it was a book that could enter your life at such a critical time.

    This is a topic I feel I have very little to say on. I’ve never been a huge romance reader and was an overworked college student when the books were popular–Everyone had an opinion, but I mostly had unresolved FOMO. (I eventually read Twilight at age 22 but didn’t finish the series. Too many books, too little time.)

    But I think you’re on to some very important points here with lines like “But we see this judgment all the time because society as a whole has this aggressive, over-all contempt for anything even remotely relating to teenaged girls.” which is SO completely true. And “At the end of it, Twilight is an escape. It’s an escape the same way reality TV is an escape for others. Even now, as a twenty-something adult living independently, re-reading Twilight is nostalgic, comforting and all-consuming. And that’s okay.”

    Escapism reading is undervalued, I guess that’s my opinion here. After years of exploring, I’ve learned I’m just not a very literary type of reader, and that’s perfectly okay.

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    • Awwwww – thank you so much. I’m slightly on the passionate side about all things Twilight [lol – can you tell?].

      I can 100% relate to bookish FOMO – I’ve been experiencing some SERIOUS Shadowhunters FOMO since Chain of Gold was released. I’ve just never been able to fall into these books like everyone else seems too. I finally caved an decided to commit to the entire saga this year [like I need to add to my back-list TBR 😂].

      At the end of the day, I’m not saying that Twilight is fantastic literature and should win the Nobel Prize. The series is flawed and problematic – they’re just seriously swoony and addictive and I think there’s nothing wrong with escapism reading. You are so right in saying that it’s undervalued! In fact, I think that’s why books like Twilight, those all-consuming books that just sweep you away, should be valued in the community. There’s something to be said about books that offer comfort and escape.

      Thank you for reading and for your lovely comment! 💙

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