December 06, 2009
How Twilight Works
An excellent point, if one that might be made of many lead characters who were also pants (Luke Skywalker, Seinfeld, Ted from How I Met Your Mother); we have the rest of an ensemble cast to represent Galenic personality types. Read the rest, of course, I only want to emphasize it is the unreality of Edward Cullen that makes it possible for him to be perfect in the eyes of Twilight fans. He is a vampire, he does not exist and consequently he may assume the form of a Platonic ideal; flawless and with no life of his own he is entirely unthreatening.
It is not as though this is a particularly new approach to marketing fiction to girls. I spent my undergraduate years being hectored by a variety of harpies in positions of
authority power about unrealistic male expectations of women produced by pornography. A bit rich considering Jane Austen and the quivering mess that is the feminist literary canon.* The Twilight franchise only adds a few more volumes to a heap of Lucy Maud Montnography, a genre dedicated to the idealization of imaginary love interests and the generation of unrealistic female expectations of men, not least of which is the denial of biology. Men think about sex pretty much all the time and enjoy pictures of naked women and no progressive utopia will change the fact short of neutering every man alive and turning to a future of genderless English, tofurkey basters and human cloning.
Edward Cullen has no balls. Next they will elect him President.
* Nothing against Jane Austen, you understand. She would have skewered contemporary feminism on a sly rhetorical darning needle.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 6, 2009 08:43 AM
Edward Cullen has no balls.
And Buffy shows us just how right you are!
I think I've posted twice on Margaret Atwood.
Once more than I thought necessary.
Posted by: OregonGuy at December 8, 2009 12:25 AM