Monday, March 23, 2009

The Chauvinistic Vampire and the Docile Damsel

Okay don't consider this post to be a movie review of any sort 'cause it's not, even though it might appear like one. Well it's about the movie Twilight and partly about the Twilight saga itself, the famed(or ill-famed) series created by Stephenie Meyer. Well after reading this much I am sure most of my male readers(I hope there are some :P) would have lost interest. But hang on...I am not going to blabber about how smitten I am with Rob Pattinson (EDIT:- I used to be, a phase of my life I'm not particularly proud about) or how this love story made me go weak in the knees. I am plainly going to put forward my views on the topic of this vampire-falling-for-a-human-girl love story. And trust me.....I will try my best not to bore you.
Well let's start at the beginning then. I got to know about the book Twilight from a friend and to be honest she didn't do much of a good job in explaining to me what the book was about to draw my attention to it. Not that she didn't sound excited about it. She was AWFULLY excited! But that's just 'cause some British hottie called Robert Pattinson who had starred as a handsome dead boy in one of the Harry Potter movies was supposed to play the lead role in the Twilight movie. And to be frank I didn't even think Rob Pattinson was THAT cute back then. But anyway the name Twilight registered in my head as some kind of bizarre 'vampire fiction' (whatever that means) that day. And even though I might not have understood what a favor she had done me back then - I do now.
[EDIT:- People, ignore the paragraphs above and umm a few below as well, because I wrote this as a teen. Teens do embarrassing things and as much as this sounds improbable, I did such embarrassing things as well.]

Then a few months went by. And on an eventful day while I was searching for nothing particular in Youtube I typed 'Twilight' in the search engine and waited listlessly for something interesting to appear. And oh yea something interesting did appear. In fact a lot of them - search results I mean. And after clicking on the first one I came face to face with the very first official Twilight trailer released in the US. And TADA what I saw did impress me. Rob Pattinson - with this new funky kind of hairstyle(EDIT:- Now when I think about it, it looked fugly and phony. I'm sure Holden Caulfield would agree.) looked smashing, the black-haired girl (Kristen Stewart) keeping him company onscreen was cute, the music was haunting as well as intriguing and the scenes looked slickly shot. BAM and I was hooked - hooked on to Twilight. Now that my curiosity had been aroused nothing could stop me. And I downloaded all the e-books in the series and started devouring them like I had never read another book in my entire life. And before long I was finished with all of them - starting from Twilight, moving on to New Moon, then Eclipse and finally ending with Breaking Dawn. Man oh man was I in love with the series and the exhilaration and the joy, reading the books brought to me. Though I didn't know why. Maybe I was a bit er...romance-starved cause I had just gotten out of my own personal romance back then and wasn't quite in the state to face reality head on. So a bit of dreamy unreality is just what I needed at that time.
To be truthful the entire series isn't even remotely close to being something to be treasured in the universe of fiction. Stephenie Meyer is okay but she's no writer of thought-provoking literature. The subject matter isn't completely unique and it's something that the readers of realistic literature won't hesitate to call 'utter bullshit'. But even so...the sweet love story between two people who are worlds apart, their heartbreaking pain of separation, dramatic re-union and finally a promise of a happily-ever-after was too beautiful for words. Maybe it appealed to me that strongly because of the circumstances I was in back then. Or maybe this story will be appreciated by any reader of romance novels or teenage girls like me. I don't know really...but I remember I was in a daze for days. I couldn't stop obsessing over the books, Rob Pattinson and the movie that was about to be released. Yeah I actually started to dig Pattinson after Edward Cullen-not before that. But anyway I didn't get a chance to watch the movie in these 3 months between November and March and it was only yesterday that my Twilight mania came full circle(not exactly though 'cause I am keeping my fingers crossed to catch all the 4 movies in the series).And I am sad to say I was disappointed. In support of my observation I can point out a thousand and one flaws in the movie - like the fact that Pattinson was so busy acting eerie and looking good he promptly forgot that he was supposed to impress Stewart, not give her a heart attack by glaring at her all the time. Or the fact that the lead pair had no visible chemistry going between them doesn't help to glorify their performances either. The story was almost same as the book yet it lacked it's heart and soul - Edward and Bella's love. Damn the director forgot it's just another love story.
And I can point out many more...but that is not what I had set out to point out. I have an entirely different point to make. So let me do that now.
The things is that it's only after watching the movie yesterday I have been able to see the imperfection in the seemingly perfect love story .Rob Pattinson's acting made me realize what a chauvinistic ,imperious and domineering bastard this Edward Cullen was. Throughout the entire series he kept making the rules of Bella's and his relationship and a demure Bella had to obey. And you know why she did that? - 'Cause she was hopelessly in love with this physically beautiful person, hopelessly in love with his perfection and ashamed of her own shabbiness. And though it's not quite apparent in the books, Edward continued to exploit this attitude of hers. When HE decided that it was dangerous for him and his vampire family staying anywhere near his beloved Bella he dumped her without ado and vanished from her life. When HE learnt from another source that Bella had committed suicide out of depression(which she actually hadn't) he set out to throw his own life away to punish himself for causing Bella's death or maybe showing off to the rest of the world what a genuine lover he was. HE even made rules on how much physical they should get (he insisted that if he got too intense he might end up hurting her 'cause he was a vampire and Bella was a simple human).When HE left Bella he hardly cared for the fact that in the process of trying to keep her alive he was inflicting a different kind of death on her. But the moment HE 'realized his mistake' he came back to her with the pathetic excuse that he would have come back eventually 'cause he couldn't stay away. And poor Bella - poor human,ordinary and unremarkable Bella had to welcome him back into her life with open arms 'cause well...what better option did she have? She was way too much in love to stand up to him and show him his rightful place.
Throughout the series it was Bella who got hurt the most. Her body and her heart - Edward injured both. And it's hardly fair, right?
So after this realization hit me I was disillusioned with Edward Cullen forever. I am sure a lot of women out there want perfect partners like Edward Cullen...but hang on ladies! Are you sure you will be happy with an Edward? happy with him setting the terms and conditions of your relationship and your life in general? happy with his getting the upper hand in everything? happy with giving away your own freedom in return for a false promise of eternal love and security?
I, sure as hell, wouldn't be.
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10 comments:

Nightwing said...

yeah u r right absolutely....

1stly no one has the right to set the terms and conditions in any relation...most of all dominate...it doesnt remain a relation then...it becomes a burden...a liabiity...but it all depends...if bella didnt have a problem with that...then its fine...

2ndly your writing style is really good...the hard work you put in is clearly reflected in this post....very impressive...keep it up...

3rdly i found this story is liked by girls a lot..but boys find it very boring....

4thly...oh my god!!!isnt that CEDRIC DIGGORY??

Samadrita said...

Thanks a lot Anish... but oh my god tui jantish na?Robert Pattinson=Cedric Diggory=Edward Cullen??that's a surprise!n btw he is seriously some hot stuff in Hollywood now.

Quintessence Of Illusion said...

hey........relly vel written

Samadrita said...

Thanks :)

sunlightinmygrowing said...

i like your writing..its very free flowing!!

Quintessence Of Illusion said...

Serusly Sammy..........Edward Cullen has sumthing............. even i am disillusioned with Edward Cullen forever

Samadrita said...

@sunlightinmygrowing:Thanks bro! :)

@Writu:Yea I know.I guess you can judge better now that you've read all the books.

Mahesh Sindbandge said...

Every soul who reads novels has been talking about this novel.

I really have to touch this book soon :P

I loved the way you have penned down the feelings of yours over this novel.

Aparna said...

ALRIGHT LISTEN


Edward made rules so as to NOT hurt Bella.
Remember the bruises she used to get in breaking dawn, when they got intimate when she was just a human?

It's coz she is so fragile, and rag-doll like, that he set those rules with a good intent NOT to hurt her


He vanished because he wanted Bella to have a normal human life sans the danger to bear with the ravenous vampires....
It broke his heart when Jasper tried to kill her, that too on her b'day
Edward loved Bella more than she loves Edward. He dumped her for her own good. AND CAME BACK FOR BELLA'S SAKE SEEING HOW MISERABLE SHE WAS IN HIS ABSENCE, but not coz he was missing her even more. He always thinks good of Bella. He is not a masochist or chavunistic.

And I want someone who loves me like edward.


Though the world dismisses twilight as a silly teenage romance, i will love it till my dying day

"ALL HAIL TWILIGHT SERIES"

whisperingsilence said...

Hmm.. I liked the Twilight series the sae way I like chic-flicks..they are okay for reading once..or maybe twice.But yes I agree with you, Bella seems to have no backbone ..much like that Oh Ha Ni character from Playful Kiss.. seriously.. even if you are head over heels in love wth a person..girl don't you love yourself too?
Very well written..& yeah Rob is HAWTT! I liked his Remember Me much better .. he ACTS in that movie :)

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