Monday, 14 June 2010
This will not be another post ripping apart Twilight...well, not entirely.
Of all the young female leads in popular books today, why is it that Bella Swan has become the girl that our younger counterparts are admiring? We have all heard the popular complaints about why she is not a good role model, but I wonder if there is something about her that causes girls to relate to who she is.
When I think of what I was like at that age, I don't see any part of her in me or the girls that I knew. We were bursting with energy and being young and girls and discovering our sensuality (not in any kind of creepy pedophile way, but more in trading stories and realizing that the boys we grew up with weren't little kids anymore).
We were a little zany and a little strange, but we all watched out for each other and everyone knew that you couldn't make your whole life about a guy. A number of us made a lot of our lives about a guy, but if a girl went off the deep end over a male, we tried to save her.
Bella seems so morose throughout the entire series, regardless of who is surrounding her. And she makes it very clear, several times, that graduating high school isn't her priority - Edward is.
I just think that perhaps there are female characters out there that are more realistic AND better role models.
Hermoine Granger, for example. Either of the girls from the Narnia series. Nancy Drew. And what about the oldies but goodies? Elizabeth Bennet and Jane Eyre? Both are terribly romantic, and have a lead male character that isn't conventional; they end up happy but keep the general female dignity intact.
Is there anything in particular about Bella Swan that seems to connect to young girls, or is it just the romantic story that draws them in? Do you find her to be a good role model or do you think there are better choices?