Defending Twilight

TwilosophyDear Twilight,

I want you to know that I still love you, even though we really haven’t seen much of each other lately.
The other day at work, I was surfing the net like you do when there is nothing to do. I saw a random headline about what to do now that Harry Potter is over and so I clicked it. The post suggested many other series one could look into to fill the HP void, with a list of “Pros” and “Cons” for each suggestion. Of course you were in there, but I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you’re only included because of all the success (ie money) the movies have had, and not because the writer thinks you are a legitimate story worth anyone’s time. Here’s why:

This is the part where Edward put Bella in a choke hold because talked to Mike Newton

Under the “Con” for Twilight: “the films portray a physically, emotionally abusive relationship in an overwhelmingly positive light. Also, the story involves a hulking teenage werewolf romantically bonding with a baby. Gross.” [I've bolded the part that inspired this letter.]

First of all, lol at the Jake/Renesmee reference – we won’t even go there. Then I was like, “Hold on, What?” I re-read to make sure I saw it correctly. Then I sat there going, “Physical abuse? What’s he talking about? Bella having to beg Edward for another go? Or wait, is this about the headboard?” It’s been nearly 3 years since my single reading of the books, so I even emailed TeamSeth to make sure that I wasn’t forgetting something. “Not unless you count the baby” she said.

This is the part where Edward bites Bella because she talked back

Ok, so Twilight, here’s the thing. Some people don’t like you. Some people even hate you. This is not new; we all know this. I can’t speak for anyone else, but personally, I don’t care if someone doesn’t like you. They can call you stupid, lame, childish, ridiculous, whatever. They are entitled to their opinions, even if they’ve never met you. We can’t control what other people think of us. I’m not going to argue with them or try to change their minds. I don’t feel like I need to stand up for your story; you can take care of yourself. But Twilight, this really kind of pissed me off. I mean, I can overlook the emotional abuse claim, because I think one could make a case for it and have a real discussion/debate on that subject. I’m not saying that Edward & Bella’s relationship is perfect or that it should be held up on a pedestal – this is a work of fiction after all. But to say that the story essentially glorifies a physically abusive relationship is not only completely false, but borderline slanderous; and ignorant…which I pointed out in the comments, in the most sane, tweedy, normal way possible. (I guess I was inspired by Moon’s Facebook comment.) Last I checked, I had 7 thumbs-down and no thumbs-up. I mean, I really can’t understand why someone would even say that. You’d think that a seemingly semi-professional blogger would take the time to make sure he actually knows what he’s talking about before callously making a rather serious (IMO) accusation about a popular story. I’m not even touching on what that would mean (if the allegations were true) about all the people, women especially, who love the story. I’m just trying to point out that it’s a false claim.

Twilight, I can’t promise that I’m always going to be around. Eventually, we will drift apart. It happens. But I can promise you that I will remember our time together fondly and will reminisce with others who also love you. And apparently, I will also be there to defend you, but only when you really need it.

I got your back,
Luludee

So what the hell WAS this guy talking about? Do you find yourself standing up for Twilight? Does Twilight really need us to defend it? Do people run away screaming when you do?

I still miss Moon, in case you were wondering:

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Edward & Bella: Why we do this thang

Dear International LTTers (since all the US LTTers are recovering from the 10 hot dogs, 4 cheesebergers, 3 cases of cheap beer, 2 bags of chips & 12 deviled eggs they consumed yesterday OR nursing their hangover in the ER since their cousin blew off his hand with the fireworks),

Today we want to remind you with a great fan-made video, as we often do, why we bring you posts each & every day, thru rain, hail, snow, earthquakes, hangovers, migraines, and crabby moods:

for Edward and Bella (mostly just Edward though)

Note to YouTube vid makers, it's lame when we can't embed your vids

Note to YouTube vid makers, it's lame when we can't embed your vids

Oh fine, we also do it because we love you all a lil’ bit (plus it’s a whole lot of fun!)

Thanks for letting us have so much fun & reading our silly little letters!

International LTTers, go back to your hangover-free days, and US LTTers, cold compress, tylenol, dark room, quiet, sleep it off.. you’ll be golden for work tomorrow!

Love,
UC & Moon

Sunday interaction: What’s your favorite thing about Edward & Bella? Favorite moment between them?

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Sunday BONUS: Enjoy this awesome New Moon vid from ifOnly & Soccermom set to one of my fav songs- Breathe Me by Sia!

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Bringing it back to what really matters

Dear Edward & Bella,

Due to things like writing Letters to Robert Pattinson, hanging out in The Forum, Twittering our every thought on Twi & Rob and Live Blogging the MTV Movie Awards, we tend to lose perspective on what this is really all about.

It’s about you guys- about your love that shouldn’t have happened, but did anyway. Never mind that you’re just a fantasy from the mind of a creative writer, we fell in love with YOUR love. No matter when we discovered you- years before when there was only one story or more recently after you became a world-wide sensation, you’re why we’re here.

Sing your melody, I’ll sing along….
UnintendedChoice

PS: Are you ready for TONIGHT? And the amazingness of the Live-Blogging event? You don’t want to miss this! MTV is airing the first trailer of New Moon! PLUS we get to see Rob! (Oh and Kristen & Taylor, but whatever..) Show starts at 9pm Eastern TIME*- we’ll be starting a bit before- gotta get some commentary going about Rob on the red carpet!

Check back SOON for the link to the live event!

*We’re also running a live blog at 9pm PT when it re-airs for the west. Not sure when the awards will air outside of the US, but we will be liveblogging at 1am GMT on 6/1 (and then again at 4am GMT) if you want to follow along and read about all the awesome stuff you can’t see yet on TV. We’ll be uploading clips & pictures as we get them!

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