Friday, June 7, 2013

Guest Post at Ana Mardoll's Ramblings

As the name likely suggests, I have a guest post at Ana Mardoll's Ramblings.  The post is looking at the scene where Edward violently pulls Bella across the school parking lot/sidewalk-to-said-parking-lot for no legitimate reason in order to force her into his car rather than let her drive her own truck home.

I wrote about that scene because I think that it's a really good way to see the overall dynamics of Edward and Bella's relationship in a single place and can thus be used to refind your bearings if in the weeds of deconstruction you've lost sight of the bigger picture.  The post is therefore called: Twilight: My Touchstone.

So if you're interested in reading my writing, which I assume you are if you're reading this, go there and read that thing.  I've linked to it three times, you must do so.

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  1. If we didn't already know he was the Designated Hero, I'm sure we wouldn't pick it up from this.

  2. I'm thinking too much about gaslighting and manipulations these days, and I long ago figured out two reasons Twilight and its ilk don't work for me personally*, but this might be third, I guess? Edward is acting horrible to Bella at first. Saving her life doesn't change that. I mean, I can deal with "a bully has a geniune change of heart" trope, but... It's just... If Edward started with being less of a jerk to her, buying into their eventual relationship would be somewhat easier for me.

    But really, that's all only about what *I* think, not about what all the other people should think.

    (And it's not a crossover my brain needs, nor a crossover my brain deserves, but if Edward says anything about Bella's smell once again - I'm going to *scream*.)

    *my own double standards re: fictional women being hurt vs. fictional men being hurt (I'm sorry) + I'd like the source to acknowledge that relationships *are* messed-up and unhealthy. "Yes, our OTP is horrible (and also doomed), yay" can be such a refreshing attitude, no, I'm serious...


  3. Redcrow, I don't know whether you do anime at all, but I think the show Mirai Nikki might appeal. A large part of the second half is spent dealing with the messed-up-ness of the relationship between the protagonists (and for once it's not just the girl who's weird, though she's certainly weirder).

    And I agree with your first point. Something that a lot of films simply don't bother to do these days is to give me a reason to care about the protagonist; they assume, I think, that since he's in the slot in the story labelled "hero" that I will be invested in what happens to him and wish for him to succeed. (Or her, but there are sadly few films with female protagonists that aren't rom-coms.)

    1. I do watch anime, but I'm afraid that right now my horror quota is already fulfilled and probably even overfilled. But thanks anyway.