Literary Quote

A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.

Emily Dickinson

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Burning Question

I was going to post a review of the new Twilight saga installment New Moon but instead decided to answer a particular burning question. WHAT THE HECK IS THE DEAL WITH TWILIGHT? Now, before you non Twilighters start gagging and leaving my blog, hear me out. This is a two part essay so bare with me. First, why the heck do we see thirty something moms (me included) flocking to the bookstores and/or movie theaters to partake of this vampire romance faster than the targeted audience tweeners can sigh over the overly perfect Edward Cullen? Here's my take. It's not about hoping that an Edward type character will save us from our provincial life with his sculpted cheekbones and century old knowledge of what makes a girl swoon. It's not even about trying to live vicariously through a bunch of mystical teenagers who are beautiful beyond belief. I think it's about love. It's about obsession. It's about remembering the passion from our own lives and letting it wash over us one more time. We were all teenagers once. I don't know about you but I've had my heart stomped on so bad that I thought I would pass out of existence, or at least I hoped I would. And I also found a love that made me look forward to an everlasting existence.
Which brings me to part two of my burning question essay. Team Jacob or Team Edward? I am Team Jacob all the way. I believe I married my Jacob. Let me explain before you think I mean that I settled for second best (If you are even remotely familiar with the books, you know what I mean). Edward and Bella have this sweeping love affair. Well, as sweeping of a love affair that teenagers can muster. They love each other, overlooking each others flaws, clinging to passion and outright infatuation. They are drawn to each other, both to each other's outward appearance and scent. They can't live without each other. Edward treats her like a glass doll protective and sheltering. He omits information from their lives to save her from pain and worry. She is constantly questioning how it is possible for such a gorgeous creature to love one such as her while he is all the while professing his undying (no pun intended) love. Then we have Jake. He sees Bella's flaws yet loves her anyway. He tells Bella how things are, not pulling any punches. He wants her to know what is going on around her. He is her sun, the brightness in her life that outshines the darkness. He is equal parts tender and intense, devoted and realistic. Between them there is an intensity that smolders and grows, a lasting, deep fire of friendship, companionship, love. Do I need to continue or do you get it already? Yup, I'm kinda making a mountain out of a molehill by comparing such deep concepts with characters in a fictitious book. But, maybe it gives insight into what the heck is up with Twilight. Oh, by the way, the movie was pretty good:)


janna said...

I am Team Jacob also! Are you suprised? I mean that I would pick a team?! I would pick Jacob hands down!

Sara said...

Well said, Jen. I am totally Team Jacob also, and it's not just because he's hot! I wish Bella would have chosen Jacob:(

Mary said...

I guess I still don't get it. Maybe I'm just too much of a romantic?! Maybe I just like being protected? I can see your take on it but I'm still not budging on Edward! Maybe I'm just stubborn. I do like your thoughts about Jacob seeing her faults and loving her anyway, but I think Edward does that too. I think I'm also just a little more loyal too. Remember who was Bella's first love. Edward. Do you really think she should turn her back on the love of her life? Jacob is and always has been her really good friend. He is the only one who ever thought of their relationship differently. The choice between Edward and Jacob was never a choice for her. It was always Edward. ohhhhhh the debate begins again.