Twilight. A bestseller. Stephanie Meyer’s brainchild. A series, which simultaneously became the most hated and most loved books to be written.
First and foremost, for all of you who are unfamiliar with what I’m talking about, the Twilight saga is a love story between a 108 yr old vampire and a young 17 year old girl.
What makes twilight so famous? Is it one of the things we love to hate? Is it because of our fascination with the supernatural?Is it the good old forbidden love story scenario? Is it because of the characterization of all characters? Is it because teenage girls all persuade each other to read it?
No, I think what makes twilight so special, so heartbreakingly beautiful is because of the underlying essence of love.
Twilight simply reaffirms the fact that true love simply conquers all. The course of true love never did run smooth. But, if your heart is pure and your intentions noble, no hurdle can stop you. Isabella Swann and Edward Cullen faced so many hardships, so many factors trying to keep them apart, but in the end, they ALWAYS got together. In a period of time when all relationships have been proved to be temporary, twilight shows that relationships can be permanent. It proves that we have the courage within us to overcome all hurdles barring us from being with the love of our life. Edward killed another vampire for Bella. Bella transformed into a vampire to be with Edward forever. Bella let go of her family, her friends, her future just to be with Edward. Twilight beautifully portrays that the true meaning of love is indeed, sacrifice.
Twilight beautifully displays the anguish, despair and misery that one experiences when one is separated from his love. It describes how you can truly become reckless if you lose the love of your life. Bella performed life threatening stunts just so that she could catch a glimpse of Edward. Edward almost killed himself when he was misinformed that Bella was dead.
Most people say that Twilight is highly impractical. But, I disagree. It has elements of practicality and real-life scenarios that force all of us to ponder. In the third book of the series, Eclipse, Bella falls in love with Jacob Black. A werewolf. That proves that it is indeed okay to be attracted to 2 people at any point in your life. But, at the end of the day, she goes back to Edward. What does that prove? That proves that at the end of the day, you will always pick your true love. one must always trust his heart.
Twilight proves that soulmates are indeed real. Carlisle found Esme after Esme lost her child. Edward waited for 108 years before finding his soulmate, Bella. Jacob imprinted with Renesmee when Renesmee was newly born. The twilight saga proves that true love just happens and no force of nature can stop true love from getting fulfilled.
Edward Cullen brilliantly displays strong control. The lion did fall in love with the lamb. A vampire fell in love with a mortal.Her smell enticed him to bite her. But no, he displayed iron control. In proves that in order to get your true love, one must not succumb to temptations.
If we look at the non-romantic aspects of the saga, they are equally deep and wonderful.
Twilight proves that love doesn’t only correspond to the romantic kind. It portrays that families are not just bound by blood. Carlisle and Esme both act as parents to Alice, Jasper, Rosalie, Emmett and Edward, even though they are not related to them. Similarly, Alice, Emett and Edward share bonds stronger than those between most siblings . It shows that families are made love, not by blood.
Most people have problems with the fact that vampires twinkle in sunlight. But I think, it is Meyer’s subtle way of telling us that even the darkest of creatures can be beautiful. Even the most evil people have goodness in them.
Okay, I may have exaggerated a little, but the point I’m trying to make is simple. We hate twilight because everyone around us hates it. Yes, the movies were pretty bad and hardly any character could emote in it, but does that mean we continue bashing it without giving it a true, fair shot? I absolutely abhorred twilight before even giving it a fair shot. But, when I did, I was surprised. Of course, it is no Pride and Prejudice, but it isn’t as horrible as people seem to wail to the high heavens.
At the end of the day, twilight is a fantasy novel, so it will have elements of impracticality, but if you look beyond the stereotypes and introspect, you will find that Twilight is a simple love story that proves that true love exists and happily ever afters can indeed be achieved.
It may not be the greatest love story ever told, because let’s face it, Romeo and Juliet takes the cake, but it deserves to be given a fair chance, much like so many other things we seem to dismiss because the people around us seem to scrunch their noses up at it. By defending Twilight, I hope to convince all of you think twice before conforming to stereotypes