Ok, so I reread the Twilight books recently because I wanted to stop thinking. It didn’t work. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: these books suck. Characters are poorly developed, if at all. The dialogue tastes like I’m eating sand. But I couldn’t stop thinking while I read them.
In the past, I thought that Stephanie Meyer couldn’t write a good climax. There’s a reason why these books are called abstinence porn. But I mean this kind of literary climax.
In Eclipse, however, she did. That book actually ended with a descent fight after some action and tension building. But with New Moon and Breaking Dawn, not so much. Their climax was bad dialogue and too much of it. It was like the literary equivalent of blue balls.
As I was rereading them and trying not to think about current events, I realized that one of the reasons why I like the books (sand eating aside) is because they’re about corrupt cops and peaceful protest. I don’t mean Charlie, underdeveloped and bumbling as he is, I mean the Volturi. Early in Breaking Dawn, Edward seems confused by Bella’s “Fuck tha Police” attitude and says that the only vamps who don’t like the Volturi are the law breakers. If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. But here is an example of poor storytelling or Edward being a douche. We know from The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner that Edward knew at this point that the Volturi are corrupt and wanted Victoria et al. to kill the Cullens.
The reason why the climax of Breaking Dawn is boring and painful to read (and why they had to spice it up for the movie, which I thought was a good addition) is because it’s about a bunch of people who gather to peacefully protest the cops nonviolently. Yes, they prepare for battle and some of them want to fight, but when Tanya, Kate, and the Cullens are given motivation to attack when Irina is killed, they continued to urge nonviolence and restraint. If you want to stretch the analogy, their whole way of life (not killing people to feed and rejecting “traditional” vampire “values”) can be compared to civil disobedience.
I’m not gonna lie: these books are absolutely terrible. But instead of bemoaning that today’s teenage girls read crap, can we try to take value from what they are already reading and teach through that?