The course and characteristics of Bella’s relationship with Edward are actually a template for violence and abuse, and Twilight fans may unwittingly model a relationship that may lead to both psychological and physical abuse.
We haters chiefly loathe Stephenie Meyer’s novels and the movies they inspired due to their dearth of quality—the books are poorly written and the movies poorly acted—and the disservice they do to the folkloric image of the vampire, gelding it and pulling out its fangs at the root. But there is another reason to eschew the perfumed garbage: TWILIGHT can lead to domestic violence and abusive relationships. Or, at best, it’s really bad for a girl’s self-esteem.
Hey, I’m not the one making the claim, Twilighters. Don’t blame me. From the article: “When Edward shows interest in her, Bella’s low self-esteem puts him in a position of power over her; he can treat her however he’d like, because she perceives that he’s out of her league and [she] is lucky to be the dirt on the bottom of his shoe.” And again: “Edward . . . displays many stereotypical characteristics of abusers . . . one of his hallmark characteristics is his control over Bella and his attempts to isolate her from others.” All this is easy to understand when we recognize TWILIGHT for what it truly is—an unattractive goth girl’s wet dream, a fantasy of the “dark, dangerous” boyfriend Meyer never had in high school. Avoid this flotsam at all costs, kiddies.