The Stalker Saga

The idea behind this article is not to start another HP v/s Twilight war, but to once and for all make it clear that we are not anti-romantics and that it’s never been HP v/s Twilgiht or Wizards v/s Vampire. It’s always been feminists against twilight.

I, myself, am a hopeless romantic. The “till death” kind of love is something I believe in, with all my heart. But, there’s a difference between “we will love each other till death” and “I will become numb and suicidal if you ever leave me”.

Our problem is not with the romance itself, but with how unhealthy Bella and Edward’s relationship is.

Bella:  (flattered)”You spied on me?”

Edward:”What else is there to do at night?”

First, Edward stalks her and watches her sleep for months before they even get to know each other properly. And this stalking has been romanticized, which is an insult to every person who’s ever been stalked. What do you do when you wake up and see someone uninvited in your room in the middle of the night? You scream and call for help. Not in Stephanie Meyer’s world though. In her world, it’s all very romantic and sweet.

Second, after being dumped, Bella becomes numb and withdrawn from the world. She figures out she has hallucinations of Edward whenever she’s in danger so she jumps off cliffs, goes rash driving, etc. So, the message to the teenage girls reading/watching books/movies is that there’s nothing left to live for after your boyfriend leaves you.

Third, Bella’s sole aim in life seems to be to marry Edward and to have babies. After all, that’s what we’re born to do, right, ladies? Who cares about getting an education or having a career?

The reason there’s a HP/Twilight feud is that they were both big YA (Young Adult-genre) hits and had books/movies coming out in the same year. Also, there are many strong female characters in HP, making Hermione Granger a good anti-Bella . But the YA world has moved on. So I raise you Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games, Hazel Grace from The Fault in our Stars and…well, the list goes on. It’s the 21st century and we’re all for girl power and feminism unlike one Stephanie Meyer, who lives in a world where it’s okay to be so bereft of purpose in life that you feel incomplete without a boyfriend.

Twilight Saga isn’t the only “stalker saga” out there. The past 4-5 years I’ve come across many books with similar main characters. The girl is plain, clumsy, but wanted by every guy she meets.  She needs someone to take care of her because she’s so week. Introducing: her drop-dead gorgeous stalker. He is aggressive, manipulative and takes decisions for her because he “knows better”. He also probably wants to kill/eat her. I wonder about the kind of message sent across to boys, who aren’t the main target audience, but still I wonder if they think girls want them to act like this. Just to clear things up, no, we don’t. If you seem dangerous or act like a raging maniac or try to take control over me and my decisions, I’m running in the opposite direction as fast as my legs take me.

(This article is in response to the article titled ‘Wizards vs Vampires’ published in volume 3 issue 1)

Monika Bhagchandani

IT, 5th sem

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