"Bella is the only one who feels compassion towards Leah and who defends her regardless of Leah's filling towards Bella." When? Could you please give me a moment. Because I sure don't remember that from the book. All I remember is her crying and Edward complaining how "harsh" Leah was. As for the reactions bit...You know I really wouldn't blame Bella for being rude toward people who are mean to her first. But, she is not that much nicer to NICE people (Mike, Eric, pre-Eclipse Jacob).
Have you ever heard of the term Mary-Sue? It's a character who is a stand-in for the author. They are lavished with powers, all the "good" or important characters love them unconditionally or at least come to like them as is Rosalie's case, anyone who hates them is either evil, jealous, or bad. They get EVERYTHING in the end with no strings attached. They hardly have to work for their happy endings. Everything (power, love, a good life etc.) is handed to them on a silver platter. If your hard pressed to be convinced, take a quiz called the Mary-Sue Litmus Test and fill in the traits that coincide with Bella. I've taken it, and she's scored above 50, well into the KILL IT DEAD! catagory. So a lot of this is owed to Meyer's fantasy of having the "perfect" life.
"The fact that we argue about it points to the fact that the book is good enough to stir these controversies." That makes absolutely no sense at all! If anything it reinforces how impossibly bad this book is. Listen. You are aware that popularity isn't always a good thing? Then I think this is mostly a case of WHAT people are complaining about. MANY people feel that Twilight promotes abusive relationships, sexism, pedophilia, poor writing, and an author with her head stuck up her butt. These are all very negative things. Controversy is normally founded on BAD things. The reason it's blown up so much is because many fans of these books are rabid and continually shove it down other people's throats. Indifference is probably what it would be if so many girls would just shut up about it. A LOT of people have actually turned against Twilight for this very reason. Read the boards, you'll find them.
Controversy CAN be petty, no doubt. A good example is Harry Potter, which I think is a phenomenal book. The only reason some people persecuted it was because the female wizards were called "witches". And that's about all they can bring up. But, if you read the books, you know there's nothing wrong. Twilight, on the other hand, has some serious issues that I've stated above. It alarms people how much young, impressionable girls and some HOUSE WIVES are eating this up.
But, give it at most three years after the last movies and Twilight will quickly be forgotten. Harry Potter will no doubt stand the test of time because it's that good. It speaks to all ages and both genders. It gives a universal message about love, friendship, courage, and family. Twilight only speaks to hormonal teenage girls.
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