the Twilight The series is one that people have a lot of opinions about, and it’s a franchise that has received its fair share of reviews. While sometimes the people who hate the saga come from a sexist background, there are also many valid criticisms of the story. However, some of the bigger issues are not often mentioned or ignored by fans and critics alike.
Of course, this is not to say that fans cannot enjoy Twilight, and it is important to analyze where the hatred of the series originally came from. However, there are some overlooked topics that need to be discussed further.
10 Edward’s stalking behavior
Obviously this is a huge concern and is not something to be taken lightly. However, it is one of the top issues being pointed out across the board, which is why it isn’t higher on the list because of that.
However, the way Edward’s behavior of stalking Bella, watching her sleep, and controlling where she went is portrayed as romantic is definitely a problem.
9 Jacob, the male lead of color, becomes a predatory idiot
Jacob Black starts out having a very sweet personality and being a nice and interesting character. However, as time goes on, he becomes more and more of an idiot trying to manipulate Bella into loving him. While neither Edward nor Jacob is flawless, Jacob’s behavior becomes more and more troubling and ends with him improving like a baby. But Jacob is fictional, so all of these things were decisions made by the author.
It is unfortunate that the Native American advantage is worse.
8 Most of the female characters have traumatic undertones.
Fans love learning about the backstories of many of the main characters, especially the Cullen family because so many of them have been alive so long. And while most family members have some sad things that happened in the past, there is a recurring and troublesome pattern of female characters being physically or sexually abused.
This happens to Rosalie, Esme, Alice, and even Bella, who often faces a lot of violence at the hands of villains like James.
7 Leah Clearwater’s treatment
As fans old and new rediscovered Twilight Recently, more people have pointed out some of the issues that were mostly ignored when the series came out. One of them is the Leah Clearwater treatment.
She had the potential to be a well-written character as the only shapeshifting woman, but instead, she mostly became a despised ex-lover that all the other members of the pack couldn’t bear. She didn’t have any kind of happy ending either, and as the only female character of notable color, she’s pretty messy.
6 It encourages a very conservative view of sexuality and marriage.
Most fans of the series are aware of Stephenie Meyer’s religious background, and while there is nothing wrong with choosing to wait for marriage, there is a notable religious undertone in the books.
While this may be an advantage for some people and a disadvantage for others, these books are not expressly supposed to be religious. However, most of the relationships in the books are very traditional and even filled with traditional gender roles.
5 Vampires are generally painted to be better than werewolves.
The werewolves, who are actually more like shapeshifters, have a fascinating backstory and also ties to the real-life Quileute tribe. However, it does not seem that they have received what they deserve.
The story focuses more on the Cullens, and they are made to be extremely lovable and desirable. Although Bella also cares about werewolves, they don’t get as much attention as they deserve.
4 No LGBTQ + representation
Given the traditional nuances of the books, it’s not surprising that there isn’t any LGBTQ + representation. When the books were released, this was fairly common for most teen romances, but it’s still a pretty big omission since the books aren’t that old.
The story definitely feels very heteronormative and portrays one type of relationship as the ideal and the correct one. It also seems a bit silly that there are no LGBTQ + characters given that many of the characters are immortal beings.
3 Jacob assaulted Bella and is barely addressed
This is another topic that more people have been talking about recently than when the books and movies came out. While Edward exhibits some controlling and borderline behaviors, Jacob crosses the line into full-on assault when he kisses Bella after she tells him no.
He’s also very blunt about it, and yet most of the characters, including Bella, have never seen it as a big deal.
two Jacob and Renesmee
While there is an explanation for the impression given in the books that is supposed to make this relationship not seem creepy, it’s hard to ignore the way it looks. Regardless of the rationalization, Jacob becomes extremely attached to a baby and remains by his side his entire life until she, at the age of seven, as for some reason rapidly aging and then stops, begins dating him.
It reads absolutely like getting ready, and there is something extremely gross about it.
1 Problems with racial diversity
For one thing, there was a lot of potential for great diversity given that many characters were Native American, but as mentioned above, these characters weren’t always handled that well.
And, in regards to the movie, Jacob Black was played by a non-native actor. There’s also allegations that director Catherine Hardwicke did about how Stephenie Meyer didn’t want any of the vampires to be anything but white
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