Teen’s Dream, Feminist’s Nightmare
From “Creature,” Vol. XII, Issue 3, by Artemis Niederhoffer.
As the film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s New Moon is poised to hit theaters this November 20, let’s take a look back at Niederhoffer’s reflection on sex and feminism in the Twilight series. Did Meyer betray a generation of teens raised to believe that self-respect should always come before boys? Does Meyer’s over-the-top glorification of Edward’s intense beauty and Bella’s sweet vulnerability reflect a care for her characters that she doesn’t have for her readers? And, most importantly, how hot is Edward Cullen on a scale of one to ten? — EC