Teen’s Dream, Feminist’s Nightmare

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

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