‘Twilight’ is more messed up than you remember

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The first book of “The Twilight Saga,” Twilight was released in 2005 and a film based on the book was released in 2008.

Yes, you read that headline correctly, I really am about to talk about “The Twilight Saga” in the year 2022.

Now, before we get started here I feel it is important to let you know that I was once a die-hard “Twilight” fan. I went to the midnight movie premieres of “New Moon,” “Eclipse” and both parts of “Breaking Dawn.” I read all the books multiple times throughout my tween years. No exaggeration, I read “Eclipse” 13 times in a span of four years. Why did I read a 629-page novel 13 times? I do not know but I think it explains a lot of why I am the way I am now.

Let’s move on, this article is not supposed to be about the personal choices I made as a 10-year-old, this article is about how messed up “The Twilight Saga” is. Team Edward or Team Jacob? A decision that could make or break a friendship between two 13-year-old girls. It was such an important decision to make and thinking back to it now, both are horrible options.

Edward Cullen is a 108-year-old vampire that pretended to be a high school student over and over again. He is an immortal being who does not even look like a teenager and he decides to go to high school, why? Really thinking about this makes everything else creepier than before. He is 108-years-old but goes to high school and becomes infatuated with a 17-year-old girl whose life ends up destroyed because of him. He stalked Bella and broke into her home to watch her sleep and we all just pretended that was okay.

Onto the other option, Jacob “Bella, where the hell have you been, loca” Black, a werewolf, is closer in age to Bella than Edward so that is a plus but he is not any better. He forced himself onto her even after she repeatedly told him no and that she loved Edward and when he did not listen to her saying no, she ended up breaking her hand. He was incredibly manipulative and claims to know what is best for Bella and went to the point of making Edward believe she was dead.

Jacob threatened to hurt himself and forced Bella to kiss him to make him stay in “Eclipse.” Any romantic gestures Bella showed to Jacob were forced, this storyline can barely be referred to as a love triangle. Bella loved Edward and was forced to show feelings to Jacob throughout the saga.

The biggest red flag Jacob had? He was in love with Bella and Edward’s daughter (don’t even get me started on that abomination. If you don’t know what I am talking about, look up Renesmee CGI). We are supposed to be okay with the idea of Jacob imprinting on Renesmee because it is an involuntary action but there is no explanation as to why it happens. There are no evolutionary benefits, it is just a weird thing that happens. The whole situation is creepy and unnecessary.

Both Edward and Jacob are the worst and Bella would have been better off dating the cactus she brought from Arizona. This series was dangerous for young impressionable girls to become so attached to as they became obsessed with a story involving toxic love interests and a lead female who could not exist without a love interest. It’s a miracle we all are not in relationships with moody guys who are manipulative and toxic seeing as this is what we grew up on.