Ask any female ages five to seventy alike, and they will have some connection to the name Edward Cullen; the main vampire character of the Twilight series written by Stephenie Meyer. Many teens (and their mothers) openly drool at the thought of this muscle-clad hunk sinking his teeth into their skin. This series markets itself all innocent, and lamb-like, not bothering to shine a light on its domineering disco-ball. It is time to examine Edward Cullen for what he really is.
Edward Cullen is presented as a perfect male vampire specimen, and the answer to Bella Swan’s dreams. Bella is the character’s sullen heroine who is disgusted with her typical suburban life. Edward, after sexily dissuading Bella from becoming involved with him because it might kill her, dominates her for the rest of their penned relationship. He does this not only in a physical capacity, but also mentally. One example (there are dozens more throughout the series) is when Edward takes Bella to prom, even though she told him she did not want to go. Their relationship is completely damaging to Bella (she even goes into a catatonic state in New Moon when Edward leaves her), and is a horrid example for the youth of America to match up their young romances to.
Some may ague that this work of fiction is simply a pleasurable read; that The Twilight series holds the same place for tween girls as Danielle Steele does for their mothers. However, Danielle Steele hasn’t wrongly defended her female characters as feminists. Meyer says that Bella and Edward are soul mates (as if this is a defense for Edward’s actions), and today’s youth mistakenly likens them to a modern Romeo and Juliet.
Women of today should be seeking out more caring vampires of pop culture: like Angel (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) or Bill Compton (True Blood), neither of which control the strong woman they are in relationships with. Please remember that just because something is masquerading as a fun, frivolous indulgence it could actually damage your morality.