I\'ve read Twilight series a while back, only knowing that it\'s a popular series about vampires. I didn\'t expose myself to the reviews or spoilers beforehand. I was blissfully unaware of all the controversy this book had generated, and even after reading it I still don\'t get it. It supposedly had some annoying, rabid fangirls once upon a time, but they seemed to have been hunted into extinction by the haters. And speaking of haters, I don\'t see how fangirls could have been any worse. In the internet of today, if Twilight is mentioned it\'s only to bash it, compare it to something they think is lousy but “at least it\'s better than Twilight”. Even when people (reluctantly) compliment any aspect of it, they always feel the need to start with something like: “I hate Twilight, but...” Thinking Twilight is the worst thing ever is something of a pop cultural dogma. Hate it or you\'re not cool. Like it, and prepare to get flamed. Now, what is the object of this hate and what did it do to deserve it? It supposedly ruined vampires and took the menace out of them. That couldn\'t be farther from the truth. Twilight\'s portrayal of vampires is the reason I like the series. Usually a franchise tends to make all of it\'s vampire characters way too similar. Either they are all angsty malcontents who complain how they\'d like to be human again (Vampire Chronicles), Always Chaotic Evil beasts (Blade) overly sexualized SM lovers (pretty much all of them). But in Twilight, every single vampire is a unique individual with distinct characteristics. Cullens are different than the Volturi, nomads are different from both. Twi vamps are simply the predator of humanity. Drinking blood invariably means death of the victim (bold choice, given Meyer\'s aversion to writing violence), no blood bags or syntetic substitute. Characters? Bella is just another bland, unoriginal Vanilla Protagonist, but according to hatedom she\'s extremely selfish, because apparently being ready to risk and sacrifice your life for your loved ones like your mother or unborn child is a very selfish thing to do. She\'s also constantly called a doormat by the people who seemed to have missed how she persuaded an entire coven to change her into a vampire against her boyfriend\'s wishes, how she stood up to him when he wanted her to have an abortion, or how she risked life and limb trying to save him from suicide by Volturi in the second book. Edward is your usual cliché brooding hero with a dark secret, and apparently he\'s abusive because he watches her sleep and stole her car engine once. Besides that, he saves her life three times in the first book alone, but that\'s only ever brought up to point out what a useless damsel Bella is. Edward gets no points for that. The rest of the cast is more interesting but permanently Out of Focus. Twilight has it\'s flaws but Hate Dumb blinds people to all else.
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