Kristen Stewart and the Twilight Balance of Feminine and Feminist in New Moon
by Nadya Vlassoff
The first book in the Twilight Saga introduced Bella Swan to a mass audience, a young female character who navigates her way through the conflicting waters of self-awareness and change. With the arrival of the handsome and mysterious Edward Cullen, those rough young seas become even more emotionally difficult to wade through. As the saga continues, New Moon picks up where Twilight left off as we see the deeper development of Edward and Bella’s relationship. Although us Twilight fans become invested in the progression of their relationship, New Moon is rife with conflict when Bella finds herself confronting life without her man. And it’s this very conflict, both internal and external, that has some Twilight and New Moon fans voicing their opinions throughout the online Twilight community over what it may or may not say about whether women need their male counterparts for emotional stability and are dependent on men for self worth and identity.
Is there more to this than meets the Twilight eye?
In recent months since New Moon has been in the public eye, Twilight Saga author, Stephenie Meyer, has gone on record to say that she never intended to imprint a feminist angle into her story. On her official website, Meyer admitted that the story crosses different genres. The romantic angle is most certainly present, coupled with an adventurous spirit, but what sets the story apart from others in the fictional vampire genre is the development of each character in The Twilight Saga.
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