I'd just finished a critical analysis essay about "The Government Inspector". I went on Facebook and some guy (!!!) started lamenting about people complaining that he likes Twilight. There were a long line of garbled comments, none of which I read (I don't really know the guy. He claimed we were childhood friends when we were little. Those were the loser days, though, so everybody mostly just picked on me until Grade 4 where myself and another kid amassed armies of every kid in our grade and warred them in the schoolyard with sticks. I found out at the end of that year that I had natural charisma when I convinced the opposing side's forces to join my side. From the end of that war on, I grew more and more awesome, until the end of Grade 5 where I moved away, was home schooled in my puberty years, and subsequently was the biggest loser in Grade 8. Damn. Anyways, I'm pretty sure this guy either doesn't really know me, or he's one of the kids who was even lower than me on the social scale and in turn got the brunt of my doling of bullying). Instead, I just posted up the following, still in critical analysis mode. Keep in mind the natural charisma I mentioned in the parentheses. That really just means I'm obligated to talk to people, including fan girls. This is why I know all the plot details of the series without ever having picked up a book by Stephanie Meyer. I'm glad to have anonymous forums like these where I can safely share and debate opinions and witticisms without somebody being attracted to some faux Algernon/Khlysekov appeal. The tl;dr version: Here is my analysis of Twilight. Isn't Edward a potentially hazardous relationship due to his overbearing nature and obsessive personality? Theoretically, is the 'monster' within Edward (haha, yeah right, he sparkles, how monstrous) the cycle of emotional abuse he will engage Bella in with his attitude? Theoretically, the entire series is a brilliantly written and very subtle expressionist piece about a woman who is trapped in an abusive relationship, tries to find new love, and forces herself to vilify the far better men she meets out of a misplaced loyalty to the first lover, whom she only started dating to distance herself from her father. In the series's climactic conclusion, Bella is finally trapped once and for all - she becomes pregnant with Edward's child, forcing Edward to turn her into a vampire, and she too becomes a 'monster' who will carry on the chain of abuse to her own children. And there you have it. Stephanie Meyer isn't a bitch, she's actually a very badly misinterpreted literary genius. EDIT: For additional evidence, notice that Bella has no friends of her own. From my only primary source (the second half of the movie), Bella hangs out with Edward's friends, who probably try to keep the two together for all the wrong reasons, going so far as to help Bella's other prospects seem like horrible people. Does Meyers's background as a Mormon support this? It could. While it originally seemed she was a hypocrite for being a devout Mormon who wrote a sexy book about vampires, it now seems that the series is meant as a warning to girls who want to get frisky too soon before marriage: Don't do it or you'll get stuck with a guy like Edward, get knocked up, and be stuck with him literally forever. So it's actually a very conservative, Mormon view.