[TW: Sexual Assault]
His lips crushed mine, stopping my protest. He kissed me angrily, roughly, his other hand gripping tight around the back of my neck, making escape impossible. I shoved against his chest with all my strength, but he didn’t even seem to notice. His mouth was soft, despite the anger, his lips molding to mine in a warm, unfamiliar way.
I grabbed at his face, trying to push it away, failing again. He seemed to notice this time, though, and it aggravated him. His lips forced mine open, and I could feel his hot breath in my mouth.
Acting on instinct, I let my hands drop to my side, and shut down. I opened my eyes and didn’t fight, didn’t feel… just waited for him to stop.
Twilight: Eclipse p. 331 (Bella and Jacob’s first kiss)
This is rape culture.
Young women are taught to think of this passage - which describes sexual assault - as erotic. Young men are taught to force their will on young women, regardless of any (non)verbal cues, because sex is conquest and women are objects - not something to be done between two consenting individuals because it’s pleasurable for both people.
The most frightening thing about this excerpt is that many survivors of sexual assault who have disclosed to me describe stories that sound exactly like this one.
The lines before that:
He still had my chin—his fingers holding too tight, till it hurt—and I saw the resolve form abruptly in his eyes.
“N—-” I started to object, but it was too late.
And after he assaulted her she punched him in the face but due to his “super human strength” she broke her hand, said “Don’t touch me!” and then:
“Just let me drive you home,” Jacob insisted. Unbelievably, he had the nerve to wrap his arm around my waist.
I jerked away from him.
When he got in the driver’s side, he was whistling.
AND THEN while he was driving:
“…There is so much I can give you that he can’t. I’ll bet he couldn’t even kiss you like that—-because he would hurt you. I would never, never hurt you, Bella.”
I held up my injured hand.
He sighed. “That wasn’t my fault. You should have known better.”
He grinned over at me. “You kissed me back.”
I gasped, unthinkingly balling my hands up into fists again, hissing when my broken hand reacted.
“Are you okay?” he asked.
“I did not.”
“I think I can tell the difference.”
“Obviously you can’t——that was not kissing back, that was trying to get you the hell off me, you idiot.”
He laughed a low, throaty laugh. “Touchy. Almost overly defensive, I would say.
I took a deep breath. There was no point in arguing with him; he would twist anything I said.
Then when she gets home, to where her father, Charlie, the police officer, is:
“Why did she hit you?”
“Because I kissed her,” Jacob said, unashamed.
“Good for you, kid,” Charlie congratulated him.
“Millions of Twilight fans out there just cannot wait to see this. It’s almost heartbreaking because they don’t want it to be over. It’s a little bittersweet, isn’t it?” (x)(Answer: “Umm. FOR THEM!”)
When is his long international nightmare contractually over? Monday after the box office numbers come in? Is there a Sparkle Protection Program he can go into? RUN, TAKE ONLY THE VODKA, KEEP RUNNING AND DON’T LOOK BACK
If this all ends with Angel ripping the baby out of Darla’s womb with his teeth and they name it ‘Cordesley’ or something and Gunn falls in love with it then I am so out of this show.
Almost sort of liked it.
Reviewer Bob Grimm, of the Sacramento News & Review
EDWARD [*sob*]: I’ve killed her with my virile hell-seed!
JACOB: WHY WON’T ANYONE TAKE IT OUT OF HER?!
CARLISLE: Well, we were going to, but then Bella summoned the Babytron 3000.
ROSALIE: **BABIES ARE MY PRIME DIRECTIVE**
Back again is Bella’s best friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), who you recall is now a shape-shifter who turns into a wolf. Enraged by Bella’s pregnancy, he summons his pack. The wolves, it must be said, are underwhelming as a pack. They become huge ferocious beasts with sharp fangs, and hurtle at top speed through the forest, and… well, that’s about it. They’re always hurtling somewhere. Hurtle, hurtle.
And don’t worry, Twiharders, Bill Condon does absolutely nothing to elevate the quality of this material, so you don’t need to imagine that an acclaimed director was somehow able to change the ridiculous storytelling of Stephenie Meyer and make it passable for normal human consumption. It is still the terrible mess that she created, now with bonus terrible acting.
We get shots of the smiling guests. Many are familiar from the previous movies, but others on both sides of the aisle are new to us. They fascinated me. What were they thinking? How many knew Bella was marrying a vampire? Were they cool with that? Did anyone wonder why Edward apparently possessed not a single relative older than himself?
So far, the most entertaining thing about Breaking Dawn 1 is reading reviews by people who haven’t read the book. They’re so astonished, and I’m like “welcome to the club, Ebert.”
The key thing Condon promises: the last half hour of Breaking Dawn part 1 is a full-on horror movie, from the wolf attack to the birth scene. It won’t feel like a shmoopy romance, but a full-bore horror film. “Everything’s really coming at you from all sides in the last 30 minutes of this movie.
Yeah I think the entire film is going to be a horror movie, but not for the reasons they think.
So I wrote a book
The Mark Reads Twilight ebook is real. I now have a storefront where I will be selling merchandise for Mark Reads and Mark Watches, as well as newly adapted books representing each set of my reviews for past series.
Wait, you might be saying, I have already read those reviews. Why would I buy a book?
- These are adapted for a book form. In the course of doing so, many reviews had to be drastically changed to fit, so reviews are NOT THE SAME as they were before.
- I have removed problematic language, metaphors, and contexts, so that also changes hefty portions of the reviews.
- I have quite liberally scattered the text with footnotes providing more insight into writing this project. Most are incredibly silly.
- There are still pictures.
- It’s all in one book!
- It’s currently available in PDF or ePub forms, with Kindle books coming this weekend.
This is a huge, huge, HUGE day in my life. Pending the success of this book, I’ll be able to get t-shirts, bookmarks, coffee mugs, and more ebooks in the store.
Thank you all for the wonderful support you have given me. I’ve been sitting on all this for about a month and I am so stoked to reveal it. Onwards to an unknown, frightening, and exciting future!
EDIT: TO BE CLEAR, THIS IS JUST REVIEWS OF THE FIRST BOOK, TWILIGHT. The ebook for Mark Reads New Moon should be out in about three weeks!
EVERYONE GO GET THIS BOOK RIGHT NAO
The only female werewolf in the history of forever. Was that because she wasn’t as female as she should be?
THERE IT IS. THERE YOU GO. COMPLETE FUCKING TRANSPHOBIA RIGHT THERE. This is an absolute denial of women who don’t fit Meyer’s definition of what it means to be a female. She is attempting to erase the existence of women who can’t get pregnant, who don’t have vaginas, who don’t want to get pregnant, and who might be different from her privileged position.