Five solid fem­i­nist ar­gu­ments for Break­ing Dawn Part 2

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM -

IT’s “ab­sti­nence porn”. It’s pro-life dogma. It’s Mor­mon pro­pa­ganda. It in­spired Fifty Shades of Grey. It pro­motes do­mes­tic abuse.

No pop fran­chise has po­larised view­ers quite like Stephe­nie Mey­ers’ Twi­light saga. The au­thor’s block­bust­ing blend of re­lat­able is­sues, puppy love and vam­pires has rarely won favour in the main­stream me­dia, even among lovers of ri­val boy fran­chises Harry Pot­ter and Lord of the Rings. But maybe, just maybe, the haters ought to have stayed un­til the fi­nal reel . . . 1 BD1 gives a graphic ac­count of the body hor­ror of preg­nancy; BD2 is an ode to the near-su­per­nat­u­ral post­par­tum re­cov­ery.

2 Key phrase and scene: “I’ve un­der­es­ti­mated you, Bella.” All the damsel-in-dis­tress ac­tion has been but a pre­lude to the hero­ine’s sneaky rise through the ranks of the un­dead. Twenty min­utes into BD2, she’s the undis­puted cougar-killing queen of the vam­pires. The clue is on the book cover, peo­ple. Think of it like a rape-re­venge cy­cle. With­out the rape part. 3 Hav­ing emerged un­scathed on the other side of a com­plete (al­beit ac­cel­er­ated) maid­en­hood-moth­er­hood-crone cy­cle, Bella gets to kick the crap out of lots of peo­ple.

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