ByChristina Tenisha Small, writer at Creators.co
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Christina Tenisha Small

First of all, please don’t take this the wrong way and assume that I’m some die-hard, disgruntled Twi-hard, dramatically flinging myself in-front of the beloved series & movies to protect it from those who wish to hate on it’s sparkle. I’m not. I am a fan, yes. But a sane one. One who recognises and freely acknowledges the many flaws in the series.

Shailene Woodley, star of films such as The Spectacular Now, The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent, recently revealed some controversial thoughts on Twilight in an interview with Teen Vogue. (Check out Sarah Gibson’s post on that here). Miss Woodley said about the best-selling series and hugely successful films,

Twilight, I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. She falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she’s going to kill herself? What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve

This is where my problem begins. First of all, she has no right bashing Twilight. The Twilight Saga set off the success of the YA movie, without it’s raging success and the huge worldwide phenomenon it caused, I highly doubt that any of the YA films we’ve seen so far would’ve been made. That means no The Hunger Games, no TMI: City of Bones, no Beautiful Creatures, no Vampire Academy, no The Maze Runner, no Fallen, nothing and more importantly no Divergent.

Twilight as a series of movies and books is about a girl who, to quote the book, falls “unconditionally and irrevocably” in love with a Vampire. A freakin’ Vampire Shailene, it wasn’t written or made into a movie to send a message to young people, it’s entertainment. The same way Divergent is entertainment. Teaching young people how to expertly throw knives and fight, is that a good example for young people Shailene? More violence amongst youth? Here, let’s teach the Dauntless how to shoot a gun, that’s a brilliant example for young people. Sure, that’s exactly what the world needs. (Imagine that I’ve dramatically rolled my eyes and sighed loudly)

Secondly, Bella Swan never kills herself. She doesn’t attempt to kill herself, she doesn’t try to kill herself, she makes no move to kill herself. I don’t know how many different ways I can write that to get the message through. I’ll try one last time.

BELLA SWAN DOES NOT KILL HERSELF OR ATTEMPT TOO IN ANY WAY

Is that quite clear enough? Anyone with a brain cell (maybe even half) knows that the activities that Bella took part in in the movies are commonly referred to as “Thrill-Seeking” activities, or “Death-defying”, mainly because they give you a rush of adrenaline and are near death, but are not actual death. Bella partook in these activities because in her delusional mind (see, I’m admitting the crazy brunette is delusional. Objectivity here is possible) any activity that could be a threat or danger to her, caused her to hallucinate seeing Edward.

She didn’t attempt to kill herself, Miss Woodley, she attempted to partake in dangerous activities (such as the cliff jumping) in order to “see” Edward. Now what example THAT sets for young people is questionable, but I like I said, the movie and the books were designed as entertainment, not a play-by-play of how young people should live their lives.

Now, if we were to analyse Divergent and see what message that series sent to young people, I’m sure we’d find more than a few flaws, as with many other series. My main problem here, is that Shailene made a sweeping comment about Twilight as a whole, clearly without knowing all the facts. My message to Shailene? If you’re going to hate on the movie franchise that basically gave birth to what is going to be the beginning of a big career for you (I.e Divergent as a YA novel even being considered to be a movie, let alone actually being made), at least do it with well informed arguments. And try not to bash the movie who’s studio just picked up your latest and so far only franchise. (Summit Entertainment).

It’s because of the success of Twilight’s marketing, that Summit know how to market Divergent. They’ve dealt with this Teen/Young Adult demographic before, and their experience in marketing 5 movies towards this demographic, is ultimately what’s causing the Divergent campaign to be so successful.

P.S. Wanna talk about “unhealthy, toxic relationships”, let’s discuss Tris and Four’s relationship in the Divergent series, and how they constantly lie and keep things from one another. Going behind the other’s back to make decisions that could impact them both (very seriously), alone. A relationship is based on trust, and that is something that Tris & Four seem to lack at the best Let’s discuss that shall we?

What do you think?

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