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emrose91
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Let me say first that I read the whole Twilight Series, and yes, it was VERY hard to put down, and a very intriguing story.
That being said, circumstances in my life have caused me to develop a love/hate relationships for it.
After reading the books, and seeing the movies, I couldn't help having a nagging, creepy feeling about the whole thing...
Wasn't Bella ever weirded out when Edward admitted to following her around? Listening to other people's thoughts about her? Watching her sleep?
What about their connection was so strong that they would have killed themselves if they were apart, as they almost did in the second book? I felt like I hardly knew the main characters at all right before their separation. So, what about Edward was so appealing to Bella that she would fall in love with him so fast? And vice versa?
And so many other questions.

After some very uncomfortable situations with stalkers and dominating, controlling partners in my life, the story sounds more like the romanticized chronicle of a stalker. Especially considering the range of emotions Edward associated with Bella: love, fear, anger, contempt, even ownership to an extent. I'm not saying that all novels should be moralistic, but these are some pretty creepy ideals to be selling to young people, and even adults.

What do you think makes this story particularly intriguing? Is it the element of danger?

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We've talked a little bit about the abusive aspects in Twilight in this thread here: http://www.scarleteen.com/cgi-bin/forum/ultimatebb.cgi?/ubb/get_topic/f/20/t/000204.html

And you are absolutely right. While Edward's behavior is portrayed as romantic, and perceived as such by Bella, there's really nothing romantic about it.

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emrose91
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Exactly! Having to change your phone number and block people on facebook is definitely not romantic.

When I read it, it seemed like the author was trying to make Edward's stalking look like a quaint, old-fashioned custom. THAT was weird....

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