What I hate the most about New Moon: Meyer romanticized suicide.
I understand that teenagers (and grown-ups, too) have volatile emotions. A broken heart really can seem like the end of the world. People get depressed and feel like they have nothing to live for. I know.
Though I’m not a person who has been suicidal, I am a person who has agonized over how to help someone who is. From this vantage point, I’m especially wary of dangerous influences.
Depression and suicidal ideations are real and should be taken seriously. These are issues that have a perfectly valid place in discussion and literature. The subject of suicide isn’t the problem; the presentation is.
Here we are at the end of New Moon. Everyone is safe and sound, despite the self-destructive behavior of our protagonist and her true love. What changed? What stabilized the will to live? Edward loves Bella; Bella loves Edward. Bella wasn’t dead; Edward wasn’t dead. The suicidal problem was only resolved because their relationship was revived. No one decided that life was worth living for the sake of being alive.
It pains me to do so, but I’m going to revisit the Romeo and Juliet comparison. In New Moon, Bella wonders if either of the star-crossed lovers would have been able to survive without the other, so what about the readers of this book still left with the question of what would Bella or Edward do if no one straightened out their mess of miscommunications? If the love of your life doesn’t want you or you have to live without someone you love, killing yourself is still presented as a viable option.
When you purposely write a bland protagonist to make it easier for the reader to relate to that character, you have an obligation to get the message across that suicide isn’t the answer. I’m not swayed by the fact that “it’s just a book,” because if readers can be inspired to greatness by books (and I believe people can be), the flip-side is that books can ignite destruction.
Darlings? Please know that suicide is not the answer. Please.
Sokka tells it like it is
That’s rough, buddy.
Writing like this actually sickens me.
Second First Look of the Day: At this afternoon’s Hall H panel for Snow White and the Huntsman, Universal Pictures released the first promo pics for Rupert Sanders’ “rough tough” Lord of the Rings-esque retelling of the classic Grimm’s fairy tale.
Starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Steven Graham, and Nick Frost, the film offers a gritty counterpoint to Tarsem’s “softer”-seeming Snow White feature, which will be released around the same time.
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Snow White and the Huntsman is scheduled to hit theaters June 1, 2012.
RUINED THE MOVIE FOR ME. THANKS.
FUCK YOU UNIVERSAL. IVE ALWAYS HATED YOUR MOVIES.
I’m going to reserve my judgements about this until I actually see a trailer or something. I mean, the promo images seem promising and make me interested on their own! Maybe Kristin Stewart will actually try acting instead of deadpan staring for the whole of the movie, and it’ll turn out she can act?? Maybe? This is what I am hoping because I’d hate to see something promising fall flat on its face!
(For the record, I am looking forward to the Tarsem Snow White movie as well! I hope they both rock.. though that is kind of silly because OF COURSE THE TARSEM ONE IS GOING TO ROCK AND WILL BE GORGEOUS)
Who’re directing this…? Some new guy named Rupert Sanders? I have to admit, anything with Kristen Stewart makes me weary as fuck, and not just because she was in Twilight. The girl just can’t act, in any role she’s been in.
Though I gotta admit… The visuals intrigue me and the idea of a strong knightly Snow White figure is kind of rad.
I’d say let’s give Kristin Stewart a chance to play a strong female role for once instead of a dismal damsel. If she rocks it, then she’s earned the redemption.
If you hiss it, I will link it.
Don’t stop bein’ awesome, Dana.
LEAVE THE TREES ALONE.
Also: a branch two feet thick? With one hand? Imagine that for a second, I’ll wait.
Nothing about this is okay.
I’d already lived through the worst thing possible.
the worst thing possible.
worst thing possible.
Really? Really? Did Stephenie Meyer even pass 4th grade English?