“It is fairly common to have your story as a woman, even if you’re the protagonist, facilitated by all of the male characters. It’s so rare to have a female lead character being so proactive. She pushes her own story forward, rather then being affected by all of the outside elements. Hopefully we do that, I’m really proud to be a part of something like that. It’s always food for women to feel empowered.”
This quote is neat because everyone is going crazy, saying that Kristen is slamming Twilight and being just generally bratty. Obviously she didn’t mention the Twilight franchise specifically, but it’s hard to imagine that she wasn’t referring to it at all, isn’t it? It’s way too fitting, because in Twilight Kristen’s character, the protagonist, is definitely facilitated by male characters and definitely does not push the story forward. Everything that happens in the books happens because of what some vampires or some werewolves do. Well, except the whole baby thing. Bella did push that story forward by begging for sex over and over. Yay, female empowerment!
So we’re going to go ahead and discuss this with the assumption that Kristen Stewart was referring to Twilight, because I think she’s too smart to miss all those parallels, all right?
What do we think?
On one hand, I have to applaud Kristen for this. You know I love Twilight, but there are people who take it so, so seriously, and that’s worrisome. Here’s an example why: the entire second book is about Edward leaving Bella and how she cannot function at all without him. There’s a section where entire pages just have the name of a month on them, indicating that she did or thought absolutely nothing for several months because he left. She ends up jumping off a cliff just so she can imagine him worrying about her. Really, that’s what happens. Some people read that and think that it’s a reasonable reaction, and that’s insane. We definitely need more stories where female protagonists have their own things going on, who are concerned with things other than boys (hey, Hunger Games!).
On the other hand, Kristen did choose to star in the Twilight movies, and she knew what they were all about. So where was this kind of attitude when she was making tons and tons of money playing one of the worst damsels in distress we’ve ever seen?
What do you guys think?