Why can’t women get enough of Twilight and its subsequent novels? It is a depiction of a woman’s idealistic fantasy and her dreams of a perfect man, taking the form of Edward. The hero is everything that a girl carves for! He is the strongest, the most handsome and above all, selfless in his love for the error-prone, normal Bella. While many women tend to overlook the first two attributes, they commonly desire the latter trait. Tender, unconditional and exclusive love! That a temptress exists in his house and given his ability to materialize in any room, Edward stubbornly refuses to take advantage. He even shies away from intruding on the thoughts of Bella’s friend who is trying out a new costume. He is jealous of Bella’s admirers and over protective to the extent that he worries about her every second. However, he relents when she insists that she cannot break ties with Jacob.
How many ‘real men’ have traits that match up to Twilight’s famous fantasy hero? While some of them may be reasonably caring and also exclusive, selflessness is an attribute that is rarely found. Normal men are easily prone to irritation and impatient in dealing with their partners. Are these realities pushing more and more women into a world of fantasy where they can realize their dreams through another woman? A world where old world charm and chivalry co-exist with today’s equal rights for women.
What turns off men?
Twilight’s forceful description of Edward’s looks and beauty could put off men. A lot of adjectives have been devoted to this subject where a single sentence would have sufficed. The lack of action and unreality could also turn men away. To be fair, a vampire could easily accomplish things that normal people would struggle to do. The missing element of suspense and thrill in the novel might also lead to boredom. Bella’s vulnerability and charm might have impressed Mike, Tyler and Eric, but the ‘real men’ fail to notice.