New Moon- an analysisBy Relationshiplab • Nov 27th, 2009 • Category: For Women
I’m a huge fan of the Twilight movie series. Not because I’m a sucker for gooey teenage love romances or I think it’s particularly breathtaking movie making. No, I love these movies because it’s written by a woman for girls, and so gives a backstage look at women’s desires and fantasies. As I sit and watch, I have plenty of fodder to analyze the situations and various suitors of the main female character in great detail and with great relish. In that sense, “New Moon” the 2nd installment of the Twilight saga, does not disappoint.
The brief synopsis of this story (and it’s very brief, since not much happens) is that Edward Cullen the dark, brooding vampire leaves Bella forever, for her “own good” so that she can live a normal life and forget about him. In the meantime, she strikes up a friendship with Jacob Black, the friendly neighbor who likes to fix bikes and walk around without a shirt, showing off his six-pack. Yeah, Jacob may be hot, but he is also holding a dark secret of his own- he is a boy during day and a werewolf by night! Only when Bella is threatened by a rogue vampire, does Jacob in the form of a werewolf save her and reveal his dual identity. The thing with Jacob, however, is he isn’t just your average friendly werewolf- no, he has a smoldering, passionate love for Bella which cannot be requited because her heart is with Edward. Later when Bella tracks down Edward in Italy and they pledge their eternal love for each other once again, the happy couple return to the sticks of Washington state, at which point there is a showdown between the werewolf Jacob and the vampire Edward. Sweet dreams are made of these. Sigh.
Anyway, what’s particularly interesting here is the difference in the way that Jacob and Edward interact with Bella and her response back to the two. Edward suddenly announces that he is leaving Bella for her own good and disappears without a trace, leaving her in a broken hearted swoon lasting the entire school year. All she can think about is Edward, he is in her every thought, her every vision, her every dream. Jacob, meanwhile tries to push Edward out of Bella’s heart with logic. He instructs her that “Edward’s not coming back” and interrogates her with “you said you liked me, didn’t you?” (or something of the sort, I don’t remember the exact words since I saw it a week ago). He cajoles and implores her with reasons why they should be together. In his most pathetic attempt, Jacob pronounces that he will keep chasing after Bella even if she loves another man with this doozy, “As long as you like me the best. And you think I’m good-looking—sort of. I’m prepared to be annoyingly persistent.” I don’t even know where to begin with this piece of vomit. Jacob clearly puts Bella on a pedestal and puts the decision-making in her corner, by grovelling for her approval with his “if you like me best and you think I’m good looking…” bit. Worst of all, he basically proclaims himself as being annoying- not exactly the best way to be attractive to a woman.
Speaking of vomit, even more pathetic than Jacob is Mike, the nondescript geek boy from school who meekly asks Bella out on a date, then pouts when Bella invites other people to avoid the awkwardness of being alone on a date with Mike. Then Mike throws up when they end up sitting through some action gore movie that was too much for Mike to stomach. Ok, we get it, Mike is wuss. But not content to let Mike’s wussiness upstage him, Jacob decides to unfurl the following statement referring to Mike, that reeks of desperation and insecurity- “What a marshmallow. You should hold out for someone with a stronger stomach. Someone who laughs at the gore that makes weaker men vomit.” By calling Mike a marshmallow and proclaiming himself the stronger man for being able to laugh at the gorey movie, Jacob basically accomplishes the opposite effect of trying to impress a girl too much, making himself look weaker and more desperate. Remember guys, never tries to impress a woman with words- show her, instead of telling her.
It was only after Mike pulled an Edward, and decided to disappear from Bella’s life, that she came running back to him, trying to still keep him on the back burner with her “you need to give me some more time” bs. Thankfully, he saw through her gambit and stuck to his guns, only to fall apart again once Edward came back to town.
In conclusion, Edward, the sullen, brooding vampire, has Bella wrapped around his finger, simply because he doesn’t need her and has the confidence to back it up by walking away. Jacob, in comparison, wants her so bad that he tries everything in his overly logical boy brain to bully her into falling in love with him, all to no avail. Women don’t respond to logic, they respond to emotions. And Edward, who is over a century old, has the experience to know how to tap into the deep, flaming lava of a woman’s passions. In the end, it is this superiority in Edward’s character that allows him to capture the heart and mind of the woman he loves.