- Mrs. Dunekirchen
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
I like both, though I will without a doubt agree that HP is the better written story and sends a better message.
I feel like the words of John Green (one of my favorite authors) sum up my feelings the best:
“…now and again a fantasy world comes along that is SO engrossing and intoxicating that you never even stop to think, like, isn’t it a little bit, you know, criminal for 107-year-olds to have a relationship with 16-year-old girls?
And, for me and millions of others, such is the case with Twilight: you just wanna keep turning the pages of the books because nothing matters more to you than the question of whether or not they will, you know, finally…do it. There, I said it.
And, yes, I think Edward and Bella’s relationship dynamics are troubling, and that you shouldn’t conflate obsession with love. But we all romanticize the people we adore, particularly in high school, and Edward Cullen and Jacob Black are both really well-idealized romantic others. And by “well-idealized romantic others,” I of course mean that they are hot.
So Hank, I just saw “New Moon” the movie, and to be honest I thought it was kind-of stupid, but it reminded me of what I really do like about Twilight: it’s fun, it distracts me from the pain and brokeness of the world, it argues that true love will triumph in the end, which may or may not be true, but if it’s a lie, it’s the most beautiful lie we have.
That’s why I think the question of whether Harry Potter or Twilight is better is, as the Buddhist would say, a question wrongly asked. As a series, I don’t think they’re after the same goals. And I’d like to think that we can read broadly enough to live in a world that includes both of them, and more. You know, like my books. (also, like, Shakespeare). “
Are there any other nerdfighters out there on the bee?