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01 June 2008 @ 06:27 pm
Twilight Chapter One: The Female's Perspective  
The first chapter of Twilight  has a few things going for it. One of these is Bella's narration. I think it's quite fair to say almost every girl, at some point during their high school experience...even school in general...has had the feeling that they are not as attractive as practically every other girl in the school. We see Bella experiencing this when she's describing herself. Most girls do have some insecurity with at least one aspect of their physcial appearance.

Another aspect is how Bella describes how she doubts she can fit in a school with fewer students than what she's used to. Now, this is something I think everyone might experience. I've noticed from personal experience smaller schools are actually a bit more clique orientated than bigger schools, mostly because there's fewer people and that causes tighter groups. It's understandable Bella doubts she can fit in a place where everyone knows each other when she can't even fit in a larger school with a wider variety of people.

My point with these two examples is that female readers immediatley can relate themselves to some of Bella's situations, and then we meet the Cullens.

That's like, the icing on top of the cake. Incredibly attractive vampire high-school students? What girl wouldn't love that? First we have Bella, a narrator we can sort of relate to, and now this mysterious family who everyone avoids-and the Cullens gladly avoid everyone else right back-like they have the plague.That strikes our curiousity. we know they're vampires, but we wonder how these vampires can be packed in a room with so many humans and not be trying to eat them. We wonder what is the significance of them pretending to be a family, why are they in a school? Edward's behavior only intensifies our curiousity when he reacts so coldly toward Bella...no pun intended. What also catches my attention is how Bella isn't the popular or athletic girl: she's just your average student.

So what chapter one does is set up an interesting cast of characters, brings up a few questions, and creates some everyday high-school situations female readers (and maybe male readers) can relate to in a way.
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theworldslips: itsonlyafleshwoundtheworldslips on June 2nd, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
I like how your first paragraph goes directly against one of my main points. :D It's interesting.

Very interesting. I like it.