Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Bella vs. Hermione OR Why I Think This Makes No Sense
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So I follow Professor Snape on Twitter (why wouldn't I??). He tweeted the link to something very interesting on International Women's Day, and since I keep thinking about it, I figured I should probably go ahead and do a blog post. Maybe that will get it out of my head. Here's the picture:
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Next to Hermione: "When the love of Hermione's life left her, she continued to search for the keys to destroying the world's most powerful dark wizard."
Next to Bella: "When the love of Bella's life left her, she curled up in the fetal position, went numb for months then jumped off a cliff."
My first reaction was something along the lines of, "Exactly!" or, "You got that right!" Which is actually kind of odd, because Twilight is one of my favorite books, and I love Bella. Granted, I love Harry Potter more, and I think Hermione is fabulously fabulous. But still. My reaction surprised me. So I thought about it for a bit, to decide if I actually agreed with what this picture is conveying.
And, to make a long story short, I don't. The main reason for this? Was Bella tracking down horcruxes to try to stop Voldemort from taking over the world? No. Was she doing anything at the time Edward left her to try to save the world? No. No, she wasn't. Was she doing anything but going to high school in a tiny ass town in the middle of nowhere? No, I'm pretty sure she wasn't.
On the flip side of the issue, were Hermione and Ron dating/in love/planning the rest of their lives together? Nope. They were still in that angsty refusing to admit their feelings phase. And I'm pretty sure Ron didn't say, "I'm leaving you. I want nothing to do with you. I don't love you. You'll never see me again." He just got pissed and went home.
So, to summarize, I think this little picture is kind of crap. Do I think Bella Swan would've risen to the occasion and kicked some serious ass if she'd been in a situation even close to Hermione's? Honestly, I do. I really do. I think she demonstrates a great amount of strength throughout those books. But guess what? Having your heart ripped out and stomped all over hurts like hell. If my husband suddenly told me that he didn't actually love me, I'd probably be worse off than Bella. I'd definitely need therapy for...well, forever. Because when you fall in love that deeply, that other person quite literally becomes a part of who you are. And having that part ripped off/destroyed/amputated, or whatever else is going to hurt like hell. At least Bella figured out a way to deal with that pain. Eventually. And in that book, when there were several otherwise blank pages that just had the names of months on them? I think that is some of the best, most heartbreaking writing I've ever seen. Just a simple, beautiful way to show the readers how dead and empty Bella was feeling. I still get chills every time I read that part of the book.
And to all those people that say Bella and Edward's relationship wasn't healthy, to you I say suck it. Edward is frickin awesome. And I wasn't even a teenager when I read those books.