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10 Most Critically Acclaimed Twilight Criticisms

While countless girls around the world swoon at the thought of having an Edward Cullen in their lives, thousands of people are also disgusted with this book/film. Thus, the classic war between Twilight lovers and haters ensued.

Coming home from school one day, I found my sister and law, cousins and some of our friends watching a film so intently. The film is entitled “Twilight” and after watching for 5 minutes, I was quick to find out that this is just another girly fantasy flick away from reality. But unlike other Twilight critics, I am not too zealous or emphatic about my Twilight criticisms. For me, those who are too emphatic and angry about their dislike for Twilight are equally silly to those who are raging Twilight fans (yeah, those who memorize multiple paragraphs of Bella dialogues and own the entire book series).

In my opinion, Twilight is not entirely bad. It’s just not worth giving five stars. You won’t gag or vomit just for watching this film. I mean, let’s not exaggerate, people. It’s just a film! Let’s make fun of its shortcomings and magnify some of its good aspects, if any.

Let’s pause for a short clip from the movie:

Ok, here are 10 Most Commonly Said Criticisms About Twilight. This applies to both the book and the movie. I’m sure you’ve heard Twilight haters and critics say this at one point or another:

  1. Bella has deficient social skills and yet she quickly fits in and belongs to her new school. How did that happen so fast? Author’s favoritism, perhaps.
  2. Somewhere in the film, Edward mentions that to stay in the town, he had to go back to high school and graduate over and over again. Hello? Does this school have a yearbook or something. Didn’t they notice that this Mr. Cullen has graduated X number times already since the world began?
  3. Edward is so gay and yet the author/director tries to make him as masculine as he can. Remember, “the sad, masochistic lion?”. Stop pretending, Edward.
  4. Edward keeps on doing things that would have freaked out any girl in real life. He watches Bella sleep, he keeps popping out in unexpected places, he practically sends this alarming message to Bella: “I thirst for your blood, but don’t worry I’m a vegetarian”. (my rephrase)
  5. It’s the first time we’ve heard of a “good”, well meaning, harmless vampire family who doesn’t hurt anyone.
  6. At the beginning of the film, Bella narrates that “she hasn’t given much thought of how she would die…” (my rephrase), which made viewers expect that she would die, but guess what, she didn’t! Bummer.
  7. When Edward sucked Bella’s blood to save her life, he had difficulty stopping himself from the temptation of drinking up all of the blood in her body. Is Edward truly, romantically and sexually inclined with Bella or he just craves the warm blood in her veins? Spooky.
  8. Edward literally refused a sexual offer by Bella, believing that, if they proceed to intercourse, “it would kill Bella”. What?! Now Edward turns into a sadist!
  9. That scene when Edward and Bella became lab partners and they were in front of the microscope is just too cheesy.
  10. Edward has no talent except climbing trees. And oh, he plays the piano too, but we didn’t hear it. Good show, Edward.

So there you go, you’ve seen the top ten most common objections about Twilight. On the other hand, even though I’m outspoken about my criticisms about Twilight, I’m not one of those people who would kill, destroy, and burn cities just to hate on this film. It’s just a film, and it is meant to be watched. I enjoyed watching it because I had some quality time with my family and friends. At the same time, I had fun giving some sarcastic comments while we’re all watching. They hated me for it, but afterwards we all ordered some pizza.

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22 Comments
  1. Posted April 12, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I don’t think it is my cup of tea! Good review.

  2. Posted April 12, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I dont think you were really paying attention to the graduation cap thing… it means that they move arould a lot…they dont just go to Forks High…

    Also, if I’m getting what your saying correctly, that if you own the whole series of Twilight, you are a raging fanatic?? that makes no sense. You can own the whole series and not be crazy about Twilight…I know plenty of people who are…me my cousin all my friends. Seriously… thats too general of a statement to make (the memorizing of Bella’s lines is going off the deep end though)

    I do respect your opinion on the book/movie though… i just had to say mine..sry

  3. Posted April 12, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I haven’t seen it but my grandaughter liked it. she didn’t like the movie as much as the book. It’s not something I would watch. I don’t like those glitzy shows that are all froth.

  4. MMV Abad
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Too bad I’m hooked with it. I’m on my third book right now, Eclipse. I love the book and I guess these criticism won’t be able to affect my judgment. But, to tell you the truth, I didn’t like the movie. Nice post Verniel. I am going to stumble this of course :)

  5. Posted April 12, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    lol…I’ve submitted a fix for this article. Instead of 10 criticisms, I accidentally said “21″. lol..ok I confess these 10 things didn’t come 100% from me. You hear them everywhere Twilight is being duscussed. :-) Of course, in every box office film, there would always be lovers and haters. That’s what this article is all about (although I’m a little bit more on the “hater” side, but not too much). haha

    Hi Alexa, there’s a thin line between a “raging fan” and someone who knows what he/she likes and isn’t ashamed to express it. There’s nothing wrong if you, or anyone, owns the series. It’s just a personal preference of yours. In fact, I didn’t say that there’s anything wrong with being a raging fan either. I’m a raging fan of basketball and if anyone feels the same for some other thing, I wouldn’t hold it against them. :-)

    Thanks for the comment!

  6. The Quail
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Very interesting review.

  7. Mystical Whitewolf
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Great read………..nicely done

  8. Juancav
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Nice comment.

  9. Posted April 15, 2009 at 3:15 am

    Great article. I have decided to stay away from the twilight series as much as possible so I am not either a lover or a hater. I have learned a little about Twilight from this article.

    Thanks for sharing,

    -Resounding Glass

  10. Posted April 16, 2009 at 9:16 am

    hehehehehehehehe, you should be a film critic, i never noticed some of the discrepancies. i just dismissed it as another teen-romance flick.

  11. mz85
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Those criticisms were hilarious. I wasn’t aware people were so passionet about hating a movie about teens and vampires! :-p

  12. Posted April 16, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I respect the way you did this article- although, I am a Twilight fan. I am 29 and found many reasons to like the movie. I recently wrote an article as a rebuttal to some of these reasons and many more. You might find it interesting:

    http://www.bookstove.com/Fantasy/Why-to-Hate-Twilight-Rebuttal.621697

  13. Posted April 18, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    a brilliant review…

  14. LL098
    Posted April 29, 2009 at 3:43 am

    it’s true that edward was having a difficulty stopping himself from drinking up all of the blood in bella’s body but he was able to stop bec. he loved bella.

    ..it’s only my opinion. i respect urs though. =]]

  15. Posted April 29, 2009 at 11:09 am

    LOL I am a fan of Twiglight and I still loved all your comments! Great article!

  16. Posted June 18, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I don’t even know what twilight is really about. I’ll have to watch the movie and then read the book.

  17. Chris Burrows
    Posted September 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    My no. 11 would be the very very repetetive descriptions of perfect, flawless, glorious Edward & Bella’s missed heart-beats & hyperventillation.
    No. 12 I think it’s a big mistake to describe the vampires as being as hard as stone, as in ‘nestled into his stone cold lap’ (paraphrased). Not very romantic! I could just about cope with Edward being cold, but not rock-like. It doesn’t fit with him being light & graceful either.

  18. Ida Day
    Posted November 9, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    The movie is a horrible comparison to the book by far. Don’t base your judgements on the film alone because the style of writing is really what hooks you to this interesting series. Love it or hate it, there is really no need to broadcast it.

  19. Posted November 30, 2009 at 6:48 am

    hi, this is a nice and a cool criticism of “twilight”! i actually enjoyed watching the film, but seriously i didnt like it! i watched alot of “vampire” movies and serieses, but this movie has something unfamiliar in representing vampires! they are represented as a human-like vampires who can walk under the sun without getting burnt or killed! they are also not “sensitive” for holly water or crosses! their faces and teeth remain the same even if they’re fighting or mad! only the color of their eyes change! duh! i also found that the vegetarian thing is so lame and weak, vampires are evil by instinct ! they cant just say, “okay lets become vegetarians and stop killing human”!! that is silly!! in Angel’s case, in buffy the vampire slayer, it was his soul that made him acting in human-like way, he was cursed! he didnt just wake up in the next morning and said “okay, i will never eat a man again”!
    I think that the auther of twilight was trying to apply the “defamiliarizing” aspect to his work of art, but unfortunatlly his aspect failed to elevate us because simply vampires from our perspective are almost nothing like what we found in twilight. still, i think that any auther nothing affirms, and his work is appreciated by many.

  20. Jennifer
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    She fell in with a group of nerds because she is pretty and the boys like her for that. the 2 girls in the group have no others.

    They\’ve graduated multiple times in different places. Edward said the younger they start out somewhere, the longer they can stay.

    By the time she learns he watches her sleep, she already knows he\’s a vampire and is used to his strange behavior.

    Except for the vampire part, Bella acts like a lot of girls who grow up with no father – strong, possessive males are attractive.

    As to never hearing of a vampire family that doesn\’t kill people – that is what makes it novel and interesting. Plus it is being written for a young audience so I appreciate the lack of gore.

    I normally don\’t care for Vampire books or movies, but I loved Twilight movie, ordered the books, and can\’t wait to see the werewolves in New Moon.

  21. Max
    Posted April 13, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Gotta agree with Jennifer. You should know what you’re taling about if you are gonna crit…

    My main crit is that Kristen Stweart is not Bella.
    K is so wooden as an actress, she makes Keanu Reeves look passionate!

  22. Posted October 2, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Believe me, Max. I know what I’m talking about. Do you? :) )

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