Feminist approach in literature: How to read a feminist novel

Have you tried to Re-read Twilight as an adult feminist? I highly recommend it as having a feminist approach in literature and how to analyse it can be rather eye-opening. Try to think back to what your opinions were on Twilight the first time you read it. Did you, like so many of us, think of it as the epitome of romance? Did you think of Bella as a subject, a woman with her own agency? A lot of feminists have expressed other opinions, and after having re-read the novel we are willing to agree. One of the best examples of how we now can read the Twilight Saga as an anti-feminist piece is that the author Stephanie Meyer takes a clear anti-abortion stance in the description of Bella’s pregnancy. The fetus is literally killing its mother, breaking her ribs, pelvis and spine. Despite this, and the risk of dying at the delivery Bella fulfils the pregnancy, gives birth to her baby, and – spoiler alert – sacrifices her own life while doing it. It is an archaic and destructive view on motherhood as the ultimate sacrifice. We mentioned how we thought of Edward as a romantic hero. The American National Domestic Violence Hotline has a list of behaviours considered abusive, all of those by themselves are a red flag; Edward shows signs of 15 abusive behaviours. So much for romance. Having a feminist approach in literature can be helpful and enjoyable, but honestly, it can ruin reading experiences once found enjoyable as well. So we won’t be re-reading the Hunger Games anytime soon. What book are you afraid to re-read?

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