It all begins with a choice, says the poster for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. I’m certain that for some of you — many of our regular readers — that means the choice to completely ignore and avoid Twilight like the plague. And for good reason, there isn’t much in these movies for those who have not already been indoctrinated into the cult of Twilight. Yet for those who are, this concept of “choice” means a lot. Bella (Kristen Stewart) must chose between the undead Edward (Robert Pattinson) or the extra-hairy Jacob (Taylor Lautner).
But here’s my question, Twilight fans: why does she have to chose between the two? Why does Bella need to chose a man through which she can define herself as a human (or non-human, what have you)? This is my essential problem with Twilight, text or movie. It teaches the young women of the world a terrible lesson, that they need to find that one man who will “complete them” and make them who the person they need to be. As we’ve found through years of civilization, that’s not true. In my mind, it’s a dangerous theme to be playing so heavily with the young girls of the world. I understand the appeal — that one great love that transcends everything else — but if that’s the case, why is there a choice? It all seems a little off to me.
But enough of my philosophical rants about feminism and Twilight. I’m interested to see where Eclipse goes, especially with David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy) in the director’s chair. It could very well be less about the brooding and more about some gnarly action, if he gets his way. Time will tell. For now, please enjoy the giant version of the new theatrical poster by clicking below.
Twilight: Eclipse is in theaters June 30, 2010.