"A young woman intuitively yearns for someone who will pursue her, protect her, and cherish her beauty and vulnerability. She yearns for a man to love her at a deep personal and emotional level—and not just a physical, sexual one. Regardless of culture’s attempts at egalitarian brainwashing, the man of her dreams is still a strong, handsome prince charming who fights for her, and rescues her. He loves her, commits to her, and selflessly sets aside personal interest for the sake of her best interest."
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While reading the above quote, I thought of a scene in Eclipse, when Edward explains to Bella his views about sex, marriage, romance, and courtship. Edward tells Bella:
"I come from a different era. Things were a lot less complicated. And if I would have met you back then, I would have courted you. We'd have taken chaperoned strolls, and iced tea on the porch. I may have stolen a kiss or two. Only after asking your fathers permission, I would have gotten down on one knee, and I would have presented you with a ring."
In Edward's mind, sex, love, and commitment are inextricably connected. Bella calls his views "ancient," but at the same time, she is affected enough by the beauty of his beliefs about love that she accepts his proposal. Just as the "old-fashioned" beauty of these views appeal to Bella, they also appeal to the young girls in our sex-saturated society who are longing for true romance.
What do you think? Is Twilight appealing because of its unfashionable views on romance, rather than in spite of them? If Twilight does indeed present a more fulfilling version of romance than that which is presented most often in our society, are its positive elements enough to outweigh its negatives?