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Hey Bella, are you competing with Scarlett O’Hara in the teeny waist contest?

January 21, 2010

Reading around the Twi-net yesterday, it was hard to miss this image:

As I am currently working on a piece for my Monstrous Musings column over at Womanist Musings tentatively titled “Are there any fat vampires?,” I can’t help but notice the teeny-teeny waist on this Bella.

In the books, Bella weighs 108 and is portrayed as rarely eating. Sure, once in awhile she grabs a breakfast bar, forks a mushroom ravioli, or nibbles on a blueberry muffin, but, far more often, she refuses food and/or claims to not be hungry. Meanwhile, Jacob wolfs down pizza and hot dogs and Edward satiates himself on many a forest friends.

As reported in a press release from Hachette Book Group and posted at Twilight Moms, Meyer feels “Young has done an incredible job transforming the words that I have written into beautiful images.  The characters and settings are very close to what I was imagining while writing the series.” So, apparently this skinny-wasted-verging-on-anorexia Bella is to her liking…

Call me crazy, but I wish we could have more heroines with some meat on their bones, some curvyness, some flesh that is doesn’t smack of ultra skinny pre-pubescent child – AND – that eat once in a damn while!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Eliza permalink
    September 22, 2010 1:50 am

    I am really surprised about some of what you mention in this post. While reading the series, I actually thought the amount of times the books referenced Bella eating was almost overwhelming. It seemed to me like that was something Meyer continually brought up, even with its irrelevance to the story.

    Now, in the movies I’ll admit Bella is rarely eating. But how many movies can you think of that include nearly as much eating as in real life? Including meal scenes is generally unnecessary and doesn’t exactly make for entertainment.

    • natalie wilson permalink*
      September 23, 2010 9:31 pm

      I am not so concerned with how often Bella is eating or whether eating is mentioned as with the fact she is cooks for Charlie and watches others eat a lot (Charlie, Jacob, Sam, etc) while barely eating herself and highlighting her 110 figure. While this is not a huge theme in the books or films, I do detect an undercurrent of body hatred and a championing of thin “supermodel” bodies…


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