You have a choice and that choice is which uber-hot strong dude can protect your weak little self (Thoughts on the Eclipse Trailer)
It starts with Edward declaring “Isabella Swan, I promise to love you every moment of forever.” Wow, if that’s not an unrealistic portrayal of eternal love, I don’t know what is… Won’t there be any tiffs? Any days one of them gets up on the wrong side of the bed? Any fallout from Bella’s menstrual mood swings or Edward’s testosterone aggression fests? (Oh yeah, we are supposed to forget about all that messy body/emotion stuff and see them as perfect marble statues of gorgeous lurve, gag.)
Later, comes the dramatic text “It all begins with a choice.” I have heard/read so much about the series being all about choice and agency and frankly am sick to death of this claim. It seems to me Bella only is offered ONE choice – choose between the angelic vampire or the hot wolf boy. Either of these choices involve her being first and foremost wife and mother (as when she muses about choosing Jacob and producing a pack of wolf pups with him…)
Where are the choices that don’t involve hitching yourself to man-tacular protector? There are none, cuz, as the trailer points out, she SOOOO needs protecting. Edward assures her “I’ll protect you no matter what” and then Jacob says “I’m gonna fight for you until your heart stops beating.” Well, guess what boys, if she hadn’t ‘chosen’ to be the pawn between you two macho dudes, she wouldn’t need protecting!
I know, I know, it’s a romance – but, sheesh, couldn’t we have a hint of the fact these characters are living in the 21st century?!? Maybe just a little spec of suggestion that Bella is indeed a fully capable human being in her own right?!?
Oh, thank goddess for that, that is just what I wanted to do, partake in some racist fantasy about an eighteen year old man-child forced to pack on pounds of muscle so he could become eye-candy for an exploitive Hollywood machine. Woo-hoo.