The Hillywood Show’s Better, More Empowered Bella (a guest post by Ashley Choumas)
The Hillywood Show New Moon Parody is a refreshing look on a new side of Bella, who is a strong woman going back and forth between Edward and Jacob. This parody shows that Bella could in fact be happy with either Edward or Jacob, strong enough to stand on her own and not be co-dependent on Edward alone. Also, this gives an alternate ending for the fans who favor Jacob over Edward, hoping she will choose him in the end. I think this parody sends an empowering message to its viewers, expressing that Bella is independent enough to pick which man she wants to be with and not reliant on either of them for her ultimate happiness. This parody is the exact opposite of what Christian-Smith says, “Men give meaning and completeness to women’s lives” (Bitten, 73), while this new Bella makes her life complete on her own, with or without her men.
The new Bella in The Hillywood Show New Moon Parody is far from the original helpless Bella, while she is secure enough with herself to be able to be comfortable with either man she chooses. Watching the parody fulfills that hope we had for her, pulling herself up by her bootstraps and overcoming her insecurities that were holding her back from becoming the ultimate protagonist. Toscano says, “Meyer justifies both questioning and disobeying leadership; she privileges listening to one’s conscience over following orders of established authority” (Bitten, 27). This quote even applies to the parody, when The Hillywood Show gives Bella disobedient behaviors, showing her rebellious side dressed up in leather, riding motorcycles, choosing Jacob, and rocking out to a girl power song by Pink. The lack of following orders in the parody is portrayed when Bella is sitting on the thrown of the Volturi, dancing and singing that, “And I don’t need you, and guess what, I’m having more fun, and now that we’re done, I’m gonna show you tonight, I’m alright, I’m just fine, and you’re a tool, so what” (Pink, “So What”). This empowered Bella creates her own leadership and finally rises above the cliché helpless woman from the saga that didn’t have a backbone of her own. Girl power Bella’s guts set her apart from the saga, and complete the positive message that she will figure her situation out on her own and overcome any obstacles in her way.
The Hillywood Show New Moon Parody is a successful ten minute long portrayal of the opposite of what really happens in New Moon, but the new storyline is imperative for all Twilighters to recognize. Every story has two sides, in order to understand fully the original storyline; it helps to look at the differing sides to recognize which one we relate with more personally. In my opinion, the independent Bella sends the correct messages to young adult female readers that they do not need a man to make them whole and complete like Christian-Smith says, but to be secure in who they are as a person.