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After the Ball

[Editor's Note: Our kids' team guest columnist is Frances, who emceed Powell's Bella's Ball event. Click here to see pictures from Bella's Ball!]

On Friday, August 1st, I had the pleasure of being the emcee to Bella's Ball, an event hosted by Powell's to celebrate the release of Stephenie Meyer's fourth book in her Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn. It was a fun night for me and the rest of the staff, as well as the participants. We had games such as 'Pin the Tail on the Werewolf,' quiz questions, and a costume contest with some really creative outfits! My favorite part of the evening was seeing how much people were enjoying themselves dancing and meeting fellow book lovers. It was an honor to be a part of such a successful evening.

I will say, on a personal note, that though Bella's Ball was wonderful, the book Breaking Dawn has been a disappointment. In fact, this was the first time in my life I've ever stopped a book 150 pages before the end — especially after already reading the three previous books. I feel that there may be racist tones to the book and the series as a whole.I feel that there may be racist tones to the book and the series as a whole. For example, in Breaking Dawn, the vampires are described over and over again as having 'perfect' smooth white skin, being extraordinarily beautiful and smelling of various flowers and other things one would find in the forest. On the other hand, the Native American Werewolves are hairy (when in wolf form, obviously) and often considered stinky by the vampires. And in the second book, New Moon, a Native woman is considered to be 'pretty in an ethnic way,' as if to say that women of color don't have a standard or 'regular' type of beauty.

I could go on and on at length with examples. However, I suggest that readers decide for themselves what underlying messages they see in the books. For me, though, I cannot in good faith continue to have anything more to do with Stephenie Meyer's books.I cannot in good faith continue to have anything more to do with Stephenie Meyer's books.

That being said, I'll always remember the good time I had at Bella's Ball. It was, in my mind, a celebration for the love of books and reading. And that is always a good thing!

Readers — do you agree or disagree? Sound off in our comments!

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga #4)
    Used Hardcover $2.95
  2. New Moon (Twilight Saga #2)
    Used Trade Paper $3.50



5 Responses to "After the Ball"

  1.  
    danielle (Post Author) August 19th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for this frank critique, Frances. Now that you mention, with examples, the overarching tone of the book, it does seem questionable. Not to mention the controversy that Brockman blogged about earlier, regarding other fans' reactions to the book after reading it.

  2.  
    J. Marshall August 21st, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    For goodness sake! The details mentioned as support for Meyer's racism are simply the way to two groups look at each other. You have no way of knowing what Meyer's personal prejudices might be. To say the books are racist is like saying Huck Finn is racist when he merely repeats what he has been taught abou the Negro slaves. No one today seriously thinks Mark Twain wass racist. Of course the werewolves and the vampires as created in these books have a natural antipathy which is ameliorated to some degree as they have more contact. Lighten up.

  3.  
    Florence August 23rd, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I totally agree with you Frances. The racist tone has put me off throughout the series, to the point where I was unable to even pick "Breaking Dawn" up. I feel like the lack of a strong female character was a major deterrent for me as well. I will be joining you in having nothing more to do with Meyer's books.

  4.  
    Alicia Neary August 25th, 2008 at 9:54 am

    What? A MORMON writer who's against sex AND racist? I cant even imagine! I'm shocked, do you hear--shocked!

  5.  
    Twilight reader August 26th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    i personaly dont belive that stephanie was trying to be at all racist. and she even mentions that the wervolves think the vampires smell horible also. they both smell bad to one another. stephanie knows that many people read her books from all over the world so she would not put things like that in the books to offend anyone

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