[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. 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 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.
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.
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!
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