I am a huge Stephenie Meyer fan. I’ve read her Twilight series three times through. Hugely enjoyable read. I’ve sat through each movie. But this is the first one that I really liked. For me, I felt like the actors hit their stride and conveyed the emotions of their characters. It was fun to watch. Which got me wondering about the allure of Eclipse.
Or rather B and I discussed it on the walk back from the movie. It’s every person’s desire to be loved like that. Not as a means to an end, but to be loved for who you are. Bella has not one, but two men who love her that way. Sigh. Lucky bitch.
I think we all want a love that is unconditional. A love that doesn’t tire and fade away in a few years. We want to believe that love conquers all and that someone is out there for each of us. Or at least I do. And so does B. But life doesn’t always work out like that. You can love with your entire soul and it not be enough to keep the person in your life. Love cannot conquer death, disinterest, or indifference. Change can kill love as easily as lies do.
But when you have someone you would die for–in that moment love feels like the greatest power on earth. But when that person leaves and doesn’t come back, you have to face the harsh light of day. You have to accept that movies are movies and love will not win out in the end.
But Eclipse is the antithesis of this. It is a fantasy. A dream. A reality beyond our making. And that my friend is the allure of Eclipse–it is everything we dreamed of but will never have. But for a brief moment, sitting in that seat, we glimpse what we gave up on and for a moment we believe it is possible.