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Do Bella and Edward Have a "Toxic" Relationship?

Do Bella and Edward Have a

By Janet Manley

Speaking with Teen Vogue about how she made the decision to star in a blockbuster YA dystopian film trilogy (a choice we all must make), and how she has rebuffed attempts to style her into something more pop (WE HAVE EMMA WATSON FOR THAT, MEDIA PEOPLE), Shailene Woodley dropped a little bombshell about her views on that other famous teen saga, Twilight:

"Twilight, I'm sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. [The protagonist Bella] falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she's going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve."

There is that, and the romanticization of abstinence, and of course the issue of dating an 104-year-old. (You're going to be into different music!) But seriously, Twilight does take a predatory angle on female virginity; sweet little Bella is constantly being chased around by people who can't wait to tap her neck.

IN OTHER SHAILENE NEWS, despite the hawt sizzle on my eyeballs after watching the Divergent trailer, the chemistry between Tris and Four was apparently slow to develop.

Here they are turning your eyelids into leather:


(Summit Entertainment)

Says Shay:

"Our chemistry wasn't an overnight thing—it grew," Shailene says of her Spectacular Nowand Divergent costar Miles Teller. "It was very brother/sister-like."

Brother-sister dating vibes? Toxic mortal-immortal relationships? THIS IS WHY ADULTS ARE READING YA, SPARKLERS!!!

But for real, what do you think of Bella and Edward's relationship? Is it abusive and/or toxic?

[via Teen Vogue / Jezebel]

Topics: Books, Entertainment
Tags: twilight, celebrities, themes, shailene woodley, divergent, discussion, industry gossip

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Janet Manley

Janet's desk was moved into the hall for the duration of coursework on Roman numerals in grade four, and she cannot tell one Rocky from another to this day. Her spirit animal is a wombat, and she has not written a novel. Dauntless, Gryffindor, Mockingjay. She tweets @janetmanley

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