Twilight: fatal desire (part one)

I may be deluded, but I’m assuming that most teenagers crave insights into the meaning of their lives.  And if ‘crave’ is over the top, then let’s try ‘wouldn’t mind the odd glimpse’.  Let’s try for such a glimpse with my much promised chat about DESIRE.

DESIRE is not a source of lasting meaning, is it?  (The right answer is ‘no’.)  But because DESIRE is such a powerful human phenomenon, it’s a key to discovering how the human organizm works. Let’s see how it works in Twilight, the blockbuster novel by Stephanie Meyers.

Films and novels spend the opening chapters establishing what the protagonist wants. It’s the engine that drives the story. In Twilight, Bella wastes no time revealing the yearning in her heart—she’s attracted to the pale and elusive Edward Cullen. Most stories aim to resolve that desire in the final pages, but by the end of Twilight, Bella is just becoming clear. Her final words before the final fade-out—what were they?

“I won’t give in; I know what I want.”

It takes the whole book for Bella to arrive at another starting point. More desire. (More than enough for a sequel.) If DESIRE is not exactly the meaning of her life, it sure is the content. She’s full to overflowing with desire—emotional, romantic and sexual.

(Hey, I plead guilty too—desire has controlled most of my thoughts for as long as I can remember.)

In the spirit of ‘to be continued…’ I’m going to leave off for tonight with the notion that DESIRE always lusts after something—but that meaning is never a ‘thing’. DESIRE (sorry, I mean ‘MEANING’) sn’t an action or an object. Then what is it?

Let’s live with that question for a day or two.  Then I’ll be back to look at how Bella’s desire works for a deeper purpose.


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