I Read Stephenie Meyer’s “Life and Death” So You Don’t Have To

Just kidding. I read it because I really wanted to.

When I was 15, I loved Twilight. Then Breaking Dawn came out, and it was terrible, and I became aware of how Twilight is generally terrible and specifically problematic, and I got angry. Embarrassed. I felt duped. I hated Twilight obsessively for a bit, following it with scorn but also interest. Eventually, I found a comfortable place where I can acknowledge the parts I enjoy while also discussing its problems. I care. A lot. In a lot of different ways, even all these years later. It’s hard to find ways to talk about it, because most people who know this much about Twilight either really love it or really hate it.

So, whatever, I’ll talk to myself about it.

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Stop Pretending Liam Isn’t Awful: “Faking It” 1×7 – “Faking Up is Hard to Do”

Non-stereotypical Muslim representation!

Non-stereotypical Muslim representation!

This week on “Faking It,” Karma realizes that she’s been terrible and begins to atone for her actions; meanwhile, Liam thinks he’s been terrible but the narration does everything it can to coddle him and make him seem like a good guy. This week, we’re going to call “Faking It” out on its sexism.

Right off the bat, Karma apologizes to Amy for how she’s gotten out of control, what with convincing Amy to have a threesome with a boy she doesn’t like. She decides they should break up, and comes up with a plan so neither of them looks like the bad guy. This would be great, if not for the fact that Amy is secretly in love with Karma, and has convinced herself that Karma is in denial about her newfound feelings for Amy and just needs more time to get past the freaking out stage: “Once we came up for air, we looked into each other’s eyes and we saw each other. I mean we really saw each other. Maybe for the first time.” If I didn’t know better, I’d think she was quoting the Vagina Monologues.

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