Families of Intent and Becoming Your True Self

As long as I’m on the subject of Twilight again, a short note: I’m surprised that the series hasn’t, so far as I can tell, been more embraced by alternative lifestyle communities.

Point One :: In the Cullens, we have a wonderful family of intent. They are not family by blood, but by choice. The parents, Carlisle and Esme, found each other and then “adopted” others like them. They offer each other support. They accept Bella into their family and, to the surprise of the Volturi and werewolves, risk their lives for her. This is surely demonstrating my own quirky mind, but what the Cullens most reminded me of is the House of Ninja from Paris is Burning, a wonderful documentary about the golden age of Harlem ball culture.

Point Two :: Bella’s character arc depicts a young woman who has always felt out of place and uncomfortable in her own skin finally discovering who she is and where she belongs. As Monica Bartyzel writes in a comment elsewhere:

I think it’s said in the book, but it’s definitely in the movie that Bella tells Edward she wants to marry him because of how she finally feels like herself. “This wasn’t a choice between you and Jacob. It was between who I should be and who I am. I’ve always felt out of step. Like literally stumbling through my life. I’ve never felt normal, because I’m not normal, and I don’t wanna be. I’ve had to face death and loss and pain in your world, but I’ve also never felt stronger, like more real, more myself, because it’s my world too. It’s where I belong.”

Families of intent and people finding and embracing their true identities. I think it’s a hopeful, comforting message for those struggling with feeling different and/or rejected by their blood families.

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