Full disclosure: I have not read the books and I’m somewhat peeved that New Moon broke the one day record for sales (beating The Dark Knight, one of my all-time favorite movies).
I first came across this idea on Cracked in an article entitled “7 Chick Flicks That Secretly Hate Women.” Now I know that Cracked is not exactly the pinnacle of thoughtful analysis of art forms, but I include it nonetheless. I searched around and, to my surprise, this theme is quite prevalent on the internet.
My understanding of the plot of Twilight is that Bella falls in love with Edward and gives up her independence, future education, and possible career to bear Edward’s children. Supposedly this is indicative of the author’s conservative Mormon background. He’s killed people, but she trusts him. Because he says so. From what I’ve heard, Edward saves her from dangerous/uncomfortable situations repeatedly, time and time again. He also apparently refers to her frequently as “fragile.” Despite Edward’s obsessive nature (watching her sleep, monitoring her conversations, disabling her car), his affection is somehow portrayed as endearing.
Ultimately I’m trying to figure out why this is the ultimate chick movie. Any dopers want to toss around some speculation?