Ready to feel some positivity for the next generation of celebrity superstars? Yeah yeah, I’ll wait for you to tell Miley to get off your lawn first–okay, done being a crotchety old nostalgic person? Let’s talk about Shailene Woodley, who’s just given me a boost of excitement for her inevitable rise, courtesy of the highly-anticipated Divergent film adaptation.
During an interview with Teen Vogue, Woodley revealed that she shares some of the same feelings as the rest of us regarding the inexplicably popular, heavily romanticized Twilight series starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. While Twilight shares the book-series-turned-film-series aspect with Divergent, it differs in that its main character, Bella Swan (still can’t handle that somebody found this to be a good character name), is a helpless womanchild whose abusive relationship with an obsessive jerk is presented as some great love story. Apparently, Woodley feels the same way!
“Twilight, I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. She 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.”
Uh, yes. Yes. Twilight told its young readers that being in a wildly unhealthy partnership with a consistently virulent dynamic is something to strive for, and that anything less (or more, really) isn’t worth fighting for. Considering its fan base was primarily “young adults,” these were quite possibly the worst messages the series could have sent. Oh well, at least it’s over, right?
It’s also just refreshing to see a young, up-and-coming female celebrity not be afraid to call out a popular film series with several powerful Hollywood names attached to it. Women are marginalized in the entertainment industry already; it can be frightening to “rock the boat,” but Woodley doesn’t seem scared.