I thought the definition of simpering and wilting cream puff included girls who have no will no leave after their vampire boyfriend left them.
The correct answer is BttF.
Amen, if only because for women my age and ilk, inappropriate lust for Alex P. Keaton is damn near unflappable.
Just read your critique of New Moon and while I think it's right on in a lot of ways I have to disagree with you on Bella's lack of personality: Bella's tendency to use sarcasm as a coping mechanism (and Kristen Stewart's ability to pull off the occasional dry joke) is something that any fan of Daria or Angela Chase can relate to. It's refreshing to see a heroine who isn't a simpering, wilting cream puff, all sweetness and light 24/7.
Bella unfortunately is today's less well written equivalent gothic heroine of the 18th/19th century. Stripped of Edward's presence, she's pure delicacy (she can't seem to run 3 steps without falling) and passiveness.
Not sure about that--isn't there some agency in her reckless behavior? The more I think about it the more I see parallels between Bella and Jenny from An Education. There is something vicariously thrilling about watching these two young women throw themselves headlong, driven by desire, into a bad decision. I think people should cut both of these women, and their foibles in the face of love (in whatever toxic, wan or misguided form it might take), more slack.
I think more importantly the difference between Bella and Jenny is Bella is driven by blind devotion and Jenny is driven by desire.
Yes both want to attain the ideal by staying in a risky relationship,
but why I won’t cut Bella any slack is that she never ever assesses the situation. Jenny eventually pursues and confronts herself with the truth, but Bella never stops to ask what she might be giving up to attain being a vampire (even after learning of eternal damnation). And when there’s a chance her romantic plans weren’t going to pan out she becomes almost suicidal which I guess you could call reckless behavior, but her intention seems to me way more desperate than to seek a thrill.
I guess my point is, if you never question anything, you can never learn. Unlike Jenny, Bella never does, the film and fans mistake this as a romantic gesture, but to me it's a character weakness that’s unforgivable.