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MAGAZINE Issue 1 February 2012
Overrated or Underrated?
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“When life offers you a dream so far beyond any of your expectations, it’s not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.” ~Bella Twilight 1
3... Quote Page 4... From the Shadows
Interview with Edward Cullen
Here him open up about his Past, Present and Future.
6... Bella’s Playlist
Song Page- Bella shares a song expressing her feelings.
10... Where I am From
Poem- Bella gives us a poem about her past.
11... Feature Article
Twilight~ Overrated or Underrated?- Book review and the decision on whether or not ‘Twilight’ should head to school classrooms.
“Surely it was a good place to die,
in the place of someone else, someone I loved.” ~Bella Swan
“I stared because their faces, so
different, so similar, were all devistatinly, inhumanly beautiful.” ~Bella Swan Twilight
From the Shadows ~ Interview with Edward Cullen ~
dward Cullen is not a typical 17 years old high school student. Mysterious, and ominous yet perfect, with pale, cold skin, disheveled bronze hair, flawless face, and brooding golden eyes, it is evident that he is not human. Instead, he is a vampire who believes he has no soul. Coming from an adopted vampire family of 5, he has always been the odd one out. Recently, he met an ordinary, accident prone, magnet for trouble girl named Isabella Swan who just moved to the rainy, dreary, small town outside of Washington called Forks. Edward can’t seem to stay away from Bella, keeping her out of danger and trouble, when he would add himself to that list of danger. We sat down with Edward to talk to him about the past, present and future.
Twilight: Hi, how’s it going? Edward: Good thank you. Twilight: First off, what kind of a world do we actually live in? Are there other supernatural beings? Edward: The ordinary world we all live in is a lie. There are some things that no one will ever understand, and is dangerous to know. Twilight: So how do you fit in to all that? There are many fantasies and different stories when you search up vampire, are they true? Edward: Most of it isn’t real, but yes, I am a vampire. Twilight: So you don’t drink human blood, am I correct? Edward: No, my family and I rely on animal blood. Twilight: Why do you do this? Why do you and your family attempt to blend in with humans and live on an unnatural diet?
Edward: Animal keeps us alive, but not as strong. Nonetheless, we don’t want to be monsters, we have humanity, and we try to live our life to the fullest. Twilight: Are there other families like you? Edward: We know only of one other family who lives up in Alaska. We consider them out extended family. Twilight: What’s your relationship with you own family like? Edward: Although we aren’t blood related, or even born in the same time zones, we are very close, especially as vampires. Vampires are very independent and travel alone or in small groups. However, most of them also don’t live in one place and drink animal blood. Twilight: Recently you’ve met a girl named Isabella Swan. What makes her stand out from everyone else?
“What if I’m not the superhero, what if I’m the bad guy?”
Edward: Bella is hard to read. Many special vampires have gifts, mine is that I can read minds. So when I couldn’t read Bella’s I got extremely curious. However, when I first met her, I craved for her blood. I was astonished by how out of control I felt, but her blood sings to me. That’s why I left told Carlisle, my father, and left town, afraid if I went back, I’d do something I’d deeply regret. Twilight: What’s she like? Edward: She doesn’t see her self clearly... and she is a magnet for trouble. Twilight: Do you put yourself in that category as danger? Edward: Yes. Twilight: So what about now? How do you feel about her? Edward: Bella brings out the more human feelings out of me, feelings I’ve never felt or thought to understand. She brings out my humanity. Twilight: Does she know what you are? Edward: It was blatantly obvious I was not human to her, and although I counldn’t read her mind, I knew she was trying to figure it out. I tried to ask her for some theories, knowing they wouldn’t be close. I tried to tell her, what if I’m not the superhero, what if I’m the bad guy. But she wouldn’t believe me. Then, she figured it out, yet told me it didn’t matter what I was. That made me really mad at myself. Twilight: What did you do?
Edward: I told her she was right, I had to. Either way she didn’t seem to care. Twilight: And what do you think will happen in the end? Edward: I’m not sure, unlike my sister, I cannot see into the future, however, I know that I most likely can not stay with her. As I said, being a vampire portrays a certain danger. I’m not sure if I’d be able to control myself. Let alone knowing what I really was. Twilight: What have you
decided to do? Edward: I have finally decided to do what I want, and let the chips fall where they may. Twilight: Do you ever think about turning her into a... vampire? Edward: Absolutely not! I could never be that selfish, to take her life away from her for myself. Twilight: Well thank you Edward. Edward: Thank you.
Why does it always rain on me?
I can’t sleep tonight Everybody saying everything’s alright Still I can’t close my eyes I’m seeing a tunnel at the end of all these lights Sunny days Where have you gone? I get the strangest feeling you belong. Why does it always rain on me? Is it because I lied when I was seventeen? Why does it always rain on me? Even when the sun is shining I can’t avoid the lightning I can’t stand myself I’m being held up by invisible men Still life on a shelf when I got my mind on something else Sunny days Where have you gone? I get the strangest feeling you’ll be long. Why does it always rain on me? Is it because I lied when I was seventeen? Why does it always rain on me? Even when the sun is shining I can’t avoid the lightning Oh, where did the blue skies go? And why is it raining so? It’s so cold I can’t sleep tonight Everybody saying everything’s alright Still I can’t close my eyes I’m seeing a tunnel at the end of all these lights Sunny days Where have you gone? I get the strangest feeling you’ll be long. Why does it always rain on me? Why does it always rain on me? Why does it always rain... Is it because I lied when I was seventeen? Why does it always rain on me? Even when the sun is shining I can’t avoid the lightning Oh, where did the blue skies go? And why is it raining so? It’s so cold
Healy, Fran “Why Does It Always Rain On Me” By Travis. Independiente. Nigel Godrich, 1999
“I can’t sleep tonight, everybody is saying it will be alright. Still I can’t close my eyes, I’m seeing the tunnel at the end of all these lights.” This quote shows the overall meaning of this song ‘why does it always rain on me’, which is regret of your life. Like when you get illusion that you are in a dark hole, never to see the sunny days again. This song really talks about being alone, feeling alone in a dark tunnel, unable to see the end. For example, the song says, “Sunny days, where have you gone? Why does it always rain on me?” Here we see that the happiness is nowhere to be found and all you feel is coldness, wetness, and darkness. This song is also about finding yourself, and who you really are, or more so who you would want to be. The author uses the word “I can’t” a lot, expressing what they can and cannot do, how they feel they can’t do anything. “I can’t avoid the
lightning, I can’t stand myself.” Similarly, the author also asks “why,” looking back into his life, wishing, thinking, and regretting, wondering where along the road did he go wrong. “Is it because I lied when I was seventeen?” as the song clearly states. “I’m seeing a tunnel at the end of all these lights. Sunny days, where have you gone?” This is an example of a Metaphor for the happy days of your life. Sunny days are gone, meaning that those happy days of your life cannot be found, and you are going into a tunnel. “I’m being help up by invisible men” This is an example of a Metaphor because a Simile would have ‘like’ or ‘as’ in it. The songwriter is expressing how they feel like men you can’t see are supporting you. The song interprets that it is as if you are watching someone you don’t know live your life, when you realize that person is you.
“Why does it always rain on me?” this quote itself is already a hyperbole and a metaphor. Since it cannot literally always rain on you, but instead they are meaning that the rain is a symbol of dark days, drowning in sorrow, regretting choices of the past. The song ‘why does it always rain on me’ relates directly to similar themes in the book ‘Twilight’ such as the symbols of the rainy, isolated town of Forks and the sunny, open city of Phoenix. Firstly, Bella, the main character, moves from Phoenix to Forks. At first, she was always miserable in the rain, missing the “Sunny days.” Feeling like she’s trapped in a tunnel, always raining on her when she moves. She feels lonely, the rain expressing her mood. “The state of Washington, under a near constant cover of clouds and rain, there is a small town named Forks. Population: 3,120 people. That is where I am moving.” This quote from Bella talks about Forks, expressing her lack of enthusiasm to this town. In a similar vein, later on in the novel, she states, “It was nice to be alone, not have to smile and looked pleased; a relief to stare dejectedly out the window at the sheeting rain and just let a few tears escape.” Here we “It’s the safest time of day for us. see that Bella’s feelings do not The easiest time. But also the sadstray too far from the central dest, in a way… the end of another idea the songwriter was trying day, the return of the night. Darkto compose in his song of the ness is so predictable, don’t you rain representing sadness, nevthink?” er ending sadness. Showing ~Edward Cullen that the sunny days are missed, and the rain bringing grief. “I can’t sleep tonight, everybody is saying it will be alright. Still I can’t close my eyes, I’m seeing the tunnel at the end of all these lights.” From this quote directly from the song “Why does it always rain on me,” we can see that this is a very similar feeling to what Bella was feeling such as trapped, alone, de jected and sorrowful.
Poem Where I am From I am from busy streets, And the blazing heat, The hustle and bustle of early traffic. I am from light brown cashmere, and cacti. I am from mud pies, And grass weaved crowns From pink ribbons and soft scrunchies. White Cotton and worn denim. Itchy tags irritating my skin. When the sun falls below the earth The day comes to a closure of twilight. I am from willingness, Watching the sun enveloped by the clouds. I am from watching the rain slide down the weathered window pane, A feel of depressions dawns upon me. Rainfall colours the mood of loneliness, Sun gone in a forever hold of darkness. A tear escapes my eyes. An iridescent light, never fitting in. I am an outsider, Looking farther out, rather than inside facing what haunts me. I am the lamb, falling for the lion, Oblivious and innocent, anything but afraid Iâ€™m from darkness and the quiet of the falling rain I am apples, half bitten and thrown away. From fake smiles in old fading photos, Sheer, pale skin and part albino mothers. I am the shiny new toy, And the recognized yet unfamiliar face. I am from rainy days, sun perished beneath the fluffy clouds. Sunny days no more. I am from the blue and flashing sirens of a small winding road. A dad with a golden badge, gleaming in the sun there never was.
Feature Article â€˜Twilightâ€™ ...
Overrated or Underrated? Is Twilight appropriate for all age groups? Should it be recommended to students? And should this book be put in the Grade 8 Language Arts curriculum? Read on for answers and a overall review of the well known book.
Stephanie Meyer’s book ‘Twilight’ sold 8.5
million copies in 2010 alone, and has millions of screaming fans, yet with all this, there are still many people who say they would never read this book. It is a basic star-crossed love story in the tradition of “Romeo and Juliet”, but taking to a whole new level of supernatural beings. The question at hand is whether or whether not the book ‘Twilight’ should be in the grade 8 Language Arts Curriculum. This very sought-out book with a huge fan base is very popular, however many people would also never read this book. Therefore this novel should not be in the Grade 8 Language Arts Curriculum. The main reason for this is that this book a very well written book with a complicated plot but easy to follow and has relatable characters, however there is no central and important and it is targeted towards a certain group of people.
The number one sought-out quality in a
book is a well-balanced plot without over complicating things. Stephanie Meyer did an outstanding job in doing so by making the plot very simple and easy to follow along, yet such a complicated story line that leaves you wondering what happens next. The plot is very simple to explain, and easy to follow
along, however it’s the under lying choices that makes the book so compelling. The idea of someone not human is a simple to grasp, but the story line of this is the complication that lies beneath. The book is also relatively clean for a teenage vampire love story, and would not hold content too inappropriate. Despite this, the characters have a very relatable quality, where readers can almost identify with the characters. You can undergo their grief, and find vampires unusual and intriguing. But not only that, reader’s feel a certain connection with the character’s relationships, luring them in to read more.
Despite this, Edward’s vampire perfection is
at times over-the-top and when trying to be original, went over board. In the book, they make the vampires sparkle in the sunlight, which makes the idea of vampires much too flawless. That is why, this book, although captivating, was written and targeted towards a certain group of people, teenage girls. Although the book was very thrilling, I feel it has content not appropriate for everybody. “The book is too cheesy and unrealistic,” says Donovan, a Grade 8 boy at the Calgary Science School “I would never read it.” The book ‘Twilight’ has features of a satisfactory novel, but whether people would enjoy this book or not seems to base solely on the plot. The main
plot of this story is forbidden, unforgivable love, which is in the genre of romance. The plot in this publication, due to the audience, has a huge fan base of a large range of girls, specifically teenage girls, and would not hold any interest to boys around any age. Many reviews of the book would agree, “Good story, but defiantly made for a young female reader,” says A. N. Mousavi, a reader on Amazon. Due to the cheesy romantic thriller placed in this book, most boys would in no way enjoy this book, nor would it be appropriate to this group of people. Thus, I would not recommend this book to a class of grade 8s, especially one with a mix of genders. Instead I would recommend this book to girls at a similar age to read this book outside of school.
With all this in mind, Twilight’s plot is still
a very compelling, however there is no central and important meaning that is appropriate to a class of grade 8’s, even a class of girls. A story of a vampire living amongst humans and soon falls for one where they live in complications everyday has no central moral or meaning that would be apparent or appropriate to grade 8’s. However, Stephanie Meyer who is Mormon wrote this book as a clear metaphor for abstinence. And although this is a moral, it is not one appropriate or necessarily a central meaning of use at such a young age. And so, this book should not be used
in grade 8 curriculums, especially in a Language Arts curriculum. I believe it would not hold use because of this very reason. Even if this book were to be used in a school curriculum, I would recommend it for higher grades, potentially in high school.
To conclude, although this book is very com-
pelling and riveting with relatable characters and deep meaning behind the plot, it is not necessarily appropriate for students at this age. The reason for this is because it holds content not appropriate for some ages, and not appropriate for certain groups. The central meaning is also not apparent to students at this age, and would not hold appropriate use in a Language arts class. However this book could be recommended to girls at a similar age to a grade 8 class or if anything, used in high school. I would definitely, wholeheartedly indorse this book to who ever would be interested in reading it. But in spite of this, I would not recommend it to a grade 8 language arts curriculum due to it’s content not appropriate for all ages and genders, and lack of central meaning of use at a young age. Some people will enjoy this book, it is a book you either fall in love with, or forever hate.
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