As we have seen over the past four years, the Twilight Saga connects to females in a way that has never been seen before. Teens and adult women alike are devoted to the franchise. This article examines the essay written by Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz, Melissa Click and Jennifer Aubrey as they take a closer look at how some fans may use the romantic models within Twilight to shape their expectations and image of a romantic partner within their reality. A study was conducted to see what the differences were between teens and adults.
According to the study, those that had a feminist identity reported lower levels of immersion within the text and did not desire the Edward/Bella relationship that their non-feminist counterparts did. Fans that preferred the Edward/Bella relationship were looking for a relationship in which their partner would be protective, chivalrous and intensely attracted to them. Additionally, these same fans were more likely to report less satisfaction in their current relationship than any of the others reported.
Fans that preferred the relationships between Alice and Jasper as well as Carlisle and Esme had a preference for relationships that are supportive, mutually reliant and less possessive. They also were happy with their current relationships.
The findings of the study also suggested that Twilight offered readers an escape to fulfill their need for nurturing which was absent in their lives. They also found that the fans may use the relationships in the series to build expectations for future relationships as well as current ones.
Source: Click, Melissa, Aubrey, Jennifer and Morawitz-Behm Elizabeth (2010) Bitten By Twilight: Youth Culture, Media and the Vampire Franchise. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.