Romeo and Juliet is a play by William Shakespeare, who is generally acknowledged as one of the greatest playwrights the world has ever produced, to the vast irritation of lazy English students. He wrote R&J as a tragedy about two young star-crossed lovers, combining love and fate in these two kids. It was written in the stars that they were meant to meet and fall in love, but it was not written in the stars that they were to have a happy ending. It's funny that Twilight Fans usually compare Twilight to R&J seeing as how both stories are about two teenagers who fall desperately in love, but only one of them is actually believable and realistic because R&J actually feels like a romance in the scene when Romeo and Juliet are together, whereas Edward and Bella... not so much. And while R&J is a tragedy that actually touches the hearts of those who read and/or watch it, it's a bloody tragedy that the Twilight "Saga" was written in the first place!
bizarre reason, Meyer thinks that R&J is the theme of New Moon and it's clearly because she thinks that R&J is all about suicidal lust. Could she misunderstand it any more?! It is about two teenagers who fall desperately in love at first sight yes, but it does not glorify suicidal lust! Even if there are some similarities, there's enough difference to determine which is better:
- Twilight is serious. Its "theme" - I'm-hot-you're-hot-let's-get-married-and-have-kids - does not work, anywhere or ever.
- Romeo and Juliet has no sparkles or druids.
- People for whom the readers care for in Romeo and Juliet actually die. All casualties in Twilight are A) villains, B) flat backdrop characters, and C) the sanity of some fans.
- Shakespeare can get away with odd word usage and purple prose because Romeo and Juliet is a play about a relationship that was never meant to be due to all the surrounding obstacles and of course, he uses some of his other usual themes - violence, bloodshed, revenge, murder, hatred, etc, so it's supposed to be overly-dramatic to get the point home. However, Meyer is writing a novel. It's not appropriate to be overly-dramatic, especially without a point to drive home.
- Romeo and Juliet is one play. Twilight is four terrible
pieces of shitbooks.
- Romeo is not crazy and abusive, although he does stand outside Juliet's window, but you can't really call that stalking. He only does it once and the whole thing is one of the most romantic scenes ever written! (Act 2, Scene 2, a.k.a The Balcony Scene/"O Romeo, O Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?"). How many times does Edward stand outside Bella's bedroom? Oh yeah that's right, he watches her sleeping and enters her room when she's not there.
You know some people call that breaking in.
- Juliet is not a whiny brat masquerading as a speshul snowflake.
- No demonspawn, or a rehash of the Chestburster scene from Aliens.
- Romeo and Juliet actually has a point.
- Romeo and Juliet does not glorify suicidal lust. In fact, there is actually a whole purpose to the suicide in R&J. It's NOT primarily because the two clearly cannot live without each other, it is linked to every other part of the play because it's brought about by the feud and it's what ultimately brings the feud to an end. At the end of the play, the Montagues and Capulets look on and realize that this is what their hatred and feuding led to - their two children to go and kill themselves. Anyone who thinks Romeo and Juliet is depicting a beautiful romance has completely missed the point. So you see everyone, unlike Romeo and Juliet's double suicide, Bella's suicide attempts don't have a purpose. Constantly jumping off cliffs and putting herself in danger just so Edward can notice her is NOT a purpose, it's just plain selfish.
Seriously, couldn't she have just moved on? That's what anybody else would do.
- It's William fucking Shakespeare.
- Romeo and Juliet also actually had a good, decent movie. In fact, it had several pretty good ones, which is more than Twifail can ever hope to accomplish.
Meyer is thoroughly convinced that her
shitfest "Saga" is much better (ego, much?). The word "hubris" springs to mind, after "chagrin" at failing to give her a sense of perspective. (look it up, Meyer.)
[All comments on Romeo and Juliet are opinion. You can interpret the play anyway you like, cause its William bloody Shakespeare!]