I don’t like it when people dismiss Twilight as puppy love or Snow White as a fairytale. Why should something be a less valuable depiction of the human condition because it’s about a 17-year-old girl? Why should something be less credible as a story because it’s about a princess? I don’t think of those parts as lesser parts.
I don’t think that’s the point.
Age has nothing to do with it. A seventeen year old girl can be in love. They can also be naive. The problem with Twilight is that it wasn’t a love story- it was a story about an unhealthly level of dependence and an overall fairly abusive relationship.
And Bella doesn’t have all that much that makes up herself. She has no personality. She lets other people decide who she is, and she doesn’t develop.
And princesses can have wonderful love stories- even if they end up saved by the prince. Calling something a ‘fairytale’ is just a label of a genre, and that doesn’t make it dismissive. Fairytales do teach about the human condition and about the way we respond to different situations.
Give me 17 year old girls in love. Give me princesses. Just give them backbones, give them personalities. Make them real people and not just labels. That’s when they become important.