Twilight Zone: The "Good Bad Boy"

By Pamela, age 25, South Africa

It's official - with the release of New Moon, the Twilight phenomenon has reached fever pitch. Teens and adults alike can't get enough of the vampire saga, and devour every tidbit about the movies and the actors, including the supposed romance between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, who play Edward and Bella.

Girls all over the world feel like they know Edward and Bella. They think it's the most romantic story ever. If they're not watching the movies, they're talking about them. They wish they were Bella so that they could be with Edward. You get the picture. According to celeb gossip, Robert Pattinson is constantly mobbed by throngs of girls screaming for "Edward". So why is Edward the first love of teenage girls (and some boys) everywhere? He is a bloodthirsty vampire with a penchant for eating teenage girls, after all. This isn't a particularly desirable quality in a potential boyfriend.

Girls are attracted to Edward for the same reason that Bella is attracted to him: he's a "good bad boy". There seems to be something about the bad boy who is drop dead (excuse the pun) gorgeous, yet extremely sensitive, caring, and has impeccable manners. Edward practically stalks Bella, yet girls find it sweet that he's so protective and worried about her. Bella herself is willing to become a vampire and live for eternity to be with him. Now that's love!

There are loads of movies where guys have stalked girls they were obsessed with, and female viewers in turn obsess over these bad boys. It has to do with the dangerous quality of these characters. It's that excitement and mystery bad boy characters exude, and in turn ignite in female viewers. We all love a taste of drama. One of my favourite movies is a little known gem from the nineties called Fear. It stars Reese Witherspoon as an innocent 16 year old girl who is stalked by a shirtless Mark Wahlberg in the best shape of his life (enough said). I must confess that I still want to be Reese Witherspoon in the movie, even though he kills her dog and holds her family hostage. Now, I know this sounds irrational, but there's something about Mark Wahlberg that draws me like a magnet. In fact, I am drawn to him, not in spite of him being dangerous, but because of it. I am actually so drawn to him that over a year ago I created a Facebook group called "I Love Fear with Mark Wahlberg!" Yes, I know creating a Facebook group devoted to Mark Wahlberg is a little obsessive, but I couldn't help myself.

It is this bad boy quality that attracts girls to Edward. We want the drama of being in danger, then being saved, and then doing it all over again. Girls feed on fairytale romances with a dark side. Twilight wouldn't be the same if Edward were like Prince Charming. That would be rather dull and boring. We want to feel those extreme emotions of love, passion, and the fear for our lives. We want to be Bella because Edward is the ultimate bad boy - a vampire. Only Edward is a sensitive, caring, romantic vampire who looks like a young Brad Pitt (in Interview with the Vampire, of course). He's a "good bad boy".

Now, if only I could find a way to get rid of Bella, because I know if Edward knew me he would totally fall in love with me!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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