HUGE round of applause for Scott Mendelson who not only “gets” the character Bella Swan, but also “gets” feminism!
True Feminism is about a woman being able to make her own choices for her own life. Not a woman being able to make choices others think she should make.
Mendelson explains how a woman (in this case, a character, Bella) is still a feminist regardless of the popularity of her own choices among her peers, and without seeking the approval of society.
Below is an excerpt, but the full article is well worth the read!
We debate back and forth about what is the ‘correct’ decision for today’s women without realizing that feminism is not about the choice that one woman or another makes but merely the fact that she has that choice. Bella Swan is a fully-functional and intelligent young woman who makes a fully-formed decision about her life. We may disagree with that choice and may say that said decision makes her a poor role model for young women (that’s a debate for a different day), but why exactly is Bella an anti-feminist character? Feminism is about women having the choice to live their lives as they wish to. And that is exactly what Bella does for nearly every moment of the Twilight Saga. Bella Swan may not be a role model in a conventional sense, but she is arguably a shining example of feminism in its purest, if not idealized, form.
Also, what many critics of Bella Swan fail to understand is that the journey thus far that has been presented on screen is the backstory, if you will, of Bella’s rise to becoming ultimately the most powerful character in the “game.” Just as the cover of the last book in the saga, BREAKING DAWN, alludes to with chess pieces. A red pawn being overshadowed by a white queen.