Jungian Twilight - Judge
NO ONE tries to understand why Leah is feeling/acting this way…
Leah - Official Illustrated Guide, pg 332
The difference between Bella and Leah is that the things that happened to Leah were outside her control. She had no control over Sam imprinting, her father’s heart attack, and becoming a werewolf. There was no choice involved in any of that. She has every right to be bitter about it—it absolutely sucks, and she didn’t do a thing to bring this on herself.
Bella CHOSE to move to Forks, she CHOSE to pursue a relationship with Edward. She chose to get Jacob involved in New Moon. She chose to have sex while still human, and she chose to continue the pregnancy that was killing her. Bella always had choices, and she made them for herself, often against everyone’s advice.
CHARACTERS WE’RE SUPPOSED TO HATE BUT SHOULD ACTUALLY SYMPATHIZE WITH: LEAH CLEARWATER
Thankfully, of all the characters that we are supposed to hate but should sympathize with, this is one of the few characters that both fans of Twilight and haters of Twilight actually care about and feel sorry for. The reasons for both groups are different because each have different interpretations and opinions on Twilight and the characters. However, it does feel that everybody who sympathizes with Leah can agree that she is angry for all of the right reasons. Unlike Bella who doesn’t even have to lift a finger for everything to fall into place with her, Leah has the rotten luck of having everything bad happen to her and has to fight through it.
First and foremost, I think people sympathize with Leah on the grounds that she does have a broken heart. She has experienced a betrayal of the worst kind, both from her ex-boyfriend and of her cousin. While people will argue that imprinting is something Sam and Emily could not control and therefore are not at fault, it’s nice to know that people can acknowledge that it is still horribly painful for Leah.
Her three year relationship, while full of love at the time must have come with a terrible void since both she and Sam must have known that they did not imprint on each other. Then, of all people for him to imprint on, it is her cousin that she is very close to. The idea of a boyfriend leaving his girlfriend for her friend is bad enough, but the idea of leaving her for a family member must have been even worse.
Now, before I continue with this piece, I want to establish for those who don’t already know that I hate Twilight. A huge reason for my contempt would be the abusive relationship between Sam and Emily which not only turned physical, but then sympathized with the abuser more than the survivor. Jacob mentions something along the lines of how Sam has to look at Emily’s face for the rest of his life and realize what he did and how horrible that must be for them. He does not sympathize with Emily, whose face was destroyed permenantly and who is still in constant danger for living with this man who can lose control in a fit of anger again. So where does Leah come in?
While it’s not exactly addressed in the books or movies, I like to think a huge part of Leah’s resentment was not only Sam leaving her for Emily after imprinting on her, but the fact that he then attacked Emily for rejecting him. She’s injured so badly that they have to lie to the police and say that she was mauled by a bear to hide the fact that Sam transformed into a wolf and maimed this woman. When you think about it, this a lot of emotional trauma for someone like Leah, who not only gets her heart broken by a man she’s been with for three years, but then has to cope with the fact that he mauled and nearly killed her cousin, only to have her cousin fall in love with him afterwards. While I do not condone victim blaming, you can understand how Leah would come to hate them: Sam for leaving her and then attacking Emily, and Emily for loving a man who nearly killed her.
As if that’s not bad enough, Leah is the only woman to shapeshift into a wolf and her transformation literally killed her own father. The shock of her phase gave him a fatal heart attack, something that naturally she blames herself for. If that isn’t bad enough, her transformation causes her to be mentally linked to the other shapeshifters in her pack, including Sam, who is the pack leader. She can hear and feel all of his thoughts and emotions, he in return can feel all of hers, and so can everybody else in the pack. She literally does not have any space, mentally and physically, for herself. Everything is out on display, even the most intimate and painful details of her life.
AND NOT A SINGLE PERSON IN THE PACK ACTUALLY SYMPATHIZES WITH HER.
This is a girl who was rejected, whose boyfriend attacked her cousin, whose cousin continued to love him, whose father just recently died, and who can literally hear and feel everything that her ex-boyfriend feels, not to mention the fact that being a shapeshifter has rendered her body infertile, and nobody in that pack thinks for one second “Poor Leah, this must be horrible for her.” Even though they are all very aware of everything that she went through and everything she must be feeling. Instead, they criticize her for trying to prove herself, even though she is the only female shapeshifter in their group, something that is new and unheard of. Her potential is not acknowledged, her existance is not celebrated, and she’s just discarded as a nuisance and an annoyance.
In fact, the only time Leah is actually sympathetic is when Jacob is the one facing rejection and a broken heart over Bella’s decision to marry Edward. While it is heartening that he had to experience this first hand in order to understand Leah’s pain and resentment, I can’t ignore how heartache is only an issue when either Bella experiences it (in New Moon) or when a male character experiences it. Bella is the main protagonist, we’re supposed to be on her side, and her heartache is considered a declaration of love. We’re supposed to sympathize with her and hope that she finds love again, and essentially we’re supposed to feel the same thing with Jacob.
But with Leah? Someone who has every valid reason in the world to experience sadness, betrayal, bitterness, resentment, and even anger, it’s just considered petty and stupid unless she can bond with a guy who has gone through the same thing. It’s this nasty double standard that I honestly don’t think is fair at all, because Leah did NOT enter a comatose state when Sam left her and she did not put herself in danger and threaten suicide to keep Sam in her life. She gritted her teeth and got through it even when everybody was against her, when everybody didn’t like her, and when the author tried to drive the point home that we’re not supposed to like her that much.
If there is anybody in the entire Twilight franchise that is absolutely worthy of sympathy, love, let alone a happy ending, it is Leah Clearwater. At the very least, it’s nice to know that fans of the story and people who hate the story can come to this conclusion.
im going to start a facebook fight on a one direction fan page
what have you done
you do know that directioners did hack into an airport security system to just watch their idols do…. nothing. You should really think ahead befoe picking fight XD