Shailene Woodley says ‘Twilight’ relationship is “unhealthy” and “toxic”

March 12, 2014

Shailene Woodley touched on the Twilight relationship during her MTV First interview for Divergent, and she wasn’t very glowing in her review.

‘Twilight,’ I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship,” she said. “She falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she’s going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve.”

I must say that I agree – I absolutely loved the Twilight books when I was younger, but as I matured I realized that the relationship between Bella and Edward is not a very healthy one. Like Shailene has said in the past, a relationship should be “whipped cream on top” of life, not your entire life.

What do you think about Shailene’s opinion on ‘Twilight’?

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  • Linda

    Honestly, it’s ridiculous. Should we look at the some of the roles that she has played? Playing a teenage mom is probably not sending a great message either. There is no reason to be negative about a book or movie that you had nothing to do with. The fact is that movies, books, and most television shows are not reality. If people don;t know the difference between fake and reality then they should find something else to do that they can handle. I mean if you look at it that way then Barbies should be considered toxic too because it sends a bad message to all little girls and boys. How about sending some positivity out into the world instead of negativity. The world needs some positivity.

  • http://lovethroughthedarkdays.tumblr.com/ Amelia B


    I’m just going to leave this here.
    Also, she has every right to object to the abusive and manipulative relationships shown in Twilight. Fiction creates culture–and many studies show that unknowingly, our behavior is affected by the stories we see in our books and films. (even if people know it is fiction!)

  • valeclaro

    Well, I can see her point, and I know a lot of people see it this way, but I feel really bad watching everyone criticize Twilight for “making it about a girl who loves a boy over her own life”, but even before these books came out girls were already making their relationships their whole lives, and honestly, as human beings, we tend to make something (anything) we’re really passionate about the main reason for our existence, wether it is a boy, our parents and some even their phones. So I think people should stop judging the book for exposing a reality for almost 50% of the teenage girls in the world.

  • ff501998

    Irrespective of my opinion about Twilight, it seems Shailene and Divergent can do no wrong right now! :-/

    But really, is she one to speak when Tris/Four’s relationship in book 2 borders on hiding things from each other and by book 3 they hardly trust each other!

  • Andrew55

    I think this was a completely ignorant and dangerous thing to say by her. It was ignorant because she left out all the good values of Twilight. Like showing a girl make choices and standing by those choices. Or showing a girl grow into woman through marriage and having a kid. Showing a woman becoming independent and by the end of the story…the actual hero. And it’s dangerous because I will bet a significant portion of her audience are the same people who like the YA genre and possibly like Twilight. In a day where YA novel to film adaptations are bombing at a record pace, why stir up some bad mojo. Just don’t rock the boat. Now, with all this said, I love Shailene and the Divergent franchise. I hope it does great in the box office and we get to see future installments.

  • Anna

    I think Shai its right, its not about the movies is about the books. The books are giving a bad messgage to young people. Shai is right. Go on judge me for be at Shai´s side but what Shai is saying is true.

  • Andrew55

    It’s true to a point. It’s very one sided and a little short minded to just look at the negative aspects of Twilight and not mention all the positives it had too. She has a right to believe what she believes but I think going out and dissing another YA franchise is not the right way to go about things. Many fans of Twilight may be fans of Divergent or may have thought about checking it out once it comes to theaters. By saying things like this, she may alienate those fans and the potential dollars that could come along with them. No one is implying or should imply that her opinion is wrong but she should probably have kept that opinion to herself when out doing press.