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Published On: Wed, Mar 12th, 2014

‘Divergent’ star Shailene Woodley explains why ‘Twilight’ is so horrible

The star of one franchise aimed as teens slammed another when Shailene Woodley spoke out on why Twilight sets such a horrible example for teens.

shailene Woodley as Tris Divergent photoDivergent‘s star spoke with Teen Vogue, Woodley explained in the Mar. 12 interview, “‘Twilight,’ I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. 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.”

Divergent, on the other hand, follows a divided society as citizens fight against genocide and tyranny. Woodley described the story to The Daily Beast as “so metaphorical to today’s society.”

In fact, Woodley explains how great Divergent is for feminism.

“And in this movie, there’s no envy and no jealousy—no ridiculous girl-fights. It’s such an important message to send out there in this age of feminism because, yes, men need to respect women, and women need to be the leads of films, but at the same time, how do we expect men to respect women if women don’t respect women? A big theme in my life is sisterhood, and I think that this movie is a really great representation of that—of being there and supporting one-another without the malicious attacks that so often come in movies and media. So many women feel so much anger towards other women.”

Divergent stars Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet and opens in theaters on March 21, 2014.

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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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