"completely fits into the "show don't tell" model we've all heard a zillion times." Plot-based novels, as they are not FOCUSED at and do not revolve around character development, therefore do not inherently fit 'show don't tell', as 'show don't tell' is meant to primarily 'show' the inner workings of characters' thoughts to add dimension. They missed the point :P
“Showing” isn’t just through characters’ thoughts though—it’s also through action and words; ie, not exposition.
People don't understand how bad Bella is for women's rights. She's training a whole generation of girls to think that they need a man or they'll go freakin' crazy, to sacrifice everything for their man. Not to mention that she's always in the kitchen cooking for her father and stuff. I've read that she's actually meant to not be a person; because she's featureless, every little girl can BECOME her, literally. Not healthy, if you ask me, and certainly lazy writing.
I’ve read that too—about how bland little Bella is a perfect canvas for every female reader to project herself onto, and Edward is the classic Knight in Shining Armor who every girl dreams will come sweep her away.