Love, Vampires, and "Twilight" Talk

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Twilight is the vampire film that cashed in big on the science fiction trend in Hollywood. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz all became household names as a result of this 2008 fantasy film. Stephenie Meyers is the author of the popular novels from which the movies are based. In this installment, a young girl named Bella (Stewart) is sent to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzling Edward Cullen (Pattinson), whose unlike any boy she's ever met. The two are swept up in a passionate romance, though it's quickly threatened when the Cullens' mortal vampire enemies come to Forks looking for Bella.
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October 11th, 2013

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Love, Vampires, and "Twilight" Talk

Characters, emotions, and meaningful and intense dialogue are some of the many reasons to enjoy "Twilight." Conversations between Bella and Edward can be funny, insightful, warm, or painfully sweet. Here are five of the best "Twilight" quotes.

Quote #5: "About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him—and I didn't know how potent that part might be—that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him." (Bella)

Bella accepts these three unbelievable truths. Edward and Bella are drawn to each other, but because Edward is a vampire and Bella is a human, their love is forbidden. However, they can't stop themselves, and they can't get enough of each other, despite the dangerous differences between them. Bella is so deeply and completely in love that she doesn't care that Edward is a vampire and that he cannot help but thirst for her blood. Knowing these three things makes Bella especially vulnerable. She is not only emotionally vulnerable to heartbreak, she is also physically vulnerable to the possibility that Edward will be unable to resist attacking her.

Quote #4: "What if I'm not a superhero. What if I'm the bad guy?" (Edward)

It is Edward's destiny to be the good guy who is always resisting his bad roots. He is both good and evil, and he must fight his natural urge to prey on humans. Edward does not want to be a monster, and he is always aware of that suppressed part of himself, but he doesn't know if he completely trusts himself to resist his vampire side around Bella. This makes him a character in conflict and somewhat like a victim, which in turn makes him more human and more likeable. Bella accepts that he is a vampire, but she does not accept him as a bad guy. Edward's suppressed energy and the ever-present danger of his vampire qualities intensify the relationship between Edward and Bella.

Quote #3: "I'm the world's most dangerous predator. Everything about me invites you in. My voice, my face, even my smell." (Edward)

Edward describes how he has been created for an evil purpose. As a vampire, he is equipped with all the physical characteristics he could possibly need to make himself an efficient, deadly predator. Those same characteristics, his gorgeous looks, his strength, and his intoxicating voice, also make him desirable and completely dazzling to Bella and others. Edward is strong, protective, gorgeous, and extremely charismatic. Although his design was meant for different purposes, he was designed to be a perfect man. He is potentially dangerous, but that usually leashed power is directed to protecting Bella because she is his everything.

Quote #2: "Twilight again. Another ending. No matter how perfect the day is, it always has to end." (Edward)

Edward is exquisitely romantic without trying to be. He finds his time with Bella to be so blissful that he doesn't want the day to end; he wants it to last forever. Of course, forever is infinite in vampire terms, and the sweetness of this is breathtaking. Neither Edward nor Bella want the day to end; they are so caught up in the depth of feeling for each other that they want to suspend time, hold on to that moment, and never let it end. This is a perfect day for a perfect love story.

Quote #1: "And so the lion fell in love with the lamb. What a stupid lamb. What a sick, masochistic lion." (Edward and Bella)

This is what "Twilight" is all about. It provides the conflict between knowing what's right and doing what feels right. It presents the possibility of physical conflict between predator and prey, and it provides the drama of facing and trying to overcome enormous obstacles. Edward is the all-powerful, predatory lion that chooses not only to spare his natural prey, but to care for her. Bella is the lamb that, at risk to herself, chooses to have a relationship with the lion. Both Edward and Bella realize that their relationship is unconventional, unwise, and dangerous, but also irresistible and inevitable. The full-on power of their love is strong enough to overcome their instincts. Bella is willing to put herself in a position of vulnerability, and Edward is willing to protect her. They both know that they are taking huge risks, and possibly foolish risks, but their love is worth it.