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It's basically about Prince Charming if he was trying to eat you.
There’s a lot to cover in this vast, sprawling film series so let us try to boil it down for you: “Mumble mumble mumble moon eyes. Mumble mumble mumble mumble lay in a field. Mumble mumble mumble perv on a baby. Mumble.”
When you read the Twilight series, it’s like saying 'Edward Cullen is so beautiful I creamed myself. I mean every line is like that. He’s the most ridiculous person who’s so amazing at everything. I think a lot of actors tried to play that aspect. I just couldn't do it. And the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that’s how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself. Plus, he’s a 108 year-old virgin, so there’s clearly some issues there.
I think Bella's such an uncaring, unstable idiot because Meyer latched on to the insecurities hidden in her desired audience. Meyer even created this so-called story based on one of her own dreams (yes, that's really where she got the idea for Twilight from). Ironically, it makes Meyer come across as vampiric; she preys on the insecurities and libidos of the less intelligent teenage girls of the world for profit.
Bella. From Twilight. This has to be the most selfish, male-dependent, uncaring, manipulative, self-centered, pretentious, idiotic, whining little bitch-bag you will ever see in your entire life. And honestly, that wouldn't be too bad a character - it could be very interesting - if it was intentional. But it's not. Bella is supposed to represent the "every-day teenage girl." If that's the case, then the story really got mixed-up who the blood-sucking monster is. She thinks she's tortured, even though really, she has no problems. She gets a crush on a boy, and decides she wants to marry him, even though she's not even out of high school yet. She wants to be turned into a vampire, which everyone has said is throwing her life away - but of course, at the enlightening age of seventeen, she already knows exactly what she wants. Aren't you glad you followed through with every bright idea you had at seventeen? Aren't you totally glad you committed to something you knew you could never make a mistake on at that age? Oh yeah. Seventeen! Nobody ever fucks up at that age! The boyfriend tries to leave her so he can save her, but she constantly keeps throwing herself off cliffs and putting herself in danger, just so he can notice her. Good. Fucking. God. That's right, girls. If your boyfriend leaves you, do exactly this! I assure you, it won't backfire in the least. Sure, you might be dead, but... That'll teach him. She then gets another boy involved, who actually seems supportive and attentive, but she dumps him because the other guy looks at her weird. And by god, how can she turn down a guy with no personality, who just looks at her weird? Again, one of those brilliant choices you make at seventeen. So now a whole war is going on - all because of her - And everyone is going out of their way to protect her, and she's simply like: "Yeah, that's cool." oh, wait. She does try to say once that she's not worth it, but that only lasts a few seconds. She then realizes that she is worth it, and is totally on-board with having muscle-boys carry her around everywhere. And just as her boyfriend finally agrees to marry her? Imagine, a boy being pressured into marriage. She dicks around with the other guy, yet again. Oh my god. I mean, oh. My. God. I have never seen a character more needy, and more insecure. She is such a dumbass in distress that it's actually kind of scary. She is a scary character. In another dimension, maybe she could have been a great Shakespeare villain - this really complex, developed, psychotic mind. But as the common, every-day, relatable girl that we're all supposed to identify with? She is, and always shall be - the biggest dumbass in distress.
— The Nostalgia Critic
Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people… The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.
— Stephen King
Quotes from the Twilight Saga
"Do you have a multiple personality disorder?" I asked severely.
— Bella to Edward in Chapter 4 of Twilight
I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars.
— Bella in Twilight
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 in Twilight
And so the lion fell in love with the lamb.
—Edward in Twilight
Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. ...And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything.
—Edward in New Moon
Forbidden to remember, terrified to forget; it was a hard line to walk.
—Bella in New Moon concerning her depression.
The bond forged between us was not one that could be broken by absence, distance, or time. And no matter how much more special or beautiful or brilliant or perfect than me he might be, he was as irreversibly altered as I was. As I would always belong to him, so would he always be mine.
—Bella in New Moon
Time passes. Even when it seems impossible. Even when each tick of the second hand aches like the pulse of blood behind a bruise. It passes unevenly, in strange lurches and dragging lulls, but pass it does. Even for me.
—Bella in New Moon
I'm gonna fight for you, until your heart stops beating.
—Jacob in Eclipse
"And the sound of your heart," he continued. "It's the most significant sound in my world. I'm so attuned to it now, I swear I could pick it out from miles away. But neither of these things matter. This," he said, taking my face in his hands. "You. That's what I'm keeping. You'll always be my Bella, you'll just be a little more durable."
—Edward in Eclipse
Would you like to hear my story, Bella? It doesn't have a happy ending—but which of ours does? If we had happy endings, we'd all be under gravestones now.
—Rosalie Hale in Eclipse
“It’s not like love at first sight, really. It’s more like… gravity moves. When you see her, suddenly it’s not the earth holding you here anymore. She does. And nothing matters more than her. And you would do anything for her, be anything for her… You become whatever she needs you to be, whether that’s a protector, or a lover, or a friend, or a brother.”
—Jacob in Eclipse concerning imprinting
You could run from someone you feared, you could try to fight someone you hated. All my reactions were geared toward those kinds of killers – the monsters, the enemies. When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give your beloved, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved?
—Bella in Breaking Dawn
Black spots covered the light in the room as a cold point of new pain stabbed icily into my stomach. It felt wrong—I struggled automatically to protect my womb, my baby, my little Edward Jacob, but I was weak. My lungs ached, oxygen burned away. The pain faded away again, though I clung to it now. My baby, my baby, dying. . . .
—Bella in Breaking Dawn, chapter 19
Because I’d had morphine and venom together in my system before, and I knew the truth. I knew the numbness of the medicine was completely irrelevant while the venom seared through my veins. But there’d been no way I was going to mention that fact. Nothing that would make him more unwilling to change me. I hadn’t guessed that the morphine would have this effect—that it would pin me down and gag me. Hold me paralyzed while I burned.
—Bella in Breaking Dawn, chapter 19
“I know - I'll play you for it," Alice suggested. "Rock, paper, scissors." Jasper chuckled and Edward sighed. "Why don't you just tell me who wins?" Edward said wryly. Alice beamed. "I do. Excellent.”