Twilight Movie

I have to admit it that one of my favorite vampire movies is the Twilight Movie and the entire Twilight series of films originally based on a series of books written by Stephanie Meyer. In case you haven't seen it, the main character is Bella, a high-school transfer student who moves to her father’s hometown of Forks, WA.

There she meets Edward, who at first seems totally repulsed by her. Turns out, he's a vampire and finds her scent more than a little appetizing - and repulsive at the same time. She is also the only person who's mind he can't read, so he's totally hooked while trying to avoid her at all costs at the same time.

Eventually, they do get together and she figures out the truth. She is somewhat welcomed into the vampire clan while she and Edward become increasingly cozier with each other.

What I like about the Twilight Movie series is that the vampires don’t disengage from society, they try to blend in as best they can. Dr. Cullen, Edward’s “father” is even a doctor at a local hospital. I think that’s a good place to blend in since fluorescent lights make everyone look sick anyway.

Another thing I like is that, although many of the vampires in this series do drink blood, the Cullen clan chooses not to, and their angst at being immortal freaks without a soul comes into play for some of these characters during the series bringing on their choice to be "vampire vegetarians".

Rosalie, for instance, another member of the Cullen clan and one of Edward's "sisters" is none too fond of Bella and her willingness to become a vampire so she can be with Edward forever. Rosalie, as well as the rest of the vampires in the Cullen clan, were saved from certain death from Dr. Cullen, but wishes she could have just been a normal human being with a family and die gracefully.

There’s a twist to this series in that the local Native American tribe knows about the vampires and barely tolerates them, which is again another facet of their non-acceptance in society, no matter how hard the vampires try to be nice and fit in with the other townspeople.

One of the things I don’t care for so much in the Twilight films is the fact that the vampires picked Forks, Washington because of its lack of sunlight. It’s not what you think - these vampires can go out in the sun, but they sparkle! Seems a little over the top to me. So they avoid bright sunlight. But the Twilight Movie is unique among all other vampire films and books that I am aware of as far as this is concerned.

Being a vampire also give you extra strength (no surprise there) and a little extra grace and beauty on top of that is a big plus. Some of them even end up with enhanced psychic abilities, such as Edward, who can read minds, and his “sister” Alice, who can see into the future.

Of course, one can not escape bureaucracy, even as a vampire. In this case, it is the sinister Italian clan of the Volturi, who make and enforce the vampire code of conduct. The punishment for any transgression is death by their hands. They are much more prominent a little later in the series, mainly because human-eating vampires find Bella and try to kill her, creating a bit of a ruckus in the vampire world.

So the Volturi come to investigate and the plot of Twilight thickens. Eventually, they insist that Bella become one of them, which makes Bella happy but torments Edward, because he wants Bella to stay human. Edward is afraid she will lose her soul, but Bella doesn’t care.

And I haven’t even mentioned her other love interest yet - Jacob, who is believed to be way hotter than Edward in every sense of the word by many fans. And because his tribe has a truce with the Cullens, he knows the truth about them and can’t stand Edward.

Apparently, Bella has this thing against picking normal guys, because she also falls in love with Jacob, who eventually turns into a shape-shifting wolf. Those wolves are also the only thing besides vampires that can kill vampires, so Jacob’s hatred of Edward could be the death of either one of them.

Overall, these Twilight Movie films make “normal” high school relationships look completely sane. All the teen angst here and those bubbling hormones, combined with the drama and angst of the vampires - wow, what a series. It is refreshing to see vampires who seem to have the same vigor on their faces as they have in their physical activity. If they could just lose the sparkles, the Twilight Movie series would be just about perfect. But then again, that's one of the things that makes this movie unique too.

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"I’m the world’s best predator, aren’t I? Everything about me invites you in — my voice, my face, even my smell. As if I need any of that!" -- Edward Cullen, Twilight