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Twilight: The 10 Worst Things Edward Has Ever Done | ScreenRant

While Twilight might have been a huge phenomenon, and it’s easy to see why in some ways, there are also some things about the series that give pause. While the idea of having a super hot vampire boyfriend is definitely appealing, Edwards wasn’t nearly the romantic, respectful boyfriend he was made out to be. While the books were marketed mainly to teenagers who might not notice the red flags, there are definitely a lot of things Edward did that weren’t so great. Many of these things have to do with how he treated Bella.

We’ve put together a list of ten of the worst things Edward Cullen has ever done.

10 HE TRIES TO SCARE BELLA

During Twilight, Edward isn’t sure how to handle his feelings for Bella. He makes her uncomfortable by sending many mixed messages. When Edward reveals to her that he is a vampire, he goes out of his way to feel uncomfortable and scared in an effort to push her away. While this might have been done in a weird attempt to keep her safe and away from him, maybe he really just should have left town for good if he was serious about not messing with her life.

9 WATCHING BELLA WHILE SHE SLEEPS

This is definitely one of those romance tropes that need to just go away fast. While if you’re dating someone and consensually sharing a bed with each other, watching someone fall asleep next to you isn’t weird, doing so without their consent is creepy. Edward spent many nights watching Bella sleep without her knowing that he was doing it. While he might think he was doing it to protect her, it’s a really creepy move and not romantic at all.

8 HIS LACK OF INTEREST IN HAVING FRIENDS

This is kind of a complicated point because on the one hand, staying at a certain distance from humans was to keep them safe. Also, given the fact that the Cullens never age and have weird traits about them, being close friends with humans could alert people that something strange was going on.

RELATED: Twilight: 10 Things In The Movies That Only Make Sense If You Read The Books

However, it’s kind of problematic that Edward really doesn’t seem to have any friends outside of his Cullen family. He doesn’t really have human or vampire friends and is kind of a loner.

7 HOW OBSESSED HE IS WITH READING BELLA’S THOUGHTS

Edward’s special gift as a vampire is being able to read minds. Edward is unable to read Bella’s mind, however. He often feels frustrated with his fact and expresses his desire to be able to read her thoughts. Although sometimes we would all like to be able to read the minds of others around us, it’s kind of a problem that Edward doesn’t see how violating this can be. He isn’t so great at sharing any of his own thoughts with Bella but seems to think every thought she has should be fair game.

6 WHEN HE BROKE BELLA’S TRUCK SO SHE COULDN’T SEE JACOB

One of the biggest red flags about Edward is how he tries to control what Bella does. He often thinks he is doing so in her best interest, but it isn’t up to him to make decisions for her. He has a very patronizing and infantilizing tone with her. While he might be a lot older than her, which is kind of creepy in its own way, he should respect her more. This problem is most clear when he literally breaks Bella’s truck to try and keep her from going to see Jacob. Controlling much?

5 STALKING BELLA

Similar to the fact that Edward would watch Bella sleep, Edward also stalked her all the time. In the first book in the series, Edward follows Bella as she goes out with her friends for the night. He follows her to Port Angeles.

RELATED: 10 Things From Twilight That Haven’t Aged Well

While Stephanie Meyer tried to make this into a positive thing as Edward saves her from men who had bad intentions with Bella, it’s really strange to set up a story where a woman is so helpless without a man around that she can’t go to a small city for the evening with a group of friends.

4 THE WAY HE DUMPED BELLA IN NEW MOON

So many of Edward’s horrible choices and things he does relate to him trying to do what is best for Bella. After the party at the Cullens were Bella is almost attacked after getting a paper cut, Edward decides he has to leave her behind. He literally takes her to the woods to dump her, which is just a weird and creepy thing to do. This is a pretty traumatic way to break up with someone especially considering how he makes his entire family up and move away with him.

3 THAT WHOLE MURDERING BAD GUYS THING

Vampires are obviously undead creatures who need to drink blood to survive. As vampires who don’t kill humans, Edward deciding to break away from that Cullen rule was pretty shocking. While he might have justified this by having the people he ate be bad guys, it’s still kind of problematic.

RELATED: Twilight: 10 Facts About Edward They Leave Out In The Movies

This makes him somewhat of a vigilante, and while this’ understandable in many ways, it’s also violent and bad.

2 HOW JEALOUS HE ACTS OF JACOB

Edward is overall really controlling, possessive, and jealous. Not traits you really want your romantic partner to have. He was so jealous and threatened of Bella’s relationship with Jacob, even though he had literally abandoned her and put her in a situation where she needed to make new friends. He sets up a situation where it’s like Bella disobeys him by keeping up a friendship with Jacob. This controlling kind of relationship is not admirable in any way.

1 WHEN HE ALMOST KILLED BELLA

While the idea of having a vampire or other beautiful but scary creature as a significant other might be appealing, it really wouldn’t be so great. Edward is so unable to cut himself out of Bella’s life that he puts her at risk many times. This is especially true at the end of the first book when he is almost unable to stop drinking her blood after he has to suck the vampire venom out of her. It would have been best for Bella if Edward had left the picture before they ever started dating.

NEXT: Twilight: 10 Bella And Edward Memes That Are Too Hilarious For Words


2019-07-17 03:07:03

Amanda Steele

10 Times Twilight Ignored Its Own Canon | ScreenRant

We’re talking about Twilight once again! Whether you’re a fan of the series, you love to hate it, or you just genuinely hate it, there are still plenty of things to investigate and look at when it comes to this franchise. At the end of the day, no matter how you feel about the books and movies, they are an undeniable part of our pop culture.

Related: Twilight: 10 Things In The Movies That Only Make Sense If You Read The Books

For better or for worse, Twilight is a permanent part of the lexicon and nearly everyone has some kind of experience with it. That said, there were several times when the series ignored its own established canon and we’re taking a look at them right in this list.

10 Jasper is somehow able to alter Bella’s emotions

One of the reasons Edward initially became attracted to Bella was because she was unaffected by his mind-reading powers. It soon became common knowledge in the Twilight canon that Bella was impervious to all the special gifts vampires have. So then, if that’s the case, then how is it Jasper was able to manipulate Bella’s emotions on one more than one occasion?

Are we to believe that Jasper’s emotional manipulation powers are more powerful than the Volturi vampires who couldn’t effect Bella Swann? It doesn’t seem realistic that Jasper is somehow more skilled than vampires much older and stronger than him.

9 Bella didn’t follow any of the newborn vampire rules

From the very first book, newborn vampires were a thing to be feared. They were supposedly more vicious, cruel, and had insane strength and speed. Newborns would take years to be able to control their bloodlust and decades to blend in with humans, if ever.

Related: 10 Things From Twilight That Haven’t Aged Well

This was one of the big reasons Edward feared turning Bella into a vampire. He knew if she ever accidentally hurt someone while in her frenzied state, she would never forgive herself. Yet when Bella becomes a vampire, she is able to adapt to the life of being an immortal being with a weird amount of finesse and hardly any side effects.

8 Were Alice’s vampire senses forgotten about?

In the first book and movie, there is a moment when Bella is coaxed into going to visit James alone. Obviously, he is after Bella and hopes to get her away from the Cullens so he can feed on her and ultimately kill her. He threatens to kill Bella’s mother if she doesn’t comply with his demands.

However, this entire conversation takes place on a phone while Alice is merely in the next room. You would think she could just use her super-heightened vampire hearing to listen in on Bella regularly, or in general, and make sure nothing happened to her or no one tried to get in touch with her from the outside beyond Edward.

7 Vampires are not supposed to be able to have children

It is stated in canon that vampires cannot procreate. Considering the fact they’re dead and have no running blood to speak of, it’s hard to figure out how they are even able to have relations, to begin with. But overlooking that, since romance has long since been a part of vampire lore, how was the canon so radically shifted to allow for Edward and Bella to conceive a child in the fourth book in the series?

It’s a pretty massive breaking of the rules instituted by this universe from the get-go. Did the author simply not care anymore? Not much was done to explain how this medical mystery happened, it just does.

6 How are vampires able to have any physical contact with humans?

Another big part of the vampire descriptions in the universe is a repeated phrasing that they are built hard as stone. Even Bella claims kissing Edward was a little like kissing a statue made of marble.

Related: Twilight: 10 Bella And Edward Memes That Are Too Hilarious For Words

If this is the case, then not only does it make it hard to imagine hugging or kissing someone like that, but how is Carlisle able to do anything as a doctor and have no one catch on to the fact there is something supernatural about him? Think about it, he deals with touching people and examining them on a regular basis. Wouldn’t it be weird to have someone with hands hard as rocks probing your skin?

5 Werewolves don’t actually care about human lives

Part of the reason the werewolves considered themselves so superior to the Cullens, and all vampires for that matter, is due to their empathy and love for humans in the area. Except, the truth is, the werewolves don’t pay any more attention to human affairs or human deaths than the Cullens did.

The only humans they really care about were the ones immediately in their inner circle, those they loved or cared about. Otherwise, the greater Forks area at large was on their own when it came from outside threats. Sure, the supernatural creatures would try to stop it but they never stopped to show much empathy for the victims.

4 Jasper was able to control his bloodlust then suddenly he can’t

It’s not a surprise that Jasper has the most difficult time out of all the Cullens with controlling his bloodlust, he’s the youngest Cullen so it makes sense. However, his bloodlust has been written inconsistently multiple times in the Twilight universe.

Related: Kristen Stewart Most Iconic Movie Roles, Ranked

The tipping point comes when Bella gets a paper cut at her birthday party and Jasper tries to attack her, which causes Edward and the Cullens to pick up and leave town because he’s afraid of her getting hurt. But before that, Jasper would go through regular school days with blood all around him and when James attacked Bella and she almost bled out, he didn’t react nearly as badly as he did to a minor paper cut.

3 Dmitri can’t track Bella but James could

In Breaking Dawn, the vampire Dmitri struggles to track Bella because of her ability where she can block people out of her mind. That’s not weird or out of the ordinary. We know Bella has a special gift that allows her to be immune to any and all vampire abilities (supposedly).

However, in the first book, James was able to track Bella because of her scent. Why would he have been able to track her and Dmitri cannot? Even if Dmitri was using a “gift” and James wasn’t, then theoretically he could use her scent. Something about these two events doesn’t match up.

2 Alice can’t see werewolves in her visions until she can

This was actually originally pointed out years ago by MTV, but in Breaking Dawn, one of the most climatic scenes in the film is the ending when Alice has a premonition of how the final battle will play out between the Cullens, their friends, and the Volturi.

The thing is, it was established far earlier in the series that Alice is not able to see werewolves in her visions. Prior to this point, werewolves always showed up as a blurry patch for her. Yet during the portrayal of this vision, suddenly all the werewolves are there in HD quality. So what gives?

1 The sparkling is inconsistent

The big famous thing about Twilight is that the vampires sparkle. Even people who may not have ever seen the films or read the books probably know that fact. If the vampires go in direct sunlight, they will be so blindingly luminescent, it is impossible for people to think they’re human any longer.

When the days are extra sunny, the Cullens would go on hunting trips and skip school. But even when they were in the sunlight, you would think they might sparkle at least a little bit, and they don’t. The only time we ever see them sparkle is when they deliberately try to show someone, like when Edward shows Bella, making it seem more like a choice than anything else.

Next: Twilight: 10 Facts About Edward They Leave Out In The Movies


2019-07-14 01:07:44

Madison Lennon

10 Times Twilight Ignored Its Own Canon | ScreenRant

We’re talking about Twilight once again! Whether you’re a fan of the series, you love to hate it, or you just genuinely hate it, there are still plenty of things to investigate and look at when it comes to this franchise. At the end of the day, no matter how you feel about the books and movies, they are an undeniable part of our pop culture.

Related: Twilight: 10 Things In The Movies That Only Make Sense If You Read The Books

For better or for worse, Twilight is a permanent part of the lexicon and nearly everyone has some kind of experience with it. That said, there were several times when the series ignored its own established canon and we’re taking a look at them right in this list.

10 Jasper is somehow able to alter Bella’s emotions

One of the reasons Edward initially became attracted to Bella was because she was unaffected by his mind-reading powers. It soon became common knowledge in the Twilight canon that Bella was impervious to all the special gifts vampires have. So then, if that’s the case, then how is it Jasper was able to manipulate Bella’s emotions on one more than one occasion?

Are we to believe that Jasper’s emotional manipulation powers are more powerful than the Volturi vampires who couldn’t effect Bella Swann? It doesn’t seem realistic that Jasper is somehow more skilled than vampires much older and stronger than him.

9 Bella didn’t follow any of the newborn vampire rules

From the very first book, newborn vampires were a thing to be feared. They were supposedly more vicious, cruel, and had insane strength and speed. Newborns would take years to be able to control their bloodlust and decades to blend in with humans, if ever.

Related: 10 Things From Twilight That Haven’t Aged Well

This was one of the big reasons Edward feared turning Bella into a vampire. He knew if she ever accidentally hurt someone while in her frenzied state, she would never forgive herself. Yet when Bella becomes a vampire, she is able to adapt to the life of being an immortal being with a weird amount of finesse and hardly any side effects.

8 Were Alice’s vampire senses forgotten about?

In the first book and movie, there is a moment when Bella is coaxed into going to visit James alone. Obviously, he is after Bella and hopes to get her away from the Cullens so he can feed on her and ultimately kill her. He threatens to kill Bella’s mother if she doesn’t comply with his demands.

However, this entire conversation takes place on a phone while Alice is merely in the next room. You would think she could just use her super-heightened vampire hearing to listen in on Bella regularly, or in general, and make sure nothing happened to her or no one tried to get in touch with her from the outside beyond Edward.

7 Vampires are not supposed to be able to have children

It is stated in canon that vampires cannot procreate. Considering the fact they’re dead and have no running blood to speak of, it’s hard to figure out how they are even able to have relations, to begin with. But overlooking that, since romance has long since been a part of vampire lore, how was the canon so radically shifted to allow for Edward and Bella to conceive a child in the fourth book in the series?

It’s a pretty massive breaking of the rules instituted by this universe from the get-go. Did the author simply not care anymore? Not much was done to explain how this medical mystery happened, it just does.

6 How are vampires able to have any physical contact with humans?

Another big part of the vampire descriptions in the universe is a repeated phrasing that they are built hard as stone. Even Bella claims kissing Edward was a little like kissing a statue made of marble.

Related: Twilight: 10 Bella And Edward Memes That Are Too Hilarious For Words

If this is the case, then not only does it make it hard to imagine hugging or kissing someone like that, but how is Carlisle able to do anything as a doctor and have no one catch on to the fact there is something supernatural about him? Think about it, he deals with touching people and examining them on a regular basis. Wouldn’t it be weird to have someone with hands hard as rocks probing your skin?

5 Werewolves don’t actually care about human lives

Part of the reason the werewolves considered themselves so superior to the Cullens, and all vampires for that matter, is due to their empathy and love for humans in the area. Except, the truth is, the werewolves don’t pay any more attention to human affairs or human deaths than the Cullens did.

The only humans they really care about were the ones immediately in their inner circle, those they loved or cared about. Otherwise, the greater Forks area at large was on their own when it came from outside threats. Sure, the supernatural creatures would try to stop it but they never stopped to show much empathy for the victims.

4 Jasper was able to control his bloodlust then suddenly he can’t

It’s not a surprise that Jasper has the most difficult time out of all the Cullens with controlling his bloodlust, he’s the youngest Cullen so it makes sense. However, his bloodlust has been written inconsistently multiple times in the Twilight universe.

Related: Kristen Stewart Most Iconic Movie Roles, Ranked

The tipping point comes when Bella gets a paper cut at her birthday party and Jasper tries to attack her, which causes Edward and the Cullens to pick up and leave town because he’s afraid of her getting hurt. But before that, Jasper would go through regular school days with blood all around him and when James attacked Bella and she almost bled out, he didn’t react nearly as badly as he did to a minor paper cut.

3 Dmitri can’t track Bella but James could

In Breaking Dawn, the vampire Dmitri struggles to track Bella because of her ability where she can block people out of her mind. That’s not weird or out of the ordinary. We know Bella has a special gift that allows her to be immune to any and all vampire abilities (supposedly).

However, in the first book, James was able to track Bella because of her scent. Why would he have been able to track her and Dmitri cannot? Even if Dmitri was using a “gift” and James wasn’t, then theoretically he could use her scent. Something about these two events doesn’t match up.

2 Alice can’t see werewolves in her visions until she can

This was actually originally pointed out years ago by MTV, but in Breaking Dawn, one of the most climatic scenes in the film is the ending when Alice has a premonition of how the final battle will play out between the Cullens, their friends, and the Volturi.

The thing is, it was established far earlier in the series that Alice is not able to see werewolves in her visions. Prior to this point, werewolves always showed up as a blurry patch for her. Yet during the portrayal of this vision, suddenly all the werewolves are there in HD quality. So what gives?

1 The sparkling is inconsistent

The big famous thing about Twilight is that the vampires sparkle. Even people who may not have ever seen the films or read the books probably know that fact. If the vampires go in direct sunlight, they will be so blindingly luminescent, it is impossible for people to think they’re human any longer.

When the days are extra sunny, the Cullens would go on hunting trips and skip school. But even when they were in the sunlight, you would think they might sparkle at least a little bit, and they don’t. The only time we ever see them sparkle is when they deliberately try to show someone, like when Edward shows Bella, making it seem more like a choice than anything else.

Next: Twilight: 10 Facts About Edward They Leave Out In The Movies


2019-07-14 01:07:44

Madison Lennon

10 Things From Twilight That Haven’t Aged Well | ScreenRant

Ah, Twilight. What a time to be alive when the saga was at its peak. The height of the vampire love story’s popularity had an abundance of young girls swooning over Edward Cullen, aka the 100-year-old who loves to drool over a high school girl as she sleeps… But he sparkles and his hair is all lush, so it’s fine.

RELATED: Twilight: 10 Facts About Edward They Leave Out In The Movies

There are a lot of elements from the Twilight saga that have not aged so well, yet if we’re going to be honest, these movies were never exactly Citizen Kane. Still, it’s always fun to look back and get all nostalgic over the vampire series that has shaped a generation of millennials.  Here are 10 things from Twilight that have NOT aged well.

10 THE UNCOMFORTABLE AGE GAP BETWEEN BELLA & EDWARD

Seriously? You’re going to make Edward over 100 years old and you’re going to make Bella seventeen? We already read Lolita in high school, and we don’t need to re-imagine it with vampires and werewolves.

Sure, Edward looks like a handsome young lad on the outside, but that really doesn’t change the fact that he’s older than the time it took for the Chicago Cubs to re-win the world series. Why couldn’t Meyer just bump up Bella’s age by one year? That would still be incredibly creepy, but at least it would be legal.

9 THE FIXATION EVERY BOY ON EARTH HAS WITH BELLA SWAN

Don’t get us wrong, Kristen Stewart is lovely. But the fact that every boy in the whole world seems to be madly in love with her and only has eyes for this one girl is a bit of an issue. It leads young women to believe this fantasy situation is normal, and if they don’t have their whole town drooling all over them at once, they must not be worthy.

RELATED: Twilight: 10 Facts About Bella They Leave Out In The Movies

The truth is, life doesn’t work this way. Chances are, you won’t be the only beauty in the town and you’re not going to be everyone’s type, which is perfectly okay.  Even Mike still has puppy-eyes for Bella despite the fact that he has the hilarious/badass Anna Kendrick practically tripping over him.

8 RACIST THEMES

Looking closer into the saga, it’s hard to feel comfortable with its negative portrayals of anyone who is not “alabaster white,” as Meyer herself puts it. One of the most glaring issues in Twilight stems from its portrayal of Native Americans as “animals” and “savages” throughout the series. In Meyer’s novels, the non-white characters basically exist as a threat to the “pale faces.”

Jacob’s character may be BFFs with Bella, but at the end of the day, he is simply a plot device used to bring the two “pale-faced” lovers closer together. Plus, the only two black characters in the first film are both the bad guys. One is a bloodthirsty vampire who hangs out with the likes of James and Victoria and the other is a Forks student who’s portrayed as reckless for nearly killing Bella in a car accident. Seriously, not cool.

7 BELLA DEVOTING HER LIFE TO HER BOYFRIEND

It is extremely insulting to women (and the human race) to witness how obsessed with Edward Bella is, to the point where she literally cannot function without him. This is especially evident in the second film when Edward dumps Bella (in the middle of a forest) and leaves her all alone (in the middle of a forest). Total boyfriend material right there, folks.

Her reaction to this break up is extremely painful to watch because it is meant to be romantic when, in reality, it is the aftermath of a toxic and codependent relationship. There is an excruciating scene where an entire montage occurs in dedication to Bella’s post-breakup depression (which goes on for a whole year). We get it, breakups are painful, but nobody suffers quite like Bella Swan.

6 EDWARD’S ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR

It’s honestly ridiculous how more people didn’t pick up on the abuse going on between the most swooned-after couple in pop culture for such an extended period of time. Regardless, the blatant abuse and toxic behavior in the relationship between Edward and Bella is truly unfortunate, considering how many young viewers on the cusp of dating found themselves looking up to Edward and Bella’s relationship as “goals” before “goals” was ever really a thing.

RELATED: 10 Outdated Things From Twilight That Won’t Make Sense to Generation Z

Edward is wildly controlling and insanely possessive. He thinks he knows what’s best for Bella at all times. He isolates her from friends and family. He threatens to commit suicide when he can’t be with her. These are all CLEAR signs of abuse.

5 BELLA & EDWARD’S TEEN WEDDING

Although this is addressed as problematic in the film (in perhaps the only instance in Twilight that is intentionally funny, thanks to Anna Kendrick), Bella as a teenage bride has major creepy vibes. A teen bride gets married to a 100-year-old groom who’s wearing more makeup to their own wedding than she is?

If Edward wasn’t as sparkly and fresh-faced as he is in the films, this would just be another episode of Criminal Minds. Who gets married at 19 or 100 and has a healthy marriage? That’s what we would like to know. Doesn’t Bella have any dreams and ambitions beyond her fangy boy toy? College, perhaps?

4 SPECIAL EFFECTS

We understand that the main visual focal points in Twilight are Jacob’s abs and Edwards overly-gelled hair, but this doesn’t mean the special effects in this film have to be downright laughable. We seem to recall everyone in the theater bursting into laughter whenever the films would attempt special effects.

RELATED: 10 Twilight Fan Tattoos That Sparkle

This is especially evident in the first film, where the budget was obviously a whole lot smaller before the series became a billion-dollar franchise. You could potentially argue that the horrendous effects from the first film only added to its campy charm. Yet chances are the first film spent its entire budget into buying the rights to that Radiohead song in the credits.

3 BELLA’S ENTIRE CHARACTER

Bella Swan has never been what you’d call a complex character. In fact, she is pretty much the definition of a Mary Sue, but even Mary Sue characters aren’t as passive as Ms. Swan. The truth is, we don’t know anything about Bella other than the fact that she’s crazy about Eddy Boy and that she is the queen of clumsy.

“Clumsiness” is one of the worst traits you could give a female character because it’s a poor way of making her seem more “relatable” to audiences when, in reality, this is far from an actual character flaw. On the whole, she is just not the kind of character young girls should be looking up to.

2 THAT WHOLE IMPRINTING THING

Elements in the Twilight saga would be much better suited for horror movies than romance films. Unfortunately, these terrifying elements have nothing to do with vampires and werewolves. The real horror comes from the stalker-like fixations that all these characters keep developing on each other.

The vibes coming from these movies feel a lot more like Fatal Attraction than The Notebook, despite the fact that this is not Stephenie’s intent. In the final film, Jacob Black attempts to make Bella and Edward’s newborn baby his soulmate. You heard that right…

1 THE TWILIGHT HATE

As problematic as Twilight is, the hate that the saga received was for all the wrong reasons. Not many people were actively criticizing Twilight for its portrayal of women and minorities. People were hating on Twilight because it was a series targeted for 12-year-old girls.

Many people argue that the Twilight hate circling the planet back in 2008-2012 was the result of plain old misogyny, considering how anything that young girls would go nuts over must be straight-up trash. Over recent years, many people have come out confessing their secret love for Twilight. Now, liking Twilight is almost considered cool. Oh, how the times have changed…

NEXT: Twilight: The 5 Best Relationships (& The 5 Worst)


2019-07-13 09:07:15

Simone Torn

10 Things From Twilight That Haven’t Aged Well | ScreenRant

Ah, Twilight. What a time to be alive when the saga was at its peak. The height of the vampire love story’s popularity had an abundance of young girls swooning over Edward Cullen, aka the 100-year-old who loves to drool over a high school girl as she sleeps… But he sparkles and his hair is all lush, so it’s fine.

RELATED: Twilight: 10 Facts About Edward They Leave Out In The Movies

There are a lot of elements from the Twilight saga that have not aged so well, yet if we’re going to be honest, these movies were never exactly Citizen Kane. Still, it’s always fun to look back and get all nostalgic over the vampire series that has shaped a generation of millennials.  Here are 10 things from Twilight that have NOT aged well.

10 THE UNCOMFORTABLE AGE GAP BETWEEN BELLA & EDWARD

Seriously? You’re going to make Edward over 100 years old and you’re going to make Bella seventeen? We already read Lolita in high school, and we don’t need to re-imagine it with vampires and werewolves.

Sure, Edward looks like a handsome young lad on the outside, but that really doesn’t change the fact that he’s older than the time it took for the Chicago Cubs to re-win the world series. Why couldn’t Meyer just bump up Bella’s age by one year? That would still be incredibly creepy, but at least it would be legal.

9 THE FIXATION EVERY BOY ON EARTH HAS WITH BELLA SWAN

Don’t get us wrong, Kristen Stewart is lovely. But the fact that every boy in the whole world seems to be madly in love with her and only has eyes for this one girl is a bit of an issue. It leads young women to believe this fantasy situation is normal, and if they don’t have their whole town drooling all over them at once, they must not be worthy.

RELATED: Twilight: 10 Facts About Bella They Leave Out In The Movies

The truth is, life doesn’t work this way. Chances are, you won’t be the only beauty in the town and you’re not going to be everyone’s type, which is perfectly okay.  Even Mike still has puppy-eyes for Bella despite the fact that he has the hilarious/badass Anna Kendrick practically tripping over him.

8 RACIST THEMES

Looking closer into the saga, it’s hard to feel comfortable with its negative portrayals of anyone who is not “alabaster white,” as Meyer herself puts it. One of the most glaring issues in Twilight stems from its portrayal of Native Americans as “animals” and “savages” throughout the series. In Meyer’s novels, the non-white characters basically exist as a threat to the “pale faces.”

Jacob’s character may be BFFs with Bella, but at the end of the day, he is simply a plot device used to bring the two “pale-faced” lovers closer together. Plus, the only two black characters in the first film are both the bad guys. One is a bloodthirsty vampire who hangs out with the likes of James and Victoria and the other is a Forks student who’s portrayed as reckless for nearly killing Bella in a car accident. Seriously, not cool.

7 BELLA DEVOTING HER LIFE TO HER BOYFRIEND

It is extremely insulting to women (and the human race) to witness how obsessed with Edward Bella is, to the point where she literally cannot function without him. This is especially evident in the second film when Edward dumps Bella (in the middle of a forest) and leaves her all alone (in the middle of a forest). Total boyfriend material right there, folks.

Her reaction to this break up is extremely painful to watch because it is meant to be romantic when, in reality, it is the aftermath of a toxic and codependent relationship. There is an excruciating scene where an entire montage occurs in dedication to Bella’s post-breakup depression (which goes on for a whole year). We get it, breakups are painful, but nobody suffers quite like Bella Swan.

6 EDWARD’S ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR

It’s honestly ridiculous how more people didn’t pick up on the abuse going on between the most swooned-after couple in pop culture for such an extended period of time. Regardless, the blatant abuse and toxic behavior in the relationship between Edward and Bella is truly unfortunate, considering how many young viewers on the cusp of dating found themselves looking up to Edward and Bella’s relationship as “goals” before “goals” was ever really a thing.

RELATED: 10 Outdated Things From Twilight That Won’t Make Sense to Generation Z

Edward is wildly controlling and insanely possessive. He thinks he knows what’s best for Bella at all times. He isolates her from friends and family. He threatens to commit suicide when he can’t be with her. These are all CLEAR signs of abuse.

5 BELLA & EDWARD’S TEEN WEDDING

Although this is addressed as problematic in the film (in perhaps the only instance in Twilight that is intentionally funny, thanks to Anna Kendrick), Bella as a teenage bride has major creepy vibes. A teen bride gets married to a 100-year-old groom who’s wearing more makeup to their own wedding than she is?

If Edward wasn’t as sparkly and fresh-faced as he is in the films, this would just be another episode of Criminal Minds. Who gets married at 19 or 100 and has a healthy marriage? That’s what we would like to know. Doesn’t Bella have any dreams and ambitions beyond her fangy boy toy? College, perhaps?

4 SPECIAL EFFECTS

We understand that the main visual focal points in Twilight are Jacob’s abs and Edwards overly-gelled hair, but this doesn’t mean the special effects in this film have to be downright laughable. We seem to recall everyone in the theater bursting into laughter whenever the films would attempt special effects.

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This is especially evident in the first film, where the budget was obviously a whole lot smaller before the series became a billion-dollar franchise. You could potentially argue that the horrendous effects from the first film only added to its campy charm. Yet chances are the first film spent its entire budget into buying the rights to that Radiohead song in the credits.

3 BELLA’S ENTIRE CHARACTER

Bella Swan has never been what you’d call a complex character. In fact, she is pretty much the definition of a Mary Sue, but even Mary Sue characters aren’t as passive as Ms. Swan. The truth is, we don’t know anything about Bella other than the fact that she’s crazy about Eddy Boy and that she is the queen of clumsy.

“Clumsiness” is one of the worst traits you could give a female character because it’s a poor way of making her seem more “relatable” to audiences when, in reality, this is far from an actual character flaw. On the whole, she is just not the kind of character young girls should be looking up to.

2 THAT WHOLE IMPRINTING THING

Elements in the Twilight saga would be much better suited for horror movies than romance films. Unfortunately, these terrifying elements have nothing to do with vampires and werewolves. The real horror comes from the stalker-like fixations that all these characters keep developing on each other.

The vibes coming from these movies feel a lot more like Fatal Attraction than The Notebook, despite the fact that this is not Stephenie’s intent. In the final film, Jacob Black attempts to make Bella and Edward’s newborn baby his soulmate. You heard that right…

1 THE TWILIGHT HATE

As problematic as Twilight is, the hate that the saga received was for all the wrong reasons. Not many people were actively criticizing Twilight for its portrayal of women and minorities. People were hating on Twilight because it was a series targeted for 12-year-old girls.

Many people argue that the Twilight hate circling the planet back in 2008-2012 was the result of plain old misogyny, considering how anything that young girls would go nuts over must be straight-up trash. Over recent years, many people have come out confessing their secret love for Twilight. Now, liking Twilight is almost considered cool. Oh, how the times have changed…

NEXT: Twilight: The 5 Best Relationships (& The 5 Worst)


2019-07-13 09:07:15

Simone Torn

Twilight: 10 Things In The Movies That Only Make Sense If You Read The Books

There are several movies based on a book series, but there is always the question of whether or not it is better to read the books before watching the movie. The Twilight Saga is one book series that should definitely be read first because it fills in a lot of the plot holes you might have been confused about while watching the movies. It even adds depth to the characters and explains their actions in ways you might not have realized otherwise.

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We have compiled a list of instances in the movies that would not have made sense to anyone who didn’t read the books. These could be plot holes or explanations of a character’s actions that would help a viewer grasp the deeper meaning behind certain circumstances. Keep reading to learn about ten things in the Twilight movies that only make sense if you read the books.

10 Bella Did Other Things Besides Just Being With Edward

The movies make it seem like Bella’s life revolves around Edward and her romantic life with him, but it is just not true. Bella ends up finding a job at the Newton’s outdoor shop called Newton’s Olympic Outfitters.

Her life also consists of studying and also taking care of things at home. These things were left out of the movie, making it appear that her life consisted of only Edward, but her character was actually more complicated than she appeared.

9 Bella’s Clumsiness in the Books Help Make Her Lies More Believable

The first movie in the series shows Bella’s clumsiness as she slips on ice or pricks her finger, but they definitely downplayed this facet of her character. People who didn’t read the books might find it hard to believe that Bella fell down a flight of stairs, which was used as her excuse to explain what happened to her at the ballet studio.

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The books portray her as barely able to walk on her own two feet without encountering a disaster, but the movies veer aware from this as time goes on, and this fact might leave some movies watchers confused.

8 Bella Faints at the Sight and Smell of Blood

Something else that is in the Twilight book and not the movie adaptation is when Bella’s biology class is required to give blood. The book describes how Bella faints at the sight or smell of blood, which ends up sending her to the nurse. It also shows another reason why Edward and Bella are so incompatible, as blood is the one thing Edward needs to survive.

The film also downplays the scene where Bella pricks her finger, then slices her arm on broken glass, as in the books it causes her to almost faint amidst the chaos.

7 Esme’s Past About Losing a Child Explains Some Things

There is a scene in the New Moon movie where the entire Cullen family votes on changing Bella. The only two who vote “no” are Edward and Rosalie, which is strange when you consider Esme’s past life. The movies do not share why Esme was changed, but it happened when Carlisle found Esme after she had attempted to commit suicide after the death of her baby.

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Esme had already watched Edward try to commit suicide once when he thought Bella was dead, and that would have destroyed Esme as she viewed all of the Cullen children as her own. Esme could not bear to lose another child and the only way to remedy this seemed to be to change Bella. This shaped her vote and this was something else that made a lot more sense in the books. Readers knew the reasoning behind her decision.

6 Alice and Edward Gave Bella a CD for Her Birthday

This important factor was left out of the movie, despite it being such a major emotional breaking point for Bella after Edward left. Edward and Alice gifted it to her on her birthday, and the CD contained the lullaby Edward had written just for her.

She loved the CD and when he hid it from her after he left, she was heartbroken that she couldn’t even have that piece of him to hold onto. This detail helps viewers understand just how thorough Edward was in making sure she had nothing left to remind herself of him, and how it furthered her mental breakdown.

5 Edward Owned a Motorcycle

Edward found out that Bella had been riding motorcycles with Jacob while he had been away, but the movie doesn’t show that he attempted to do this with her. Edward bought himself a motorcycle but gave it to Jasper after he realized it was singular to Bella and Jacob’s friendship.

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Edward knows it is something that he and Bella will never share, and it furthers his character arc as he learns to tolerate and trust Jacob Black.

4 Edward Pushed for Bella to Go to College

The movies showcase this a little bit, but the books really divulge Edward’s desire for Bella not to miss out on anything that humans get to experience. Edward wants Bella to go to college and even fills out applications for her. She ends up being accepted into the University of Alaska, but Edward wants her to choose something more prestigious like Dartmouth.

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Edward cares about her education and experiences, but the movie seems to neglect this side of him at times when the books shine a brighter light on this facet of his image.

3 Bella Cooks All of Charlie’s Meals

The movies show Bella and Charlie eating at the diner, but the truth is that Bella cooked all of the meals. She was actually more like Charlie’s caretaker as she cleaned up the house and made him eat healthier. This showed how much Bella cared for her father and her ability to fend for herself as an independent woman.

The movies seemed to only show Bella as a hopeless girl who needed a man to save her from herself, but they failed to shine a light on what she was actually capable of doing.

2 Alice and Bella are Close Friends

The movie touches on this at parts as Alice buys Bella gifts or helps Bella plan her wedding and graduation party, but their relationship ran so much deeper than that. The movies made us believe that they were friendly toward each other, but at times it seemed like Bella somewhat tolerated Alice’s antics.

The books, on the other hand, show the side where Bella and Alice would hang out together, and she even stayed over for a sleepover. It added a new dimension to her character and people might not understand this if they didn’t read the books.

1 Charlie Wanted Bella to Choose Jacob

When Edward leaves Bella and sends her into a depression, Charlie wants nothing but Edward’s head. Charlie is even less pleased when Edward comes back and Bella returns to his arms, but the movies downplay Charlie’s emotions. Charlie, along with Billy, was rooting for Jacob and Bella to be together.

When Jacob kisses Bella in the books, Charlie doesn’t reprimand him and instead congratulates him for doing it. It shows the rift that has formed between Bella and her father as she is forced to choose between her family and Edward, but this is something movie watchers may not fully understand unless they read the books.

NEXT: Stranger Things: 10 Most Romantic Moments, Ranked


2019-07-13 03:07:29

Rebecca Knauss

Grandma Beats Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess in 750 Hours

A grandmother has finally defeated Zant and Ganondorf in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess after a little over 750 hours. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was released in 2006 and instantly became a seminal title for the Nintendo Wii. It stands at third for most critical acclaim for a Zelda title, just behind Orcarina of Time and the most recent game, Breath of the Wild. Like all of Link’s adventures, many are still playing and talking about it, today.

This isn’t the first time that someone’s grandma has found her way into gaming. 82-year-old YouTuber Shirley Curry made headlines in 2016 after one of her videos playing Skyrim went viral. Even after beating the main quest, Shirley continued to explore the different areas and dungeons, of which Skyrim has plenty. She always broadcasted her travels in the land of the Nords, but her channel got a significant boost when she became famous on the internet. At some point, even Skyrim developer Bethesda took notice and has confirmed that Shirley’s likeness will be used for an NPC in The Elder Scrolls VI.

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According to Digital Trends, another longtime gaming grandma is getting some attention. Reddit user millerischris (whose real name is Chris), shared the story and revealed that it took his grandmother 755 hours to save Hyrule and Midna, the Twilight Princess. Chris bought a Wii and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for her 11 years ago, and she has finally wrapped her journey up, clocking in at 754 hours and 31 minutes. “I would help with the occasional challenge or two when she asked,” Chris said, “but she did 99% of the work, including the final fight!” Nintendo even sent her a physical map to help her beat the game.

Chris said that his grandmother has always loved puzzles and Zelda, dating all the back to the original NES. He also confirmed that once she starts a puzzle, she finishes it. After his post began to gain traction, Chris’ grandmother created her own Reddit account, GramieGreat, and started answering questions. She revealed that Snowpeak and City in the Sky were her favorite areas, and that she still plans on going back to finish the Trial of Ordeals. “Had a couple years when I didn’t touch this,” she wrote, “but it was always there waiting for me.” She continued to go back over the years and eventually beat the game.

It will be interesting to see how many more grandparents are willing to share their gaming stories as time goes on. Many people who played games as adults in the 80’s and 90’s are getting older and continuing their hobby in their later years. Some may even pick up gaming after retirement as a stimulating way to pass time. RPG puzzles can keep wits sharp and platformers are a great way to stretch out reflexes. Stories like Shirley’s and GramieGreat’s are great ways to bring communities together and show that different people from all walks of life enjoy solving puzzles and saving the princess.

Next: Link’s Awakening Remake Could Spawn Zelda Maker

Source: Reddit, Digital Trends


2019-07-13 01:07:13

David Brown

5 Things We Love About The New ‘Twilight Zone’ (& 5 Things We Don’t)

We often say that we feel like we’re living in an episode of The Twilight Zone when something is strange or even seems a bit supernatural. The series, which aired from 1959 until 1964, is culturally beloved. Jordan Peele’s new Twilight Zone, which started airing on CBS All Access in April 2019, has been eagerly anticipated by fans of his work and critics alike.

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Any reboot is going to have hits and misses, and the same thing is true of Jordan Peele’s version. Here are five things that we love about the new Twilight Zone and five that we don’t love.

10 Love: The Cool Opening Credits

Fans of the original show are most likely relieved that the new version kept a similar tone going with the opening credits.

A door opens onto a hallway and then we hear “You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of one’s fears and the summit of one’s knowledge. You are now traveling through a dimension of imagination. You’ve just crossed over into the twilight zone.”

The words are very similar to what was in the original opening credits, although with some small changes. It works really well and sounds both poetic and eerie.

9 Don’t Love: The Critical Response

As soon as critics started reviewing the 2019 Twilight Zone, it became clear that the critical response has been pretty negative. Sure, some critics have said positive things and they appreciate some of the episodes more than the others. But the general feeling is that the original is better.

Whenever we’re really looking forward to a new TV show or film and then read reviews saying that it’s not that amazing, it can really put a damper on things. We’ll have to see how critics respond once more episodes start airing.

8 Love: The Cinematography

Simply put, watching the 2019 Twilight Zone is a great experience as the series is shot beautifully. The second episode “Replay” is particularly gorgeous. The mother and son drive by fields and the driving scenes alone could be their own movie.

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The first episode “The Comedian” is nicely shot, too, with some really gorgeous shots of the main character, Samir Wassan, leaving the comedy club at night. The second episode “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet” doesn’t stand up quite as well but is still fairly well done.

7 Don’t Love: The Show Is Uneven So Far

While the third episode “Replay” is definitely the star of the show and top-notch quality, the same can’t be said for the other two episodes that have aired so far. The quality of the show has been pretty uneven and that is something that we don’t love.

We’re hoping that changes as more episodes air, and we’re sure that they will be great since we have faith in Jordan Peele and the all-star cast. It’s just interesting to note that the three episodes almost feel like they’re not part of the same series.

6 Love: The Socially Relevant Stories

We love the socially relevant stories on the new Twilight Zone, especially in the second episode “Replay.” The storyline is innocent enough at first: a mom driving her son to college. It’s a whole new life for him and she has to get used to leaving him behind and letting him grow up.

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The drive turns out to be anything but innocent and Jordan Peele presents racism as the horror that the mom and her son have to run from at any turn. In particular, she keeps running into the same cop who is anything but kind toward them.

5 Don’t Love: The Second Episode Is A Remake

“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” is a classic Twilight Zone episode. The original aired in 1963 and starred William Shatner. The respected actor played Robert Wilson, a man who saw a creature on the wing of the plane. Everyone thought he was just nuts, but he knew that what he was seeing was real. There is another version of this episode in the 1983 movie version of the show.

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We don’t love that the 2019 Twilight Zone remade this episode as “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet.” It would be so much better if every episode was totally brand new, especially since we know that the talented cast and crew are definitely up to the challenge.

4 Love: Jordan Peele’s Narration

Since Jordan Peele is an actor as well as a filmmaker, we might have expected him to act in one of the episodes of the 2019 Twilight Zone. Instead, he is the narrator, and that’s another thing that we really love about the series.

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Jordan Peele does an amazing job narrating each episode. Just like the old-school narration of the original version, he speaks at the beginning and end of each episode. He tells the audience just enough to know what’s going on… although, of course, this is the twilight zone so you never really know what is going on. Jordan Peele’s narration is smart, sophisticated, and well-done.

3 Don’t Love: The Heavy-Handed Dialogue

Unfortunately, some of the dialogue is very heavy-handed and can feel awkward at times. For example, much of the dialogue in the first episode, “The Comedian,” seems kind of stiff. The narration in that episode says, “Samir Wassan is an artist of great principle. A man who refuses to compromise his beliefs for a cheap joke.” We would totally understand that without having it explained to us in such an obvious way.

This is both surprising and disappointing, especially given the intelligent and sophisticated dialogue in Jordan Peele’s 2017 film (and the movie that brought him fame and won him an Oscar), Get Out

2 Love: The Talented Cast

One thing that we love about the new Twilight Zone is the super talented cast.  Kumail Nanjiani and Tracy Morgan are in the first episode “The Comedian,” Adam Scott stars in the second episode “Nightmare At 30,000 Feet” and Greg Kinnear stars in the fourth outing “A Traveler.”

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Stars who will be in future episodes include Chris O’Dowd, Jon Cho, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Taissa Farmiga, to name just a few. It’s really important that this cast is so strong as that could really make or break it. Thankfully, the talent pool is there, even if critics don’t love every single episode.

1 Don’t Love: The Second Episode Falls Flat

Besides the second episode “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet” being a remake of an original Twilight Zone episode, there is something else that we don’t love about it: it falls really flat.

The problem is that in the original, there is a monster on the wing of the plane, and that is really scary and unnerving. But in the 2019 version, Adam Scott’s character, Justin Sanderson, is listening to a podcast that has essentially replaced the monster. Sure, the podcast tells the story of what is about to happen to him and the plane, and that’s anxiety-inducing. But a podcast isn’t anywhere as scary as a monster.

NEXT: 10 Best Horror Anthologies


2019-04-19 07:04:50

Aya Tsintziras

Every Major Twilight Character From Weakest To Most Powerful, Officially Ranked

Unless you were living under a bridge ten years ago, without a cell phone or internet access, then maybe, just maybe, you were unaware of the international success of the book series about vampires and shape-shifters called Twilight. The books actually began coming out in 2005, with one book being released each year until 2008, which was the same year the film series began.

Even through Stephenie Meyer only wrote four books, there was five films. Twilight (2008,) New Moon (2009,) Eclipse (2010,) Breaking Dawn – Part One (2011,) and Breaking Dawn – Part Two (2012) combined for a box office total of $1.4 billion, making it the 16th highest grossing franchise of all time.

Its popularity continues to sparkle even today as the franchise has created an entire world of fan fiction and comic books starring their favorite Twilight characters. Any film series that has this kind of cult-like following is going to have fans that are very dedicated to the story and that kind of passion created the infamous Team Edward or Team Jacob debate.

That makes ranking the characters a very tough job for anyone, let alone us. So instead of creating a ranking system of random characters, we decided to stick to only the major characters, the ones that are not just the main cast, but are also important to the storyline of the entire series, and ranked them according to who is the most powerful.

16 Charlie Swan (Human)

Even without sharing any of the vampire, or shape-shifter, abilities, Charlie Swan comes in on our list of major characters because he is one of the most important ones in the franchise. But since he is only a human, he is the weakest, by far.

Charlie, as you already know, is the father of Bella Swan, the main character from the franchise, and is also a cop that has no clue his daughter is friends with, and married to, vampires. He is often left in the dark about the things Bella is doing but tries to do what is best for her since he is divorced from her mother and is left to raise her on his own the best way he can.

15 Rosalie Hale (Vampire)

Of all the Cullens, Rosalie Hale just so happens to be one of the most basic vampires of them all. Since she is a vampire, she does manage to possess all the basic abilities that a vampire has like immortality, incredible speed and quickness, impressive strength, and self-control.

One of the things she does have that a lot of other vampires do not is her beauty. Before she turned, Rosalie was already one of the most beautiful women in the world. So when she became a vampire, it enhanced that beauty and created someone who was so gorgeous, people took notice.

14 Carlisle Cullen (Vampire)

One of the most underrated powers that a vampire can possess is intelligence. They can use it to turn themselves into a finely tuned machine that excels in many different aspects of life. For Carlisle Cullen, he chose to become a doctor, after he turned into a vampire, and has spent centuries learning medicine and perfecting his talents.

However, his intelligence is not quite enough to put him higher on the list of Twilight characters. He might be able to develop special abilities if he decided to do so because of his higher level of intelligence than most other vampires but that can take some time, maybe even centuries to develop into anything that could move him up the list.

13 Esme Cullen (Vampire)

Esme Cullen is the wife of Carlisle and adopted mother of the rest of the Cullens. She is a vampire but she does not truly possess any kind of special ability, officially.

Unofficially, Esme has the ability to love those around her, and show compassion at a very high level. It is why she has become the mother of the family. Her loving nature has prevented her from becoming a very strong fighter, or an even more powerful vampire. Even knowing this, Esme has still shown the ability to hold her own in a fight, especially in Breaking Dawn: Part 2.

12 Emmett Cullen (Vampire)

The supernatural talents of the vampires in the Twilight movie franchise range from telepathy to inducing the illusion of pain. But since not all vampires end up with a special power, they can find themselves with an enhanced basic ability that tracks back to when they were still human.

For Emmett Cullen, he was a physical specimen as a human being and was already a very strong person before turning into a vampire. So when he became one, that physical strength was enhanced to become a big part of who he is. Although he is not the best fighter, his power, and physical strength, makes him one of the strongest vampires alive.

11 Jasper Hale (Vampire)

When you first look at the Cullen family, Jasper would not be the top pick for best fighter, but he is and has shown off that ability a few times throughout the series. That skillset comes from his days as a human, when he was in the military and was trained to fight on the front lines. Not only does he have power, he is a fast and smart fighter, making him one of the toughest fighters in the film series.

But he also possesses a special ability known as pathokinesis. This skill allows him to sense and change the moods of other vampires, even Bella, making him one of the very few vampires that can penetrate her mental shield. His power is such that he has to control it or he could abuse it and turn it into a power he uses for evil.

10 Alice Cullen (Vampire)

One of the most popular Twilight characters in the film saga, besides Edward, Jacob, or Bella, is Alice Cullen, the beautiful vampire that was able to protect the Cullen’s, specifically Renesmee’s life when she was being hunted by the Volturi, using her special gift of seeing into the future.

The subjective precognition ability allows Alice to be able to follow a person’s decision into the future and see the outcome. She would be the most powerful vampire but it has limitations and if a person changes their mind, the future she saw no longer will happen.

9 James (Vampire)

When it comes to major characters in the Twilight series, James is the one that has the ability to track better than just about every other vampire in the world. It was even mentioned in the movies about how lethal his senses are compared to other vampires. But it is his tracking ability that puts him high atop our list.

He is not the greatest tracker in all of the world, but he is the second best, behind a Volturi guard named Demetri. James is limited to distance when tracking someone while Demetri can track anyone from any location on the planet. He was a skilled outdoorsman before turning into a vampire and it helped him to become this powerful character.

8 Victoria (Vampire)

Not every special power is about reading minds or physical contact. Victoria has a very special ability of enhanced self-preservation and can hide from other vampires to avoid very dangerous situations that could arise.

This power is all about surviving. When she senses danger, she has the ability to protect herself by quickly figuring out where to go to evade her enemy’s and get away. Since she was determined to destroy the Cullens and expose Bella, she was the biggest threat to Bella because she was almost impossible to find.

7 Edward Cullen (Vampire)

Telepathy is a formidable gift to possess because it allows a vampire the ability to know exactly what everyone is thinking and to be ready for anything that could happen. When Bella asks him about his gift, he tells her, “I can read every mind in this room. Apart from yours.”

His ability gets stronger the more he knows a person so he can read their minds as they get further away from him than anyone else. He uses it to keep people who are attracted to him in order to remain anonymous and continue being a vampire without anyone noticing his skin sparkling. (Sorry, we just had to bring up the sparkling skin effect.)

6 Jane (Volturi)

One of the worst things that can happen to a vampire is to be burnt to a crisp from direct sunlight. It does not take very long to eliminate a vampire using sunlight and it is known to be one of the most painful ends  they can endure.

Jane, one of the highest ranking members of the Volturi guard, has a gift that makes her the most feared vampires alive. She has the ability to induce pain on another person, even a vampire. Although she cannot actually physically do much against another vampire, she does not have to. She can make the victim feel crippling pain that incapacitates them while other vampires can take care of business.

The power isn’t the strongest but when you consider how feared she is amongst the vampires, it makes that ability more powerful than almost all the rest.

5 Alec (Volturi)

Alec is a Volturi guard member and is the twin brother of another guard, Jane, who helps his ability grow even stronger when used together. Jane has the power of inducing the illusion of pain on someone while he has the ability to numb the senses and paralyze multiple people at one time, allowing the Volturi a chance to take them out with ease.

His talents are considered stronger than Jane’s because he can basically pause several people at once, making them an easy target for anyone else nearby. Aro takes full advantage of his gifts throughout the entire film series.

4 Aro (Volturi)

Considered the overall leader of the most powerful coven of vampires known as the Volturi, Aro has the ability to read someone’s mind with nothing more than physical contact. He normally removes his gloves and touches the person he wants to read so the amount of physical contact is as easy as a touch.

His power is far greater than Edward’s because it can penetrate the mind much further than he can. He can see a person’s feelings and memories from someone’s entire life, from the day they were born, if need be. His ability lets him read a person’s mind like you would use Google Maps. He finds what he wants and goes as far as he can to find out everything about that memory.

3 Bella Swan (Vampire)

As you have already read about, not all vampires possess a special ability. They all have the same basic powers like super speed, immortality, enhanced senses, amazing strength, and unnatural healing. Then there are the ones that also have that one special ability that turns them into a special type of vampire.

Bella Swan has a mental shield that is known to be the most powerful special ability known to vampires. It can block any psychic powers that try to enter your mind. In other words, she can use her mental shield to protect others while they use their special powers, making her very dangerous.

2 Jacob (Shape-Shifter)

Even though we are nearly 12 years since the first film came out, there is still an ongoing debate in the Twilight series. The argument over who would win in a fight between Jacob, the shape-shifter, and Edward, a vampire who eventually marries Bella and is the father of Renessee.

The debate is much bigger than who would win in a fight between these two men. It is more about vampires versus shape-shifters. In the world of fictional stories, werewolves are more powerful than vampires, and always have been. But in the Twilight series, they are not.

Jacob is the exception and has more abilities, and powers, than almost all the other shape-shifters in his pack.

1 Renesmee Cullen (Half-Vampire)

Although the films did not cover the full extent of Renesmee Cullen’s powers, it did showcase her ability to penetrate Bella’s mental shield by touching her and being able to communicate with her using her mind. Does that make her the most powerful? No, not at all. But it does help.

The best reason we think that would help secure her spot on the top of our list is that she was born from two vampires, Edward and Bella, who have very strong abilities themselves. She is also a rare breed of half-vampire and half-human.

She also has Jacob, who imprinted on her at birth, to protect her for the rest of her life. Which is not her own power, but having our second strongest character around her, protecting her all the time, certainly helps.


2019-04-17 04:04:57

Thomas Delatte

10 Things Fans Didn’t Know About the Original Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone was a thoughtful, engaging series that contributed that changed science fiction forever. The contributions The Twilight Zone gave to both the entertainment industry and our culture is big enough to warrant a list all by itself.

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Things get really interesting once the curtain is pulled back, revealing the inner workings of this masterpiece of entertainment. Much like the show itself, what went on behind the scenes was often out of the norm, and immensely fascinating. Here are 10 facts about The Twilight Zone that fans may not know.

10 It’s a Good Life had a sequel

It’s not often that an installment of an anthology series gets its own sequel, but in the case of It’s a Good Life, a sequel was well deserved. It’s a Good Life follows the plight of the townspeople of Peaksville, Ohio, who are held hostage by a boy with incredible psychic powers.

It’s the only episode of the series to get a sequel. When the series was revived in 2002, it premiered with It’s Still a Good Life, which revisits Peaksville 40 years later. The episode brought back Bill Mumy, who played the ferocious little brat in the original episode.  Let’s hope the 2019 revival makes it a trilogy.

9 To Serve Man starred a James Bond villain

“It’s a cookbook!” is one of the most quoted lines in all of popular culture. The episode where it was spoken, To Serve Man, features one of the most shocking plot twists in television history. Perhaps the scariest part of the episode is the tall alien with the huge head who acts as an ambassador from another world.

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The actor who played the alien, named Kanamit, is none other than the late Richard Kiel, who would later go on to play the iconic James Bond villain Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.

8 Rod Serling recorded his dreams

In addition to hosting the show, Rod Serling wrote almost all the episodes of The Twilight Zone. While many of the episodes he wrote were pulled from the contentious events of the 1960s, Serling’s dreams provided considerable inspiration.

When Serling went to bed, he’d leave his tape recorder sitting on his nightstand, in case he needed to record the dreams he had the night before. All of his dreams, both good and bad, ended up inspiring countless episodes of The Twilight Zone.

7 Two episodes were intended to be pilots

Throughout its run, The Twilight Zone’s creators desperately wanted to make a spin-off that would continue the events of one of the episodes. Unfortunately, the show’s attempts to do so didn’t go so well.

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The episodes Mr. Bevis and Cavender is Coming were both created with the goal of coaxing CBS to turn them into their own series. Ironically, both episodes contain guardian angels as key characters. Neither show impressed CBS enough to warrant respective spinoffs, and both ideas were scrapped.

6 Cavender is Coming had a laugh track

While Mr. Bevis was harmless enough, Cavender is Coming drew the ire of fans almost as soon as it came out. It’s widely considered today as the worst episode of The Twilight Zone. This can be chalked up to the fact that Cavender is Coming was intended to be the pilot to a proposed sitcom with a laugh track.

As hard as it is to believe, the showrunners really tried to pass this episode off as a comedy. Audiences thought this was entirely pointless. CBS thought so too, and plans to turn the episode into a series were axed immediately.

5 The show was briefly shot on videotape

Back in the ’50s and ’60s, almost every television show was shot on film. However, shows that couldn’t afford film had to resort to the next best thing: videotape.

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This is where The Twilight Zone found itself when CBS demanded that they shoot on tape to help cut costs. However, videotape is extremely difficult to shoot and edit, and the quality isn’t all that great either. The showrunners eventually got fed up with using tape and went back to genuine film.

4 A character was retroactively diagnosed with Asperger’s

Miniature is the story of a socially awkward man named Charley, played by Robert Duvall, who begins to imagine that a female figurine in an antique dollhouse is a living, breathing person. Unable to fit in with the rest of society, he manages to slip into the dollhouse.

Over the years, many fans have pointed out that Charley displays some of the common symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism that’s characterized by difficulties in social interactions and obsessive thoughts.

3 The first episode was shot on an iconic set

The first episode in the series is set in an idyllic American town, at the center of which is a large square. At one end is the courthouse, at the other a movie theater. A high school sits across the street from the police department, and shops of all kinds line the sidewalks. The only thing that’s missing is the people, and the overwhelming feeling of being watched.

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It was shot at Courthouse Square, a stage on the Universal Studios backlot that has been featured in everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to Back to the Future, and it’s still in use today.

2 The term ‘twilight zone’ was coined by pilots

Most people think that the term ‘twilight zone’ was dreamt up by Rod Serling and his fellow showrunners. But for pilots, the term applies to a very specific phenomenon that few people would ever see.

In aviation, ‘the twilight zone’ is the area between day and night at the edge of earth’s shadow that some planes pass through on long voyages. The term is derived from the fact that twilight is generally considered to be the time of day after the sun goes down, but before nighttime really begins.

1 Nightmare at 20,000 Feet inspired a real safety feature

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet tells the story of a passenger, played by William Shatner, who sees a monster on the wing of his airplane. When no one believes his claims that the monster is tinkering with the wing’s innards, Shatner’s character takes matters into his own hands, opening the emergency exit and shooting the monster with a revolver (which he stole from a police officer).

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The seat where Shatner sat is critical because its window offers the best view of the wing. This allows the crew to diagnose any potential issues that could impair the integrity of the plane. The windows are marked with a small black triangle, making it easier to locate, and the seats next to these windows are respectively called ‘William Shatner’s Seat.’

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2019-04-15 11:04:57

David Chiodaroli