Edward is charming, polite, determined, and very stubborn. He is very protective over Bella and puts her safety, humanity and welfare before anything else.
Edward is also musical, able to play the piano like a virtuoso. He enjoys a wide range of music, including classical, jazz, progressive metal, alternative rock, punk rock, but dislikes country. He prefers indie rock to mainstream, and appreciates rock and classical music equally. He mentions in Twilight that he likes music from the fifties better than the sixties, and dislikes the seventies entirely.Sigh..... Perfection. Not only is he hot, shirtless, polite, charming, romantic, seductive, alluring, and Adonis-esque, but he plays the piano. Virtuosically. Sigh.... Now, prepare yourself--I'm going to flip this thing on its head. I apologize in advance for the seriosity I'm about to indulge in... What if we had a male protagonist (we'll call him Bello) who described a similar female figure (we'll call her Edwina)? Like Aphrodite, only sexier and much more physically alluring? What would the national reaction be? While the guys might hoot, holler, and scream "aoooooooooooga!" now, the ladies might have a different reaction to this. Instead of the sighs and the "oh my"s, I'd bet the Edwina character would be met with grunts of disgust. Many would probably scoff and say "That's what we always get, some impossibly attractive girl with big...um...eyes." Others would shrug and brush it off as "Another Baywatch Bimbo figure...so?" Some might even wax indignant and rage against the perpetuation of a stereotype and point out that, yet again, guys just prove themselves to be pigs... But isn't that just the problem? Isn't Edward just a perpetuation of an impossible stereotype? The dashing Brad Pitt, sans real person problems and a touch of the exotic? A figure who, while superficially mysterious, is perplexingly and frustratingly perfect? A standard that if striven for and demanded will ultimately lead to nothing? I'm sorry to break this to y'all, if this is the standard men are held up to, they will never totally measure up. Physically, emotionally, undead-ally...ain't gonna happen. Likewise, ladies, if the growing pornography use among men indicates anything, it's that guys are already doing this exact thing to themselves: casting an impossible image in their minds of the "perfect" woman, even though to achieve that image women would have to be 70% plastic... and essentially act like men. The Plasticene Woman is an unarguably unfair standard and denigrating to women. So what is Edward? Is he an ideal as many would argue, or is he something worse-- a soulless dream, a vampiric Twinkie without the cream filling? If the latter is true, no wonder marriage rates are down and divorce rates up: We can't find our respective Edward Cullens and Carmen Electras! (Not that this is the only reason for that...) Now, before anyone gets feisty, I understand this is fiction. I understand it's escapism. I understand it's essentially a modern-day fairy tale. But when so many women and girls and men devour these books over and over again (some women I've talked to have read them 14+ times already), isn't a bit concerning that readers are consuming an image of a man who's not just unrealistic, but impossible? Is this healthy? Is it wise? Worse, Edward's relationship with Bella, from what I can gather, is one based mostly on barely restrained lust between them both and a touch of over-controlling boyfriend syndrome. Is this the match made in heaven I keep hearing about? 2. Good Idea + Bad Execution = Billions of Dollars Play Doh was supposed to be a Wallpaper Cleaner. Silly Putty was supposed to be a rubber substitute in World War II. Saccharine was supposed to be a tube of chemicals in some guys lab. The Microwave was a vacuum-tube magnetron experiment. Post-It-Notes were the result of glue that didn't quite bond well enough. Twilight was supposed to be many things: a trashy novel for the dime store Romance section; a book that didn't quite work; a Dracula substitute in Post-Cold War America. But then it had to go and make like those other products: become wildly popular with kids, kitchen-goers, and office workers. 3. Quotes that Sound Good ARE Good. "Without the Dark We'd Never See the Stars" (2005 Quote) Technically, not true. The Sun, Stephenie? Hello?! Big huge star in your face pretty much every day. Not really dark when you see it, though, is it? "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 dominant that part might be -- that thirsted for my blood; And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him." Goodness. Love is a grocery list. And a very dry one at that. "Don't ever let anyone tell you that high school is supposed to be fun. High school is to be endured. College is fun." Sounds like someone had a hard time in high school. 4. If you Find a Niche, Suck it Dry, Man. You Never Know... Success is like an oil well. You never know when it could run dry. I hate to admit it, but a part of me is rooting for the day that this Twilight well catches fire and burns up... The Cast of "Saturday's Vampire..." or "Twilight's Warrior." Whatever it is, I swear I've seen that smile somewhere before... 5. Unlike Baby Mommy Bloggers' Affection for Poo, Blood is Actually the Cutest of all Bodily Functions. Most people shudder at the thought of spilled blood. And the thought of spilled poo. But apparently when either irresistably Adonisish undead guys or half-grown people have anything to do with these bodily fluids, it makes Baby Mommy Bloggers go ga-ga. With that in mind, I'm writing my own Young Adult Fiction series entitled "Huggies." You know what it'll be about... And it will be chock-full of impossible, yet irresistably appealing, stereotypes. Billions, here I come... ;)