The fantasy vampire series Twilight has become a pop-cultural phenomenon known and loved by a lot of fans. Stephenie Meyer published the first book in 2005, and, in the next three years, followed it with three other installments. Another wave of Twilight mania broke out when Catherine Hardwicke directed a film adaptation of the first book, which premiered in 2008.
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Kristen Stewart played the main heroine, Bella Swan, and Robert Pattinson played her love interest, the mysterious and handsome vampire Edward Cullen. While there's no doubt that the story has its charm, there are some things about Bella which don't really make much sense.
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Falling In Love With Edward
Of course, if Bella didn't fall in love with Edward, the whole Twilight saga would have never happened. At least not in the way people know it. That doesn't change the fact that Bella simply had no reason to fall in love with Edward. Edward is quite rude to Bella when they first meet, and, even after they become somewhat friendly, he keeps telling her that he's bad for her and that they shouldn't be together.
Almost every other person would say "okay, then, if you say so. Bye!" and leave. Why waste your time on someone who doesn't seem to want to be with you? But Bella does exactly that... waste her time.
Staying With Edward
Let's say that Bella is just an exceptionally patient and kind person who's able to tolerate the strange behavior of other people and even fall in love with them despite said strange behavior. That said, once she found out that Edward is actually a vampire, just like the rest of his family, the best course of action for Bella would be to run and stay as far away from Edward and the Cullens as humanly possible (the pun intended).
Bella is a human, Edward is a vampire, and the two groups never mix well—especially after Edward confesses to her that he has to fight the urge to drink Bella's blood since she smells so sweet to him.
Stringing Jacob Along
Stephenie Meyer presents Bella most of the time as a nice and decent person, but Bella can actually be quite cruel. Whether it's intentional or not is up for debate.
One example of her less-than-stellar behavior in the series is the way she treats Jacob. Unless Bella is completely blind or oblivious, she has to know that Jacob likes her. Yet, she keeps stringing him along, making him believe that he might have a shot with her even though he never truly did. Whether you like Jacob or not, you got to agree that the guy deserves better.
Pining After Edward When He Leaves
When Edward leaves Bella in the second book,New Moon, Bella mentally breaks down and becomes dangerously unstable, so much so that when she starts having hallucinations featuring Edward when she's facing dangerous situations, and she keeps on inviting danger into her life just to get a glimpse of Edward's face.
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There's no other way how to describe this type of behavior other than stupid, irresponsible, and reckless. Sure, Bella is only seventeen years old, but, even at seventeen, you should know better. Bella doesn't even take the time to properly consider how bad her parents would hurt if something really harmful happened to her.
Her Lack Of Hobbies
Let's move away from Edward and Jacob for a moment. It might not be obvious at the first look, but, if you think about it really hard, Bella's life is actually very bland. If she didn't have Edward to think about and date (or not date), she wouldn't be doing anything else besides going to school and sometimes hanging out with her friends.
Throughout the books, the readers rarely ever see Bella do anything that they could describe as a hobby. She reads a book from time to time (although it's often for school), cooks for her dad, and surfs the internet. What else is she doing with her time every day? It really doesn't make sense.
Relationship With Her Parents
It soon becomes clear in the first book that Bella doesn't want to move to Forks but does it anyway to help her mom. The city itself aside, the main reason for Bella's reluctance is that she has an awkward relationship with her dad Charlie since they don't see each other very often and are not used to living together anymore.
Stephenie Meyer suggests that Bella is much closer to her mom and often took care of her while the two women still lived in one house. But, one has to ask, if Bella is so close to her mom, why does she barely talk to her? The number of conversations they share in the books is very limited.
She Becomes A Mom
While most people are no doubt happy for Bella that she had a child with the man she loves, it still doesn't make much sense. Throughout the books, Stephenie Meyer repeatedly mentions that Rosalie, Edward's sister, would love to have children but can't since it's impossible for vampires to sire children in a natural way.
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So, why is it that Bella gets pregnant with Edward the vampire? Unless the ability to procreate is non-existent only in female vampires, Bella shouldn't be able to have Edward's child. And, even if there was no problem, it would probably take her longer to get pregnant considering the biological differences between them, as well as other factors.
Obsession With Her Age
Bella starts out in the series as a seventeen-year-old girl and stays pretty much the same age during the entire Twilight saga. When she finally becomes a vampire, she's barely any older than her husband Edward, who became a vampire when he was seventeen. Yet, Bella insists that she really isn't that much older than Edward. And, even before her transition to a vampire, she's obsessed with her own age and has nightmares about growing old while Edward remains forever young. Bella seriously lacks perspective in this area and doesn't seem to know that a few years really don't play a significant part in the long run.
Her Success With Boys
While Bella has her strong sides and is far from ugly, it still doesn't explain why are so many people attracted to her or want to be her friends. When Bella arrives at her new school, she presents a break from the ordinary lives of the Forks teenagers, but the mania which erupts over her is still suspicious and doesn't have a strong base in reality.
The truth is that, unless someone is super exceptional, most people just don't care about them, even if they're new at their place of living or at their school. And Bella doesn't belong among these super exceptional and attention-drawing people.
Dumping Her Friends
Speaking about Bella's friends, it's also pretty much impossible to overlook the fact that she eventually estranges herself from them as she grows closer to Edward and his family. While it sometimes happens that people drift apart, Bella dumps her friends, even while they're still going to the same school. This is especially obvious in New Moon when Bella could have used the support of her friends to get over Edward, but, instead, she prefers to stay at home and be sad, depressed, and lonely, even though the company of other people would probably do wonders for the state of her mind.
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As a human, Bella possessed a natural immunity to the mental powers of vampires. After her transformation into a vampire, she develops it into the ability to project a mental shield that protects others from the psychic powers of other vampires.What does Bella suffer from in Twilight? ›
In the Twilight Saga: New Moon, Bella's trauma makes her suffer from the reality anxiety and neurotic anxiety. First, the traumatic experience almost being killed by the vampire makes Bella afraid of talking about James and her memory last spring, that is, Bella Swan, is almost killed by a dangerous vampire, James.What does Bella Swan smell like? ›
Item details. This fragrance is inspired by the lovely and clumsy Bella Swan. Made with the intoxicating (for vampires, werewolves, AND humans!) scents of herbal lavender, flora freesia, sweet vanilla, and white musk.What is Bella Swan's weakness? ›
Weak: She was codependent
After falling in love with him, her entire identity seemed to be wrapped up in him and their relationship. She lost herself in that relationship, and she didn't seem independent at all. The way she reacted when Edward left her was so extreme it showed how imbalanced that relationship was.
Bella is described as being petite, with a height of roughly 5'4", and a very translucent, pale complexion. She has thick, long, brown hair, with a wide forehead, and a widow's peak. Her eyes are described as being "chocolate brown" and widely spaced.How does Bella describe herself? ›
Here's how our narrator Bella describes herself: "I'm absolutely ordinary – well, except for bad things like all the near-death experiences and being so clumsy that I'm almost disabled" (10.171). We want to let you in on a little secret: Bella's average-ness was no mistake.Why can't Bella get pregnant? ›
In the world of Twilight, vampire women are unable to get pregnant because their body can not change to hold a fetus.Why does Bella scream in her sleep? ›
Bella screams in her dream not because she is afraid of Edward, but because she is afraid for him. Bella does extensive research online about vampires and discovers that not all vampires are considered evil.Why did Bella have PTSD? ›
There are two main causes of Bella's anxieties. First, it is her insecure environment caused by the threat of dangerous vampires. The second is her traumatic experiences from the past because of almost being killed by vampires.Can Edward smell Bella's period? ›
He knows everything about her. He should be able to smell the blood, but even if not, he's paying so much attention to her, there's no way he didn't pick up on when her period is.
During biology class, Edward reacted with disgust towards her, as if she was nauseating to him, and it was later revealed this was because the scent of her blood was irresistible to him.What was Bella Swan supposed to look like? ›
Some key traits: “Fair-skinned," "long, straight, dark brown hair," "chocolate brown eyes," "face is heart-shaped [...] with a widow's peak," "large, wide-spaced eyes, prominent cheekbones, a thin nose," "a narrow jaw with a pointed chin," and "lips [...] a bit too full for her jaw line."What is Bella Swan's biggest fear? ›
As shown on countless occasions, Bella's greatest fear is losing Edward. Not only is he her soulmate, but he is also a connection to the supernatural world that Bella so desperately longs to be a part of.Why is Bella so clumsy in Twilight? ›
Bella is severely wounded by James. During her human life, Bella is extremely clumsy and accident-prone. This is a list of all the injuries she sustained and the accidents that happen to her throughout the Twilight saga.What blood type is Bella Swan? ›
Her blood type is O-. The whole blood-typing scene in the book reminded me and the fact that they reference how ~rare~ her blood is all the time.How old was Bella when she got pregnant? ›
At the end of Eclipse, she becomes engaged to Edward Cullen, and they marry in Breaking Dawn, one month prior to her 19th birthday. On their honeymoon, she becomes pregnant, and, due to the peculiar nature of her baby, Bella nearly dies giving birth to their daughter, Renesmee.How is Bella Swan shy? ›
Bella is super shy, preferring to keep to herself and spend her free time reading classic English literature. She favors low-maintenance clothes like shirts and jeans, and doesn't give her appearance much thought.How old is Bella Swan supposed to be? ›
The Twilight Saga, based on Stephenie Meyer's best-selling vampire novel series of the same name, was about a 17-year-old girl Isabella Swan (Kristen Stewart) who falls in love with a 108-year-old vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).Does Bella have depression? ›
Bella suffers from a classic case of clinical depression. Nov. 20, 2009 — -- Bella Swan is depressed, and nobody can blame her. In "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," the much-anticipated sequel to the tween vampire romance "Twilight," Bella (Kristin Stewart) is living a nightmare.Who does Bella actually love? ›
Bella falls in love with Jacob in New Moon. I think it's easy to understand why this fact doesn't occur to her. Bella has only fallen in love one time, and it was a very sudden, dramatic, sweep-you-off-your-feet, change-your-world, magical, passionate, all-consuming thing (see: Twilight).
Kristen Stewart, also known as the iconic Bella Swan, is known for being clumsy and petite, one of which is very true in real life since the actress is only 5'5".Do vampires get hard? ›
Vampires have blood, which is what's used to fill those erections generally required for sex, in their system only after they've hunted and sucked their victims dry.How did Bella get pregnant so fast? ›
Bella gets pregnant after one night of passionate sex with her husband Edward the vampire, sex that leads to the destruction of their idyllic honeymoon suite.Why does Edward still have sperm? ›
Edward is dead - his cells have been burned and crystallized by venom, as described by Stephenie Meyer herself. Therefore his sex cells (sperm) are also dead. Dead cells aren't functional. His sperm couldn't pass on DNA and fertilize an egg.How long was Bella depressed? ›
A heartbroken Bella falls into depression that lasts for months. But she discovers that when she puts herself in danger, a ghost-like image of Edward appears and begs her to be safe.Which Twilight was Bella depressed? ›
We all just survived Valentine's Day, which means that love is on the brain, and for those deeply unwell (hi, it's me, I'm the problem, it's me), it's also time to talk about the scene in The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) when Bella Swan sits in a chair for months because she got broken up with by her immortal vampire ...Why does Bella get red eyes? ›
With newborn vampires, their eyes are naturally a bright red color, almost glowing in the dark. This shockingly bright color is due to the former human's own blood still coursing through their veins. This is why Bella Swan's eyes become this color once she is turned into a vampire.Why did Bella wear a wig? ›
Bella Swan (Eclipse):
Kristen Stewart had to wear a wig after chopping off all her hair for The Runaways, and THIS was the best they could do...
Psychologists have consulted Bella about her physical status/if she is taking good care of her body, asked Bella multiple inquiries about different symptoms she has had and alterations in demeanor and, professionals have concluded that Bella has melancholic featured symptoms of major depressive disorder.Does Bella have an eating disorder? ›
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In the books, this scene is drawn out much more. Edward can taste when Bella's blood is clean, but has a tough time stopping himself from draining and killing the girl. Alice and Bella, ultimately, make him stop.Why is Edward obsessed with Bella's blood? ›
Because what makes Bella extraordinary to Edward is that her blood smells so good to him. He knows that if he were to drink her blood and kill her, she'd be the best thing he ever tasted.Are Bella's hallucinations real? ›
No. So powerfully was Bella's subconscious knowledge trying to break through her wrong-headed notions, that it produced some very convincing delusions.Was Edward toxic for Bella? ›
One of the most criticized elements from the Twilight books and movies was the relationship between Edward and Bella, which raised a lot of red flags due to it being quite toxic.Why won t Edward sleep with Bella? ›
Abstinence, he believes, will preserve the remnants of his soul. Edward's concern for Bella's soul as well, a subject of endless conversation between them, is his rationale for sexual abstinence and his initial refusal to turn her into a vampire.Why does Edward always stop kissing Bella? ›
Edward asserts repeatedly that it's too dangerous to do more than kiss and that he won't risk it with Bella. He also later on asserts his desire to wait for marriage, placing his sexual autonomy in the way of Bella's desires. This is actually surprising in a lot of ways.What is Bella's condition? ›
That's when the Gettings learned Bella had hemimegalencephaly (HME), a rare brain disorder in which one half of the brain grows abnormal and large and misbehaves by triggering repeated difficult seizures.What was Bella Swan's famous line? ›
“I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars.” “You are my life now.” “When life offers you a dream so far beyond any of your expectations, it's not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.”Who was jealous of Bella? ›
Twilight Facts on Instagram: “~ One of the reason Rosalie was jealous of Bella was because she caught Edward's interest.Is Bella scared of blood? ›
Bella is more sensitive to the scent of blood than most humans. Bella almost passes out when her biology class does a blood-typing project. She's nauseous and ready to faint just from seeing another student's finger pricked for the experiment.
Because Jacob has imprinted with Renesmee, Edward breaks Jacob's arm and throws him at a wall to keep him away from fighting the other werewolves.Why is Twilight so blue? ›
The blue hour occurs when the Sun is far enough below the horizon so that the sunlight's blue wavelengths dominate due to the Chappuis absorption caused by ozone. Since the term is colloquial, it lacks an official definition such as dawn, dusk, or the three stages of twilight.What zodiac is Bella Swan? ›
Virgo - Bella Swan
Earning the love of a Virgo isn't always easy, but once someone has it they pretty much have it for life. Just like the human and vampire versions of Bella Swan, being a part of her inner circle is an extremely exclusive club, but once you're inside of it you have her love and protection forever.
Bella's mind shield is able to block any vampire power that affects her brain. That's why Edward and Aro couldn't read her mind, Jane couldn't make her feel pain (it was only creating the illusion of pain), and Zafrina couldn't make her see visual projections she was able to make everyone else see.What race is Bella Swan? ›
One aspect of Twilight that is often overlooked is its subtle emphasis on color, and consequently, race. In the first Twilight film, there are only two Black characters—one human and one vampire. These two characters are contrasted by the White Cullens as well as Bella Swan, her father and her classmates.Why is Bella different from the other humans? ›
Bella has been known to have a psychic shield that protects her from any mental attacks, an ability she is later able to extend to protect others when she is a vampire. A Redditor makes a detailed theory that Bella has these somewhat muted powers as a human because she is descended from vampires.Why was Bella the strongest vampire? ›
Why is Bella the strongest vampire? It's pretty well explained in the Twilight series. Human blood is what makes them stronger. As such, Bella (newly created) has more “human blood” within her making her much stronger than a vampire who is older and less recently changed.Is Bella Swan the most powerful vampire? ›
Bella Swan Cullen
Human Bella might have been the weakest person at the beginning of the series, but because her character is wish-fulfillment personified, she becomes the strongest once she's turned into a vampire.
Bella's gift is her very powerful shield – one that has been growing and working without her knowing since she was born. Because of her shield, she is protected from powers of the mind – that means that Edward (and Aro) can't read her thoughts, Kate can't shock her, and Jane can't cause her pain.What is Bella Swan's middle name? ›
Bella's middle name honors her grandmother.
Bella's full name, Isabella Marie Swan, is revealed during a conversation with Edward in the second book. Bella's grandmother, who she thinks she sees during a dream sequence in "New Moon," is also named Marie.
Feeling intense emotions and not knowing what to make of them is a classic autistic struggle. Despite the certainty she expresses, Bella learns that complex emotions defy such easy categorization when she develops feelings for her friend Jacob, leading to the saga's iconic love triangle.Why did Edward look disgusted by Bella? ›
During biology class, Edward reacted with disgust towards her, as if she was nauseating to him, and it was later revealed this was because the scent of her blood was irresistible to him.Who is the fastest Cullen? ›
Edward is the fastest vampire in the Cullen family. He is also a skilled fighter in the Cullen coven, though for his speed rather than being the strongest.Why can't vampires affect Bella? ›
Bella's mind shield is able to block any vampire power that affects her brain. That's why Edward and Aro couldn't read her mind, Jane couldn't make her feel pain (it was only creating the illusion of pain), and Zafrina couldn't make her see visual projections she was able to make everyone else see.How did Bella get pregnant by a vampire? ›
Bella gets pregnant after one night of passionate sex with her husband Edward the vampire, sex that leads to the destruction of their idyllic honeymoon suite.Who is the fastest wolf in Twilight? ›
Leah and Jacob are the fastest members of the pack, closely followed by Embry.Who is the most beautiful vampire in Twilight? ›
Rosalie is described as being the "most beautiful person in the world", as she is astoundingly gorgeous, even for a vampire.Who is the strongest wolf in Twilight? ›
Jacob is known as the physically strongest in both packs, though not as fast as Leah. In battle, he is very capable of handling his opponents.How do vampires get hard? ›
Vampires have blood, which is what's used to fill those erections generally required for sex, in their system only after they've hunted and sucked their victims dry.Why was Bella so desperate to become a vampire? ›
She was so fixed into thinking about wanting to turn into a vampire like her partner. within being with Edward for a couple of months, she was so fixated into being a vampire, that she had her full trust in Edward to turn her into a vampire.
Bella has the ability to shield her mind (from mind reading, attacks, etc.), which she had as a human. Once she is transformed into a vampire, her ability is enhanced to the point she can also expand her shield to protect others from mind control. Kristen Stewart plays Bella in the Twilight film series.