Edward and Bella Kiss: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart in Modern Gothic Love Tale

Edward and Bella kiss: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Twilight

I find Edward and Bella kissing to be one of the most romantic images in movies. I’ve become acquainted with the Twilight series — from the original to New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn — very recently. Even though I wouldn’t call myself a "twihard" — yet — I gotta say that I’ve become enamored of the characters played by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Gothic or semi-gothic tales about doomed or impossibly difficult love affairs have always been a weakness of mine.

Despite their modern clothing and the fact that their story isn’t set in some ancient cottage on the English moors or some dark castle in Bavaria, Edward Cullen and Bella Swan appeal to me mostly because I don’t see them as 21st-century teens. In fact, I see their romance as something more profound. Actually, that’s not a good word. You can be a (modern) teenager and have "profound" feelings for someone else.

What I mean is that the Bella-Edward romance feels more mature, or rather, more "adult" — despite its high-school setting, and certainly despite Bella’s inner conflicts and apparent selfishness. Perhaps that’s my imagination at work. I’m really not sure how much of what I "see" is on the page or on screen, and how much is inside my own mind.

But think about it. How easy would it be for you to give up your life as you know it for someone else, even if that someone else looks like Robert Pattinson? Couldn’t you at least to a certain extent become confused? Fearful? Perhaps even find another object of desire, however unconsciously or however tentatively? (Of course, it doesn’t hurt if the "distraction" happens to look like a fast-maturing Taylor Lautner.)

If you think that adults can’t — or don’t — act that way, then you haven’t been around many adults in your life.

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I do ardently hope that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will live up to my expectations. That the depth (and the darkness) I find in the Bella and Edward romance will be there on screen — and not just inside my head. Well, perhaps it’s time I begin calling myself a "twihard," but I’ll hold off until Eclipse comes out.

Remember, the final Eclipse trailer will be shown on Oprah next Friday. It’ll probably be all over the Internet right afterwards. David Slade’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens on June 30.
Whether you like, love, hate, or don’t care one way or the other about Bella and Edward, Edward and Bella: Do you have a favorite romantic movie couple? Who would that be?


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