Mr. Darcy? Mr. Cullen? Just Call Him Edward
Edward Cullen – not real. Teen girls – wish he were real. Problems arise. Parents are baffled. ‘Nuff said.
Edward Cullen is tall, pale, ridiculously handsome and brimming with secrets. As if that isn’t enough to make a teen girl swoon, he is charismatic, brooding, polite, charming and full of depth. The alluring bad boy has always been hard to resist, and Edward has been lumped into this category, but this character has transcended the leather jacket and motorcycle stereotype (though he does drive one mean Volvo). Absolutely devoted to Bella, the love of his eternity, Edward has become the new “perfect” guy of this generation. Teens everywhere are feeling the impact of this powerful incarnation where love and reality collide. But does the love story between Edward and Bella create unrealistic expectations for teens and their relationships?
Let’s face it. Twilight isn’t the first love story that’s inflated someone’s wants and needs for a relationship. Whether teen or adult, it can sometimes be impossible to ignore the longing for perfection that the fairytale romances of books and the big screen can sometimes leave behind.
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