On the Twilight series
A Very Dangerous Boy
By Susan Vaught
[NOTE: Please read entire essay before pressingon the hate-mail!]
I’m the world’s best predator, aren’t I? Everything about me invites you in–my voice, my face, even my smell.
–EDWARD CULLEN, TWILIGHT
Edward Cullen. Yes, I know, every fangirl in the Twilight universe just squealed at the mere mention of his name. And what’s not to love?
He’s powerful. He’s rich. He’s romantic. And, as he notes in the quote
above, he’s thoroughly enticing in every possible way.
He’s also a predator, just like he says.
For the first three books in the Twilight series, Edward Cullen is a dangerous, bloodthirsty predator at constant risk of murdering the girl he loves. In the fourth book, after he spends several days conspiring to kill his unborn child, he finally does take Bella’s life. More specifically, he rams a needle full of vampire venom into her heart, then uses his teeth to keep filling her with venom in the most brutally efficient fashion imaginable.
On the basis of that act alone, our sweet, beautiful Edward would probably qualify for a diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder–which is a clinical way of saying SOCIOPATH. As in dangerous, homicidal monster without a conscience.
Now, before all the screaming fangirls I previously mentioned come roaring after me with torches, pitchforks, and other implements of torture and destruction, let me make my case–or fail to make it. Give it some thought, as Bella should have done, before giving Edward her heart–um, literally.
In order to be diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder (Sociopath! Sociopath!), Edward would …