On the Twilight series
Edward, Heathcliff, and Our Other Secret Boyfriends
By Robin Brande
We all have our ideal, swoon-worthy romantic heroes: Aragorn in Lord of the Rings (sigh), Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack Shepherd on Lost, Justin Timberlake in “SexyBack”–whatever. But in her Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer has handed us the dreamiest of lovers, so beyond our regular fantasies we’re even willing to give up body heat in exchange for sleeping against the cold marble chest of that most perfect of formerly human men, Edward Cullen–giving hope at last to hundreds of men huddled in Antarctica with no sweeties to call their own. (Sorry, guys, but Edward means much more to us than chilly skin. Read on.)
In constructing her ideal mate, and giving him all the qualities a fifteen-year-old (okay, and older) girl needs in a romantic partner, Stephenie Meyer borrows some of the characteristics of other great lovers in literature. She drops hints throughout the series of who those men might be: Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, Romeo from Romeo and Juliet, and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. But can any of those guys possibly match up to the perfection that is Edward Cullen? Let’s see.
Heathcliff, a.k.a. Scary Psycho Man
I’ll admit that when I first read Twilight, I made the mistake of thinking it reminded me of Emily Bront«’s Wuthering Heights–you know, the lovers who declare they can’t live without each other, the smoldering but unconsummated passion, the windy moors (rainy Forks, whatever)–clearly Bella and Edward are Catherine and Heathcliff, right?
Ugh. So wrong. Have you read Wuthering Heights lately? …