So. I was determined not to read Twilight last year when everyone was going on and on about it. I’m not really into YA or vampires. But I finally decided I might as well see what all the fuss was about. Fast-forward two months later and I had read all four books in the series, seen the movie, and bought the soundtrack. Don’t judge.
I thought it would be fun to take a look at both Bella’s modest home in Forks, Washington, and the contemporary, light-filled house Edward’s family lives in.
Bella Swan–seriously, that’s her name–has moved from Arizona to live with her father Charlie, the police chief of a small town in Washington where it rains all day, every day (Kristen Stewart and Billy Burke).
As I’m sure you know, even if you haven’t read the books or seen the movie yourself, Bella falls in love with one of the vampires who goes to her new high school. At first he is tempted to kill her, but he restrains himself. And good thing, too, because he soon realizes he’s in love with her.
Edward Cullen’s House
When I read the books, I couldn’t wait to see the movie because I wanted to see Edward’s house. I like the movie version of the house, although it isn’t how I imagined from the book’s description:
“The house was timeless, graceful, and probably a hundred years old. It was painted a soft, faded white, three stories tall, rectangular and well proportioned.”
Inside, however, it was described as being surprisingly contemporary:
“It was very bright, very open, and very large. This must have originally been several rooms, but the walls had been removed from most of the first floor to create one wide space. The back, south-facing wall had been entirely replaced with glass…. The walls, the high-beamed ceilings, the wooden floors, and the thick carpets were all varying shades of white.”
Edward brings Bella home to meet his vampire family. But don’t worry–they call themselves “vegetarian vampires” because they try really hard not to eat people.
Edward’s family uses the kitchen for the first time to prepare dinner for Bella as a “Welcome to the family” gesture:
Jasper hangs back, worried that he’ll find the smell of human blood too tempting. I don’t understand this because he goes to the high school every day and is surrounded by humans then, right?
I got a kick out of the wall of graduation caps. They have “matriculated many times,” as Edward explains, so it’s sort of an inside joke with the family:
Edward’s bedroom, which is really just a room, since there is no bed. Apparently vampires don’t sleep. Like, ever. At least not in the “Twilight” series.
BTW, if you’re a fan of Robert Pattinson’s, check out his real-life Spanish Colonial, which is pretty much as different from Edward’s as it could possibly be:
Edward plays “Bella’s Lullaby,” a song he has composed for her. Instead of a real room in the Cullen house, they appear to be hanging out in a ’90s music video:
The Cullens are really into cars. I mean, really into them. Here’s their garage. Edward watches his brothers and sisters go, as they take Bella and run (a non-vegetarian vampire is after her–long story):
For those of you who can’t get enough of the books, you have to visit author Stephenie Meyer’s website to read the rough draft she posted of a novel she started called Midnight Sun, which is basically Twilight from Edward’s point of view.
Final scene, at Bella’s prom. They’re dancing in the gazebo, back together again, safe and sound, and all is right with the world…or is it? (Dun-dun-dunnnn! Cue the sequel, New Moon, filming now.)
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