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The Romances of Twilight

Bella and Edward

The heart and soul of Twilight, Bella Swan and Edward Cullen have captured the imagination of millions worldwide. This modern-day Romeo and Juliet come from very different worlds – human and vampire. Everything is conspiring to keep them apart, but their intense chemistry and passion for one another will not be denied. To quote another Shakespeare play, the course of true love did never run smooth, and Bella and Edward know that for a fact. Their relationship has put both of them in danger — and it’s only going to get worse. Will their love be enough?

Bella and Jacob

Most of us have had this experience: One of your parent’s friends has a kid the same age you are, so you’re expected to be friends, with maybe a bit of puppy love thrown in. However, most of us don’t encounter a guy like Jacob at the backyard barbecue — sweet, caring, abs of steel, and oh yeah, that puppy love is literal because he becomes a werewolf. Jacob has been a stalwart friend to Bella since she first moved to Forks, but the relationship deepened when Edward left town. Now Jacob wants something more with Bella, and Bella may not be able to resist. This triangle is one of the essential struggles of the whole series.

Carlisle and Esme

Husband and wife Carlisle and Esme are the proud parents of the Cullen coven, but it took almost 300 years for them to find each other. Carlisle became a vampire in 1640s, and lived alone for years. He managed to go to night school at some point over the course of three centuries and became a doctor. In 1911, he treated a sprightly teenager’s broken leg… and met his future wife. Carlisle encountered Esma again in 1921, after she attempted suicide after the death of her child. Seeing she was near death, Carlisle turned her. Soon after, they fell in love and married. As time went on, their family grew as more vampires joined their coven.

Alice and Jasper

People talk about a couple who were “meant to be,” but with Alice and Jasper, we mean it. Alice had a vision of her soulmate and finally found him in a diner in Philadelphia. The lovebirds then tracked down the Cullens and joined the peace-loving, “vegetarian” coven. The relationship is not without its troubles, which often center around Bella — Alice considers Bella to be like a sister, while Jasper… well, he sometimes considers Bella to be like a really good steak.

Rosalie and Emmett

It’s a tale as old as time: Boy meets girl, boy turns out to be abusive idiot who rapes and nearly kills girl, girls gets turned into a vampire by a kindly doctor, girl gets rejected by boy for the first time in her life, girl sulks, girl meets boy who has been partially eaten by a bear, boy also gets turned into a vampire by the same kindly doctor, girl and boy become soulmates who will never be parted. While their love is strong, Rosalie isn’t always happy with their lives — she desperately wants to have a baby, but vampires can’t conceive.

James and Victoria

Love can make you do some awful things… especially when you’re a bloodthirsty vampire. James and Victoria’s love affair was cut short when the Cullens killed James (although to be fair, James was trying to kill Bella at the time.) Alas, Victoria holds a grudge, and she decides that Edwards needs to suffer like she did. Victoria vows to kill Bella to avenge James’ death, and she’s pretty serious about it, even creating an army of newborn vamps to take on the Cullens so she can destroy Bella. How’s that for a sign of true devotion? (Truthfully, we’d prefer flowers. Maybe chocolates. We’ll pass on the army and the bringing of death.)

Sam and Leah

Leah Clearwater and Sam Uley were young lovebirds before their transformations into werewolves. You’d think the couple that shapeshifts together stays together, but you’d be wrong: Sam imprinted on Leah’s cousin, Emily Young, making her his one true love for all eternity. Once Leah makes her own transformation into a werewolf, she understands that Sam and Emily were meant to be, but that doesn’t make it any easier for her to deal with. The fact that she can hear all of the pack’s thoughts– including Sam’s goopy-love-poetry thoughts for Emily — make it that much harder.

Sam and Emily

Sam and Emily are soulmates — something neither of them realized until Sam became a werewolf and imprinted on Emily. On the upside, it means that Sam will be completely devoted to Emily for the rest of their lives together. On the downside, dating a werewolf can be dangerous — when Sam lost his temper and shifted into wolf form, he mauled Emily. Now Emily lives with the scars and Sam lives with the guilt.

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