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Edward Cullen

Edward Cullen ( Edward Anthony Masen) is a fictional character in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. He is featured in the books Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, and their corresponding film adaptations, and the as yet unfinished novel Midnight Sun—a re-telling of the events of Twilight from Edward's perspective. Edward is a telepathic vampire who, over the course of the series, falls in love with, marries, and has a child with Bella Swan, a human teenager who later chooses to become a vampire as well. In the Twilight film series, Edward is played by actor Robert Pattinson.

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Have you ever noticed how common it is in our society for a pure, kind-hearted girl to fall for a ruthless bad boy? Is it the unorthodox tattoos? Painful-looking piercings, or the long hair that flows in the wind? These images are often associated with one's image of a stereotypical bad boy, but perhaps the common female attraction to them stems from the bad boy's tendency to defy societal norms. It's a common cliché found in fiction for an every-day girl to fall in love with the bad boy heart throb. Just look at the popular young adult read, "Twilight", where the relatable female narrator falls for the infamous Edward Cullen. The attraction does not stem from Edward's kind-heart or drop dead sense of humor, but from his tortured bad boy tendencies. In the real world Edward's actions would be considered creepy, overprotective, sociopathic, and downright weird, but our female lead Bella accepts them out of her life-saving love for Edward. Bella's love appears to fill Edward with the will to live, and in return, Bella's purpose in life feels fulfilled. But perhaps the troubled, but cute trope comes into play here. For some women, the idea of becoming a tortured soul's reason for living can be revolutionary. We want our love to be appreciated, and by loving a renowned bad boy we'll gain his loyalty and trust as we change him with our love. His behavior may still be dominant and abusive, but it would appear to be the common hope that they'll direct these traits upon everyone but us. It's doubtful that the attraction some women feel for bad boys will ever die out, not only in the real world but in the world of fiction as well. As for me, I think I'll remain attracted to the sweet and sensitive boys; we can both laugh at Edward Cullen that way.

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