Twilight (novel)

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A series of young adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance novels by Stephenie Meyer, and the title of the first book. It is about a girl named Bella Swan who falls in love with Edward Cullen, a vampire. Bella is a really special girl, and Edward is (a) unable to use his vampire powers to read her mind, (b) totally hot for her blood and (c) madly in love with her. So, Edward wants to form a relationship with Bella while resisting the urge to suck her dry. Things get complicated in the second book when Bella's childhood friend Jacob, who also has the hots for her, reveals himself to be a shirtless werewolf. There's also the occasional Wacky Wayside Tribe, such as the vampire tracker James and the Volturi.

Has, perhaps unsurprisingly, its own character page.

The series currently consists of four books (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn). Stephenie Meyer had plans to make a POVquel called Midnight Sun, which is the plot of Twilight (nearly word-for-word) told through Edward's point of view. Then, leaked copies of the rough draft were released. Meyer has halted the publication until she gets through her reaction over the event, saying "If I tried to write Midnight Sun now, in my current frame of mind, James would probably win and all the Cullens would die." Depending on whether you're a fan or not, that may either horrify or excite you. She now has written a 200 page "novella" called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, which came out on June 5, 2010. A guide has been announced as well, planning to be released on April 12th (after being pushed back to another date multiple times).

The film version of Twilight was released in the US in 2008, with The Twilight Saga: New Moon following in 2009, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in 2010, and Breaking Dawn, Part 1 in 2011. There were also rumors of an Anime, but they proved to be false. Manga-style illustrations of the Japanese edition still exist. A graphic novel has been released and while it's not all that bad, it's not entirely... sparkly.

Summit Entertainment was recently purchased by Lionsgate, whose CEO has expressed interest in continuing the Twilight saga beyond Breaking Dawn as either a film series or a television series. See here.

Books in this series:

  • Twilight (2005)
  • New Moon (2006)
  • Eclipse (2007)
  • Breaking Dawn (2008)
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (2010). Novella that details the last days of a character introduced in Eclipse.

Not to be confused with the numerous other works and characters with the name "Twilight".


These books (and movies) contain examples of:

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  • The Abridged Series: Cleolinda Jones has posted "Movies In 15 Minutes" treatments of the four extant films.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication: Why doesn't Bella go back into the bookstore in the movie?
  • Aerith and Bob : No risk of One Steve Limit with "Renesmee".
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Bella doesn't care that Edward is "dangerous", despite Edward's constant warnings.
  • All Myths Are True: Bella wonders if this is the case after learning about werewolves.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Especially Bella. Other female characters display this trope, like Tanya and her succubus "sisters", and all the Cullen women seem to spend their nights having sex with their husbands.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese version of New Moon uses Kato Miliyah's "Destiny" as its theme song.
  • Amicably Divorced: Charlie and Renee. They mainly split up because Renee couldn't stand Forks, and Charlie didn't want to leave. They're shown to be in communication regarding Bella, and on the rare occasion that they are together, they are quite friendly with each other.
  • Analogy Backfire: In Eclipse, Bella compares herself to Cathy of Wuthering Heights and her love for Edward to Cathy's love for Heathcliff... seemingly forgetting there is actually an Isabella in the same novel who does marry Heathcliff... to disastrous effect.
    • Subverted in New Moon where the author compares Bella and Edward to Romeo and Juliet. See Lost in Imitation below for why.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Edward in the meadow scene.
  • Anti-Magic: Bella has a pretty minor version of this, but most vampire powers (not counting purely physical ones) don't seem to work well on her, even while she's still human. Edward for instance can read every mind but hers, and she can't be found directly with clairvoyance.
  • Anticlimax: Happens a few times throughout the series:
    • In the first novel, James is described as an unstoppable killing machine. Laurent isn't even willing to face him with seven other vampires. But we see none of the fight between him and Edward since Bella is unconscious, and so the scary Big Bad is killed offscreen. The movie is somewhat better about this. We don't see his death in explicit detail, but we do see a roughly 30-second fight between Edward and James, and a few glimpses of the other Cullens tearing James apart after he's been subdued -- for example, a shot where it's pretty obvious James' head is torn off.
    • Doubly Subverted in Eclipse. It looks like Edward and Bella will miss out on the battle against the newborn vampires, but then Victoria shows up... but then ... Bella closes her eyes for a minute, and then Victoria's head's been ripped off. So much for the expected Gory Discretion Shot! This is also fixed in the movie, in which not only do we see Edward, Victoria, and Riley fighting on the mountain, but we get cuts back to the Cullens fighting the newborn army.
    • The final novel, Breaking Dawn ends not with the epic battle which Meyer had been using a third of the book to build up to... but with diplomatic discussion instead.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: According to Bella, Edward, and by extension the rest of the Cullens, sometimes use old fashioned phrases. Don't hold your breath waiting for an example of this in their dialogue. Bella, on the other hand, occasionally uses old-fashioned words and phrases herself. Presumably in an Arizona accent.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • Bella is disturbed to find out that Jacob has imprinted on her daughter, but managed to keep her self control about it. Until she finds out he nicknamed her "Nessie". At which point she attacks.
    • Also when Bella finds out Edward has broken into her house, more than once, even before they were dating, to sit in her bedroom and watch her sleep, Bella is more concerned that he heard her talking in her sleep.
    • Upon discovering that Edward is a vampire and can read minds, she freaks out... because he says he can't read hers, which makes her think that she's the freakish one. This is Lampshaded.
  • Artistic License: Biology:
    • Vampires are stated to freak out when they smell human blood. When Bella gets a freaking papercut, it's like throwing a hunk of meat into a shark tank. So, why don't vampires freak out when a girl is menstruating? It's dead blood.
    • Considering the fact that sexual desire requires blood flow, there's no way vampires could have sex or sexual desire the way it's portrayed many times in the novels. Meyer says that venom serves the function of blood, but without a heartbeat? Not so much.
    • Breaking Dawn. Elaborating would practically be a page unto itself.
  • Artistic Licence Economics and Artistic Licence History: Although it can be an easy blunder to miss, Rosalie explains in her backstory that her family was well off during the Great Depression because her dad was a banker. Part of the reason why the Depression got as bad as it did to begin with is that most if not all of the US banks went bankrupt after stock market investors hastily withdrew their inflated shares to cut losses after the stock market crashed. Since banks were losing more money than they could cover, it's very unlikely that a banker, of all people, would have been doing any better than anyone else.
  • Artistic License Geography: At one point, the book refers to the west coast of Brazil. The west is probably the only cardinal direction of Brazil that DOESN'T have a coastline.
  • As the Good Book Says...: A completely out-of-context Bible quote at the beginning of one novel.
  • Attempted Rape: One of the many times Edward saves Bella.
  • Audible Gleam: In The Movie, Edward's sparkles come with their own sound effects.
  • Author Appeal: Non-sexual example: Meyer apparently stated that some of her main characters are fans of British alternative band Muse, one of her favorite bands. Also, she claims to have used them in the story a few times. Needless to say, some of the band's older fanbase dislike the new fans gained from exposure from Twilight media.
    • Something similar happened with The Hunger Games. Meyer's endorsement of the books led to an influx of Twi-hards into the Hunger Games fandom, resulting in Ship-to-Ship Combat similar to the Team Edward vs. Team Jacob wars in the Twilight fandom. This greatly displeased older fans of The Hunger Games, who were more interested in the series' social commentary than the romance.
    • And a sexual example: Meyer has gone on record stating she would leave her husband in a heartbeat if Edward and/or Jacob were to show up at her door. What her husband makes of it, no one knows.
      • Meyer herself claims that he's not even fazed by the idea.
      • Which isn't that weird considering Edward is really Joseph Smith (and Bella is Stephenie Meyer). What Mormon husband would mind that?
    • In a less serious example, Cleolinda Jones suggests that Renesmee being a "perfect" baby (IE not crying, being able to instantly say what's wrong, sleeping soundly most of the day) sounds like the fantasy of a woman who's had several children (in the sense of "I haven't slept in three days, oh God help me").
      • Not to mention being grown up, married, and out of the house by about the age of seven!
      • In a more disturbing and possibly unintentional case, Bella's horrific (but drastically shortened) pregnancy can make one wonder what her own pregnancies were like. Especially given that she is a devout Mormon with only three children: in many cases the only reason the Church might sanction birth control (or at least celibacy within marriage) is if pregnancy poses a severe health risk to the mother.
  • Author Avatar: Bella. Meyer has denied that Bella is her Author Avatar in this interview, but when asked to describe what she looks like, Stephenie Meyer basically described herself.
  • Ax Crazy: Just stay far, far away from Victoria.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: After being born, Renesmee brought peace between the Quileutes by having Jacob imprint on her, mended Rosalie and Bella's relationship(as well as creating a peaceable relationship between Edward and Jacob), and won a lot of allies for the Cullen coven against the Volturi.
  • Badass Adorable: Alice.
  • Baseball Episode
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Played straight in the first book. James, the first book's evil vampire, is described as being an average-looking vampire because he was ugly as a human. Naturally, all the Cullens were beautiful in life, making them absolutely gorgeous as vampires. The later books avert this with the Volturi. When we first meet them in New Moon, Edward points out, the Volturi aren't technically the bad guys. However, at that point all the Cullens thought the Volturi respected the law and controlled their world in a way that was better than what they will have if vampires became an anarchy with poor humans in the way. By the last book they know the Volturi (specially Aro) are ambitious bastards that will go to any length to get their way, including breaking the law and murdering innocents to achieve power.
  • Beneath the Mask: Rosalie Cullen's attitude towards Bella is revealed to be this.
  • Berserk Button:
    • In Breaking Dawn, Bella accidentally breaks Seth's shoulder when she learns that Jacob nicknamed Renesmee after the Loch Ness monster.
    • Jacob when Bella talks about becoming a vampire or when Edward returns.
    • Edward when Bella is in danger.
  • Beta Couple: Pretty much the whole cast, except Leah.
  • Better as Friends: Canon's opinion on Jacob/Bella.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Manic Pixie Dream Girl Alice displays signs of temper, spite, and a less innocent side in the later books. She also rips off James' head in the movie.
    • Typical of her clan, she's especially hostile to members of the Quileute tribe. In the New Moon film, Bella asks if she'll be coming back inside and she responds with "As soon as you put the dog out."
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Between the Volturi, Victoria (especially in Eclipse), and Sam (in the first half of Breaking Dawn).
  • Bishie Sparkle:
    • Vampires do this in the sunlight. In the movie? They glimmer. Imagine them ridiculously sweaty, or using a lot of glitter lotion. The effect was done (at least in the first movie) with glitter glue. Better Than It Sounds, because you don't have to listen to Bella whine about it... and because in the movie, there are sparkle noises. It must be seen (and heard) to be believed.
    • The climax of New Moon revolves around this, where Edward tries to step into the sunlight in the Volturi's city, which would get him noticed by the humans and killed by the Volturi.
    • The Scene It? spinoff of the movie takes the sparkle motif Up to Eleven. Everything, everything sparkles, and Carlisle's voiceover constantly informs you that you "sparkle like a diamond."
  • Bitter Wedding Speech: Jessica gives one of these in Breaking Dawn, Part 1.
  • Blondes Are Unpleasant: Most of the book's female antagonists are blonde, whereas the brunettes tend to be portrayed more favorably. Word of God says this wasn't intentional, but Meyer has admitted several unpleasant people in her life were blonde, and it might have unconsciously informed her writing.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress:
    • Rosalie after being turned into a vampire, took revenge on her ex-fiance and his friends after they raped and left her for dead in an alleyway. She wore a wedding dress to do so. She says she made sure none of them splattered blood on it, though.
    • Played straight in Breaking Dawn, Part 1. Bella has a nightmare in which Edward eats all the wedding guests. Everyone is wearing white, and they all get splattered with blood, including Bella's wedding dress, of course.
  • The Board Game: Believe it or not.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Bella uses Jacob's "Sure, sure."
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Edward and Bella. In New Moon, however, gender-flipping this is what kicks off the Jacob/Bella relationship, with him being the gentle guy to Bella's "My boyfriend dumped me so my life is over" brooding.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Technically, all of the Cullens, though they're Not Blood Siblings. This is Lampshaded in the first movie, where someone wonders if that's even legal.
  • Brownface: Jacob in the film.
  • Brutal Honesty

Jacob: I'm in love with you, Bella. Bella, I love you. And I want you to pick me instead of him. I know you don't feel that way, but I need the truth out there so that you know your options. I wouldn't want a miscommunication to stand in our way. (Eclispe)


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  • Can't Have Sex Ever: Edward and Bella for the first three books.
  • Can You Hear Me Now?: Who smashes their phone because they get bad news? Who does that?
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Most of the vampires are male and hot.
  • The Cast Showoff: In the movie Robert Pattinson plays the (very plot related) song.
  • Catch Phrase: Jacob's "Sure sure".
  • Celibate Hero: Edward, as he's afraid that he might hurt Bella.
  • The Chessmaster: Alice is a nature chessmaster based on her ability. Victoria catches wind of this and becomes a chessmaster herself by using Riley to make her moves for her since Alice isn't watching him.
  • Childfree Is Not Allowed: Technically, not every woman in the story is capable of reproduction. However, the ones that aren't are universally regarded as having something wrong with them, especially if they don't want to have children. Meyer even contradicts herself to uphold this (she originally said all vampires couldn't have children and later changed it to female vampires can't have children). In a particularly disturbing passage, an infertile young woman is described as a horror who is less than female.
  • The Clan: Of the Cullens.
  • Clark Kenting: The Cullens.
  • Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: Jacob in the third book suffers from derailment: he goes from a friendly, devoted guy to a possessive jerk to better enable the canon couple. Then, in the last book, he imprints on Bella's newborn baby (squick) and conveniently is no longer at all attracted to Bella. In fact, with the notable exception of Leah, basically every major character is wonderfully paired off by the end of the series.
  • Cock Fight: And the above leads to this between Edward and Jacob over Bella.
  • Compelling Voice: Alpha werewolves (to other werewolves, at least). The dazzling from vampires to a certain extent.
  • Compulsory School Age: Quite a few times over the years.
  • Color Wash: The Film of the Book desaturates the colors to, according to the director, convey how dreary and rainy Forks is.
  • Cool Car:
    • All the Cullens have at least one. Even klutzy Bella gets a motorcycle and a sportscar (an S600 Guardian, which is somewhat fitting as it is bulletproof and armored against explosives). Word of God says the Cullen family likes to drive fast. Meyer's brothers are massive gearheads, so she let them pick cool cars for each of the characters.
    • Subverted in the New Moon movie with Edward's Volvo XC90. Why such a soccer-mom car? Product Placement, natch. It's also insinuated in Breaking Dawn that the Volvo is one the Cullens keep to drive when they don't particularly want to be noticed, and Bella drives it to Seattle to meet the lawyer who forges Jacob and Renesmee's passports.
    • Volvo's area in the 2011 LA Auto Show had a raised "building" that resembled the Cullens' house; it just so happened to be the same time as the premier of Breaking Dawn Part I.
    • Edward: Volvo S60R, Aston Martin V12 Vanquish.
    • Rosalie: BMW M3.
    • Bella: vintage Chevy pickup, S600 Guard, Ferrari F430.
    • Alice: more Porsches than you can probably name.
    • Tyler: Van.
  • Cool Loser: Bella is an inversion. She's socially awkward, clumsy and generally uncool, but everyone warms up to her the minute she gets to town and soon enough she has her own little circle of friends.
  • Creator Cameo: Stephenie Meyer makes an appearance in the first film as one of the women in the diner Bella and Charlie visit.She is also a guest at Edward and Bella's wedding in the fourth film.
  • Creepy Child: Jane, Alec, and Renesmee. The last gets further up in the department since she wasn't intended to be so.
  • Cursed with Awesome:
    • "This is the skin of a killer, Bella!" *sparkles*
    • Vampirism in general, especially if one survives on a diet of animal blood. It's described as being less tasty than human blood, which basically implies that one gets an eternity of youth, beauty, strength, and some sort of super power, and the only downside is that one has to eat something they don't like. Considering some of the things that people actually do in the name of youth, vitality, strength and beauty? In this world The Masquerade probably doesn't exist in order to keep a vampire genocide from happening, but rather to prevent every vampire in the world from being hounded day and night by desperate people wanting to be turned.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Bella, with lots of Lampshade Hanging from Edward.
  • Damsel in Distress: Bella. So. Much. Immediately upon arriving in small town USA, she's beset with life-threatening dangers so that Edward can capture her attention by saving her over and over. Odd, since she's the viewpoint character and female lead.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the books, Bella tells a number of dry jokes with such a straight face that the others can't tell if she's trying to be funny. In the movies, when when Jessica feels ignored she can be snarky too.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Rosalie. Leah.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Edward is from the early 1900s. Some of what he does was perfectly acceptable in his native time. Other parts of his behavior, like sneaking into a girl's room every night to to "protect" her, would have gotten Victorian/Edwardian fathers to take out the shotgun (or send the footman with a club).
  • Dhampyr: Renesmee. A few other Dhampyr are mentioned briefly in this series.
  • Did Not Do the Research: Quite a few examples of research errors appear throughout the series.
    • Meyer never visited the town of Forks or any of the environs mentioned in the book until after they were all finished. The wildlife and plant life described in the book do not match up with the real life Olympic Peninsula.
    • Nor did she ever type the word "vampire" into a search engine, like Bella supposedly did in Twilight.
    • The mythology of the Quileutes.
    • Rosalie's family was well off during the Great Depression because her father was a banker.
    • Brazil's west coast. Enough said.
    • In Breaking Dawn, a Brazilian cleaning woman recognizes Edward as a "libishomen".[1] Ignoring the fact that it's Lobisomem, that particular Portuguese myth is a werewolf and not a vampire. To make matters worse, the lobisomem looks like a man-ape, so it should have been impossible for Edward Cullen to be recognized as one.
    • A lobishomen is also a Brazilian vampire legend, likely imported from the original Portuguese werewolf legend. However, the vampire is around two inches tall, ugly and apelike, and while it does drink women's blood, it turns the women into nymphomaniacs instead of killing them. Even accepting that she meant that he was a vampire, there's no reason the cleaning woman would think him a lobishomen.
    • A driftwood fire is not blue. It's yellow.
    • At one point in New Moon, Bella is thinking about Romeo and Juliet, and what would have happened "if Rosalind had given [Romeo] the time of day". However, the play doesn't feature Rosalind, since she is from As You Like It. Bella is thinking of Rosaline. Bella is supposed to be incredibly smart and well read compared to 'normal' teenagers. Having read Romeo and Juliet many, many times, she most definitely shouldn't have made a mistake like that.
    • Juliet hated Paris, so comparing Jacob to him (and herself to Juliet) would suggest that she didn't even consider him a friend.
    • Carlisle Cullen discovers a coven of vampires in the sewers of 17th century London. Such sewers did not exist in London until two centuries later, when the stench of the open sewers grew unbearable. Carlisle's story in general is a little cringe-worthy to anyone who's done much reading on the 17th century. Quite a bit of general history fail there.
    • When telling Alice's backstory, Edward remarks that had she been born a century earlier (therefore the early 19th century), she would have been burned as a witch. One: they were not still trying people for witchcraft at that time period. Two: No witches were actually burned in the United States.
    • The whole concept of the blood typing. First there is the teacher who is randomly sticking students with pins to draw blood without asking either their or their parents permission. Keep in mind that US law leaves it at the parents' discretion whether or not they inform their children's schools that they have any diseases communicable by blood, such as HIV or Hepatitis C. And then we have the notion that they are doing this experiment on one another because the Red Cross will be having a blood drive and they need to know their blood type if they want to donate blood. Not only do they not ask for your blood type, they do not care. They type the blood themselves and they will take any blood type--some are more in demand than others, such as O neg and the more common blood types such as A because they're in higher demand, but they need some of every blood type.
    • Phil plays for the Jacksonville Suns at around 30. While this is an actual team, they're a AA team and someone Phil's age would probably be at AAA.
    • Speaking of Jacksonville, at one point Bella mentions walking around trees with her mother on the beach. Look at a map of a Jacksonville beach. There. Are. No. Trees.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Word of God says Lauren fell prey to a modeling scam that cost her over a thousand dollars and a good chunk of her hair. What made her deserving of this? She made one relatively minor sarcastic comment about Bella. Fucking Lauren!
    • In Breaking Dawn - Part 1, Aro orders the death of the secretary because she misspelled "Carlisle" in a note.

"Carlyle? With a Y?"

  • Distress Ball: Jacob ends up grabbing this when he shoves Leah out of the way just to be crushed by a Newborn Vampire. The book attempts to make it out that Leah was the one in distress because she was fighting the vampire alone to begin with, but... both her and her little brother have defeated newborns in single combat before, and nothing about this fight really necessitated Jacob shoving her out of the way. Of course, all the blame for this goes to Leah. Not to mention the entire reason Jacob gets hurt is that he was too slow for the vampire making this an What an Idiot! moment on an even higher level- Leah is the fastest werewolf.
  • Doorstopper: The first three books float around 600 pages. The fourth book is over 700 pages.
  • Double Entendre: Emmett spends a whole chapter and a half of Breaking Dawn making progressively less veiled comments about Edward and Bella's sex life. While her father is around!
  • Double Standard: Bella once criticizes another girl in her school as shallow for only liking Edward because he is good looking and comes from a wealthy family, yet the things about him that she most often expresses appreciation for are (in order of prevalence) his physical appearance, his equally attractive well-to-do family, his nice house and his expensive car.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: In the first book of Breaking Dawn, Bella has a dream about the Volturi coming to kill her and the Cullens. Bella narrates the exact same thing happening in the preface of the third book--literally: Meyer just copy-pasted Bella's dream into the preface.
  • Dreaming the Truth: Used in Twilight, New Moon, and Breaking Dawn.
  • Drives Like Crazy: The only thing about Edward that frightens Bella.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him:
    • Bree Tanner. Bad enough she dies for no real reason, but nobody does much to stop it or even really seems to care afterwards.
    • Irena Denali Her death being a pointless gesture of cruelty was lampshaded in-story, but they had also made a big deal about the fact that they had an ally able to manipulate the elements. Even if the Volturi tore her apart, they could have re-assembled her afterward if he'd kept them from burning the pieces.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Edward more explained in Midnight Sun. Bella also is a female version of this.
  • Dull Surprise: Kristen Stewart as Bella in the movies. Her facial expressions are very minimal.


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  • Early Installment Weirdness: It's funny now to look back at the first movie and remember how Jacob kept his shirt on the whole time.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Aro, one of the most cheerful vampires you've ever seen in the entire series, is also the strongly implied leader of the Volturi, and according to Edward, "You don't irritate the Volturi, not unless you want to die." And this is before SMeyer revealed that Aro killed his sister. Among that, it's because he wants to take over the world -- or not the world, but he has some sort of domination plans, it being the reason he killed his sister, because didn't want her to run off with Marcus. Puts the guy in a new light, doesn't it?
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette / Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Almost everyone in the book but the Quileute, Rosalie, Jasper and Caius.
  • Emergency Transformation: Several times. Actually, most of the Cullens.
    • Esme: Attempted suicide after the death of her son (he was only a few days old).
    • Rosalie: Gang-raped, beaten, and left for dead by her fiance and his friends.
    • Edward: Just another victim of the 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic.
    • Emmett: Mauled by a bear.
    • Alice: Was transformed in order to prevent James from hunting and killing her.
    • Bella: Childbirth complications. Pulverized pelvis, shattered spine, the hole her husband bit in her uterus... y'know, the usual.
  • Emo Teen: Bella becomes one for a while after Edward leaves her in New Moon. Also, despite his actual age, Edward. It could be argued that Bella is this through the whole series (until she becomes a vampire) she's constantly miserable (in Edwards absence) despite the fact that she gets straight A's with little effort, her father makes little or no effort to control her and everyone loves her. Any other teenager would be thrilled to have her life.
  • Emotional Maturity Is Physical Maturity:
    • It doesn't matter if a character is a hundred years old or one, their maturity level will correspond to their physical appearance.
    • Averted by Renesmee.
  • The Empath: Jasper, who has the ability to control other people's emotions. Which might explain a good portion of the plot...
  • Enemy Mine: The climax of Eclipse has the Quileutes and Cullens working together to defeat a vampire army headed by Victoria.
  • Enfant Terrible: Babies who turn into vampires. Although they're never seen in the series, the description of one is enough to freak Bella out.
  • Epigraph: The Bible, Romeo and Juliet, Robert Frost's Fire and Ice, Orson Scott Card's Empire.
  • Erotic Dream: Thanks to one of these, Bella gets Edward to have sex with her again while she's still human!
  • Eternal Love: Seems to be treated as the best part of being a vampire: you can be with your true love for all eternity. Or at least until the sun goes Supernova.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Bella hates maths; it's her worst subject.
  • The Everyman: Bella Swan, often lampshaded by Edward.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: For a given definition of better.
  • Express Delivery: Oh boy. After Edward and Bella get pregnant the first time they have sex, they realize that the baby is growing too fast. In fact, the baby quickly tries to "eat" its way out of Bella, so Edward has no choice but to perform a caesarean on Bella. With his teeth, because they are the only thing sharp enough to cut through the protective barrier around the fetus. The damage the baby and the caesarean causes force Edward to turn Bella into a vampire.
  • Eyes of Gold: When the vampires have fed off of non-human blood. When thirsty, they go black, and if they've had human recently, they turn red.
  • Fainting: Bad news usually causes Bella to collapse. As does Edward kissing her, once. And a teeny tiny drop of blood. And a few other things.
  • Fan Art: Much of this is pretty snarky. However, there is some serious work out there that's worth taking a look at, as with most fandoms.
  • Fan Service:
    • Reaches epidemic levels in the second movie, where most of the male cast wanders around shirtless (or else remove their shirts at the drop of a hat) the entire time. The lupine shape-shifters, especially. It got to a point where it became a running gag for the actors portraying them - Jacob's actor has joked, several times, on The Tonight Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, about ripping his shirt off for every little thing.

"Oh, no, you're bleeding!" (tears shirt off)

    • This actually reached somewhat disturbing levels when you consider that lifesize (or larger) shirtless photos of (then seventeen year-old) Taylor Lautner were on display all around the world. It was actually something of a Double Standard, as such extremely flagrant sexualization of an underage female actress would probably have triggered more outrage from the Moral Guardians.
    • Does no one remember Jamie Campbell Bower (Caius)'s insistence that there would be a naked Volturi scene in New Moon??
  • Fatal Attractor: Edward would like to believe he is this.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Aro.
  • Female Gaze: In a book, no less. Cut out any sentence paying tribute to Edward's godly, wondrous, Adonis-esque physique, and you'll lose maybe more than a third of each book. Even New Moon, which he was only in half of.
  • Fetus Terrible: The only people who seem convinced that Bella's child is a good thing are Bella and Rosalie. Everyone else just wants her to abort it.
  • Fiction 500: After 300 years of strategic art collecting and 100 years of playing the stock market (with a clairvoyant providing financial advice), the Cullens took second place the 2011 Forbes Fictional 15 list with an estimated wealth of $36.2 billion. Apparently, Carlisle has a controlling interest in the blood product company Immuncor. According to the list, Carlisle has more money than both Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne combined.
  • The Film of the Book
  • First Girl Wins: In the books, Edward is the first supernatural male Bella meets and she falls for and keeps him in the end. In the movie Edward becomes Last Girl Wins being Jacob the first one she meets.
  • Five-Man Band: The Cullens, in a way.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: At least in the first film, Victoria wears a white feather cape while attending the prom.
  • Follow the Leader: Like the Harry Potter films, the final film is going to be in two parts. The comparison has not gone unnoticed in newspapers and blogs, who think it's just trying to feed off the fandom-feud by doing so.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.
  • Forgot I Could Change the Rules: Jacob has to submit to the will of Sam, the Alpha Wolf. When Sam orders him to help destroy the Cullens (and Bella), he remembers that he was born to be the Alpha but he had voluntarily given up the birthright. Choosing to become the Alpha frees Jacob from obeying Sam's orders.
  • Friendless Background: Bella.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: The Cullens, not very social but not intentionally harmful.
  • From a Certain Point of View: Meyer (in)famously claimed that vampires are unable to reproduce. When Bella later got knocked up, she went back and used Weasel Words to try and claim she actually meant that only female vampires can't have kids all along(evidently by claiming an obscure definition of "have").
  • From a Single Cell
  • Fur Against Fang: Vampires and werewolves really, really hate each other, although Edward and Jacob make friends pretty quickly as soon as Jacob finds out he imprinted on Edward's infant child, despite the decades of hate. Which doesn't upset anyone except Bella, and only enough for her to try and kill him. Seth seems to get along with the Cullens.


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  • Genki Girl: Alice.
  • Genre Popularizer: Say what you will about the quality, but it triggered an explosion of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Sturgeon's Law is in full effect, but some of them are actually quite good. Though a more accurate statement would be that it brought such a genre into the public consequence as there are/were a number of similar series well before Twilight, most of these considerably better than this series.
  • Get a Load of That Square: The films seem to be going for this with some of Charlie and Billy's dialogue, but it would take an extremely... picky teenager to hold it against them.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Better than Freaky Fred's backside" from The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (hinting at anal sex there, are we, Meyer?).
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul: Jasper can control the emotions of those around him, and according to Bella, it's impossible to feel anything but what he wants you to feel. It's also not a matter of discussion or consent.

Jacob: Bloody annoying, that's what it is, only you can't be annoyed until after.

  • Glamour Failure: See the much-reviled/-loved *sparkles*
  • Good People Have Good Sex:
    • Edward and Bella as newlyweds. Edward even has to warn Bella that she can't just have sex 24/7.
    • The whole Happily Married Cullen family: Bella even marvels, once she realizes how great vampire sex is, why they aren't having sex all the time.

Emmett Cullen: Did Edward tell you how many houses Rose and I smashed?

    • To the point where Bella is having so much fun having sex with Edward she forgets about her newborn daughter.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck: "HOLY CROW!"
  • Grandpa What Massive Hotness You Have: Of the film actors you have Billy Burke, who is aged up by make-up for his role as Charlie Swan, and Gil Burmingham, who plays Jacob's wheelchair-ridden father Billy, and is a former bodybuilder.
  • Happily Adopted: The Cullen kids.
  • Happily Ever After: Bella gets everything she wanted and then some. She marries Edward, becomes a beautiful and powerful vampire, doesn't lose contact with Charlie, the Cullens are all happy and together, she lives in a beautiful cottage, her best friend Jacob finds his own soulmate in her daughter so he can be family now, the Volturi go without a fight, and she gets a beautiful baby girl who requires no raising outside of advice and love, since the kid is well out of diapers and spoon-feeding and screaming by the time she's a year old. However, Bella is an unreliable narrator and it might be Happily till the Volturi come with a plan to destroy the Ever After.
  • Happily Married:
    • The entire merry Cullen bunch, sans Edward (at least, until Breaking Dawn).
    • Also Renee and Phil, and it's implied that Charlie and Sue will end up this way too.
  • Held Gaze: In the film version of Twilight, Edward and Bella basically do this for two straight hours. Not surprisingly, the novel has them doing the same in a non-visual form.
  • Heroic BSOD: Bella has one for a good part of New Moon. Edward also has one when Bella tells him she is pregnant.
  • Heroic Willpower: Edward's resistance of Bella's blood makes him poster boy for this trope. Of course, both Edward and Bella have to resist their regular sexual lust too, for reasons of safety and morality.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager:
    • Most of them, but Bella and Edward especially, since they mostly think of absolutely nothing but one another, in New Moon especially to the exclusion of common sense. Jacob too, since he spends a lot of time thinking about getting into Bella's pants, as do seemingly all the other boys in the book. Bella's Heroic BSOD in New Moon has particularly unfortunate connotations in this trope, since how it's handled implies that her life is literally nothing without her boyfriend.
  • Horror Hunger
  • Hot Amazon: How about three hot Amazons? Zafrina, Kachiri, and Senna: actually called "the Amazon Coven".
  • Hot Dad: Carlisle.
  • How Do You Like Them Apples?:
    • The front cover of the first book has someone holding an apple, representing that Edward and Bella are each others' Forbidden Fruit. It was represented on a scene of the film, with the Hacky-Sack Apple of I-See-What-You-Did-There.
    • Arguably all the movies have had a representation of their respective covers. In New Moon there was a white flower like cotton cloth spilled with blood that looked a bit like the flower on the cover. In Eclipse Bella's thick red line of blood could had represented the red ribbon of Eclipse's one.
    • And in Breaking Dawn they are playing chess in a red and white pieces board...so full circle with the covers of the books.
  • The Hunter: Edward preying on criminals during his "rebellious years".
  • Hypocrite: Jake accuses Bella of being this when she is under the impression he and the other wolves have killed people, referring to them being what they are as "wrong". As if Edward didn't tell Bella straight away that he's killed people before, and she doesn't seem to have any problems forgiving Jasper, who also nearly killed her.


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  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Edward has to ask the Volturi for help committing suicide in New Moon. It doesn't work.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: It takes Bella three books to stop talking like this. Heck, she continues to go on about it at her damned wedding, wondering why Edward would have picked her over the more attractive Tanya or Rosalie.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming:
    • Jacob's chapters in Breaking Dawn have chapter titles like You Know You've Got Problems When You Feel Bad For Being Rude To Vampires, Good Thing I've Got A Strong Stomach, Waiting For The Damn Fight To Start Already, What Do I Look Like? The Wizard Of Oz? You Need A Brain? You Need A Heart? Go Ahead. Take Mine. Take Everything I Have. This is opposed to the one-word titles Meyer usually uses.
    • The title of the birth chapter: There Are No Words For This.
    • It could also be a way to show the differences between Bella and Jacob given that the 12 leaked chapters of Midnight Sun are titled on the same style that Bella's titles are.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm X: "What if I'm not a superhero? What if I'm the bad guy?"
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad:
    • Inverted. Not one of the main characters is ever angry at the vampire who turned them. They get plenty angry at their current state but never think to blame Carlisle. Hell, Bella is ecstatic to be turned by Edward.
    • In the case of the Volturi Jane and Alec adore Aro (he saved them from burning at the stake after all). Riley loved Victoria till, sadly, too late for him, he realized that she didn't loved him.
    • In the novella, Bree seems quite loyal to Riley, despite the fact that she remembers him turning her into a vampire by kidnapping her and breaking her arm.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: The whole point of the series.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Rosalie hates being a vampire, and has admitted she'd give up her beauty and immortality just to have the opportunity to have a child of her own. Edward also wishes he could relate to Bella the way a normal guy would, without the bloodlust and super strength getting in the way.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Bella just wants to be special.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Bella is a very good example of type A.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You
  • I Love You, Vampire Son: This sums up Bella and Edward's relationship in Breaking Dawn. See I Hate You, Vampire Dad above.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Almost definitely unintentional, but...when the Cullens play baseball, you could refer to their sports equipment as "vampire bats".
  • Informed Flaw: Edward makes much of his dangerous nature but anyone who has read past the first book knows there's no chance in hell he'll hurt Bella.
  • Inhumanly Beautiful Race: All the vampires (except James), but especially the Cullens.
  • In Medias Res: Each book (and the three sections of Breaking Dawn) opens with a preface that describes a scene that happens at the climax of that story.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Edward when he claims it would be better for Bella to be turned into a vampire after she marries him. Bella when she refuses to marry him on the grounds that her parents divorced. Rosalie when she says Bella shouldn't be vampired like she wants to because Rosalie herself wouldn't have wanted to. Edward again whenever he claims that Bella is to blame for the fact that her blood smells good to vampires.
  • Insecure Love Interest: In New Moon, Edward leaves Bella because of this, resulting in much Wangst from both of them.
  • Inter Class Romance: Bella's strictly working class. The Cullens are wealthy (its easy to make money if you're immortal and a smart investor).
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence
  • Interrupted Suicide: Edward attempts this on New Moon when he thinks his beloved Bella is dead. He is saved by Bella herself.
  • Interspecies Romance: Humans and vampires! Humans and werewolves! Half-humans/half-vampires and werewolves!
  • Intimate Healing: Clothed version between Bella and Jacob, not that he doesn't try for the naked version.
  • Invincible Hero: Pretty much every protagonist in the series, but especially Edward Cullen.
  • Invisible to Normals: Edward's stopping of the van about to crush Bella with his bare hands with no one but Bella realizing could fall under this, and it is even mocked in Mark Reads Twilight, where he says this is part of an overused idea he calls "The 'I Am Going To Do Something Spectacular And Clearly Attention-Grabbing In Front Of Plenty Of People, Yet No One Is Going To Notice Except (Conveniently) The Main Character' Phenomenon."
  • Ivy League for Everyone
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: the reason Edward leaves in New Moon.
  • Jail Bait Wait: A rather extreme form, with werewolves falling in love with toddlers, then having to wait for them to hit their mid-late teens before they can do anything physical.
  • Kill It with Fire: The only known way to get rid of vampires for good. But just fire isn't enough: first you have to rip them up into pieces (which is kind of difficult, considering that their flesh is as hard as stone) and then scatter the ashes. However, since their bodily fluids are flammable, once you have them in little pieces setting them on fire is pretty easy (according to the movie, just ripping off the head is enough before setting the body on fire).
    • A simple way for them to get set on fire would be through the mouth. And considering the most physically supreme coven in existence (the Romanians) died to regular arson (by the Volturi, but still just arson), they are obviously not nearly as impervious as they seem.
  • Kissing Cousins: Sam and Leah are 2nd cousins. This means that it is also possible that he is related to Emily.
  • Kiss of the Vampire: Edward and Bella's make-out sessions in early books are decidedly tame for this reason.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Edward is more like Bella's knight in sparkling armor.


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  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • At least in the movie of Eclipse. "Do you own a shirt?"
    • In New Moon too. Alice to Bella: "I've never met anyone so prone to life-threatening idiocy!"
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Bella wasn't even trying to get pregnant. Then suddenly she did! Rosalie and Esme, on the other hand, will never be able to have children of their own (although Esme seems perfectly happy with her big family of big immortal adopted children).
  • Let's Meet the Meat: Well, technically.
  • Lewd Lust, Chaste Sex
  • Like Brother and Sister: Edward and Rosalie, although some fans would disagree.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Jacob to Bella.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Even though the Cullens are not totally convinced they seem to have achieved happiness with their condition (except for Edward and Rosalie, at least at the beginning). Bella has no doubt it is.
  • Living Lie Detector: Maggie, an Irish vampire, can tell when one is lying. If at any consolation, Charles can tell when you are being truthful.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Meyer seems to just throw names at the reader sometimes, and then expect them to remember who she's talking about when and if one does something relevant to the plot several hundred pages later.
  • Longing Look
  • Lost in Imitation: The comparison of Bella/Edward to Romeo and Juliet takes a very interesting road if you recall that Romeo and Juliet were a pair of shallow (barely) teens who want to fuck in hormone driven lust and Romeo instantly stopped caring about Rosaline when he meets Juliet...
    • Sunlight not being dangerous also counts. It's a major complaint for many that Edward and the other vampires are unaffected by sunlight (other than going sparkly), but if you read Dracula, vampires aren't supposed to be vaporized by sunlight, just lose their superhuman abilities.
  • Love At First Sight:
    • Imprinting for werewolves, sometimes to a squicky level.

Jacob: It's not like love at first sight, really. It's more like ... gravity moves. When you see her, suddenly it's not the earth holding you here anymore. She does. And nothing matters more than her. (Eclipse)

    • Variant: Edward falls in Love At First Smell, effectively.
    • Some would say Bella. Considering the first chapter of the first book is entitled "First Sight"...
  • Love Martyr
  • Love Triangle: And how!
  • MacGuffin: Bella is essentially this. Replace her with a magical sword or a briefcase of infinite money, nothing will change.
  • Magical Native American: The werewolves can be counted as part of this trend, given their common ethnicity.
  • Malaproper: Meyer doesn't know what all of the words she uses mean.
    • At one point in the first chapter, Bella's schedule is accidentally implied to be covered in fish semen due to the magic of this trope.
    • Another memorable instance has Meyer say Bella is "translucent," implying this is something that's odd about her. All humans have translucent skin.
    • In still another Bella watches wide trenches filled with water protecting a fortified building swirl in the air.
    • In the fourth book a little girl plays with one of the werewolves hair like it's periods of rulership.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Alice to Jasper.
  • Manhwa
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Notably averted with Edward. Oh so averted. Not only that, but Edward clearly never so much as masturbated, considering he had viable sperm nearly a century later.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: The male Cullens.
  • Mars Needs Women: The imprinting business with the werewolves looks suspiciously like this, especially if all female werewolves are as infertile as Leah. According to Meyer, there were no female werewolves before Leah and it is never said if a female werewolf could imprint.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Bella is a variant. It's not that she wants to be a hero, it's that, as other characters sometimes lampshade, she blames herself for anything and everything that goes wrong. This leads to the same type of self-hatred (if not the same quantity) as The Atoner, and while she doesn't often have the opportunity to risk her life, she clearly considers herself more expendable than those around her, particularly Edward, but also her mother, father, unborn baby... (this also seems to be responsible for a good deal of reader hatred, particularly from those who think she's merely Too Dumb to Live, but that's neither here nor there).
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Edward. Oh, god, Edward.
  • May-December Romance
    • Mayfly-December Romance: One of Bella's main reasons for wanting to become a vampire is her concern that, when she grows old, Edward will no longer find her physically appealing.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Probably unintentional, but it is still interesting to note that Bella's last name, Swan, has a meaning in the real-life vampire subculture. Swan is used to refer to people involved in the vampire community, but who are not vampires themselves.
    • And let us not forget how appropriate Cullen ("culling") is for a family of predators.
    • Bella is a form of bellum, meaning war in Latin.
    • "Beautiful Ugly Duckling", anyone?
    • The Blockbuster Buster pointed out other possible references in Bella's name in his review of Twilight:

"The main character's name is Bella Swan?! Bella as in Bela Lugosi? Swan as in Swan Lake, the opening song from Dracula?"

    • Pretty much the entire cast. Bella: beautiful. Edward: rich guardian. Jacob: the supplanter. Carlisle: stronghold of light. Esme: loved. Leah: weary. ...it goes on.
    • Also, any Cinderella-esque heroine is practically obligated in today's fiction world to have an "ella" (or at least an "elle") somewhere in her name.
  • Mills and Boon Prose
  • Mindlink Mates: A non-romantic version with the werewolves. Those in the same pack can hear each other's thoughts when they're in wolf form.
  • Mind Rape:
    • Specifically Jane and Alec, although most of the Volturi can fall under this category.
    • Renesmee. Especially disturbing when you think of what she could do once she grows up and gains a better understanding of nightmare fuel. Doubly so since it's heavily implied that anyone seeing her visions can't help but believe them to be true.
  • Misaimed Fandom: In-Universe; Bella's Romeo and Juliet comparisons, which indicate that she has not actually understood the play... Just like a large number of teen girls.
  • Mockbuster: Called Blood Red Moon. Reviewed by Obscurus Lupa.
  • Moral Dissonance: Holy HELL is there Moral Dissonance. It starts with the idea that Edward once resented Carlisle for years for trying to stop him from eating people (which Bella finds reasonable).
  • Muggle and Magical Love Triangle: Bella/Jacob is set up as this in New Moon before Jacob is revealed as a werewolf, shifting it into a Vampire-Werewolf Love Triangle. There are three normal guys at school who are also interested in Bella, but she's never interested in them.
  • The Musical: A fan-made one. Twilight the Musical.


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  • Name's the Same: There's an Isabella in Wuthering Heights. Oh, sweet Irony!
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands:
    • Alice being able to see the future.
    • Marcus's power was pretty much drudged up to show yet again just how soul-bonded Bella and Edward are.
    • Victoria's power to always know where to hide was basically a way for the author to Hand Wave how a pack of werewolves and the entire Cullen family together couldn't catch her sooner.
    • Arguably, Bella's ability to suppress vampires' powers.
  • New Transfer Student: Bella, to open the series.
  • Nice Girl: Angela Weber, a background character.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In New Moon, when Bella gets a small paper-cut, Edward punts Bella away to prevent Jasper attacking her in a blood-frenzy. This, however, causes her to lacerate her arm.
  • No Periods, Period: Breaking Dawn reveals that Leah Clearwater, the only female in the Quileute werewolf pack, is a "genetic dead end" (as she puts it) because she stopped getting her period when she first became a werewolf. And she thinks this is a bad thing. Though, given how human anatomy and tropes work, she's probably right.
    • And of course, vampires don't have periods, because their bodies are unchanging (this ties into the whole "can't bear children" thing).
    • Played straight with Bella, who, despite having yummy blood, does not trigger a vampire feeding frenzy once a month. Handwaved by saying that menstrual blood is 'dead blood'. An Anatomy Fail on Meyer's part when you realize that menstrual blood has been proven to be cleaner/newer/FRESHER/more alive than normal blood.
  • Won't Work On Me:
    • Edward can read every human, vampire, or spirit wolf's mind, but not his beloved Bella's. This fascinates him.
    • Nor Charlie's, for the most part, as was revealed in Midnight Sun.
    • James' reaction to getting maced.
    • This could also be seen as an example of True Love Is Exceptional
  • Not Blood Siblings: ...bad puns about their dietary habits aside.
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: The Volturi enforce laws that all other vampires must follow: any humans who learn of vampires must be turned into vampires or killed, do not turn babies or toddlers into vampires, do not make alliances with werewolves, do not hunt in Volterra, do not lie to or defy The Volturi. The punishment is death, but The Volturi often bends the rules and invites vampires with special talents to join them.
  • Official Couple: Bella and Edward, pretty much every vampire and imprinted 'couple', and later Renesmee/Jacob and Charlie/Sue in Breaking Dawn.
  • One Last Fling: Jacob and Bella's kiss at the end of Eclipse, which heavily borders on sexual assault for Bella.
  • One Steve Limit: Meyer appears to have gone to pains to avoid name overlap, but in Breaking Dawn there's a minor vampire named Charles.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Movie only, obviously. Robert Pattinson actually puts on a decently convincing American accent (even if it's hard to tell just what part of America), but especially in the first movie, he slips up quite noticeably a few times.
  • Ordinary High School Student: Bella, the main character.
  • Orphaned Series: Midnight Sun was dropped midway through being written with no indication that it'll ever be finished.
  • The Other Rainforest: Set in Forks, Washington.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: And how! they're sparkly Golem-like creatures made of diamonds that run on explosive oil strained from human blood, without fangs (even cute little ones) and have no problem with the sun, holy symbols or garlic. Hell, Twilight is practically the embodiment of this trope!
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The Quileute (also referred to as shape-shifters) are purely hereditary, and they have higher body temperatures, for one. More traditional werewolves are mentioned -- the Volturi have hunted them to near-extinction.


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  • Pair the Spares: Everyone. Except Leah.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: It takes Bella an insanely short amount of time to figure out that Edward is a vampire.
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: One-month gestation results in a September birth date. By December, Renesmee is walking, talking, and reading Tennyson. Another half-vampire reveals that maturity is reached at the age of seven.
  • Poor Communication Kills: In New Moon, one of Charlie's friends dies, and when Edward gets wind of the funeral he is mistakenly led to believe that it was Bella who died, driving him to go to Italy and attempt suicide by sparkling. Why he never thought to call someone to verify this or look in the local paper for her obituary instead of automatically assuming she was really dead is anyone's guess.
  • Porn Stache: Charlie in the movie.
  • POV Boy, Poster Girl: Gender Inverted, but otherwise played straight. Bella is the generic POV character. Edward and Jacob are both exotic love interests and the focus of all advertising.
  • Product Placement: The New Moon movie carries ad frames for Volvo, Porshe, Virgin America (who doesn't even do the flights shown in the movie), Burger King, and Nikon (digital camera with included photo printer). The only product that made any sort of sense was Rainier Beer, a brand that you'd actually expect a small town, working class police chief to drink. Oddly enough, the New Moon book features product placement as well, mentioning ESPN, Rotten Tomatoes, Ragu, McDonald's and Comet.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality:
    • You can eat humans, and we'll even lend you our cars to broaden your range, as long as you don't try to eat Bella Swan.
    • Also - the wolves won't do a thing to stop said human nomming if it's being done in the name of Jake's sweetie, Renesmee.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Bella has prophetic dreams for no apparent reason.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • Rosalie in Breaking Dawn:

"You. Got. Food. In. My. Hair."

  • Puny Earthlings: Humans can't possibly compete with or stand up to vampires or werewolves, and it's implied that before the Cullens only werewolves could protect normal people from vampires.
  • Purple Prose: buckets. Especially when it comes to Edward's appearance.
  • Rape as Backstory: Rosalie.
  • Rapid Aging: Renesmee (and all half-human vampires) reach adulthood after seven years of life.
  • Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Averted in the movie.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To the books instead of in them is the not-quite-blog Reasoning With Vampires, which picks apart word choice, sentence structure, logistical issues, and just about everything else wrong with the series in little infographics that deal with specific, stand-out segments of the book. It's surprisingly respectful, for all that.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: For the vampires that drink human blood, as well as newborn ones.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Burning-hot Jacob and ice-cold Edward.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Carlisle to the point that the werewolves designated him a non-priority target; he had the most experience and a lot of potential to do harm, but his hesitation made him less dangerous.
  • Rescue Romance: Edward and Bella were already secretly interested in each other, but it was Edward saving Bella from Tyler's out of control van that laid the groundwork for their relationship.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Victoria's search to harm Bella after The Cullens kill her mate James.
  • Riff Trax: The movie of the book has this.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Jacob in Breaking Dawn decides Bella's baby must die, because Bella apparently died giving birth to her. At least, that was until he looked into the baby's eyes.
  • Romance Novel
  • Romantic Runner-Up:
    • Mike Newton, Tyler Crowley, and Eric Yorkie. Either humans just aren't good enough for Bella, or she's really socially messed-up if Edward's the only one for her. Tyler could also qualify as Casanova Wannabe.
    • Jacob Black fits this trope better since he actually was around long enough to let his romantic advances to reach to a point that Bella had to made a choice.


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  • Sadly Mythtaken:
    • Granted, vampires actually didn't sparkle in sunlight; vampires hating the sun is actually Newer Than They Think, the idea having been invented and popularized by Nosferatu.
    • On the negative side, the myths used to have ugly, short, smelly peasant vampires with reddish not pale skin. They almost always had some sort of shapeshifting and definitely did sleep (during the day at least). Fangs were also common because of the lips of posthumously exhumed corpses being peeled back after death. Telekinetic and other creepy poltergeist abilities were common because if something bad happened in your home it's easier to just blame a dead guy.
    • On the positive side for werewolves while several myths of werewolves were a little more anthropomorphic the most of the original myths of werewolves actually were just men changing into wolves without anthropomorphic features. Twilight also explicitly mentions the more modern werewolves with their changing on the full moon and bites transferring the infection.
  • Satellite Character: Bella, despite being the protagonist.
  • Scenery Porn: The movie has a LOT of it. The atmosphere was the sole thing many people liked about the movie. Haunting and somber, thick with misty mountains, fertile greenery, and soft Jazz-sounding in the background. Some people felt they spent too much time needlessly panning across the various beautiful scenery.
  • Second Act Breakup: Pretty much the only point of New Moon.
  • Serial Killer Killer: When Edward was younger, he rebelled against Carlisle's animal blood philosophy, so he used his mind reading powers to only feed on rapists and murderers. But even that proved to be too much for his conscience.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: Breaking Dawn. Edward and Bella arrive at their honeymoon destination. She takes a shower and goes out on the beach where Edward is. She takes her towel off, he pulls her into his arms and... Oh look, it's the next morning.
  • Shaking Her Hair Loose: At the end of the first movie, we see Victoria watching Edward and Bella through a window, all dressed up. As she walks away, she pulls a pin out of her hair and lets it fall to her waist.
  • Shallow Love Interest: Bella and Edward, for each other.
  • Shirtless Scene: Actually, does Jacob know what a shirt is?
  • Shot to the Heart: Variant: Edward injects vampire venom directly into Bella's heart in an attempt to save her life after a difficult childbirth.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bella compares her love affair with Edward to Wuthering Heights and Romeo and Juliet. New Moon parallels the latter when Bella and Edward almost commit Tag-Team Suicide due to a communication error. Even funnier when considered that Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet to be a cautionary tale about the dangers of falling in love too fast, which is exactly what Bella and Edward did! On the more squicky end, one couple is Claire and Quil. Claire is two, Quil is Jacob's age.
    • How about Kill Bill?
    • Depending on whether Twilight or Full Metal Panic! came out first, the Japanese title of the first book (The Boy I Like Is Kinda a Vampire) can be a Shout-Out to the title of the first episode of Full Metal Panic (The Guy I Like Is Kinda a Sergeant).
    • The fact that the Cullen family likes to drive fast could be a Shout-Out to the line "the dead travel fast" from Bram Stoker's Dracula (which was itself a quote from a famous German poem).
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts:
    • Bella's opinion of Sam and Emily.
    • One could also argue this for Edward and Bella, he is fascinated by even the most mundane things about her and she gushes about how gorgeous he is every time he enters her field of vision and once even swoons over how good his breath smells.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Edward.
  • Stalking Is Love: Edward. Following Bella to keep her safe. Sneaking into her room to watch her sleep. Even before he was involved with her. And he gets her in the end, too.
  • Static Character:
    • All the vampires, literally. Word of God is that they are forever frozen at the same level of emotional maturity they were at when they were turned. Hence why Edward manages to become an Emo Teen while being over a hundred years old.
    • Bella does not change or grow as a person at all throughout the course of the story.
  • The Stoic: Sam Uley. Forced to deal with his lycanthropy on his own, he cultivated a kind of zen calm to cope, and help the others who came later.
  • Stuffed Into the Fridge: James attempted this trope, video taping him torturing and killing Bella to make Edward seek revenge and start a "game" with him. Lucky for Bella, Edward was fast enough to avert it.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: Bella attempts this several times.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Leah reveals that ever since she became a werewolf and able to read Jacob's mind, she's been having dreams about kissing Bella. Jacob retorts that it isn't so great from her perspective either.
  • Suck Out the Poison: In Twilight, vampires have no body fluids except for venom, which is used to change people into vampires via biting. When James bites Bella at the climax of the first novel, Edward has to suck out the poison to prevent it from spreading. A very heroic thing, except that A) this technique rarely works in the real world (due to the circulation system almost instantly carrying the poison away from the wound) and B) Edward himself has venom in his mouth. By all rights, Bella should have been a vampire by the end of the first book.
  • Suicide by Sunlight: Attempted by Edward.
  • Supporting Protagonist: While Bella is no doubt the protagonist of the series, Edward is The Hero and does all the heroic stuff up until the end of Breaking Dawn.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: Edward Cullen confesses to murdering a whole bunch of people shortly after he was turned, and Bella narrates that it is perfectly reasonable.
  • Tag-Team Suicide: Edward tries this in New Moon when he thinks Bella's dead.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: At the end of the last book of the series, a great battle pitting vampire against vampire is waived in favor of a lengthy discussion. Everyone goes home without a single punch thrown. This comes after reading through a lengthy training montage that [2] is said to take weeks if not months of book time.
  • Team Mom: Esme, to the vampires; Emily, to the wolves.
  • Tell, Don't Show: Stephanie Meyers's Modus Operandi. She strongly dislikes the word "said" and almost always provides at the very least an adverb for the verb she decides to use, rather than letting the dialogue speak for itself. She is also a big fan of saying how people feel, which can be jarring, since the books are told from a first-person perspective and (with the exception of Midnight Sun) do not have a narrator who can read minds.
  • Their First Time: Played straight, except when Edward and Bella kept switching positions on who was the "ready" one.
  • Theme Naming: Many of the Quileutes have Old Testament Biblical names. (Jacob, Leah, Seth, Samuel, Paul...) Four of them (Jacob, Seth, Emily, and Paul) were named after Meyer's siblings. It can also be attributed to the Mormon belief that many if not all Native Americans are descendants of a Hebrew tribe known as the Lamanites.
  • Those Two Guys: Bella's human friends, as well as the members of the pack (who aren't Jacob, Sam, Leah, or Seth) fill this role. Quil and Embry fill it especially well.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Bella unquestionably, because of her lack of reaction to the fact that Edward's a vampire - which he often comments on. It gets worse in the movie. After researching vampires, Bella realizes what Edward is. Several people have turned up dead in the area, apparently mauled by animals - which she doesn't believe. So naturally, she goes off into the woods with Edward to tell him she knows his secret... without telling anyone where she's going or with whom.
    • Not to mention that she constantly get in trouble, walking alone in a dangerous forest, dark alleys, unstable werewolves, evil vampires. How she made it to seventeen before Edward met her is a mystery.
    • New Moon's movie lampshaded it as well, with a comment from Alice: "I've never met anyone so prone to life-threatening idiocy!"
    • There's a part in the first book where Bella thinks of deliberately putting herself in danger if it means Edward will come to her rescue. It's on page 211.
    • An early one: When Edward takes Bella to meet his family for the first time, she's much more concerned by the possibility that they won't like her than by the fact that she could very well end up as their next meal. Lampshaded, naturally, by Edward.
  • Trans Equals Gay: In Eclipse, the Quilleute shapeshifters' discomfort with opposite genders sharing sexual memories through their telepathy is characterized as gender confusion.
  • Traumatic C-Section: The scene wherein Edward rips Bella's unborn child out from her body with his teeth. Probably not intended to be as worrying as it is. Though considering that when they tried to do it the normal way, the scalpel broke.
  • Trend Covers: Practically every other YA novel getting released/re-released since Twilight has a "one symbolic object on dark background" cover. Though Newer Than They Think since this sort of symbolism has popped up in many genres such as mystery due to the pretty basic symbolism/eye catching picture it provides.
  • Troubled but Cute: Edward Cullen, described as a fatalist by the author and self loathing by the actor that plays him. Not to mention that he spent half of the time calling himself a soulless monster.
  • Two-Person Pool Party: The Honeymoon, but in ocean instead of a pool. Good thing it's a private island!


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  • Undeathly Pallor
  • Unfortunate Names
  • Unreliable Narrator:
    • Bella is supposed to have low self-esteem about her looks, but the events of the series suggest that she's gorgeous. There are also plenty of probably unintentional examples - for example, Bella becomes convinced that her friend Jessica is using her for popularity and doesn't actually like her, on the basis of absolutely no evidence.
    • In Bree's novella, the protagonist sees Edward as a good-looking red-headed guy, rather than the marble-perfect tousled, bronze-haired Adonis of Bella's descriptions, suggesting that Bella's viewpoint might be skewed.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The Cullens attempt to be this to throw off suspicion, though its debatable how effective they are at this. Despite being Genre Blind to their true nature, the rest of the school have noticed that both pairs of adopted siblings are romantically involved, that they always buy lunch but never eat any of it, and that they are absent on sunny days.
  • Unwanted Harem
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Vampire-Werewolf Love Triangle: The center of books 2, 3 and 4, though it is mostly defused by the fact that no one ever really doubts that Bella is going to wind up with Edward (see Red String of Fate).
  • Vampire Bites Suck: Extremely painful venom and one of the few things that can actually leave a mark on vampire skin.
  • Vampires Are Rich: The Cullens own their own island. James, Laurent or Victoria were not rich, however. The nomads vampires in general are not wealthy, just vampires who establish big covens and are old enough to accumulate money.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: The Cullen clan of vampires, who hunt, kill and drink the blood of animals for sustenance, call themselves "vegetarians". They make a point to say they are careful not to impact the environment. Considering how fast they move on foot and the excess of money they have, they can travel pretty much wherever is needed in order to be responsible vampires. An easier way of not impacting the environment would have been to just go to any butcher shop and outright buy a few liters of pig's blood.
  • Vehicular Sabotage:
    • In Twilight, Charlie detached Bella's battery cables for fear Bella would sneak out of the house to see Edward.
    • In Eclipse, Edward sabotages Bella's truck to stop her from visiting Jacob.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: Stephenie Meyer has the irresistible urge to describe how unbelievably gorgeous Edward is over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over AND OVER!!!!! We heard you the first time, Meyer.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Jacob and the wolfpack. "They might as well have called the movie Native American in Blue Jeans, And That's It, and that might have sold it." Rather amusingly lampshaded by Edward in the third film. "Doesn't he own a shirt?"
  • Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma: It happens a lot in the books.
  • Warm Bloodbags Are Everywhere: This series runs on this trope.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Or "danger magnet" as Bella calls herself.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Carlisle's power is "compassion", Esme's power is love. But Rosalie's main power, according to Meyer, is beauty. The alternative suggested by Edward, tenacity, isn't much better.
  • What Measure Is A Human?: Bella doesn't seem to care about fact that Edward and some other Cullens killed some humans in their past. She finds it "only natural" for Edward to go through this phase.
  • Wife Husbandry:
    • Quil and Claire.
    • Jacob and Renesmee.
  • Wrench Wench: Rosalie.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Edward claims at one point that Renesmee gains a year and a half of development in around 1 month. This means she should be around 18 in only a year, not in 7 years like the story claims.
  • You Are Grounded: From the last chapter of New Moon to the first chapter of Eclipse.
  • You Don't Want to Die a Virgin, Do You?: Bella wants to experience sex with Edward while she is still human, before she gets changed into a vampire. Doubles as a case of Too Dumb to Live, since Edward explicitly warns her that because of his super-strength, the experience will quite likely be extremely traumatic or even fatal.
  • You Keep Using That Word:
    • Bella's skin is "translucent". Translucent means "Allowing light, but not detailed images, to pass through." Skin is slightly translucent, which is why, if a person sticks a flashlight in their mouth, their skin glows red. Why this is so noticeable and unique for Bella is never explained, considering it's a universal human thing.
    • The words "murmur", "mutter" and "glower" pop up so often that this blogger starts counting the number of uses in his later posts.
    • It is hard to come by a place in the text where Bella uses the words "reason" or "reasonable" correctly.
  • You Must Be Cold: because Edward is convinced Bella's going to go into shock and let's face it, it's not like the cold bothers him.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Edward's broodiness and fatalism has been linked to the fact that he has never had sex in almost a century. Once he gets married and does the deed he certainly becomes less stressed. Also, Bella had a history of night terrors and talking in her sleep which ceased after her honeymoon.
  • Younger Than They Look: Renesmee.
  • Your Vampires Suck: This series has been on both the giving and receiving end of this trope (receiving more often than not, though).
  • You Sexy Beast: The entire basis of the series.

*SPARKLE*

Notes

  1. She could have meant "a bishonen" and we just misheard... except that the two words are pronounced differently, with bishone having the sh-sound in the middle whereas the other is pronounced "libis-'omen" so you'd think Edward's acute vampire hearing could tell the difference.
  2. if I recall, please clarify which and remove this