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Liquid gold eyes

After dinner one night, I pleaded with Husband to try once more at our regular bootlegged DVD store, to see if the movie “Twilight” was out on bootlegged DVD. It was, but it was a rather blurry cinema-scope copy, with tinges of blues and greys- the audio quality however, was fantastic. I usually wouldn’t settle for movies with less than perfect viewing quality, but I was so desperate to watch this movie, I inordinately told myself, “It’s watchable. Edward still looks beautiful”. So we bought it. After E had gone to bed, I popped the DVD into the player excitedly, settled down onto the sofa, and waited in anticipation as the film rolled.

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For the uninformed and uninitiated, Twilight is the unconventional love story between vampire and mortal. Quiet, withdrawn and introverted Bella Swan moves to the little rainy town of Forks in Washington to live with her father, Charlie Swan, the Chief of Police of Forks, after her mother remarries a minor league baseball player and decides to travel the country with him. For Bella, her sacrifice for her mother’s happiness meant withdrawing further into the little cocoon she had built around herself: indifferent, detached, but at the same time, preserving a sense of intense catharsis within her. And then she meets Edward Cullen, the most mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful boy she has ever seen, one unlike no other: and no wonder, because Edward Cullen is a vampire, a “vegetarian” one who, like the rest of his family, the Cullens, chose to exist in peace among mortals and only survived on the blood of animals. After several false starts, they realize that they are each other soulmates and are swept up in a plaintively beautiful unorthodox romance defying all conventions. As they grow closer and discover each other’s souls, Edward must resist the primal scintillating scent of Bella, which to him is like “[his] own brand of heroin”. His power struggle, his defiance and refusal to allow himself to run into uncontrollable frenzy, his refusal to surrender to his temptation to drink her blood, is both strange and pained. And when three outsider vampires cross the Cullens’ boundaries and threaten to shatter the world they had painstakingly built over centuries, Edward must also protect Bella from them, and from James, one of the outsiders, a tracker, who has set his eyes on Bella. I’ll be honest here. The film dragged a little, in several parts- it was slow and quiet, but I realized that Catherine Hardwicke was trying to bring forth the shimmer of romance and attraction between Bella and Edward from the books, to Bella and Edward on the big screen. And it worked. The setting of Forks in the movie, was exactly how I had pictured Forks in the book- the film brought to life the vivid imagination of Stephenie Meyer in the books. Quiet, laid-back, somewhat gloomy, lots of grey and blues (or maybe it was the DVD), Forks was the perfect place for the vampire-mortal romance to blossom. Twilight isn’t what I’d call an “action-packed” romance, as it has numerously been described- as a film, it wasn’t brilliant or outstanding, it would not be capable of soaring to great heights like the epic love story of Titanic (ok, cringe…forgive me for that- I didn’t like Titanic very much- but it was THE epic love story of our times, wasn’t it?)- but yet, the film has a wonderful pleasing quality and would more than placate fans of the saga. For the reticent and uninitiated, it may fall below expectations. However, Husband, who had never shown any interest in the books or the movie, admitted to me that he found the movie “very good” and “intriguing” and this morning, over breakfast, prompted me to tell him what happened after Twilight. 

Robert Pattinson, who played Edward Cullen, was, in my mind, the perfect Edward Cullen, just like I had pictured him to be when I read the book. Dashingly dangerous, perfectly scuplted, with alabaster-white, porcelain skin and ruby red lips, and eyes so deep they’d draw you into the soul, changing from liquid gold to intense black depending on moods, Robert Pattinson embodied broody Edward Cullen to the core: the mish-mash of James Dean, Heathcliff and Brad Pitt all rolled into one. Brilliant, a special effects all on its own. A far cry from Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire. And God, he is so fucking gorgeous it makes my heart well up just to look at him. The unconventionally-beautiful Kristin Stewart, as Bella Swan, was perfect in depicting the clumsy, somewhat aloof and romantice-at-heart girl in the books. She is perfectly likable, bringing forth Bella’s character to the screen with a slightly timid wavering in her speeches, her detachment from people around her, even her father, Charlie, and in the end, her final release of love for Edward. 

Enchanted was how I felt after watching this. Being able to relate it to the books. Seeing Edward, larger than life. Getting caught up in their intense romance. I fingered my own Bella bracelet, admitting to Husband, a little embarassed, that it was meant to be the bracelet Edward had given Bella in “Eclipse”, the full shimmering crystal heart the perfect embodiment of his love for her, and the meaning she gave to his life.

And Husband sighed, “You’re in love with Edward Cullen…

And so I was. Together with 3 million other girls and women out there who saw him brought to life in Twilight.

I dreamt of his liquid gold eyes that night. 

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