and now for the volturi fans
Could very well be. I don’t think SM was thinking in terms of sexual identity, I think she was just thinking “he’s never loved anyone before because he’s destined for Bella!!” but as a more real world explanation, that’s a good suggestion.
That’s a good idea—I’ll put that on my list of things to write!
Did you see @peterfacinelli’s #tbt moment? I think Carlisle had a ‘moment’ with Esme.
I think Edward might be a bit jealous but it wouldn’t change his pre-destined love for Bella. But I think SM might think it lessens it a little. IDK, that’s just the impression I get from the other stories, I mean otherwise why be so insistent that this is a first love for both E and B?
Esme had been married before and had a child.
Rosalie was engaged and Emmett had “too much fun” in his human life.
Jasper/Maria is implied (especially in the movie) to have been romantic or at least sexual.
But E/B are lily-white, with no prior romantic attachments or even interests at all. To address something from another ask, I’m fine with Edward being a virgin. I can accept that he’s never had a relationship—his only viable options were the Denali sisters and they were too … sexually adventurous for his Edwardian tastes. But what I find hard to accept is that he’s never had ~feelings or a crush or something. Like you are telling me this eternal 17-year-old hasn’t ever even had a thing for like, a silent movie actress? No posters of 1940s pin-up models hidden in his closet? No Playboys under the bed? Nothing in 80 years? Really? Even Bella admitted to kind of having a thing for Romeo.
I mean I can accept that Carlisle was celibate for 300 years (again—lack of options—can’t risk a human woman, can’t morally justify being with a people eater, didn’t meet the Denali until later), but I’m sure he occasionally admired certain women, and was tempted, but he didn’t act on those feelings because of moral/religious reasons. Likewise I just find it hard to believe that Edward never had feelings at all. Like, if he were asexual or aromantic, okay, but he’s not presented that way. I guess he’s just Bellasexual?
It would always be that way for them
Short answer: Not my cup of tea but I understand why it appeals to people, and had I read it when I was younger it would have probably appealed to me too.