Using the above chart, into which categories would you sort various Twilight characters?
I think Carlisle is wicked proud of Rosalie. Rosalie is the only one who has never killed for blood. For centuries everyone Carlisle met told him what he was doing was impossible, that he was the only one, and then Rosalie proved Carlisle right: she was able to do it, too. I don’t think they spend a lot of time together but sometimes he will watch her work in the garage and that’s when they talk. She lets her guard down a bit there and he keeps out of the way.
I don’t know what he and Alice do together. I guess maybe they could bond over art? But he seems to lean toward classic paintings and Alice is more fashion/design-oriented. I suppose he admires her creativity. Carlisle strikes me as the type who enjoys looking at art and listening to music, but doesn’t so much enjoy producing it himself (although he did study music in his younger days—something people seem to forget about him).
He and Jasper reminisce about the past that the rest of the family doesn’t remember, and they play chess and other strategy games. I think sometimes there is tension between them because Jasper doesn’t always agree with the calls Carlisle makes as leader, but Carlisle is in such a steady, calm place in his life that it must be a nice environment for Jasper to be around.
Emmett’s the one who makes Carlisle laugh. He comes off as pretty serious most of the time, but he does have a sense of humor. I sort of imagine him trying to stifle laughter at some of Emmett’s antics while Esme is trying to scold Emmett. I think Carlisle’s humor is drier than Emmett’s (the “I think that went well” in Twilight movie, “I’ve never been to veterinarian school,” in Eclipse book, and his “I can’t imagine why,” response to Benjamin in BD 2 when Benjamin says Amun doesn’t let him out much). But Emmett can make him full on LOL!! sometimes. I think they also like to watch vampire movies together—Emmett because he thinks they are lolarious and Carlisle because he is curious how human perception of vampires has changed.
With Edward it’s definitely the most father/son of the bunch. Edward needs and wants a father’s love and approval in the way I don’t think the others really do. Carlisle is Edward’s example and hero, as well as therapist and confessor. They talk about God and faith and right and wrong and morality and philosophy and he grants Edward absolution when he’s feeling guilty/evil and encourages him and gives advice. They probably hunt together more than he does with the other kids.
Esme is obvious I think. But I’ll add that I think she’s the only one he really shares his own problems with. I feel like he thinks he has to be this rock for all the ‘kids,’ the one who has all the answers, so he doesn’t let it show when he’s upset or worried about something and tries to keep it off the supernaturally talented kids’ radar as much as possible, and he only really confides in Esme.
Which of the five “love languages” do you think the various Twilight characters use?
- Words of Affirmation
If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important—hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten.
In the vernacular of Quality Time, nothing says, “I love you,” like full, undivided attention. Being there for this type of person is critical, but really being there—with the TV off, fork and knife down, and all chores and tasks on standby—makes your significant other feel truly special and loved. Distractions, postponed dates, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful.
Don’t mistake this love language for materialism; the receiver of gifts thrives on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift. If you speak this language, the perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known, you are cared for, and you are prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring the gift to you. A missed birthday, anniversary, or a hasty, thoughtless gift would be disastrous—so would the absence of everyday gestures.
Acts of Service
Anything you do to ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on an “Acts of Service” person will speak volumes. The words he or she most want to hear: “Let me do that for you.” Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tell speakers of this language their feelings don’t matter.
This language isn’t all about the bedroom. A person whose primary language is Physical Touch is, not surprisingly, very touchy. Hugs, pats on the back, holding hands, and thoughtful touches on the arm, shoulder, or face—they can all be ways to show excitement, concern, care, and love. Physical presence and accessibility are crucial, while neglect or abuse can be unforgivable and destructive.
Nothing’s true and nothing’s right
So let me be alone tonight
Cause you can’t change the way I am
Are you strong enough to be my man?
Just try and love me if you can
Are you strong enough to be my man, my man?
Using the data collected from the poll last week, I made some graphs.
The “mean” is the average.
The “median” is the middle value in the list of numbers arranged in ascending order.
The “mode” is the most frequent value voted for this character.
The “range” is the difference between the max value and min value. So basically if there is a low number for the range, that means people tended to have the same ideas about that character’s happiness levels. If the value is high, that means there was a lot of variation in people’s opinions. Everyone was pretty much in agreement about Bella. People had wildly different opinions on Edward, Rosalie and Jasper.
What might the favorite movies of the various Twilight characters be? If you can’t narrow it down to a specific movie, what genre(s) do you think they like?
Do you think vampires other than the Cullens watch movies or are aware of pop culture much at all? Do they screen films in Volterra? Do nomads sneak into movie theatres?
I think I figured out why “Olympic Coven” bugs me so much (other than the fact no one ever actually calls them that in the movies, books or guide—only in the index in Breaking Dawn—and that it makes no sense to name them after a place [the Olympic Peninsula] they’ve only lived for 2-3 years):
It totally negates Carlisle’s role in its formation and it undermines their identity as a family.
When you call them the Cullen family or even the Cullen coven, that’s Carlisle’s name. He can’t have biological family (at least, not with Esme), so his way of keeping the Cullen name alive is with this group of people, and when you call them “The Olympic Coven” rather than the Cullens or the Cullen Coven (as they are called in the Guide) that is erased. They are like any other coven that way, named after a geographic location. But they aren’t any other coven. They are never called the Olympic Coven in the books; you know what they are called? “Carlisle’s family.”
tl;dr: I don’t know why fandom wants to make ‘Olympic Coven’ happen. It’s not going to happen (at least not with me :P).
What era of fashion or particular trend do you think the individual Cullens may have hated? Did someone really hate bell-bottoms, or neon colors? What era of fashion do you think any of them especially liked? How much do nomadic vampires or isolated vampires (like the Volturi) pay attention to fashion?
In honor of Edward’s birthday, here is a visual representation of the Cullens’ ages as of the end of Breaking Dawn (New Year’s Day 2007).
The blue represents the length of their human life
The red represents the length of their vampire life
The blue + red represents their total lifespan.
It’s interesting to see how even the blue looks across the board, and how different Carlisle, Bella and even Jasper’s total ages are compared to the rest.