Edward Cullen, you have been found guilty of sparkling in public.
I think I heard somewhere they wanted it to look more gothic and medieval (which is just what they were trying to avoid in New Moon). The New Moon set was inspired a lot more by Renaissance Italy and was intentionally designed to not look like a typical vampire liar.
From what we’ve seen so far, I think I like the New Moon vision better. It’s less stereotypical, more Tuscan and less ~vampire~.
I think in both cases neither are a real place, but were rather both built on sound stages. It sounds like most of the interior stuff in BD was shot in Baton Rouge, so that’s probably where the BD Volterra set was. And while they did shoot some stuff on location in Italy (not Volterra, but Montepulciano) the stuff inside the Volturi lair was shot in Vancouver, so they probably didn’t have the same sets available. They could have rebuilt it (like they did the Cullen and Swan houses) but I guess they decided to do it differently.
“I can’t be sure, I keep seeing him do different things, he keeps changing his mind…. A killing spree through the city, attacking the guard, lifting a car over his head in the main square… mostly things that would expose them - he knows that’s the fastest way to force a reaction.” - Alice telling Jasper about Edward’s suicide plans
Jeez, Edward is such a drama queen. Yet all of that would have made more sense than taking his shirt off and sparkling in public. It makes no sense. Nobody thinks vampires are sparkly, that isn’t part of the generally accepted vampire mythology. So why would people make that association? It doesn’t expose the Volturi at all. If I’m in some tourist spot in Italy and I saw Edward taking off his shirt, I’m probably just going to say “Hey look, a sexy guy covered in body glitter, how odd. This is a strange place for male strippers. He must be high or something.”
Also note that Edward was thinking about murdering a bunch of innocent people just so the Volturi would kill him. What a sweetie pie he is.
God, this. I never understood how sparkling would reveal vampires. Even if they saw the sparkles as something supernatural, I doubt “oh, vampire!” would be what people would think. Even in-universe sparkles aren’t known as a vampire trait to anyone who is not in on the ~secret.
And dude, the killing people. Like, sure, in the end he decides not to do it (good job!), but the fact that he would even consider it—and that, as Alice explains, he decides against it because “he wouldn’t want to disappoint Carlisle in the end”, not because it’s, you know, murdering people—makes me all D: (It does reinforce my idea that Edward is Pinocchio and Carlisle is his conscience/Jiminy Cricket, but that’s another thing entirely.)
Attacking the guard, or better yet, attacking ARO, would have been the simplest way to do this. There would be no causalities that way. I mean, if he sparkled in public, would the Volturi—since they apparently see this as a breach of secrecy whether it makes much sense or not—have let the witnesses who saw it live?
Hmmm…probably “Volterra”/Montepulciano. The movie really captured Tuscany beautifully, and it’s ITALY. ITALY IS AWESOME. I liked the set design also-they went with a renaissance decor, which is how I saw the Volturi style as well, and the creepy/nerdy Latin phrases Chris Weitz put in are fantastic. “Life is short, art is long” and “your death is my life”. Very true.
(photograph not mine, its from Wikipedia)
I’m easily amused.
We always thought it was weird that someone as insanely curious as Aro didn’t consider the possibilities of hybrids prior to meeting Renesmee. So we’ve changed things a bit: he knows about them, and he’s seeking to create some of his own.
“And how many survived?”
“Just one, Master,” Gianna said. “I have set her up in a room and had a large breakfast prepared for her.”
“Ah, Santiago’s paramour. What is the dear girl’s name?”
“Karla, I believe, Sir?” Gianna answered with a frown. The poor child always looked so anxious when she could not answer her Masters’ questions precisely. “She didn’t seem to speak Italian. It sounded like German.”
“Ah, a tourist!” Aro exclaimed, clasping his hands. “How ideal! Santiago chose well, I see. I will have to pay her a visit shortly. But first… how is my Livia?”
“She is well, Master. No signs of ill health yet.”
Aro frowned. If she had become with child after their last encounter, she should be showing the signs by now. He was not overly keen on the thought of bedding her again. She was not the most alluring specimen, but he hoped her particular talents would be passed on to potential offspring and, coupled with his own unique contribution, create a truly remarkable child.
“When Carlisle arrived in Volterra in the early 1700s, Aro was impressed and intrigued by Carlisle’s ‘vegetarian’ philosophy. Aro tried to convince Carlisle that drinking human blood was natural. He continually teased, prodded, and tested Carlisle (for example, by having a member of the guard deliver a profusely bleeding human body to the library where Carlisle was studying, just to see what Carlisle would do).”
The Twilight Guide, p. 159
PERFECT PEOPLE ARE PERFECT…
LOVE THIS FOREVER.