Twilight, once a mere book written by Stephanie Meyer, is now a full fledged movie. Granted, the story’s a little weak, the make-up could use a once over and the vampire glittering in the sunlight looks more like a sweaty pale kid after gym class, but still, there are definitely redeeming qualities. I, myself, am a huge fan of the Cullen family and wish to see an entire novel or film dedicated to them.
Let’s take a deeper look at the movie. Twilight has earned it’s fanatic following. What better way for a film to be loved then to portray an impossible relationship between two teenagers? Romeo and Juliet set the standard, and I’m sure Stephanie Meyer is up on her Shakespeare. Adding a sense of the gothic with Vampires, Werewolves and ancient Indian legends only makes it more accessible to today’s youths. Look at the popularity of Anne Rice novels if you don’t believe me.
I make the argument that the relationship between Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (played by Kristen Stewart) is far less interesting than the family dynamic of the Cullens. Here is a “family” of vampires that co-exist with the living. There’s a doctor and his wife along with what appears to be four teenage children, but the children are really far older than they seem. Some of these “kids” are over 100 years old. On top of that, of the five Cullen siblings, four are dating each other. Poor Edward is the only one without a mate at the beginning of the movie.
I could watch an entire movie, or television series (hint, hint) of that wacky family. My guess is, with the popularity of reality tv, memoirs, biographies and our general need to know about people’s lives, this would be a huge hit. Imagine Robert Pattinson in full Marylin Manson make-up trying to pretend to go through puberty? Move over Two and a Half Men.
In Twilight, Edward Cullen and his clan have to constantly fight their urge to dine on the blood of humans. It’s like a bunch of addicts being surrounded by their favorite drugs. Instant dramatic tension meets instant conflict. Perfect for a story in any medium.
For their own protection, the Cullens family have to remain emotionally cut off from the humans they live with every day. What kind of pressure cooker would that cause when you’re stuck with the same people year after year after year? See what I mean, endless source of drama.
So come on Stephanie Meyer, make a girl happy and give me a novel based on the family. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, think about the TV show. The Office can’t last much longer and I need a weekly addiction. At the very least, a new Twilight film based only on the Cullens. Work with me Hollywood.