Think February, think romance and think young fiction…The Twilight Saga ! Actually, think a girls’ point of view and you would end up with two handsome men (or rather a vampire and a werewolf )
Once a rage, still a heart throb – Edward Cullen. A modern literary character has never been idolized so much in recent times (Except Harry Potter maybe, but even then, it’s just not the same). Pay no heed to the fact that he exists only on paper, or he is a vampire, or a blood sucker or has no soul (can’t blame Bella much, right?) I, for one, fell in love with him, so much that, every guy I met for a period of 2 months was subjected to a comparison with Edward (inside my mind of course).
Sharing the spot in teen girls’ hearts – Jacob Black, a.k.a the “friend”! Portrayed as Bella’s rebound guy, Jake’s physical description does nothing to make hearts skip a beat. (The movie is a different issue!) But he is the best he-friend any girl would die to have. Think about it – the guy puts up with all of you and your nonsense, BUT, no romantic entanglements. You just cannot ask for anything better, right ?
As far as the book alone is considered, Edward wins, hands down. Stephanie Meyer has described him as just short of God himself (actually, she even compares him to the Greek God, Adonis). Perfectly chiseled looks, a glistening body, plays the piano, well read, well travelled, romantic and the icing on the cake is his undying love for Bella. Jacob doesn’t fail either, but he just doesn’t compare to Edward (at least in the book). Somehow, no matter what Jacob does, he just falls short of Edward.
On the other hand, once the movie adaptations were out, it was tough to stay on Edward’s side. Taylor Lautner is just too handsome to resist. To say I found Robert Pattinson playing the role of Edward a bit disappointing, would be an understatement. No qualms about his acting et al. It’s just the way they had worked on his face to make him look like a vampire. A tad too much. Nevertheless, give me Edward of the book and Jacob of the movie and I’d become celibate, rather than choose one amongst them
A korean serial that I used to follow had this particular line that stuck onto my mind. It went as such – “In life, you will have two important people – one becomes your life partner and the other becomes your soul mate”. In our case, Edward would be the life partner and Jake would be the soul mate (no pun intended at Edward’s lack of a soul ! )
This series revolutionized the concept of supernatural, teen fiction and of course, girls’ expectations for their dream guy. Good luck girls, and point to be noted guys ! Let the love begin (Dumbledore style)