Twilight might be the best saga of vampire romance in recent history, but let's be real, it's full of inconsistencies. Sure, it's a sci-fi vampire romance and it shouldn't be taken all that seriously, but still, the book seems to break its own fantastical rules at times. Whether it's the enduring mystery of how Bella got pregnant or why Jasper is able to manipulate Bella's emotions when no other vampire can use their powers on her, these are the most glaring plot holes in the Twilight series.
1. Why didn't the Cullens sparkle in the daylight in Forks?
It's explained that the Cullens moved to Forks, Washington because it's rainy and dreary all of the time, which meant they usually didn't have to worry about walking outside during the day. The thing is, while clouds reduce the amount of sunlight that reaches the earth, they don't completely block the sun's rays. So assuming the clouds in Forks didn't plunge the city into complete darkness, shouldn't the vampires still have sparkled outside, just a little less vibrantly?
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2. Why was Edward stepping out in the sun in Volterra in New Moon such a big deal?
We get that it's against Volturi law for vampires to be noticed in open sunlight lest they be seen by humans sparkling and thereby, expose themselves as vampires. Which is what a depressed Edward does in New Moon, to try to force the Volturi to kill him. The thing is, in the Twilight universe, most people believed the standard widely-held vampire myths. So as far as anyone who wasn't a vampire was concerned, a vampire getting hit by sunlight would burst into flames, not sparkle like a glittery disco ball. If Edward had stepped into the sunlight in Volterra, most humans would have simply wondered if some pale guy had doused himself in a bunch of craft store glitter, not assumed he was a vampire.
3. And why did Edward have to travel all the way to Volterra to reveal himself anyway?!
Vampires were killed all the time by other vampires and the werewolves. Why didn't Edward just pick a fight with the Quileute tribe by breaking their treaty instead of traveling all the way to Volterra, Italy to "expose" himself as a vampire in front of the Volturi? Then there's the fact that fire kills vampires. Both would have been much more efficient options. So dramatic!
4. Why can Jasper manipulate Bella's emotions?
Bella's mind shield is able to block any vampire power that affects her brain. That's why Edward and Aro couldn't read her mind, Jane couldn't make her feel pain (it was only creating the illusion of pain), and Zafrina couldn't make her see visual projections she was able to make everyone else see. Alice could to see her future, though, because Bella's future happens outside the mind. But accepting all this, the question is: Why could Jasper change Bella's emotions? After all, wouldn't manipulating her emotions technically be messing with her mind?
Stephanie Meyer tried to answer this question on her website, explaining that unlike the other vampires powers, Jasper's power is actually affecting Bella physically by adjusting her pulse and endorphins to calm her down.Why is Jasper's power the only "science-based" power then while the rest are supernatural, though? Considering the fact that Jasper could alter her physically, couldn't Jane have just as easily inflicted pain by manipulating nerve endings? And Zafrina could have manipulated the optic nerves.
5. Why did Jasper go so crazy over Bella's paper cut?
Jasper is the youngest vampire in the Cullen pack so he has the hardest time resisting human blood. But one would assume that since he goes to high school with so many humans on a daily basis, he should have gotten used to minor bloody situations that tend to happen all the time in schools, like skinned knees in gym, bloody noses, AND paper cuts! So why did he lose complete control and try to attack Bella when she got a simple paper cut during her birthday party with the Cullens?
Some have theorized that Bella's blood smelled better than other humans' blood, but in the book, Bella was only Edwards "singer" (the one person whose blood smells exceptionally good to him). So unless Bella's blood was exceptionally tasty-smelling to all vamps, there's still no reason Jasper should have freaked out so epically...
6. But if Bella's blood IS exceptionally fragrant, the question is: Why does Bella's blood smell so good?
Bella was Edward's "singer," and every vampire has one. But there was some indication throughout the books that Bella's blood might have been more ~fragrant~ than other humans' blood. James seemed to be more attracted to it in Twilight, and Alice said that it smelled particularly "nice." Some have theorized that Bella's blood was, in fact, special, which would explain Jasper's reaction to her paper cut (see #4). But if it is, what is it that makes it so special? Does she have a special blood type the world has never seen before? Is it her low iron? WHAT IS IT?!
7. How could Alice see future stock market trends in her visions?
Alice helps the Cullens make money by seeing future stock market trends with her powers. But what's confusing is Alice's visions are subjective and change depending on the choices people make that may affect and change an outcome. Quick finance lesson: Stock market performance is way more complex than one person making a single decision and the company's stock rising or plummeting as a result. Hundreds of people might decide to buy or sell a stock on any given day for different reasons, which means Alice never could have seen a reliable vision of the future when it comes to the stock market.
8. How was Bella able to control herself as a newborn?
Much of the series is spent explaining that it is a long, painful struggle for newborn vampires to learn to control their urges to prey on humans. As we all know, Jasper couldn't even handle himself around Bella's paper cut in New Moon, and he'd been a vampire for nearly 150 years at that point.
Yet, after Bella turns, it takes her mere weeks to get her urges in check. It's explained away by suggesting that since Bella was so close to the Cullens and knew what to expect after being turned, she was able to stop herself from giving into her vampire urges. But that doesn't really make sense. Bella had only known the Cullens for about 2 years at that point. How could Bella repress 150 years worth of blood-thirsty vampire urges just because she'd known about the struggles for 2 measly years in advance?
9. How could Bella and Edward kiss if his skin is meant to be harder than stone?
In the books, vampires' skin is described as being marble-like in texture and harder than granite. If that is the case, wouldn't have kissing Edward been a pretty unpleasant, if not entirely painful, experience? Nothing like having your human lips being squished by two slabs of marble-like stone, right? WRONG. Ouch.
10. How did Bella get pregnant?!
This is probably the most common question amongst Twihards. In the book, when a human is turned into a vampire, all their body fluids turn into venom. So if all of Edward's body fluids are venom, that means he wouldn't have had any sperm to impregnate human Bella. Since venom is poisonous to humans, we're assuming it wouldn't be able to work in its place to create a human life.
Plus, Edward uses his mouth to suck James' venom out of Bella at the end of Twilight. But if Bella has an open wound on her wrist, wouldn't it be counterproductive for a vampire (whose mouth is filled with venomous saliva) to suck the venom out? Wouldn't he have just gotten his own venom into Bella's wound and turned her into a vampire? Hence, she wouldn't have been able to get pregnant in Breaking Dawn, because she should have turned into a vamp all the way back in Twilight. ~sigh~
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