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Team Edward? Team Jacob? You're All Insane! I'm Team Bella & You Should Be, Too! She Deserves Better!

Tue, July 6, 2010 2:25pm EDT by 18 Comments
Courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Face it, NEITHER of these monsters is right for Bella; they’re abusive, manipulative and they put her life at risk!

Wow! Over the weekend we asked all of you to pick a side — Team Edward or Team Jacob — and you responded with an overwhelming 70 percent that you’re totally Team Edward. And while I understand the appeal of Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, I’ve always been bugged by this Edward vs. Jacob nonsense — mostly because neither one of them belongs with Bella!

I admit to being just a casual viewer of the Twilight films and a non-reader of the original Stephenie Meyer books — but here’s how I see it: If Bella can attract the best-looking vampire and the best-looking werewolf in her high school, I’m willing to bet she could capture the attention of at least a few decent-looking humans. Sure she’s dark, angsty and super awkward… but it’s high school. In Forks, Washington. Aren’t those pre-requisites for all students?

It’s a little ridiculous that this young, attractive girl has only two choices: a guy who has to constantly fight the urge to feast upon her blood, and another guy who occasionally becomes covered in gnarly hair and howls at the moon. That doesn’t sound like much of a choice to me. Where are all the nice, human boys?

And I’m not the only one who thinks Bella deserves better. Ms. Magazine blogger Carmen Siering offers up a scathing (and totally accurate) critique of Bella’s non-choice, saying “The fact is, both [Edward and Jacob] show signs of becoming potentially abusive partners.” Carmen refers to the way Edward disables Bella’s truck to keep her from Jacob, and the scene in which Jacob forces Bella to kiss him against her will, among several other examples.

What do you all think? Are you on Team Edward or Team Jacob because you personally like Rob and Taylor, or do you ACTUALLY think that one of these monsters would be a good match for poor, innocent Bella?

— Andy Swift