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Why ‘The Twilight Saga’ Is The Best Cringeworthy Romance Series

For many of us, “The Twilight Saga” was a major contribution to our preteen/ teen years. Now that a majority of us who have watched this series have grown up, we can conclude how terrible the film actually is. As aesthetically pleasing as “Twilight” is, we have to admit the series is what I like to call good trash. “Twilight” is a classic trope of forbidden love that has been done many times in many ways. Think about “Twilight,” then Shakespeare’s classic play “Romeo and Juliet.” Sound familiar?

This plot revolves around a love triangle with a mortal, immortal and a werewolf. The inclusion of fantasy in this forbidden love romance series worked brilliantly. The constant debate of Team Edward or Jacob is something that will never be forgotten amongst my fellow “Twilight” lovers. What made this film so cringeworthy was the acting. Rewatching each film as a part of this saga feels almost impossible to not mock Bella’s character every time she talks. Ever feel the urge to hold your forehead and dramatically look away after saying three words? Quite hilarious when you don’t watch this series for face value.

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Think about when Edward first locks eyes with Bella and looks absolutely disgusted attempting to maintain his thirst. When Bella finally sits next to him in chemistry, Edward stares at Bella in such an intense way the entire period before dramatically running off. These scenes today seem more humorous than anything. Or Edwards’ sporadic scream of “As if you can outrun me!” when admitting he’s immortal, will guarantee to make you at least chuckle. You can absolutely not forget about Jacob with that horrifying wig Taylor Lautner had to wear for the first two films.

Despite the various cringeworthy moments of this saga, Twilight is overall stunning. Something about the lighting and the consistent visuals of grey skies really sets the mood of this romance/ fantasy series. “The Twilight Saga” is such a comforting series that many, including myself, turn one of the five films on when it’s raining or simply a grey day. For all my hopeless romantics, we know we all found ourselves gushing over Bella and Edward’s wedding. The flowers, guests, bride and groom looked absolutely amazing in “Breaking Dawn-Part One.”

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If the wedding wasn’t enough to make you fall in love with this film, the honeymoon scene would. Bella is unaware as to where Edward is taking her for her honeymoon until they arrive in Rio. After dancing with various people together in Rio, the two then get on a speedboat to their own private island to enjoy their honeymoon. Imagine being told you’re just passing through Rio to arrive at your beautiful destination on a private island.

Overall, “The Twilight Saga” is indeed a cringeworthy watch but it’s also cinematic gold. This series has one of the best soundtracks ever and is very soothing to listen to. If you are as crazy about “Twilight” as I am, here is a gift from me to you: TWILIGHT SAGA INSPIRED SOUNDSCAPE – Rainy day in Bella’s room (Cut version). The sound of rain and some of the best songs from “Twilight” is the perfect combo to get some of your schoolwork done.

Jalyn Green

George Mason University '22

Jalyn Green is a junior at George Mason University currently studying Communication with a minor in Film. She is a Philly native who enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is also very passionate about music and fashion and hopes to become a creative director in the future.
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