Defending the Education of Edward Cullen

Source: The Washington Post

After reading more than 200 comments written in response to Gail Collins’s article yesterday in the New York Times, I realize that this task has fallen to me. Someone has to set the record straight on the education of Edward Cullen, famous vampire.

Collins, in a piece titled “The Bad News Bears,” writes about Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston in particular and the concept of celebrity in general. As part of her column, she wrote:

“Not exactly ‘Wuthering Heights’ or ‘Jane Eyre.’ (‘Reader, I hung out with him.’) Not even ‘Twilight,’ although, like Levi, the perpetually teenaged Edward Cullen never managed to get through 12th grade.”

Because Edward Cullen can’t speak for himself, and because Robert Pattinson, the young actor who portrays Cullen, isn’t likely to come out and defend Edward’s intellectual heft, and because this blog is about everything involving education, (but NOT because any item about “Twilight” or “Eclipse” or Pattinson or the Cullens will generate valuable Web traffic in this sluggish July), I will right the wrong:

Edward Cullen not only managed to get through 12th grade once, but he did so many times, and actually spent enough time in college to go through medical school, twice, and come out with two degrees.

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Taylor Lautner As Stretch Armstrong and Rumors of Playing Wolverine


Since the moment he removed his shirt in “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” it seemed predestined that Taylor Lautner would become an action star.

That is starting to come to fruition.

It was reported that the “Twilight” star is “excited” to begin filming on the movie “Stretch Armstrong,” where he would play the elongated protagonist. However, he admits that part of the fun is the character’s ability to stretch is “the worst superpower.”

Lautner has been rumored to play a younger Wolverine in an upcoming “X-Men” prequel. Whether or not this would be director Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class,” currently in casting, has yet to be seen.

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Twifans Chat with Stephenie Meyer

Source: Twifans

Twifans has posted a transcript along with audio clips of a chat with Stephenie Meyer from the Stephenie Meyer press junket in which they discuss various topics where the “Eclipse” movie deviated from the book version.  They talk about angry Edward in the movie vs. the more restrained version in the book, the “wrong” Volvo, Bella taking off with Jacob on the motorcycle,  and her upcoming role as producer for “Breaking Dawn”.

[Twifans]: This is the only disruption in the force so far. The motorcycle clips. Where Bella gets on the motorcycle with Jacob. Our members wanna know, they don’t think that book Bella would have done that, would have ever hurt Edward like that.

SM: I have heard, I have read the comments, and I said the exact same thing. That was one of those days that I flew down. I’m like the way that this you know in the script I said the way that this is written her getting on the back of the bicycle is a direct response here “You lied to me, well I’m going with him” & we were able the day of, they cut down the clip that they played for MTV and stuff, we were able to soften it. We were able to get some lines in and you’ve seen the whole thing, so you know there’s a breakaway we tried to put in….her response to Edward, and then now it becomes about Jacob. “Why haven’t you called me?” We tried as hard as we could to soften, how that went down so it didn’t feel like, something “Well, I’m gonna go get on the back of his motorcycle” because I felt like that was NOT Bella at all & it’s not assertive, it’s rude. You know what I mean.

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Twilight Series Theories Chat with Stephenie Meyer

Source: Twilight Series Theories

The site Twilight Series Theories was also able to participate in the Stephenie Meyer press junket and they have posted the transcript of their chat with the author on the site.  They discuss topics from the infamous leg hitch to Freaky Fred (see the Bree Tanner novella for more if you’re unfamiliar with him), and more.  Click here to listen to the audio and/or read the transcript.

I can’t help but laugh at the fact that someone from The Washington Post defended Edward Cullen’s educational background or the fact that someone from The New York Times dared to compare him a self-absorbed d-bag like Levi Johnston.

I love the Stephenie Meyer press junket transcripts and clips.  I love knowing what she thought about the changes to what she originally wrote – whether she was as perturbed as the fans by certain scenes. I have to agree on Bella taking off with Jacob on the motorcycle in front of Edward.  She would have never done that and it was rather spiteful.

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