Twilight started it all off and New Moon was filler; the real heart of the Twilight Saga comes from the third book and film, Eclipse. With the highest stakes and most tear-jerker moments, it is the climax of the series and embodies the themes of the entire saga.
Most people would agree that the Twilight books are poorly written and the subsequent films share similar structural problems. Yet, millions of fans around the world have devoured each book and movie with the frenzy of a drunken mob. Why? It all comes down to the love triangle.
The true importance of this triangle only becomes fully apparent in Eclipse. It is in this film that we realize the extent of Jacob’s adoration. Bella and Edward may be meant for one another, but Jacob believes that he has imprinted (werewolf term), which means that Bella is perfect for him in every way. Both want her, but only one can have her.
Jacob: “All of a sudden, it’s not gravity holding you to the planet. It’s her. You would do anything, be anything for her.”
Edward: “It is very rare for [vampires] to experience a real change. When that happens, as when Bella entered my life, it is a permanent change. There’s no going back…”
What girl doesn’t want to be loved like that? By TWO hunks, no less. Yet Bella must choose between the two, the most important people in her life. This unbearable choice, along with the fierce desire to be loved, has universal appeal and is what makes the series a success. Since Eclipse embodies the themes that are at the heart of the entire Twilight Saga, it is the most important film of the series to date.
End of story. BAM!
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