Peeking into Bella’s psyche 

By now, most pop culture observers are aware that the long-simmering tensions between Team Edward and Team Jacob come to a head in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.”

In “Eclipse,” the third big-screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novels about vampires, werewolves and the irrepressible passions that bind them to the mortal world, flesh-and-blood teen Bella Swan faces an impossible choice: Embrace her humanity, or marry soulmate Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and join him in the ranks of the undead.

To Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella, the decision to sacrifice her soul for the man she loves — knowing the choice might jeopardize her relationship with Jacob, the hot-blooded wolf (Taylor Lautner) — is fraught with complications, but otherwise a no-brainer.

“The choice is made as soon as she sees [Edward] in the first movie. It's hard for her to get to the point where everyone is going to accept that.

“Am I as impulsive as she is? In some ways," admits Stewart, 20, who believes in marriage but says she's not ready for it. “When it comes to work, I do what I feel. But I'm also a control freak — I always need to know what's going on. What I love about Bella is that she makes mistakes, but she understands she's young and that mistakes come with the territory.”

Bella’s eagerness to renounce her mortality doesn't sit well with Jacob, and he's not alone: Rosalie, Edward’s adopted sister, sternly reminds Bella that most vampires are inducted into the lifestyle against their will, and cautions her to treasure her youth.

Nikki Reed, who plays Rosalie, seconds that sentiment.

“On a personal level, I'm against Bella and Edward,” says Reed, 22. “I think she's too young, and the decisions she’s making are very uninformed. She's sure about what she wants, which is admirable, and the love she shares with Edward is that youthful kind of love where they can’t live without one another. They’d die for each other. But as I’ve learned, growing older, you have to be able to live without other people. If you can’t, that's not love — that's codependency. To Bella, Edward is more an ideal than a person. I believe they do love each other, but it's a glamorized kind of love, and that's why we watch movies. We want to believe in that. But he’s impossible. He's a fantasy.”


The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Nikki Reed
Written by Melissa Rosenberg
Directed by David Slade
Rated PG-13
Running time: 2 hours, 4 minutes

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