I've read quite a few blogs and whatevers about how the Twilight series is ruining the world.. (oh the horror!). I've read both sides.. the men who are so tired of hearing "why can't you be more like Edward" and the women who are terrified that the little girls of the world are going to give themselves to just any Vampire out there.
Let me say this to those hating being compared to Edward.. your significant others are wanting attention.. give it to them. Take lessons from Mr. Cullen. Sure, nobody can be just like him but here you have an example, hundreds of pages, of what your significant other is craving. When my husband is drooling over pictures of Denise Richards it doesn't help me much because he's not drooling over things she actually does. Maybe things are getting boring, play it up a bit. If you're not paying attention to him/her then why shouldn't they drool over Edward Cullen? Unless of course your significant other is crazy and obsessed and is asking you to wear an Edward Cullen mask (please let me know where you found one!!), then you may need to find another significant other- unless of course you're into crazy people.
As far as the worried women out there.. that's simple! Teach your little girls/ young women better than that, teach them to be strong, to be smart when it comes to men. Make sure they know the difference between fiction and reality and by all means teach them to make sure it's a vegetarian vampire they are dealing with!
After reading the whole series, including the unfinished rough draft of Midnight Sun (Edward's version of Twilight), I actually think this desirable couple has a lot to teach the world and I'm going to to tell you about it.
First you have Bella who is just your ordinary girl, nothing fancy. She doesn't want attention and freaks out when she gets it. Edward, himself, stated (in Midnight Sun) that at first he thought of her as just an ordinary girl and didn't really see what the big deal was UNTIL she became a challenge. Once she became a challenge, she was the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen, he was totally consumed by her and stayed that way because she remained a mystery. There lies lessons 1 & 2:
1. Your personality makes you hot or NOT. I have met way too many people who are gorgeous, as far as looks go, but so damn ugly once they start to talk. I can't tell you how many "ordinary" looking people become gorgeous once I got to know them. Robert Pattinson is a great example. To me, he often looks like he needs to take a shower but once I saw how silly, quirky, and interesting he is (after watching a million inteviews of him) he became quite appealing. He is one of those people who can't stop talking, like myself, so his personality often comes out during inteviews.
2. Don't be an open book. Let them fall in love with who you truly are, not what you can do for them. When you go and sleep with a person on the first date why should you expect them to stay interested? He/She already knows everything they care to and they move on. You have taken all mystery out of it, you've made it boring. Sure if you're a good lay they might come back around but for only one thing. Don't be like the million other girl's who do it just like you, a whore who's nothing more. (Paramore Rocks!)
Then you have Edward who had been alone for far too long but didn't settle for anything. Here lies the next lesson:
3. Good things really do come to those who wait. If he had not waited for someone special then nobody would be "that" special to him. If he just did whatever with whoever he wouldn't have cared to have the strength to be around Bella. Every touch and every word wouldn't be as special because he probably would have already said them to someone else. You're an amazing, very special person... don't give yourself to anyone who doesn't deserve that! Just a spoken word, or the simplest touch should be the most amazing experience to your admirer and there lies the next lesson:
4. Don't rush into all the physical stuff. We all anticipated every touch Edward and Bella had and sometimes they were barely touches. I thought I was going to fall off my bed when they almost did "it" and that was after how many hundreds of pages???
So there's my spin on all that!