Photo Credit: Summit Studios
Unless you've been living under a rock -- or in a land without entertainment gossip (gasp!) -- you're probably aware of Twilight mania. You know that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are possibly dating. You've heard that Taylor Lautner has an above-average physique. You've thought, "Wow, vampires seem to be pretty popular this year..."
But have you actually seen the movie? If you somehow managed to miss Twilight, don't fret -- it's not too late to jump on the bandwagon just in time to see New Moon this weekend. Sink your teeth into the film's key points to catch you up on everything you need to know.
When 17-year-old Bella Swan (Stewart) leaves her mom in Phoenix to go live with her dad in the tiny town of Forks, Wash., things are pretty boring -- until she meets the Cullens. Edward Cullen (Pattinson) and his four adopted "brothers and sisters" are obviously different than the rest of the kids at school -- and not just because they're so beautiful. They keep to themselves and Bella soon discovers it's because they have a dark secret.
Bella's interactions with Edward are minimal until an out-of-control car speeds toward her in the school parking lot. Edward appears suddenly and stops the car with his bare hand -- a feat that's obviously superhuman. The event starts the wheels turning in Bella's head. What is he? When her friend Jacob (Lautner) -- who lives on the nearby La Push Indian reservation -- shares an old legend about his people fighting a coven of "bloodsuckers," she figures it out: Edward must be a vampire.
Edward is drawn to Bella in a way he's never experienced before. He feels the constant need to protect her -- a feeling that's in fierce competition with his innate thirst for her blood. They begin spending time together, and Bella confronts Edward about his identity. When he admits to being vampire (albeit a friendly, non-human-killing one), it's too late for them. They're already in love. They both know it's dangerous and illogical, but they refuse to be apart.
Bella continues to grow closer to Edward and his family. When the group encounters a clan of evil vampires passing through the area, there's no hiding the fact that they've befriended a human. The intruder vamps, James (Cam Gigandet) and Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre), decide to make it their game to kill Bella. With the Cullens protecting her, the challenge of destroying her becomes even more appealing.
The group sets off to hide and protect Bella while searching for their opponents. James eventually lures Bella to him and takes pleasure in slowly torturing her before making her his meal. Edward and the rest of his family swoop in just in time to save Bella's life. They kill James, but they know that his partner, Victoria, is still out there somewhere ... waiting.
During Bella's struggle with James, she suffers a bite to the hand. As James's venom makes its way through her body, Edward has a decision to make. Should he let the venom run its course, thus turning Bella into a vampire? Or should he suck it out, and run the risk that once he tastes her blood he won't have the willpower to stop drinking? He decides that he can't let Bella give up her human life -- not now, not like this.
Have you been sucked into the Twilight madness? Chime in below!