Why 'New Moon' Made Me Switch from Team Edward to Team Jacob

In the past few months, I’ve been overwhelmed with in-your-face Robert Pattinson mania. I have to admit, all his sexy new photos and charming interviews have definitely won me over. Plus, who can resist that British accent?

So, going to see New Moon, I was a card-carrying member of Team Edward. There was no denying my schoolgirl crush on Rob. But beyond that, Edward seemed like the perfect guy for Bella (Kristen Stewart) -- strong, protective and passionate with just the right amount of danger. Team Jacob? No way. I saw Taylor Lautner as an awkward kid, and thought his character was just wasting his time competing with Edward. And that long, unruly hair? Not cute.

I sat down in the theater ready to swoon over my favorite vampire and revel in Bella’s heartache after losing him. Two hours later, I walked into the lobby a changed woman. Edward who? I guess in the year since Twilight's debut I had been focused on Robert the actor, and the romantic, fantastical story of Edward and Bella. But being reunited with Edward's pasty white skin and slow, stilted speech was a harsh reminder that Edward is not Rob.

It seemed the second time around, the New Moon creators were determined to exaggerate everything about the film. With all the hype surrounding the movie, it’s easy to see why they wanted to step it up. But fans are looking for believable characters to do justice to the story they know so well. I’m guessing they are not looking for overly literal translations and unnecessarily long dramatic pauses. For example, we know Edward’s sister Alice (Ashley Greene)  is supposed to be graceful and cat-like, but does she need to catapult herself off a railing and jump down from the staircase at school in her opening scene? Probably not.

Edward’s character exaggerations were even more extreme. Sure, he’s deeply pained, but his constant stink-face was a major turn-off. With each scene his pain worsened, which in turn meant his face got more and more twisty and his breathing turned to heavy panting. And instead of coming off as a loving, concerned boyfriend (albeit vampire), he started to seem more like a stern, overly protective father.

Jacob, on the other hand, was the perfect antidote to Edward's over-the-top drama. He managed to show his emotional pain and passion for Bella but still display his sense of humor and sarcastic wit. His balanced emotions made him seem like a normal guy -- someone who might exist in real life (aside from the whole werewolf thing.) And viewers were often treated to his bright, white smile -- a nice contrast to Edward's constant "I'm about to be sick" grimace.

By the ending credits, my mind was made up -- I was changing teams. I’m still on Team Robert, but my loyalty is now with Team Jacob. After all, a girl's got a right to change her mind.

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