There’s a lot to love about the Twilight movies, but there’s also a lot to cringe at.
That’s because Twilight is really messed up, from the relationship between Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) to specific plot points. Don’t worry, we’ll get into that below.
A lot of the cringeworthy moments also come from how awkward Kristen Stewart’s preformance is. She says everything under her breath. She doesn’t make eye contact. She exhales through her mouth at the beginning, middle, and/or end of every line. She can’t get through a sentence without stopping or repeating words. She compulsively bites her lower lip. She just looks uncomfortable in her skin. Robert Pattinson is awkward too, but not nearly as much as her.
The Twilight Saga is irresistible: the love story, the romantic scenes, the insanely attractive cast. But the awkward parts are worth examining. When a romantic scene is cringeworthy, that doesn’t prevent it from being sweet. The two feelings are in conflict. But still, it would be a lot easier to enjoy them if it weren’t for the cringe factor. Here are the 15 Most Cringeworthy Moments From The Twilight Movies.
15. Jacob imprints on Renesmee
This disturbing plot point makes every Twilight fan angry. Jacob Black, onetime love interest of Bella Swan, “imprints” on her and Edward Cullen’s newborn baby, Renesmee.
Here’s how Jacob first explains werewolf imprinting to Bella in Eclipse: “Imprinting on someone is like, when you see her, everything changes. All of a sudden it’s not gravity holding you to the planet, it’s her. Nothing else matters. You would do anything, be anything for her.” Imprinting is like falling in love, but stronger and involuntary.
So Bella is understandably angry and disturbed when Jacob imprints on her baby daughter. He tries to tell her that it’s not a romantic thing with Renesmee, but we haven’t heard of non-sexual imprinting before. Also, it does become sexual. Jacob and Renesmee end up together. Yup, Jacob ends up with the daughter of the woman he once loved and has kissed multiple times.
14. Edward was attracted to Bella’s blood because it… smelled good
Edward has a thirst for human blood. But he also has a thirst for Bella’s blood specifically.
That’s how they got to know each other in the first place: Edward was acting really weird around Bella because he was trying not to bite her and she confronted him about it. In addition to his obsession with Bella’s blood, there’s the fact that vampires are much stronger than humans and he’s afraid of unintentionally hurting her. And yet, they both think it’s a good and safe idea for them to be together.
But back to the blood. When he meets Bella, he’s a “vegetarian”, abstaining from drinking human blood, so his thirst for Bella must be really intense for it to tempt him again. She’s relatively safe– as long as she’s not bleeding. But many Twilight fans have wondered what happens when Bella gets her period. According to Stephenie Meyer, menstrual blood isn’t as potent as fresh blood. Sure, Jan.
13. Bella can’t move during her and Edward’s first kiss
This human/vampire relationship only works if Edward can overcome the twofold problem above: don’t bite Bella and don’t hurt Bella. So during their first kiss, he has to be careful. “Stay very still,” he commands Bella. “Don’t move.” As if there isn’t already enough on one’s mind during a first kiss.
It’s pretty awkward to not be allowed to move while someone you’re attracted to is kissing you. Also, the whole time, they’re both worried about Bella’s safety.
It seems to be going okay but then he pushes her a little too hard and everything comes to a halt. He yells “stop!” and vampire-leaps backward to the other side of the room. Bella feels the need to apologize. Edward turns away, ashamed (being ashamed about sexual activity is going to be a whole thing with him since he became a vampire in olden times). It’s still a romantic moment, but it’s fraught with awkwardness and worse, fear.
12. Edward watches Bella while she sleeps
Edward likes to break into Bella’s room through the window while she’s asleep at night and just watch her. Like a stalker. Vampires don’t need to sleep, so night is the perfect time for him to just sit in her room and stare at her. How long does he stay? The whole night? Probably.
He does this for months (months) before he finally comes in when Bella is awake so he can actually interact with her. Except he ends up scaring the living daylights out of her.
When he admits the part about watching her in repose, she doesn’t have anything to say about it (another theme with Bella). She probably thinks it’s endearing, but Edward is acting like a stalker and it’s enough to make the audience shudder.
11. Edward shames Bella for wanting sex
Edward became a vampire in 1918, so he has a conservative attitude toward courtship. Bella, on the other hand, is a modern, uninhibited woman. Despite being a vampire for decades, Edward can’t adjust to contemporary attitudes toward sex. He wants to abstain from sex until marriage. And so, he shames Bella for wanting to be with him. “You really make me feel like I’m some sort of villain trying to steal your virtue,” she says. Edward is being just as sexual as Bella, yet she’s the one to blame.
There’s still the concern that he might suck her blood or hurt her if they have sex while she’s human. However, Bella has a legitimate desire to know what sex is like as a human before becoming a vampire forever, so they ultimately lose their virginity to each other before Edward makes her into one of his kind.
10. Bella, Jacob, and Mike’s third-wheel date
How did this awkward situation come about? Well first, Mike asked Bella to the movies, even though she clearly isn’t interested in him. She invites the rest of her human friends (although are they really ever her close friends?) and Jacob. Everyone ends up cancelling, and so we have this awkward threesome. Oh, and Jacob is also trying to make this a date with Bella.
Bella sits in the middle with her suitors on either side of her competing for her attention and it’s very awkward. Mike doesn’t do well with gory movies, and he rushes out of the theater to throw up. At least this gives Bella and Jacob some alone time, which would be romantic if she wasn’t still repressing her feelings for him.
9. Jacob forcibly kisses Bella
Hey all you Team Jacob people: Jacob and Bella’s first kiss was something Jacob forced on her. That’s not okay.
At the beginning of this scene from Eclipse, Jacob tells Bella he loves her and that he wants her to choose him over Edward. When she says she doesn’t love him, he says he doesn’t believe her and that she just won’t admit that she has feelings for him. Then he goes in for a kiss. Bella is visibly angry and uncomfortable. She gives him a well-deserved punch in the face.
8. Jacob has to keep Bella warm… in front of Edward
The trio is hiding out on the top of a snowy mountain, and of course, Bella didn’t pack enough winter clothing. She starts to get dangerously cold. Edward’s freezing vampire body can’t keep her warm, but Jacob’s werewolf heat can. And so, Bella and a perpetually shirtless Jacob cuddle for health reasons while Edward glowers and huffs at Jacob. Obviously, Jacob is really happy with the arrangement.
She falls asleep, and the men choose this time to fight over Bella while Jacob is still spooning her. Also, they talk about how much they want to kill each other. What if Bella wakes up? Real nice, guys. It’s another awkward moment for this love triangle, who are sharing a tent in the middle of nowhere.
7. Bella asks Jacob to kiss her and Edward hears Jacob’s thoughts
Jacob and Bella’s second kiss is at least consensual, but it’s still awkward. Jacob overhears that Bella and Edward are getting married (which Edward only brought up because he knew Jacob was listening). Jacob rashly takes off, probably to do something dangerous. Perhaps to make him stay, Bella asks him to kiss her, and he does. Passionately. Except then he ruins it by bringing up their first kiss.
Then things get really awkward when Edward walks up to them. How did he know this was going down? “Jacob’s thoughts were pretty loud,” he says. Yikes. “You love him,” Edward accuses. “I love you more,” replies Bella. Wait, so she loves both of them? This really should be a source of more tension, but Edward doesn’t seem too down about it: as Bella said, he’s the one who truly has her heart.
6. Jacob strips down in front of Charlie before revealing that he’s a werewolf
This scene was definitely A) cringeworthy on purpose B) a blatant excuse for more shirtless Jacob. Our furry hero needs to reveal to Charlie that he’s a werewolf, but he doesn’t want to scare him. So Jacob, an idiot, decides to strip down and just transform.
But before he goes into wolf mode, Charlie has no idea what’s going on and it’s truly cringeworthy. From Charlie’s perspective, Jacob is rambling, saying things like “this might seem strange” while stripping down to his briefs. Charlie is visibly uncomfortable with the nakedness. He’s trying not to look at Jacob’s junk but he definitely does.
5. Edward hurts Bella the first time they have sex
After the wedding, Edward and Bella lose their virginity to each other while Bella is still human. But as we know, vampire sex is more intense than human sex. At least by this point Edward has fully overcome his lust for Bella’s blood.
On the big night, everything seems to be going smoothly. When Edward breaks the headboard of the bed, they move past it. But Bella wakes up the morning after up to find everything in the room broken. It’s kind of amusing until Edward shows her that she has bruises all over her body. Yikes.
Bella says she doesn’t care but he feels so guilty that she doesn’t want to touch her again. She keeps trying to kiss him and it lasts for a few seconds before he pushes her away. There’s nothing quite as cringeworthy as a kiss that only one person is into. Side note: this is what a lot of their kisses are like.
He makes her feel ashamed (a regular pattern with them). She feels neglected. Now their relationship is like that of a married couple in their 50s who talk to their marriage counselor about how they don’t have sex anymore.
4. Everyone knows the details of Edward and Bella’s sex life
Basically every character in The Twilight Saga knows the details of Edward and Bella’s sex life because of complicated nature of the human-vampire relationship. After Bella and Edward’s wedding, Jacob (who still wants to bang Bella) finds out that the couple plans to have sex while Bella is still human and (rightfully) loses it. He yells at her, trying to get her to understand that she could die. Then Edward shows up and the two men start fighting about it. “It” being when and how Edward and Bella are going to lose their virginity to each other.
When Bella finds out she’s pregnant with a vampire-human hybrid, everyone goes on high alert. Carlisle and the Cullens need to know the gritty details of how she got pregnant so they can take care of her during her life-threatening gestation. Jacob flips out when he learns about it. Everyone is watching out for Bella’s safety, but it’s still awkward to have the whole Cullen family plus all the werewolves know every detail of their private lives.
3. Sam imprints on Emily while he’s dating Leah
Sam and Leah are dating and everything seems to be going great. That is, until he imprints on Emily. Imprinting is involuntary, but still, what are the implications of imprinting on someone other than your girlfriend? Does that mean Sam didn’t love Leah?
He breaks up with Leah to be with Emily, but that relationship doesn’t even go smoothly because he accidentally slashes her in the face while overcome by anger. Then they stay together anyway. It could be that because of the imprinting, neither of them can be with someone else. But still, how do you come back from that? Emily has a huge scar on her face that everyone knows is from Sam.
Oh, and the pack can read each other’s minds, so Leah knows every romantic thought Sam and Emily have about each other. It’s like stalking your ex on Instagram, but 100% worse. It’s also awkward for the whole pack to hear Leah’s depressing thoughts and know the extent of her heartbreak.
2. Everything about Renesmee
First of all, there’s her name: Bella wanted to name her daughter a combination of the names of her mom (Renée) and Edward’s mom (Esme). So we get Renesmee. It’s such a weird and awkward name. It makes you wrinkle your nose. Everyone thinks this name is dumb except Bella.
Now let’s get into how Renesmee is portrayed. Mackenzie Foy is the main actress who plays Renesmee, portraying her as a young girl. But because the character is supposed to grow really fast, other actresses were cast to play Renesmee at different ages. Foy’s face was superimposed onto all of these other actresses’ faces using CGI so Renesmee’s face would be consistent. But the CGI is horrible. Renesmee doesn’t look real at all. She looks like a creepy mutant.
1. Jasper and Alice and Emmett and Rosalie are dating their adopted siblings
Jasper and Alice Cullen are a couple. So are Emmett and Rosalie Cullen. They’re also all adopted siblings. Carlisle and Esme adopted the four of them plus Edward when Carlisle turned them into vampires. It’s not technically incest because they’re not related by blood, but it’s still taboo and creepy. Weren’t they raised as siblings before they coupled off?
Jessica is the only one who seems to think it’s weird, but when she’s talking about it, Angela actually defends the Cullens, reminding Jessica that they’re not related. Bella has no comment. It doesn’t really come up again. Is Jessica the only sane character in The Twilight Saga? Probably.
Hey, at least Edward chose to marry someone who’s not in the family? This was definitely a questionable writing decision on Stephenie Meyer’s part.
Do you think these moments are cringeworthy? Are there any we left out? Who’s the more awkward couple: Bella and Jacob or Bella and Edward? Do you think The Twilight Saga is messed up?