While Twilight might have been a huge phenomenon, and it’s easy to see why in some ways, there are also some things about the series that give pause. While the idea of having a super hot vampire boyfriend is definitely appealing, Edwards wasn’t nearly the romantic, respectful boyfriend he was made out to be. While the books were marketed mainly to teenagers who might not notice the red flags, there are definitely a lot of things Edward did that weren't so great. Many of these things have to do with how he treated Bella.
We’ve put together a list of ten of the worst things Edward Cullen has ever done.
10 HE TRIES TO SCARE BELLA
During Twilight, Edward isn’t sure how to handle his feelings for Bella. He makes her uncomfortable by sending many mixed messages. When Edward reveals to her that he is a vampire, he goes out of his way to feel uncomfortable and scared in an effort to push her away. While this might have been done in a weird attempt to keep her safe and away from him, maybe he really just should have left town for good if he was serious about not messing with her life.
9 WATCHING BELLA WHILE SHE SLEEPS
This is definitely one of those romance tropes that need to just go away fast. While if you’re dating someone and consensually sharing a bed with each other, watching someone fall asleep next to you isn’t weird, doing so without their consent is creepy. Edward spent many nights watching Bella sleep without her knowing that he was doing it. While he might think he was doing it to protect her, it’s a really creepy move and not romantic at all.
8 HIS LACK OF INTEREST IN HAVING FRIENDS
This is kind of a complicated point because on the one hand, staying at a certain distance from humans was to keep them safe. Also, given the fact that the Cullens never age and have weird traits about them, being close friends with humans could alert people that something strange was going on.
However, it’s kind of problematic that Edward really doesn’t seem to have any friends outside of his Cullen family. He doesn’t really have human or vampire friends and is kind of a loner.
7 HOW OBSESSED HE IS WITH READING BELLA’S THOUGHTS
Edward’s special gift as a vampire is being able to read minds. Edward is unable to read Bella’s mind, however. He often feels frustrated with his fact and expresses his desire to be able to read her thoughts. Although sometimes we would all like to be able to read the minds of others around us, it’s kind of a problem that Edward doesn’t see how violating this can be. He isn’t so great at sharing any of his own thoughts with Bella but seems to think every thought she has should be fair game.
6 WHEN HE BROKE BELLA’S TRUCK SO SHE COULDN’T SEE JACOB
One of the biggest red flags about Edward is how he tries to control what Bella does. He often thinks he is doing so in her best interest, but it isn’t up to him to make decisions for her. He has a very patronizing and infantilizing tone with her. While he might be a lot older than her, which is kind of creepy in its own way, he should respect her more. This problem is most clear when he literally breaks Bella’s truck to try and keep her from going to see Jacob. Controlling much?
5 STALKING BELLA
Similar to the fact that Edward would watch Bella sleep, Edward also stalked her all the time. In the first book in the series, Edward follows Bella as she goes out with her friends for the night. He follows her to Port Angeles.
While Stephanie Meyer tried to make this into a positive thing as Edward saves her from men who had bad intentions with Bella, it’s really strange to set up a story where a woman is so helpless without a man around that she can’t go to a small city for the evening with a group of friends.
4 THE WAY HE DUMPED BELLA IN NEW MOON
So many of Edward’s horrible choices and things he does relate to him trying to do what is best for Bella. After the party at the Cullens were Bella is almost attacked after getting a paper cut, Edward decides he has to leave her behind. He literally takes her to the woods to dump her, which is just a weird and creepy thing to do. This is a pretty traumatic way to break up with someone especially considering how he makes his entire family up and move away with him.
3 THAT WHOLE MURDERING BAD GUYS THING
Vampires are obviously undead creatures who need to drink blood to survive. As vampires who don’t kill humans, Edward deciding to break away from that Cullen rule was pretty shocking. While he might have justified this by having the people he ate be bad guys, it’s still kind of problematic.
This makes him somewhat of a vigilante, and while this’ understandable in many ways, it’s also violent and bad.
2 HOW JEALOUS HE ACTS OF JACOB
Edward is overall really controlling, possessive, and jealous. Not traits you really want your romantic partner to have. He was so jealous and threatened of Bella’s relationship with Jacob, even though he had literally abandoned her and put her in a situation where she needed to make new friends. He sets up a situation where it’s like Bella disobeys him by keeping up a friendship with Jacob. This controlling kind of relationship is not admirable in any way.
1 WHEN HE ALMOST KILLED BELLA
While the idea of having a vampire or other beautiful but scary creature as a significant other might be appealing, it really wouldn’t be so great. Edward is so unable to cut himself out of Bella’s life that he puts her at risk many times. This is especially true at the end of the first book when he is almost unable to stop drinking her blood after he has to suck the vampire venom out of her. It would have been best for Bella if Edward had left the picture before they ever started dating.