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Reading Twilight: Chapter 13 (Confessions)

June 5th, 2008 at 12:08 am by Kaleb Nation

The song for this chapter is Realize by Colbie Caillat

So here I am– the chapter that started it all. From the original dream Stephenie had of two people in a meadow all the way to being one of the biggest book series in the world: this chapter obviously holds some serious significance. The conversation and the chapter seem to be so short, but so much happens within its pages.

Suddenly, it all begins to fall into place: using few words, Edward is immediately someone new. He passingly refers to his classmates as ‘that class full of children’. While talking about the time he was rearranging his school schedule to avoid Bella, he speaks of the lady at the desk as a ‘frail human’. It is this unseen superiority over everyone else which seems to automatically set him above the others around him: the fact that he has lived for so many years and yet has been forced to act like a normal teenager. Far out in the meadow, Edward is removing the mask he has so painstakingly built, and letting Bella in on the secrets of his life.

Edward, still, continues to ask Bella more about herself. The questions which Edward constantly asks of her brings forth another point I have ascertained from conversations with Twilighters about why they like him so much. Part if it, I’ve observed, is the fact that Edward, though the epitome of a perfect guy, is still obsessed with everything Bella. He wants her to go far back into her family history, and what foods she eats, what her old home was like, what music she listens to. He literally wants to know everything about her.

On top of this fact, Bella really doesn’t understand why he pays her so much attention. She thinks of herself as a very ordinary girl. But despite this, Edward is fascinated by her. He values her so highly that it is hard to control himself around her. Edward finally tells what he has been thinking through these first 300 pages:

“I couldn’t live with myself if I ever hurt you. You don’t know how it’s tortured me…”

It’s as if to him, she’s a fragile jewel, and he loves her so much he is afraid of breaking her. He values her above anything else in the world- enough to fight off his natural vampire instincts which plague him every second he is near her.

For some reason, I’m guessing because of writing for this website, some people have come to believe that I am their on-call Relationship Doctor. Or the Mister Fixit for ‘How Can I Get My BoyFriend To Read Twilight And Grow Up A Little?’. I usually tell them basically the same thing:

Dear You, do this:

YOU: Boyfriend! Please read Twilight. It would make me happy.

BOYFRIEND (staring at video game screen): Whut?

YOU: Okay. Read Twilight or else.

BOYFRIEND (eyes not leaving screen): or else whut?

YOU: Or else I’m leaving you for a fictional character.

And then he comes here huffin and puffin, and I have another GJ to deal with. I don’t understand these certain guys who are so obsessed with video games or sports or whatever else, that they prioritize them above their own girlfriends. There are so many lessons to be learned from Chapter 13, and I am especially talking to the fellows reading in the shadows. What girl wouldn’t want to hear this:

“You are the most important thing to me now. The most important thing to me ever.” (EC)

Guys, I hate to break it to you, but there are many reasons girls love Edward Cullen. And one of them is he pretty much values her over himself.

I’m hoping that I’m not just insane and completely off on this, since I am, after all, a guy observing from the outside. I could really be far off the mark in what I am seeing. If I’m gravely mistaken, be sure to warn me in the comments. No point in me giving other guys bad advice 😀

After Edward, something I noticed suddenly is one of the reasons I am guessing that he likes Bella, besides the facts we already know so well. She plays right along. She isn’t terrified, or freaked out, or at least doesn’t show it. She just goes along with him and she is sincere in believing that he isn’t going to hurt her.

Edward, despite being so much older and more mature than the others around him, still doesn’t seem to know exactly how to love someone. He doesn’t know how humans love each other, or what he is supposed to do, as he has never experienced it before even in all his many years of life (unless I missed a paragraph…).

Despite this, he acts in a very human manner after talking with Bella in the meadow, and proceeds to run through the woods like a caveman warrior who just caught his first woman.

Caveman Warrior


Some guys are just that way when they fall for a girl for the first time. Haven’t changed much since the Stone Age. But he is obviously very happy to finally be able to trust Bella with the truth of what has been happening, and end the acting between them.

I paused in the middle of the chapter to grab something to drink, and the first line I saw when I came back was:

“He streaked through the dark”

I gasped and choked. Luckily, the sentence continued:

“…thick underbrush of the forest like a bullet”

Whew. If there’s anything I don’t want to imagine, it’s–ok anyhow, I must admit that through all the things I have read, after all the wonderful stuff people have told me, I still was hesitant to read Chapter 13. The reason for this is I didn’t expect it to live up to my expectations. I was dreading some smooth tell all from both of them and then Bella would go home up to her ears in love.

However, that wasn’t the case. This chapter was honestly probably the most pivotal I have read so far. The relationship between Bella and Edward really deepens in this one farther than I thought could happen in so few pages.

Like you promised me, it’s the one that hooks you in to reading the rest. So don’t be surprised if I just go into a frenzy and read the remaining parts of the book at once 😀


– I’ve watched all of the auditions for Team Twilighter and there’s some great talent in there! Katie said the deadline for auditions has been moved to June 13th, so if you haven’t done it yet, get yours in! I’ll be watching them as they come in.

– I probably got a hundred suggestions for songs for Chapter 13. Does anyone think I picked the right/wrong one or anything? It’s honestly kinda hard to pick a song for The Famous Chapter 13.

– I saw the Breaking Dawn cover. I’ll probably talk about how I interpret its meaning in another post.

– Still can’t add people on Facebook (despite all the people who don’t heed these messages). Please try going to my myspace instead. Thanks!

-ADDED: Some people have started mentioning me in Youtube videos. If anybody catches a mention of me, zap me an email so I can check it out.

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  1. Cherry

    i have to say, i read twilight when it was still new, but the last sentence (i wont ruin it for u) made me think that was it, the end…and then, after being begged and begged (and working overtime to get the extra cash) I bought it at Barnes and Noble…and realized I had read it before. Eager, realizing one of my favorite books had sequels, i begged my uncle to spot me the money to buy new moon and eclipse (ironically enough, it was on the 31st…lol) and fell in love all over again, so I started checking out twilight sites…besides the lex, and steph’s site, i have to say…I like yours the most =]

    keep on writing…because i’m eager to hear what else you have to say

  2. Samantha

    You are perfectly correct in saying why girls value Edward so highly. It is because he puts her before himself, but it’s not because he wants to prove something. It’s because he genuinely cares.
    FYI, the exact same thing happened to me when I read the “streaked through the dark” line. I had to completely re-read a lot of it to clear my head. Haha!

    Anyhow, congrats on getting to Chapter Thirteen! Keep it up.

  3. Aurielle

    I’m not so sure about Realize as the song. Maybe it’s just because I’ve read all three books and there are other chapters that I might choose for this song.. Or maybe I’m just too tired to think and write coherently.

  4. Pam

    I think you got it right about why girls love Edward. Honestly, if someone doesn’t value me, I’m gone.

    If I were to chose a song for the infamous chapter 13, I’d go with something along the lines of Muse’s “Falling Away With You.” I think “Realize” works, but the song choice could be better.

  5. Aria

    ahhah don’t worry. Edward doesn’t take off anything more than a shirt for a longgggggggggggg time (i’m not telling you HOW long, since i think that sort of counts as a spoiler?)

  6. McKenna

    hey kaleb! this is mckenna. i run the Team Twilighter MySpace page. i really hope that you check it out, and maybe you could even audition yourself. 😉 we need more twilight guy vloggers.

  7. stef

    Kaleb, you’re right about why I like Edward…because he likes Bella…a lot…and he shows it. I only dream that a guy would be so attentive to me, or invest that much time and effort on ME. S.Meyer makes Edward say things a girl can only fantsize a dude will say to her. But sadly, guys don’t really CARE about girls. :(

  8. Kaylen

    Yep, hit the nail on the head. That is just what makes Edward so swoon-worthy. In fact, I think I’m swooning over him right now after you reminded me of all the reasons to love Edward Cullen…sigh
    Great sight, got the link off of twilighted.net. Was not expecting it to be so funny though, made me lol. Great job, and I can’t wait to read more. :)

  9. Kim (there are a lot of us too)

    I think you’re absolutely right about Edward. I’m sure that many boyfriends are out there that may feel that their girlfriend is the most important person in the world, but very few are out there that will say so aloud and on as regular a basis as Edward.

    I’m going to send a link to this to my boyfriend, who has so far refused to read Twilight. I’ve given up begging him to read the book, but maybe this will lead to a bit more understanding.

  10. Roki

    Here’s why I think girls love edward, and as a girl who over analyzes everything I think I may be right.

    Edward’s superiority complex is so attractive just like… Mr. Darcy.

    Naturally (I’m a biology major) I believe that women (remember, I am one too) want a man who is the top guy. We want a guy who can take control of the room just by walking in. We want a guy who can “tame” us… maybe tame is the wrong word.
    But at the same time he has to love us. And if he is soooo great and so strong and so powerful and he wants us well then… doesnt that make us the best of the best?

    Edward Cullen IS the new Mr. Darcy.

    and guys… even if you aren’t the alpha dog, acting like it (subtly) will work just as well.

  11. Jenna

    Man, I love your blog. So much. It is ridiculous.

    I think you are pretty spot on with one of the reasons why Edward is so great, but it isn’t only that. One of the things that I love is how much he is willing to sacrifice to be with her. He is willing to go against nature to love her. Even though her blood calls to him with greater force than anyone else’s, he wants to be with her (even though it is sometimes PHYSICALLY painful for him!) Oh Edward Cullen. How I wish you were real.

    From here on its pretty good. I LOVE THE NEXT CHAPTER (but not as much as this one). So keep reading!

    And hey! Now you know what to think when people talk about “The Meadow!”

  12. Lari

    You are exactly correct in what you said. So don’t worry. Or at least, that’s what all the Twilighters I know think.

    For the song choice, well, for me it would be hard to choose. I listened to only 2 albums the entire time reading the Twilight series.

    I listened to the soundtrack for Romeo and Juliet, the 60’s version. And I listened to Hayley Westenra’s album Celtic Treasure.

    Those are just so good in my mind, and captures it all to me. But that’s me. I don’t really listen to other music myself besides Instrumental, Classical, and Vocal. Oh, and World.

  13. Tash

    Am i coment 13 for chapter 13? YAY… anyway…. NO YOU ARE TOTALLY RIGHT KALEB! this is one of the biggest reasons…dont they say that sacrificial love is the most powerful? I really enjoyed this chapter summary! and your right you really first see a whole new side of Edward. your summary was really insightful!
    love your work keep it up! xo

  14. Jessica

    I absolutely love your analysis of this chapter — you got everything spot-on.

    I agree, it’s incredibly difficult to find a suitable song for this chapter… but if I had to choose, my personal choice would be No Control by Asher. It’s a great song, and I think it ties in really well with Edward.

    Keep up the good work! Your site is always the first I check when I wake up in the morning.

  15. Jess

    You’re right, that is a big part of why we all love Edward.
    By the way, I love your site. What a wonderful idea.

    Chapter 14 contains my personal favourite scene in the whole book, and a perfect song for this chapter would be “Unintended” by Muse, in case you’re looking for suggestions.

  16. Ann-Laurel

    For being male, and so young, you are very insightful. Perhaps this comes from being a writer yourself? Perhaps you’ve had wonderful literature teachers? No matter what the reason, you are great and I’m glad you’ve chosen to share with us.

  17. Rachel

    Good job on this chapter, Kaleb. I think you got the reason why we love Edward pretty close to the mark. The other reasons why my friend (and I) like Edward are because for one thing, as someone has already said, he goes against his very nature to be with and not harm Bella. He’s also not afraid to say “I love you” (sometimes not in those words, but the meaning is obvious.) to Bella. And he’s clean, too; apparently he tries not to have any dirty thoughts about Bella.

    Those are only three of the other reasons…There are a LOT more…

    OH, and Edward’s never been in love before (contrary to what many fanfiction writers have fantasized). There was one other female vampire who was…interested in him, but he returned no interest. (Famous line alert!)

  18. Teresa

    Love your comments about Edward. You are totally right. It’s nice to hear a guy actually say how he really feels about the girl he’s with, and Edward has lived long enough to know that when you’ve found someone, you should say what you feel and let her know constantly.

    The next chapter is just as wonderful…although every chapter from here is really good. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if you couldn’t put it down.

    Keep writing!

  19. M.A.Estman

    Ok, first of all that girl Teresa that wrote that comment, is psycho..and I should know..

    Lol, j/k anyway I think thats a good song, I really like Colbie Cailat.
    You know you hit it right on the money about Edward. Every girl/woman dreams about having a boy/man obsess over them and make them feel like they are the most beautiful thing in the world. And your right, so many boys/men out there are so obsessed with the video games and sports to even notice thier wife/girlfriend. And so…
    we have Edward to get us through..
    Keep writing its awesome!

  20. Katie Beth

    I love “Realize”. It’s one of my favorite songs right now. I’m not sure it has enough melodic intensity for this chapter (it’s always Muse for me…) but the words are perfect.

    Edward also loves Bella because she’s so much more mature than the other people her age. She has her idiotic moments, of course, but on the whole she’s much more insightful and deep than everyone else.

    I was going to say you should wait to interpret the [amazing intense way awesome] cover for Breaking Dawn until you’d finished Eclipse, but it might actually be interesting for you and us if you did it now, and then re-interpreted it later to see how your perceptions are changed by the other two books. :-)

  21. Kirsten

    Great job on this chapter!!! Your reasoning for why every girl on the planet is in love with Edward is spot on…I just wish you could share this information to every man in the universe!!!
    I think your choice of Realize as the song for this chapter is awesome…that is actually one of the songs that I associate with the Twilight saga all the time.
    Can’t wait to hear what you have to say about Chapter 14!!! This site is awesome…it has officially become one of my favorite twilight sites!!!

  22. Katie ~

    You are absolutely right about Edward! Congratulations – you figured out why all girls love Edward Cullen! Continue to give that advice, Kaleb, because it is true that every girl wants to be put first in a guy’s life. The true challenge for us is finding someone willing to do so! But hey, you’re halfway there now that you realized what makes girls love Edward. Thinking that way, you will have girls banging down your door! (more than they already are, I imagine!)

  23. Alejandra~

    OMG!!! I <3 You!! You’re so right about all the things you said!! I like the way you describe everything you fell & think while reading each chapter. And Edward related?? well… very true!! That’s a huge part that every girl love about EAMC!! Congrats!! Now you have a lot more fans [girls].
    =D Keep reading, you’ll love the book, you’ll be so surprised!! =]~

    <33 Ale xoxo

  24. Chantelle

    I love reading your reactions! But I don’t know how you are able to read only one chapter a day! I’m eager to see how you like it, but I have to wait until you read it! See, Edward would have raced through to please Bella, who waits impatiently for his reaction! Okay, not so sure about that, but I’m glad you like it so far!

  25. Melonie

    You’re absolutely right about Edward and why girls love him.

    On a side note, now I understand why you were so patient in reading the book…because you were dreading this chapter! You are honestly the slowest person ever to read this book. Most people start with chapter one and then can’t put it down until they’ve read the whole thing about ten times. I just didn’t get how you could be so annoyingly slow in getting to this chapter, but now I got it *wink* I’m excited by the prospect that the rest of the chapter discussions will come a little quicker from now on.

  26. Aisling

    u have finally figured out why Edward Cullen has every girl who has read twilight (yes, unfortunately, some havn’t) irrevocably in love with him!! 😀

    All I want is to be the most important thing in a guy’s life, not too much to ask…

    love ur interpretations kaleb, its gr8 2 c a guy’s pov!!


  27. leiahlaloa

    I think you’re absolutely right. Girls love Edward because for once, he’s more interested in loving Bella than playing video games or any of the other things that seem to distract them.

    The problem is, some girls aren’t equipped to understand that guys do need their own time. You’ll notice later on (and believe me I’m not ruining something for you by divulging this) Bella does understand and practically kicks Edward out the door when Jasper and Emmett suggest hunting trips.

    It’s a give and take situation. Don’t give the girls too much wiggle space. They’ll take a mile of it.

  28. Ren

    I think you’re right about why girls like Edward.

    By the way- I was just over at Ally Carter’s blog, and I saw that you commented there. You read those books too? Coolness…

  29. Kaleb Nation

    @Ren: I’ve never read an Ally Carter book. Somehow I am subscribed to her blog, so I gave her a comment when she asked that question :)

  30. Kevin Garduno [doming[email protected]]

    zee oh em gee haha

    thats like one of the best chapters because it reminds me of how i attract girls

    … yeah just kidding there

    anyways the song is right on i really liked it

  31. Jen

    I’m glad it lived up to your expectations, and I think you interpreted it perfectly. By the way, nice legs Mr. Caveman, haha!

  32. Paola

    I think you nailed right on the head, that’s the reason why so many women old and young are in love with Edward a fictional character. He truly is the new Mr Darcy

  33. Ashley

    You hit the nail on the head with you interpritation of why so many girls are in love with Edward. We all love to have someone who wants to hear what we say… and what we don’t say. I’m glad you enjoyed the Chapter, can’t wait to hear what you think of the next chapters :)

  34. Melanie

    Agree with you completely on the whole Edward Cullen v. Normal Guys thing.

    Oh, and I definitely think you should try and interpret the meaning of the cover. My friend and I were just talking about it, and we can’t figure it out.

    Stephenie Meyer said this (and I’m paraphrasing) about the covers:

    The first cover was supposed to be of a “forbidden fruit” (techinically, it was Bella to Edward, and vice versa).
    The second had absolutely no meaning.
    The third -the cut ribbon- was supposed to signify if you cut someone out of your life (ie: the ribbon), you won’t ever really do it entirely (ie: the frayed ends on the cover).
    Breaking Dawn.. now that ones just funky, ain’t it?
    Chess.. a game of wits?
    Why is one piece red, and the other white? Why is the red piece in the background? Are they a king and queen, respectively (because I can’t remember)?
    Explain, please. :)

  35. Tara

    Wow. I am truely amazed everytime I read how you interpret these chapters. I never thought it was possible for a boy to understand Twilight, thanks for proving me wrong!
    As for the song, I’ve always thought The Scientist by Coldplay was perfect for Ch.13!

  36. Ash is DA Bomb!

    Your dead on right!!!! (Everyone knows that) Not much to say since you said it all!!! Now I can’t wait for your theory about the breaking dawn cover (can’t wait for the book to come out!)

    Luv always,

  37. April

    Oh i found an awsome girl who has her audition for Team Twilighter on YouTube. Look up Ashbadashhh there and the subject is Re: Looking for members of Team Twilighter! And about 6:55 she mentions you Kaleb. Shes awesome and i think she should be part of the team!!!

  38. Kimberley

    I’m looking forward to find out who wins the youtube twilighter competition. I would enter myself, if I had the hardware to compete.
    I really loved your take on Chapter 13, and I can only tell you that it gets even better from there. Baseball anyone?
    Maybe your theories are close to mine. I’m posting them on my Myspace (MissSparrow) in about an hour.. the computers here at school are java impaired.
    I think both chess piece are like a before and after represenation of Bella.
    Talk to you later. I’ve been trying to get a twilight guy to post on here.. his story is hilarious.

  39. Sanguina

    Kaleb, you are incredibly intuitive for a bloke! Well done! haha Yes, I think men should read Twilight and take ‘Edward Lessons.’

  40. Sarah

    For those who are not familiar with chess, the pieces are a queen and a pawn on the cover of Breaking Dawn with the queen in the forefront. Chess is a game of war, and the pawns are the weakest of pieces while the queen is the most powerful and versatile piece. Usually the pieces would be white and black conveying opposing armies. Hope that helps for those who are trying to decifer the symbolism of the cover. I’m still guessing myself. :)

  41. Mara-Kate

    Kaleb with that post I think you have just made yourself fangirl worthy! Prepare for swooning fangirls…they are definitely coming if you keep this up! You hit that mark perfectly about what girls love about Edward, he puts Bella before himself and he pays attention to everything she says because he really is interested and really cares! The guys of today really do need Edward lessons (or a trip to your website!) Coming from a girl with a group of guy friends I would kill to get them to read Twilight (and show that they actually do care!) but it probably won’t happen.
    Keep up the great work, like I said its only a matter of time before you have crazed fangirls too! :)

  42. Lauren

    You are completely right when you say that us girls like Edward Culllen because he puts Bella before himself. Theres probably more reasons why we like him so much, but that is one of them.

    As I said before, my friend and I are making one of our friends that is a guy read Twilight and we were so suprised how weird he felt when someone saw him with the book in his hands as i was giving him my copy(which better be returned to me or i’ll kill him!)Twilight really isnt something guys should be ahamed of, its a very good book! =D

  43. Tiffany

    just to let everyone know…my students and I picked the top five twilight based websites for our twilight blog and we picked Twilight GUY as our number 4 pick!!!! You can check out our write-up on the site if you click on my name. I know you all love this site as much as we do!!!!

  44. Tiffany

    of course i forgot to type it in so you could actually do that.

  45. Ashley

    Is… is it true? Did you really just crack the code as to why girls are in love with Edward Cullen?? Because he doesn’t sit around playing video games all freakin day and actually listens?
    You, Kaleb, are my Hero of the Day. *gives badge*

  46. Shelley

    When I come across the prefect song for chapter 13 I’ll zap it your way.

    Great job on the blog. I think it is the best one so far!

  47. Gladys

    Your reasons on why girls love Edward soo much are so true :) Which girl wouldn`t love a guy that is completely drawn and absorted into her?? That`s why Edward is so great! I think this post has been on of your bests, it`s really cool to hear a guy`s persepctive on this particular chapter. Great Job!!

  48. Anna

    LOL! That picture of you is so funny.

  49. KayBird

    sadly [#7] stef is quite right. guys don’t REALLY care about girls, they just wanna be able to say that they have a gf and that a girl cares about them. hypocritical, i know. THATS what makes Edward so gorgeous INSIDE…[and out too :D]

  50. Emmy-lou

    Congrates Kaleb. You figured it out!!! Us girls love Edward for those reasons. (ans the fact that he’s drool worthy.) lol.

    Anyways…You should listen to Vampire Heart, by H.I.M

    It’s good for this book.

    Also!!! Silver and cold BY AFI!!! IT’s great. almost fainted when I heard it for the first time. ♥☺♥☺♥☺

  51. Brandi

    I love that song.
    I think it is a good fit.
    Hilarious entry!
    Love the caveman, its a good look for you. *wink*
    and I don’t think anyone would mind if you went ahead and posted chapter 14 ASAP!

  52. Someone

    Here’s my opinion on the Edward craze. He’s the perfect guy. 1) He’s cute. Most girls say that this doesn’t matter, and it doesn’t really when you get into a relationship, however, being amazingly hot only adds fuel to the fire. 2) He’s a protector. Most girls, whether they will admit it or not, like to be protected. Having that feeling that you’re safe and secure in someone’s arms, that’s amazing. 3) He’s like bait. Now that sounds a bit strange, but he knows how to play the game! He’s amazing, and yet he holds back…everything a girl could ever imagine in a girl dangling just out of arms reach. If there’s something a girl doesn’t like more than the perfect guy, it’s the perfect guy with a challenge involved. Just like Jame’s obsession with the hunt, the challenge in chasing the prey that makes it taste all the sweeter in the end, a chase for a guy makes the ending so much sweeter.

    So there you have it….Edward, the amazing guy, playing a game he’s never played and doesn’t know he’s playing and “dazzling” a girl that he would dream about. I’m sure if I could think clearly, I could provide a better, more lengthy interpretation, but that’s my 2 cents for the day ;p

  53. Kristina

    Hey Kaleb, I really like your view of the famous Chapter 13! You see this chapter (and the others) really purely, and worded it amazingly. Thanks for being “the twilight guy”!

  54. lauren

    So…about your Edward theory…unfortunately, it’s probably true about most girls. I am one of the few people who find almost everything Edward says to Bella to be almost sickening. Much, much too cheesy.

    So, yeah, they talked like that back when Edward was alive. That was also back when women were not “equal” to men. It seems like some of that mindset has stuck with Edward this whole time – like women are property. His possessive behavior towards Bella is, frankly, a bit creepy.

    But thats just me =)

  55. bookgirlluvstwilight

    I think you picked and excellent song for this chapter! Colbie Caillat is such a good singer, I also like her song Bubbly. There are so many good songs for chapter 13 like; Accidently In Love by Counting Crows, One Thing by Finger Eleven, and I’m Yours by Jason Mraz (they kind of fit). There are so many more songs too. This was your best blog so far! I totaly agree with you on everything! It was interesting to hear chapter 13 for a guy’s point of view. Congratulations for getting to chapter 13! Now you just have to finish the rest of the series. How can you possibly stop reading after every chapter! Keep on reading! :)

    This is totaly ramdom, but my friend Jennifer told me to lend her the second Maximum Ride book by tomarrow or she would kill me and she said it about every 10 minutes. I wish she would be like that with Twilight, but she hasn’t read it yet.
    Any tips on how to get a 10 year old friend to read Twilight? If so please add it to your comment. :) Thank you. :)

    Stevie was here

    P.S. I’m 11 and Jennifer doesn’t usually read books like Twilight. She can be stuborn, in a good way. :) I’m not the best at spelling.

  56. Deja

    You’re right on the mark with chapter 13! I’m glad you enjoyed the best chapter……and I liked the song you picked…

  57. melissa

    thank you kaleb for being so right.

  58. Farah

    Hey Kaleb!
    I just wanted to let you know that I am really happy with the song you picked for chapter 13. it’s funny because when i was reading Twilight, bubbly (also by colby callait) was like number one and everyone was playing it repeatedly. so eventually it became one of my Twilight songs because now everytime i hear it i not only think of Twilight (like every second of my life) but i get that feeling i had when i was reading the book for the first time. it’s so great! I am so happy with your site. haven’t heard from you in a while. hope all is well!
    much love,

  59. Annie

    one song that i think is perfect for this chapter is Star Crossed by Scary Kids Scaring kids. and you do have it right about why girls love edward so much. but i also think in reality, girls would like some one a little less protective.

  60. Brianna

    Wow…that was beautiful!!!! I love your writing, you are hilarious and I cannot help but laughing at all of your twilight jokes and pictures.
    Kaleb, I love your description and advice that you are giving to guys. Yes if a guy told me that I was the most important thing to him…wow! I have never been in love, but I bet I would just die if a guy told me that. I think the girl has to see him as the most important thing ever too Also!
    Also guys like BJ or whatever…UGH he is so rude!!!! You know the guy that said he would sue you!!! UGH that is just like every guy these days! We need more guys like you and Edward =]
    Well have a great day and keep writing I absolutely love it!!!
    sincerely, Brianna

  61. Christine

    Hi. First off, I think you are right on in why girls such as myself like Edward so much! Even though I’ve read the book a few times already I really enjoy reading this blog because you really think about every event that takes place in it and notice things that I didn’t before. So, yeah, I love this website :)

  62. April

    Wow. You basically sums up what us girls love about EC. The song for me, is a bit.. iffy- yet choosing a song to fit that chapter.. IS REALLY DIFFICULT! To even to begin to define such a breathtaking chapter- it seems impossible. Yet it is really.. truly an amazing thing to see a guy that will give the book a chance. It’s not just the romance- it’s how Stephanie Meyer portrays all these different emotions and different scenarios!

    Guys normally would laugh at the thought of even trying to read the book. Yet, most the guys I know are highly immature. It’s difficult to find men like you and Edward himself. See, that’s what you and Edward have in common, which you should be very grateful for. You both have knowledge far beyond your years. I really enjoy reading your blogs, and seeing the photoshopped pictures of you make me giggle. It’s really amazing how you’re opening this whole new world. Maybe you’ll get to a few people. Maybe guys won’t be so afraid of the series anymore. It’s really captivating- and I want the whole world to know about it. Stephanie would be happy to see how her book has even reached men. =D Thank you Kaleb, thank you so much!

  63. Joanne Maria

    Yeah, EDWARD says soo many beautiful things, but the point is, HE IS SINCERE, he really means everything he says and he dosen’t say this stuff just to “get his way”…I hate to sy this, but most guys truly have NO IDEA…

    Kaleb, I am glad you enjoyed this chapter, they all get better and better…keep on keepin on…you won’t regret it

  64. Yvette

    Its funny how you updated so soon and recently accepted my friend request on myspace btw thanks.

    I really enjoy reading your intrepetation on this very important chapter. I really love how Edward is care free and liberated to be himself. Which gets fustrating when you have to play a role for people. This chapter was his time to act like a care free child. Which kind of scared Bella because she was use to seeing him so conservated

  65. Deaven

    “and proceeds to run through the woods like a caveman warrior who just caught his first woman”
    hahaha. that totally made my day.

  66. Becky

    exactly! thank you for not seeing this chapter as just a sappy love scene like many guys would! Expecially since this is only the beginning of the sappy love scenes…

    it’s nice to read about the book from a different perspective, you noticed things that I never thought about when I read Twilight the first time.

    love the site, btw! :)

  67. Allie

    I love your blog and I always loved the songs you chose to represent each chapter…until now. You had to chose a song from the most irritating and over-rated artist on the market currently. For shame. Still I look forward to your next entry.

  68. inmortal

    Well… this chapter is TEH chapter you already said why and we all agree with you. BUT… you haven’t read New Moon or Eclipse so I can’t tell you much. All Jacob fans hate this book because is so cheesy. Edward is so cheesy (they say) so……… keep reading :) I really wanna know what do you thing about Jacob. Why like 20% of the Twilight fans are Die-hard Jacob fans and hate Edward so much and why there are like 30-40% of the fans who love both.

    BUT YEEEEY you alread read it!!! That’s great! *jumps around*

    Now that you are gonna meet the rest of the Cullens… I would like to know what do you think about them. I’m a die-hard Carlisle fan sooooo…… let us know what do you think about all of them.

  69. Ro Ro

    You are completely and utterly correct! it’s great that there is actually a guy out there that knows how we girls feel!

    it’s great to read you thoughts cause i’ve always been curious about guys thoughts on twilight or anything in general.


  70. Jody

    Dude, great advise for the guys =3 I hope they take it, really. If there are any guys out there who have quoted Edward to their other half, I want to hear it! =D Did he help you out?

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  73. Rhiannon

    Wow, it’s amazing to me how you understand this so much! Girls are often treated like crap by their boyfriends, and Edward truly values Bella, what she thinks, what she cares about, everything about her. Girls need to feel loved, at least I do, and when we put ourselves in Bella’s shoes, read the books like our own journal, we feel loved, and important. 😀 The only thing that Edward does that I don’t like is sometimes he is a little too over protective, for good reason of course, but for every other girl there is no reason for guys to be so protective. So, that is the only thing that guys should not follow Edward’s example in.

  74. Kayla

    Haha, I loved the caveman picture! I was really laughing out loud too when you said the line “He streaked through the dark. . .” LOL! That was great and you were totally right about why we love Edward so much. Because he really truly cares about Bella and doesnt judge her for what she likes!

  75. Sammie

    Kaleb, you hit the nail on the head. THIS is why we ladies love Edward Cullen. Yes, he is a vampire. Yes, his skin sparkles in sunlight. Yes, he’s described as incredibly smooth and sexy.

    But, above all, he carries himself like a gentleman ought and treats a young woman like a precious, rare jewel.

    Thank you, Kaleb, for being the Twilight Spokesguy for us. 😉

  76. christina

    Hey Kaleb!

    I’ve never commented on one of your posts before, but I’ve been reading pretty much all your posts and they’re all so awesome! I love how you put the theme music for the chapters and the pictures you make; it’s all entertaining and interesting to hear from a guy’s point of view! I was so excited to read your thoughts on this infamous chapter in Twilight! You were like, so spot on with your thoughts on why us girls love edward! You were so right that any girl would love to hear that they’re the most important person to someone. I can’t wait for your thoughts on the rest of the chapters in the book!

    You’re awesome Kaleb!

  77. Jojo

    Yes, this is a brilliant interpretation! What girl doesn’t want to be spoken to like that? “You are the most important thing to me now. The most important thing to me ever.” Many girls would follow that guy to the ends of the earth.

    The thing about Edward…he MEANS it.

    Great job, happy reading!

  78. Harley

    Wow. That was a great analogy of how Twilight isn’t just an unhealthy obsession. I would totally be more friendly with a guy who reads Twilight (let alone reads) as opposed to playing brain-melting video games.

  79. Bethany

    I was probably most excited about the picture with your head and the book photoshopped in. I missed them 😀

    This really is an interesting chapter and entry, though.

  80. Penny


  81. Kassi

    Now that you understand how do you we get the rest of them too??
    I love your site!! I check it everyday and I have started reading along with you. Of course I have finished but I have no problem starting them again :)

  82. Jen

    Did I mention I’m pretty much in love with you? Because I am.. :)

  83. Wish-I-was-Bella

    Wow u are amazing! That is exactly why gurls love edward and i wish there were more guys like you, life would be so much easier. How old are you anyway? Give me a range…lolz

    rawr, bite me edward

  84. Jennifer

    YESS !!!

    Famous chapter 13 !!! I actually reread it the other day, and I ended up sitting in the dark, lit by a lamp, sucked in as if it were my first time reading it.

    Haha. And, you noticed some things I didn’t, so I was glad to read those discoveries and thoughts.

    Great entry 😀 Read more soon !! It gets better

  85. lecia

    Okay, I totally agree with you on the reason girls are in love with Edward Cullen.
    I did read one thing in your blog that I didnt agree with, (I mean I did some what agree but I saw it differently.) it was the part where you said…”She just goes along with him and she is sincere in believing that he isn’t going to hurt her.”
    The way I understood it was, she knew that he could hurt her, and that her life could be over at any time. The thing is, she doesn’t care. She cant stand the thought of not having Edward in her life and if that means dying for it then that is what she is willing to do. She needs him as much as he needs her. She just hopes he doesn’t want to kill her, but it’s a chance she is willing to take.


  86. Leah

    Okay Kaleb,

    First of all, I applaud you for having the guts to read Twilight. I can’t believe that guys shy away from reading the series merely because it’s told from Bella’s point of view. There’s so much action, danger, humor, and complexity; especially by the time you get to Eclipse.
    Second of all, you got Chapter 13. I mean, you really got it. You didn’t just skim through it with preconceived prejudice, you didn’t dismiss it, you didn’t misinterpret its vital connection with the rest of the book; you got it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone summarize the heart of Twilight better. And coming from a red-blooded male! You represent the first of the male readers, and presumably, after the movie, others will follow your lead. Thanks for not being afraid to check out the book, despite it’s inaccurate labeling (YA; Romance Novel). We all know that a good book is a good book no matter what! You rock.

  87. Desi

    This is just awesome what you do. I’ve been on here before, but I’ve seen everyone talk about this newer post you have and I have to say…you are like a godsend to girls who are trying to get ANY guy to read this. I am going to show others this website and you should start summer sessions for guys and you’d be the new Love Guru! haha!

    Seriously, great job on here, I’m glad you are enjoying the books and seeing their potential as more than just a sappy Romeo and Juliet.

  88. lecia

    Me again. I just got done reading your notes section, and i thought that the song was kinda cliche. Not that i dont like the song its just really hard to choose and that just wouldnt have been one of my options lol. I really do love this sight. :]

  89. Krystal (from the official Alice and Jasper Fansite)

    HEy Kaleb!! Just wanted to let u know that I’m luvin what u r doin! and to tell u the truth u actually get ch 13! Its pretty impressive i must say! lol Anywho…I also wanted to say that u picked an awesome song to go along with this chapter couln’t of been better! lol Oh and before i forget know that since I luv ur site soooo much that I decided to promote u on my site which i think uve figure out already what it is lol so yeah just know the site has ur back and so do I! Keep it up kaleb ! Everyone luvs it!

  90. Summer

    Wow… if you actually read all of your comments, you just might get to mine.

    I agree with everyone else that Edward’s ability to put Bella above himself (and everything else!) is part of what makes him so attractive… but I’d like to make one important addition: that trait wouldn’t mean much if Edward didn’t also FOLLOW THROUGH on his commitment.

    Edward wanted to be with Bella forever, and he was willing to let her know that. But from a girl to a guy, if you go around telling whoever is your latest arm candy “You are the most important thing to me now… the most important thing to me ever” and don’t follow through with that commitment, you’re going to break a lot of hearts. For a lot of guys, those would be shallow words designed to get a girl’s heart pounding; for Edward, it’s the voice of his soul.

    It didn’t take Edward long to decide who his #1 was going to be, and when he knew it, he committed to her in his heart and then showed her with his words and actions. Now THAT’s a real man!

  91. Courtney


    I have to tell you I was very impressed with your assessment of the chapter. Not only did you understand our love of Edward you appreciate it. There is something in that moment when he sits back in front of her after freaking out that is more vulnerable than any other. How he realizes that he can be around her, working to control his lust is worth every piece of torture and she is more than he has ever thought could exist. It impresses me that he is the ‘oddball’ the creature that has walked the earth & seen so much thinking he had seen everything, then he finds Bella. He finds love. There is nothing like the guy who despises relationships, thinks they are silly, trivial, not worth putting their heart out on a limb and he finds the one. Not just a girl but his soulmate. That kind of connection that cannot be ignored, that encompasses your dreams, and makes your heart (yes in many ways Edward definitely has a heart)soar when he is around her. To see Edward realizing this and accepting it is beautiful. They both love each other for who they see, no question. They ar both perfectly flawed and it makes the relationship that much more believable.

  92. Theresa

    How can you comment on the meaning of the 4th cover when you haven’t read the two other books? They’re pivotal to understanding where they are at.

  93. Sam

    I think that you hit the summary of this chapter spot on. I really liked how you stated that we see a “new” Edward in this chapter. I never thought of it that way, but we really do. I love this chapter because of the honesty they show each other. All the walls are down and they really put all there feelings out there, especially Edward. I thought this was such a turning point in the novel. It leaves you wanting to race to the end!

  94. Caroline

    wow, Kaleb! You’ve got it down to a science! This is probably the exact reason I love Edward sooooo much! I’m going to print out your analysis(sp) and hand it out to every boy I know!
    You are right on, and I’m glad you’re taking it seriously and really enjoying the books!

    and of course, good job making me laugh with the “he streaked through the dark…” hahahahaha

  95. Rachel

    That is an extremely accurate reason for why I love Edward. Now when people ask I don’t have to be like: He’s EDWARD, what’s not to like? (because I’m overwhelmed by his greatness, and can’t think of one reason) and actually have an answer!!!

  96. Inny

    I really like the way you interpret this kind of stuff. Yeah…I hate men who prioritize game over their girlfriends. Other than that I’m quite speechless.

    anyway PLS DITCH that look on your face…along that outfit and smile

    And thank you Kaleb ^^

  97. Minh-Thu

    Yay! You finally read chapter thirteen. We told you that you wouldn’t be disappointed. You’re right about the many reasons why we love EC so much^^

  98. Danielle

    you totally get it……seriously right on the money. *sigh*

    realize by colbie caillat is perfect. that whole cd is amazing! love her. good choice :o)

    can’t wait to hear your interpretation of the cover!

  99. Lauren

    I’m really glad to know that you’re reading Twilight! I need to re-read it (again) because you’re going so… in depth to Confessions (I hope my dog, Fetch, will stop licking my leg) that I don’t remember some of this. But, all of my books have been loaned out =[ But that’s okay! “He streaked through the dark” That made me giggle. Keep reading, Kaleb!

  100. Rachael

    The second cover could in fact symoblize the paper cut or the jump. You who have read New Moon know of what I speak. Trying to be vague so as not to spoil on the recently initiated. By the way, we don’t know what Edward is thinking, with the exception of what has been revealed in the Midnight Sun chapter. It is a hope and a beliefe that Edward is as chaste in his thoughts as he is in his actions. Although, knowing what we know of him, I would not be surprised if we ladies underestimate the difficulty he has in being so as being a mirror image of his difficulty in not devouring her.

  101. Rachael

    I meant belief. Sorry about the typo.

  102. Joa_Culen

    I love the way you interpret the chapters. Yeah Great job with the post!
    ohh…you’re right about the many reasons why we(girls) love Edward sooooo much
    Greetings from uruguay

  103. Ashley

    Kaleb i was just wondering how it feels to come on here and see that you have 100 women commenting on your blog saying you are absolutly correct? Congratulations you just unlocked the secret to Edward Cullen :)

  104. Marren

    Nicely done, Kaleb! Everything you said, is exactly why girls love Edward so much. It’s the value of Bella to him that makes us yearn for our own Edward. It’s the way he feels for her, and the way he wants to know more about her. That line you quoted, “I couldn’t live with myself if I ever hurt you. You don’t know how it’s tortured me…”, is what gets our hearts racing, our breath gasping and our stomachs turning.

    I guarantee that you will never ever have a hard time finding a girlfriend.. EVER!!

    CONGRATULATIONS :) welcome to the woman’s mind :)

  105. Anisha

    OMG ur amazing!! i really wish more guys could b like u and read Twilight…

  106. kait

    Breathe by Faith Hill is a great song for chapter 13 =)

  107. Savannah

    Wow. You are probably the only guy on this planet that understands why girls love Edward so much! :)

  108. Stella - Twilight4vr

    You really get the book, Kaleb! No boy understands Edward as well as you do!Why can’t more guys be manly and read this. U rock Kaleb! I stand by your mission 110% !!!!!!!!! KALEB ROX MY SOX!

  109. culleenn

    duh :]

  110. Stella - Twilight4vr

    U will have plenty of girls in no time!

  111. Morgan

    I loved your interpretation of the chapter I never thought of it like that. It really opened up my eyes to why I got hooked and have read each book four times. Maybe that is why my friend Amber didn’t get hooked she really didn’t like that chapter and wasn’t amazed about anything about it.
    But you are right about the boys not gettingit and that if guys really put someone besides themselves first they would probably have alot more dates. I’m girl but I also like video games but they aren’t priority in my life like they are in my brotheres. I would much rather hang out and talk to my friends instead of playing video games with them, its not really personal. But Yes, if boys were more like Edward Cullen girls would like ethem more. I am amazed how you know so much about this though. Either not all guys sre pigs (like they are at my school) or you just know your stuff.

  112. meghan

    Actually, you did get the reason why we all love Edward. Good job :]

  113. Lisa

    I must say I was very surprised to hear that song since it was my tryout song for Color Guard this year.
    So I was mostly just happy to have heard it before, but I don’t think it works for Chapter 13.
    When I pictured Chapter 13 in my head and what the background music should be like I almost thought it should be something soft and sweet. I think that Chapter 13 is just so pivotal that a song with lyrics can’t fit it. Maybe piano music…

  114. Lauren

    Well, I think one of the main reasons that Edward and Bella just click is…the book mentions a couple times how Bella is so much more mature than the people around her. And it shows. Taking care of Charlie, and her mother…and other things. But Edward, living the many years he has with all the experiences, is MORE mature than Bella. and it brings out the child in her. I think that’s one of the main reasons they just click so well.

  115. Tina

    Ok, i don’t wanna freak you out, but Kaleb, I just love you.
    You figured it out!! You have pinpointed (in different posts) most of the universal reasons why girls love Edward so much!! And, even better, you’ve tried to give other guys a clue too! Kudos to you!!
    I’m so glad you liked this chapter, its one of my favorites in the entire series. I hope you do talk about the cover of Breaking Dawn later on!

  116. Rose

    This chapter was very important to me. As I started to read the 2nd and 3rd book and got farther and farther away from this chapter (I know you haven’t read them so I wont spoil it for you but I know you have, by now heard of the Team Edward Team Jacob phenomenon) I was starting to think that Edward and Bella’s relationship couldn’t survive without some sort of drama between them. What else was there when someone wasn’t trying to kill her? Where as with Jacob they could talk and hang out, in never seemed that Edward and Bella could ever just hang out – there was always some sort of impending doom. But as you’ve been reading, I’ve returned to the first book with you and this chapter brought back my faith in their relationship. As fast as this and the rest of the book goes (since they started talking again only a few days before their meadow visit and the book ends in under another week) their is some serious substance to their relationship. It gives me hope for their future in the upcoming Breaking Dawn.

  117. heather.

    You coudn’t have put Edward any better.


    sorry i havent commented much. i hav been geting them by email but when i found out that you were posting chapter 13 i quickly logged on your website and began reading. the thing that suprized me most was the fact that you compared edward to a caveman…. i instantly got angry and was bitter though reading the rest of the post. when i was about to go on some rant about this i realized that this was exactly what he was being at that moment. So you made me realize that Edward is still a guy and like all guys after spilling his guts to the girl of his dreams he is going to want to do something manly, brave and extreme. So there you go Edward turns caveman ( that feels very funny to say ) and on one more note…… HOW COULD YOU STOP READING TWILIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CHAPTER TO GO GET WATER!!! i mean thats like going to tie your shoe in the middle of a shooting.. you would be crazy to do so! ( ok well maybe thats a bit extreme) but still its crazy to do!!! but over all i enjoyed your post :)

  119. Allie N.

    LOL!!!!! I never caught that streaking tidbit, but i think i would have choked to death if i would have been drinking something at the moment!

  120. Stephanie

    Wow…. How could water be so dangerous to a person’s health? I hope you’re loving Twilight! Also, you’re right about the boy thing. My step brother’s son kept wanting to know what I was gasping for air about after laughing out of no where like a psycho. Goodness, it was hilarious.

  121. Elise

    You are exactly right on the Edward thing; for me at least. well good job:]

  122. Kasandra

    You really hit the nail on the head, Kaleb. There are many things a woman can want in a relationship – money, good looks, status – but the very core of every woman’s heart beats for only one thing – attention. To be “known”, to be “seen” by the one we love. If we are loved and our loved one pays enough attention to actually know us and sees who we really are there is nothing we won’t do for him.

  123. joy

    edward treats a woman how a woman would like to be treated. thank you stephenie.edwards behavior in the meadow (running away)was his unhuman part acting out. this is all new territory for him being human. probably a little spooky,unfamiliar and not wanting to hurt bella either. he has to get in touch with his human side that has been surpresssed for a hundred odd years but he’s strong and surpresses the immortal feelings to come back to experience just how far he can be close to bella.he is still so gentle and innocent with bella even with the outbursts. he doesn’t hide any of his feelings for her.i like to listen to “fear” my sarah mclachlan during the meadow scene.

  124. Laura

    she explained this somewhere, bout the chess pieces.
    the queen, (white) signifies bella, becoming stronger, prettier, more powerful, and over all a vampire (white). the pawn in the background respresents bella before becoming a vampire, vulnerable, small, innocent, and overall red (blood)
    that’s what i heard

  125. Tillie

    i must say, i think you may be the closest human guys can come to being edward cullen
    the insights are amazing and i really dont understand if one guy can see why edward is so amazing, why cant the rest?
    (and fyi, us crazy fangirls would kill for a sentence in breaking dawn the began with he streaked through the dark…)

  126. Caro


    Thanks so much for actually taking a chance and reading this wonderful book. Your comments of the book–so far–have been excellent and a lot like what I think of the books. (Without the fangirling.) You’re one of the few guys out there with an open enough mind to read the book alone… And you go ahead and take the time to write these reports, as well! You got chapter 13 down perfectly. And quite frankly, your analyzation of Edward is only going to help you in the long run. He’s a modern day romantic archetype. A mixture of the darkness of Heathcliff, the romance of Romeo, and the cultured superiority of Mr. Darcy. (Trust me. No matter what any girl says, we all want this type of thing.) Good work, and keep it up!

  127. Chris

    You are right on. Also, he asks her questions about herself. This is a big thing because conversation/interest is a big turn on to women. Think about it. If you asked anyone dozens of questions about themselves, you would come to understand them, and then probaby care for them, possibly love them (platonic or romantic). I really love that part of the book when Edward asks all those questions!

  128. Ally

    WOW. That is amazing that you actually understand why all girls love Edward sooooo much. We fall in love with him, probally more than our own boyfriends. You are 100% correct but there is oo much more to why we love him….but I want to see if you can see the other reasons…..(cough cough book three)

  129. karissa

    Realize is a good song. However “This Is For Keeps” by the Spill Canvas. Pretty much describes Twilight to the T! Especially chapter 13! It’s practically written for the book.

  130. JAC

    Excellant observations, the qualities you listed for why girls like Edward so much on this page are exactly right. Now, if only other guys would clue in as readily as you.
    You have an excellant site, it’s quite comical.

  131. Clover

    Okay, I know its weird that I started to read your posts right in the middle like this but I just want to say that it is nice that a guy is taking an interest in Twilight. I have loved it for a while but I am one of those girls who the other girls smack because I bring up the fact (yes its a fact no matter how much we wish it wasn’t so) that “Edward” and all the amazing qualities of him does not exist in one boy. Your perceptions about why we love Edward is so right though. We want someone who cares about us so deeply that they would never dream of offending us let alone cheat or hurt us on a deeper level. Keep on reading and posting, you know what you’re talking about.

  132. Jess

    I think that the reasons you listed about why girls like Edward are spot on. He does always put Bella before himself, no matter what. He treasures her. I think that any guy who says that his girlfriend is basically his life is worthy of admiration. Edward is just perfect in that way. He values Bella so much, she can’t help but be totally mesmerized by his love and complete devotion.

    Great site! I always love your observations! You’re doing a fantastic job, so keep it up!

  133. Chelsea

    You. Made. Me. Cry.

    Seriously, Kaleb, you have no idea how much I love you right now. You GET it. You have seen what other guys refuse to see–that this is way more than just a love story. Yes, that’s the basic, basic appeal, but it’s really so much more than that. If more guys took lessons from Edward, maybe we wouldn’t have to obsess about fictional characters as much because we would have real-life Edwards hanging on our every word. Edward is incredibly selfless, which is what love is supposed to be. You’re supposed to care more about the other person than gratifying your own desires. BAM! Along come Edward and Bella. And they’re putting that message out there.

  134. Heather

    Ha! I actually did the same thing partway through the chapter; It took me a minute before I could keep reading to figure out that he did NOT in fact streak through the dark, at least not in the way we had first thought. I’m glad I was not the only one to do that! And, Kaleb, you get the whole normal guy vs. Edward Cullen thing. Edward is the new Mr. Darcy.

  135. Risa (Riss-uh) C

    You’re amazing…and you completely hit the nail on the head.

    And as for Edward Cullen… Well, let’s just say he makes the rest of us think, Mr. Darcy…who? And it’s not so much that we want guys to change COMPLETELY, it’s just that we would like to be treated the way Edward treats Bella…with gentleness, love, admiration and respect.

    Besides, you completely got it right…what girl doesn’t want to be told that she is “the most important thing ever” to [the right] guy.

    Thank you, Kaleb, for you’re awesome blog entries!

  136. Risa (Riss-uh) C

    agh…evil spelling mistake!
    “…your* awesome blog entries!”
    hehe, sorry. OCD writer’s moment 😀

    Also, I really like the song choice…the problem is, there are so many songs that could work greatly for Edward and Bella (and the meadow scene) that it’s hard to pick just one…but I do love this song and think it’s a great description of the learning process that Stephenie writes about in the meadow scene.

  137. Mitzi C

    I’m Risa’s mom from above, and I’ve been calling myself a Twilight Mom right along (because I AM HER mom), but it looks like (because of the 50 and over thing), I should be a Twilight Gramma. But that’s ok with me…mom or gramma, I love Twilight and look forward to your take on each chapter you write. You did a great job with Chapter 13 and I’m impressed that a man of your age got it right. Keep up the good work.

  138. Columba

    So Edward sparkling didn’t surprise you? The fact that he glitters isn’t as weird to guys as it is to me?

    Are you even warm on the “Why do girls think Edward Cullen is the definition of perfection?” question? Yes, so much so that you’re starting to seem like the perfect Edward substitute!

    Am I your first fangirl?

  139. Brooke

    Oh my gosh, you are, like, the only guy I know who can translate whats going on between Edward and Bella. and why us girls are crazy about him. That song is perfect too. And by the way, nice Caveman pic. It made me laugh, but not in a bad way. lol

  140. Lauren

    Amen, to everything you said.

    ESPECIALLY about picturing Charlie as a grumpy unicorn! Gah! I am plagued by that as well.

  141. Katrina

    I loved the whole thing about girls trying to get their boyfriends to read Twilight and grow up a little!
    I’m one of the lucky ones, however, so I didn’t have to beg my boyfriend to read it…he actually did so VERY willingly!!
    I told him about how amazing it is, that i’ve read it 7 times, etc. and he went and bought a copy…now he’s just as obsesed as i am!!
    He just finished Eclipse today actually!
    I’m so happy I can make Twilight references all I want!!!
    Even better, he didn’t have to read Twilight to grow up a little…he’s alraedy soooo Edward-like!!!
    I consider myself a very lucky girl!!
    Anyways, love the post!!
    I’ll definately become a frequent reader, so keep it coming!!

  142. Jessica

    There is one important detail you have missed out on that makes him so dang appealing to girls…HE’S GORGEOUS!
    No it’s not being shallow for that to be another reason to like him…as long as it is not the main reason you care for a person. It’s just an added bonus.

  143. Kathreen

    You’re absolutely right…i wish i could somehow make every guy in this world read this! You’re a genius..

  144. Marie

    Well, I must agree on why all the females are head-over-heels for Edward. And, I must brag that I definitely have found my Edward. My husband and I have been married for a year now and reading these books (I received Twilight for my first anniversary) has made me love my husband even more! And, ok, Edward ALOT too! But, what makes me chuckle to think of is this: IF she turns into a vampire (hopefully) and let’s say they’re married and she makes it through her years of being a crazy “new-born” THEN what will their relationship be like? This question is what really makes me love Edward because I think he’ll always love her in that exact same, crazy, drunken, way. Most people move through that phase after dating for a while and after a few years of marriage. But, I think the way Edward expresses his love in this chapter will ALWAYS be how he expresses his love. So, it’s not just how he does it, but the senerity and the never-ending-ness of it. (Yes, never-ending-ness is a word now.)

  145. shyanne[aka erika tristens]

    okay i personally think that the song for this chapter should be “all around me” by flyleaf! its even got some cool foreshadowing- (the one for ch 3 of new moon its kind of ironic though)

  146. Steph

    Ahahahahah! So many hilarious things in this post. Where to begin? In order I suppose…
    First, yes, Edward does seem to emanate superiority throughout the books. It’s hilarious really.
    Second, of course people are going to come looking to you for advice on how to get whoever their stubborn spouse/partner is to read Twilight! You’ve given them the opportunity. You have the perspective on it they needed! The one that proves Twilight isn’t just for girls.
    Third, ahaha. Hmmm, well, I guess most girls wouldn’t mind being told they are more important than anything else (even if he does go on to tell her she’s an idiot). For a guy, you’re surprisingly clued in.
    Fourth (this list is dragging), how awesome is the meadow scene!? My favorite part:
    ‘”I’m not thirsty today, honestly.” He winked.’
    Who doesn’t love that?
    Ok I should stop now, so fifth, why did you dress up like that? It… creeps me out. Ahahah. Sorry, but really. It’s weird. 😀

  147. Steph

    Darn it, I forgot about the hilarious incident you had. Do you mind? :)
    Sixth, AHAHHAHAH! Oh wow…. Ahem, I’m referring (of course) to the part where you came back after getting a drink and only read half the line. 😀 Side splitting. I actually stopped making sound with my laughter…. Just sat there, shaking.

  148. spookybell

    I don’t know how you can read this book so slowly. I know you have a life. I think you do an amazing job of paying attention. You really get it. I have read it twice and you get it on a far deeper level. Funny thing, a guy was who got me into Twilight.

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  150. Rebekah

    I think you are right, about why girls like Edward. At least this is why I like him… It all comes down to two things… He want to hear what Bella is thinking and had to say and he cares more about her than himself.
    And ANY guy can learn to be like that.
    Thanks for the insight into the chapter, Kaleb.
    This chapter made me cry! Starting with the first time Edward asks “what are you thinking…” in it.

  151. Michelle C.

    Yeah..I skipped a few of your ‘reviews’. This is my favorite chapter & I never really knew it was the start of the book or the important part to Stephenie, until a interview I saw. I believe that you could be a EDWARD CULLEN, just by being able to be mature about this book & seeing why girls like him. I wish more people could be like you!

  152. Michiru


    Oh boy are you gonna make some lucky girl happy one day. :) I hope she values you just as hightly.

  153. Maricela Villafana : )

    Heyy, i love twilight! right now im doing research on her. im doing a project. this is a great article,

  154. yarie

    i love it in the meadow part i think its romantic

  155. twilight fan

    OMG why can't I be Bella? I'm in love with this book. Why did I have to finish it? ):

  156. twilight fan

    OMG why can't I be Bella? I'm in love with this book. Why did I have to finish it? ):

  157. Mickey Not Mouse

    LMAO oh GJ, something tells me he's some dead beet boyfriend (or asshole who couldn't get a girl so he makes things up) who still lives with his parents, playing video games, with not an expense in the world because his parents are just too afraid the world will eat him up if they kick him out. what does GJ stand for? Get a Job?

    Anyway! Yes I love this chapter! And you're totally right about all the advice Kaleb <3 I wish all guys were as nice as you.


  158. Twritebite

    Okay, so, I saw the Twilight movie first. The whole time I was watching, I knew it was a vampire movie, but didn't really see any vampire attacks. I really didn't like vampire movies at this time, but something about the previews I saw on tv made me want to see the movie. So I took my brother with me. He likes vampire movies. Well, Edward kept telling Bella to stay away from him, and he said, “what if I'm not the superhero? What if I'm the bad guy?” That made me think there was a vampire part of the movie that was coming up. When Edward takes Bella to the sunlight, and says “You need to see what I look like in the sunlight.” I was thinking, okay, this is it. This is going to be the scary vampire part of the movie. So far I liked the movie, but I was thinking, it's a vampire movie, there must be a scary part. Although, I don't like scary movies, I was hoping I was wrong. I clenched a hold of the arm rests in the theature, and then Edward walked into the sunlight. He sparkled! I was thinking, he's not scary, he's beautiful. And then Bella said, “you're beautiful!” I was thrilled that I was so much like Bella, and that this vampire movie was not scary. Anyway, the vampire instincts that Edward talks about make so much sence. Now that I do like vampires, I have given some other vampire shows a try. These other vampires feed on people, but seem to be able to stop whenever they want. It's like they don't even have that animal instinc that the Cullens have. Edward even tells Bella that if they bite, it's almost impossible to stop. That makes more sence than the other vampires.

  159. Lisa

    This chapter was absolutely FANTASTIC! It is very hard to imagine – but yet amazing – that one dream could lead to such a famous book series, movies, LOADS of fansites, Edward/Jacob teams and us – spending hours on our computers disecting every little detail of some make-believe characters and a make-believe world! It is absolutely amazing!

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