It’s been a while since Breaking Dawn came out, and by this point in time, I think most of you are probably already well aware of what happened in it. However, for the whole two or three of you who don’t know—spoilers!—Edward and Bella have a child. I briefly talked about this a few years ago, and looking back, I disagree with my assessment of Bella’s character in regards to her pregnancy.
I thought Bella was selfish for wanting to keep the child—mostly because Bella always gets whatever Bella wants—but I don’t think that’s true. This pregnancy is something that will kill her, and her desire to have the child at the expense of her own life is a selfless act that I, as a pro-lifer, cannot even be sure I would have gone through with.
However, my disdain over the whole situation remains the same. Twilight should never have been able to bring up the subject of abortion, mostly because Bella’s pregnancy shouldn’t ever have happened.
There are a lot of issues here I could talk about—such as Bella passing out during sex and Edward physically hurting her during the act as well, as if that’s love and not rape or something—but the abuse and misogyny in their relationship is a post for a later date that I have no plans to write anytime soon.
The biggest issue that people tend to have in regards to this pregnancy is that Edward, as a vampire, should not logically be able to produce sperm. Stephenie Meyer specifically tells us that vampires no longer have blood because most of their bodily fluids have been replaced with vampire venom. And since sperm has to be created with blood, there is no possible way Edward could produce it.
Additionally, without blood, there’s also no possible way for Edward to have an erection. I’m going to write the erection thing off as not being important, because contrary to popular belief, men can ejaculate without one, though it is unlikely. That said, I don’t know why Edward would even have sex since he cannot get an erection in the first place. However, very few of the Twilight characters make sense to begin with, so I’ll let it go.
I do, however, have to question why Edward thought it would be safe to have sex with Bella, since I find it very unlikely that he didn’t know about a vampire’s ability to ejaculate. He had to have known, since the other vampires he lives with have sex all the time. I find it hard to believe that after a hundred years, he and his fellow vampires never talked about this, or that they didn’t warn him that vampires can ejaculate. It’s a common belief amongst vampires that vampires only have venom, making it impossible for a human and a vampire to have a child. I also find it hard to believe that Edward would think his sperm would be anything but venomous and dangerous. But as I said, logic and Twilight don’t really go hand in hand.
Now, according to Meyer’s rules, vampires cannot have children with each other, and if pregnant women become vampires, they will remain pregnant for the rest of their lives, since the babies will also be immortal and unchanging. Because vampires are unchanging, female vampires cannot conceive. I think it’s safe to say that they no longer have menstrual cycles. The discrepancy here is that male vampires can still have children with human women. Essentially, the books operate on the belief that in order to create children, women go through many changes while men don’t, as if sperm doesn’t have to be created through a bodily change. Obviously, like many things in Meyer’s books involving science and biology, this is wrong.
Furthermore, some of the reasons given as to why female vampires cannot have children make little to no sense. One of these reasons comes from one of the vampires’ greatest strengths—diamond-like skin. What we know is that when a person becomes a vampire, their cells harden like diamonds. (This is also why they sparkle in the sun.) Because of this, their skin cannot stretch. However, also by this logic, vampires shouldn’t be able to move. At all. They should literally be just as stiff as rocks in that case.
Earlier this week, I mentioned that there is no reason to explain something mystical or magical by scientific means. This is one of those times. The Twilight books would have been better off without a baby in the picture, but if the kid really needed to happen, Meyer shouldn’t have tried to explain everything about it—including how many chromosomes the child has—in scientific terms.
I probably wouldn’t have minded this about the books, but it’s very easy to see that little thought or research went into the vampires and their ability to have children. It is true that the Twilight universe is not our world, so it does not have to confirm to reality in its entirety. I honestly wouldn’t have cared one way or the other about Edward and Bella having a child, if having the child didn’t break the pre-established rules that Meyer had already created for her world. This isn’t even something that I’m angry about. I just look at Breaking Dawn and laugh. But that seems to be how most people react as well.