Alright, I’m just going to come out with it.
Should Midnight Sun be the next Twilight film to hit cinemas, I really hope – I pray – that it doesn’t have Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart at the helm.
Before you pelt me with little, glistening figurines of Edward Cullen though, hear me out.
We’re all back in our 2000s feels at the titillating tease of more Twilight, with franchise author Stephenie Meyer penning the upcoming Midnight Sun book to add to our collection.
The first in the series since 2008’s Breaking Dawn wrapped up the Saga into a neat little package, Midnight Sun acts as a parallel novel to the first book – with events seen through vampire Edward Cullen’s eyes as he meets Bella Swan for the first time.
And while I totally get that you can’t really portray a parallel story without the original players, I stand by the director of the first Twilight film, Catherine Hardwicke, who this week shattered fans’ hearts into a million tiny, icy, pieces (on trend).
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, she admitted that even though an on-screen reunion would be a ‘lot of fun,’ there is that little thing about the divergent careers of the original stars that would make it pretty hard to bring them back together.
The director responded to the idea of whether it would be possible to simply re-cut her original work to tell events from Edward’s point of view, adding: ‘[It would be] difficult. We did stay a lot more in Bella’s head.’
When it comes to my own (incredibly compelling) argument, the sparkling, individual careers of both key players makes it awfully hard for us to go back to imagining them as the broody vampires we came to know and lust.
Back when they were cast, R-Patz may have been a Harry Potter star, but, like, he wasn’t Harry Potter, so we could still get on board with him playing a vampire with minimum imagination warping.
Now he’s Batman, and that complicates things.
He’s also played a deranged lighthouse assistant, so that also makes it harder for us to suspend our belief like we’re teenagers meeting these two lovebirds all over again.
While Kristen was also a ready-made Hollywood star when Twilight came a-knockin’, she too wasn’t so big that we couldn’t see Twilight as her breakout role.
To come back to her angsty Bella days, with a perpetual expression that makes you think she’s constantly catching a whiff of an off egg sandwich, after becoming a bona fide star just doesn’t feel right. You know?
Our imaginations can bend and warp far – like, to the point where we’re lapping up this story of a hundred-year-old vampire (albeit still a teenager) with the hots for his classmate – but there is a limit as to what we can believe on the screen.
That and the mystery of the ‘were they or weren’t they’ love affair of Robert and Kristen was one of the major drawcards for the films, and you cannot pretend otherwise. This brings me to my next point in this incredibly important one-sided debate.
All I need to mention are three words, ‘MTV Awards kiss’, and I know you know the exact moments I’m referring to.
But, for those who have NFI what I’m on about, from 2009-2012 the pair won the best kiss award at the annual event, and teased us by not re-enacting the pash on stage for screaming punters (as is the tradition of winners). But my god was there chemistry.
We couldn’t get enough of the idea that these two were living out their love story IRL as well, and that is a problem now that they aren’t.
Unless the next instalment of Twilight sees Bella have an affair with her boss (a la the Rupert Sanders *scandal* when, in 2012, Kristen was photographed kissing her Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert, while he was still married, and Kristen was with Robert) then I don’t want a bloody bar of it.
And while I’m on a roll: the newest Twilight generation can get their own RPatz and K-Stew love story. And this may be my most passionate point.
While I believe no generation can have ‘ownership’ over a Hollywood star and I need to get over my own preciousness (or so I hear), on this occasion I’m putting my Gen Y foot down and saying no – R-Patz and K-Stew as Bella and Edward are ours and ours only.
And seeing as I’m no longer the franchise’s target demographic, I say to those who are – get your grubby mits off our lusty teens.
Should the duo return for Midnight Sun (if Midnight Sun was even turned into a film, we need to remember) and try to fool us into thinking they are high-schoolers 12 years down the line, I don’t want some fresh 18-year-old to proclaim R-Patz as their crush when they have all the Jacob-Elordi-types that, as a near-30-year-old, it’s just a little…off, for me to show any sort of delight in.
When all is said and sucked (did that vampire joke land well? Who’s to say, I’m fired up) I’d be perfectly happy with the Twilight films being left in the dark recesses of my teenage mind.
But when money is to be made, and Hollywood likes making money (the first film made more than $400million [£300m] at the box office), I have a feeling we’ll be seeing Edward and Bella all over again, panting over one another in the frosty forests of Forks once more.
Just let go of the idea that it might be with our OG vamps.
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