Opinion: Team Edward vs Team Jacob

The forest chase scenes were filmed in Silver Falls State Park, about 20 miles away from Salem, OR. Image by: Livia Vertucci

The forest chase scenes were filmed in Silver Falls State Park, about 20 miles away from Salem, OR. Image by: Livia Vertucci

Livia Vertucci

The never-ending battle between Vampires and werewolves continues on, who is the ultimate team?

Edward Cullen, vampire, immortal, mega sparkly in the sunlight vs. Jacob Black werewolf, strength plus speed and long hair [sometimes]. Both men seem like complete opposites except for their joint love interest, mysterious new girl Bella Swan. SPOILER ALERT she married Edward, but this is why Bella chose wrong. 

We always hear Edward this and Edward that, but what about our bad boy werewolf Jacob Black? Jacob was the perfect person for Bella to pick for plenty of reasons. 

First, his family has been friends with the Swan family for years. The ties run strong and deep. According to the books and movies they even made mud pies together when they were young. When asked about his opinion on the matter, junior Bruce Sheldon said, “I think he’s funny, and I really like his long hair.” Jacob is a fun guy and a good friend, in the second book “New Moon ” Edward leaves Forks the town where they live in order to protect Bella but instead he leaves Bella alone which causes her to fall into a serious depression. Guess who was there to save the day? Jacob. He helped her out of her depression and they had fun rebuilding a motorcycle together. 

Second, Bella falling in love with Jacob would make way more sense. For the people who don’t know, Edward is a 104-year-old vampire who died during Spanish influenza in 1918. Are you hearing what hearing? This old man, who I guess is technically 17, fell in love with a teenage girl who has her own set of issues, talk about creep city. Jacob on the other hand is the same age as Bella, [(seven in the first movie). I don’t know about you, but I would much rather marry someone my age and not someone who’s 100 years old. 

Sophomore Alyssa Loffelmann agrees. She said, “I don’t like the way Edward treated Bella in the movies.” Throughout the movie franchise, Edward did things way over the line, like removing Bella’s car motor when she planned ongoing to visit Jacob. “Edward lacks kindness,” said Loffelmann. Many fans argue that Edward did everything with Bella in mind, but I disagree. During the second book, Bella and Jacob hang out more and they rebuild a motorcycle together. Instead of forbidding​​ Bella from trying out the bike like we all know Edward would do, Jacob instead let her take it for a test drive. Now we can all admit that this is dangerous, but instead of taking the motor out of the motorcycle, Jacob trusted 17-year-old Bella to make her own decisions for her own safety. 

When asked what Edward can do to improve, Loffelmann, a hard and true Jacob supporter, said, “Edward would have to be nicer, I think he just has to communicate better openly. He’s just quiet and it’s not cool.” But, at the end of the day, it’s all up to you. Do you lean more towards the 104-year-old sparkly vampire or the 17-year-old, flowy-haired werewolf? Let me just say you’d have to be loca to pick anyone other than Jacob Black.