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Origin

Edward Anthony Masen was born June 20th, 1901 in Chicago to Elizabeth and Edward Masen Sr . In 1918 he contracted the Spanish Influenza. His father died of the disease early. His mother died shortly after. Before she passed on, she grabbed Dr. Carlisle Cullen as he was leaving and made him promise her that he would do everything in his power to save her son, her only child. Carlisle was stricken with the fear of the mother knowing what he was, and exactly what she was asking of him. Before he could confirm his suspicion’s, she had already past.

As Carlisle was looking after Edward he could hear Elizabeth's words haunting him, knowing the child did not have long. And feeling as alone as he was, wishing for a companion in his way of life. Looking down on Edward he realized Edward looked like the son he always wanted a proud and beautiful child. He made the decision to change Edward Masen into a Vampire. Carlisle figured that since there were not many people on that night, and because of how busy the hospital was that no-one would miss one patient, especially this patient that was now alone and about to die himself. Carlisle wheeled Edward into the Morgue and carried him to his home, and recreated the scenario that changed Carlisle into a vampire back in the 1600‘s. Many decades later this greatly pained Carlisle as it was unnecessary pain that he did not need to of inflict upon Edward. Edward Masen died in the month of September 1918 and in turn Edward Cullen was born, a newborn vampire.

Creation

Edward Cullen was created by Stephenie Meyer for the Twilight series novels. Meyer says that Edward Cullen came to her in a dream on June 2, 2003, which encouraged her to write the all too real characters of the Twilight world down. Twilight: The Graphic Novel is an adaptation of the Stephanie Meyer novels. It was created by Young Kim and was published by Yen Press in 2010. The first graphic novel focuses on the first thirteen chapters of the Twilight novel. The second volume of the graphic novel was released in 2011 and finishes off telling of the whole Twilight novel.

Character Evolution

Edward Cullen felt that being a vampire made him soulless. That he was the worst type of creature and a menace to society, regardless of the control he had over his cravings. This much is shown in his first encounter with Bella, when he runs off to feed and avoids her. Over the course of Twilight: The Graphic Novel, you see Edward constantly remind Bella that he is dangerous while she continues to chip away at his defenses. Ultimately Edward learns to trust Bella and have faith and hope in life again.

Major Story Arcs

Bella Swan moves to Forks a small city in Washington state to live with her father, Charlie Swan, while her mother Renee travels with her new husband, Phil Dwyer, a minor league baseball player. Bella becomes enchanted with the Cullens and their silvery beauty.

When Edward Cullen is seated next to Bella in Biology class on her first day of school, appears repulsed by her. Unable to handle the smell of her blood, he leaves for a few days to feed. Upon his return he seems to be nicer to Bella. One day, Bella is almost hit by a car and Edward, defying the laws of physics, saves her life by instantly appearing in front of her to block the car, leaving his imprint on the car.

Bella becomes obsessed with finding out how Edward saved her life, and constantly asks him questions about it. After she is told the legend of the Cold Ones and Spirit Warriors by Jacob Black, Bella concludes that Edward and his family are vampires. Edward is then confronted by Bella and confesses that he has tried to avoid her because he desires her blood more then he has ever desired anything. They then begin a romance. Edward tries to show Bella how dangerous he can be but she only reaffirms that she loves him.

When Edward brings Bella home to meet all of the Cullens who are very welcoming to Bella except for Rosalie, who feels that Edward and Bella's relationship will end badly, forcing the Cullens to move again. Edward is very careful to maintain control around Bella, and their love continues to grow deeper. The picturesque lifestyle comes to a halt when another vampire coven arrives in Forks. James, the leader of the coven decides he wants to hunt Bella. The Cullens attempt to find and destroy James and send Bella to hide at a hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. Shortly after, she receives a call from James, who tricks her into believing that her mother is being held captive. Bella leaves the hotel to try to save her mother.. Just as James is about to drink from her, Edward arrives with the Cullens to rescue her. Edward then kills James. Bella had been bitten by James during their encounter. Not wanting Bella to become a vampire, Edward sucks the venom out of the bite and brings her to the hospital. They return to Forks, where Bella and Edward attend their school prom. Bella asks Edward to turn her and Edward refuses.

Powers and Abilities

Edward Cullen is a telepath. He has the ability to read people's mind from a distance and can hear every "inner voice" of those in close proximity to him. He taught himself how to focus them out into a dull buzz and has likened his ability to being in a room full of talking people. Due to this ability, he is able to share Alice's vision's.

Edward is also the quickest vampire in the Cullen family. Along with Jasper, he is the best technical fighter of the coven. He also has basic vampire abilities and powers such as: sharp senses, superhuman strength, endurance, attraction, agility and a healing factor. He also does not need to breathe.

Personal Information

Physical Attributes

  • Height: 6'2"
  • Body Type: Thin but muscular build
  • Eye Color: Topaz, Red if hungry and originally Green
  • Hair Color: Brown

Status

  • Identity as Vampire: Secret to most
  • Occupation: Student
  • Citizenship: U.S.A.
  • Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Education: Studied at various universities and high schools; continuously in school
  • Marital Status: Boyfriend of Bella Swan
  • Known Relatives: Edward Masen Sr. (biological father), Elizabeth Masen (biological mother), Esme Cullen (adoptive mother), Carlisle Cullen (adoptive father/maker), Alice Cullen and Rosalie Hale (adoptive sisters), Jasper Hale and Emmett Cullen (adoptive brothers)

Other Media

Novels

Twilight (Book One)

New Moon (Book Two)

Eclipse (Book Three)

Breaking Dawn (Book Four)

Movies

Twilight (2008)

Released in 2008, this film is an adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer novel which hit the shelves in 2003. It revolves around Bella Swan meeting Edward Cullen for the first time and why falling in love with a Vampire can be so hard.

New Moon (2009)

Released in 2009, this film retells the story of Stephenie Meyer's second novel in the Twilight Series. In this story Edward believes that Bella is better off without him and leaves her so that she can be safe and happy. Things come to a climax as the Volturi become involved in their lives.

Eclipse (2010)

Released in 2010, this movie brings Stephenie Meyer's third novel to life on the big screen. Tempers flare high as Seattle is struck by a series of murders. Bella must choose between Edward and Jacob as graduation day fast approaches.

Breaking Dawn: Part 1 (2011)

Released in 2011, it captures the first half of the final installment of the Twilight Series. Edward has finally gotten what he wanted, Bella as his wife with a nice surprise. Bella is up against the world as she carries her unborn child...

Breaking Dawn: Part 2 (2012)

Scheduled to release on November 16, 2012, this final act culminates the Twilight Series. The birth of Bella and Edward's child, Renesmee brings about conflict in the Vampire world. Its Forks, against the Volturi.

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