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Since its debut in 2005, the Twilight saga has captured the hearts of its readers, both young and old. Stephenie Meyer’s beloved star-crossed lovers, Isabella (Bella) Swan and Edward Cullen have made the hearts of readers swoon, but in her second book of the series, New Moon, audiences get a taste of just how life would be for Bella without Edward’s brooding and melodramatic love.

With the first book, Twilight, capturing the hearts of 10 million readers with its addictive storyline that entranced audiences and propelled them into a fantastical world of vampires and unrequited love, New Moon shocks readers with the question: how does one live without their true love?

Meyer found this book to be a parallel rendition to Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. She used the following quote as an epigraph for the book looking to make it represent warning rather than romance.

Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;
Give me my Romeo; and, when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night…
—Romeo and Juliet Act 3 scene 2

Throughout the book, Bella constantly references her favorite story as she contemplates her relationship with Edward as well as Jacob. Bella states, “What if Paris had been Juliet’s friend? Her very best friend? What if he was the only one she could confide in about the whole devastating thing with Romeo? The one person who really understood her and made her feel halfway human again? What if he really loved her, and wanted her to be happy?” (Meyer, pg. 370-371) This quote reflects her feelings for Jacob and vice versa. Paris is supposed to be the one whom marries Juliet, but is unable to win her heart although he is a good guy. Jacob and Paris are interchangeable. Jacob loves Bella the way Paris loves Juliet, however, Bella (like Juliet) does not feel the same for him. (more…)

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