My friend Marah & I were chatting about a conversation SHE had with her pal about the name Edward. And how odd it would be if Edward was called something different. Perhaps…. Ed:
“Bella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Ed, Bella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Ed has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Bella, the person Ed holds most dear.”
And I thought that was BRILLIANT. What if Edward was “Ed” the town misfit. Ed works for his dad, Carl. They run Fork’s only gas station & quick lube. Ed is really into cars, and he drives a silver Volvo- it’s an ’84.
Ed has 2 trashy sisters: Roseanne & Alex (“Al” for short). They both do some part time modeling at the Port Angeles Mall at the Deb shop around Prom season:
Ed has two half brothers Jack and Ernie. They hook up with Al & Roseanne from time to time. It would be weird, but that sort of stuff is pretty day-to-day when you own the only gas station in Forks.
Can you imagine how different Twilight would have been had Edward been given a different name? The whole TONE changes:
“About 3 things I was absolutely positive.
First, Ed was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of Ed– and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be— that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with Ed.”
With a name like “Ed” I feel like I have to add a Fourth: ”Oh, and Ed’s taking me out tonight & I think we might “Do it” in the back of his ’84 Volvo!”
The name Edward captures so much beauty & sense of history, doesn’t it? It’s old fashioned. When you hear the name you think of a sexy, refined man full of class. He drinks wine & knows how to dance. He’s romantic & sensitive, yet manly & confident. Edward is just, well, Edward! Naming him something different would have been.. well, weird. Ed doesn’t make me think of beauty. I think of a dude with a pot belly & a grease stain on his white beater. It’s not sexy. Nor classy. Ed does has never had Merlot. Ed drinks beer from a can- the kind of beer that has a different label depending on whatever hunting season we’re in. Ed dances all right, but only after 6 beers & a dozen wings down at Doc’s bar on Friday nights. And it’s not pretty. Ed is not our Edward.
I like Edward. Thanks for naming him Edward!
What do you think? What other name could work for OUR Edward? What else doesn’t work AT ALL?