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Welcome to the vampire family reunion you never knew you needed – but beware, it’s less about blood feuds and more about blood types. In the world of Twilight, the Cullen clan isn’t your typical next-door family, unless your neighbors are centuries-old, sparkly-skinned, and have a penchant for wildlife (and not in the way you might expect). From the brooding heartthrob Edward to the matriarch Esme, each Cullen has a story more intriguing than your average undead. In this guide, we’re sinking our teeth (pun intended) into every member of the Cullen coven. So, grab your garlic (just kidding, that won’t work here) and let’s meet the family that puts the ‘fun’ in dysfunctional and the ‘ire’ in vampire.
Early 17th Century: The saga begins with young Carlisle Cullen. In a stroke of tragic irony, he’s turned into a vampire while hunting…vampires. Talk about a career switch! Rejecting the usual vampire diet, Carlisle pioneers the animal blood diet, basically making him the first vampire vegetarian. Trendsetter!
1918: Enter Edward Cullen. Initially a victim of the Spanish Influenza, he’s given a second shot at life (or eternal undeath) by Carlisle. Waking up as a vampire, Edward probably had a lot of questions, like “Why am I so pale?” and “Why do I feel like sparkling?”
1921: Esme’s entry is more of a rescue mission. After a tragic suicide attempt, Carlisle saves her by turning her into a vampire. She wakes up to a whole new undead world and eventually falls for Carlisle. They tie the knot, proving that love bites but can also be eternal. True love or Stockholm syndrome? You decide.
1933: Rosalie Hale is next. After a brutal assault, Carlisle turns her, hoping she could be a companion for Edward. But Rosalie had other plans, like revenge and finding Emmett, who was busy getting mauled by a bear. She brings him to Carlisle, essentially saying, “I found this. Can we keep him?” And thus, Emmett becomes a vampire.
1950: Alice Cullen and Jasper Hale appear, and they’re quite the package. Alice, with her future-seeing abilities, probably knew she’d join the Cullens way before it happened. Jasper, bringing some emotional depth (literally, he manipulates emotions), adds another layer to the Cullen clan dynamics and making him the perfect candidate for handling awkward family dinners.
Fast forward to the 2000s, and Bella Swan walks into the picture, turning the Cullen world upside down. She falls for Edward, sparking the most talked-about love triangle with Jacob Black, the local werewolf. Because in Forks, why settle for ordinary teenage drama when you can have supernatural love triangles?
Post-Bella’s Arrival: Edward decides to leave Bella for ‘vampire reasons’ in New Moon, leading to Jacob’s werewolf emo phase and Bella’s cliff-diving hobbies. In “Eclipse,” Bella makes her choice (Team Edward, for the win!), and in Breaking Dawn, they get married, have a half-vampire child (Renesmee), and inadvertently invite trouble with the Volturi.
The grand finale involves a misunderstanding with the Volturi, who mistake Renesmee for an immortal child. Alice, ever the problem solver, brings in another half-human, half-vampire to clear the air. Crisis averted, and the Cullens live to see another (eternal) day.
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined is Stephenie Meyer’s gender-swapped version of the original Twilight story. In this version, most of the Cullen family members remain the same, with the exception of their names and genders being altered. Here’s a list of the Cullen coven members based on this reimagined narrative: