Meet Edward. He’s a vampire. He looks like he’s seventeen years old, but he’s actually much older. Such is the charmed un-life of a vampire. They save a fortune on beauty products.
By my estimation, Edward is quite an elderly gentleman. If he was 17 when he was made a vampire and the year was 1914, then he’ll be celebrating his 112th birthday this year. Right?
You follow my logic, don’t you? In the real world, a 112 year old snogging a 17 year old would raise some eyebrows, wouldn’t it?
Now, let’s look at the half-your-age-plus-seven rule. This will help us work out what the acceptable age for a century-old vampire to be dating. Here’s the concept:
A convenient rule to define the youngest that a romantic interest can be before the relationship is indecent. Widely referred to and used, the rule has merit for usefulness. The full version states: “if you halve your years then add seven, you’ll have the youngest decent age for a partner; if you double your years then subtract seven, you’ll have the oldest decent age for a partner”.
Following this logic, Mr Cullen could be dating eligible women of age 63 and upwards. Not that attractive an option when you’ve got the body of a 17-year-old, is it? So what is it that makes it alright for vampires to get it on with teenagers?
OK, outwardly they look similar, but inwardly they’re 100 years older! What does this mean? When you’re a vampire, do you stop aging mentally? Or does your immortality give you a unique outlook?
What do you think?