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Most Of The Twilight Saga’s Worst Lines Weren’t Originally In The Books

Edward Cullen and Bella Swan weren’t just sparkly. They were also extremely cringey.

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Based on Stephanie Meyers’ books, The Twilight Saga sent the world into a frenzy upon its 2008 launch. The five movies made Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner into young A-listers, but with the films now on Netflix, let's revisit their cringiest dialogues.

“Your scent. It’s like a drug to me. It’s like you’re my own personal brand of heroin.” - Edward Cullen, Twilight

A version of this line appears in the novel, but it isn’t so dramatic. This woodland-set convo with Bella Swan is more lighthearted before his vampiric identity is revealed.

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“Um… I had an adrenaline rush. It’s very common. You can Google it.” - Edward, Twilight

Explaining why he was able to stop a moving van from hitting Bella, Edward offers up this pathetic and slightly passive-aggressive excuse that’s not present in the original novel. You’d think a 100+-year-old vampire would have a better lie on hand.

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“I’ve killed people before,” says Edward. “It doesn’t matter,” replies Bella. - Twilight

Edward and Bella discuss his penchant for murder and how it could impact their relationship, but nowhere in Meyers’ book is there an exchange as mind-boggling as this one. Bella, this should’ve been a red flag.

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“You’d better hold on tight, spider monkey.” - Edward, Twilight

Pattinson picked this film-exclusive line from a list of options written by director Catherine Hardwicke during the 2008 writers’ strike. Other options included “Hold on tight” and “Prepare for liftoff,” per MTV News.

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“Don’t worry about the bears, Bella. My Kung Fu is strong.” - Harry Clearwater, New Moon

Swan family friend Harry (Graham Greene) says this to comfort her — as if any one man could fight off bears. This mid-tier dad joke is not present in the original 2006 novel.

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“Bella! Where the hell have you been, loca?” - Jacob Black, New Moon

Jacob says one of Twilight’s most questionable lines while running to hug Bella. It’s not in the books, which had fans wondering why the Native American werewolf referred to her as the Spanish word for “crazy.”

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“Well, I’m nearly one hundred and ten. It’s time I settled down.” - Edward, New Moon

Bella initially takes Edward’s proposal as a joke, pointing out that she’s merely 18 years old. Offended, he responds with this laughable line, which actually appears verbatim in the book.

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“Dude, you really don’t want to start comparing stinks.” - Jacob, Eclipse

While debating who could better hide Bella’s scent from the vampires, Edward says Jacob smells “revolting,” and he claps back, offended, in this petty onscreen-exclusive exchange.

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“Let’s face it, I am hotter than you.” - Jacob, Eclipse

This film-exclusive Jacob line comes as he's discussing who'll keep Bella warmer at night with Edward. Vampires are inherently cold, so a werewolf would better protect her — but was this snarky comment necessary?

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“Nessie? You nicknamed my daughter after the Loch Ness Monster?” - Bella, Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Bella says this ludicrous line after Jacob casually shortens baby Renesmee’s name to “Nessie.” She then lunges at his throat in this heated exchange lifted directly from the book.

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