Edward Cullen Trial- Part 4

Hello! Happy April Fool’s Day! So we have finally reached the last instalment in the Edward court case. The aim of today is to hear the closing statements from the prosecutors and defenders then Edward’s sentence shall be passed.

Just to recap what’s happened so far:

  • Edward Cullen is accused of domestic violence against Isabella Cullen
  • Both prosecutors and Defenders gave an opening statement
  • The prosecutors questioned Charlie Swan
  • The defenders questioned Carlisle Cullen
  • Today marks the end of this case.

The prosecutors will now give their final statement:

Edward Cullen is a dangerous man. Charlie Swan is uncomfortable with Bella living with Edward as he is concerned for her safety. There is no question that Bella severely injured herself on two separate occasions whilst with Edward. There are pictures and documents showing finger shaped bruises on Bella’s body as well as broken bones. It has not escaped our attention that the pair married at a very young age after knowing each other for a short period of time. A close high school friend said ‘Edward is very intimidating and he probably pressurised Bella into marriage’. It is not safe for Bella to be around Edward.

The defenders will now give their final statement:

There is no conclusive evidence to show that Edward Cullen has ever hurt Bella. Bella claims that Edward has never hurt her (Okay I know this wasn’t in the thing but still she would say this) and she was not even the person to get in contact with the police. I have no concerns about her safety with Edward. They are living only a short distance from the rest of Edward’s family, and there presence provides Bella with a safe and secure environment. There have not been any severe injuries directly caused by Edward. Edward is seen as a role model at his high school, with outstanding grades. Charlie doesn’t like Bella living with Edward yet he gave them his blessing to get married. I cannot find any issues with their current relationship.

Okay so that is the last we will hear of the prosecutors and defenders. The jury will now give their verdict.

The jury think Edward Cullen is innocent of domestic abuse against Isabella Cullen. There is inconclusive evidence to support this accusation.

AND FINALLY, let’s hear the judge pass Edward’s sentence…

Edward Cullen is to be given a restraining order. He must stay away from Isabella Cullen and Charlie Swan. The restraining order shall be removed when there is conclusive evidence given.

I know that a lot of people have picked up on Edward’s abusive manner in Twilight or you could argue lack of. I personally find some of Edward’s actions abusive, for example he broke Bella’s car once to stop her from seeing her best friend. Personally, I do actually approve of their relationship though because I do think that he cares for her. I would be very interested to hear if anybody thinks that Edward is abusive in the books towards Bella, regardless of this case I’ve written? Let me know in the comments.

Love, Sydney

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Edward Cullen Trial part 3

Heya everyone!

I figured that today I would give the defenders a chance to ask Carlisle some questions, like the prosecutors did with Charlie. Hopefully, next week Edward’s sentence will be passed.

Defenders:

I would like to call Carlisle Cullen to the witness box.

Can you describe the relationship between you and your son, Edward?

Edward is and always will be my brilliant son. We know each other so well that he probably knows what I’m thinking most of the time. Our relationship is full of love and trust. We help each other; he has never hurt me and I know he never will.

Do you like Isabella Swan?

Of course I like Bella. Bella is undoubtedly part of my family. All of my family love Bella, we would do anything for her. In fact, we were all there for her when she was recently ill.

Have you seen Edward being violent in any way?

I think most of us get frustrated at times, but this is human nature. Edward has never been violent toward Bella in my presence. He has never shown any violence towards us because he knows better than that. From his grades at school you can see he is an incredibly bright young man who has common sense.

So I take it that you believe he did not abuse Isabella Cullen?

I know he did not hurt Bella; he loves her and you would be blind to not be able to see that. Bella is the first woman he has brought into our lives for ages and this is for a reason. That reason is that she is his soulmate, who he would do anything for. Yes, Bella has been ill around Edward but that is because I am a Doctor and Bella feels more comfortable with me looking after her.

What was wrong with Bella the two previous times (mentioned) when she was ill?

The first time, Bella had accidently fallen down stairs and broke several bones. On the other occasion, Bella was already weakened by her pregnancy therefore she suffered severely from her flu. This was nothing to do with Edward.

Thank you Carlisle. Whilst Charlie does not feel safe with Edward living with Bella, Carlisle is happy with this as he says he trusts his son. Carlisle has confirmed that Bella was in fact ill on the two occasions mentioned so this provides evidence that Edward was looking after Bella not abusing her. As Carlisle is a doctor, we should be able to trust that he has never seen any marks that suggest physical abuse on Bella. I also know from reading previous statements that Bella is a bit of a ‘klutz’. This could explain why people may claim to see bruises and cuts on Bella.

 

Okay so that’s all for now! Next time I shall be deciding whether Edward is guilty is or not… at this moment in time I’m not sure if he is guilty. We’ll have to wait and see!

Love, Sydney

Edward Cullen Trial

Hello!

I’ve decided to once again take inspiration from my English lessons. A year ago, my English class put George Milton on trial for premediated murder. If you’re interested, we found him guilty. I would like to do some sort of trial for somebody else. My idea was to write a transcript of the trial but I may do it differently… First, I should decide who I want to put on trial. Oh you know what, let’s just go for an obvious person, which I know lots about. It’s time to take Edward Cullen to court.

 

Edward Cullen is being accused of domestic violence.

 

Er, I don’t know how this works, so let’s hear a little something something from the prosecution side. This is 100% fictional and just for fun so apologies for not writing this is a formal court style. I’m just going to give a short argument for the prosecutors and for the defenders.

Prosecutor: We have reason to believe that Edward Cullen physically abused his wife Isabella Cullen. Jacob Black went to the police on Isabella Cullen’s behalf. This indicates that Isabella Cullen was too frightened of Edward Cullen to speak out. As you can see from the pictures (there are pictures of finger shaped bruises on Bella) it is clear that Isabella Cullen has been physically abused as there are bruises in the shape of fingers. On Isabella Cullen’s medical record, it states that Isabella Cullen had a horrific accident, in which she broke several bones. It has been confirmed that Edward Cullen was with her at the time of this incident.

Right. Well I suppose we should hear from the defence side. I am aware that court does not work like this and the statements are nothing like what actual lawyers would say. In my defence, I am a teenage girl not a lawyer.

Defender: Edward Cullen would never hurt his wife Isabella Cullen. There is no history of violence for either Edward Cullen or Isabella Cullen. Looking at Edward’s school reports, I can see he was a straight A student, on his way to Harvard. Why would a role model student ever hit his wife? He has plenty of common sense, which is proven by his reports. In Edward’s statement, he says “I love Bella. I love her with every inch of my soul.” Does that sound like something a violent man would say? I think not. It is clear to me that Edward is very much in love with Isabella Cullen. There is no reason for him to hurt her. If Isabella did not go to the police herself that shows that she is content with her and Edward Cullen’s relationship. In my opinion, if she was not happy she would be the one to go to the police.

 

I would like to drag this thing on for a bit (maybe one or two more posts) so I’m going to leave it there for now. Don’t worry, there’s plenty more to come next Tuesday!

Love, Sydney

Response to criticism of YA books

Hey!

Today I am going to share with you a ‘venty’ post from a year ago about the criticism that some YA books have received. I understand that everyone has their own opinion but today I would like to respond to some criticism. Here goes…

You may be aware that Stephen King said Stephenie Meyer “can’t write a darn. She’s not very good.” What is wrong with Stephenie Meyer? Obviously she can write a darn as over 100 million books have been sold worldwide of the Twilight saga. I really don’t understand why she gets so much hate. There are many, many more authors in the world that have written books much worse than her. Stephenie Meyer tells a beautiful story and I personally think she uses more advanced, appropriate language. There are descriptions in there that I think rival the likes of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. In fact, I am of the opinion that Twilight has a much better story line than The Hunger Games.

The Fault in Our Stars has also been said to be written badly. I am intrigued to know what people think is written badly and how they would improve it. There’s no pleasing some people it seems. I can’t really talk because I can’t write but I really stand by it being amazingly written. Sorry bad word choice there oh dear. I think this book is ‘real’. This book is supposed to be something that many people can read, so I think this book should not necessarily be full of ambitious words but meaningful things that everyone can relate too.

Apparently, Divergent is now classed as ‘trashy’. Once again, I would like to ask why is it considered trashy?? I also read that it is really predictable. Well I didn’t think it was predictable. I don’t know if it’s just me but how often does the main character die? Even if it was predictable, that doesn’t take away anything from the rest of the story. Personally, I don’t find it the least bit trashy. Wait does that make sense? Well you know what I mean. It has a very respectable storyline with themes of love, sacrifice and bravery. “Fear doesn’t shut you down, it wakes you up.”

Well Good bye!

Oh and I would love to hear your views on famous YA books, positive or negative!

Love, Sydney

Favourite Book Quotes

Today I am going to be sharing some of my favourite quotes (from books) from a year ago. I apologise for how unoriginal and typical some of the quotes are. I have many more favourite quotes now, so I hope to share those with you some day. I remember that a year ago I was obsessed with Twilight and The Fault in Our Stars, but surprisingly I didn’t include that many quotes from them! Anyway, enjoy.

 

“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…” he murmured.

I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word.

“What a stupid lamb,” I sighed.

“What a sick, masochistic lion.”

-Twilight, Stephenie Meyer

 

‘Not with a bang but a whimper’

-Beautiful Redemption, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

 

‘My headless shadow fell across the warm painted metal, disappearing over the edge; and into the sky’

-Beautiful Chaos, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

 

‘Embrace the weird’

-The Spectacular Now, Tim Thorpe

 

‘The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience’

-Beautiful Chaos, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

 

‘I fell in love the way you fall asleep, slowly then all at once.’

-The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

‘I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him’

-Twilight, Stephenie Meyer

‘I love you, Poppy Lawson’

-Soulmates, Holly Bourne

‘I automatically leaned back, my head fitting into that spot between his neck and his shoulder. Again, the cliched romantic in me wondered how we seemed to fit so perfectly, two pieces of a jigsaw, and have such different, clashing personalities… I didn’t care how bad we were for each other or that he’d be off to college soon; I just remembered that I was in love with him.’

-The Kissing Booth, Beth Reekles

 

‘Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up’

-Divergent, Veronica Roth

“You. Are. Not. Leaving. Me.”

-The Host, Stephenie Meyer

‘My thing is that I’m in love with love. Actually, I’m in love with the possibility of true love. Which could be considered a major problem.’

-All I need, Susane Colasanti

‘Life would be so much easier if fictional boys were real.’

-Keep Holding On, Susane Colasanti

 

“My dad used to say that life’s a journey, but somebody screwed up and lost the map.”

-Kiss of Death, Rachel Caine

 

‘Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.’

-Matched, Ally Condi

 

I’d love to know what some of your favourite quotes are. I have many beautiful quotes from I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sky is Everywhere- the language is so beautiful. Bye for now!

Love, Sydney

Response to Twilight Criticism

Hi! So I found this video called ‘50 reasons why Twilight sucks’ and before I go any further I just want to make it clear that I respect their opinions and I mean to cause no offence. I would like to challenge the first 20 of their ideas though just to be interesting. There was a time when I would have strongly disagreed (see below) but now I agree with some of the statements.

  1. Bella’s constant bitching- Well. I would like some evidence for this thank you very much. I don’t think she constantly bitches, she doesn’t really have anyone to bitch about. If she bitches at all, I don’t think it’s a bad thing as loads of people bitch in their head and the purpose of the book is to get inside her head.
  2. The entire book is composed of long-winded narrations about how Edward is gorgeous/ beautiful/ god-like/ perfect- Er no the book is not all about Edward- what about the last book which was all about Renesmee. In the first one it’s actually about Bella and her getting killed by James. Also the book is about vampires and vampires are beautiful.
  3. Bella is a weak, whiny non-heroin- I don’t think she’s weak at all. If you call constantly putting your life in danger to save others weak then that is not ok. Even if that’s not what you meant then I still think you’re wrong in calling Bella weak.
  4. The overly descriptive, flowery purple prose- I thought lots of people were saying it’s under descriptive, is there no happy medium? I really don’t think it’s overly descriptive. I’d like to see all the haters write it better than that then. Further down the list there’s something about not going into enough depth, which is basically contradicting yourself.
  5. Bella is a Mary Sue- Right I just googled what that meant and Bella was never supposed to be perfect. If people thought she wasn’t perfect they’d probably say she’s really whiny and needs to get over herself.
  6. Edward is a Gary Stu- I googled this as well and seeing as Bella isn’t a Mary Sue, Edward can’t be a Gary Stu. I was going to say can this person use proper English but I realised that would be extremely hypocritical of me.
  7. It promotes teenage marriage- Is teenage marriage a bad thing if you’re legal? I don’t necessarily think so. Edward is really old and Bella is nearly 19.
  8. It promotes teenage pregnancy- Once again they’re quite old and they could provide well for the baby so I don’t think that was a problem. I don’t think promote is the right word anyway.
  9. It promotes abusive (and unrealistic) boyfriends- Has this person ever had a boyfriend?! Firstly of course it’s going to be a bit unrealistic because it’s a fictional book and he’s a vampire. Secondly some boyfriends can be so sweet like Edward giving Bella his mother’s wedding ring. Ooh and thirdly, I do actually agree with the abusive bit but he did warn her off him and he got better in the last book. The only problem I have about Twilight is the abusive side of things but I don’t think that it was being promoted, it was just a fictional thing. He isn’t like some people, I mean he does actually love Bella.
  10. It promotes not going to college or getting a good education- Actually if you read the book properly, you’ll notice the Cullen’s have graduated many times and so did Bella. How many books feature people dropping out of high school anyway? Edward did actually say Bella had to go to college in the future. I don’t think it matters because you don’t have to go to college, it’s not like Bella needs a job.
  11. It promotes abandoning your entire family for one person- REALLY?! ENTIRE FAMILY?! The only person was Renee and she never sees her anyway.
  12. Bella is disrespectful to her parents… inconsistently- What do you mean inconsistently? Come on how many people are disrespectful to their parents, it’s not a new thing. I don’t think she is and she can do what she wants as she’s 18 most of the series.
  13. It basically says a good boyfriend is one who buys you plenty of expensive, shiny new things all the time- It basically did not say any of that. Bella doesn’t want anything anyway.
  14. Bella is an ungrateful bitch who just can’t enjoy a thoughtful present- She just doesn’t like the attention! We all like getting presents but we feel a bit bad about getting them (well I think most people are like that anyway?).
  15. Utter lack of character development-How about utter lack of sentence development?
  16. Its underdeveloped, boring plot (or lack thereof)- Well what more do you want to happen? I think you could argue this for many books so it’s an invalid point. It’s just personal opinion and there are many people who think the plot is anything but boring, with all the fights and the wedding.
  17. Its author makes an ass of herself during every interview- Can’t really comment as I’ve never seen an interview, but this isn’t really anything to do with the book itself.
  18. It’s a first unedited, draft of a 300-page manuscript written in 5 months (or at least it reads like one)- Um it’s not unedited and once again I’d like to see you do better.
  19. The characters lack any sort of depth (they’re basically just puppets being hoisted around a story where nothing happens)- The characters do have depth, there’s a lot of turbulence between the characters in the last book.
  20. The rabid fans who think they’re the only ones who have the right to their own opinion- I guess I would count as a rabid fan so it’s not really my place to comment.
  21. I deeply apologise if my response has offended anyone. It was meant in a more humorous way and now I can see both sides of the argument.

Love, Sydney

Best and Worst book sequels

Aloha! Right well today I’m doing best and worst sequels. I may have already mentioned some of these books and what I think of them before so sorry. By sequels I mean any book in the rest of a series so I might talk about book 5 in a series of 6 for example.

BEST #1

The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire- Cassandra Clare

I adore The Mortal Instruments. I love all of The Mortal Instruments and City of Heavenly Fire is definitely my favourite. It is just the perfect ending to a sensational series. I can’t believe what happened to Simon and I was so shocked by some of the characters deaths. There was lots of drama and tension but when I read it, it feels ‘homey’ if that’s a thing? Well I just feel comfortable and I really enjoy it, unlike The Infernal Devices; which I love, but I don’t find them as engaging.

WORST #1

Eclipse- Stephenie Meyer

In my opinion, this book was basically a filler book. I wasn’t engaged as much, it was just an unnecessary book. You could have put the half the contents in the other books or just cut it out. I didn’t like how the book focused on Victoria coming back to kill Bella when in the end it took like 5 minutes for Edward to kill her. Victoria’s extremely irritating and I thought it was just utterly predictable in a bad way.

BEST #2

Mates, Dates and Sizzling Summers- Cathy Hopkins

Again, this is another book that’s the last in the series. For me, there’s something about the final book in a series! They either make or break the series, it depends on how you tie/ or don’t tie all the loose ends. Personally, I hate cliff hangers- I need to know how everything ends. I loved this book as it combined Mates, Dates with the Truth, dare, kiss or promise series. I liked how they went to the beach, because it was like they were finished with the story and ending it with a holiday.

WORST #2

Allegiant- Veronica Roth

I loved Divergent so much and Insurgent was quite good, but I was so annoyed with the ending. SPOILER ALERT I was so so vexed that Tris died, like what was the point of the whole trilogy if she just died at the end? I really liked Tris as well. It was such a shocking ending; I couldn’t stop crying. If the ending was going to be so dramatic I think Four should have died as well, I don’t like the idea of him living without her.

BEST #3

Catching Fire- Suzane Collins

I strongly dislike The Hunger Games and Mockingjay. However, I have to say Catching Fire was a very good sequel to The Hunger Games. There was a lot more going on in this and it had a vivid storyline. I love the addition of Finnick- he’s great and I love Sam Claflin in the movie. The idea of the clock in the arena was really clever. To be honest, this book on its own is actually fine, I would prefer that to the trilogy. Catching Fire raised the reputation of The Hunger Games overall for me.

WORST #3

Bridget Jones’s Diary: Mad about the boy- Helen Fielding

Before I even read this book, I was really annoyed that it was actually written in the first place. I was satisfied with the ending of the second book and I was glad that Mark and Bridget ended up together. I thought I would give the book the benefit of the doubt, but I was utterly upset to find out that SPOILER ALERT Mark Darcy had died. I didn’t particularly like Mark but I thought it was nice that she was with him. There was a lot in the book about Bridget’s issues with modern things such as technology, which I didn’t find entertaining. I think that is just so overdone- what happened to the Bridget that was alcohol/fag orientated?!

Hopefully see you next week!

Love, Sydney