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So over the hols we rented a bunch of Christmas movies, and one of them was “The Holiday.” By the time the movie was over, my sis had thoroughly convinced us all that Jack Black’s character Miles is a better Edward. And she is absolutely right. And I will tell you why. =)



I know you are thinking, what, the tubby guy from Tenacious D and those movies I like? Are you kidding me? But hear me out. The clincher was the scene where Miles, a musician, is at the piano, playing a song for Iris (Kate Winslet) that he composed for a mutual friend of theirs. But it turns out he wrote a song to describe Iris as well, and he starts playing that. And what do you know? It is beautiful and humble and richly crafted and all the things we have come to learn about Iris; in short, it is ten times better than the crappy song that Edward spits out for Bella in the “Twilight” movie. In the fight of cute-guy-who-wrote-me-a-song, Miles wins hands down.



And on second thought, Miles and Iris both make a better couple than Edward and Bella. Miles and Iris are the anti-Edward/Bella; a normal, healthy, fun relationship that you can care about and root for without feeling like you are endorsing something wrong and unrealistic. Jasper, Iris’ cold, debonair, out-of-her-reach ex-flame, is actually the most Edward-ish of all the men in “The Holiday.” And he constantly breaks her heart, makes her doubt herself, puts her in an unhealthy emotional state, is bad for her but she can’t see it. Sound like a familiar Twilight couple we all love to criticize? People should be modeling their idea of a perfect relationship on more realistic—and real—relationships than a starry-crossed, moony-eyed tweener versions of twu wuv. But alas, I think girls will be pointing to Edward as the perfect boyfriend for years to come. Gag.

In short, Miles is a better Edward in every way, from the shallow things like his piano playing and song composing to the deeper things like being a healthy, romantic, functioning leading male.

(Confession time, to get my bias out of the way: I’m more attracted to guys like Jack Black in the long run than Robert anyway, initial attraction factor notwithstanding. Yeah, don’t get me wrong, Robert’s pretty and shiny and sparkly and all (and that’s even before they dress him up to play Edward), thus a catch, but who would be more fun to go on a date with? Who is warm and open and makes you laugh and would put you at ease and make you feel special? I’m a bit of an introvert myself, and I have learned from time (and a lot of bad dates) that I prefer guys that help pull me out of my shell and disarm my nervousness; someone I can develop a rapport with. In short, I prefer the guys like Miles over the Edwards of the world. (Now I just have to find the right one, hah.) But in spite of that bias, I hope I’ve outlined why Miles makes a better Edward satisfactorily.)


Would Miles Make a Better Edward?

Yes
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No
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No but Black playing Edward would be made of serious win
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No but Iris' song is waaay better than that crappy Bella song for sure
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Don't care about the song, he looks nothing like an Edward. You're just scraping the bottom of the barrel now aren't you?
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But I LIKED the Bella song! (Goes away to hide in the corner)
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Would a Miles/Iris relationship make a better Edward/Bella relationship?

Yes
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No
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Yes, much better than the crappy relationship Edward/Bella have now
2(100.0%)
No, I prefer my unrealistic Edward/Bella on crack relationship thank you very much!
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But if their relationship was normal and healthy and therefore boring, what would the tweeners angst and squeal over? Think of the tweeners!
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