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November 25, 2009

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Jacqueline Lipton

Just a couple of thoughts on the legal issues. In fact, Edward's dad (Dr Carlisle Cullen) couldn't really consent to an underage marriage because he isn't really Edward's dad. He's just an older vampire who turned the dying 17 year old boy into a vampire 100 odd years ago. Edward's real parents are long dead of Spanish flu. So he's basically an underage orphan. I doubt that Dr Carlisle Cullen filled out any paperwork to formally adopt Edward after he changed him into a vampire so he probably has no legal say in Edward's (undead) life choices.

Also - and this is a spoiler so don't read on if you're planning not to know what happens in the later books - Bella ends up not really having a choice about becoming a vampire (when it gets to the fourth installment, Breaking Dawn). She's basically on her deathbed anyway so I suspect the euthanasia argument would work in that context. It's only if anyone tries to turn her into a vampire while she's still just a mopey teenager (not on her deathbed) that the legal issues would arise...

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