When I was reviewing this topic, I came across this photo of a high school girl who was Bella's age when she was changed. Apparently it has some obscure relationship to the saga.
Robin, You bring up a wonderful point: In "New Moon" Bella asks Carlisle "How can you do what you do and not take the easy way" (dedicate your life to caring for humans and not feeding on them) Carlisle Responds: It took centuries of work (for me to master my compulsion) but I never could have taken the easy way (sacrificed human life to satiate my desires) AND EVEN IF I ALREADY AM DAMNED. "What I do (serving the sick and caring for humans) BRINGS ME JOY!! Bella then looks at him with the sincere total amazement of one who fully understands the GRACE of God, and says "BUT CARLISLE! YOU COULD NEVER BE DAMNED!! Once again when Aro says to Bella, "YOU would give your life for a soulless being (Edward) Bella (who understands Edward better than anyone ) responds YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT HIS SOUL! (And she says it with certainty because her love has allowed her to comprehend his goodness, and her spirit God's grace) "You can have my soul. If it means loosing you I don't want it (eternal life) without you." Thank you for raising this interesting point, Dochttp://www.thetwilightsaga.com/forum/topics/do-you-think-that-carlisles?groupUrl=theofficialtwilightbookdiscussion&id=2570916%3ATopic%3A33786124&groupId=2570916%3AGroup%3A8216&page=2#comments
Stephanie said in an interview: I use to repeatedly "honestly" say.That I had purposely avoided describing my personal family in "Twilight." Then one day I was describing how the Swans are the total opposite of my family. "My family," I said was big and loving. And it contained had all these wonderful gifted different characters. AND THEN IT HIT ME. As I was writing "Twilight" my subconscious mind was describing my personal family down to a T. BUT MY PERSONAL FAMILY NEVER WAS THE SWANS THEY WERE "THE CULLEN'S." And for almost two years I wasn't even aware of the trick my subconcious mind had played on me!!