Autism vs. “Twilight’s” Edward/Rob Pattinson

Twilight Okay, I know what you all are thinking: Comparing autism to the new crazed “Twilight” book (and/or movie) series is quite a stretch. I admit to succumbing to this new obsession. With that said, I was humored by my 6 year old (autistic) son’s seemingly innocent vanity and the need to run his fingers through his hair (which he believes is long and due for a haircut). With all the press on Rob Pattinson, I couldn’t help but think of the new heartthrob, and this same signature move of his, that has taken over girls hearts everywhere. I had to chuckle.

If you have been following the publicity, there is a competition between the two male love interests in the book(Team Edward/vampire vs. Team Jacob/werewolf). Many readers (or audience members) will side with one or the other depending on their own personalities, needs, or desires.

As I watch my son flicking his hair to the side, I asked myself who would win a competition between Team Rob (Pattinson) vs. Team Ryebread (a nickname and the team we name ourselves during our annual walk for autism). Of course, you all know my answer… No Competition -Team Ryebread wins by a landslide! Why, you ask? Aside from the fact that he is my son and I see only him when I imagine the cutest boy in the universe, he has traits that I really do believe would endear himself to the world. I’m not a expert on the superstar, so I don’t know Mr. Pattinson or his character, but I can speak for my son. Team Ryebread’s heart is pure, his nature-gentle, his character strong, willing and sensitive. He has a charisma about him and if he loves you, a trust is gained that will make you feel special. Besides all these things, he is handsome (I know this, but many people tell me too) with an adorable sense of humor. Sorry Rob, even with your gorgeous hair, my vote is for team Ryebread!

I’d go further with this somewhat ridiculous “Twilight” series comparison and begin seeing some consistencies between (if you can imagine) autism and the “Twilight” vampire family (the Cullen’s). Hear me out:

Unique/Not typical
Introvert (or viewed as)
Often ostracized
Deliberate in actions
Consistent/ Routine
Dietary constraints/”vegetarians”
Beautiful in nature
Good hearted (can’t not be) Good people
Heroic (click link, it is great)
Is a family affair (Does not just affect the individual)
The Cullen’s (“Twilight’s” Vampire Family)
Unique/Not Typical
Introverted (or viewed as)
Ostracized from peers
Deliberate and restrained
Routine in nature to avoid detection and self preservation(especially Edward)
Dietary constraints/”vegetarians”
Good people
Heroic (to the people that love them)
A family affair (if you get involved, you are affected)
This may describe my affinity for the storyline. My heart skips a beat every time I think or see my son (similar to Bella) and I have an empathy for such uniqueness and struggle. I decided to write about this in hopes that young people may come across this blog in the search engines while looking for more info about their favorite “Twilight” superstar or storyline.
To them (and all), my message is this: Next time you come across a person with unique traits or something that just seems a little off, refer back to the Cullen’s and how you (as well as Bella) were somehow able to get passed any judgements to find their true value. Reach out to that person with sincerity.

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Pam Walsh
Words of personal experience, opinion, and lessons learned about mothering a child on the spectrum with autism, his younger sister, marriage, finances, and seeking out a sense of self.
Pam Walsh


Words of personal experience, opinion, and lessons learned about mothering a child on the spectrum with autism, his younger sister, marriage, finances, and seeking out a sense of self.

9 thoughts on “Autism vs. “Twilight’s” Edward/Rob Pattinson

  • July 30, 2009 at 7:10 am

    reaaally is quite a stretch..
    probably because twilight is such a terribly written series with a very unimaginative storyline,
    must say eclipse goes in the running for one of the worst books i have ever read.

  • July 30, 2009 at 3:24 am

    ha, aw that’s cute 🙂 and this does have a great message. i understand what you’re trying to get across to people- great read <3

  • July 28, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    LOL, Kinda explains why Bella fits right in… She’s just like I was as a teenager with undiagnosed Aspergers… I had this whacked out dream where me and some unknown, faceless person who apparently knew me all my life, were watching the scenes of the books play out (not anything like the movies really) and the person commented, “Hey, she’s just like you, you know?” At the time I was rather insulted actually… but then I really thought about it and figured, “Yep… dang it.” All things considered, “Twilight” is not something I would typically be drawn to which is why it amazed me that I was totally absorbed in reading the entire series… twice. (The only redeeming quality the movie had was its soundtrack.) It wasn’t one of those stories that I could live vicariously through, which is usually what catches and keeps my interest in a book. Now, it is interesting to go to a handful of people who’ve read it and say, “You know how Bella thinks and acts in that book? Yeah, that was the same kind of misunderstandings and crap that I used to think when I was her age.”

  • July 27, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    You’re right, this is kind of a stretch, but I guess people can make anything fit what they what they want it to fit if they try hard enough. As long as it gives you joy in your day and works for you, that’s what’s important.


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