In "Twilight", is Edward a vampire, or are he and his family just pretending?

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Edward and his family are vampires.  They do not however drink human blood.  They are living in the community as “humans” with the younger vampires attending school and Dr. Cullen works at the local hospital while his wife is a “stay at home mom.” The Cullens work, live, and exist...

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Edward and his family are vampires.  They do not however drink human blood.  They are living in the community as “humans” with the younger vampires attending school and Dr. Cullen works at the local hospital while his wife is a “stay at home mom.” The Cullens work, live, and exist in the community of Forks as unobtrusive as possible.

“I’m the world’s best predator, aren’t I? Everything about me invites you in — my voice, my face, even my smell. As if I need any of that.”   Edward Cullen, Twilight, Chapter 13, p.263.

“I sat without moving, more frightened of him than I had ever been. I’d never seen him so completely freed of that carefully cultivated facade. He’d never been less human… or more beautiful.” Bella Swan, “Twilight,” Chapter 13, p. 264

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Edward and his family are vampires who are pretending to be humans. The younger looking vampires (Edward, Alice, Jasper, Emmet, and Rosalie) are pretending to be High School students, even though, in Edward's case, he has been a vampire since 1918. Esme and Carlisle pretend to be foster parents to the younger-looking vampires who are in High School, and Carlisle works as a doctor at the local hospital. The vampires pretend to be human so that they can live among humans easily. The Cullen family has chosen not to live as normal vampires, that is, they have chosen not to drink human blood. Instead they subsist on a diet of animal blood, and that way they don't have to kill humans.

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