What is the resolution of the conflict in the book Twilight by Stephanie Meyer?

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While there are many story arcs with their own plot, conflict, and resolution within the Twilight series, I will discuss the conflict of the first book and its resolution. 

The first book in the series, titled Twilight, deals with the conflict between Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. Bella is new in town, and when mysterious Edward saves her life, they develop a strained if intimate relationship. Edward is a vampire who can read people's thoughts, but he is drawn to Bella because he cannot hear what's going on her mind. Bella is drawn to Edward because he is very  handsome, mysterious, and has saved her life. Bella wants to have a relationship with Edward but he fears he will put her life at risk if he allows himself to spend time with her. For much of the book, Edward struggles with his attraction to Bella and growing love for her and his terrible worry that he or his vampire family might cause her harm.

The end of this book brings the resolution of two conflicts. Edward opens up to the idea of a relationship with Bella, believing that his love for her is stronger than the hunger he may feel. He invites her to prom and they are seen together as a couple. Their relationship is affirmed when Bella's friend Jacob asks them to break up, and she refuses. In addition to Edward and Bella's relationship conflict, there is the matter of her safety. Bella asks Edward to turn her into a vampire, and the book ends with the implication that he will "turn" her, but he does not. This is a misleading "resolution," but we find in the next book in the series that Edward intends to protect Bella from harm in other ways.

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