Why does Bella fall in love with Edward? What was it about her life than reflects in that need for danger?

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There are a couple of questions being asked here, so I'll answer the first question. Readers are never explicitly told in overt, clear terms why Bella falls in love with Edward, so there isn't a definitive answer to this question. That is why the "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob" debate...

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There are a couple of questions being asked here, so I'll answer the first question. Readers are never explicitly told in overt, clear terms why Bella falls in love with Edward, so there isn't a definitive answer to this question. That is why the "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob" debate exists. At various points in the series, even Bella doesn't know exactly who she loves more and why.

If readers take into account only book one of the series, then a few possibilities emerge. It's possible that Bella fell in love with Edward because he is drop dead gorgeous. This would fall into the stereotypical love at first sight motif. It's not original, but it could explain why she falls so hard for Edward. If the love at first sight thing isn't convincing enough, then add to that the notion that Edward was both available and near her in proximity. Edward is single, rich, and handsome. He also happens to attend the same school as Bella, and he is in her classes. He is also her lab partner, so there is forced proximity and interaction between them. On top of that, Edward is very attracted to Bella, so her falling for him might just be her mirroring his advances. It's also possible that Bella's instincts point toward Edward as a good choice for a future provider for her and any future children. His money can support her, and he does prove that he can save her life repeatedly.

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