How exciting to see the names of your favourite authors come to life on the pages! Here, actor Robert Pattinson, best known for his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight films, shares with us the process of bringing his characters to life and gives us an insight into how he feels about being a writer.

The Characters Are Just As Aloof As You’d Expect

I think it’s important to remember that these aren’t characters you’re going to become best friends with immediately, because they’re pretty aloof. The nice thing about them is that they’re fairly easy to understand. I think that’s why I connected with the character of Edward so quickly when I started reading the book: he was the most accessible of the bunch.

It’s funny, when you’re playing a role in a film, you have to take a step back and let the character develop on their own. It’s great when you’re helping to bring a character to life, but once they’re there, you have to let them go – at least, for the most part. It’s very seldom that any of my characters have ended up becoming friends – in fact, the only exception is Will, from the novel The Rum Diary by J.J. Abrams. Perhaps it’s because I’ve played such despicable characters in the past that I’ve found it hard to connect with the heroes of fiction. Once you’ve played a bad guy, you’re always a bad guy.

The Story Was Easy To Get Into

I think the best thing about Bella Lullaby is that the plot was so easy to get into. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know that the storyline is fairly close to the book. It goes a little bit further than the movie does, though, and you get these tiny glimpses of a character’s life that are really fun to write. It’s interesting, when you’re writing something original, how much you can draw on your existing experience in the world. I’d say, for the most part, the story was written in first person, and it really flowed well.

The Dialogue Is Strong

One of the things that makes Bella Lullaby such a good novel is the dialogue. It’s fairly naturalistic, and it’s strong. All of the characters sound like real people. It’s a joy to listen to and, I think, a strong testament to the skill of the author.

The dialogue in the story is something that I struggled with a bit. It’s not that I can’t write dialogue, it’s that I find it difficult to find the right words in certain situations. When I started writing the book, there were certain scenes where I’d write down the lines as they came to me, but once the story was finished, it was like having a little notebook in your ear – always hearing your own words coming back at you. It’s funny how something you’ve taken for granted in your life, like being able to speak in front of a group of people, can seem daunting when you’re faced with actually having to do it.

The Setting Was Well-Drawn

Another thing that I really appreciated about Bella Lullaby was the setting. I lived in Italy for a while, and it definitely feels like the country that the book is set in. The descriptions of the places and the way people act and speak around you, it’s almost like being there. The best thing is that the places, like the streets and the buildings, are real. The only thing that isn’t is the sky, which the author describes as looking like “a bruised and swollen eggplant”, and the sea, which he calls “an angry green frog pit”. I’m not usually one to admire the work of literature’s greatest minds, but in this case, I think Robert Pattinson did an incredible job.

There’s A Bit Of A Gothic Feeling

I wouldn’t call Bella Lullaby a gothic romance, but there’s definitely something of a Gothic feeling to it. If you know what I mean: the atmosphere in the novel is kind of spooky, as if you’re walking through a fog-shrouded London streets, looking for adventure or mischief. The best thing about it is that, even though the events in the story are very distressing, the overall vibe is one of hope and excitement. I think that’s what gives the novel its unique flavour.

Some Of The Events Are So Intensely Dose That They Have The Feel Of A Reality TV Show

I would say that the events in Bella Lullaby are so intensely dramatic that they have the feel of a reality TV show. That’s not just because of the way the events are presented – it’s almost like someone is making a documentary about them – but also because they’re so out of the ordinary for the most part. It’s rare that a storyteller gets to delve so deeply into the human condition, and I think that’s what makes it such an exciting project. It’s funny how, even though the story is set in the 1950s, the reality is that, for the most part, we live in a modern world where our emotions and problems don’t tend to get that much attention – at least, not among the people around us. It can be quite easy to disregard your feelings and concerns and concentrate on the daily grind – or, at least, that’s what we’re supposed to believe.

I’ll be completely honest with you: as an actor, it’s one of the things I love about the role of Edward Cullen. It’s not that I’ve got some sort of emotional need to portray a sympathetic human being, it’s that I find it easy to relate to the character’s frustrations and doubts. Perhaps, in some small way, I can also relate to his quest for love and acceptance. It’s a role that demands a lot of sympathy, but I think it’s also one that makes me easier to relate to the world around me. I guess that’s why I enjoy playing this character so much: there’s a place inside me that hears his voice and understands his quest.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little insight into the process of bringing fiction to life! Let’s remember to keep writing, all right?