Twilight: How Imprinting Really Works (& Why Jacob Did On Renesmee)

There are many things in the Twilight universe that don’t make sense, such as Jacob imprinting on Renesmee – but what is imprinting?

The Twilight universe has its own mythology and added some new attributes to creatures that already have their own unique characteristics. Among those is the concept of “imprinting,” which only happens to werewolves, but like many other elements in Twilight, it became very confusing when Jacob Black imprinted on Renesmee Cullen when she was a baby – so how does imprinting really work? Back in 2005, Stephenie Meyer shared her vision of vampires and werewolves in the novel Twilight, the first entry in a series of four books following the romance between vampire Edward Cullen and mortal Bella Swan, who came across different types of obstacles – from a group of vampires known as the Volturi to a pack of werewolves, among those Bella’s best friend, Jacob Black.

Bella and Edward’s relationship soon became a love triangle thanks to Jacob, who had feelings for Bella and was pretty sure she was the one he would imprint on, meaning she would be his companion for life. In the third book of the Twilight saga, Eclipse, Bella revealed to Jacob that she loved him but not more than she loved Edward, and thus couldn’t be with him. However, that wasn’t a reason for Jacob to stay away from Bella, and he continued to look after her (in his own way, of course) until she was turned into a vampire in the final book, Breaking Dawn. Bella finally became a vampire after giving birth to her and Edward’s daughter, Renesmee, a vampire/human hybrid who to everyone’s surprise, was actually the one Jacob was meant to imprint on, even though she was still a baby.

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