December 23, 2012

When does a being with nefarious means to achieve greater good stop? And a villain with a perverse bent begin? Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga attempts at an answer to that literary quandary with the Théâtre des Vampires Volturi, a coven of hyper-wizened vampires. 

Jane is the Volturi's best foot forward, a 1,200-year old, radioactive rod of stunning pain. Described in the books as looking no more than an adolescent boy, Jane and her equally powerful twin brother Alec police showy bloodsuckers, thereby keeping their kind a secret. Dakota Fanning plays her with catatonic resolve in the Twilight movies. 

What is Twilight without Jane? She would dare anyone be immune to her powers. Her default evilness to mortals comes across to fellow killers too. From New Moon to Breaking Dawn, she has been shown to delight in the very act of serving capital punishment to obtrusive cohorts, just one argument for the balance of powers in the Meyer universe. 

But while Jane's brand of engagement is morally suspect, Meyer's vampires never seem to revolt against the idea. Villainy always stinks, but beside Victoria, Jane is one very reasonable fiend.

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