In 2005, writer Stephenie Meyer introduced readers to the next big franchise, the Twilight Saga. By the time the last entry in her four book series was published three years later, the first movie had hit theaters. Rivaling Harry Potter for attention in the eyes of moviegoers, Twilight centered around a family of vampires and a human who fell in love with one of them. Bella and Edward were the heart of the story, but for some audiences, many of the secondary characters were far more interesting, and they clamored for more backstory.
Alice and Jasper were secondary characters in a relationship of their own. With powerful abilities and from different points in history, they fascinated readers and movie viewers alike. Already adopted into the Cullen family and married by the time they became part of Bella’s life, much of their history was only hinted at in the novels. Details about the duo were left to be expanded in both the movies and companion books. Short films released after the franchise officially came to an end gave fans yet another taste of the couple.
Combing through all of that material, we’ve managed to gather 25 Wild Revelations About Alice And Jasper’s Relationship for you.
The Audience Still Wants More Jasper And Alice
Despite the movies debuting in theaters more than 10 years ago, and the book series debuting long before that, audiences still crave more Twilight. Jasper and Alice are a big part of that.
Lionsgate launched a short film spotlight series for female filmmakers in 2015. The videos, termed “Storytellers: New Voices In The Twilight Saga,” gave up and coming female directors the chance to tell prequel stories for different characters. The shorts launched on Facebook.
Half of the short films created during the event were about Alice or Alice and Jasper, proving that their history remains one of the most intriguing aspects of the franchise.
They Were Vampires Long Before The Cullens
Unlike Bella Swan, who entered the Cullen family as a human, Alice and Jasper were experienced vampires long before they met Charlie and Esme.
Jasper became a vampire following the events of the United States Civil War, and the duo met decades later. Neither of them relied on a family of vampires to teach them how to use their abilities like Edward or Bella did. This also meant they had to get used to existing as a vampire in the world without a whole lot of help. While Jasper did belong to a different group for a while, Alice was mostly on her own.
Alice And Jasper Were Turned For Different Reasons
Neither Alice nor Jasper chose their new lives as vampires. The vampires who turned them chose for them.
When Alice’s father plotted the demise of her mother– and Alice knew– he had her committed to an asylum. One staff member protected her from more invasive “therapies,” though he couldn’t protect her from shock treatment. When he discovered the vampire James was after Alice, he turned her so she could protect herself.
Jasper, on the other hand, was turned for more selfish reasons. A vampire named Maria wanted him to help her create her own army to take back her territory. She relied on his military experience and charisma to build her ranks.
Jasper Is Several Decades Older
Because Alice often takes the lead when she and Jasper interact with others, there was an early perception that she might have been a bit older, or that he was more recently turned than she was. That’s not the case.
Born at the turn of the twentieth century, Alice ended up in the asylum where she would become a vampire in 1920. She couldn’t have been in the asylum for longer than a year or so before she was turned, but Jasper still beats her by several decades.
A teenager during the Civil War, Jasper became a vampire more than 50 years before Alice did. If he hadn’t been turned by Maria, he might never have met Alice.
Alice’s First Clear Vision Was Of Jasper
Shock treatments, while she was locked away, meant that Alice had no memory of her prior life as Mary Alice Brandon. The vampire who turned her ended up destroyed by James, so Alice woke up as a wholly new person completely alone.
Her visions kept her from losing hope, though, since the first clear vision she experienced was of Jasper. The vision she had showed Jasper using his abilities and attacking humans to feed before she saw what their life could be like with the Cullens. She came to believe it was their destiny to find one another and join the family.
Alice Waited 30 Years To Meet Jasper
Alice’s belief in destiny might have been what drove her to wait for Jasper. She didn’t let her life stand still, but instead began building her life to become the person she saw in her vision.
Nearly 30 years later, Alice stopped in a diner in Philadelphia because she had a vision of Jasper being there. It was at that dinner in 1948 that Jasper walked through the door to escape a rainstorm. Alice only entered the restaurant moments before him, but she greeted him like she’d known him her entire life, and though Jasper appeared hesitant at first, the two remained together from then on.
Jasper Agreed To Meet The Cullens For Alice
Though Jasper had already been a member of a vampire “coven” in the south, Alice hadn’t. The two didn’t have the same experiences with other vampires. As a result, Jasper was much more wary about interacting with new ones. Alice changed his mind.
She explained to Jasper the visions she had of their life together, and how the Cullens would take them in as family, not as soldiers. Jasper only agreed to meet Carlisle and Esme due to how desperately Alice wanted to find them. It was one of the many times he allowed Alice to take the lead in their relationship.
Alice Prepared For Their Meeting By Becoming Vegetarian
Humans think of a vegetarian diet as one without meat, preferring grains and vegetables instead. For vampires, “vegetarian” takes on new meaning. Since vampires don’t need regular food, they tend to take their fuel from human beings. There are, however, alternatives to that, and Alice set out to find them before she even met Jasper.
By sheer force of will, Alice adopted a “vegetarian” diet of animals while she waited to meet Jasper. She knew that was part of what united the Cullens, and she wanted to be prepared. Jasper, who felt what his victims felt when he fed, was relieved to find a way to change, though it was significantly more difficult for him.
They Bonded For Two Years
Once they met at the diner, Alice spent a little bit of time convincing Jasper of their future together. She told Jasper exactly what kind of vision she had of them with the Cullens– including their vegetarian and familial lifestyle– and the fact that they were meant to be.
He was initially skeptical of Alice’s firm belief that the duo were meant to be. He still spent the next two years bonding with her, learning to be a vegetarian, and following her around the country. They briefly spent time with one of Jasper’s old friends, Peter, but they finally located the Cullens in the 1950s and became part of their family.
Jasper And Alice Are The Silver Medal Couple
With a franchise like Twilight, it’s no surprise that the most popular pairing in the fandom is the one the story already centers around. Edward and Bella’s love story is nearly all-encompassing, making some fans wish for more time with other characters.
Despite Jacob Black’s presence in the franchise as one-third of the main love triangle, it’s not Jacob and Bella who are found in the top slot amongst fan-works. When looking for fan art and fan fiction online, it’s actually Jasper and Alice who nab the number two spot on sites like Archive Of Our Own and FanFiction.Net.
Nearly one-quarter of the fan works published for the franchise feature Jasper and Alice.