- More than 10 years after the release of the first “Twilight” movie, fans are still split between Team Edward and Team Jacob.
- The “Twilight” series follows human Bella Swan’s love story with immortal vampire Edward Cullen – a journey that was complicated by her feelings for werewolf Jacob Black.
- An INSIDER poll shows that most members of Generation Z (i.e. those who fall between the ages of 18 and 21) are more likely to be Team Jacob, whereas most older “Twilight” fans identify as Team Edward.
- Data shows Team Jacob fans are also more likely to live in the suburbs, approve of President Donald Trump, and prefer dogs over cats.
The love triangle is a quintessential trope in popular culture. From Big-Carrie-Aiden in “Sex and The City” to Fitz-Olivia-Jake in “Scandal,” love triangles have the ability to rile up fan bases and inspire passionate – and long-running – debates.
One of the most hotly contested love triangles in recent pop culture history is that of Edward-Bella-Jacob, the trio at the heart of the “Twilight” book series and movie franchise.
Let’s review: Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is a quiet, shy person who moves to the rainy fictional town of Forks, Washington, where she is promptly thrust into the dangerous world of immortal vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). Their relationship hits a snag, however, as Bella grows closer to family friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), whom we eventually learn is a shape-shifting werewolf.
Talk about your typical teen drama.
Now, more than 10 years after the release of the first “Twilight” book, an INSIDER poll has found that the Team Edward vs. Team Jacob rivalry endures.
INSIDER worked with pollster Morning Consult to survey people on their favourite pop culture characters as part of the Great American Personality Quiz. And when it comes to the “Twilight” love triangle, the data showed that the younger you are, the more likely you are to belong to Team Jacob.
Here’s how Team Edward vs. Team Jacob broke down among the generations:
- Baby Boomers (ages 54-72): 60.5% Team Edward, 39.5% Team Jacob
- Generation X (ages 38-53): 57.1% Team Edward, 42.9% Team Jacob
- Millennials (ages 22-37): 54.9% Team Edward, 45.1% Team Jacob
- Generation Z (ages 18-21): 44.2% Team Edward, 55.8% Team Jacob
Generation Z’s preference for Jacob over Edward is especially interesting when you consider that the oldest members of Gen Z were just 7 years old when “Twilight” was first published.
The Great American Personality Quiz revealed a few other qualities of those who identify as Team Jacob. Here’s a smattering of those findings:
They’re more likely to be an ENFJ on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Over a third of Americans polled by Morning Consult-INSIDER said they use personality tests like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to make decisions at home or in their personal life. Those who count themselves among Team Jacob devotees were more likely to be classified as ENFJ (extraversion, intuition, feeling, and judging) on the popular personality questionnaire.
According to the Myers & Briggs Foundation website, ENFJs are considered to be sociable, enthusiastic, warm, and idealistic – characteristics that probably align more closely with the literally hot-blooded Jacob than his dark and brooding vampire rival.
They’re more likely to be a Monica than a Rachel
Although most survey respondents said they identified with Rachel Green over any other “Friends” character, people who are Team Jacob were more likely to identify with Monica Gellar, the cleaning-obsessed and competitive (yet loveable) chef.
They’re also more likely to favour Beatles drummer Ringo Starr over George Harrison, the band’s guitarist.
They’re more likely to be a Slytherin
The Great American Personality Quiz showed what Americans already knew to be true: Most of us think we’d be sorted into Gryffindor, the Hogwarts house to which the three protagonists of the “Harry Potter” series belonged.
However, the survey interestingly showed that Team Jacob fans were most likely to identify as Slytherins, the house of Harry, Hermione, and Ron’s enemies. Perhaps they saw a bit of themselves in Jacob’s dark side?
Wherever you fall on the Myers-Briggs scale or whichever “Friends” character you think you’re most like, one thing’s for certain: The Team Jacob vs. Team Edward debate rages on. (Spoiler alert: Team Jacob fans are probably pretty miffed about how the series ends.)
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