ROMEO AND JULIET & TRUE LOVE
The love that occurs in Romeo and Juliet happens very suddenly in a “love at first sight” scenario. Given their respective backgrounds, neither Romeo nor Juliet knew the other existed until the night of the Capulet party when Romeo first laid eyes on Juliet, which results in instant infatuation. This sequence occurs in Act I Scene V at the Capulet house during the party of which Romeo attends without invitation. When he first sees Juliet with Paris he is immediately struck by her beauty. And for that matter, Romeo’s first comments about Juliet (although at this point, he doesn’t even know her name) are geared towards her gorgeous looks- “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright...Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear... Beauty too rich for use.” He goes as far as question all of his prior judgments of love- “Did my heart love till now?” Without evening talking to her, Romeo is certain he has found true love- mind you, all this happens within minutes of Romeo first laying eyes on Juliet. As quickly as it all happens, Romeo’s infatuation with her turns into true love. When discovering they are part of a long existing family feud, they defy their names and lovers.
Owen and Abby’s love does not come this easily. Unlike with Romeo and Juliet, there is no indication that any sort of relationship will arise from the first meeting between Owen and Abby. Abby’s first words to Owen create immediate distance between them. “I can’t be your friend,” she tells him. After a few moments of awkward silence, she walks away. Owen upset by the statement informs her that he doesn’t even want to be her friend. He ends by mumbling “idiot,” referring to Abby. This could not be farther from love at first sight, and for that matter, their interaction comes off as the complete opposite of Romeo and Juliet’s first meeting.
Throughout the story, Owen is portrayed to be a loner with no friends. He tells Abby of a friend he once had, but the boy moved away. He constantly gets bullied and harassed by kids at school and his parents, who Reeve’s never lets us see, offer no help to the persistent bullying. From what we see, the audience can assume that this problem has been going on for some time. And there looks to be no end in sight for his problems, until he meets Abby. She is the one who teaches him to fight back against the bullies. Although he gets in trouble for whacking the bully in the ear, Abby is the only person in the movie that offers any help to the bullying- more than even his parents. Even more so than the payback, their relationship gives Owen a friend when he had none. Their relationship is not based on looks or lust; the two of them just enjoy each other’s company. Above anything, their friendship gives Owen a sense of happiness, an emotion we can assume doesn’t come by him very often. In the same way, the love they form a similar emptiness we find in Abby, the 12 year old vampire in our world.