MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - There is nothing quite like true love. It often leads to marriage. Lauren Adkins of Shelby County plans on taking the big leap next month in Las Vegas; she is marrying a cardboard cutout of the character Edward Cullen, the vampire in the "Twilight" saga movies.
Women love vampires. When the character Edward Cullen says he'll have a bite, he means it.
Lauren Adkins admits she's attracted to the character, played by actor Robert Pattinson. But her marriage to a cardboard cutout of Cullen isn't the act of a fool in love, but an artist doing her thesis project at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
If you've followed the "Twilight" movies, you know the story of the character Edward Cullen, the vampire with a heart that hasn't been pierced by a wooden stake, but by love of a woman that he has to kill.
"I think he embodies a lot of qualities that traditionally women have fawned over in the romance genre. He's very protective, he's very brooding. Of course he is ridiculously handsome."
Adkins is a Fine Arts major at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. She admits it - Cullen is pretty hot.
She wants to know why women swoon for this blood sucking hunk of a man. It's part of her job; an artist needs to have work provoke a reaction. So on January 26th at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel in Vegas, Lauren will get married to a cardboard cut out of the Edward Cullen character.
She's even got a ring.
"A lot of people are calling me insane, crazy. I've actually gotten a lot of really negative and hateful tweets and comments on some of the newspaper websites."
She'll recite the vows. The husband-to-be won't say anything. In many ways, he might be the perfect man for women: not much of a personality but great to look at.
Lauren says her parents support what she's doing.
"I think they don't quite understand, but hopefully they will."
Remember this is an art project, one that pushes the edge of the envelope, but it is art.
By the way, just in case you're wondering, the ceremony isn't legal. Apparently in Las Vegas the bride has to be a human being, as does the groom.