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by December
Wed Jun 18, 2008 6:44 am
Forum: The Great Debate
Topic: Are Vampires Dead?
Replies: 264
Views: 52009

Pretty clearly, there isn't going to be a straight yes-or-no answer to the technical question "are vampires dead". Dictionary definitions -- or biological criteria -- don't get us very far, because the Cullens straddle the familiar distinction between dead and alive in all sorts of ways -- like viru...
by December
Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: Quench Your Thirst
Topic: SMDND-Exploring the Theme of "Choice"
Replies: 832
Views: 198930

Golly. So much to catch up with here! I've been away much too long. I think I'm going to have to work my way backwards... More so I think that when we feel bound, without choice we forget that we always have a choice how we are to react to the situation and what it is we will do next with our lives....
by December
Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:00 pm
Forum: The Great Debate
Topic: Are Vampires Dead?
Replies: 264
Views: 52009

Being changed into a vampire is a lot like death. Your human life is over; what remains to you is like the half-life of ghosts and demons and spirits: eternal, incorruptible, sleepless and unbreathing, cut off from your past, robbed of your body, barred from the possibility of ever having an ordinar...
by December
Sat May 17, 2008 6:52 pm
Forum: Quench Your Thirst
Topic: SMDND-Exploring the Theme of "Choice"
Replies: 832
Views: 198930

Bother...my notifications seem to have broken down and I missed a number of recent posts. So this is going back a little ways. Lara -- you have taken my thought exactly where it was (reluctantly) going. Back to our puzzle about how to read "I never had a choice" -- the apparent inconsistency between...
by December
Fri May 09, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: Quench Your Thirst
Topic: Fun Despite the Depth! TUGPM Take Three
Replies: 1050
Views: 106538

I recently came across an interview with Robert Pattinson in which he talks a bit about precisely this question of being a hundred-year-old frozen in the body of a seventeen year old. Given that he has read the whole of the extant manuscript of MS, I found his observations interesting to reflect on....
by December
Fri May 09, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: Quench Your Thirst
Topic: SMDND-Exploring the Theme of "Choice"
Replies: 832
Views: 198930

Hi Catching Cove! (*waves*). You are so right: the price of the choice is the measure of what is gained. I've been thinking: perhaps this makes sense of something we've all been puzzling over. Because Stephenie seems to have landed herself in a paradoxical position. On the one hand, she wants us to ...
by December
Mon May 05, 2008 7:14 am
Forum: Quench Your Thirst
Topic: SM/DND The Jacob Effect
Replies: 92
Views: 23599

is there anybody here who does not believe that SM prefers Jacob's character over Edward's? Gah! No time to reply properly to all these excellent posts at the moment. But I did just want to say something about this. Yes, there are people here who don't believe it. Who would be stunned to hear you s...
by December
Sun May 04, 2008 8:47 pm
Forum: Quench Your Thirst
Topic: SM/DND The Jacob Effect
Replies: 92
Views: 23599

So here we are, four months after this thread began -- and still wrestling with the puzzle we started with: What are we supposed to make of the tremendous weight Stephenie has put on Bella's relationship to Jake and the sense that keeps leaking off the page (at least to some readers) that she actual...
by December
Sun May 04, 2008 7:25 am
Forum: Quench Your Thirst
Topic: SMDND-Exploring the Theme of "Choice"
Replies: 832
Views: 198930

Her eyes tear up at something as simple as Charlie putting chains on her tires on an icy morning. This is a girl who wants to trouble no one. What a great observation -- I hadn't thought of it in this light. Bella gets into the situation with Edward and Jacob partially because she doesn't want to c...
by December
Sat May 03, 2008 8:15 pm
Forum: Quench Your Thirst
Topic: Fun Despite the Depth! TUGPM Take Three
Replies: 1050
Views: 106538

Amontillado -- I'm afraid I have to agree with more or less everything you've said. There are real cognitive limits to how a young child conceptualizes the world around him, especially emotionally. And Jane and Alec have been very much on my mind here. There was an extensive discussion of Jane's ch...