Jared and Wanda

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Jared and Wanda

Post by Be My Escape »

Here is a place to discuss the relationship between Jared and Wanda, compare the beginning to the end and ask why things changed.

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Ugh.

First of all, when Melanie was showing Wanda her memories of Jared, I kind of liked him because of his passion and the way Melanie and Jared happened to find each other. I thought that would continue when Wanda arrived at the caves, but it didn't Jared turned out to be a total bully, and I started disliking him more and more as the book went on. I was glad that he got over his aggression later, and became more protective and friendly, but I never liked him more than just neutral.

When Wanda asked him to lie to her, to tell her that he wanted he to stay, I got the impression that he was a total player, not even caring that Melania was there, witnessing the whole thing. I still don't really understand why his 'acting' was so good, but it leaves me with some doubts. However, in the end I could tell that he loved Melanie more than anything in the world, so some of those doubts were eared, but not completely. I also thought that he was a bit selfish, lying to Wanda like that when they both knew that he yearned to have Melanie back.

Oh well. I'm kind of neutral on Jared; I don't like him, but I don't dislike him too much either. -shrug-
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I dont think he was being a player when he asked Wanderer to stay. I think he knows that that's what Melanie would want. She's formed some bond with Wanderer & wouldnt let herself 'commit suicide' [to some extent], because she is too self-sacrificing. Jared knows Melanie really well & knows that Melanie would probably be madder at him if he didnt ask Wanderer to stay, because that would be way selfish.
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Yeah i agree, I don't think jared was playing wander and i truely think he was asking her to stay. Not only because melanie and wanda formed a bond, but he also formed a bond with wanda, because it wasn't just melanie's personality coming out, it was majority of wanda. And i think he finally realised at the end (once he figured out her intention to take herself out of the picture) that not all souls are bad and what wanda had done to overcome that and to help them all.
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Post by XxKatiexX »

I was thinking Jared is the Edward of the Host, you know.. the Man who has the big part. But then in the caves I started to dislike him too, he irritated me and I thought ..come on Ian is much better. And so I thought about the relationship between Wanda and Jared and I thought maybe it is just the imitation of Mel's feelings which were transfered to Wanda. But I think it was just enthusiasm for Wanda. But with Ian it seemed to be more because it started with friendship.
In the end I think Jared found out who Wanda really is and started to care about her. The Beginning of a friendship
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XxKatiexX wrote:I was thinking Jared is the Edward of the Host, you know.. the Man who has the big part. But then in the caves I started to dislike him too, he irritated me and I thought ..come on Ian is much better. And so I thought about the relationship between Wanda and Jared and I thought maybe it is just the imitation of Mel's feelings which were transfered to Wanda. But I think it was just enthusiasm for Wanda. But with Ian it seemed to be more because it started with friendship.
In the end I think Jared found out who Wanda really is and started to care about her. The Beginning of a friendship
I agree totally I was a bit hoodwinked as well. I thought as I was reading it Jared was supposed to be the Love of Wanda/Mel's Life. He was such a jerk in the beginning I had a hard time recovering from that. But Than I realized I probably would be the same way if the love of my life was held prisoner in her own body. I am glad Jared ended up being a good guy.

I think in the end He really did have feelings for wanda, sort of like Bella for Jacob, but his soulmate (Mel) The love of his life trumps all other love. I think he cared for Wanda deeply and thats why he brought her back, to save his friend! I am glad she ended up with Ian, anything else would have been weird.
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^ I disagree, I know that by the end he did hold Wanda in high esteem, but I also know readers shouldn't be fooled: Jared has zero "feelings" for Wanderer. He's a good guy because he genuinely loves Mel, a lot better person than Kyle, but you can't compare him to Bella with jacob. no way
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I have to disagree too, I think that Jared never really developed feelings for Wanda but she helped him to realize that not all souls are bad and that some souls are worth keeping to create the new world where Humans and Souls can live together. I never really liked Jared and Wanderer together because I thought that Ian was the only one who really did love Wanda for who she was and while other people did love her for her the only reason that was made possible for other's was because she was in a Human body. I think that Ian even thought that she was beautiful in her Soul form and still loved her while she was a little worm.
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I agree with that disagreement xP There is no way Jared had feeling for Wanda, he loves Mel WAY too much. Jared overcame his idiocy when he stopped calling Wanda 'it' and yes he cared for her as a human being, or a really good friend. I think their relation really grew when he saw how much she cared about Jaime. They bonded in the fact that they both would do anything to save him, but that doesnt mean he had real deep feelings for her.

I never wanted Jared and Wanda to be a 'thing', never. That would be completley unfair to Mel. I almost thought that Jared and Wanda were going to get together and I cried. I didnt want them to be together at all, think of how Mel would feel?! I love Mel, and it would've broken my heart to see Wanda be with Jared.

Another thing is, Wanda didnt really love Jared, in my opinion. Mel's love for Jared was so strong that Wanda started to feel compassion for him, but that was all Melanie's doing. See I think Melanie's body and Melanie were the only things that really loved Jared.
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Post by pinulia »

^ When I said That Jared Felt about Wanda Like Bella for Jacob, I wasn't being totally literally. I meant more a platonic love. Mel is his soul mate in every way, I know nothing can trump that. I also think that Wanda did have some feeling for Jared even though she loves Ian, cause in the end she is a bit Jealous of Mel, only a bit though.

Humans are complicated and are capable of beautiful and horrible things, this book shows that to me, that we are not infallible and even though we are meant for and love one person, the lines get blurry sometimes, the heart can't always helps what it feels :D
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