llovetwilight wrote:Would you have been happy with only Twilight? Only TW and NM? What if the series stopped at EC? If you had your way, would a some-what open ending have been enough, or do you need the entire story "wrapped up in a bow"?
I'd of been good with TW the way it ended. I'm basing my response on the feelings I had after reading TW, not on the information it left me with. I got my best warm fuzzies from TW, so while it would have been nice to find out the details of how B&E managed to make it work, my imagination would have sufficed in filling in any missing pieces. I think I would have been ok with NM's ending too. Not with the progression of the story itself, but with the feelings I had after reading it. Bella's NM epiphany . . . Edward's declaration of love . . . yup! Great warm fuzzies in that one! Now with Eclipse, I don't think I'm making any major announcements when I say that I would not
have been happy with the series ending there. The fuzzies at the end of that novel were not very warm at all! It would have slowly driven me mad trying to figure out the truth of Bella's feelings (For anyone confused, I've harbored a certain ill feeling for Eclipse since its release, because in my opinion it contradicted much of Bella's insightful narration in the first 2 books. I have since come to terms with this, but I don't believe that I'll be completely at ease until BD reaffirms everything I was made to believe in Books 1 and 2). Besides, I agree with LindsAy
in this point: Now that these newer concepts have been introduced (Marriage, Volturi, Denali etc. . . ), I want to see them all dealt with and/or resolved in some shape form or fashion before I can feel satisfied.
And did SM really say that she was going to wrap up Bella's story in a "bow"? Bows are nice, right? They're pretty and frilly and happy, right? I hope she did say bow! I'll hang on to that description for a while if you don't mind . . .
December and I had a PM'd conversation the other day about . . . you guessed it . . . Edward! This was around the time we were discussing (or I was ranting) about Edward's complacency in certain parts of Eclipse. In our PM's, December asked me a question about Edward's jealousy that I replied to in probably too much detail. Anyway, she though it might be useful for me to share my answer with the rest of the class
, so here goes . . .
"How much do you think this sudden change is Edward's shrewd assessment that it's the only way the situation will eventually straighten itself out: Bella needs to figure out about Jake for herself? In other words, ordinary real world wisdom about handling jealousy. And how much it is about the wider, more serious, vampire-specific issues: his ambivalence about whether Bella's happy ending mightn't be falling in love and living a mortal happily ever after with someone human..."
"I think Edward's change is the result of both things you mention. On one hand, he is jealous. And as he begins to understand what jealousy is, I can imagine that he becomes slightly appalled with himself. On the other hand, he sees in Jacob a potential for that plan B he was after when he left in NM (Bella moves on. Bella stays human.). I think these complicated thoughts have the result of freezing him in place. It's kind of like standing outside of a tragedy and watching it unfold. You see it happening, yet you feel completely incapable of stopping it. Besides, if you could stop it, how would you do it? Would you give in to the new-found jealousy and lash out at the person you love and demand that she choose you? Or do you give in to your need to keep her human and leave her in the care of plan B? Neither action would be acceptable, because each action is in direct conflict with the other. So what else is there for you to do? Easy . . . nothing. You stand still and let the chips fall where they may. You become a part of the scenery, and try to become benign and appear as unaffected as you possibly can. Hence, all the moments that Bella thinks
she sees panic, or sadness in Edward's face. Edward was being Bella's scenery. The backdrop to which she could behave almost selfishly without constantly having to worry about losing him. Because unlike Jacob, Edward didn't want Bella to suffer through her choice. He didn't want her to feel any pain or regret. *Sigh*
I get giddy just thinking about it. . .
Of course once Bella begins to see herself and the selfishness of her actions, it's as if the sword that Edward had been silently taking for her suddenly slices through him and into her too. Because by the end of Eclipse, Bella is no longer unaffected by her actions. She is forced to see the situation and see herself . . . and suffer. Edward doesn't make her feel worse by coming down on her or yelling at her (even when she asks him to) because the sword impales them both. Her suffering affects his own. Have I made any sense?"
"Why did she have to come here? Why did she have to exist? Why did she have to ruin the little peace I had in this non-life of mine? Why had this aggravating human ever been born? She would ruin me."
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[b]"So the witnesses first then."[/b]
[i]Edward Cullen, MS[/i]
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