One minor observation here: Edward makes two critical choices in TW. The first is of course to not to kill Bella right there in Bio classs: to not make her aperitif, as you said (too funny!...). But it is the second choice which is the crucial one for their destiny as lovers: to allow himself to fall in love with Bella and to court her: to let those chips fall where they may. Without this, she would never have reached the point where there was no going back; she might always remember her obsession with that extraordinary boy her junior year at Forks, but she would have got over it. So not becoming aperitif is only the beginning of the choices Edward makes.No Worries wrote:But the fact remains that, without Edward's initial choice, Bella would never gotten the opportunity to make her own. She would have been aperitif.
(Ok, here is a topic that should definitely be bracketed for later: I'm getting interested in the question of Edward's choices.... We may be inching our way towards the thought that it is really his choices that matter all along -- that his choices are necessarily the crucial ones (which is certainly what he thinks) and this is a responsibility he cannot evade. Because Bella's choices, once she has made her fateful decision (after the beach trip) that she is not turning back, look less and less like free choices... Another question: if Bella not so much choosing Edward in Eclipse as confirming her commitment to see through the choice she made long ago, what becomes of the idea that Eclipse is "about choosing love"?). Let's not switch to talking about these yet, but we might want to start thinking about them...).
I have to say that I agree with you that 'soul mates' isn't the phrase I would use to describe Bella and Jake. They are ideally suited to each other, natural partners or mates. But not soul mates, in the Platonic no-one-else-ever-in-any-time-or-place sense, the way Edward and Bella are, where to be apart is not just to worry how the other is feeling (as it is with Jake), but a physical ache that only resolves itself when they are united again.Pretty Words wrote: So, that belief in turn means that I can't accept that Bella and Jake are soul mates in any sort of world.
I think the trouble is that Stephenie has imagined all too vividly what normal, real love could be for Bella. If she had sat down to write an ordinary love story (which she may well do someday!) rather than pursue this extraordinary fantasy that floated into her mind, Jake and Bella is how it would have gone. The more you get caught up in writing (and falling in love with) a romantic fiction, the more you might want to remind yourself what real love can also be. For the reader, though, it is distractingly clearly imagined...Truelove1 wrote:Exactly, yes. When I first read Eclipse, I couldn't look past the excruciating details SM provided in the physical interactions between B/J. I was so caught up in being taken aback (I didn't feel that the plot progression in the prior two books had set this possibility up properly) that I could not see the point that SM was trying to get across.
Happy All Souls, everyone!