That's a great way to put it. It's hard to hold Jake's mistakes and in instances in which he is selfish against him when all of us make mistakes and are selfish at times too. Jake does better than a lot of people would at his age. He's definitely a lot more mature than most 16 year old boys I know... most the 16 year old guys I know still giggle when people fart and think of girls as objects instead of people. Jake only rubs off as immature because he's compared to Edward, who has had 100 years to perfect himself. Plus he can hear people's thoughts so he knows exactly what to do and say.snarky wrote:The point here is, everybody's selfish in their own way. Stone me if you like, but Edward's and Bella's selfishness way surpass Jacob's.twilightsagaaddict wrote:he was being selfish.
Their selfishness don't seem as obvious because the series is largely about them, so we tend to overlook it or explain it away as "Edward's just being protective of Bella" or "Bella needs to be with Edward forever". Doesn't make it right, though.
It makes me wonder what everyone would think if Stephenie had written the series the other way around-- if Bella and Jake had become best friends in the first book and fallen in love then and she hadn't fallen in love with Edward until the second book. Like if the roles were reversed... Twilight was about Jacob... New Moon was about Edward... would so many people still be Team Edward? I think a huge reason so many people like him was because they "fell in love with him" during Twilight. I never did so I wouldn't know. Lol . But that's what most of my friends have told me.
I say that because it ties in with what you said... the story is written from Bella's point of view, so we often overlook Bella and Edward's flaws since Bella refuses to see anything wrong with him/their relationship and vice versa... and since it's from her point of view, people generally tend to agree with what she thinks and feels.