Bella and Edward's Eclipse Relationship

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Bella and Edward's Eclipse Relationship

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Use this place to discuss the romantic relationship between Edward and Bella. Did it surprise you in the book how different they were together? Were you pleased? Was it enough or did you want more?
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Well I was a bit suprised at how their relationship matured, but I was also pleased by it. Even though there was so much more stress put on their relationship with Jacob there, I was glad we got to see him and Bellas relationship more. I think that Eclipse was on such a more mature level this time around with Bella and Edward that you can't help but reread it again and go over it word for word like I'm sure we all did with Twilight. But I expecially go over bella and Edwards scenes because for me that's what sparked this all.
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I enjoyed seeing Bella and Edward together throughout the entire book. I never grew tired of their interactions. I especially loved Edward in this book. Other than being a little controlling at the beginning (which he repented of later) he was completely trusting and mature about Bella's decisions and her right to choose. He was forgiving as well. Almost too much so - like Bella at the end of the book, I wanted him to be mad at her, to punish her in some way for what she had done. But of course he didn't. I felt that Bella really made a mistake when she allowed herself to kiss Jacob back - especially since she had already made her choice (she and Edward were engaged at that point). I still feel she has to redeem herself in some way.

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Well, I'm upset about the kiss too, but I just remind myself that a kiss is physical, and, well...Bella and Edward are forever.
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elysium wrote:Well, I'm upset about the kiss too, but I just remind myself that a kiss is physical, and, well...Bella and Edward are forever.
The kiss can be ignored when no feeling was involved. But she realized she also loves Jacob.. and I don't think the love will dissipate when she's turned into a vampire.

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When bella was crying over losing Jacob and Edward is asking her if she made the right decision, because he had never seen her in so much pain. Bella thinks to herself, I have known much worse pain, I wish she had said that out loud. It would have shown Edward how much Bella loves him and what she went through when he left. Losing Jacob was nothing compared to losing Edward.

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I really enjoyed the way their relationship matured and grew throughout the book. And the fact that their relationship seems much more balanced now in regards to communicating and decisions.

The physical aspects of the relationship were also quite welcomed and made me very pleased that they were realistically discussing and behaving like a couple who are deeply in love. Not that they didn't before, but it was a natural progression.

The choice Bella had to make (between an immortal life with Edward and a 'normal' life with Jacob) was a stepping stone that I felt was paramount in Bella being able to accept the true responsibilities of immortality. It came down to the realization that although she did love them both - could be happy with both of them under certain circumstances - that Edward was the one she couldn't envision her life without. Life is about those kinds of hard decisions and hard realizations and I was very satisfied to see her work threw the issues. Of course it can still hurt - once you love someone you will always love them, even if you aren't in love with them anymore. Realizing that and knowing that the best decisions for you personally have nothing to do with what might be considered 'right' or 'wrong' to the world at large just means that you are growning up. The best decisions aren't always easy and they aren't always easily resolved.

I was proud at the end of the book for both of the characters for how they had grown together and as individuals.

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Post by Alphie »

I think the main thing to remember about their relationship is that they have both gone through the loss of the other. Bella lost Edward for several months and Edward went through a 24 hour period of time thinking that Bella was dead. Those two events have changed them and their relationship. In fact, they both bring up the effect that loss has had on them. For Edward, he can be around Bella's blood and then temptation is not even there anymore. And for Bella, as much as she hurt over leaving Jake, she states it plain as day that it is edward she can't live without. So I think that the maturity of their relationship comes from the fact that they both have experienced life without the other.
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Post by aniki »

yeah, I loved how their relationship grew more "adult" - more ready for marriage. When Edward brought the marriage thing up in New Moon, I was freaking out - they are 17 and 18, for heaven's sake. Now, even though their ages aren't any different, I'm more like, yeah, it could happen. Though I'm not exactly thrilled about it - it's too much for Jacob to bear.

And though some people feel that Bella has to redeem herself after the kiss with Jacob, I don't think so. Yeah, Bella was "taken", she shouldn't have hurt Edward like that. But if that kiss hadn't happened, she would never have known what "would have been", she wouldn't have understood the true weight of her decision. If that kiss didn't happen, Bella would have remained a kid. She understood just how much she loved Edward, and in the end, I think Edward figured that out, too, that she loved him much more than Jacob, enough to give up the future that would have been. That is, like, huge. Bigger than soul mates.

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Honestly. THEE most disappointing thing in the entire book: they didn't DO IT.
GOD!
I know, I know, this is a romance, not a crude novel about sex. But, I just wanted Eclipse to have that one scene of raw passionate vampire/human ..deflowering.
And the wedding! For craps sake, we didn't even get to see the wedding.. or the deflowering. Neither! Come on!

Anyway *ahem* I love Edward with Bella, but in this one, I was admittedly more excited during the times when Bella was with Jake than Edward. *slaps hands* Awful of me, I know.
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