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FMCG: Chapter 12

It is perhaps fitting that my old friend Benjamin Wheeler begins his thoughts on Chapter 12: Balancing with, “Oh, Twilight, I’ve missed you. Since our last time together I’ve thought about you a lot, watched the movie based on you, cringed at the movie based on you, made fun of the movie based on you. And all of this made my more excited to get back to you, and finally, this windy afternoon, I have.” Benjamin was away for a while when real life called. I have been away too. My brain was too crammed with my new job and new schedule that I haven’t had time to ponder much. Lately, if I’ve had any blog time I’ve spent it over at Letters To Twilight, for the laughs. I have missed Twilight.

I’m sure that anyone who was following this thread is long gone, but I’ll continue on at whatever pace I can manage. My apologies to anyone who is annoyed that I could not keep up. In case you have forgotten the rules, go read his article and then come back for some discussion with me.

I’m with you on the movie, Benjamin. We could spend a lot of blog time on the various levels of horrible there.

We get some suggestion that Edward is comfortable, both ethically and practically, with breaking in Bella’s house. Instead of Bella walking home, Edward tells her (not offers to, mind you) that he will go to her house and retrieve her truck, which will be in the parking lot when she gets out of school. Bella notes that the key “was in the pocket of a pair of jeans I wore Wednesday, under a pile of clothes in the laundry room” (243). This is followed with a rather nonchalant, “Even if he broke into my house, or whatever he was planning, he’d never find it” (243). Have we actually reached so quickly the point in the story at which Bella is okay with Edward breaking into her house without her permission? It seems so.

I didn’t consider it B & E by this point either. Edward had been doing it for months, and Bella and I had had time to adjust to that. Besides, to me it was more like Edward trying to make up for inconveniencing Bella and showing off for her, at the same time. It made Edward more of a mystery to Bella, so win for him.

What really disturbed me about this was that Bella never refers to “keys”. She only ever says her “key”. She carries around her single car key and uses a house key kept under the eave. She never mentions a key ring or a keychain. I wondered why Stephenie Meyer wrote it like this. It’s like Bella considers herself a guest in Charlie’s house even though she comes in an takes charge. I suppose coming in part way through Junior year with, presumably, no intention of staying much past graduation, she must have considered herself a houseguest and endeavored to make her presence minimal.

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June 24, 2009 Posted by | Stephenie Meyer, Twi-blogs, Twilight | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Eclipse Part II

It’s Next Time, and as promised we’ll be discussing, “Why did Bella choose Death with Edward over Life with Jacob, exactly?” Death is not a natural thing for a human to choose, so why did she choose it? As Jordan pointed out in the earlier post, Bella would not see it this way. I agree, Bella would not consider life without Edward much of a life at all. For the purposes of this topic, I’m take the literal meanings or Life and Death. Edward does represent Death for Bella as choosing him would mean her heart would stop. Choosing Jacob means her heart continues to beat.

First, we have to remember this is not just fiction, but fantasy fiction, so what holds true in real life doesn’t necessarily apply. This being fantasy also means that we can attribute an awful lot to, “It’s magic.” What Jacob said about him being better for Bella than Edward is might be true…if this were real life. Edward is a drug to her, as Jacob suggests (and drugs are bad, mmmkay?). It is an obsessive love, and therefore not entirely healthy. But that’s only if you don’t look at it from a magical perspective (which you should only do with works of fiction, kids. I’m in no way condoning putting on blinders in real life). When you look at Bella and Edward from a magical, Meant To Be, perspective it all become a little clearer as to why they had to be together.

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April 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment