'86 Rabbit

A FANGirl's Forkstress of Solitude

Breaking Dawn Auditions Info

I’ve updated my Auditions page! Finally, right?

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February 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Why Bella Isn’t Weak

All over the internet I run into articles complaining about Twilight, saying it sets a terrible example for young girls because the heroine, Bella Swan, is so weak. I was shocked when I first read this, and continue to be shocked that so many people seem to agree. So here’s me, going to bat for Bella.

The first thing we learned about Bella was that she was a survivor and she was inventive. She did not wallow in self-pity for having a flighty mom. She took over those aspects of life that Renee was not managing, even going so far as to look after Renee. This created a Bella who is wise beyond her years. When Renee remarried, she was able to look at the situation from a more adult point of view. She saw that Renee would be more miserable away from Phil than she herself would be in Forks for less than a year (until she was 18 and could live on her own), so she proposed the move and made the arrangements. Because of this take charge attitude and ability to rise to the top in a difficult situation, Bella had already lived a human adult life, in a way, so would not missing much in that regard by becoming vampire. She was not throwing away her life to be with her boyfriend forever. She had lived her life and paved the way to make her dreams come true on her own.

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April 17, 2009 Posted by | Bella Swan, Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, Edward Cullen, Essays, New Moon, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Blog Stats Fun

I have a recent obsession with my stats. I’m having fun seeing how y’all are finding my blog. Here’s the latest. Auditions, auditions, auditions!

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WOW! I hope that is a lot of different people suddenly going audition crazy now that New Moon filming has started. I really hope it’s not one obsessed Stage Mom trying to get her lovely daughter the Renesmee role.

Is There Really A Volturi? Seriously? Good luck in your search. If you find anything non-Twilight-related let me know…in a non-provoking-them-kind-of-way. A tip for the future. Go to Wiki, or just type Volturi into Google. You don’t have to ask Google a question; it just knows.

March 25, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eclipse

My POV on Eclipse per artisticphilosopher’s request. I hope it’s what you were looking for, AP. 🙂

The Twilight Saga could be looked upon as a trilogy with its Act II split into two fairly equal parts: New Moon and Eclipse. These two stories combine to create for the Twilight Saga what The Empire Strikes Back is for the Star Wars saga. In ESB you have your small victory; the heroes are reunited after a dark period of separation. But, they have been changed by their time apart. They are more on the run than ever, and their destinies follow closely on their heels. A similar thing occurs in New Moon and Eclipse. These heroes are also separated and there is a period of darkness. The reunion in itself is a small victory, but the battle in Eclipse, though a success for these heroes, still forshadows a greater threat on the horizon. These two books together quite literally say, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” In this case that dawn would be Breaking Dawn.

I’ve previously discussed a mistake a friend of mine thought Carlisle made in Eclipse, so I will not rehash the subject of who should have thought about using whose blood when, during the battle with the newborn army. I would, however, be happy to read any comments you might have on that subject over on that particular post.

What I would like to discuss here is the odd relationship between Bella, Edward, and Jacob. It’s my favorite part of Eclipse. We know from Twilight and New Moon, that Edward and Bella cannot stay away from each other. They both know it is beyond reason, but they must be together. We also know (although you may need to read the Midnight Sun chapters for all the info) that Edward is forever changed by meeting Bella. Vampires in the Twi-verse are unchanging, unless an event of great significance happens to change them. Usually this event is meeting one’s mate (read: soulmate, or bonded pair). The Denalis show us that vampires can take lovers and not consider them their mate, and if Edward’s psychological warfare on Victoria is to be believed, James did not care for Victoria as she cared for him, so it would seem that vampire love can also be unrequited.

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March 15, 2009 Posted by | Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, Essays, New Moon, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Twilight Mistakes

**Moved from original blog**

’86 Rabbit on October 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm

After a discussion on MySpace with a friend I’ll just call Stalker for now, I decided to write about why the “mistakes” in The Twilight Saga might not have been mistakes.

First, I’d like to discuss Carlisle’s many supposed mistakes. I took the Which Male Twilight Character Are You quiz and tested as Carlisle, so I feel the need to defend this “”tard” as you called him. Carlisle is a brilliant fellow, but he’s been studying human medicine for centuries. He’s not a fighter. He doesn’t like spilling blood. More than that, he’s been trying to blend in. He can’t do anything flashy. I can imagine his focus has been to save as many people as possible without getting noticed. That’s probably how he ended up in Chicago during the Spanish Influenza outbreak. So many doctors, so little time. He could work without getting noticed. With the brainpower we now know vampires to have he could have been at the forefront of the research being done. He might have saved a lot more lives, but he would have had to have worked during the day, and he would have gotten caught. Carlisle is clearly a master of flying under the radar to have practiced for so long.

We have to remember that we’re reading a fantasy book, in which we expect realism along with the drama. There’s a fine line there. If Carlisle, or anyone else, had the perfect answers immediately there would be no drama, no tension. We have the answers because we have knowledge of foreshadowing, symbolism, and having read countless other books, seen countless other movies to show us the way. Do you notice the foreshadowing in your own life while it’s happening? If you call it symbolism, do you call it that before, during, or after the event? If we want any sort of realism in our fiction, we have to allow our characters the same degree of discovery in their lives as we have in our own. It will be boring if every challange is solved in 30 seconds. Furthermore there would have only been one Twilight book, two tops, and that would have been sad.

So what does my Stalker friend think Carlisle did wrong? Let me count the ways.

1. Carlisle should have taken some of Bella’s blood as a secret weapon during the battle with Victoria’s army. I disagree. Carlisle’s talents, as mentioned earlier, lie with healing and maintaining the Cullen family’s cover. If anyone should have come up with this idea it should have been Jasper, the only one with combat experience, both human and vampire; Edward, who quickly rejected Jasper’s unspoken idea to have bella present at the battle to distract the newborns with a potential tasty treat; or Bella herself, who knew she would pull a Third Wife at some point, but didn’t think to go to Carlisle and have him take a few viles of blood in case of emergency. I for one am glad that a no one thought of this. I don’t think the battle would have gone so well for our heroes if they, too, had been distracted by Bella’s blood. Their control might be much better than the newborns’ but it would still have been a powerful distraction. Bella planting her blood on the trail to the combat zone was a much better idea. The newborns arrived already distracted.

2. Carlisle should have fed Bella blood sooner. Sure, you and I figured that out, but the drama again lies in Carlisle’s training. Human women eat, the baby gets fed, and all is good. When human women has horrible, horrible morning sickness that lasts all day and all night and doesn’t let you eat, doctors give you IV fluids and work on your nutrition that way. Treat the mom, treat the baby. Centuries of experience told him this is what to do, hybrid baby or no, the mom is still human. If, after a half hour, Carlisle said, “AHA! Screw, my medical experience, my gut tells me that Bella needs to drink blood, and a lot of it, STAT!” I, frankly, would have been disappointed. There’s no drama there.

I had a good start on “Bella’s Paper Cut,” but my computer decided to freak out and I lost it. I’ll leave that for later. It’s bed time again.

February 13, 2009 Posted by | Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, Essays, Twi-Media | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Why Rosalie Doesn’t Suck

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October 13, 2008 at 10:03 pm ’86 Rabbit
Why Rosalie Doesn’t Suck

Ok, so she’s not my favorite Cullen either, but she’s not a bad person. Honestly, the only person she’s unpleasant to is Bella, and that’s only in comparison to the other Cullens who all dote on Bella whenever possible.

Apparently Rosalie has never quite gotten over Edward not being attracted to her, despite having a great guy of her own in Emmett. Be honest, don’t you have even one petty thing that you’ve had a really hard time letting go of? Aren’t you flattered when guys notice you? Aren’t you even a little threatened by guys who are prettier than you? Ok, maybe it’s hard to admit. We’re raised to be modest, even self-deprecating. Look at is this way. Bella describes Rosalie as the most beautiful woman in the world. When even other people see you that way, is it really conceit to admit it to yourself? And then what if you are turned into a vampire and are that much more beautiful?

Now, what if that’s the only strength you were allowed to have? That’s what makes me feel for Rosalie. She was born in a time that wasn’t kind to women. To make matters worse her parents were social climbers who traded on their daughter’s beauty to bring them more wealth and prestige. So Rosalie learned to use her beauty and feminine wiles to get what she wants out of life. It’s really just another kind of power, really. We all use what power we have. It’s a shame her parents didn’t put any stock in any of her other gifts. She may have turned out a little more well-rounded.

Now, I know you love Edward and Jasper. I do too, but shall we compare their “records” to Rosalie’s? You know they haven’t been nearly as good at living Carlisle’s lifestyle as Rosalie has. Sure she’s killed 7 people, but not for food. She did that out of revenge for what they did to her. Not only did they violate her, but they left her for dead, and on top of that she was made a vampire against her will because of it. I think she’s earned the right to be a little crabby here. Have you never wondered what you’d do to someone who’d attacked you if you had the strength? Ok, ok, so revenge isn’t the only reason she’d kill. She was going to kill Bella, but that was to keep her family out of trouble, to protect the life they’d built.

Family is very important to Rosalie. She would have given up all that she had to be human and have a human family. Until that time, she has the Cullens and she would do anything to protect them. Cold and calculating, sure, but not a bad person to have on your side. She just doesn’t happen to be on Bella’s side most of the time.

Still, doesn’t she help Alice dress Bella, and do her hair and make-up? That’s pretty sisterly behavior. Sure, she once had a little snit and wouldn’t get Bella dressed in new clothes really fast so they could make their escape, but what sister doesn’t have the occasional snit about clothes-sharing? And you might ask yourself how you’d feel if your sister of 50 years or so suddenly preferred hanging out with a new girl who seemed intent on becoming the very thing you would give anything not to be. I think I might feel like I was being replaced, and resent it just a little. I think I’d do the best I could, for the sake of my family’s well-being, but I might have a snit now and then.

No matter what Rosalie may have done or may have wanted to do, all goes out the window as far as I’m concerned the moment she pitted herself against the rest of the family to help Bella save Renesmee. Any hard feelings I may have harbored are only due to my being “a Bella,” and if Bella can forgive her, so can I.

So there you have it:
1. The most beautiful woman in the world.
2. A “record” second only to Carlisle’s. The girl’s got some morals.
3. A fierce protector of family. She will kill for you or just do your hair in a pinch.
4. Oh yeah, and she’s the best mechanic in the family. There’s a story in there somewhere. Why would she ever think to get her hands dirty when she could get a boy to do it? This is not the behavior of a completely shallow girl.

There are worse things to be than “a Rosalie.” You could be a Lauren, or worse, a Jessica.

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February 11, 2009 Posted by | Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer, Twi-Media, Twilight | , , , , , , , | 11 Comments