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Poor Bella and Edward...

It's just sad. Holy Christ.

I feel like I'm in some weird alternative universe where this actually can't be happening; BD could not have been this bad.

I adored the wedding.

The honeymoon: I wish SM had chosen to explore the intimacy of their first time together, rather than choosing to skim over it, but again, I'm ultimately at peace with this.

I'm very NOT OK with SM's decision for Bella to become pregnant, and then quickly proceed to make the men in her life into manipulative jerks. For Edward and Jacob to scheme about what decisions Bella should make regarding her pregnancy is unacceptable. Yes, I understand Edward's need to protect Bella, but scheming with another guy about letting him impregnate his wife with other babies is just, well, it's just disrespectful. Instead of writing an intelligent scene where Edward and Bella discuss their feelings about the pregnancy, Edward's fears, Bella's desire to keep the baby, etc., we get some macho display of the boys trying to make decisions for her. Again.

 We're talking about trying to influence a woman's decision about whether she should keep/not keep a baby WITHOUT HER CONSENT. This is unacceptable, and I can't believe SM wrote that scene with such blatant disrespect of this issue.

And then I thought, OK, Bella's going to be pissed that these guys are trying to manipulate her decision making process, and instead she spews some crap about not being good enough to deserve the goodness of Edward and Jacob. They're looking out for her. Yes, this is what they're trying to do, but SM, honey, trying to manipulate a woman's decisions is NOT looking out for her. Loving that woman is NOT going behind her back and trying to get her to do something she does not want to do.

So, now I'm a little stuck. I stopped a couple chapters into Jacob's book. BF and I looked ahead, looked at some spoilers and discussions online and have a general idea about what happens later. He says Part 3 is better, more like the characters we know and love, but I'm left with this feeling that Edward and Bella have been cheated. Gosh, I feel cheated and disillusioned with this fandom that I've dived into the past months.

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oleandergirl
Aug. 4th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
I was also majorly disappointed. It took a while for it to hit me though, because I was so excited to have finished the book. But then I realized it really kind of sucked.

It just didn't fit with the rest of the series for me, and as the final book, it really should. The conflict of the whole series was the idea of Bella becoming a vampire and what that would mean, and that was totally not the main focus of the book AT ALL. I also felt SM didn't display the consequences of immortality enough.

I think part of it was that I wasn't really as interested in "grown-up" Bella/Edward... they were more interesting to me before all this stuff happened that made them have to grow up so fast.

Well I won't say anything that will spoil it for you... it's worth reading but you will probably be disappointed.

I was so relieved when I realized I could at least get back to your fan-fic, which is seriously so much better :D
songforevela
Aug. 4th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with what you said about Edward and Bella having to grow up so fast. Their relationship has so much innocence to me--passion and some difficult times, of course , but so much sweetness and gentleness. I was hoping BD would really continue with that, and we would be able to see them learn how to be more intimate with each other, little things about being married, sharing an eternity together, etc, all of that exploration. Instead, they're thrown into this fairly horrible, pretty violent situation, and we don't even get to have their perspective of it! We have Jacob's! So bizarre...

It just felt wrong, I agree.

I skipped around and read parts of later in the book, so I generally know what happens. My boyfriend hated the earlier part of the book, but is enjoying Part 3. He says the characters are more like the characters we know, but I can't decide if I want to read it, with the chance it will make me more upset.

I almost feel like my heart is a little bit broken, and I need some distance from all of this! Such a strange feeling...

Thanks so much for responding to my post; It's nice to know that many of us are having similar feelings.
oleandergirl
Aug. 5th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
You're very welcome :) I've only been really browsing Twilight-related sites since yesterday when I was done with the book, but it definitely seems that MANY people have similar feelings.

I'm ok with the fact that they had a baby and lived happily ever after, but it just wasn't a good enough story to do justice to the series.
songforevela
Aug. 4th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Oh! And I wanted to let you know, I will definitely finish Turning Back. I may not write for a little while, but I will definitely finish it soon.

I'm glad the story can be a bit of a comfort for you...It will be a comfort for me to work on it!
oleandergirl
Aug. 5th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
It is a major comfort! While I was sulking about my disappointment in BD I thought to myself that I would just pretend your fan-fic is the real sequel to Eclipse. lol ;)
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