Thursday, October 13, 2011

BD Chapter 5. Isle Esme

So now...we've had the wedding, the reception...something else important must be coming up, right? Oh yes...the honeymoon. The infamous Isle Esme...where feathers will fly.

Key Plot Points from The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide
  • Bella and Edward leave for their honeymoon; they take a plane to Houston, a second one to Rio de Janeiro, and then a boat to Isle Esme
  • Edward carries Bella cross the threshold; he goes for a midnight swim, waits for Bella in the water
         Bella takes a shower to calm down
  • Edward is afraid of hurting Bella
  • In the morning, Bella wakes to a feeling of pure happiness
         Edward is angry at himself -- he points out the bruises all over Bella's body; he berates himself for
         hurting Bella; she tries to convince him that she is fine, she is happy
  • Edward gets up to fix breakfast for Bella, and she asks him if he plans to avoid touching her for the rest of the honeymoon
That's Isle Esme in a nutshell but totally skips over all the fun parts. Until I reread the chapter for this discussion, I'd forgotten that the headboard didn't fall victim the same night as Esme's feather pillows. I wonder if that will be combined in the movie. (btw-when I "wonder" about things in the movie, I am NOT asking for anyone that knows the answers to tell me. I made that mistake with New Moon and had a scene I was highly anticipating ruined for me. So, speculate right along with me, but don't flat out tell me if you know.)

What was your reaction to the their honeymoon destination? The famous fade to black? Bella's body the morning after? Edward's reaction? I'd say for a vampire/human love affair, she fared pretty well. I can understand Edward's side, but I'm with Bella, it would have been convenient if he could have read her mind just this once.

Twilight Lexicon Chapter summary

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

First Breaking Dawn TV spot via Fandango!

This includes new footage! That's exciting for some and bad news for others, lol. SO...the video is embedded after the jump.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

BD Chapter 4. Gesture

From the wedding to the reception. Bella meets Tanya and the rest of the Denali coven and is put at ease by Edward's obvious glee to be her husband. She greets Seth and Sue Clearwater and notes a lifting in Billy Black's mood. She dances with Edward, her father and other friends and family before a special guest arrives.

Chapter summary from Twilight Lexicon is here and I'm going to go ahead and share from The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide at this point...

Key Plot Points
  • The reception is in the backyard, at twilight   
         Edward and Bella greet their guests 
  • Jacob steps out from the woods;
         Edward leaves so he and Bella can talk alone 
  • Jacob is horrified to hear that Bella is planning a “real” honeymoon before she becomes a vampire; he grabs Bella and shakes her      
         Edward is instantly there; Jacob is ready to kill him; Seth and two wolves shove Jacob back into the woods 
  • Bella composes herself and they go back to the reception 
  • Bella says a tearful, loving goodbye to Renee and Charlie 
To me, there is another key plot point here not mentioned. The conversation between Bella and Jacob before he finds out about her “real honeymoon” plans is important. He’s using all his strength and self-control to be there for her. He wants to make this about making her day as special for her as possible. This was his gift to her. It was selfless on his part. (I know I’m going to catch flack from some of you for saying anything Jacob does is “selfless”)

 His concern about what’s going to happen to her is completely understandable. He might not want Bella to be a vampire, but he doesn’t want her dead before that can even happen. There is still a strong bond there, on both sides. It’s evident by her relief in his appearance and her reaction to his reaction. Edward making Bella look at her reflection…sigh. I hope we get to see that scene in the movie.

At the end of the chapter they are embarking on the rest of their lives, their future together. Bella is leaving her human family and friends behind, and one particularly heartbroken werewolf. She believes she’ll never see any of them again. What did you think of the reception? What about Jacob’s appearance and his reaction? Was it for Bella, or was it all about him?