Saturday, October 22, 2011

BD Chapter 9. Sure as Hell Didn't See That One Coming

This is easily and without a doubt one of my favorite chapters in the entire series. It's right up there with the meadow scene. This is the first time we see Edward though the eyes of someone other than Bella. And the Edward we see here, the burning man, that's just beyond words. 

Key Plot Points from The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide
  • Jacob decides to kill Edward on his own
    Carlisle meets Jacob at the door, and Bella calls to Jacob from inside; Jacob sees Edward, who looks like he's in agony, half-crazed; Bella is still human but looks sick and haggard -- she is pregnant
  • Edward takes Jacob outside to talk
    Edward looks like a man being burned at the stake; he knows it's all his fault; he had no idea this could happen; Rosalie is protecting Bella; Edward asks Jacob to talk to Bella, to tell her she can have a baby with him; Jacob knows Bella will reject him; Edward promises Jacob that the moment Bella's heart stops beating, he will be Jacob to kill him; Jacob tells him they have a deal 
 Jacob thinks he has his plan all worked out, he's going to take out Edward and any of the other Cullens that stand in his way or happen to try to avenge Edward. But Bella being human throws him off. Then he realizes what is happening to her, and he's more than ready to proceed with his plan. It was Jacob's thought, "I always knew he would kill her," that drove Edward to react.
Jacob gains a new understanding for Edward, if not respect. He sees the amount of pain that he is in and realizes that he isn't even capable of wrapping his head around that type of agony. Edward is begging for his help, willing to make whatever deal he has to in order to keep Bella alive, even if that means letting her have "puppies" with Jacob. For once, he and Jacob can agree on something. They both see the baby that she is carrying as a life-sucking monster and they want it out of her before it can hurt her further.

They reach a deal. If Jacob isn't able to convince Bella to end this in order to save herself, Edward wants Jacob to end things for him.
The moment Bella's heart stops beating, I will be begging for you to kill me.
Was this chapter at all what you were expecting here? It fills in the gaps as to what has been happening with the Cullens since Edward and Bella left Isle Esme. It presents Edward more broken than we've seen him since he thought Bella was dead in New Moon. Edward understands Rosalie's motivation here and it infuriates him. She's not worried about Bella, she's all about protecting this baby because she could never have a child of her own.

This is the first time since the tent scene that there has been this kind of in-depth conversation between Jacob and Edward. They've formed an uncomfortable alliance, even if one of the possible outcomes is Jacob taking Edward's life for him.

Really, really want to hear your thoughts on this one. I know you're reading these discussion posts, please share what's on your mind!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

BD Book 2 Preface & Chapter 8. Waiting for the Damn Fight to Start Already

The quote at the beginning of Book Two is from A Midsummer Night's Dream and is quite fitting...
And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.
Preface - Jacob's point of view

Life sucks, and then you die. 
Yeah, I should be so lucky.
Key Plot Point from The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide
  • Paul has imprinted on Jacob's sister Rachel, and no one is pleased; Paul is annoying everyone
  • Jacob is waiting to hear about Bella
         Jacob spends an afternoon with Quil and Claire
  • Sam calls a meeting of the pack; Edward and Bella have returned
         Jacob feels the treaty has been broken and the wolves should attack; Sam declares that the Cullens are not a danger
When it comes to Jacob and Paul the tides have turned. Now Paul is the mellow one and Jacob is the one with rage issues, raring to fight. He's definitely concerned about how many of the pack are imprinting, it's up to four out of the ten now. That's certainly more than just a rare occurrence.  Also, this part makes you think about the other wolves in the pack with families that don't know what they are and what is going on. I can't imagine what that would be like for a mother to have to deal with. There should have been a clause in there about parental notification, right?

Jacob is waiting to hear that Bella is gone. I find it interesting that while he is trying to figure out how the story will go, he thinks that she could lose her life in Edward's quest for his own pleasure. He mentions knowing Edward, but after their time in the tent, you'd think he'd realize there is nothing in the world that Edward would put before Bella's life, most especially his own pleasure. Never entered his mind that Bella was the one pushing for the "real" honeymoon.

Since we know where the book is heading, this little afternoon with Quil and Claire makes sense. We need to see this. The conversation between Quil and Jacob is poignant. Jacob needs to move on, but he hasn't found a way to do that yet. As he takes off in response to Sam's call, we see the beginnings of his unrest as a part of the pack. He doesn't like taking orders and not being able to call the shots. This chapter also shows the tension between Jacob and Leah.

Bella and Edward are home, but they're not just now getting there. They've been there for a while and they've told Charlie that Bella picked up a disease in South America and must be quarantined. Sam's decided whether this means that she's already been changed or not, the spirit of the treaty stands and the pack will not attack. Jacob shifts back to his human form so no one else can hear his decision to act alone.

Were you surprised by Sam's decision? Jacob's willingness to take on the Cullens on his own? I loved that he was asked just what he planned to do if Bella fought with them.

Instead of giving you the Twilight Lexicon chapter summary link in each discussion post, I'm going to go back and add them to the schedule post. Just makes it a tiny bit quicker for me.

I hope you're enjoying these discussions. We should be completely back on track very soon.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Exclusive BD clips from Access Hollywood

For everyone avoiding these types of things, they are hidden below the jump. Thanks to Access Hollywood for sharing them!
Access got exclusive behind-the-scenes clips of “Breaking Dawn”! We have THREE great new clips including Robert and Kristen, Taylor Launtner, behind-the-scenes footage, and the making of the music video featurette! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

BD Chapter 7. Unexpected

Absolutely perfect chapter title, right? The Twilight Lexicon summary is here. Again, let's jump right in to the plot points from ;The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide.
  • Bella awakes from another dream about the Volturi and the child
    Edward has gone hunting; Bella fixes herself fried chicken but it tastes wrong so she throws it out
  • When Edward gets home Bella starts throwing up; the pieces fall into place; she realizes she must be pregnant
  • Bella touches her stomach and feels a little nudge; Edward is stunned
  • Alice calls; Bella talks to Carlisle, tells him her theory/ he asks some medical questions and agrees she is pregnant
  • Edward starts making travel arrangements while hurriedly packing; Bella doesn't understand why Edward seems furious
  • Bella feels another nudge; she is surprised at how much she already loves her little nudger
  • Edward tells her not to be afraid, that he won't let that "thing" hurt her
  • Bella sneaks a phone call to Rosalie to ask for help
That is a fairly accurate wrap up of the chapter this time around. Bella's pregnancy was one of those things that caused fan divide when Breaking Dawn first came out back in 2008. There had been a lot of discussion with Stephenie Meyer about whether or not vampires could reproduce but she very carefully handled those questions and only ever really addressed whether or not a female vampire could have a child. It was definitely a surprise, but not an unwelcome one for me personally and I was glad to see Edward and Bella on the way to being parents.

Edward's reaction was surprising, this is something that he wanted Bella to be able to have. However, Edward was very much aware of what it meant to be a vampire and knew right away Bella wasn't carrying a normal baby. He was right to be concerned, but it would have been nice for him to actually discuss the situation with Bella before coming up with a plan.

Most mothers can probably relate to Bella's emotions upon felling her baby move and can understand how that drove her to do something she never imagined doing, asking Rosalie for help.

What was your reaction to this chapter? Were you surprised, happy, disappointed with this particular plot twist? Did the dreams of the green-eyed baby boy foreshadow this for you?

BD Chapter 6. Distractions

You can check out the Twilight Lexicon summary here. I’m just going to jump right into this one and discuss…

  • Edward keeps Bella busy with snorkeling, hiking, swimming, exploring, and sunsets;
         Bella tries to seduce Edward with lingerie, bribes and compromises
  • Bella has nightmares about the Volturi and a vampire child, and wakes up crying
         Bella wants Edward so much she pleads with him, kisses him; they make love; Edward and Bella are both happy in the morning; Bella gets woozy; the Brazilian cleaning people come; the native woman suspects what Edward is and she is frightened for Bella
I cannot agree with all the plot points here. First of all, Bella wasn’t dreaming of a vampire child this time.
“He wasn’t the same boy as that first dream…This boy I’d dreamed of four times in the last week was definitely human; his cheeks were flushed and his wide eyes were a soft green.”
She was still worried about the Volturi coming for him, but not because he was a vampire or an immortal child.

Secondly, she wasn’t dreaming about the little boy when she woke up crying. She wasn’t having a nightmare. She was having a good dream. She was dreaming that she and Edward were together and she cried because she woke up and realized that the dream wasn’t real. In her dream, she had the things that Edward had been denying her.

Thirdly, there is no mention of the headboard or Bella’s decision to remain human for a little while longer and go to Dartmouth. I’ll admit, the headboard isn’t a really a plot point, but come on, right? I also think it’s important to note that she really had everything that she wanted. She was with Edward now and going to be with him forever. Spending a little more time human didn’t matter as much now that she knew she had eternity spread out in front of her.
“Now that I’d discovered exactly how good being human could be, it was tempting to let my plans drift. Eighteen or nineteen, nineteen or twenty…Did it really matter? I wouldn’t change so much in a year.  And being human with Edward…The choice got trickier every day.”
I don’t think I ever really paid attention to the fact that Edward talked about the Libishomen before, a blood-drinking demon who preys exclusively on beautiful women. I knew that the woman had suspicions about what he was and worried about Bella, but I’d forgotten about this particular legend. Plays in well later on in the book, no?

So we end this chapter with everyone getting what they want. Edward is no longer afraid to be intimate with Bella. He’s convinced that he can do so without hurting her now. Bella has decided to remain human for a little longer. This should be setting us up for the happily ever after, right?

Am I the only one thinking that Isle Esme sounds like absolute paradise even without Edward there?

Just one more chapter of Bella’s book left and then we’re on to Jacob. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sorry for the delay...

I apologize for the delay in book discussion posts going up as scheduled. I'm running the blog on my own for the most part these days and I've not been feeling very well. I should be able to get all caught up and back on schedule no later than you'll be getting an extra post! Always a silver lining, right?

Don't forget, if you'd like to help out with the discussion just email me or send me a message on twitter! Counting down the days...