Okay, so I have been beyond broke for books right now. I really have been in the mood lately to curl up with some books and read. So I ended up rereading a few things. One thing I reread this weekend was Breaking Dawn.
If you’ve missed me talking about the Twilight fandom and how weird it is to be part of a fandom that has most of it’s membership in the 12-13 years younger than I am. Go through my archives, and read the ones about WHY I like Twilight to begin with!
Anywhos, back on track again.
My first initial reaction to Breaking Dawn was an antithesis to the entire story. She did stop saying “liquid topaz eyes’ but kept talking about how fantastic everything was which was getting on my nerves, but it wasn’t that interesting. Things for the characters have changed and she wanted to wrap everything up with a pretty little bow. I really got annoyed with that because not all stories need a happy ending. Jake should be tormented the rest of his life by the decisions Bella has made.
The fight with the vulturi was such an anticipation throughout the entire series. I kept imagining how it would play out in both scenarios (one where Bella’s a vampire, one she’s not…) and came up with some parts where it would end in bloodshed and tears. But that never came about, there was a bunch of talking, maybe a few cheap shots and it was over. And there was no fighting. And bella would go on being happy dappy the rest of her days.
Toward the present:
I still don’t like how neatly everything in the plot worked out. I’m not a firm believer in happy endings and some of the part in it is very deus ex machima. I think at least some of the caracters are believeable, at least her secondary characters.
I think a lot of the things happened rapidly because I read the book rapidly and didn’t read much into time sequence. The reread allowed me to see connections and logical leaps that characters made, even if in some places they were completely out of character and I gritted my teeth against them. (That’s where some of the deus ex machima came from.)
I had problems with Aro trying to stall a fight that Caius obviously wanted to happen very much. I mean, they all didn’t come off as the best guys in the universe in any of the books; and all of a sudden I’m supposed to have compassion for what seemed to be a very ancient and corrupt rulling class? If you’ve only seen the movies, sure Aro comes off as this guy who has just seen a very facinating puzzle he just can’t put down until he solves it. In the books he’s this frighteningly scary guy who wants everyone to become part of the vulturi because he wants to study them and bend them to the Vulturi’s ways. This really jarred my sense of bewilderment.
As far as Jake and Bella. I think that was also contrived. Jake should have taken off, I’m sure Leah and Seth would have followed him, but I’m sure it would have been certain heartache to Jake. He’d been bested, he should have known that. And Bella was a stupid foolish/selfish person who thought she could have all of it. Eventually he would have gotten over it. Even if he was a shape-shifter.
Another contrivance that irked me was Bella’s sudden transformation into vampirism goes off without a hitch. I’m talking NONE. We’re told from the beginning, “‘newborns’ are very hard to control, they’re very powerful, they can’t be stopped but they’re very supid and sluggish when it comes to fighting.” Going on about how unruly they are, pulling Jasper into account as the newest of the Cullens and this is heightened in New Moon with bella’s finger cut (causing a few months of pain for her). Then all of a sudden, they’re not so bad, and hey, Bella is a frigging natural at all of it. The only possible reason I could fathom goes all the way back to the first pages of Twilight where Bella faints at the sight of blood in Biology.
Renesmee. First off, I HATE that name. Second off, I really hate the vampire child notion period. I’d read finally the part where Bella of all people came up with the idea. First. Women can’t have babies because they’re stuck in a state of flux from when they were first created. Males however are entirely still potent as their physiology doesn’t change. And even then this is only a theory. Still more supposition from everybody else in the book later on. If the body is in stasis from the moment of siring, then men shouldn’t have the ability to create sperm.
Back to the baby though: The baby has to be perfect of course. And it has to grow up exceptionally fast (what’s with the growth spurt thing? Jake doesn’t grow up, he just gets bigger. Renesmee is actually growing up.) Outside of that the kid shows no signs of having any kind of growing period at all. She’s suddenly able to walk and talk with no problems at all. None. With perfect grammar and sentence structure. I’ve learned a lot about writing from writing and listening to people talk. People, they don’t talk right. (they talk more like the previous sentence.)
Other than Bella’s Mary Sue-ism carrying over into the vampire kingdom it’s just the same thing. Overall there’s enough compelling characters in there to read (and I create my own inflections with, and change the sentence structure with) that I don’t mind. It’s a satisfactory conclusion, tidying up loose ends with a satin ribbon on top for cuteness. Everybody gets their happy ending.