Earlier today I tweeted:
“the best thing about Breaking Dawn? IT IS OVER. GAH no more reading about TSTL martyr bella”
That was one of 34982 twitters I wrote about the end of the Twilight series, back and forth with MyLittleBecky, Olga, and Rachel – clearly I need a larger platform that 140 characters on this subject.
Basically the Twilight books are not for me. Written from Bella’s point of view I only see her as she sees herself and she doesn’t think she’s anything special, so neither do I. I love the expression TSTL heroine I picked up from my romancelandia book blogs: TSTL = too stupid to live and that is Bella. That’s why everyone is always trying to kill her, she is too stupid to live.
In fact – she sucks at life. Ahahahaha I CRACK MYSELF UP. God this post is going nowhere good in a hurry.
After finishing Twilight and New Moon I blogged extensively on my dislike of them, but then revised my opinion after reading Ms. Meyer’s draft from Edwards point of view Midnight Sun which gave me much better insight into why the characters were acting the way they were and why I shouldn’t hate them. But those positive feelings dissolved as I read Eclipse, the third book in the series.
I was SO angry with Jacob when he forced his “punishing kisses” on Bella, and really pissed off she didn’t hurt him when she punched him. I was 100% on her side and disgusted with Jacob’s behavior.
But I had NO idea what true disgustingness lay ahead.
When Bella did admit to herself AND TO POOR JACOB that she did love him romantically and she had fantasies of them having little black haired babies together but STILL CHOSE TO BE WITH EDWARD I was done. Closed the book and did not want to read anymore.
Sigh, it was the action that drew me back in, and the curiosity to find out why Edward couldn’t read Bella’s mind and why none of the Volturi’s mind weapons worked on Bella. I sucked it up and drove myself to finish the series.
I do think the writing got “smarter” over time, in the first books I felt insulted, like it was written like I was stupid, and I felt dumber after reading them. With the last two books it didn’t feel quite as “dumbed down.” I also thought the creativity with the old vampire legends, South American vampire myths, types of vampire gifts and powers, werewolves, and shapeshifters, was much improved and intriguing.
I will readily admit though I was really looking forward to the hott sexxoring between Edward and Bella on their honeymoon, as he always said, “You are so human with your hormones,” and it’s true! Sadly there were no lusty scenes. Bella reliving them vaguely after the fact was just “OK” for me, but I do realize these books are Young Adult.
So Breaking Dawn started off fine, my heart broke for Jacob (for the 14th time) but I was enjoying the read. Then I was shocked when Bella become pregnant, like all I could think was “Isn’t Edward dead? Rock hard [heheh] How could he have live sperm in him?” I thought WAY too much about this.
Then I was even MORE shocked when the books switched to Jacob’s POV for hundreds of pages. His narrative voice was so immature, in keeping with his character, but I was still annoyed when he said things like “BFF,” and I was pissed that we navigated away from Bella just when her POV would be the most interesting! She was pregnant! I want to know why she decided to keep it and what the experience was like for her!
But boy did I change my mind and was I ECSTATIC that we DIDN’T get her POV because the whole pregnancy was absolutely foul. Horrendous. Nauseating. Vile.
I was so queasy reading about Bella’s bones breaking, bruises all over her belly, her drinking blood as a human, a rock hard uterus/placenta, imagining little vampire teeth growing in her only to bite their way out of her… My physical reaction of these disgusting events was such that I had to close the book and walk around waiting for the feeling that I might vomit to pass. So THANK YOU Ms. Meyer for not making us read that from Bella’s POV.
But again, this just wasn’t for me, Bella offering to martyr herself over and over again didn’t prove the depth of her love, just the depths of her stupidity.
I couldn’t relate to her character, the story line just took paths that I couldn’t digest: the vampire baby, Jacob’s heart being broken multiple times, and finally Bella becoming a vampire.
I realized this fit in with a couple of other scenarios that didn’t work for me. I blogged about how I don’t like reading about fake princes and princesses like I mentioned in Christina Dodd’s The Prince Kidnaps a Bride, or gods as I wrote about Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Fantasy Lover, and while I enjoy my fantasy romance novels, there has to be more elements of reality in my Heroines and Heroes for me to truly love the story. Apparently my suspension of disbelief only goes so far, so I HATED that Bella became a vampire.
Although she is an AWESOME vampire, her having fun with her super powers, watching her transformation, and dizzying strength against the Volturi were definitely highlights for me.
But again I was disgusted with Jacob imprinting on and falling madly in love with Bella’s and Edward’s half vampire baby, Renesmee (retarded name also). Just grossed me out.
So to sum up this fairly incoherent rant? While the last two books in the series had improvements and highlights, the story line and character arcs did not appeal to me as a reader.
- Eclipse: C grade
- Breaking Dawn: F Grade
And I swear on whatever is holy in the blogosphere I will NEVER EVER RE-READ THESE BOOKS.
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