Disclaimer - The following post is being written by an anti-fan. I'm not here to troll, flame anyone, start fights, or put you down for liking the books. As always, I apologize in advance if I offend anyone.
Jacob and Nessie...oh boy. Remember the part on Jacob's character thread, where I saw heavy evidence of Stephenie being the "writer on board" (that is, using Jacob as a plot device, a Deus Ex Machina, a patch-job on a plot hole, et cetera)? This is the Big Kahuna of Things She Did Wrong.
The issues don't remain at potential pedophilia and child grooming (the discussion of which is forbidden by site policy, though if you want my opinions thereupon I do encourage you to PM me). They actually start with major plot holes and world inconsistencies used to bring this pairing about at the absolute last minute. The suggestion (and according to some sources, explicit statement) that Jacob imprinted on the egg that would become Nessie is ludicrous even by the mystically/scientifically vague "rules" that the series' universe functions under. Even if one were to argue that he didn't imprint until she started developing, there's not only no precedent but no logical reason for such an occurence.
The idea of imprinting on the very young also seems very...shaky. Imprinting has been - and remains - officially declared as a reproductive mechanism. One imprints on the being most likely to pass on shapeshifter genes. Nessie is already pushing the credulity of genetics; throwing another species into the mix (in this case, Jacob's shapeshifter tribe) is going to end up in...absolutely nothing. Even if one accepts the chromosome explanation given to justify Nessie's existence, her half-breed species is going to be utterly incompatible with anything like Jacob. She might - MIGHT - be able to breed with a human, a vampire, or another half-breed, but not an entirely different species. Science can't stretch THAT far, my friends.
Furthermore, if the object of imprinting is reproduction, imprinting on the very young (such as Quil imprinting on Claire) carries an incredibly heightened risk for no additional reward whatsoever. A young imprintee can die, spurn the werewolf, become injured, develop infertility, move away, et cetera, whereas imprinting on someone who is sexually active and ready carries only the normal risks associated with pregnancy. So if Jacob imprinted on Nessie after she was born, it's a high-risk-no-reward scenario, which makes about as much evolutionary sense as an animal that has to eat its own young to survive.
Personally, it feels like Stephenie cobbled together this relationship, as she cobbled together most of Breaking Dawn, to tie off loose ends and create a "perfect ending" for everyone involved. Unfortunately, she didn't realize - or didn't care - that this kind of writing smacks of bad fanfiction and leaves many readers profoundly dissatisfied. I hope she can pull her act together and recognize when certain things need to remain unresolved, because if she doesn't, her fanbase may end up turning on her.
Openhome wrote:Knives, I believe that..
wait for it...
you are right.