Genevieve: Wow! I never really thought of it like that....hmm. It really does fit in nicely with the whole fire and ice dichotomy introduced in Eclipse. Interesting.
Okay! I have a lot to say about Bella's transformation and as I have been writing really long posts all night, I feel like I can safely say this one will be quite lengthy as well.
First, like some other people have said, I kinda wanted the transformation to be more romantic, but I'm really satisfied with the way it turned out anyway. I'm just infinitely glad that SM didn't decide to wait until the very end of the book to change Bella--you know, something like "And then Edward placed his cool lips to the blushing heat of my throat for the last time. My forever was about to begin." THE END--so, all in all, I accepted the more dramatic change as a nice trade-off. Also, I agree with the people who've been saying it was better for Edward's sanity to have it happen this way because otherwise he would always blame himself for killing Bella. The fact that he HAD to save her life--something that he was always determined to do the many, many times it was threatened--allowed him to forget the fact that he might be taking away her soul or condemning her in any way.
Second, I think someone mentioned that the part in Jacob's book where he says that he couldn't feel Bella's pull anymore so he leaves to leave Edward to work over her corpse was the most powerful part of the book for them and I have to say I fully concur. That moment was the one time in the entire book that I started crying. It was absolutely gut-wrenching for me to read that because I was so afraid that Bella really was dead. What would Edward have done if that was the case?! I can't even bear to think about it. I was so, so scared that book three was going to be narrated by Edward or Renesmee that I actually clapped my hand over it as soon as I turned to the last page of Jake's section and screamed, "No!" Actually, it was more of a strangled cry than a scream, as it was about four in the morning and everyone in my house was asleep. I really can't express how relieved and happy I was at the end of his section to read that he could hear a heart beat starting up again. That was literally a life-line for me because I was about to sink to into some very dark place.
Third, I found the actual transformation itself fascinating. I've (rather obviously) never experienced that level or intensity of pain before but I could imagine it quite vividly based on SM's description. I was horrified when I first read that the morphine prevented Bella from being able to react in any way to the pain she was experiencing. It's kind of like my worst nightmare--being operated on or something when your mind was still awake but your body couldn't respond, and you could still feel the pain. But, in the end I was glad that the morphine kept Bella from screaming because I wouldn't have wanted Edward to be tortured by her pain for the rest of his existence. It would have always been lying just beneath the surface of their relationship, tainting it almost. Anyway, the whole process was intriguing for me because I think it showed everyone just how strong Bella could be after all the times she was so frustrated by being "weak." Like someone (sorry, I'm really bad about going back and finding people's names!) mentioned, the pain was just the admission Bella had to pay to get everything she always wanted; Bella was aware of that and took everything in stride with a strength and maturity that I really didn't know she had in her.
Fourth (I feel like I should keep up this numbering thing, even though it's getting tedious), I ABSOLUTELY LOVED Bella as a new vampire. Everything about that first day when she wakes up was just amazing for me to read. That first kiss with Edward was SO intense that I think I turned completely to jelly. I was extremely happy that she didn't act like a "normal" newborn and that her feelings for Edward were intensified instead of diminished. Furthermore, it was great to be able to see everything through Bella's heightened senses and the descriptions were awesome. I thought it was great that Bella FINALLY saw herself as beautiful--because her not thinking she was good enough for Edward was just sad--and as someone who finally fit in irrevocably. I liked that SM described Bella as being destined to be a vampire because it was the one thing she was finally really good at. That first day as a vampire was my favorite part of the book, actually. The hunting, the vivid clarity of everything, the speed and even trying to act like a human for Charlie gave me a very powerful vicarious rush. Maybe I just get too absorbed in books (or maybe it was the lateness of the hour and all the caffeine I had), but Bella's first day as a vampire was like an actual, physical experience for me. All in all, Bella's transformation was a wild ride that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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