So I've been reading through the posts here and it seems like most people have the pretty much the same things to say about BD.
I read the whole series in a about 4 days. Yeah, my life basically went on hold during the time. When I picked up the books, I had no idea what they were about, or how popular they were. A friend recommended them and a few months after she mentioned it, I was in need of a book to read to I picked up Twilight. Which lead to a trip back to the bookstore the next day for New Moon. Needless to say, in those four days I was completely immersed in the Twilight world.
When I finished BD, I just felt like something was off. I liked it, just because it was a part of this world that I had fallen in love with and it definitely had it's shining moments. But for me, there is only one thing that was blindingly wrong with the book. When I read it, the pregnancy didn't bother me, Jacob's perspective was interesting (although I have to admit as soon as I saw that there was a Jacob POV, I immediately flipped through the book for Edward's POV and was disappointed that there was none), Bella turning into a vampire was a given for me and I was glad that I didn't have to read about her being a crazed newborn. Even the end fight scene was okay for me.
But the one thing that bothered me the most was the lack of Edward in the book. I had fallen in love with this world where there was this man who cared so deeply about this girl. And she cared the same way for him. Nothing could keep them apart and they would do anything for each other, because the world could not exist without that person. ...And then suddenly that was gone. And I missed it in the book. I wanted to read about what their relationship was like when they were on an even playing field. When Bella didn't have to be so self conscience. But I felt like with Bella became a vampire, her fascination with Edward decreased and Edward became a side character. That is what has me on the fence. This beautiful amazing relationship that we all dream about suddenly became something that was taken for granted.
Anyway, sorry that was so long, I've been wanting to get that out for a long time. Thanks for reading, and if you'd like to PM with your thoughts,I would love to talk to someone about it.
I really miss Edward in BD. I didn't like how Edward reacted to Bella's pregnancy. He told Bella the night before their wedding that how he wished that Charlie was right (that Charlie thought Bella was pregnant, when they told Charlie that they were getting married) and how he wished that they could have that possibility. And when he found out that she was pregnant he didn't even ask for her opinion, he just told her "they would just take care of it." I feel like the characters Jacob and Edward switched places in BD. On the other hand, I think SM is brillant to create Reneesme. Because of difficult birthing, Edward had no choice but to change Bella; therefore, he was saving her not stealing her humanity. As SM said in the book too, that because of Reneesme, Jacob and the rest of the wolves are now become allied with the Cullens instead of enemies. However, I hope SM would continue on with the Cullens story line.
If you really want to read about Edward's POV, I heard on SM's website she posted unfinished draft of Midnight Sun, Edward's version of Twilight. I haven't read it. I am holding out for the finished version of it.