Jazz Girl wrote:Very interesting, Dovrebanen. I agree with you in principle about looking at the behavior of vampires in a different light. But, the hang up that I have there is that, clearly, vampires can resist the urge to feed on humans. Edward spends every minute of his existance within inches (and sometimes closer) to what amounts to the most mouth-watering scent possible for him. And, yet, he is able to resist completely and continuously. Bella, in the moments she should be at her wildest and most ravenous, is able to turn away with little problem. Even Jazz, as Dovrebanen mentioned, despite more than a century of feeding at will and even receiving human blood as a reward for a job well done, is able to resist. Yes, he is tempted. But, he does it. So, it is clearly possible for vampires to live without killing. Or, in the very least, there are other ways that they can obtain human blood. For example, when Carlisle was preparing for Bella's birth and change, he obtained donated blood.
So, I agree that, when it comes to those wrongs they commit in the name of keeping the secret, being able to live their lives undiscovered and safe, that's one thing. But, I think the pass stops at killing. Particularly when we see vampires like James and Laurent, who have moved beyond killing out of necessity and just do it for the sport now. They have the excuse of doing it to survive, but now do it more for fun.
I think in the end, that is why I find the whole story of Edward & Bella so absolutely compelling. It goes back to Edward denying his very nature, everything he is, to be with Bella.
Well if we go with a few theories I had like someone giving up smoking after years of being addicted to it. To me a non smoker I don't know why people smoke or the addiction. When I was in high school, I tried cigs and never got anything from them. So didn't get hooked on cigs. and I try to understand smokers with all the medical reasons out . A big thing that I found was when I was working in a smoke filled room I didn't notice it as much as in the morning and smelling my cloths just reeking in smoke. I think maybe Edward smelled Bella, after he gives up human blood for so long and it just hit him like my cloths did in the morning. Like Wow to Edwarsd.
The addiction is applied to other vamps, or it could be like when you have a baby, and you feed them milk, and then you broaden their feeding habits. only the vampire doesn't broads their eating habits they are happy to just to eat what they started with which is human blood. Any society will have bad, evil or horrible people in the standards based on our society. Then there might be a weeker human who is turned into a vamp so he can not be strong enough to over come the urges and just lives his life as best that he has to stay subsist.
Which most likely Alice might have done when she first woke up and all of Carlisle's friends that came to be witnesses for Renesmee, they were not like the Cullens and only ones were the Denali's .
So I think when Bella walk into Edward life it was like a chain smoker, a rare bottle wine to a connoisseur, a flawless diamond for a jeweler. And even with the years and years the urge to go back is there. But do we brand all vampires with a having a conscientious choice of not drinking human blood any higher, than a vampire who does drink human blood, yet doesn't realize there can be choices. Think about how hard it was on Edward, and the control he had to make so that natural instinct did not take control of him. Think about how hard it was to fall in love with someone knowing that it was wrong and nothing could stop it.