I had an odd thought to elaborate more on my opinion of Jacob and how it has evolved - if any.
One of the things that I love about SM writing, is her ability to create such characters with faceted obverses and with Jacob, there’s no doubt in my mind that she failed to do so, with him being ushered in as a main character through new moon. Mostly because to me, a main character has to be able to connect with you to some degree, and they should be sympathetic to some level which is needless to say, you can properly conclude that I am heartless - I digress, but to phrase it simply in my own words is that I simply couldn’t be able to feel any compassion towards him.
. . . As I reread or rather skimmed through the books as often as I do, I concluded that it’s not Jacob that I hate so much, it’s mostly how he was written or worse. . . how he was the result of intended literary purposes. Or in other words, a plot device with a mission to be portrayed in a certain way. And I find this literary intendment most frequent with Jacob - so you’d think it’s a contradiction to the many arguments that pertain that Stephenie’s heart is for Jacob - which is true in many cases, it is emphasised as much in and out of the contents of the books. What ill humours me most about it, is that her preference has seeped all the way through to the paper. I don’t have anything against SM’s preferences, but I’d rather they don’t effect the series in the way that they had (emphasis on Jacob and Jacob and Bella rather than Bella and Edward which is the story. . . )
However, I’ve got to give her major props regarding “ushering in” Jacob with subtlety and background information to make him fit exactly right and then to develop his character throughout one book to get him to main character status. That takes a pro to do it. Jacob in new moon wasn’t that bad, in fact I really liked him because he represented all that’s good in humans even though he was not altruistically motivated, untill the last chapter of new moon is where my feelings now “blossomed”.
Eclipse. . . You’d assume since I liked him in new moon, I would have enjoyed his presence as well in eclipse and so forth. That’s not the case. In Eclipse, Jacob appeared to be lacking. . . the Jacob I met and liked in new moon. I couldn’t get a grasp on his character, there was no middle ground to his vampire hatred basis to his unethical conducts. He was just. . .mean. pure meanness. His pursuing an almost engaged woman, his bitter sarcasm, his overall arrogance towards vampires in general, his immaturity and stupidity, his unnecessary remarks, his taunts and scorns. . .and not to mention the two kisses, one forced and the other achieved through manipulation. And through all that Stephenie Meyer expects of the reader (me) to sympathize with this guy? Not gonna happen with the way the book read.
In Breaking Dawn things took a different turn. Not for the better. . . At least nothing that made me enjoy him as much as I used to. Breaking Dawn followed through with fashionably order he was portrayed as much like the previous books. Somehow, he seemed to come out of the dark abyss (after imprinting that is…) and became the old Jacob again, through a heck of torturous series of events I’ll admit, but he became THAT Jacob. THAT Jacob I like - but I still have my adversary towards him, but even Jacob simply does not tempt me whereas dearest jasper does my immeasurable amounts.
and that's simply my opinion. . . a very opinionated one at that.