1. How easy does it seem that Bella learns how to control her body and movements? Do you find it odd that for someone who was so clumsy, she can easily emulate Edward’s movements?
I guess this is where, for the first time, I thought Bella was totally unrelatable. I suspected all along that she was practically designed to be a vampire. But I think part of me was still waiting for her to wreak some colassal damage as the only clutzy vampire! 2. What were your reactions to finally being on a hunt? Was Bella’s first hunt what you expected? Why or why not?
I thought it was a little funny. It was definately a new kind of experience- for Bella but also for us, as readers. I don't think I had any particular expectations about her hunting. I will say, that what did surprise me about her first hunt, her first few hours with Edward, was how the whole world was new to her again. 3. Do you feel that Bella is behaving like a normal newborn vampire? Think about Riley and the descriptions that Jasper gave regarding newborns in Eclipse, how much different does Bella seem? Why do you think she has more control over thirst?
Okay, but think about Carlisle's story and Rosalie's story. In case I haven't made my feelings clear on this subject,
I don't understand how anyone in the family was surprised by Bella's behavior as a newborn. I think Bella thought she would turn practically feral, and that was the assumption we made along with her. Jasper's stories of newborns, and Riley as well, were those of vampires who were specifically made TO KILL. Bella was brought to the vampire life with love. I don't know if it was in Stephenie's intentions to seperate them with this distinction, but Carlisle's coven were all brought into the vampire world as an act of love or compassion, not out of greed or for war or revenge. I think that somehow, this is just as much a part of the reason why Bella can control herself as much as her own self-control was.4. How do you feel Edward is coping with Bella being transformed? What adjustments do you think he is making and what do you suppose he is feeling?
Oh, what a fun question! To imagine what is going through Edward's head as he sees Bella transform! Relief. Awe. Respect. Admiration. Passion that he no longer has to contain. Humor as he can finally play without having to protect her. Happiness now that they can truly be together forever and no longer have to have THAT debate. Closeness now that they share this. Thrilling now that they can ... be intimate... without restraint. I agree with sazykid in that despite all of his arguing about it, there has to be some part of him that is excited! 5. Bella is now coming to understand the bond of mating between vampires. What are your reactions to those feelings she is discovering? Does experiencing her feelings give a better insight to how Edward may have been feeling in the previous books? Do you think this understanding may give you a different perspective when you think of the “break-up” scene in New Moon?
You know, I never really thought of it specifically in the context of "the bond of mating between vampires." I truly thought it was just unique to Edward and Bella. I don't know if I can look back at the break up scene with this perspective. I definately look back at the "Isle Esme" chapter with different perspective- ha ha!
There was one other thing I thought about concerning their bond as described in this chapter, and that was when he said in New Moon that his kind was easily distracted. About how that part was kind of true. She's so distracted by all of the new sensations, and her... well I'll just say lust... for Edward that she almost forgot about the baby!!! It's easier to see how hard it was for him to control all of his passion around her, especially those few nights when she was pushing his buttons! It's also easier to see how he believed he loved her much much more than she loved him.
This was a good question because I hadn't really thought of this chapter in this way before, I was honestly irritated with her for being so easily distracted and I just wanted her to be reunited with Renessmee ASAP. Having thought of it this way, it's a little more understandable and see all the emotions Bella was having to deal with on her first night as a vampire! I think, given all of this, it's even more defining considering why she acts so differently as a newborn. Everyone else had to sever ties with their human lives and give themselves wholly to being a vampire- never got to see their parents again, their siblings, pulled away from the human world they knew. Bella gets to keep her husband, her child, her best friend, and eventually her parents. She got to successfully merge her human life with her vampire life.... but I digress...