1. We get our first glimpse of "real" vampires in this chapter. What was your impression of them as a group and as individuals? Did you connect the fact that their red eyes had to do with the type of blood they drank?
I thought them to be a bit ominous!
As individuals, I obviously didn't like James but I was willing to give Laurent the benefit of the doubt up to a certain point. Victoria - eh, not so much. I didn't even pay attention to their eye color at first! It didn't click in my brain what it signified. 2. To me, the book takes on a second sort of plot right here with the emergence of Bella being hunted and put in danger by someone other than Edward. Up until know, the book had a much different feel and rhythm. Do you get the same impression or did you feel something different?
I don't know. I didn't really think about it that way, I guess. At some point, I assumed that they were going to bring someone "bad" in to show that there just aren't "good" vampires out there...there was going to have to be some sort of conflict and being the type of story it is, (I assumed) someone was always going to come after Bella anyway...3. On page 383, Alice says that there is another option than just running away, which angers Edward into saying, "There-is-no-other-option." What's your take on this moment and what do you think that other option is?
Maybe it was turning Bella into a vampire? I can only speculate here because I wish there was a MIDNIGHT SUN to explain it all! Again, I can't say....I always wanted to know what that conversation was about..what was really said...4. Do you think that Bella had the best plan? Do you think things would have worked out better had they gone with Edward's plan? Considering how things worked out, do you have suggestions over what they should have done differently at this point?
I do think Bella had the best plan. Whereas Edward thinks only about Bella & keeping her safe, Bella is constantly thinking about other people. Bella was able, despite her fear for her own safety, to think of Charlie and his safety where Edward was not. Bella's plan kept Charlie safe.