1. Can you see why Bella is afraid to marry Edward? Is it something that would affect your decision to get married at a young age?Yes. She has been told all her life that you don't get married out of highschool and all that. Her mother didn't want her to repeat the same mistakes that she made. Young and impetuous usually go hand-in-hand. Bella is a strong-minded woman, though; she has always been the more emotionally mature one between herself and her mother. I got married my senior year in college at the age of 23... I was done with one phase of my life and moving into the next. I shudder to think where I'd be now, if I had ended up with one of the guys I liked in high school... definitely not getting ready to celebrate my 10th anniversary!!
2. The intimacy level between Edward and Bella really jumps up a notch here. How did you feel about that? How do you feel about their decision to try to make love while Bella was still human? Ahh... I was happy to read it; it's only a natural progression to get physically closer as you grow emotionally closer. In Twilight, Edward told Bella that he didn't know how to be physically close to her; it was something he hadn't experienced as a human or a vampire... not sex, but just the simple things like kissing and holding her close. Goodness, if just smelling her drove him crazy, imagine how difficult holding her must have been in the beginning! Obviously, Edward learned to control his, uh, needs and urges... As for the second... well, I think it's good that they did... for the sheer fact that Steph didn't get too explicit with it... it gave us something to compare their first time after her transformation to... I love it when Bella told him, "you've been holding out on me."
3. Again the question arises about Edward having a soul. What do you think about this subject? Do vampires have souls? I'm not sure about this topic.... I've only seen "Bram Stoker's Dracula," and the entire Buffy and Angel series. I haven't read any of Rice's books or any other vampire books for that matter. I come from a very religious background. I DO appreciate the fact that Steph put in Edward's dialogue on page 453, "there's a world full of dissension about this, but the vast majority seem to think that there are some rules that have to be followed." I think it's a subtle way of saying that there's more than one way of thinking out there. Compared to the Angel series, where Angel was the vampire with a soul... he was "cursed" with his soul, and that was his eternal damnation, being something different than what he physically was... he had to "pay the price for taking human lives" by being a "good vampire who doesn't feed on humans, but helps them." I was rather glad that the Cullen clan were "vegetarians," too, but lived in a normal setting and weren't battling demons all the time. I'm glad I don't have to worry about mythical beings... I just enjoy reading the books!