1. What were your first thoughts about Edward's age and human history? Were you creeped out at all that he was so very much older than she was?
No... in the back of my mind, I thought I should be for some reason, but it really didn't make much of a difference. I remembered that in... our world, I guess... older people are with younger people all the time. Just because Bella and Edward are technically teenagers... neither of them think that way, they're both old for their ages. So, it just didn't make too much a difference, if that makes sense.
2. Edward tells Bella very little about the process of becoming a vampire. Why do you think he chose to keep this from her when he is being so very open about everything else?
No, I just think he's trying to protect her as always. That's just how he is, ya know? I think he feels conflicted with himself... again. He wants to be honest with her without scaring her... or giving her any bright ideas.
3. We learn that many vampires are gifted with supernatural traits. Stephenie has told us that vampires are drawn to special humans, and therefore when those humans become vampires, their special qualities are enhanced. If that is the case, I simply must ask the question everyone one of us has asked at some point. If Bella were to become a vampire, what would her trait be? And is it possible for her to not have any special trait at all?
I always thought that, because Bella's mind works differently some how and she can keep out all the mental torment and such, that she might be able to use those powers against the very person to whom they belong (IE, read Edward's mind, hurt Jane, blah blah).
4. Edward lets it out that he's been watching Bella as she sleeps. Again, did this creep you out or make you fall even harder for Edward?
Fall harder. Always fall harder. *Sigh... life as a fan girl*
5. Edward says two possibly conflicting things in this chapter. First, he explains that in the last few days, he has put mind over matter and has been able to control his thirst for her - that the temptation isn't as strong. He later says that he doesn't think it would ever be possible for them to have an intimate relationship because it would be too difficult for him to control himself. Do you think he's being honest with himself, or do you think he's just trying to protect Bella again?
I think both. He's being honest with himself, also pushing his desires aside to protect her. I'm sure he wants to be intimate with her as much as she wants it with him, but no matter how much he puts mind over matter, there is always that slight possibility that he could crush her or get too... over excited... and bite her or something (however unlikely that may sound), and he doesn't want to even give himself the chance to get that carried away.
6. Along those same lines, we learn that both Edward and Bella have never had a real relationship with another person before this. Many people have debated the issue of Edward's virginity, and that has been put to rest by Stephenie herself. Did you think that maybe Edward had been intimate before, he just hadn't had a real serious relationship with anyone he loved, or did you get it right from the start that he was just as innocent as Bella was in this matter?
I thought right away that he was being honest about being just as spotless as Bella in that way. I couldn't really imagine that he would ever have lied to her about it, or even stretched the truth. And, he is so old fashioned that of course he would wait for his true love. So endearing...
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