holdingoutforjacob wrote:well, i think that we are being a little rough on Bella here.
I mean, honestly, how do you expect a 17 year old to only ever fall in love with one person ever?? how does that work? of course Bella THINKS she will only ever love Edward. But that's simply unrealistic.
I don't think she fell for Jacob easily at all.... I really don't understand where you are getting that from.
i think that in the context of how SM portrays bella she seems to be different than she is.
in the context of real life, i don't think it was bad for bella to have another love interest. i think it was necessary. i think edward knew it was necessary, that was his thing all along, to make sure she had as many human experiences as possible.
however, that does not mean her treatment of people was right. if she were a little less melodramatic, a little more centered, and her relationship with edward was a little more balanced and healthy, she would have caused everyone a lot less pain.
footloose wrote:Another thing I find illogical is how torn she is even when Edward is THERE. It's still a bit acceptable for her to re-examine her options when Edward is gone and (presumably) not going back. But in Eclipse, her LIFE and FUTURE is there BY HER SIDE, and yet she's still TORN between him and the other guy!!! it's almost like she takes Edward for granted, that she only feels what it cost her when he leaves, and when he's around, she easily seeks other distractions. It just contradicts the way SM presents her character in Twilight and part of NM.
SenorGimp wrote:Sweet, I get one of the first posts on this thread...
I get what you two are saying, malaz and footloose, but the whole point behind everything that Bella does in New Moon, is to drum up danger so she can hear Edward's voice. First she goes to the city and looks for people like the serial rapist dude from twilight, so that she can feel scared and hear edward
Then she goes to Jacob to have him fix up her bikes, so that she can ride them, putting herself in danger (clumsy as she is) to hear edward's voice.
After a while, the thrill of that wears off, so she goes through a whole bunch of other ideas (trying to locate the meadow, cliff-diving, etc.) and Jacob is there for all of that.
So then she starts to feel like she's okay when Jacob is around, because he doesn't try to protect her, he just lets her be her, and rather than thwarting the stupid things she wants to do (like edward would) he acts as a sort of partner in crime, helping her carry out her hair-brained schemes.
Throughout all of this interaction, it's only natural that she might start to develop feelings for Jacob, call it a rebound, call it whatever you want, but I don't think that she's going against her character by so doing.
I mean, come on, she's just lost the most important thing in her life, which can be pretty hard to deal with if you've never had anything important in your life before.
Now when Edward comes back (is brought back by Bella and Alice) at the end of New Moon, and then in Eclipse the whole Jacob or Edward thing starts, Bella is genuinely torn.
Because Edward left her, put a huge hole in her heart, and Jacob helped to fill that hole. But the truth is that, no matter who may come along, no one can ever fill the place of that first love, believe me I know, so when she has to choose between Edward and Jacob, she of course wants to choose Edward, but she doesn't want to hurt Jacob, because he was the only real friend she's ever had, and Edward DID hurt her pretty badly, so she doesn't know if she can trust him anymore, even though she still does love him.
I don't think it's too hard to step into her shoes and feel what she feels, because I've been there trying to fill the hole left by one love with another, and it really is treacherous ground to cover.
I don't know.
Just a thought
Thank you for your time
leahroselover wrote:Its true when my Edward left me I went into my own breakdown, where I just needed attention. I just needed to be told I was special and beautiful. Then my mother talked to me about love and suddenly it hit me. The things I was doing was not just going to hurt me, but my family in the long run (I won't get into details about the actions). He left me on June 17, 2006. In August of 2006 I made myself move on.
Belle went on for months and months.
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