I think that you make some interesting points but on the whole im afraid I disagree. I think the narrative in bd does fit in with the narrative of the other books. At the end of ec bella had chosen to be a vampire and she was ready to make all the sacrifices in the world to be woth edward forever but in life things get in the way of our choices and nessie was an example of that. Bellas pregnancy was an accident and the way bella dealt with it totally flowed with the with the narrative of the other books, and just because she ended up becoming a vampire because of this and not freely over choice to be with edward doesnt for me lesson the fact that all through bd we can see she would have gave up humanity for edward if life hadnt thrown her this curve ball. Just because as readers we expect or think we know where a story is headed or what should have happened, doesnt make us right we can just look at the way it DID happen. Just because at the end of ec it was looking like both bella and edward had made peace with the fact she was going to become a vampire doesnt mean that it had to go that way. I feel that the characters dealt with things in bd the way I would have expected and if theyd behaved any other way then that for me would have betrayed the narrative of the other books.
Edward for example, although its true he had come to accept the fact that he would make bella immortal as it was the best way to make her happy would still have reacted to the pregnacy in the way he did. Youv got to remember they didnt know what type of monster nessie would turn out to be and bella was in a lot of physical pain and she could die before he got the chance to transform her and it was essentially his fault because against his better judgment they had slept together. How else would the self loaving and pessimistic edward respond to this. And once bella discovered she was pregnant what other choice could she have made that wouldnt go against the main characteristics we've come to know of her. Her great and powerful love for edward is there but she would never of got rid of her child just to please him.
Also I think bella the newborn is very much following on from the narrative of the last to books. If bd had folled on from tw THEN I would have expected bella to react to the transformation in the same way as the other newborns because she didnt really know what she was getting herself into and had not really given it much thought. But because of nm and ec she had spent a lot of time going thru what it would be like and had chosen this fate. Just think she didnt react in the same way as the others bcause hers was a unique case. All the other cullens and newborns went into it blind and had no idea what was happening to them so when the transformation was complete although they just responded to ther insticts. Bella was unique, she knew what to expext and all throught the painfull transformation she knew exactly what was happenning and could subconsciously prepare. Through the gift of knowledge and tiem she could to a certain extent choose how she was going to be. Its similar to carlise transformation due to his knowledge of vampires existance e had an idea what he was becoming and could choose how he was going to be, as soon as he awoke he too defied his thirst for humans and distanced himself straith away. Yes he struggled, but if he had the time and knowledge bella had I think he would have been exactly the sam ype of newborn as she. It would have been unrealistic for her to be the same savage newborn as the others if were following on from ec because had had that time to prepare and choose this fate. For me this peacefull newborn is following on from the narrativ of nm and ec rather than tw. If it had follewed on from tw then I would have questioned it. The knowledge and choice of what was happening coupled with bellas strong SHIELD mind, stubborness and the fact that she always seems to be the exception to the rule follow perfectly from the other books in the series.
I think that the mere fact that bella made a final choice at the end of eclipse and edward became resolve to it was far more important than him actally taking her mortality freely. The choice was the important bit not the action. That choice would never have wavered and she would never have gone back on it but life often doesnt play ball with our desires but that doesnt for me take away the sentament. If bella had fallen pregnant before in her cling on to life stage then maybe but it happened after she had made a final decision.
If we look at tw,nm, ec and bd as one (all be it rather long) book then it comes full circle.
Tw – love found
nm -love lost
ec – love chosen
bd -love realised
in terms of the series being one long story tw offers the care free if u will intro all about finding love, nm and ec offer the meat of the story, loosing that love and having to make sacrifices and relsolving to a choice and bd is the conclusion our happily ever after if you will and I personally think it flows beautifully and it was just what I was hoping for. I think the choice bella made to be a vampire in ec and his willingness to do it against his better judgement are the proof of how much they love each other, not having it all go wrong when it does happen and watchig them struggle and then it be ok. Their whole relashionshop has beena struggle and bella is willing to give up her family and humanity for edward and we know she would have done freely if it had not been for nesie. Its not her fault that things worked out well it, for me, doesnt lesson the fact that it could of been horrendous and she knew that but committed herself to edward anyway.
(think I got a bit excited)
just an after thort, the end of b/d is a great example of bellas choice to make what ever sacrifice nececcary tto be with edward. she, along with the rest truely believe they have no hope and because of her shield mind she could have left with nessie safe in the knowledge that the volturi could not trace them but she didnt she made arrangements for jake to take nessie and raise her even tho she loved her so much. she chose to stay with edward and face what she believed was certain death rather than live without him. once again it doest take away from her choice that it all turned ut well because when she made the decision she truely believed it would not. there could be no other story to follow on from ec becuse stephenie was always going to throw these events in there way and i cant see how the characters being who they are could have responded to them any different. stephenie will have wrote nm and ec in the full knowledge of what events lay in there future and so every line wriiten would have been written with the evnts of bd in mind and as a charater writer she wouldnt have them do things that go against there characters personalities. so i think it is the events that the characters could not control that people have the problem with not the choices the characters made in responce to them and as stephenie is in control of the evnts and situations the characters face there could not have been any follow on from eclipse but bd. the events may not have gone were we expected them to after ec but i think you must concede that the way the charaters dealt with them and the choices made most certainly do follow on the same narrative as the other books in the series. if you try to imagine them reacting differently, like bella getting rid of nessie, or edward not freaking out over the pin and danger bella is in it is then that i would see sharpe in consistancy. bd is a prime example of real life, we can decide our choices but we cannot decide our fate.
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"now you know, no one's ever loved anyone as much as i love you"
"i know of just one exception"
And then we continued blissfully into this small but perfect piece of our forever
team edward all the way!