I had originally posted something in this thread on the hacked forum stating exactly what I did and didn't like about Breaking Dawn. Now that I've had time to sit and think a little more about everything, I'm still on the fence, but for quasi-different reasons.
The turning point for me, what made me go back and read it again with "different eyes," was an interview I read with Stephenie. She said that she was writing this more so for herself, allowing her characters to end things the way they wanted to...so really, who am I to object? I am but a voyeur in Stephenie's worlds and what right do I have to have any say or expectation in the denouement of a series I've enjoyed so much. Whether I loved it or not, it was still a very enjoyable read.
It is still, by and far, not my favourite of the series, New Moon will always take that top spot, but I don't hate it. I could never hate something so rich and vibrant with life, even if it takes some unconventional or even bizarre twists and turns. Much like life itself, we're never really sure to know or understand what's going to be on the next page or next chapter until we get there.
EDIT: Okay, so i've read it again and listened to it on audiobook and i can't say that i'm on the fence anymore. I really like it. The more I read/listen to Bella's transformation, the more I can see that she did make some serious choices that could have worked against her in so many ways. Why couldn't I be happy that she is finally getting her fairytale ending, and why are we so ready for things to fall apart and expect the worst?
I apologize for fence sitting. It just took me a little longer and more careful consideration to realize just how much I love this book, all of its freaky occurrences, the bizarre and almost impossible events, and even Jacob and Renesmee.
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