Well, it's taken rereading Breaking Dawn
to realize that I thoroughly enjoyed the book. So why am I typing on here? Because I still don't love it in the same way as the other three books. The book is beyond entertaining and Chapter 19: Burning
, is entirely the best written chapter in the entire series. Honestly, that chapter gave me goosebumps. It was everything and more in what we wanted from the description of Bella's transformation. The detail and accuracy is uncanny and just spectacular.
Reading Breaking Dawn
again was VERY helpful in getting over the initial shock of all the unexpected occurances. Knowing about Nessie, makes her existence not so complicated and it makes the whole plot of the book seem not so impossible. Improbable, of course, but not impossible. The things that I couldn't stand the first time around, have become part of the series and seem not at all like an anomaly.
However, I am posting on the inbetween thread and with good reason. I still don't think this book matched up 100% with the previous books. It was close, extremely so, but it wasn't quite there. Some things will always be unsettling. Bella turned sex-addict, Edward's seemingly "uncharacteristicness" of Book 2, The almost unbearable graphic pregnancy and delivery, Jake's imprinting, The never-ending Volturi "Battle", and of course the too happy ending.
I love happy endings as much as the next person, but Breaking Dawn
just had too much! Wasn't the main theme of this series "choice" and "sacrifice"? Nothing was lost! Except Irina, but honestly, her death was ruthless, but not all that sad. When I say "Nothing was lost!" I'm exaggerating slightly. Obviously, Bella has lost her humanity and...other
things, but more was gained, which we DID expect. But what about the whole "choice" theme of Eclipse
? She didn't even lose Jake. Or Charlie. AND she got a kid? I'm sorry that I was expecting more..."loss" Maybe that just makes me a negative person *shrug*. I know I'm speaking blasphemy, but a significant death(maybe Carlisle
) would have had a greater effect for the theme of the books. Honestly, I rolled my eyes up to 10 times within the last 50 pages; half of that having to do with the Volturi battle, and I use the word "battle" very loosely. The whole Volturi thing was just too uneventful. 'Anticlimactic' isn't the right word, just a let-down. We spent so much time building up to it and then....nothing. I understood the stratgic "mental battle", but quite frankly, I was looking for some action! With all those cool powers put together, an action scene would have been fantastic.
Another issue, there really wasn't enough Alice and there was too much
Rosalie. As frustrating as that was, it's easier to see why now. We missed a lot of Esme and Carlisle action too! It seemed Esme was simply there to make "loving sounds" and Carlisle to be "the compassionate leader". I was under the impression there was more to them than that
. Also, I had felt there wasn't enough Bella/Edward romance, and in a sense, there really wasn't, but now I see that their romance has just evolved and that
can be appreciated...over time.
Before this gets obscenely long [too late!], I'd just like to focus on what I enjoyed immensely. The wedding was beyond AMAZING. Thank you Alice!
The honeymoon was also AMAZING. Frankly, I enjoyed the whole of Book 1, except at the end of course...though Edward in shock is
slightly amusing. Book 2 was....informative. My opinion on Jake Black hasn't changed after reading it. I still simply just like him. I don't think that will EVER change. I do
LOVE Seth now though. And of course Book 3 was was wonderful. Chapter 21 "First Hunt" was a lot easier to enjoy the second time, knowing how the book ends. The J. Jenks scenario....pleasurable. Poor guy. That's what you get for dealing with "Mr. Jasper" Breaking Dawn
as a whole was enjoyable. Extremely so. It was a nice way to end the series. The best way to end it? I don't think so, but it was a good end to a great series. Thank you Stephenie! However, I don't think the story is over and for that continuation, I WILL wait.