I’m surprised, first of all, by all of the Breaking Dawn hate that’s been showing up all over the twilight communities. Sure, there were a lot of surprises that came along, but really … referring to the book as “the book that shall not be named”. I can sympathize with a little bit of the dislike — my first reaction to a lot of the book was face-palming and rolling of eyes and annoyance. After digesting all of the book for a day, and reading the book for a second time though, I’ve gotten over the annoyance.
I do wish things hadn't been so "run off into sunny fields hallmark-moment" for Bella in her new body and self. IrishTea put it quite well earlier:
One of the whole messages about this series is THE CHOICE. Will she become a vampire and give everything up or will she stay human and keep everything? We all knew what she was going to pick - but still, there was going to be a choice. But in Breaking Dawn she didn't have to choose anything! She didn't choose to be changed but instead had to be changed to save her life. She didn't even have to give up charlie, a baby, jacob, etc. There is such a thing as too MUCH of a happy ending.
After all the scathing reviews of “Edward gets human Bella pregnant”, it is slightly humbling to have Bella, in canon, become pregnant. Most of us thought it couldn’t happen. My mother when reading the books had no problem wrapping her head around pregnant Bella. This was because she’d been just reading the books, not the Q and A sessions with Stephenie Meyer that I had been reading prior to the release of Breaking Dawn. So in a way, by all the fanfic and personal correspondence and Q and A's.
I must admit that the name Renesme is, in my opinion, awkward. I did enjoy Bella’s reaction to Jacob’s dubbing her “Nessie”.
I really enjoyed the insight it gave into other members of the vampire world, particularly the depth it gave to the Denali coven. It was such a relief that Tanya was quite nice, and not the jealous shrew that she’s often written as in fanfic. I also enjoyed seeing more of the Clearwaters. Seth and Leah are just awesome characters!
After reading some more Q and A’s by Stephenie Meyer, my quibbles with the logistics of Bella’s pregnancy are gone.
One of the longest things about this last year is that I’ve been reading all these quotes that people have been attributing to me that I never said. I had a rough draft of [this story] by the beginning of 2004, so before I ever did a tour or answered any questions or did an interview, I knew where the story was going. … When people said, “Hey, can vampires have babies?” I always said no, because female vampires don’t change at all, and it takes a lot of change for your body to accommodate a fetus, so it’s not possible. But I never said anything about the part that I knew was coming. … It is true … there’s a whole chromosomal-count difference, but venom works a lot of different ways, so for me, it always worked just fine.
— MTV “Twilight Tuesday” interview
So that’s my two cents. While Eclipse is probably my favorite Twilight book, I did enjoy Breaking Dawn — and I'm sure it will grow on me (as it already has ...)