1. We get our first glimpse of "real" vampires in this chapter. What was your impression of them as a group and as individuals? Did you connect the fact that their red eyes had to do with the type of blood they drank?
Yeah, I connected eye colour to blood drinking. I thought they were kind of awful, though... That they seemed seperate compared to the Cullens, and much more animalistic. I wasn't overkeen.
2. To me, the book takes on a second sort of plot right here with the emergence of Bella being hunted and put in danger by someone other than Edward. Up until know, the book had a much different feel and rhythm. Do you get the same impression or did you feel something different?
No, I got the same impression. It was on a roll of being romantic and light and sweet, with Bella and Edward and her meeting the Cullens, and then WHAM, suddenly she's fearing for her life. I thought it was effective, though. I didn't see it coming, and it got my adrenaline pumping.
3. On page 383, Alice says that there is another option than just running away, which angers Edward into saying, "There-is-no-other-option." What's your take on this moment and what do you think that other option is?
I think that Alice was talking -or rather, thinking- about him turning her into a vampire. There wouldn't be any point in James stalking her then, after all, and Edward is totally opposed to it. Alice would have already seen a vision of that anyway, as it was a possibility.
4. Do you think that Bella had the best plan? Do you think things would have worked out better had they gone with Edward's plan? Considering how things worked out, do you have suggestions over what they should have done differently at this point?
Bella had the best plan out of the ones already on the table. She found a way to keep herself and Charlie safe, something that neither Edward, Alice or Emmett had managed to fine tune detail wise yet. At this point, there wasn't much they could have done differently, apart from Bella finding a better way to let leave Charlie (her way was heartbreaking). They could have altered a few things later on, though.
'Out of nowhere, she was perched on Jasper's back, her lips at his neck.
Jasper chuckled, shaking his head. "You truly are one frightening little monster."' ~APPC~