First, let me say, I agree with Dovrebanen. I never saw Bella's ease of transformation as out of character at all. I loved that she was "good" at being a vampire. I always put a lot of credence in what Bella says, that it was like she was born to be a vampire. It starts with her transformation. From the moment the venom starts to work on her system, Bella shows an extraordinary amount of control. She is able to lock down her body and her mind, remain in herself in order not to cry out. It continues from there, her control and mastery of all things vampiric. So, I guess it never really surprised me that she would be able to have this kind of control. And, yes, I think it was wonderful for Edward that Bella's transformation and vampiric nature were easy. Maybe that was a little gift from SM to Edward, that he would not have to, after suffering through 2 years of resisting Bella, accepting that he would in fact have to transform her and then the whole ordeal with the pregnancy, he did not also have to suffer through Bella's newborn craze.
As to the factors Dark Knight mentions, I think her preparation and desire had the most to do with it. We do not ever hear of another newborn who was prepared the way Bella was. She spent almost 2 years contemplating becoming a vampire, wanting it and fighting for it with everything she was. That had to play a role. I also agree that Ness might have had something to do with it. Normally, I would say all of the pregnancy hormones might have exacerbated the whole experience. After all, any woman who's been pregnant can tell you how crazy hose things will make you. But, just like DK says, Bella never really reacted to anything the typical way. Maybe, just maybe, this is another one of those situations.
As for Opulent's question about why Bella could feel Jane's attacks on her shield, I think it had to do with two things. First, focus. Bella was focused very intensely and clearly on protecting her family with the shield, on identifying any little opening that might allow the Volturi a chance. She was looking for a weakness to make sure that she was still functioning as a shield for everyone. Plus, when she first met Jane, she wasn't even aware of ther shield and she was highly emotional and agitated. She might have felt the same sensation but been completely unaware of it because of everything else going on. It was just one more strange uncomfortable sensation in a world of scary and pain.
Also, the shield was normally just clustered around her. That made it thicker, for lack of a better term. When it was stretched out, the it was thinner, making changes to it more perceptible. Think of it this way. Take a sheet and hang it up. Then throw a nerf or small ball at it. Then double it up and do the same thing. And again, and again. The more times you fold the sheet and thicken it, the less perceptible the impact of the ball, even if it is thrown the same strength, or even harder.
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