holdingoutforjacob wrote:My first impression of Leah, when I read the whole imprinting story was Ohhhh my you poor girl. I didn't really have an opinion about her not being particularly nice to the pack members, because I figured she was just acting out, I had no idea the complexity of those dynamics. It was something that isn't the best way in the world to handle your pain, but something I can relate to. But then I promptly forgot about her. Until Eclipse, at which point I pretty much wanted to kill her. There was no excuse for picking on someone when they are at the absolute BOTTOM. There still isn't, as much as I like her now. So I went into BD not liking her at all, but as soon as we got to Jacob's POV and I realized how much there was for her to be angry about, how much she had to deal with every day. Now she amazes me. When Sam tried to manipulate her past with him to get her to come back to his pack because his own ego was bruised, I couldn't have been more disgusted with him. It cemented in my mind the concept of Sam as an egomaniacal buttface.
One thing that really bothers me is Bella's attitude towards Leah, and the sort of relativity between the two. They go through sort of the same thing, Bella and Leah, both lose their love to something they can't control and have no say in the matter, and no way of dealing with it. But Bella has the luxury of being able to fall apart, Leah doesn't. Both of them, in their pain (or fear, in Bella's case) end up hurting people. But Bella is pitied and looked after and cared for, because she is the one who couldn't function. But Leah is scorned and seen as a bitter harpy, when she is the one who DIDN'T get her man back, and has to live with seeing him with Emily, her cousin, EVERY day, and hear his thoughts about her... good God. When Edward left, at least Bella didn't have to see him being happy while she was miserable.
holdingoutforjacob wrote:She didn't have that freedom. She didn't become a wolf til either late New Moon or early Eclipse, I think.... or maybe mid-Eclipse. Anyway, she knew the legends and stuff but she didn't hear the pack mind or anything so she could escape it. By the time there was no escape, there really was NO ESCAPE, because at that point her father had just died, her mother was mourning, her little brother had just been thrown into a world of violence and things beyond his control.... she probably couldn't justify leaving them in her head. Jacob had very few ties to La Push, besides his father, who can take care of himself pretty well, plus there's a whole helping community for him, not that Sue wouldn't have this too, but she probably figured that losing a daughter after losing her husband would be too hard. She also has a lot of pride and probably wouldn't want to run away. Poor Leah. Bella is allowed to be completely useless yet she can't even escape the situation if she wants to.
holdingoutforjacob wrote:There would have been a lot of yelling, and possibly swearing. No, definite swearing.
That's what I like to think anyway, that I wouldn't have done it, that I would have stood up for myself, but in reality I probably would have been a bridesmaid because I really have no backbone
holdingoutforjacob wrote:From what we see of Emily, I don't think she'd intentionally be malicious. I think maybe she thought it was a nice gesture, to show she still loved Leah, something to that effect. But either she's really stupid, really insensitive, or REALLY mean.
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