Angelvamp wrote:I'm with Ringswraith and suzeeQ, I was disappointed with the post-Bella and felt a little cheated when I first read BD. It seems to me her lack of newborn-ness was contrived to move the story along instead of something that would naturally happen. And Bella was so much more relatable before becoming a vamp. Don't get me wrong, I love that everyone got their happy ending (I would've thrown the book across the room if that didn't happen, I gots to have me some happy ending!) but I wouldn't have minded reading another book or two if that meant going through Bella's newborn period for a year or so. Also, it seems to me that she lost some of her human traits that she shouldn't have. The clumsiness, I expected her to lose. But not her stubborness or her self-depreciation or her sense of humor. It just looks like to me that most of what made Bella Bella was gone after she turned. I haven't decided yet if that's a good thing or not, since I haven't decided if I actually like Bella.
Asheleyo wrote:Well, it's hard to be self-deprecating when you're gorgeous! Seriously, though, a lot of her low self-image came from the fact that she didn't feel that she was up to par with Edward. Alice made sure that she would see herself in the mirror and see just how beautiful she is after transforming (not that she was ugly beforehand), so that she could get over this stupid feeling of being below Edward and not good enough for him.
Asheleyo wrote:As far as humor goes, we don't see it right away because she's very concerned about being able to control herself. It's hard to be amusing when you're afraid you'll kill your dad. But I still think she held on to her sense of humor. I mean, we see her joking with Edward after the first hunt, and even thinking to herself that it's nice that she can still be playful with him. And Emmett's comments while Charlie's over are not lost on her, and I think she reacts very Bella-like. I really don't think she lost that sense of herself.
I saw enough of the original Bella still hanging around. I mean, she was still humbly embarrassed to receive a great gift like her cottage. And she reacted perfectly to Alice's extreme idea of a closet. And of course, she is still the same girl that is totally taken in with Edward, despite the missing physical signs.
Openhome wrote:Charlie did have a hard time the first time he saw Bella. If you remember, Bella had to tell her dad it was really her, so she did look very different, yet similar. I like to think of it as similar to the transformations in Interview With a Vampire. Any time someone messes even a little with their face, they look very different.
As far as Bella looking at herself in the mirror, remember she is seeing herself not just as a vampire but through vampire eyes. Everyone in the room looked very different to her after the transformation. I hope they let us get a glimps of her first view of the family when the movie comes out. I really want to see Edward and Jasper the way she describes seeing them.
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