This is my favourite chapter in Breaking Dawn! The whole transformation process is amazing - the way Bella adjusts and adapts to her new senses is beautiful to read and its also very reassuring to know that besides the looks, bloodlust and enormous strength, she actually is the exact same Bella. She still hates fashion, clothes, she still worries about everything, she's still very caring, considerate, too easy to take the blame etc. But now, the difference is that she fits in, she belongs in a world that she feels totally right in. It is sort of like she's discovering herself for the first time ever, and it's thrilling to read. I have to say, at first I was in two minds about Bella becoming a vampire - I was like, how can she just forget everything, i.e. her family, friendship with Jacob, education and become totally committed to a different lifestyle? But when you see her in this new environment, living this new life, it feels totally right. For the first time, she is totally comfortable with who she is and what she is doing.
Why do you think it’s so easy for Bella to control her feelings since, as a newborn, she shouldn’t be able to?
I think this is beacause, Bella is probably the first vampire in existence who actually chose this life. Most of them got their wills taken away from them - so they were uncontrollable, confused, angry, upset etc. But Bella has known for quite some time what she is getting herself into, and she knows what sort of vampire she wants to be. She knows she doesn't want to hurt people or kill people, she simply wants immortality with Edward. Also, Bella believes that if she wants something badly enough, she can control her instincts, and she wants not to be a killer. Bella enters the vampire world completely prepared for what she will feel and what it will bring her. She has time to deal with the possible consequences, and, moreover, she has a big vampire family to look out for her, help her, and protect her from herself. Also, because her reasons for wanting to become a vampire are mostly to do with her love and desire for Edward, this feeling and trait is intensified in her vampire life, and because that was such a dominant part of her desires in her human life, it is just as equal to her craving for blood when she's a vampire, allowing her to be easily distracted by just as strong an instinct.