glstewart wrote:Amivera: I have to admit that I'm a little sad for you..you really think Jessica was a good friend in Twilight? I'm not sure how I would have thought of her when I was your age, but I can tell you from my side of the hill -- Jessica was NOT a good friend to Bella, or to anyone else.
Sympathy is unnecessary. I think Jessica was a good friend. If you feel sorry for me for having opinions, I feel sorry for you for feeling sorry for me for having opinions.
I'm surprised you have such high standards. Perhaps you read your friends' minds to make sure they don't think anything negative about you...?
A "good" friend simply doesn't behave the way Jessica behaves. Jessica is a snarky, self-serving _itch. Girls like that grow up to be women like that. If Jessica can claim to be any kind of friend to Bella, I would define it as shallow and temporary.
Behave in what way?
BEHAVE, you say. How does Jessica behave? She welcomes Bella on the first day, she invites her into their group of friends, introduces her to Angela, invites her to Port Angeles, acts genuinely interested when Bella is talking about her and Edward after, agrees to go to the movies with Bella even though she'd been kicked aside for months while Bella was with Edward and moping afterward, and is understandably frightened when Bella begins to draw the attention of a group of large men. (Because Bella *was* trying to put them in danger)
I'd say she behaved pretty kindly.
If Jessica were truly a good friend, she would have been able to understand Bella's utter desolation over Edward, and given her time -- you know, the way Angela did. Bella only asked Jessica to the movies after "the wake-up" because Charlie was forcing her to get out more, and she chose Jessica because she was shallow and temporary. Bella was still in no mood for any sort of girlfriend heart-to-heart chats.
I'm sure she DID understand Bella's depression and what-not, but Jessica wasn't there for every cheesy conversation Bella had with Edward. She did not know the depth of their relationship and about their 'true love'. What she saw was a girl who had known a guy for a few months and was suddenly acting like she had died, ignoring everyone around her in the process.
I'm sure she understood Bella for the first month or so, but when an entire season went by, she probably felt it was pointless. Jessica agreed to go with Bella to the movies, because she was being a good friend. How can you say she had other motives? There's a bit of cynicism going around here.
Bella *was* in the mood for listening to Jessica talk and talk, that's why she chose her. Perhaps Bella was in the wrong, then, if she only chose to go out with Jessica, because she was 'shallow and temporary'.
If I were in Jessica's shoes, and my friend was drifting off towards a group of shifty-looking strange guys, I would grab her by the arm and drag her off to a safe, well-lit, public area -- and then demanded to know what the heck she was thinking. Jessica just snarls and gets pissy about the whole thing, once again only thinking of herself.
Good for you. Perhaps Jessica did not want to risk her life like Bella unthinkingly does all the time. If you're going to berate Jessica for this small action, there are a million-and-one things you can pin down on Bella.
And I second Shakespeare
on just about everything.