ringswraith wrote:Just a point of clarification.
Normally in these threads, when someone mentions Jacob being Bella's "natural" partner, they mean it in the context of "they would be together if none of these supernatural elements existed."
Point being, Edward would have died in 1918, thus never meeting Bella. Jacob would not be a shapeshifter, but he'd still be alive and around Bella, and it would have been a relatively easy slide from friendship to partners.
This is something that Stephenie Meyer has mentioned and it has been referenced here many times.
vampirenerd wrote:I have to say that I don't think she loved them the same. I agree Dovre that I don't understand how she could love them equally. While it is obvious that Jacob was her "natural path" (good clarification Rings), in the back of her mind I think she always knew that Edward would be the love of her life and she would never be able to love anyone as much as she did him. I hate the way it sounds but she knew that she would just settle with Jacob. It may have been the natural path but the love she had for Edward would always be there and nothing could outshine that. I have to disagree though, that she would never have chosen Jacob. I think if Alice wouldn't have come back and told her Edward was going to kill himself, AND if Edward had never made up his mind to go back because he couldn't handle it anymore, I think she would have eventually chosen Jacob. They had been through so much together and became friends and I believe that by the middle of New Moon she really was in love with him.
Jazz Girl wrote:[color=#4040FF]I too believe that she might have eventually settled with Jacob. But I don't believe she was ever in love with him. There is a very distinct difference between loving someone, and being in love with them. Bella ALWAYS knew where her heart's true home was. Jacob was a great friend to her (at times) and she had very serious feelings for him. But, Bella always knew, for all her struggles and confusion, that there was only one man for her.
Jazz Girl wrote:As I said, given enough time, Bella may have eventually settled with Jacob. I think it would have taken a lot more time than people think, first of all. But, my fear comes from whether or not it would work. Bella was very astute and honest with herself from the very beginning. She recognized that what she felt for Jacob was comfortable and easy, but nothing in comparison to what she felt for Edward. Once you know that kind of intense, all consuming love, can comfortable really be comforatable anymore? Can anything less feel right? I don't know. IMO, no. But, I'm wired differently than many. Bella is extremely selfless, a caretaker and nurturer by nature. She would do her best to see that Jake was always happy with her, that he never suffered. But, when you have known love that deep and had to let it go, it changes you. There would always be a part of her that compared the breathless, heart thundering touches and looks between she and Edward to the tame-by-comparison exchanges between she and Jacob. A part of her would always know that she was capable of feeling so much more than what she had. She would always know that he was her second choice. And so would he. Jacob is smart. He might try to fool himself for a while that Bella had completely let Edward go. But, he would see the remnants of her deep connection with him eventually. And, what would that do to what he thought was love for Bella?
marielle wrote: Like Charlie said in New Moon (movie) sometimes you have to learn to love what is best for you.
marielle wrote:I think the love between Jacob-Edward and Bella is most easiest to compare with Sam, Emily and Leah....
Sam too was following his natural path with Leah untill the unnatural thing crossed his path and he imprinted on Emily...
Jazz Girl wrote:HofJ~ I don't contend that she didn't love Jake. But, there is a difference in the way she loved him. Bella herself tells us, from the end of New Moon on through Eclipse and into Breaking Dawn, that there was a distinct difference in the way she loved them, and the way that she loved Jake would never be the same as Edward, would never be enough or make a difference. That is just always the reality. It's why the story is what it is. Regardless of anything and anyone else, Bella would always love Edward above and beyond all others.
Jazz Girl wrote:If the worst had happened and Edward not returned, I don't think that she would be ZombieBella. She clearly demonstrated that she was at least making an effort to live again. With Jake's help, she was functional, healing somewhat. But, she never would have gone back to being Bella as Bella was before Edward left. That kind of trauma, particularly the way she dealt with it (or didn't deal with it, depending on one's pov) leaves deep scars. She would do her best to be happy, to make Jake happy. But, sometimes, no matter how brave a face you put on, no matter how good the mask, sometimes, it slips. And, as I said, Jacob is not stupid, by any means. If Edward had not come back, no matter how much Jake loved Bella, or how much she was able to love him, he would always be second best, only with Bella because Edward chose to leave her life. No matter how much you love someone, that knowledge hurts like hell and can wreak havoc.
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