fanMNM wrote:I have to say that I was not a huge fan of this scene. I felt like Bella was saying she thought she was meant to be a vampire more than she was saying she was meant to be with Edward. It didn't sit well with me. But I really liked your explanation and seeing it the way you describe it makes it much more comfortable for me. I still think the dialogue could have been better so that there was no confusion about what Bella's point was here...but your explanation definitely makes sense and thanks for sharing it! I'll watch that scene with a more open mind next time I see it.
I think there's two things that really make it work for me. First and foremost, a part of my fundamental understanding of The Saga has always been that Bella & Edward are quite literally made for each other, truly meant to be in the truest sense of the phrase. And I always saw Bella as figuring that out a little faster than Edward, or at least, figuring out what had to happen for that to be realized. So, that's a concept that I automatically carry to the movies.
Second, Kristen Stewart gave an interview where she commented on the fact that one of the themes that runs throughout Eclipse is the fact that no one listens to Bella about her choices. Not Edward, not Jacob, not Charlie, no one. And, you see it play out. Charlie telling Bella that grounding her is, in part to get her some distance from Edward. She tells him then and there that there's nothing he can do and Edward is in her life, no matter what. But, he doesn't listen. His next sentence is about getting more separation. Same with Jacob, though it actually starts in New Moon, "No, Bella. I won't let you be one of them.". She tells him over and over and over again that she chose this, that it's what is going to happen and he never believes her, never trusts her choice. Same with Edward. Perfect example; when they return from Florida and are talking in the car: "Is that why you wanted me to go? You thought I'd change my mind?" "I'm always hoping for that." Even Rosalie gets in on the action. "You have a choice and you're choosing wrong." I always want to shout at the screen;"Choosing wrong for YOU, not her!!!"
So, in essence, it adds to the movie an undertone of Bella doing what she has to do to get the people in her life to realize that she actually knows what she's talking about and what she wants. With Edward more than anyone else, who feels selfish for even wanting to turn her, she has to turn the argument a little, remind him that, while they may not have anything to do with Bella's ultimate decision, there are other factors at work. I suppose that is ultimately why I appreciate that little speech so much. As soon as she makes it not about him, he understands. Again, maybe I fill in way too much of my own context. But, it's what makes it work for me.