1. What were your first thoughts about Edward's age and human history? Were you creeped out at all that he was so very much older than she was?
Again, trying to remember back to first reading, and pretending I haven't read NM, Eclipse, BD and MS:
To be honest, I remember being surprised that he wasn't older (as a vampire) - I'm also a big Buffy fan, so am used to the whole 250-year-old-boyfriend thing. He's 17 forever - what's to get creeped out about?
2. Edward tells Bella very little about the process of becoming a vampire. Why do you think he chose to keep this from her when he is being so very open about everything else?
He didn't want her to know, to put ideas in her head about becoming a vampire herself. At this point in the story, she hasn't thought about or mentioned the idea of being changed, and he doesn't want her to.
3. We learn that many vampires are gifted with supernatural traits. Stephenie has told us that vampires are drawn to special humans, and therefore when those humans become vampires, their special qualities are enhanced. If that is the case, I simply must ask the question everyone one of us has asked at some point. If Bella were to become a vampire, what would her trait be? And is it possible for her to not have any special trait at all?
I didn't even consider this the first time I read the book, and I'd already read Breaking Dawn before I re-read Twilight, so moot point really.
4. Edward lets it out that he's been watching Bella as she sleeps. Again, did this creep you out or make you fall even harder for Edward?
I knew that it should have creeped me out, but I was already falling pretty hard. Not sure how I would handle it in real life, but the idea of Edward watching her sleep is romantic.
And having read Midnight Sun, I can't fault him!
5. Edward says two possibly conflicting things in this chapter. First, he explains that in the last few days, he has put mind over matter and has been able to control his thirst for her - that the temptation isn't as strong. He later says that he doesn't think it would ever be possible for them to have an intimate relationship because it would be too difficult for him to control himself. Do you think he's being honest with himself, or do you think he's just trying to protect Bella again?
I think he means two different things. He's able to control his thirst for her - mind over matter, but he has no idea how he would react to an intimate relationship with her - as he says, he doesn't know if he would be able to control his strength. I don't have the book on me to give a direct quote, but it's something a long the lines of "I could reach up to touch your face and end up crushing your skull by mistake."
6. Along those same lines, we learn that both Edward and Bella have never had a real relationship with another person before this. Many people have debated the issue of Edward's virginity, and that has been put to rest by Stephenie herself. Did you think that maybe Edward had been intimate before, he just hadn't had a real serious relationship with anyone he loved, or did you get it right from the start that he was just as innocent as Bella was in this matter?
I 'got it right from the start', as you put it. It didn't occur to me that he would be lying to Bella - again, i don't have the book with me to be sure, but I remember him being nervous as he asked her if she had been with someone. Surely, if he already had, it wouldn't be so much of an issue for him? I'm not usually so easily persuaded in real life, but I pretty much believe most of what Edward says.
(My Gods, I sound like a school girl in love for the first time - I'm really quite grown-up and responsible you know.
No, honestly, I am. I run my own business and everything. My brain just turns to mush around Edward. It's wonderful to feel 16 again - one of the reasons I love these books so much!)