RebeccaCullen wrote: The only thing I can recall clearly is the part in the movie when Alice and Bella are about to drive off and Bella tells Jacob that it`s always going to be Edward when he asks her to stay. If she fell for him, like SM is trying to make me believe, IMO, Bella would have seriously considered staying in Forks because as far as I'm concerned, she was lead to believe that he didn't love her any more.
Actually, she never said that in the book at all. In the book, when she left, she just asked him to keep Charlie safe while she was gone. Even in the movie, the line you are referring to was after she came back (when she and Edward met Jacob in the forest), so it did not take place prior to her going at all. She said nothing directly either in the book or movie that would make Jake think that she didn't care for him. In fact, in the book, she kissed his hand before she left. Not something you'd do if you were brushing somebody off.
The line (that it was always going to be Edward) is certainly true, as what she feels for Jacob is not enough to overcome what she feels for Edward, but I think you're downplaying Jacob and Bella's relationship.
RebeccaCullen wrote: I think Bella cared for Jacob and loved him like he was her brother (which was how I read their entire relationship in NM)
I'm sure that every Team Edward fan would love it if this were true, but even at the time I was worried about how close they were getting. She was getting ready to settle for him, and that takes a little more than a brother/sister relationship.
RebeccaCullen wrote: It was only in EC that she felt guilty for using him, and it was that guilt that, I think, caused her to continue her messed up friendship with him until he was hurt in the fight with the newborns and she was forced to realize that she couldn`t have both Edward and Jacob.
No, she realised it prior to that, when she kissed him, and I don't think there's any doubt that she felt more than just guilt for Jacob, as much as we might wish otherwise.