smitten_by_twilight wrote: I'm going to throw some other potential gender-based POV issues out there, to help stimulate thought :
Which character do you identify with? Since the story is, at different times, written from opposite-gendered-characters' POVs, do you find it easier or harder to read from a same or opposite gendered character?
Do you find the portrayal of self-esteem issues realistic or not, considering gender?
Stephanie has commented that Edward's frequent arrogance (which he has some justification for) is, in her experience, more typical of men. Yes, no, sometimes? Are the genders arrogant in a different way, or about different things? What role does arrogance play in the secondary characters, and does it seem gender consistent?
Does our gender influence what we think of the non-battle at the end of Breaking Dawn?
Does it impact our perceptions of how the pregnancy and birth were written?
Chernaudi wrote:I have to disagree with the fact that you didn't notice any other character flaws--Jacob is young and immature, Edward is needy and overprotective of Bella, Jacob and Edward are both possessive with Bella, and Rosalie is vain and is/was jealous of Bella, while Bella either doesn't know what she wants, or how to express what she wants.
Many of the major characters have flaws. More examples: Caius is cruel and vain, Marcus is apathetic, and Aro is needy, power hungry, somewhat paranoid to the point where he has a love/hate relationship with the Cullens, and is a bit jealous of them, just like any other Fascist or Communist dictator, just not as overtly evil and more well meaning, but still amoral, power hungry, jealous and scared that he might lose influence and is conflicted over what he wants and how best to get it.
I don't know if you'd call them character flaws or whatever, but I do notice flaws in several characters, and I don't think it exactly has anything to do with gender unless it has something to do with the way that different people of different sex see things, which I don't think is entirely the case here.
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