Hello everyone, Jazz Girl
– I agree with you that Edward's mind reading ability were overlooked in BD2 and all the other films as well. Although, not as badly as in EC, but overlooked nonetheless. I never thought one
non-gifted vampire (TW, NM, EC & BD2) or one wolf (BD1), could make Edward struggle too much, let alone put him on his back. I do, however, think 2 or 3 non-gifted vampires or wolves could take Edward out, but definitely NOT one. NM and BD1 was a little better to accept for me because I saw it as, if Edward had defeated Felix then other Volturi members would have taken Edward out and if Edward would have defeated Sam then other wolves would have taken him out as well. So I thought, better to have Edward seem weaker than he really is than the alternative. Amanda Beth, Tornado & Naterpie
– Re: BD2 vision-fight. I don't think in the fight Edward would be checking on Nessie. In the book, Edward kissed Renesmee goodbye and gave Jacob total charge over her, as did Bella. In BD2, once the fight started Jacob & Nessie would have been too far for Edward to read either one of their minds. Also after what happened in EC, I don't think Edward would opt to link up to the pack's mind in a battle again. I also think, the pack figured out a way to deal with someone else's pain. Otherwise, once Seth was in pain from being squished to death everyone mentally connected to him would have been on the ground too writhing in pain, leaving them vulnerable.
Also, I agree that it is canon to have Edward not be able to effectively listen to everyone's thoughts and effectively protect all his loved ones in a battle, but in BD2 book-Edward would've had NO problems reading Demetri's thoughts while fighting him and while also, keeping an eye on Bella and maybe one other person. Demetri looked like he was about to be defeated by Jasper, until the Volturi guard cheated. I also, think book-Edward would have shown more fury than movie-Edward did. He would have been a very effective killing machine. Although, it makes sense for movie-Edward to be put on his back by Demetri, after all movie-Jasper put movie-Edward on his back in EC, but it would never make sense for book-Edward to be put on his back by Demetri alone. I also thought it was canon-like for Kate to cause Edward enough pain to bring him to his knees when she touched him.
Lastly, I LOVED how Edward leaped out of the chasm and killed Demetri and LOVED how Edward & Bella killed Aro. But I hated the oh so canon-like demise that would have followed.