Don't get me wrong, I really liked this book. I thought it was really good, but I felt the fact that as soon as Bella became a vampire. Honestly, I feel the book would of been a lot better if it was more focused on Bella's new life and struggles as a vampire. They built up about how different, hard, and bleak life would be for her in her first years a newborn, and it felt like a cop-out. It would of been a lot more interesting to feel Bella's struggle, the way Edward said it would be; but instead nothing really has changed for her. Sure she's married, has a kid, and is a vampire, but everything is just too perfect for about 200 pages. In the "Twilight" Series, Vampires are supposed to always acknowledge at least their thirst for humans, but Bella after 3 months is strolling around town like nothing changed. The main conflict of the series was whether it was better to remain human and have her family, friends, and just a normal life OR become a vampire and live forever with super-human abilities that come with the price of the loss of her family, humanity, and soul. After all this build-up of "to be or not to be" and the sacrifice that comes with becoming a vampire, the book just skips it- if becoming a vampire was this easy, they should of got it over with at prom. For about 300 pages, Bella is just so happy with her newborn baby that is just so special and every thing's perfect. Bella even hunts with her part-human kid and a werewolf- all the other books have described that when vampires hunt they act more like animals yet hunting with the family was like a trip out for ice cream. In "Eclipse", we heard all Rosalie's and Jasper's takes on their transformations and their early years and how much of a struggle they were for those characters. For me, those were highlights of the third book, we got to see the price they paid for immortality, beauty, and super-human abilities. They seemed incredibly worried over the confrontation with the Volturri, but it all turned out to be just a minor disagreement. The climax truly was for me when Bella became a vampire, and for a brief time acted like the way that was expected of her as a newborn. This was the only time Bella's new abilities and new qualities were truly showcased. Thirst, super-human abilities, and incredible emotion were shown in all of the other Cullens, but after those few chapters, Bella is still timid, and essentially the same. After she has her baby, Bella spends more time worshipping her than Edward. When I was reading this I thought this was going to be the best one, but once I realized that everything was too perfect after Bella becomes a vampire, I became a bit disappointed.
I did like it, it's just that they really built up that Bella was going to have a hard time through the newborn stage, which would of livened up the book with some much needed problem. And it would of broken away from the format where they prepare for battle just like eclipse.
Anyone else think Bella conveniently and perfectly get to skip her newborn stage was really a cop-out though, and would of made the book better!? I would of loved to read about her inner conflict and struggles as a vampire, which was the price she was supposed to pay becoming a vampire. In all of the books, she mulled over whether it was worth it to become a vampire, but we don't get to read the results and consequences of her decision.
Well since Stephanie Meyer sort of stuck Bella with a dead-end story line, they going to have to take on different perspectives. She says she's running out of ideas for Bella---> if she would of just made Bella struggle with her transition becoming a vampire, that could of been book 4's plot itself which in my opinion would of made it the best one in the series. If she would of just slowed down Bella's transition to a perfect life with her baby, there could be a lot more stories for the series to do with her character. By making Bella get everything she ever wanted: good looks, immortality, Edward, a baby, and perfect transition from human to vampire. That's why I was so disappointed with "Breaking Dawn", Bella knew there was a price to pay to have Edward and for her to become a vampire, and this would of been the best story line ever!
Edward talks about how he is monster. His thirst that is always evident, which makes him feel like a monster and is why he didn't want Bella to become a vampire. Bella's thirst is brought up like 4 short times. She's a newborn, that is supposed to be all she can think about!!
We didn't see the downsides of Bella becoming a vampire. Everyone else has regrets and problems with it, but Bella's vampire life is really not that different.
The battle with the Volturi would be no where near as good as Bella's transformation/ newborn stage. She knew she was giving up on her friends and family, and a normal life where she would constantly have the temptation and thirst to kill. She had so many people tell her about what it would be like for her a vampire, yet nothing changes for her!! Breaking Dawn was supposed to be Bella gave up on her humanity to become a vampire, even if it came with a lust for blood and uncontrolled emotions.
I want to say to Stephenie Meyer, you foreshadowed and implied that Bella would need to rely on Edward for strength as a vampire! That would of given them a lot more time together! Make her have regrets and inner struggle! We don't want some quick-fix deus ex machina!!
Yeah but she got over it. and so did Charlie.
- She was furious after Jasper and Emmett made that bet about how many slip-ups she'd make.
- Riley terrified her.
- She wondered if she would be as vicious and crazy as Victoria's newborn army in "Eclipse" , and that really disturbed her.
- She never saw Edward as a monster- but she did wonder if she would be...
- She told herself that Edward would help her to not kill anyone.
- She seemed to think that there was a good chance she'd be a monster.
- And she was so scared and sure that she was going to be like Bree.
YET she still wanted to become a vampire. Let her pay the price. Let her have regrets. Let her realize this was a fate she would never want for anyone.
If she would of had a tough time as a newborn, she would of needed to rely on Edward- making him more central to the plot!!