I read it. And disliked it. Too many things made me want to headdesk into the book. Like Nessie.
I could have accepted the pregnancy despite the "Wait. Backtrack. I thought it was impossible?" thing as I know that, as a writer, you're not fully in control of the story. Rather, it's the other way around. And sometimes you need to rescind from past statements because of the unpredicted, but necessary twist the plot has taken. Rowling did it with Harry Potter. Joss Whedon does it all the time with everything in his universe. It's why some people don't accept as canon anything outside the book/movie/show/etc. While I would have had difficulty with it, I may have been able to accept a normal pregnancy provided that the pregnancy was really necessary to the story-line. In a way, it was, but in another it just seemed like a convenient way to allow Bella to keep Jacob and have Jacob be happy. And this right after an incredible Leah/Jacob scene where I would have gladly started shipping them. I was so delighted with Jacob's speech against imprinting, and he imprints.
Then, regarding Volturi, I'm still wondering why Aro didn't use the fact that they had admitted to Charlie that there was something odd about the Cullens against them. Sure, he didn't know they were vampires, but he knew they weren't normal, could guess they were even supernatural considering Jacob fursploded in front of him. What if he tried to uncover the truth? Or accidentally told another? I doubt the Volturi would allow even such a threat to their secret, pathetic though it may seem.
The Volturi as a whole didn't act like what we'd been told before. Even with Bella's shield, they should have been able to fight. Edward's explanation/insult at the end about them being cowards didn't really fit. Alice was afraid during New Moon, explained that some of the Volturi had abilities that made what she could do look like a parlor trick. I doubt that was mere exaggeration. Sure, Bella made them re-think fighting, but there's no reason why they would keep from fighting because they were afraid. Especially after they saw that her shield was ineffective against physical attack. Just have Caius aim the fire-thingy at them. He'd be happy.
Speaking of shields, Renata was a disappointment. I just can't buy the image of a PERSONAL BODYGUARD whimpering. Aren't they supposed to be kinda like the Secret Service? Gung-ho, protect-the-president-at-all-costs!, all GRR and whatnot?
I wanted to shoot the wives. There was really no point to them, they're never even named in the text itself. We needed an index for that. Firefly had said that they sounded more like an accessory than actual wives and I have to agree.
Moving on to technicality, the book was surprisingly badly written. Style was lacking; it took me a long time to try to find Stephenie in the writing. The characters themselves were odd. It seemed like we skipped from Twilight to Breaking Dawn. New Moon? Wha-? Eclipse? There was an eclipse? Where? So many things weren't answered or left ambiguous and contradictory.
Then, there is the matter of several themes that are truly disturbing, foremost a misogynistic sense. Female wolves are apparently menopausal; male wolves can continue to procreate. Female half-vampire children cannot turn others into vampires; the males can. It's women that are sacrificed in the Amazon by Nahuel's father and the female members of the Volturi coven apparently have no power. Even the protagonist, Bella, is frequently swayed and manipulated by others, namely Edward and Jacob. I know Stephenie has stated on numerous occasions that she is not anti-female, but anti-human. However, it seems like the females are the ones who get the short end of the stick. Despite what she says, it's not what is shown in the novels, a flaw that is obvious in various other occasions.
Breaking Dawn was a sad way to end. Every flaw present in the former books was extrapolated and several new flaws arose. It was hard to take seriously and was, in every sense of the word, a disappointment.
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