Terracottakitten wrote:This post is filled with lots o' spoiler-tastic spoilers, so be warned...
I thought S.Meyer really dropped the ball with Laurent. I mean, he wasn't genuinely BAD per se, in Twilight, and then we see him in New Moon as he's telling Bella that he tried to stick with his 'diet', but it was too hard. Anyway, in New Moon I hear that people don't like him anymore, because he's betraying the Denali Clan and such, but I got a bit different impression of him, because he WAS struggling, he WAS trying to be good... Well, at least before S.Meyer ruined that perception in Breaking Dawn.
What I'm talking about is when Bella turns into a vampire, it's the perfect opportunity for her to show the readers how difficult it really is to stay away from human blood, right? How much she struggles with it, and how it's driving her MAD from wanting it (S.M. could even put in that it's so hard to stay with Edward while she's smelling humans so near, ya know, for maximum angst) and how hard it is for Laurent (and Jasper) to stay on the band wagon. But NO, instead, what we get is 'IM SUPER GUD CUS I DON NEED TEH BLOOD AND TEH OTTER VAMPYRS R WEEK AN JUS WIMPY'... I mean, come on... Laurent could have been painted in such a better light, but then again, no one can ever match the beauty and wonder of our fair Bella, can they?
I agree with this 95%, although I don't think Bella being able to resist blood made Laurent or Jasper seem weaker, to me it just made Bella seem even more extraspeshul.
I also dislike how people talk about him betraying the Delanis, when he had to have betrayed James and Victoria to join the Delanis. In the end, he had to choose between two people he was essentially dedicated to. Even when you're dedicated to someone through fear, it's not that easy to walk away.
Granted, half of the reason I'm probably even trying to defend him is because I think his actor is gorgeous, haha. =P