Cullengirl~ Welcome to the discussion. Always nice to have new air breathed into a conversation. I suppose my first question to you is, why? Why is it necessary that, for a person to find their HappilyEverAfter, they should suffer? I agree there has to be balance, but I fail to see how horrific suffering balances out happiness in the world. I'm okay with saying you have to earn it. But, I think saying she doesn't get it because she doesn't suffer is an entirely different matter.cullengirl wrote:My answer to your question is: There is nothing as long as their some hardship that each character faces and overcomes. The characters need to sacrifice something in order to have a HEA. There needs to be a balance. IMO, Bella doesn't get to suffer at all:Jazz Girl wrote:Why is it so wrong that, in the end, Bella & Edward and Jacob all get exactly what they want, need and wish for?
1. She doesn't suffer the burning thirst of humans like the Cullens and the new born vampires.
2. She retains her human memories and gets to include Charlie in her 'secret life'.
3. She still has Jacob.
4. She gets to have a family.
5. She becomes beautiful, strong and develops a superpower, which ironically or not is able to deflect everything.
Through the first three books, Edward tries to explain every which way that he can that being a vampire is not all that it's hype up to be. Actions has consequences.True, you can argue the following:
1. She's been in near death situations 3 times in her life.
2. She will eventually lose her human memories.
3. Nessie will grow older at an exceptionally fast pace.
But, I am also one who is of the opinion that Bella has suffered, and much more than the 3 places you point out. Bella suffered though the pain of an awkward, out of place childhood and adolescence. She suffered through being the child of a broken home, suffered through being the parent to her childlike mother, suffered through giving up her known and comfortable place so that her mother and stepfather could be happy, suffered through falling in love with a vampire, suffered through losing the love of her existence AND the family and life that she'd chosen for herself, suffered through the reconciliation of her relationship with Edward, suffered through the unraveling of her true feelings for Jacob all the while knowing that doing so was killing the person she loves most in the world, suffered through living on a razor's edge for 2 years in an almost constant tug of war between blissful happiness, deep despair and constant danger. And then, on top of it all, she suffered the burning away of her humanity, knowing that doing so not only hurt her, but again tortured the one person she loves most in the world.
Oh yes, she's suffered. And Edward suffered along with her. As I said, I would have liked to see a little more resolution to the whole relationship. I think they earned that right, to hash it out a little. But, I also think they earned their HEA for sure.