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02 August 2008 @ 11:38 pm
Breaking Dawn, discussion  
After 13 hours and 24 minutes of voracious reading, I have AT LAST finished reading Breaking Dawn... and holy cow, what a day.

So, since this book is rather different from other Sparticus Ni sessions, I'm providing a number possible topics of discussion under the cut. Answer as many as you want, but feel free to deviate from them to go off on your own raves, rants, comments, concerns, and general squee-ing over Edward's magnificence.

DISCUSSION STARTER TOPICS
1. Before you started to read Breaking Dawn, how did you think the series was going to end? Did you think Bella would become a vampire?

2. What did you originally make of Bella's reoccuring nightmares that featured an ominous child and the advancing threat of the Voltouri? Did you think it held any particular significance? What about when Bella's feelings toward the dream-child changed from horror to a desire to protect?

3. What was your first reaction when Bella realized she might be pregnant with Edward's child? Did you possibly realize it before she did? What did you make of Edward's petrified reaction?

4. Point of view shift?! How did you like hearing the story told from Jacob's perspective? Was it strange to you after listening to Bella's side of the story consistently for three books? Did you like this choice?

5. Bella's pregnancy felt like something out of a horror movie. How did you react to seeing our heroine so incapacitated and so stubbornly resolved to keeping her baby? How did you feel about Rosalie's protectiveness of the unborn baby and of Bella (...by association)? What did you think of Edward's desperate plea to Jacob-- was he overreacting?

6. Looking back, how clearly did Meyer set up Jacob's imprint on Renesmee? Did you think Jacob and Renesemee were a good match? Considering that it effectively solved all of the Cullen's problems with the werewolves, was it perhaps too good of a match?

7. What was your reaction to Bella's vampiric transformation? Was it what you expected? Were you surprised when Bella did not behave like a regular newborn vampire, but behaved shockingly like an "improved" version of herself? Did you feel she was improved?

8. How did you feel Edward and Bella fit into their roles as parents? Did you find the transition from "teenage lovers" to "dedicated parents" a hard mental switch to make, or did it seem natural considering the growth of their relationship? Were they believeable as parental figures?

9. Before starting the book, did you have a guess as to what Bella's "superhero" vampire power would be? What did you make of her sheilding powers? And what did you think about Renesmee's thought projection "superpowers"?

10. How did you take Alice's apparent disappearance during the Cullen's time of need? Were you surprised that she and Jasper cut-and-run? Did you think she had something more up her sleeve?

11. Breaking Dawn introduced a whole array of new vampires that Jacob felt he needed an index just to keep them all straight (lucky him, one was provided on page 756)!! Did you like the inclusion of these new vampire friends? Who was your favorite new vampire and whose "superpower" impressed you the most?

12. The final confrontation with the Voltouri. Was it everything you imagined? Were you hoping for something more climactic?

13. And finally, the ending. Were you pleased by the ending, where Edward, Bella, and Renesmee are united happily ever after? Was it a satisfactory finale to the Twilight Saga as a whole? Was there anything lacking that you might have added to make the ending more fulfilling?

14. Any other thoughts on the book as a whole? Any particular Edward (okay, fine, OR Jacob...) moments/quotes that were particularly swoon-worthy?
 
 
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Kirstenfreak4theater on August 3rd, 2008 08:03 am (UTC)
even more, actually:

12. Sadly, I was definitely hoping for more out of my Voltouri encounter. Yes, I was glad that no Cullens died in the process, but honestly, Eclipse had a more exciting finale—which should not be the case. A lot of the last few scenes there were hanging on the suspense of whether or not they would have to fight—but there was so much build up in the preceding chapters that I was left angry that we wasted so much time worrying when everything turned out peachy keen in the end anyway. Shouldn’t we be at all concerned that the Voltouri are still out there, possibly plotting revenge against our heroes? Don’t they have all of eternity to strike again? Couldn’t we have at least had the satisfaction of killing off some of the more sadistic Voltouri members? I was pleased that Bella was able to step up to the plate to FINALLY do something to protect both herself and the people she cares about… but that wasn’t enough of a climax for me.

13. Unfortunately, I did not feel this was a satisfactory end to the Twilight Saga. After 13-plus hours of reading, I am left weary and disappointed. I was hoping for so much more. Though I knew coming in that this isn’t the most astonishing book series—I read it for the fluffy, girly parts, okay? That’s what it’s good for. I’m all for happy endings, but even for me this ending was a little too perfect. While by the end I was finally able to accept Renesmee (God, what a hideous name…) as a worthy member of the Cullen family and as Edward and Bella’s baby, something about their ideally-happy family rubbed me the wrong way. I’m not sure what I would have done differently to change this fact, but something was lacking.

14. My general reaction to this book was disappointment, regrettably. I wanted nothing more than to enjoy this ending, but I just don’t feel like I got what I needed from it. I enjoyed the beginning… the middle was agonizingly drawn-out, and the dénouement left a lot to be desired. Stephenie Meyer had my hopes very high… and this did nothing to satisfy them. Sigh.