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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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ringbearer_89ringbearer_89 on August 4th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
She's definitely not living up to the comparisons....
1. I pretty much expected that Bella would become a vampire from day one of my Twilight experience. As for how it would end...I had no clue. I pretty much expected ANYTHING but this.

2. I figured there would be something about a child...I didn't think it would be Bella's, but I was excited that there might be a bit Vegetarians vs. Voltouri smackdown.

3. That was pretty much the only thing in the book that I didn't see coming before it happened. I thought Edward's reaction was....in a way kind of realistic if Edward was an actual teenager, but he's a vampire so...I didn't think he'd completely shut out Bella while she was obviously freaking out too!

4. At first I was annoyed by the shift to Jacob, but then, as I kept reading, I was really happy that she did that!! I mean, Bella's pregnancy through her own eyes would have been excruciatingly painful and annoying. I LOVED all of his blonde jokes towards Rosalie.

5. It was weird, annoying, and so unbelievably stupid, I can't really say much past that...Bella went from being a normal teenage girl to a protective mother in like, five minutes.

6. I saw it coming way before it happened and wanted to heave....Definitely a neatly wrapped package tied up with a bow. How convenient that his imprinting would solve a love triangle that was disputed for TWO WHOLE BOOKS.

7. The transformation should've been EPIC, but no, it was a way to save the holy baby....too convenient that she skipped the normal savage period of a newborn vampire. I miss the clumsy Bella.

8. Considering that I'm the age Bella is in this book, I found it....weird how all of a sudden we were supposed to believe that Bella is a devoted mommy now...It's just too strange! And kind of (this is becoming a common word in my description of this book) annoying.

10. I knew that Alice wouldn't just leave them, but it was so dumb how she just showed up at the end. I think Stephenie Meyer took the concept of Deus ex machina and went crazy with it.

12. As much as I would've hated for any of the Cullen's to die, I wanted a massive battle! I could've survived with some Cullen casualties, but seriously? Not one ounce of action? I feel cheated!!

13. It was too easy. In Harry Potter the trio all got their happy-family endings, but they also had to deal with sacrifices and they pretty much had enough evil and death in their childhoods to deserve their happily ever after, but Edward and Bella had a few painful what-if's and then it was over and presto-happiness "Forever and forever and forever."

14. This is one reason why I try and pick the books I read (and invest my time and emotions into) carefully. Just because someone gets published doesn't mean they're meant to. I'm not saying that Stephenie Meyer isn't talented, her first three books were great! But she just doesn't seem to have the scope or the immense awesomeness of that other first-time writer that everyone in the media seems to like to compare her too. (JKRowlingcoughcough). I understand that she can relate to loving a child and being a protective mother, since she is one herself, but um, hello? Regular teenagers have no idea, and probably (hopefully) won't for many years to come....sigh, I'm sleepy now.
Kirstenfreak4theater on August 4th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Re: She's definitely not living up to the comparisons....
I'm with you ALL the way, Rebecca. And I hadn't even thought about how vampire!Bella has now completely done away with her charming clumsiness. I was so focused on her growth of confidence and beauty that I didn't even realize that she lost one of the traits that MAKES her Bella!!