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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.

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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Kaileymajoractress3 on August 5th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
woohoo, first time I'm posting on here! I have to say I'm excited!

or...maybe a little nervous, since I think I have differing opinions, haha.

Before I start, let me just say, I think I am much to much an empathetic person for this book. When I read, I practically become the characters, forcing myself to see their way. I can't take myself out and look at it from an outside perspective. I just see it as it happens, and I'm wrapped up in it, and I can't see it any other way then how it's written. This might tint my view just a tad. *sigh* Thus is my sad, pathetic existence as a critic. All well, here I go.

1) Well, I knew Bella was gonna turn into a vampire. There was no way around it. I didn't know how long it would take, but I knew it was going to happen. I was of course super excited for the wedding! I'm a sucker for that sort of thing. As for Jacob, I just hoped he would imprint on someone so he wouldn't be so sad. I didn't really know what the conflict was going to be. I figured it would be the Voltouri, but I didn't know what the issue would be.

2) I knew after the first dream it meant something. Stephine always forshadows everrrrrrrrrrrything. I predicted the end of New Moon in chapter one. She never mentions something and lets it go. So, Immortal children were important. And once she had the dream on the island, I was almost positive she was pregnant, especially when she wanted to protect it. Just too much suggestion of it.

3) I was surprised at first, cause usually I guess every twist in these novels, and that was one I didn't expect. But, I really wasn't that disappointed. I just figured this was the big twist every novel waits for. I thought it came a little early on, but I knew that was it. I also knew the second Edward freaked out he was just worried about Bella. Which makes sense, since a half vampire baby is sooooooooooooo not a good idea. I also knew that motherly instinct had kicked into overdrive for Bella, and she was gonna have none of that.

4) At first, I was so mad. It was hard to stop picturing a girl in my head while I read. Plus, I thought the rest of the book was from his perspective, I was was doubly mad. Once I figured out it went back to Bella though, I felt better. I actually found it kind of cool to hear the whole pack dynamic thing. I honestly would have rather stayed with bella, but the Jacob thing wasn't bad. I loved his chapter titles. They cracked me up.

5) I felt like Bella was generally going crazy, but it all had to do with the maternal instinct thing. She would rather save baby than herself, which is rooted in most animals, so I hear. She just took it really far. But, she has always been like that, willing to sacrifice herself for the one she loves. Want to, more like it. And she really loved the baby. Even if it meant hurting Edward, she couldn't kill her child. Rosalie on the other hand really pissed me off. She we being so selfish, not even caring about Bella at all, just the killer baby. I wanted to punch her in the face, most of the book. Edward was going crazy, so he was pretty desperate. He was willing to hurt himself for the one he loved, so she could be happy. He is just one selfless guy. One of the big reasons why I've always loved him.

6) This was definitely my least favorite part of the book. Yes, I wanted Jacob to imprint, but on Bella's baby? A little creepy. I was still dealing with Quill imprinting on a two year old, and now Jacob too? At first, I didn't even know it had happened. I was so confused at the end of book two. I thought the baby was just an immortal child everyone loved, including Jacob. But apparently not... It felt really weird the entire book. I kind of oddly missed Jacob loving Bella too. I guess they made a cute brother sister pair, but it still creeps me out. I honestly think the werewolf thing could have been solved a different way.