That heart just explodedWhewwwww Ten years ago, I would ve fought anyone who challenged Edward and Bella s love Nowadays Not quite as fervently, but I will still go head to head on this one.
In case you ve been under a rock for the last decade, Edward the sparkling vamp loves Bella the clumsy human who loves Jacob the hot headed werewolf but ONLY AS A FRIEND ha Annnd that s pretty much it There s some background stuff evil vampire assembling an army to wipe out Bella, Bella accidentally breaking her bones, the Volturi threatening to kill Bella if she isn t turned into a vampire, yada yadabut MORE IMPORTANTLY she has to finally choose once and for all Let s examine the evidence Okay, okay Joking asideLet s just say, reading this as an adult has shifted my perspective slightly I was totally oblivious to things that are glaringly obvious Chock it up to being a YA while reading YA lit.
Yes, their love is frighteningly codependent especially taking Edward s age into considerations Isn t the rule half your age plus seven And yes, the love triangle is so incredibly over the top you have on one side a normal teenage boy and on the otherA psychotically obsessed ex murdering stalker Annnnd yes, Bella is a bit of a limp noodle when it comes to heroism and her clumsiness is so extreme that she needs to get her head checked Honestly, Victoria should ve just scattered a bag of marbles in Bella s bedroom and waited for the human to trip and die.
But, hats off to nostalgia because I still had fun reading this one I m no longer super obsessed teen but I still adore this series.
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Blog Instagram Twitter I had expectations for this book, but I found it to be a terrible disappointment Where to begin with First of all, I have lost most of the respect I had for Bella as a character Her obsession for Edward has really gone overboard, to the point of becoming downright annoying, even unhealthy She worships the ground he walks on, and is all too ready to dump her parents and friends just so she can spendtime with him without growing old She doesn t seem to have any serious problem with the idea of making her parents worry, or the thought of never see them again she s willing to stomp over anything that isn t Edward, even things that can enrich her life She s like a satellite, her boring life revolving solely around him She has no self worth, and spends a good deal of the book whining, complaining and sighing, I really wanted to shake her hard at times and tell her to GET A LIFE I also find it deeply disturbing that Bella is notrepulsed by the idea of blood lust How could she accept the thought that she will want to kill people even her family so easily, just because of him Second, Edward has gone from charming to BORING There is such a thing as being too perfect read dull , and Edward fits the mold perfectly His character is so flat, and how many times can we hear Bella and Edward exchange their love for one another before becoming bored I mean honestly, how perfect can he be before it simply becomes ridiculous Most of the book is spent on the two of them fawning over each other and Bella saying over and over and over again how sexy and good looking he is Writing tip for the author You don t need to tell us countless times that your character is wonderful Actions speak for themselves Jane Austen didn t need to remind us several times that Mr Darcy was perfect he simply was.
Third Jacob He s the reason I gave this book 2 stars He was the most compelling character in the book He wasn t perfect, but he was fun, honest, and very human, making big mistakes, but always trying to do his best he was impossible not to love He was real, not a perfect pretty doll with no flaws Sadly, he was mostly wasted.
I also the think the magic Twilight had dissapeared I liked the books because the author made the whole vampire werewolf thing so credible, but now, with armies of vampires raging through Washington, credibility has gone out the window Also the whole book was focused on on a love triangle that everybody knew how it would end, and it made everything very predictable And how come nobody saw that Victoria was behind the killings, when it was so darn obvious even to the casual reader Were they stupid Overall, a great disappointment, I m not sure if I ll read the next book in the series Why bother My notes to characters in Eclipse Bella I m so done with you You re a self absorbed little snot You re not a strong modern woman because you don t want to be a teen bride, and you re not cute because you fall down a lot.
Alice You re so not cute either Jacob What you did is called date rape, buckaroo And to think I liked you best until the middle of this book Edward Checking the brood o meter yep, you re still no David Boreanaz.
Leah the one lady wolf I don t understand why you re getting the short end of the stick just because you had your heart broken everyone seemed to cut Bella enough slack in the last book for a lot less Sucks to be a supporting female character in these books, huh Note to Stephenie Meyer Even you must think the Wuthering Heights references are a little over the top, right Oh, and all your acknowledgements Well, you re not cute too.
snif my link is worthless now.
this is the virgin daiquiri version of wuthering heights, all watered down, plopped in a blender, and sitting at the folding card table with the kiddies.
and they are all gulping it down without knowing that the real deal is wayfun.
elizabeth has probably written the best review this book could ever get, with much wittier analogies, so go read that, then come back here for some less articulate complaints.
i messed up i thought i would have a nice vacation, where i would have plenty of time and concentration to lounge over our mutual friend instead, there was drinking, and some self pity, and vacation langour, and i just couldn t give dickens the attention he deserves you know who really doesn t deserve my complete attention stephenie meyer.
and why is that because she has grievously misinterpreted one of my favorite books and has created this sort of chimera byproduct that you can see some of the source material in if you squint, but it s mostly just wrong.
i mean, at this point in everyone s lives, the world doesn t need another Eclipse review, right so i am mostly going to just bitch about why this book misrepresents wuthering heights and why that makes me cranky.
i suppose it is ambitious of her to have attempted to pepper her vampire romance novels with elements of better works of literature like, say, shakespeare and jane austen she made the decision to try to shoehorn these characters into the mold of another book, and just didn t bother trying to fix the parts that overflowed or got stuck together.
but you can t get mad at a puppy for pissing on the rug.
and i knew what i was getting into before i started reading this, i was aware that this was the wuthering heights installment of the series, so i was obligated to read it on those grounds alone, as i will read any retelling of w.
, for better or for worse usually worse.
and elizabeth had warned me and warned me that meyer got w.
h all wrong and had reversed the roles of heathcliff and linton in a most embarrassing way, but at first, i saw no problems bella was obviously catherine, edward was heathcliff the true love and jacob was linton,theappropriate choice, right done and done i kept reading, shocked, thinking, but elizabeth is never wrong what gives is she only basing this on appearance on the superficial edward is fair and wealthy and very understanding of bella s other ties like linton maybe not understanding in linton s case, but ineffectual and jacob is definitely darker complected, like heathcliff, and tied to nature and the earth but that shouldn t change the basic differences.
because obviously edward is the sun to bella s flower face she cannot be without him even an afternoon spent apart is unendurable and the intensity of their love is undeniable and unbreakable and blah and blah jacob is her father s choice for her, which makes him linton, who is technically a better choice because there is less self destructive passion, and choosing him allows her to remain, you know, alive.
but let s back up.
because wuthering heights was never a choice between two suitable men it was a choice between passion and security head and heart and linton was never an alternative to heathcliff, catherine always just wanted it all it was never about love, not with linton.
he was simply the path of least resistance, and a means to an end securing him meant securing a place for heathcliff, whom she could never marry but who needs marriage when your husband is much weaker than your lover so, in amodern version of the story,it makes sense to do away with the financial angle, especially with characters this young the conflict here is between soul and body all bella has to do is choose humanity or immortality.
easy peasy so the reversal of edward and jacob s fortunes didn t cause me too much grief, and still maintains the distinction between edward heathcliff and jacob linton the root of the conflict is the same to go with an all consuming passion that Eclipses one s own self and is potentially dangerous for so so many reasons here or to go with the one who feelslike family, who has the paternal approval, who will allow her to remain a living breathing human and retain her entire lifeexcept her passion.
fine this still parallels w.
h and thespecific details heathcliff goes away while catherine recovers at the linton s and then he goes on that much longer absence, plunging her into despair so far, so good edward leaves bella in new moon and jacob steps in to be there for her and heals her and manages to stick a little bit of him in the space edward s leaving left.
but then it gets messy and too many of heathcliff s characteristics start leaking into jacob because jacob is kind of a dick forcing kisses, always smirking and pushing his boundaries.
he takes muchdelight in troublemaking and hurting his rival, and occasionally hurts bella,too jacob is warm and furious and tied to the forest the way heathcliff is tied to the moors.
it is jacob who is the earthbound heathcliff she can remain a grubby child with meyer rightly recognizes edward as the other half of bella s soul, but extracts all the physical, earthly passion from that role and gives it to jacob.
edward protects her like a fine crystal object while his sister dresses her like a doll what does this sound like linton linton linton bella as catherine is obviously the weakest here she is nothing like catherine she moans about not being good enough for edward catherine was never good enough for linton, but did that stop her she barreled in and took what she wanted and refused to leave bella fusses over everyone and just wants everyone to be happy and self sacrifices all over the place i understand that bella s character has already been established in other books, but how can she compare herself to catherine with a straight face catherine is a goddamn honey badger bella is a mother hen.
her relationship with edward certainly has elements that are unappealing who wants to be watched and protected that closely all the time , but at least i believed in their feelings because they are always reminding me and shoving my face in it.
jacob forces himself on her, laughs at her human weakness when she fights back, and tries to separate her from her happiness at every turn it is both arrogant and insecure, but this is still somehow, but the one who is most like family who bella s dad wants her to be with do NOT get me started on parental roles in the twilight saga but quickly our girl walks through the door from her vacation and already is making dinner for her father who supports some shirtless douchebag s forced kisses, but hates the rich boy who really wants to marry his daughter and preserve her virginity but this is another reversal to w.
, too since heathcliff was at least raised as family, even if you don t interpret heathcliff as mr earnshaw s bastad son which is not a belief i personally subscribe to, but it is out there edward is patient and forgiving and gentle and willing to give bella the space she needs before making her decision before she is even aware there is a decision to make.
come on that can t be right heathcliff doesn t share he can tolerate linton because he is weak and catherine would not have him harmed, but this vampire zen shit has no place in a heathcliff character, and isn t even a linton quality that element is pure meyer.
in wuthering heights, everyone behaves poorly.
in this one, it is really just jacob as linton, i mean heathcliff, i mean jacob.
apart from any messing with the heights stumbles, this also maintains all the lazy writing and comical details meyer interprets as passion all the tooth grinding and clenching and chuckling and things said under the breath.
oh, and snorting why does everyone snort and borrowing lines from wuthering heights to help bolster your characters is like posing next to the chubby girl in photographs to look slimmer we see your borrowed finery.
and the love triangle thing is pretty forced bella herself doesn t even realize until the end that she is even in a love triangle, so how are we supposed to honestly, i am aware that there is such a thing as team jacob because i am a citizen of the world, but god what s the appeal in some pushy dude who won t take no for an answer and why do i excuse heathcliff all his sins is it because the writing is better is it because i believe in his love in a way i do not believe in bella because when i think of heathcliff i feel a physical reaction in my heart when i think of jacob, i roll my eyes.
i actually liked twilight, despite its flaws new moon was boring and repetitive this one was irritating because of how much i looove w.
there is no evil in this book no revenge the stakes are too low in the triangle.
i picture the three of them at a bar oh, i made sure jacob would overhear my conversation with bella about our upcoming nuptials snort chuckle eeeevil oh, i knew edward could read my mind so i thought about how sad bella was when he went away clenched teeth, snort,eeeevil oh, i married her husband s sister, alternately beating and ignoring her, raised my enemy s son to be an illiterate brute, and ruined everyone s lives while i mourned my one true love crickets the sound of edward and jacob pissing themselves here is some exciting Eclipse information for this year get on that venus one, because you re not gonna get another chance unless you are team edward.
and because this still makes me laugh think i have probably made a point or two in that rant somewhere i wasn t enraged, overall, not really, but it was a pretty bloated book and i really don t get all the love for this seriesoh, and a gross dedication to my husband pancho for your patience, love, friendship, humor, and willingness to eat out.
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He insults werewolves because they re his natural enemies and blah blah blah, she should not hang out with him, but she reassures him they re still her friends That s Bella for ya Making situations a whole lot complicated then they already are Then, Alice has a vision about Victoria hurting Bella hoorah , but this usually means melodrama all around and will not end well.
Some other things happen that aren t important, but Bella making the moves on Edward She wants to DO IT, while her vampire sweetheart doesn t, only to the condition if she marries him Why Because he s a gentleman like that duh She agrees either way, as long as they get to DO IT.
Throughout the story, Edward and Jacob have a temporary truce to protect Bella from Victoria and her slave of vampire zombies What we come to realize is that Bella finally accepts the truth that she is also in love with Jacob I hear threesome coming our way Edward doesn t like the fact Jacob is all around his meal er, fiance He and Bella are shallow in this novel which makes me want to hammer them both in frustration Then, the war begins and of course, Victoria is defeated and will not have a chance to kill Bella I told you this will not end well.
The ending sucks It tells about how Bella and Edward are planning to marry, then do the naughty thing, then he ll turn her into a vampire I SMELL EROTICA COMING UP To rub it onto Jacob s adorable, non perfect face, they invite him to their wedding which just sounds really unpleasant I felt really sorry for him I just wanted to hug him, give him a doggy treat, and tell him he deservedthan a prick, AM I RIGHT I only wish this series would end up the way it should be Bella and Edward dead D Eclipse took what magic was in Twilight and survived the boring but interesting New Moon and killed it off with it s length, lack of imagery, inconsistencies, and lifeless characters.
The high school romance theme is COMPLETELY abandoned we have the occasional, random scene since we need some build up to Bella s very boring graduation where she doesn t care I think the high school theme is one of the reasons Twilight was such a success, the reader was really in Bella s shoes as she solved Edward while attending school to provide a normal break We sometimes read Bella studying for tests but that is only to pass the time until something supernatural happens, we never see the test nor does she feel ANY concern for her dismal grades Heck, Bella doesn t even care about a paid stay at Dartmouth even if it s just a cover.
The writing dropped dead, like the book itself, and lost its magic it was by no means great prose but it was descriptive and nice to read Now we read It was amazing the amount of detail involved in the little figurine the miniature wolf was utterly realistic Well gee, thanks for that couldn t Meyer have at least told us the wolf s pose Bella lost the traits that made her relatable and enjoyable that made us feel that she was Edward s equal She cares nothing for her parents or human friends, only visiting Angela the first time we ve seen one on one interaction between them to avoid Edward and to appease Charlie, just so she meets her end of their deal and can be with her boyfriend Though Bella was the only one to figure out that the intruder and the Seattle newborns were related which is meant to be a sign of her observance, it was so freaking obvious that I knew who was responsible for the newborns the day of the Eclipse Prom when I read the excerpt and knew who made the newborns, but Bella by accident only figures this out two days before the newborn attack Bella whines about everything, referring to Edward leaving the house because of Jacob visiting as being childish and immature despite that we at least know how much they dislike each other and would gladly fight given the chance She never thinks about how much she is hurting Jacob by keeping him around unless he tells that to her face For some reason, every good character loves her, even Paul who tried to attack Bella before welcomes her only joking about the bloodsucker stench Then she becomes the housewife to Charlie, cooking his meals, cleaning the house as a pastime since Charlie didn t learn these skills in his 18 years of living alone nor when he had to care for his ailing parents after high school And you ve given me you That s alreadythan I deserve, and anything else you gives me just throws usout of balance The most distressing change is that Bella continues to mope about how unworthy she is of Edward, despite that she had an epiphany at the end of New Moon which finally made her understand that Edward loved her Then there s marriage though I understand the argument, I don t understand it coming from Bella Hey stupid, your true love wants to MARRY YOU and yet all you can think of is the town gossip even though you will leave Forks and possibly only keep contact with your father while abandoning everyone else so why does their gossip matter Bella only agrees to marriage so she can have human sex with Edward before he makes her a vampire Bella wants sex with Edward while a human offering to accept his proposal, let him pay for college AND a car, the floozy but Edward only promises to try if Bella marries him, she agrees but for the sake of sex because she is till disgusted by marriage She is still Grumpy about parties, only complaining despite all the effort the Cullens have done for her Edward lost his suave, flirtatious, and mysterious charm that enchanted so many in Twilight He s so devoted like a lovesick puppy, that it s not charming Edward either manipulates Bella to do what he wants for her sake or he lets her get her way only when it concerns Jacob after they fight of course , but Edward seemingly overcomes his very character and being to give Bella what she wants which is a selfish and harmful want on Bella s part I.
e He kept pressuring Bella to go to Florida to avoid a werewolf vampire fight for no good reason and then tricked Bella into wanting to go by setting up an argument with her dad that made me so mad But despite how pathetic he was, the fact that he loves Bella so much that he won t even be mad with her despite the second kiss still won my pity revoking all will and opinions for the sake of Bella just made me sick.
What used to be a cute, loyal friend with a crush is now an obnoxious, arrogant, sick boy Jake forces himself on Bella and she breaks her hand when trying to punch the yet he still has the gall to put his arm around her and only say that Bella enjoyed it When Bella gives him the cold shoulder later he merely acts exasperated Then he does a hurt puppy act actually pouting when Bella is too distracted to pay mind to him when all he wants to do is give her a present He later pretends that he plans to sacrifice himself to allow Edward to be with Bella I actually bought this, thinking Jake s new tough attitude led to this moment but as it turns out, it was all a plot to get Bella to kiss him Between the two, I may actually want Jake for life since he has flaws and hobbies that a couple could work to overcome in their lifetime, but not now he brought this on himself Jake never acted like he truly loved Bella but rather that Bella was a trophy to prove Jake bested perfect Edward.
Their lovable traits have gone missing, leaving very dislikable characters behind whose flaws are either ignored or always forgiven.
On the few good sides we finally learn Jasper and Rosalie s past Rosalie s was muchinteresting to me since she was muchinvolved in the plot both in her bitterness and actions in New Moon also because she told Bella her story in a selfless effort to not only amend for her past behavior but try to convince Bella to stay human I actually felt sorry for her how she will never sit on a porch with Emmet watching their grandchildren play it made my throat ache Yet all Bella takes from the story is how Tanya was interested in Edward.
Jasper s wasn t very interesting maybe it s because I wish I knew what he looked like beyond tall, lanky, and blonde or because as I read his flat story I kept wondering why Bella never noted a Texan accent that certainly would have made himinteresting Jasper s story just lacked any good descriptions or life, it was like reading Interview with the Vampire but without the wonderful imagery or morale lessons just imagine how dull that would be But I am happy we learned about him as well as how he and Alice met the Cullens it sounds so dang interesting I wish Meyer will write a spin off about Alice meeting Jasper.
We also learn the werewolves past it certainly wasn t as epic as I suspected So much for natural enemies, werewolves and vampires only became enemies by accident.
Speaking of the werewolves imprinting Yeah, poor guys, being subjected to such a lame plot device Meyer, in case you didn t know, imprinting is when a baby animal most commonly BIRDS label the first thing they see as their mentor and follow the thing be it alive or not as an example of how to survive Even without being scientifically incorrect it is a bad idea and I felt no romance in there I feel ill when I recall Bella seeing her relationship with Edward just like werewolf imprinting that completely degraded their relationship and stripped it of love.
Seriously now, why can t the beloved, wonderful, and selfless Bella feel any sympathy towards Victoria who lost her beloved James because of Edward and Bella Isn t Victoria s situation just like Bella s Victoria isn t even treated as a villain, we never even see the newborns besides one who isn t at all the threat we wish we saw nor is she even acknowledged until about two days before the attack she only speaks once and yells once, not even being remotely threatening.
Then there s the women, all besides Alice are pathetically devoted to their man Let s count them Bella, Renee, Esme with her first husband she was abused but Meyer didn t have to do that , Leah, Victoria, Jessica, and even Lauren which leaves Alice and Rosalie the only women to not be crazy without their men and leaves Alice to be the only strong female in the entire series Rosalie wasn t as strong but better than the others Look at Leah, her love couldn t resist being with Emily and now Leah is part of the pack and has to share thoughts with Sam, rather than make a strong woman who overcomes her pain and moves on we get a bitter harpy who can t even be nice to Jake for saving her life when she was being cocky, she instead seeks him out to complain how Jake s lovesick dreams of Bella annoy her and then reminds him of how Edward will most likely kill Bella while smirking.
Every one of the books had a mystery Twilight had Edward, New Moon had Jake, so Meyer tried to spin a mystery with who was making newborns and who is the intruder in Bella s room With the intruder, Meyer did a good job confusing the characters with the Volturi option, making a decent argument to their possible involvement The newborns receive the same treatment but nowhere as convincing She constantly weaves through the two, trying to confuse us while making the characters so dim, none consider Victoria as an option until two days before the attack, and even then it was accident by rephrasing The mystery was very bad and unlike the other two, it was so distant and uninvolved I never felt intrigued, especially since I knew the answer.
Only read for the sake of the series.
As Seattle Is Ravaged By A String Of Mysterious Killings And A Malicious Vampire Continues Her Quest For Revenge, Bella Once Again Finds Herself Surrounded By Danger In The Midst Of It All, She Is Forced To Choose Between Her Love For Edward And Her Friendship With Jacob Knowing That Her Decision Has The Potential To Ignite The Ageless Struggle Between Vampire And Werewolf With Her Graduation Quickly Approaching, Bella Has One Decision To Make Life Or Death But Which Is Which With the imminent This was written in 2010 release of the film and the film getting decent reviews it seemed time to dive back in Meyer is a guilty pleasure, and the 629 pages read like 250 Bella, as usual, straddles the line between vampires and werewolves But Stephanie Meyer has broadened her scope She adds the complication of additional players and increased the battle forces a bit, adding some new recruits to the forces of real darkness and throwing in some preparatory and fun back stories to bolster the coming action She offers us a little literary meat and potatoes this time, with frequent references to Wuthering Heights But whiny Bella still cleaves to Edward while keeping the panting Jacob at something less than paw s length There is emotional and some literal bodice ripping aplenty Can Jacob convince Bella to reconsider Will Charlie grow any consciousness of his surroundings Will Edward give Bella what she wants Will the Volturi muck up the entire works Will anyone in these books ever have sex I m not telling Howling good fun, without being a complete howler.
Eclipse Twilight 3 , Stephenie Meyer Eclipse is the third novel in the Twilight Saga by American novelist Stephenie Meyer It continues the story of Bella Swan and her vampire love, Edward Cullen The novel explores Bella s compromise between her love for Edward and her friendship with shape shifter Jacob Black, along with her dilemma of leaving her mortality behind in a terrorized atmosphere, a result of mysterious vampire attacks in Seattle Eclipse is preceded by New Moon and followed by Breaking Dawn The book was released on August 7, 2007, with an initial print run of one million copies, and soldthan 150,000 copies in the first 24 hours alone Eclipse was the fourth bestselling book of 2008, only behind Twilight, New Moon, and Breaking Dawn A film adaptation of the novel was released on June 30, 2010 2009 1388 572 1388 1389 9789641740704 21 1388 456 9789645024404 .
Book 3 in The Twilight Saga Bella and Edward are back together, while Bella is struggling to hold on to her friendship with her very best friend, Jacob There is also a new threat lurking on the horizon This was another very entertaining story in the series Romance, action, and some great interplay and moments between the characters, especially Bella and Jacob Jacob continues to grow on meandwith each book It was interesting to learnabout Rosalie and Jasper, and also the legends of the werewolves Atmospheric as always in the small town setting of Forks, Washington I m looking forward to the final book, Breaking Dawn.