Thursday, April 22, 2010

"Eclipse"

I got ahold of Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer yesterday. (I'll try not to hide in it like I hid in The Battle of the Labyrinth the other day.) I continue to dislike Edward.

SPOILERS ON THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS

It's only the first two chapters, but I still figured it was only fair to warn people.

In New Moon Edward had told Bella that he would personally make her a vampire on the condition that she marry him. Somehow that strikes me as hitting below the belt because Bella doesn't want to marry him, despite the fact that she wants him to be the one to bite her. So she's torn. Should she marry him so that he'll bite her, or should she let Carlisle do the honors even though she'd rather it be Edward? This is something she ponders in the first chapter.

As I said, this doesn't seem very nice.

Also not very nice is the fact that Edward will not allow her anywhere near her best friend, Jacob, because he's a werewolf and as such supposedly too dangerous. The last time I checked, the word "boyfriend" is not synonymous with "keeper." And if Edward really thought about it I think he would realize that hanging out around a werewolf is no more dangerous than hanging out around vampires.

And then when Bella doesn't want to finish filling out an application to Dartmouth College, Edward takes it from her to finish filling it out. He also says that he will sign her name to it for her, despite Bella's protests.

To top it all off, Edward suggests something to Bella's dad, Charlie, that Bella didn't want to mention for another week or so. You see, Bella had gotten a couple of air plane tickets for her birthday so that she could visit her mom. Bella wants to use them, but she has just been ungrounded and she wants to give her dad a bit of time to start really trusting her before she brings it up. But Edward brings it up, and it turns into a fight with her dad, as Edward must have known it would (but only because Edward is going with her).

Yep, that's all in the first two chapters. He does get a little more reasonable later on in the book, however.

SPOILER FOR LATER IN THE BOOK

After Bella has escaped twice to hang out with Jacob, Edward finally gives up on keeping her away from the werewolves. I'm hoping he continues to become more and more reasonable later in the book.

2 comments:

Carrie said...

I love getting people's reactions when they're new to the book. :) I agree with you on a lot of it... Edward is unreasonalbe. But then so are we all when we love someone. He does have a hunger for drama though, and it amplifies his overprotective nature.

Still, I'm Team Jacob all the way. ;)

Sarita Rucker said...

Hmm, I hadn't thought about it in terms of him being hungry for drama...thanks for mentioning that! Come to think of it, I think one of his sisters also mentions that point. Hmm.

I'm also Team Jacob. :)

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