- April 1st, 2010
I know people will not be reading my thoughts or opinions for a long time, but I still would like to post them. Basically, I'm going to post a series called "Clearly Biased", hence the title, discussing my personal opinions and views on things. I chose the name of this particular title because I know I am biased and I feel others should know too, so there isn't a misunderstanding. But, don't get me wrong, I don't think all biasedness <- not a real word-- is good, but I know where I stand on the spectrum. Not to say I can't or won't compromise, but that I am a proud person and I really believe in my personal views, so it will be hard to sway me. You can agree, disagree, or tell me your opinion, and I will consider it, but it is up in the air what will happen next because I will defend my stance.
The Twilight Saga
Initially, I didn't hear of the books until it started get hyped up and I didn't display interest until the movies. A lot of girls were going crazy over this saga and I wanted to understand why. What was so good about "Twilight", I wondered. So, for Christmas, I got an aunt of mine to buy me the first two books and I bought the second two and finished it in about two-three weeks. End result, I wanted a loaded shotgun, so I could do the pleasure myself. I won't say the books weren't terrible, because they were, but I guess I was disappointed because I had higher expectations. But, that was the real disappointment, the real disappointment was Edward and Bella.
You see, I ship a lot of characters, mostly shows--I think I have one for every show I watch and they are usually cannon. Rarely, are they outside established interest in the series, but I have my ships still. *For those who don't know what a ship is--it is basically a person who rallies for a relationship to occur between to people* Although I may have had expectations for the book, I didn't have it for the ship since I didn't know what the book was about and who the establish ship was about. I was neutral territory, and then...I read it.
I'm not the one to knock the theory of love at first sight, which I why I ship so much among other things, but Bella and Edward were ridiculous. I cannot for the life of me figure out why they were together. As I said previously, I understand love at first sight, but as a movie called "Love Jones" once asked: what happens after love at first sight? Usually, people develop a real relationship or it falls apart and, in my honest opinion, that never happened between the two of them. It is either a relationship evolves or devolves, but never should it stand still, which was what happened. Their arguments were usually based on Bella becoming a vampire and her safety mostly. What about real relationship problems? What happened to that? One of the biggest things that bothered me, besides it seeming not to portray a real relationship, is that Bella felt so unworthy of Edward. How is that healthy? She only felt worthy once she became a vampire. Not his reassurances or how long they were together and Alice's reassurances even though she trusted her on other occasions, but only when she became a vampire.
Then they were both suicidal. Both of them were willing to end their lives if the other one died and were depressed to be without each other. I can relate, but I can't. No, let me clarify that: I am in love with this guy, who until today, I didn't want to be without. I decided it was best to cut ties because it was unhealthy for us to pretend things were still fine. We never dated, but we almost did. I didn't and don't want any other guy and feel as if things wouldn't be as great as they were with him and would have been, but at the same time, I knew if things didn't work I out I would eventually move on and find a better guy. Although the last part hasn't happened, I know it will. Not in Bella and Edward's case, they would be alone if they were separated than with someone else and die if the other one died. Now let me say this again: I was deeply, madly, and incredibly in love with this guy--BUT, my world was not centered around his. Of course, I would beyond upset if he were to die, but I would cope and continue living. Now, some of you may be thinking, well, Bella and Edward actually dated. True, but I can say for a fact that my previous friendship with this guy held way more foundation-hell--actually had a foundation compared to those two.
I could never and still can't for the life of me figure out why they were together. I don't dislike these two characters, but I feel they weren't developed at all. What bad traits did they have besides Bella's unfounded insecurity and Edward's overprotectiveness? And Bella became insane at the end.
Without a doubt, Jacob was and continues to be my favorite character of the series. He was the only reason I continued to read the series and why I am going to watch the next two movies. He was the saving grace of the book--seriously. I wanted to literally cry at the end of Eclipse when I read his part. I felt so sorry for him. And let me tell you--I'm not a big crier. If you don't count funerals, I've cried two times, at most, last year. Also,I felt that Bella should chose him, of course, I knew it wasn't going to happen, but I still believed...Jacob and Bella had a real relationship and she actually admitted to being in love with him, even though he did trick her, and she admitted it. May I add, that Ms/Mrs.Meyer wrote the biggest cop out of the series when she paired Jacob with Ness and the "fight" was a big disappointment as well. Bella herself said that she would have gotten with Jacob if it were not for Edward.
Now, I would have accepted Bella/Edward if, and only if, there was a better love triangle (excluding the kiss and her realization of love). Meyer should have definitely played on Bella's feelings for Jacob and having her flirt with the idea of temptation. They didn't even have to do anything, but just to have her go to him more and consider the possibility of maybe being with Jacob instead. And have Edward going crazy as to what was going on and what exactly she was up to, and then reading Jacob's mind. Then Jacob should have left again and have Bella go numb, but it wouldn't be that obvious--she was just obsess over him. All the while most of what happen would happen (adding maybe<-this means really-- Edward and Bella having a real relationship).
Bella was crazy. She was willing to give up everything, and she did for Edward. I understand undying love, but the way she went about it was as if she had terrible family and friends. That she needed to escape. Meyer should have made her leaving harder for Bella than her just saying it. Bella was really insensitive when it came to others needs--it was all about Edward and being with him. Her needing to see him even if he wasn't real.