Having read this book again, I had to knock of a star... and so as to not spoil for my cousin/others who have yet to read it, I will simply say that aHaving read this book again, I had to knock of a star... and so as to not spoil for my cousin/others who have yet to read it, I will simply say that although the story telling is still compelling, the lack of two specific characters from chapters 4-16 made reading it pretty frustrating... which is the genius of Stephenie Meyer, as Bella in these chapters was feeling depressed, and definitely frustrated. ...more
**spoiler alert** From start to finish I was very entertained.
So, I've read the other reviews for Breaking Dawn after I finished th**spoiler alert** From start to finish I was very entertained.
So, I've read the other reviews for Breaking Dawn after I finished this book the first go-around... Although I see and respect everyone's point of view, in all honesty I think Meyer concluded the series w/ as much closure for the fans as possible.
I also thought that the Merchant of Venice type of ending was rather poetic (as she actually mentions the book Merchant of Venice in this last book)... Yeah there was no major war, and heads did not roll (besides Irina's, poor girl), and the "game"/war was ended with mental prowess rather than physical violence... I get that some people felt like there was this whole build-up for a fight without the release of experiencing the fight. Believe me, being a fan of novels that are somewhat graphic myself, I found it a tad disappointing that Jane did not get her head ripped off... but I appreciate the cleverness of what transpired at the end. In the end, the whole mess was ended by out-smarting and out-maneuvering the opponent... sort of like a game of chess (maybe that's why the book cover is that of a pawn and a queen?).
I also appreciated Jacob's point of view... it was interesting to get someone's perspective other than Bella's... and the agony and internal struggle Jacob went through to protect Bella and the Cullens was very endearing. It's interesting to see all the main characters' internal struggles from their point of view (as we did a bit of Edwards' PoV in the unfinished Midnight Sun).
Finally the fact that Bella's "newborn instincts" did not take over-Bella and that her love for Edward, Charlie, Reneesme and Jacob superseded her basal thirst is in my opinion, more proof against this whole "Bella is an anti-feminist heroine" theory... I mean honestly Bella CHOSE to put her family and love over everything... the fact that she chose and is empowered by this choice is inline w/ feminist theory.
In the end, Breaking Dawn (and the entire Twilight Series) has high "replay value" because it is entertaining, and it is obvious that Stephenie Meyer enjoyed writing it and put herself to completing Bella's story. It's a very romantic (and yes sometimes cutesy) love-story w/ a happy ending... and lets face it, we could all use a good happy-ending every now and then. (^_~) ...more
I really wish that she would continue with this, I read the partial draft and it is a fascinating character study and to get the "Twilight" story fromI really wish that she would continue with this, I read the partial draft and it is a fascinating character study and to get the "Twilight" story from a different character's point of view ...more