These are points from another reviewer that I have found interesting – Stephen Isaac at Plugged in Online (media reviews from Focus on the Family). Here are some things he has said about Bella:
– “As interested as I’d become in the inner workings of Bella’s brain—and you do spend most of the saga occupying her head—I began to notice something that bothered me. Bella is more than a little obsessive. And she is critical of herself to a fault. At school, as she falls for Edward, she begins to see him as the only light in a dark world that seems to get dimmer and dimmer as she gazes at what she imagines to be his brilliance. She longs to be with him every second of every day. She dreads the, ironically, sunny days when he’ll invariably skip school and she won’t see him.
She quickly becomes enslaved by the idea of the two of them spending eternity together, a concept she doesn’t yet fully appreciate…
– She won’t see reason or listen to logic even after she learns Edward’s secret. And she won’t let anyone, not even him, talk her out of her “need” for him. She muses, “I refused to be convinced to fear him, no matter how real the danger might be.”
She’s not kidding. All the way through the very last page of the very last book (there are four in all), Bella never takes a single step back. She paints the colors of her existence, her very soul, onto his alabaster skin, asking him first for this world, then the next one, too. It’s her obsession that drives her to demand he turn her into the same sort of creature he is. It’s her vanity that makes her want it done now.
Consumed as she is with young love and the unblinking conviction that as a human she’s nothing more than an awkward ugly duckling, she not only refuses to let anything or anyone stand between her and Edward, but also her self-determined destiny of vampiric perfection and immortality. Not her family. Not her friends. Not her life. Not even her soul—when Edward attempts to convince her that becoming a vampire will doom her to eternity without hope of salvation. “Compared to the fear that he didn’t want me, this hurdle—my soul—seemed almost insignificant,” she thinks. And then, a few pages later she says to Edward, “So let’s both just be hopeful, all right? Not that it matters. If you stay, I don’t need heaven.”…
– And she—our heroine—spends a fair amount of time tamping down her conscience to make things work out the way she wants them to.
“I curled into a tight ball. No, Edward wasn’t a killer,” she tries to convince herself in New Moon. “Even in his darker past, he’d never been a murderer of innocents, at least. But what if he hadbeen? What if, during the time that I’d known him, he’d been just like any other vampire? What if people had been disappearing from the woods, just like now? Would that have kept me away from him? I shook my head sadly. Love is irrational, I reminded myself. The more you loved someone, the less sense anything made.”
Pages later, she’s giving in to the idea that if she puts herself in danger, she’ll feel closer to her temporarily out-of-the-picture man, er, vampire. She crashes a motorcycle, pushes her luck in a dangerous neighborhood and even jumps off a high cliff into the ocean, hoping this ultimate life-endangering stunt will stir her comforting memories of Edward’s care for her…
– I’ll add that if it were up to Bella, marriage wouldn’t have been part of the deal, either. She loathes the idea of submitting to the ancient institution, preferring the relative brevity of death to the agonizing eternity of matrimony. “I was sure that at least my mother—were I to tell her every detail of the truth—would be more strenuously opposed to me getting married than to me becoming a vampire,” Bella thinks halfway through the third book, Eclipse. “I grimaced to myself as I imagined her horrified expression.”…
– Sensuality isn’t the only thing that builds as the books pile up. Occult references and violence do, too…
– Bella muses dreamily after finally becoming what’s known in these pages as a bloodsucker. “It was like I had been born to be a vampire. The idea made me want to laugh, but it also made me want to sing. I had found my true place in the world, the place I fit, the place I shined.”
How did she get there? Pregnant with Edward’s half-human, half-vampire baby, Bella dies during childbirth. She’s brought back to undead life by Edward, who pumps her heart and limbs full of his venom.
And everybody lives happily ever after.
Sure, there’s a big row with the ruling class of vamps known as the Volturi. But the new and improved Bella saves the day and then heads home with Edward for another all-night rendezvous. Life is therefore revived amid agony. Salvation is found through death. Bella is beautiful. She’s powerful. She’s in love.
“Bella, I just beheaded and dismembered a sentient creature not twenty yards away from you,” Edward says to her after killing an attacking vampire. “That doesn’t bother you?”
Bella just shrugs…”
You can read the entire review (it is pretty long) at Plugged In Online.
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