Cullen Lovin’ Part 4: Rosalie Hale

7 11 2009

12 Days!!!

New Moon Quote-of-the-day: “I told him you were planning to corrupt my youthful innocence.” –Jake, Chapter 9

 

Also, an UPDATE, on Steph’s site she says that she will be doing ONE New Moon movie intervew and it will be The Oprah Winfrey Show THIS Friday, November 13th! Check here for local listings!

She also says most of the questions will be for a general audience and major Twihards will already know the answers, so she will ALSO be answering FAN questions (about the movie) online! You can submit you questions to the Official Twilight Saga website between noon (Eastern Standard Time) Monday, November 9th and noon Tuesday, November 10th! Answers will be posted both on the Saga website and on Stephenie’s site on Monday, November 16th! Details about submitting questions will be posted first thing Monday morning (November 9th) on the Official Saga website.

 

Reasons to Love Rosalie Hale

I know, I know…you may be thinking “Rosalie?! Seriously?! Wtf?!” and a week or so ago, I would have said the same thing. Buuuuuut I recently had a discussion on twitter with jacndaniel, who actually made me realize that Rose is basically awesome in her own, very unique way. And now I’d like to share that revelation with you.

1. She saved Nessie.

I admire Rose’s tenacity in protecting the baby, despite the overwhelming resistance from the rest of the family. I think that, yes, the baby was important to her, but she also thought Bella deserved the right to make her own choice – a choice Rose knew what it felt like to have taken away from her.

2. She shows the most growth over the course of the series (aside from Bella and Edward, of course).

I really like Bella and Rose’s developing bond over the whole series. Their antagonism in Twilight, the sort of boiling point of their relationship in New Moon, Rose’s realization of how much Bella means to her brother, and the acceptance that comes with that, her explanation and promise to be on her best behavior in Eclipse, and finally their joining forces to save Nessie’s life in Breaking Dawn. Imagine what would have happened if Bella hadn’t had Rose.

3. She truly loves her family (and her brother, our boy Edward).

Here’s the conversation debating this point that resulted in this post:

jacndaniel: “Rose loves everyone to a fault, she can love them enough to tell them what she really thinks.Her fierceness translates 2 bitch but she’s not. She’s harsh with everything she does, but she’s not malicious. She tells Bella the reason 4 her feelings and it makes sense, even to Bella.   So I love Rose for her willingness to protest her family at all costs, her feirceness, and her love.”

Me: “I can see what you’re saying. Have you read the New Moon extra from her point-of-view on Stephenie’s website? That’s what made me really start dislike her. She just seems so selfish and self-absorbed that she didn’t care what kind of pain she was inflicting on Edward. :-(” (there’s another link to the extra I mentioned later in this post)

jacndaniel: “i know, but also she wanted him to come home.clean break like wut edward tried to do w/bella. w/my bro i mite do the same? fierce love again.”

Me: “You have a point – she def loves Edward. I feel like she evolves past some of her initial selfishness over the course of the series too. Like she tells Bella, she hated her because Edward wanted her instead of Rose, but then she got over that and had a legitimate reason to think she was making a mistake. And treating lightly the things Rose wanted most.”

jacndaniel: “See!You’re gettin it!Rose is harsh&selfish at times,but she’s not bad&her core she is all love 4 her fam&Bella.She saved Renesmee after all!”

Me: “That’s true! If it weren’t for Rose, they wouldn’t have had Nessie and Jake would still be suffering. I’d never thought of that – I’d only thought about Rose using Bella as a human incubator, but she *was* right in the end. Hmmm, I think you may have won me over 🙂 I’ll def have to show her some Cullen-Lovin’! There’s a poll on my site now where you can vote for her. I love these kinds of Twi discussions :-)”

 4. Like Emmett, she tears down houses…*ahem*

“You gonna back down so easy, little sister? Not much wild about you, is there? I bet that cottage doesn’t have a scratch. Did Edward tell you how many houses Rose and I smashed?” –Emmett, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 26

5. In New Moon, she shows real remorse for what almost happened to Edward and Bella.

“I’m so very sorry, Bella. I feel wretched about every part of this, and so grateful that you were brave enough to go save my brother after what I did. Please say you’ll forgive me.” –Rosalie, New Moon, Chapter 22

There’s a New Moon extra on Stephenie’s website from Rose’s point-of-view that really gives you insight into her character.

6. She also wants to go to Volterra to save him.

“No, you can’t.” Alice’s voice dropped till it was nearly inaudible, though I was sitting inches from her. Contrarily, I listened harder. “Tell Emmett no…Well, go after Emmett and Rosalie and bring them back…Think about it, Jasper. If he sees any of us, what do you think he will do?” (New Moon, Chapter 19)

7. There’s gotta be something worth loving in the girl, if Emmett loves her 🙂

8. She votes no (Someone had to. Besides Edward.)

“I don’t mean that I have any aversion to you as a sister. It’s just that… this is not the life I would have chosen for myself. I wish there had been someone there to vote no for me.” –Rosalie, New Moon, Chapter 24

And she had a legit reason to do it:

“You already have everything. You have a whole life ahead of you — everything I want. And you’re going to just throw it away. Can’t you see that I’d trade everything I have to be you? You have the choice that I didn’t have, and you’re choosing wrong!” –Rosalie, Eclipse, Chapter 7

“You don’t want to be rash about permanent things, Bella.” –Rosalie, Eclipse, Chapter 7

9. She has a soft side, even if it’s buried waaaaaay deep down.

“I know you’re frustrated that he’s keeping you locked up like this, but don’t give him too bad a time when he gets back. He loves you more than you know. It terrifies him to be away from you.” –Rosalie, Eclipse, Chapter 7

10. She has a tough past, which makes it a little easier to understand why she is the way she is.

After reading chapter 7 of Eclipse, you had to feel for the girl.

11. She’s a pretty kickass assassin and got some sweet revenge on her jackass fiance and his friends. Girl power, baby.

“Every mortal goes to sleep with the chance of never waking up,. The others would expect us to clean up after ourselves. Technically, that would make it Edward’s job, but this is obviously beyond him. You know I’m capable of control. I would leave no evidence behind me.”

“Yes, Rosalie, we all know how proficient an assassin you are,” I snarled. (Edward, Midnight Sun, Chapter 4)

“I saved Royce for last. I hoped that he wold hear of his friends’ deaths and understand, know what was coming for him. I hoped the fear wold make the end worse for him. I thnk it worked. He was hiding inside a windowless room behind a door as thick as a bank vault’s, guarded outside by armed men, when I caught up with him.” — Rosalie, Eclipse, Chapter 7

Come on, she even wore a wedding dress. Evil genius.

“I was overly thearical. It was kind of childish, really. I wore a wedding dress I’d stolen for the occasion. He screamed when he saw me. He screamed a lot that night.” –Rosalie, Eclipse, Chaper 7

12. She also has self-control rivaling that of Carlisle.

She killed those 7 men without drinking their blood. Come on, she’s killed fewer people than ESME.

“You know, my record is almost as clean as Carlisle’s. Better than Esme. A thousand times better than Edward. I’ve never tasted human blood.” –Rose, Eclipse, Chapter 7

And when she nearly slipped up during the birth scene in Breaking Dawn, like Jake says, she wanted them to win – she didn’t put up one ounce of a fight.

“And then Rosalie lost her focus. I saw the expressionon her face shift, saw her lips pull back from her teeth and her black eyes glint with thirst.

“No, Rose!” Edward roared, but his hands were trapped, trying to prop Bella upright so she could breathe.

I launched myself at Rosalie, jumping across the table without bothering to phase. As I hit her stone boy, knocking her toward the door, I felt the scalpel in her hand stab deep into my left arm. My right palm smashed against her face, locking her jaw and blocking her airways.

I used my grip on Rosalie’s face to swing her body out so that I could land a solid kick in her gut; it was like kicking concrete. She flew into the door frame, buckling one side of it. The little spaker in her ear crackled into pieces. Then Alice was there, yanking her by the throat to get her into the hall.

And I had to give it to Blondie — she didn’t put up a ounce of fight. She wanted us to win. She let me trash her like that, to save Bella. Well, to save the thing.” (Jake, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 18)

Yeah, SnarkyMcSnarkerstein thinks it was to save “the thing,” and I’m sure part of it was, but I also think it was to save Bella. They’d bonded.

13. She does pretty well living among all those boys. Emmett’s gotta be a handful 😉

Alice is kind of one of the guys, and Esme isn’t all that present. So that just leaves poor Rose. Until Bella and Nessie come along, that is.

14. She saved Emmett.

“It was only two years later that she found Emmett. She was hunting — we were in Appalachia at the time — and found a bear about to finish him off. She carried him back to Carlisle, more than a hundred miles, afraid she wouldn’t be able to do it herself. I’m only beginning to guess how difficult that journey was for her…She saw something in his face that made her strong enough. And they’ve been together ever since.” –Edward, Twilight, Chapter 14

15. Her battles with Jake in Breaking Dawn are EPIC.

Two words: Blonde jokes.

“You know how you drown a blonde, Rosalie? Glue a mirror to the bottom of a pool.” –Jake, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 14

“Hey, do you know what you call a blonde with a brain? A golden retriever.” –Jake, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 15

“S’not so hard to erase a blonde’s memory. Just blow in her ear.” –Jake, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 15

Plus, the dog bowl thing was just plain hilarious.

“Enjoy, mongrel.” —Rose, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 15

“It had once probably been a big mixing bowl, but she’d bent the bowl back in on itself until it was shaped almost exactly like a dog dish. I had to be impressed with her quick craftsmanship. And her attention to detail. She’d scratched the word Fido into the side. Excellent handwriting.” –Jake, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 15

“Silently, I lifted my doggy bowl off the floor. Then, with a quick, powerful flip of my wrist, I threw it into the back of Blondie’s head so hard that – with an earsplitting bang – it smashed flat before it ricocheted across the room and snapped the round top piece off the thick newel post at the foot of the stairs.” –Jake, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 15

“You. Got. Food. In. My. Hair.” —Rose, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 15 (Rose will be Rose)

“Where’s the flood, mutt?” —Rose, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 14

“About time. The chainsaw impersonation was getting a little tired.” —Rose, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 14

“Oh, wonderful. I knew I smelled something nasty.” –Rose, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 15

“Ew. Someone put the dog out.” —Rose, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 16

Rose has her faults, but don’t we all?

How do you feel about Rose? Did this post change anything? Discuss in the comments! And, as always, follow on Twitter and head over to the Affiliates & Links tab to see our new affiliates!

Tomorrow we’ll be taking a break from the Cullen Lovin’ and doing one of two things, but I haven’t decided which yet, so come back and be surprised! 🙂

Smell the Roses,

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4 responses

7 11 2009
jac

A totally brilliant piece! I think you captured her very well. Of course Rose isn’t overtly nice or sugary sweet, she never claims to be… I just believe that she has some really up standing qualities. She is really nasty in the begining (Twilight) because she feels like Edward is compromising the families well being, so that he can have Bella. That’s scary for her and every one else. Even Emmett and Jasper think it’s better if Edward were just to kill her. They all come around, even Rose. The bond that developes between Bella and Rose in BD is undeniable and I think it was really nice of Stephenie to give Rose that kind of ending.

7 11 2009
ISawForeverInMyNever

Thank you so much! I’m glad you thought I did her justice 🙂 You’re definitely right about Rose, Em & Jazz thinking it best to kill Bella after Edward saves her (oh the things we learn from Midnight Sun :-)) but Rose wasn’t planning to do it whether the rest of the family agreed or not (Jazz, on the other hand…). I really like Bella and Rose’s developing bond over the whole series. Their antagonism in Twilight, the sort of boiling point of their relationship in New Moon, Rose’s realization of how much Bella means to her brother, and the acceptance that comes with that, her explanation and promise to be on her best behavior in Eclipse, and finally their joining forces to save Nessie’s life in Breaking Dawn. Imagine what would have happened if Bella hadn’t had Rose. I admire Rose’s tenacity in protecting the baby, despite the overwhelming resistance from the rest of the family. I think that, yes, the baby was important to her, but she also thought Bella deserved the right to make her own choice – a choice Rose knew what it felt like to have taken away from her.

(I think I may have to include this in the post somewhere, because it only just now occurred to me :-))

7 11 2009
jac

I think we have now officially crossed over to the “Rosalie Hale Cullen” fan club! lol!

22 12 2009
Maureen

I’ve always been Team Rosalie Cullen, and this just made my choice even stronger 🙂

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