Cullen Lovin’ Part 5: Carlisle and Esme

21 02 2010

At long, long last…I didn’t have time to look up all the quotes I wanted, but I know you guys know the books well enough to know what I’m talking about 🙂

1. Carlisle is the role model that kept Edward from killing Bella in the beginning.

“For one short second, I was able to think clearly. In that precious second, I saw two faces in my head, side by side.

One was mind, or rather had been: the red-eyed monster that had killed so many people that I’d stop counting their numbers. Rationalized, justified murders. A killer of killers, a killer of other, less powerful monsters. It wa s a god complex, I acknowledged that – deciding who deserved a death sentence. It was a compromise with myeslf. I had fed on human blood, but only by the loosest definion. My victims were, in their various dark pastimes, barely more human than I was.

The other face was Carlisle’s.

There was no resemblance between the two faces. They were bright day and blackest night…

In a few moments, there would be nothing left in me that would reflect the years I’d spent with my creator, my mentor, my father in all the ways that counted. My eyes would glow red as a devil’s; all likeness would be lost forever.

In my head, Carlisle’s kind eyes did not judge me. I knew that he would fogive me this horrible act that I would do. Because he loved me. Because he thought I was better than I was. And he would still love me, even as I now proved him wrong…

I would prove my father wrong about me. The misery of this fact hurt almost as much as the fire in my throat.” –Edward, Midnight Sun, Ch. 1 (I think)

2. Carlisle gives Esme Isle Esme, which she in turn loans Edward & Bella for their honeymoon.

And we all know what happened there 😉

“Who gives an island as a gift? I frowned. I hadn’t realized Edward’s extreme generosity was a learned behavior.” — Bella, Breaking Dawn, Ch. 5

3. Esma is their “vampire mother hen,” as Jake calls her.

“I snorted. Vampire mother hen – bizarre.” –Jake, Breaking Dawn, Ch. 14

4. Carlisle is the epitome of all that is good. Even the wolves have to admit it.

“If there was such a thing as a safe vampire, it was the strangely gentle leader.” –Jake, Breaking Dawn, Ch. 9

5. Esme loves her adopted children unconditionally.

“She would be for any plan that kept her family intact. Her first priority would not be rightness, but me.” –Edward, about Esme, in Midnight Sun

6. And she keeps them honest when they’re playing ball.

7. Carlisle wouldn’t act to save himself in Breaking Dawn because he wouldn’t want to hurt the wolves.

“Carlisle Cullen. Looking at him without that hate clouding my eyes, I couldn’t deny that killing him was murder. He was good. Good as any human we protected. Maybe better. The others, too, I supposed, but I didn’t feel as strongly about them. I didn’t know them as well. It was Carlisle who would hate fighting back, even to save his own life. That’s why we would be able to kill him – because he wouldn’t want us, his enemies, to die. This was wrong. And it wasn’t just because killing Bella felt like suicide.” –Jake, Breaking Dawn, Ch. 10

8. Carlisle keeps the peace between Rose & Edward – no mean feat at times.

“But I was no longer worried about Rose. I could see that she would go along with Carlisle’s decision, no matter how infuriated she was with me.” –Edward, Midnight Sun, Ch. 4 (I think)

9. Carlisle saved Edward, rather than letting him die of the Spanish Influenza.

And we all owe him BIG for that one.

10. Carlisle didn’t give into “peer pressure” to eat humans when he was living with the Volturi.

11. Carlisle offered Bree the chance to surrender in Eclipse.

As Edward says, only Carlisle would think to offer.

12. Carlisle must have done something right to be able to call in all those favors for witnesses in Breaking Dawn.

13. “If Carlisle was the soul of our family, then Esme was the heart. He gave us a leader who deserved following; she made that following into an act of love.” –Edward, Midnight Sun


I hope you enjoyed! Comment and tell what you love about the heads of the Cullen family 🙂

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Twilove,

My Never


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These are my (Twilight) confessions…

28 01 2010

I have a confession. I’ve converted. That’s right, I am now a member of Team Jake. Don’t get me wrong – of course I still love Edward too, but I’ve realized that I would have chosen Jacob. Before you burn me at the stake, let me explain how I got here.

The first few times I read Twilight through Eclipse (prior to the release of Breaking Dawn), I didn’t like Jacob at all. He annoyed the hell out of me. I thought he was a brat and whenever he was around, I was waiting for Edward to come back. I did not understand Jake’s character at all. Then, along came Breaking Dawn. I got to Part 2 around 2 am and fliiiiipped out. “What the hell are you thinking, Stephenie Meyer?! Why would we want to be inside the dog’s head?!” The combination of anxiety for Bella’s situation and the sleep deprivation was making me a little violent. But I soldiered on. And it turned out, Jake was kind of hilarious. In the midst of all the stress that was Breaking Dawn, Jake had this wonderfully snarky head. To be honest, his internal monologue sounds a lot like my own. I love snarkiness. Plus, I finally began to understand Jake a little bit. And to respect him for what he was willing to do to protect the girl he loved, despite the circumstances. No, I didn’t fall in love with him right then, but I stopped hating him.

Then I re-read the whole series with new eyes & I even started liking Jake a little, but mostly in a friendly sort of way. But after taking a little Twilight break & then coming back, I realized things had changed. Sure, Twilight was still basically the same, but in New Moon I didn’t miss Edward nearly so much. I liked reading about Jacob. He was funny and warm, grumpy at times, but hey, he’s human (kind of). He’s both gentle and rough, wild and soft, passionate and surly, immature and wise beyond his years. He’s just such a vivid and vivacious person. I actually think the darkness he gained from becoming a werewolf helped him. Before he was too naive and immature and innocent, but he gained a lot of complexity from his transformation. In Eclipse, he gets a lot of that happy-go-luckiness back (I’m thinking of his big wolfy grin & licking Bella across the face when they’re learning to fight the newborns) but he’s no longer a child.

Yes, Edward’s the perfect man. But perfection can be a little boring after a while (trust me, I’ve had boyfriends who always gave me my way & I eventually started picking fights just for a change of pace). Jake is always a little tempestuous & doesn’t give in to Bella’s every demand, and I like him the better for it. By the end of Eclipse & throughout Breaking Dawn, Edward’s just plain whipped and it’s kinda dull. I love Jake for being a little rougher, less suave & composed, more feisty and fun. He helps Bella live life on the (somewhat) wild side without forever fretting over her hurting herself. He’s not afraid of risks, but he’s still there to protect her when she needs him. Their relationship is more equal. Plus, he doesn’t have to be nearly so careful and controlled as Edward. Edward’s always got himself tightly under control, but Jake gets carried away with himself sometimes. He’s an adventure. He’s impulsive. He’s warm. And you wouldn’t have to change to be with him. Wouldn’t have to give up your family and friends and make him your whole world. Life would be balanced. You could grow old together and have a family without dying in the process of giving birth. There would be a lot less pain & a lot less sacrifice. You wouldn’t be forever thirsty. You wouldn’t have to watch everyone you know die while you continue to exist outside of the hustle & bustle of the course of human history. Mortal life isn’t as terrible as it’s made out to be.

I didn’t intend to fall in love with Jacob or defect to the other team, but after it happened and I gave it some thought, I realized that life with him is the one I would want. He’s who I’d choose. And that’s how I ended up on Team Jake.

Alright, let the stoning begin.

MyNevs





The Twilight Effect

13 11 2009

6 days!!!

New Moon Quote-of-the-day: “Here’s to responsibility twice a week, and recklessness every day in between.” –Jake, Chapter 7

If you missed Stephenie Meyer on Oprah today, you can watch it here. On Monday (Nov 16), don’t miss Kristen Stewart on The Tonight Show, Taylor Lautner on The Jay Leno Show and Dakota Fanning on Ellen!

Hollywood believes that the masses prefer familiar plots and characters, so that they can get easy entertainment without putting too much effort into it. This theory does have some sense to it – this is the generation of instant gratification. God forbid we read a book when we can get a quick shot of entertainment in the form of a 30 minute TV show or two-hour movie. This same mindset appears to go into the production of the plethora of remakes and book adaptations that fill the silver screen year-round. One is hard pressed to find a movie today that isn’t a remake, sequel or book adaption – or sometimes a combination of all three – and it can be argued that this methodology has gotten out of control. The number of sequels in certain franchises has reached astronomical levels. Sam Raimi has signed on to direct the fourth and fifth installments of the Spiderman franchise. Saw 6 came out in October, Rambo 5 is in the works for 2011, with the possibility of a Rambo 6 to follow at a later date. DenOfGeek.com also speculates that, following the success of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, there will certainly be a fifth installment in the franchise. A fourth and fifth Shrek film have also been confirmed. Virtually every successful movie produced today is followed by at least one sequel. Even movies that were really intended to be a holiday one-hit-wonder and weren’t created with a sequel in mind, such as the Christmas event film Alvin and the Chipmunks, have fallen prey to Hollywood’s penchant for recycling. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel hits theatres Christmas 2009.

Furthermore, it seems no film is off-limits, no matter how long it has been since the original was released. According to DenOfGeek.com, the 80’s cult classic Heathers has a sequel in the works, though no release date has been set. For series based on books or comic books that have a set number of installments and thus a finite potential for sequels, Hollywood has resorted to making prequels, such as The Hobbit, which precedes the enormously successful Lord of the Rings trilogy, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, prequel to the successful X-Men franchise.

The decision to adapt The Hobbit for the silver screen points to another trend: Book adaptations have run rampant. According to ChasingTheFrog.com, 30 novels a year are adapted for the big screen. In recent years, the number has far exceeded the average. About.com reports that in 2006, 50 books were made into movies, and in 2007 that number rose to 70. Some of the better-known adaptations include the Harry Potter series, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and, more recently, the Twilight Saga. These adaptations prove what the movie industry is only just beginning to realize – fantasy novels, an underappreciated genre in written form, make excellent movie fodder. The appeal of book adaptations is understandable – books already have preexisting fan bases that are certain to turn out at theatres to support the movie version of their favorite book. Plus, many action or fantasy novels are geared toward special effects and sequels, which are two key ingredients in the Hollywood formula for success.

However, it is often the case that movie incarnations of popular novels are inferior to the print version, which serves to outrage loyal fans rather than win them over, but incensed fans are not enough to stop the Hollywood’s production machine if they think they can make a buck or two. In what EW.com has dubbed the “Twilight Effect,” a slew of similar book-to-film adaptations are on deck for upcoming years, such as James Patterson’s teen-oriented Maximum Ride series, because the Twilight film, based on author Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel of the same name, has done for the fantasy genre what Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey did for science fiction. The teen hit also proved to Hollywood what, deep down, they’ve known for years: If a movie can draw in a teenage audience, the demographic with the most free time and disposable income, it’s sure to be a smash hit.

However, Hollywood has recently started to dip into genres and books less appealing to the teenage crowd, as well as less well-suited to franchises, action thrillers, and special effects. The film incarnation of Jodi Picoult’s popular novel My Sister’s Keeper premiered last June. While the film featured a blockbuster cast of Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin and Joan Cusack, the story of a young girl battling cancer and her sister’s fight for the control of her own body is not typical summer blockbuster fare. Hollywood has even gone so far as to turn a children’s bedtime story book into a film set for released in October: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. This is not the first time this particular book has been adapted for the big screen; another version was released in 1973. Nor is this a record for remakes. Many films have been remade multiple times, most frequently films who have their origin in classic novels. For example, IMDb.com shows that Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte has been adapted as a movie four times, not counting multiple made-for-TV versions, and is set for yet another remake in 2010. The same is true of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, which is set for an eighth remake in 2011.

Films based on classic books are not the only genre in danger of being remade these days. Hollywood has now turned its eye towards cult classic films, such as Footloose, Fame, Dirty Dancing and even The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which all beg the question: Is nothing sacred? One would be hard-pressed to find a film that doesn’t have roots in a novel or previous film, or sometimes both. It was once said that there is nothing new under the sun, and in today’s Hollywood it rings truer than ever. In fact, the only original cinematic attractions in modern Hollywood are the movies full of gross or ridiculous humor, such as You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, and the movies that mock other films, such as the Scary Movie franchise. However, even these movies draw upon the films they parody.

In short, Hollywood today isn’t producing anything that’s going to last. Hollywood’s Golden Age seems to be over – the age of stars like Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn, whose films are still favorites with modern audiences. But this phenomenon isn’t isolated to just the film industry. The modern age also isn’t producing lasting literature comparable to that of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, or revolutionary music like the Beatles, who still have die-hard fans, even though two of the band members are dead. Perhaps Hollywood is not the only problem; perhaps modern audiences are demanding less by repeatedly shelling out 10 bucks to see the same film they’ve seen a hundred times before, packaged under a different title. Nevertheless, Hollywood cannot be completely absolved. Film studios, producers and directors have found a formula that works and don’t want to risk their financial security in these uncertain times by generating radical or revolutionary films that have the potential of shocking or alienating audiences. But it’s been proven a hundred times before – the only way to make progress is to push boundaries and move into new territories that have never been charted before. Audiences will love it or hate it, but hey – at least they tried it.

What do you guys think of the “Twilight Effect”? Is it getting out of hand? I’m really starting to wish they’d leave my favorite series alone! They’re turning all my favorite books into sure-to-be-substandard adaptations. The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld and the A Great and Terrible Beauty series by Libba Bray (both of which I highly recommend) are set to be adapted in 2011 and 2010, respectively. How do you guys feel about this recycling-gone-amok?  Discuss in the comments! Plus, don’t forget to follow on Twitter!

6 days!!!

My Never

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Twilight Ponderings

9 11 2009

10 Days!!!

New Moon Quote of the Day: “Forbidden to remember, terrified to forget; it was a hard line to walk.” –Bella, Chapter 4

REMINDER: Submit your New Moon movie questions to the Official Twilight Saga website between noon today (Monday, November 9) and noon tomorrow (Tuesday, November 10) for Stephenie to answer!!!

Here is a continuation of the post-Breaking Dawn break down my friend and I had for months afterwards. After awhile, we moved away from specifically Breaking Dawn-related topics into the series as a whole, now that it’s complete.

1. It’s ironic that Bella stops visiting Charlie in Forks the year before the Cullens come to Forks. I suppose it would have been weird for Edward to meet Bella when she was like 10…but the wolves imprint on newborns (Jake) and 2 yr olds (Quil)…not fair.
 
2. Steph said the reason Edward skipped Bio the day they were blood-typing was so he wouldn’t be tempted….but wouldn’t it also be because it would be kinda conspicuous that the needle wouldn’t break his skin? That reason makes more sense to me. But what do I know? 
 
3. The whole mess could have been avoided if Edward had just let her become a vamp when James bit her. Of course then there would only be one book….cause even Breaking Dawn wouldn’t be necessary…cause there would be no Nessie…I guess I see why she didn’t go that route…though at the time she wasn’t planning on writing any of the other books. I REALLY would like to see Forever Dawn (For those who don’t know, on her site Steph says that Forever Dawn was the sequel to Twilight that she wrote when she was still just writing for herself). Because if Jake never came on the scene…then what on earth was the plot? She said all the major points of Forever Dawn were in Breaking Dawn…but I just don’t see how she could have had it without Jake. He’s so major in BD. How frustrating. 
 
4. I wonder…for those few days between when she got cut on her 18th bday and when Edward leaves and he was refusing to stay with her at night…was he sitting in her room watching her like he did at first in Twilight? I bet he was. Such an Edward thing to do. Trying to make it easier on her when he left, but making it worse for himself. Sick, masochistic lion. 
 
5. Putting her mortality to a vote is such a Bella thing to do. But what I don’t get is why the Cullens would agree to it. Cause her reason for putting it in their hands was a little fabricated. And who would wanna risk pissing Edward off? I don’t see why they humored her…cause you know Edward came home and let them have it….and poor Emmett lost his tv in the ordeal lol. Plus, it’s not like what any of them said but Carlisle mattered…sooo why not just go to him? Tho he told her at the beginning of New Moon that that was between Edward and Bella lol….but I’m pretty sure that things were different by the end. Obviously Edward wasn’t going to live without her…so they’d just have to go through that again when Bella finally died. Though he’d have a harder time getting away, since Alice would be keeping an eye out the older Bella got. Of course, making him live would be extremely selfish of them…cause he’d be sooo upset. Obviously. I’m not really sure why im going in to all of this…
 
6. Alice and bella never finished the diamond convo (in Eclipse). I guess we’re just supposed to assume that the heart was a diamond? I really wish they’d finished that convo…cause ya know it woulda been funny…especially the following convo between Bella and Edward…
Bella: “this is a DIAMOND?!”
Edward:”You said handmedowns were acceptable.”
Bella: “Are you INSANE?!”
Edward: “You’re overreacting”
….I know she’d never punch Edward in the face…but I bet she would’ve considered it for a split second…and then remembered what punching Jake had done to her hand, and Jake wasn’t even a rock
Edward and Jake made Bella a violent person. Rememeber in Twilight when she figured out Edward let Tyler ask her to the dance on purpose, she felt like hitting something and was surprised because she was normally non-violent. They’re bad influences. Look what became of her – trying to seduce a vampire. Yes, that’s totally unrelated, but I had to fit a quote in there lol.

Thoughts that came up during Steph’s Post-BD interviews

(Stephenie said that if she were ever to continue in the Twilight world, she had other characters she would probably focus on and we decided that the best (and obvious) choices would be Nessie and Jake, or possibly Leah)
 
1. Ok so while the Nessie/Jake thing is cute if you don’t think too hard about it…the facts are that he was in love with her MOM…like, wanted to do her mom…*shudders*…yeah I try not to think about it because they do have potential as a story. But I really love Leah too.
 
(On Stephenie’s Breaking Dawn playlist, she assigns the song My Never by Blue October to Jake during the birth scene.)
2. So listening to My Never and thinking about Jake is making me really dislike Bella. Not in a permanent way…I just really wish she hadn’t screwed him over like she did, now that I like him…it’s funny, I like him like she does. I’m not in love with Jake like Edward, but I’d like Jake to be my best friend lol. I can see the resemblence between her and Cathy from Wuthering Heights now. (Stephenie loosely based all the books on another classic – for Eclipse it was Wuthering Heights – which I feel the same way about as Edward does: I’m not a fan.) I’m glad he got Nessie, because then he got to be happy too 🙂
 
3.  He’s (Jake) perfect for her (Nessie) definitely. That’s the point of imprinting. He’ll be everything she needs. But you know, Edward’s not perfect…he makes mistakes…like leaving in New Moon. Biggest mistake of his long life. BUT what redeems him and makes him ultimately perfect is that he has the best of intentions. Completely and utterly selfless. Which is what matters in the end. You know, I find it funny that he thinks he’s gonna have to grovel to get Bella to take him back…he’s so clueless…though him begging might have been interesting 😉
 
4. I also want to know every song on Edward’s ipod. Or at least the songs he put on Nessie’s, cause those were his faves.
 
5. I STILL cannot believe how much I love Jake now. I’m starting to understand Bella’s dilemma. Before BD I thought she was a complete and utter moron for even considering it. But now…I think I’d work out a way to share. Like Jake said in BD, he could get Bella (or me lol) for the weekends. LOL. So wrong, so right. Edward should get the most time. Cause he’s the sexiest.
 
6. Explanation: When endlessly debating the possibilities for BD in he weeks leading up to August 2nd, obviously the topic of Bella as a vampire came up. We thought it might be creepy, because we hadn’t been in a vampire’s head dealing with the bloodlust and everything before.
 
YEAH I KNOW IT WAS CRAZY WE WERE SO AFRAID THAT BELLA AS A VAMP WOULD BE CREEPY BUT IT TOTALLY WASN’T!! It was actually my favorite part. I think her self-control probably helped a lot though. We should’ve known Steph would find a way around the creepiness.
 
7. Finally, Steph’s explanation (on her site) of how the vampire-human hybrid was possible makes me laugh heartily. She’s trying SO hard to be delicate but it’s SO obvious. *rolls eyes*

“The first seed (no pun intended) was planted when I did Bella’s computer research in chapter seven of Twilight. Bella reads about several real vampire legends—the Danag, Estrie, Upier, etc. In the novel, I only mentioned a few of the many legends I read through. One that I didn’t mention at this point was the entry on the Incubus. The unique feature about that legend was that the incubus could father children. Hmmm, I said, and I filed that kernel of an idea away for later. When I decided to write the first sequel to Twilight (Forever Dawn), I knew it was going to revolve around a hybrid baby from the outset.

When my editor and I decided to go back and really develop Bella’s last year of high school, I did so with the knowledge that it was all going to end up with the events in Breaking Dawn. Everything I wrote was pointed in that direction.

I was always very careful when I answered the “Can vampires have babies?” question, because I didn’t want to say anything incorrect, but I also didn’t want to make the future super-obvious. I focused my answers on the female half of the equation—female vampires cannot have children because their bodies no longer change in any aspect. There is no changing cycle to begin with, and their bodies couldn’t expand to fit a growing child, either. I purposely evaded answering the question, “Can a male vampire get a human female pregnant?” to preserve a tiny bit of surprise in the last book. There were many statements on this subject purported to have come from me, but I never made those comments because, obviously, I knew where this was going.

Now, on to the “how is this possible?” question. First of all, of course it’s not possible. None of this story is possible. It’s a fantasy story about creatures that don’t actually exist. Within the context of the fantasy, however, this is how it works:

Vampires are physically similar enough to their human origins to pass as humans under some circumstances (like cloudy days). There are many basic differences. They appear to have skin like ours, albeit very fair skin. The skin serves the same general purpose of protecting the body. However, the cells that make up their skin are not pliant like our cells, they are hard and reflective like crystal. A fluid similar to the venom in their mouths works as a lubricant between the cells, which makes movement possible (note: this fluid is very flammable). A fluid similar to the same venom lubricates their eyes so that their eyes can move easily in their sockets. (However, they don’t produce tears because tears exist to protect the eye from damage, and nothing is going to be able to scratch a vampire’s eye.) The lubricant-venom in the eyes and skin is not able to infect a human the way saliva-venom can. Similarly, throughout the vampire’s body are many versions of venom-based fluids that retain a marked resemblance to the fluid that was replaced, and function in much the same way and toward the same purpose. Though there is no venom replacement that works precisely like blood, many of the functions of blood are carried on in some form. Also, the nervous system runs in a slightly different but heightened way. Some involuntary reactions, like breathing, continue (in that specific example because vampires use the scents in the air much more than we do, rather than out of a need for oxygen). Other involuntary reactions, like blinking, don’t exist because there is no purpose for them. The normal reactions of arousal are still present in vampires, made possible by venom-related fluids that cause tissues to react similarly as they do to an influx of blood. Like with vampire skin—which looks similar to human skin and has the same basic function—fluids closely related to seminal fluids still exist in male vampires, which carry genetic information and are capable of bonding with a human ovum. This was not a known fact in the vampire world (outside of Joham’s personal experimenting) before Nessie, because it’s nearly impossible for a vampire to be that near a human and not kill her.

I didn’t get into all of these details at my signings because it’s a long, complicated mouthful. Also, it’s hard to be clearly heard with all the screaming. Mostly, though, I waited to do this in writing because I have an immature, Homer Simpson-like tendency to giggle when I say the words “seminal fluids” in public.”

This is why we love Twilight – there is SO much to discuss. We can never know enough about these characters we love so much. How about you guys – what questions do you still have? What aspects would you like to know more about? Discuss in the comments! And, as always, follow on Twitter!

TwiLove,

My Never





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?

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Cullen Lovin’ Part 3: Emmett Cullen

6 11 2009

13 Days!!!

New Moon Quote-of-the-day: “Emmett, Edward’s playful bear of a brother, I did miss. He was in many ways just like the big brother I’d always wanted… only much, much more terrifying.” –Bella, Chapter 1 (Fitting, no?)

Reasons to Love Emmett Cullen

1. He’s like a giant, hard-as-a-rock, strong-as-hell teddy bear.

“SHEESH, EDWARD! GET A GRIP! Emmett shouted at me in his head. His hand came down on my shoulder, holding me in my seat before I could jump to my feet. He rarely used his full strength — there was rarey a need, for he was so much stronger than any vampire any of us had ever encountered — but he used it now. He gripped my arm, rather than pushing me down. If he’d been pushing, the chair under me would have collapsed.” (Midnight Sun, Chapter 3)

“If you’ve ever seen a bear attack on television, you should be able to visualize Emmett hunting.” –Edward, Midnight Sun, Chapter 11

2. He’s the big brother we all wish we had.

“Rosalie was a pain, but I would always owe her one for choosing Emmett; no one had a better brother than mine.” –Edward, Midnight Sun, Chaper 12

He’s teasing…

“You haven’t changed at all. I expected a perceptible difference, but here you are, red-faced just like always.” –Emmett, New Moon, Chapter 1

“You’re monopolizing the bride. Let me dance with my little sister. This could be my last chance to make her blush.” –Emmett, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 4

“Maybe you’re not as scary as you think you are,” Emmett said, chuckling. “I bet I could have frightened her better than that.” –Emmett, Midnight Sun, Chapter 2

He’s protective…

“Rosalie and Emmett led the way, Emmett looking ridiculously like a bodyguard in the middle of hostile territory.” — Edward, Midnight Sun, Chapter 2

He’s playful…

“Emmett and Jasper were not above taking advantage of my distraction to bombard me with slushballs.” –Edward, Midnight Sun, Chapter 2

“”Human, you say?” Emmett asked.

He held up his right fist, twisting his fingers to reveal the snowball he’d saved in his palm. Of course it had not melted there. He’d squeezed it into a lumpy block of ice. He had his eyes on Jasper, but I saw the direction of his thoughts. So did Alice, of course. When he abruptly hurled the ice chunk at her, she flicked it away with a casual flutetter of her fingers. The ice rococheted across the length of the careteria, too fast to be visible to human eyes, and shattered with a sharp crack against the brick wall. The brick cracked, too….

“Very human, Emmett,” Rosalie said scathingly. “Why don’t you punch through the wall while you’re at it?”

“It would look more impressive if you did it, baby,”” (Midnight Sun, Chapter 2)

He acts like a 2-year-old sometimes…

“I heard Emmett grumble. He always got frustrated when Alice and I had these kinds of conversations.” –Edward, Midnight Sun, Chapter 4

“Oh, hey Edward!” he shouted back, grinning and waving at me. The bear took advantage of his distraction to rake its heavy paw across Emmett’s chest. The sharp claws shredded through his shirt, and squealed across his skin. The bear bellowed at the high-pitched noise. Aw hell, Rose gave me this shirt! Emmett roared back at the enraged animal.” (Midnight Sun, Chapter 7)

“”A few minutes later, Emmett jogged over to where I was waiting for him. His shirt was destroyed, torn and bloodied, sticky with sap and covered in fur. His dark curly hair wasn’t in much better shape, He had a huge grin on his face.

“That was a strong one. I could almost feel it when h clawed me.”

“You’re such a child, Emmett.”” (Midnight Sun, Chapter 7)

 3. He’s competitive as hell and more than a little feisty.

“Aw, what a waste. And here you’re probably the one person who could take him – since he can’t get in your head to cheat – and you had a perfect excuse, too. I’ve been dying to see how he’d do without that advantage.” –Emmett (to Bella), Breaking Dawn, Chapter 22

“I’m not going down without a fight.” –-Emmett, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 29

“Emmett was fuming over a wrestling match he’d lost to Jasper during the night. It would take all his limited patience to make it to the end of the school day to orchestrate a rematch. I never really felt intrusive hearing Emmett’s thoughts, because he never thought one thing that he would not say aloud or put into action.” –Edward, Midnight Sun, Chapter 1

“We all hated gym, Emmett especially. Throwing games was an affont to his pesonal philosophy.” –Edward, Midnight Sun, Chapter 11

4. The boy knows how to make a dirty innuendo.

‘Bout time somebody scored around here.” –Emmett, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 25

“I’m sure you’ll ace your classes… apparently there’s nothing interesting for you to do at night besides study.” –Emmett (to Bella), Breaking Dawn, Chapter 25

5. In the throes of passion, he tears down houses.

You know you wanna tap that.

“So it’s still standing? I would’ve thought you two had knocked it to rubble by now. What were you doing last night? Discussing the national debt?” –Emmett, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 25

“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

6. The entirety of Midnight Sun.

There’s also an Twilight outtake on Steph’s site that has a hilarious Emmett moment.

7. Nothing ever bothers Emmett.

“As we walked in, Emmett ambled through the kitchen door, seeming perfectly at ease. Nothing ever bothered Emmett.” –Bella, Eclipse, Chapter 12

“”Ease up, Edward,” Emmett said. “Honestly. So you kill one human. That’s hardly the end of the world.

“You would know,” I murmured.

Emmett laughed. “You’ve got to learn to get over things. Like I do. Eternity is a long time to wallow in guilt.””  (Midnight Sun, Chapter 2)

“What’s the big deal?” Emmett disagred. “Either he will or he won’t kill her. Might as well get it over with, either way.” (Midnight Sun, Chapter 5)

“Emmett didn’t hold grudges, and I probably ought to be more grateful for his easy going nature.” -Edward, Midnight Sun, Chapter 3

“I’ll say,” Emmett agree. His voice was still close to laughter. Trust Emmett to find the joke in the destruction of my life.” –Edward, Midight Sun, Chapter 4

8. He loves his wife, no matter how crazy she acts (We’ll be showing some Rosalie love tomorrow ;-))

“Emmett and Rosaie were oblivious, having another of their moments, gazng into each others’ eyes with wonder — it was ather disgusing to watch from the outside.” –Edward Midnight Sun, Chapter 3

9. He’s hilarious.

“I’m really glad Edward didn’t kill you. Everything’s so much more fun with you around.” –Emmett, Eclipse, Chapter 4

“Nice to have toddlers guarding the fort.” –Emmett (about Jake and Seth), Breaking Dawn, Chapter 11 
 

“Damn, kid, you’re a mess, Emmett added, sympathy in his tone.”  Midnight Sun, Chapter 3

“Who are you and what the hell have you done with my brother?” —Emmett (to Edward), Midnight Sun, Chapter 12

10. Have you SEEN Kellan Lutz?!?!?!

They could not have possibly gotten a better Emmett. And he’s hott. That’s right – with 2 t’s.

kellan

And he’s hilarious (just like Emmett):

Well, there’s some Emmett Cullen-Lovin’ for your drooling pleasure 😉 What did I miss? Tell me in the comments! Come back tomorrow for some Rosalie Hale Cullen-Lovin’!

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Cullen Lovin’ Part 2: Jasper Hale

5 11 2009

14 Days!!!

 New Moon Quote-of-the-Day: “Attention is never a good thing, as any other accident-prone klutz would agree. No one wants a spotlight when they’re likely to fall on their face.” –Bella, Chapter 1

UPDATE: Here is a handy-dandy New Moon promo interviews TV guide!

Reasons to Love Jasper Hale

1. His nickname is Jazz. And that’s just awesome.

2. He can feel and contol your emotions.

Really, how awesome is that? Who hasn’t wished their boyfriend knew how they felt? With Jazz, it’s a reality 😉 And as long as he uses the emotion control thing for good and not evil, we’re set.

““And Jasper making you feel all warm and fuzzy about spilling your guts, don’t forget that.” — Bella, Twilight, Chapter 15

“You know how Jasper is – he can’t resist a good emotional climate. You’re so happy all the time, love, he gravitates toward you without thinking.” –Edward, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 27

3. He’s a good Southern gentleman.

“And you ducked your head, like a good Southern gentleman, and said, ‘I’m sorry, ma’am.'” –Alice, Eclipse, Chapter 13

4. He was a solder.

To quote an unrelated TV show: “Men are weak. Except for soldiers. Soldiers are sexy.” –Edna, Everwood

Who doesn’t love a man in uniform?

5. He has one badass history. See Eclipse Chapter 13.

“Jasper shows up, covered in battle scars, towing this little freak who greets them all by name, knows everything about them, and wants to know which room she can move into.” –Edward, Eclipse, Chapter 13

“It was hard to take my eyes off his ravaged neck and jaw — hard to believe that even a vampire could have survived so many sets of teeth ripping into his throat.

Instinctively, I tensed to defend myself. Any vampire who saw Jasper would have had the same reaction. The scars were like a lighted billboard. Dangerous, they screamed. How many vampires had tried to kill Jasper? Hundreds? Thousands? The same number that had died in the attempt.” –Bella, Breaking Dawn, Chapter 20

Who doesn’t love the bad boy?

6. But he’s also an overprotective fool. (Like someone else we know. Aww.)

“Overprotective fool.” — Alice (about Jasper, after he tried to keep her from having anyone to fight in the battle and ended up getting bitten), Eclipse, Chapter 25

7. He fights his thirst and suffers every day, for his love, Alice.

“After a century of instant gratification, I found self-discipline… challenging.” –Jasper, Eclipse, Chapter 13

“You held out your hand, and I took it without stopping to make sense of what I was doing. For the first time in almost a century, I felt hope.” –Jasper (To Alice), Eclipse, Chapter 13

8. He’s also just plain hella sweet.

“I can feel what you’re feeling now — and you are worth it.” –Jasper (To Bella), Twilight, Chapter 19

9. Jackson Rathbone and 100 Monkeys are basically pure awesome.

It doesn’t so much matter what he’s saying, but the boy’s voice is a panty-dropper:

And the baseball scene with the Jasper’s epic single line of the whole movie (Skip to 4:42 if you just want to hear the line without watching the whole clip):

Well, there’s today’s dose of Cullen Lovin’. What did I leave out? Why do YOU love Jasper? Discuss in the comments! And come back tomorrow for the Emmett installment of the Cullen Lovin’ Series!

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