As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob-knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf.
With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?
“It’s something about the inevitability. How nothing can keep them apart–not her selfishness, or his evil, or even death, in the end…their love is their only redeeming quality.”
So. Eclipse is a book. I go back and forth about liking Eclipse and just being content with it. It doesn’t have the emotional highs of New Moon, nor the absurdity that is Breaking Dawn. It just kind of is. Until it becomes more. Also, it has some of the most annoying things in the series. Namely, it has a lot of Jacob being a jerk.
Eclipse also has the best scene in the entire series. Which is Charlie trying to give Bella the sex talk. This is glorious on so many levels. I very much doubt I could convince anyone to read this series based on this argument alone, but I almost want to try and make it. Meyer manages to capture the absolute cringe and horror that is giving a teenager the sex talk. Both for the parent and for the child.
Charlie is absolutely awesome for stepping up and doing this himself, instead of calling her mother and asking her mother to do it for him. Charlie is awesome for, when Bella said her mom had already covered this topic, saying that it had been a while and things are different when you actually have a boyfriend. Charlie is awesome for doing it at all. And honestly, Meyer is a little bit awesome for including a sex talk in her book. I don’t see that often in young adult stories. I’m not certain I’ve actually seen another. Seen sex, though.
Also, the scene is the best because Edward read what was on Charlie’s mind, and ran away telling Bella to have fun, giggling to himself the whole time. Priceless.
Alice is also awesome. Alice, in the first book was just a secondary character that helped out. In New Moon, Alice became more. She became someone trying to help Bella and Edward. She becomes a friend. In Eclipse, Alice becomes Bella’s sister. And I love her with all my heart. I’d read an entire series of Alice. Is there fanfiction of Alice? Can someone recommend me fanfiction with Alice being awesome?
“Amazing,” Edward muttered. “How can someone so tiny be so annoying?”
Alice laughed. “It’s a talent.”
Alice is pivotal to the plot in Eclipse. Her powers are a bit (lot) overpowered for the story. She can see the future, and that gets used to extremes. Someone is building an army of baby vampires in Seattle, and the Cullens have to figure out how to deal with it before it attracts the attention of the Vulturi, the Boogie Men of the vampire world. Who already have their attention on the Cullens since a mortal knows what they are, Bella, and the Cullens promised that Bella would be turned “soon” into one of them. Really this entire plot is pretty much an afterthought until the end when it all clashes together in one large battle scene. It’s not really what I care about.
I care that Edward has learned from the place of fear he was in during Twilight and the place of fear and idiocy he was in during New Moon. He has learned that just because he wants something to be a certain way, doesn’t mean it will be that way. This manifests early on in that Charlie wants Bella and Jacob to be friends again. Edward is against this for many reasons, including that Jacob likes Bella, but also because Jacob is a new werewolf with less than perfect control over his wolf and every time Bella is with the werewolves she disappears from Alice’s vision. It is an issue of safety as much as it is jealousy, if not more so.
Yet he does eventually concede to let Bella hang out with Jacob. The werewolves can protect her from their vampire enemies. And Bella wants it. That’s the bigger factor here. Edward learns to trust Bella. As much as he can, at least. He is still ultra-paranoid about her safety. He goes through great lengths to set up everything so that she is constantly watched and safe. Also Bella keeps not listening anyway, and he figuren it is better to go along with her plans than against. Which come to think of it is probably the real reason why Edward becomes the Good Guy of the story – he learns to work with Bella rather than against. Eventually.
I want to strangle Jacob. Where Edward works with Bella, even out of necessity, Jacob ignores everything Bella says and then whines when he doesn’t get his way. He pushes and pushes at Bella, and she just takes it for some damn reason. And he is just always whining to get his way. And he typically gets it. Because Bella is a pushover.
And the kissing! Oh my god! AH! Jacob forces a kiss on Bella, because “I thought that if I just kissed you, you would get into it and like me as much as I like you” or some sort of backwards ass logic like that. Which Bella does not reciprocate. AND THEN SHE PUNCHES HIM, GOOD FOR YOU BELLA. Even if it does end up in a broken hand. The only reason Charlie isn’t perfect is because he backs this troll over Edward, for some godforsaken reason. And even after all that, Bella still wants him around because he is her friend. And even then he tricks another kiss out of Bella towards the end of the book. By saying he’ll just go get himself killed if she doesn’t. He just isn’t a good person and has no redeeming features.
Emmett grinned. “Fall down again, Bella?”
I glared at him fiercely. “No, Emmett. I punched a werewolf in the face.”
Emmett blinked, and then burst into a roar of laughter.
How could anyone possibly be Team Jacob? I understand Edward isn’t perfect either but at least he learns and becomes a better person.