Okay...so I am currently re-reading Breaking Dawn. I should LOVE it. It is everything I thought I wanted. My criteria (post Eclipse, while counting down the days to Breaking Dawn's release) for the perfect ending...to my perfect book series was:
1. Bella must choose Edward (duh)
2. Bella must become a Vampire
3. Jacob must somehow permanently be out of their relationship
4. None of the major characters can die, but the issues with the Volturi must be resolved.
So...I got what I wanted right. My perfect happily ever after? So why did I feel less than satisfied? In fairness, Karen LOVES Breaking Dawn. Runs a close race with Twilight as her favorite in fact. My Mom LOVES it. My daughter LOVES it. I get it...some people LOVE it. I just can't. I was very disappointed upon its first "read". But I was disappointed the first time I saw Twilight on the big screen too. Not greatly, but somewhat. It should have been so much more (thats a topic for another day!)...but I did find that it really grew on me. I now watch the movie and silently, mentally, block out the things that bother me, and use it to remember my basic love of the story. Plus, as previously mentioned...the actors are pretty easy on the eyes...I feel the same about Breaking Dawn. I truly enjoy reading it. Some of it I absolutely LOVE, and I can choose to ignore the things I don't love. My biggest hangup with the story was the kid. And this shocked me. I am a major "kid" person. I love my children, but really I love all kids. I always wanted a big house full of children. I loved to babysit when I was younger. I love my job because I get to hold and play with so many newborn babies and funny kids. I was hurt, while reading these stories, that Bella would never have children because of her choice to be with Edward. So I feel like I SHOULD have loved that Stephenie found a loop hole. She gave me the one thing that my happy ending truly needed. But instead, it bothered me. Not that I wasn't fascinated with the notion of this "remarkable" child. I was, but her existence went beyond the rules that had been set for this fantasy world. All good fiction must have parameters. If you create your own world, this fantasy world still has to have rules that guide it. I know you must suspend belief to accept that there are vampires and werewolves, but this stretched my ability to "believe" too far. I won't go into a long, scientifical explanation...but this conception should not have been possible. I have read Stephenie's explanation of "how"...still doesnt' ring true to me. Funny I know..since this whole world isn't "real" anyway...but whatever...
Anyhoo....don't know how anyone else feels about this...my friends laugh at my stubborn streak about it! Oh well, I LOVE Twilight, LOVE New Moon (beginning and end with Edward only...Jacob parts are something I sort of "push" myself through), LOVE Eclipse (except where she kisses that dog...how could she??), and really LIKE Breaking Dawn(although there are parts I truly love...again..NOT the Jacob parts! ha ha!!) How do you guys feel??
oh..and btw...hope our little picture we took doesn't offend anyone..we thought it was HILARIOUS!!! but we are pretty warped...just sayin'....