Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s Monday, and that can only mean one thing: I get to indulge once again in some Twilight talk. OMG. For those of you who missed the gushing, I am still tote’s sending my love to Ginger at GReads for starting the fun.
The questions below came to us from Lisa at Lisa is Busy Nerding. I had tons of fun answering them (thanks Lisa!), and hope YA Crushers have their own ideas to add as well. And now, without further ado, week two of the funnest thing ever: the Twilight Read Along. (Yay!)
1. Because we have to talk about it sometime – are you Team Edward or Team Jacob? Does that impact how you re-read the book?
Um, Team Edward. Moo. A totally emotional decision, and I won’t even bother stating my case. I just be lovin’ me some Edward. (And Jacob is a smelly dog. Sorry, I just had to get one dig in…)
Re-reading the books I had a totally different experience than when I read the books the first time . This was true with all characters, including Jacob. The first time I read them I wanted to go as fast as I could through the story because I felt so much in suspense, wanting to get to the bottom of all these mysteries. The second time around I was able to digest the characters and much to my chagrin, I was able to see Jacob with less disdain when re-reading the first book because I felt he did do a lot that, I must admit, redeemed himself for me when we arrived at the series’ conclusion. (She says in a begrudging tone.)
2. Bella spends a lot of her time by herself in her room when she’s not at school. What do you think this says about her as a character? Can you relate to her introverted nature?
I think the picture of Bella that Stephenie Meyers is trying to paint is of someone who isn’t necessarily the stereotypical teen girl. It would take someone beyond the standard stereotype to catch the eye of someone who has seen them all. Evidently Edward agrees. The fact that Bella is an introvert who decides what is right for herself, despite what others might consider cool, foreshadows what’s to come and the decisions she makes in future books, which aren’t based on what most of us might choose but what she feels is right for her. The convictions are strong in that young Padwan. (Sorry, I’ve been having Star Wars marathons with my kids this summer…)
Do I relate? Yeee-eh-uh. As someone who was 100% non-sporty (let’s just say the klutz factor got in the way of my Olympic gold medal plans), not to mention kinda shy, being in my room reading was a favorite pastime. Books saved me (remember my answer to question #1 last week?). I could escape in books. Books were my best conversation starters (and still are, actually). Books rock the house. As does hanging out alone, having quiet time with just you and your book in your room. Yay books!
3. Probably my favorite chapter of the entire book, chapter eight brings us dress shopping, nearly getting assaulted, and then wraps up nicely with a quaint dinner and confession time. In this we see the blend of typical teenage existence starting to get tainted by the paranormal world. If given the choice right then, would you push to know more about the paranormal, or bury your head in the sand and live the teenage dream?
Push to know more. Push to know more!!!!! Ahhhhhhh! Sevehn.
4. Already, it’s pretty clear that Bella is falling for Edward. Is this happening too quickly to be plausible, or is it totally reasonable to you? What about Edward do you find to be swoonworthy at this point?
Unlike the person who plays him in real life, Edward is well spoken and thoughtful in what he says. And – ok, let’s review – words are the way to Vee’s heart. Also, if there’s mushroom ravioli involved: I. Am. Yours. But I digress. Chemistry, as it relates to love, can be a pretty tricky thing. So it’s not entirely that implausible that she’s already giving him some stink eye. Lez see…he’s evidently super hot, he can talk real good, and he does swoony gentlemanly things that guys his age, sadly, don’t always know to do. (Offers her his delicious-smelling-jacket? Hulloh? Oh, and also, he pays for dinner. And it was mushroom ravioli…did I mention that?)
5. Jessica has to forcibly remove all of the details on what’s going on from Bella, but through that we learn more about how she’s feeling and how she’s falling for Edward already. If you were in Jessica’s shoes, what would you say to Bella?
“Bella, that is some hot piece of…”, oh wait…that’s not a proper answer. If I were me, but in Jessica’s shoes, knowing only the little that Jessica knows about Edward, I’d say: “Bella, this dude is a little too dark and broody (though admittedly really fuh-huh-hine) so just tread lightly and look alive! No dark, hidden corners with him for a while, ‘kay?” Because in the real world, where he’s actually walking down the halls of school, I would think it was a little scary. Dark, broody, never talking to anyone??? Hmmm… But still, he’s Edward so I wouldn’t completely discourage it, either. I’d just ask that she be a ninja about it and watch out, because I don’t know who he really is, right?!!?!
For a list of next week’s questions, be sure to visit Jasmine and Jacinda at The Reading Housewives of Indiana and check back with us on Monday when we discuss chapters 11-15 (it’s meadow time, party people)!