I still feel like if she was “born to be a vampire” she’d fit in better with the Volturi, who celebrate their vampirism, than with the Cullens, who actively try to deny their vampire natures.
I agree—she was a totally different character in BD2. And I don’t like it. I mean, I’m not a Bella fan (clearly) in the first place, but what I liked about Twilight-style vampirism is that you are still you. Your personality traits are frozen and/or enhanced. It’s not like, say, Buffy, where when you become a vampire you automatically become evil. Esme is still loving and motherly, Carlisle is still compassionate, Emmett is still an out-going and competitive, etc.
Bella, however, becomes a COMPLETELY different person. Her defining traits were clumsiness and shyness—these are pretty much gone. She’s graceful “even for a vampire” all of a sudden and she’s driving around in Ferraris, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of the Cullens’ money that she boldly lifted from Alice and Jasper’s room, meeting with lawyers and using her supernatural sex appeal to schmooze. I mean, who is this girl? This isn’t Bella Swan with immortality and super speed, it’s a totally different character. The movie really highlighted it with her suddenly wearing dresses and leather and it’s like, what happened to the jeans and flannel and converse? And it’s not like a slow evolution where she comes into her own. It’s INSTANT. The moment she wakes up as a vampire she’s suddenly this sexily-dressed badass.
Honestly I feel like now that she’s a vampire and strong enough to not be pushed around she should have told Alice to buzz off and she would wear whatever the hell she wanted. Which would NOT be the sexy stuff she wore in BD2.
What happened to “You’ll always be my Bella, just less fragile?”
IDK where this came from, exactly, other than that the deer’s expression just looked like it was trying to provoke her.
“Yeesh!” I complained to Edward one night after we’d put Renesmee in her wrought-iron crib. “If I haven’t killed Charlie or Sue yet, it’s probably not going to happen. I wish Jasper would stop hovering all the time!”
“No one doubts you, Bella, not in the slightest,” he assured me. “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.”
And then Edward hugged me tightly, because nothing pleased him more than my overwhelming ecstasy in this new life.
Exactly. Edward was there to distract her long enough to regain herself. She was hunting that hiker. Edward’s so impressed she stopped herself mid-hunt but HE stopped her.
I don’t mind Bella being better than average. That DOES make a certain sense given that she was prepared. I have heard theories before that Bella and Carlisle had the control they did because they knew vampires existed before they became one. They knew about them, and sort of rejected that way of life before even becoming one, whereas none of the others knew vampires even existed. But that doesn’t explain Rosalie’s control (she had no idea about vampires), and I don’t think it explains Bella being so self-controlled because let’s face it, she’s just not a self-controlled person. She has a private mind, she doesn’t have good self-control. She throws several tantrums throughout the series, she pouts and cries and stomps her feet, she can’t keep her hands off Edward even when he warns her away, she punches Jacob in the face… she’s very impulsive and emotional. Very human, really. Compare that to Carlisle, who IS self-controlled and calm and reserved and never throws a tantrum or even really raises his voice. It just doesn’t make sense to me that Bella can control herself so well. I get that she has stubborn determination, but that’s different from self-control. Carlisle had a very strict religious upbringing that emphasized NOT giving in to temptation, controlling oneself, and the nobility and holiness of suffering. He was uniquely suited to handle it. Bella, IMO, was not.
Just *how* impressive did you understand Bella’s self-control to be in Breaking Dawn? I’ve seen wildly different interpretations in fics, ranging from just being slightly better than most newborns, to her having Carlisle levels of self-control right away. How did you see it? Would she be able to handle a paper cut? Could she control herself around a bleeding human or if she met her ‘singer’? Could she have sex with a human or perform surgery? Is she better controlled than Jasper?