I have finished reading Eclipse, after eight days. I’m not sure if I broke my own record, but that’s pretty fast for a slow reader like me. I love the story and I couldn’t put the book down in whatever spare time that I had. Or maybe I just wanted to keep pace with my girl friend who’s also reading the books. She only started reading Twilight a couple of weeks ago but she’s a fast reader and has more spare time than I do. We discuss the books and I wouldn’t want her telling me what I haven’t read yet. I know she’s going to finish all four books before I do. But she knows I hate spoilers.
I love Eclipse! I already said that, didn’t I? It’s my favourite of the series so far.
I love the unique love triangle. I love the character developments. I love how the characters – friends, lovers, rivals, enemies, even father and child – can be so honest about their feelings towards each other. I love that Ms. Meyer injected humour in the right places in this story which has quite a heavy theme.
Some of my favourite funny parts: When Jacob asks Bella if she has already kissed Edward and what it feels like to have a vampire as a boyfriend. When Charlie had the sex talk with Bella. The part where Bella’s trying to seduce Edward. The parts where Jacob calls Edward a bloodsucker and Edward calls Jacob a dog, or pup.
Just one thing though. I couldn’t help but notice the typographical errors. My girl friend has noticed this, too. In Twilight and New Moon, I noticed only a couple of typos in each of the books, but in Eclipse, I noticed quite a few. Who edited these books? They didnt’ do a good job in proofreading, eh? It’s not a big deal though. What I noticed is they missed little words like “to,” or instead of “at,” they typed “as.” I can easily forgive the typos in Eclipse since I love the story so much. I just hope that they correct the typos when they publish the paperback.
Now, on to the SPOILERS. I know, for someone who hates spoilers, I like writing them. I just find it hard to talk about a book or movie that I like and not reveal what happened in the story. The spoilers are for those who have already read the book so we can discuss them, or if there’s anybody else who’s interested, they can join in.
“He’s like a drug for you, Bella.” His voice was still gentle, not at all critical. “I see that you can’t live without him now. It’s too late. But I would have been healthier for you. Not a drug; I would have been the air, the sun.”
The corner of my mouth turned up in a wistful half-smile. “I used to think of you that way, you know. Like the sun, my personal sun. You balanced out the clouds nicely for me.”
He sighed. “The clouds I can handle. But I can’t fight with an eclipse.”
That was Jacob Black talking to Bella about her love for Edward. They had this conversation while Jacob was healing after he got hurt from that “war” against the bad vampires. This took place a few chapters after I found out that Bella’s in love with Jacob, which I didn’t see coming. I was so convinced that Bella loved Jacob only as a friend. Well, that’s what she had been telling the readers. But I guess she was just in denial or she just didn’t know it yet.
I’m talking about the Chapter “Fire and Ice,” which is my most favourite part of Eclipse. Fire and Ice. Werewolf and vampire. Jacob and Edward. This is when Edward and Jacob discussed their feelings about Bella and when Jacob told Edward that she’s in love with him, too. “But she doesn’t know it,” Jacob said. I was impressed at how the two men handled their rivalry over the same girl with such tolerance and diplomacy. And how they were both willing to fight for her love.
At first Bella thought that Edward was self-sacrificing, but in the end, she realized that Jacob was, too. Both were willing to let her go, if she decided to choose one over the other. But we know who was the guy she couldn’t live without.
I’d like to read this book over again. I might go back to this post once I’ve re-read it and maybe add some more to this.
But that will have to wait until I finish reading Breaking Dawn, the final book in the series. I am so eager to find out what happens in the end.
I already have a couple of theories. And after reading the first part of Breaking Dawn, I think I might be right about them.