Monday Bites Chapters 6-10

July 11th, 2011 Weekly Happenings!

I am so excited to be participating in the Twilight Re-Read Along!  This event  is being hosted by Ginger over at GReads along with Yani, Jacinda, Jasmine, & Lisa.  I hope you all will grab your copy of Twilight so you too can revisit Forks and the world of Bella & Edward that Stephenie Meyer has created.  I have been on the fence about reading the series again and this read-along is the perfect excuse to pick up and do it!

This week we were to have read chapters 6-10 and were given questions over at Lisa’s blog to answer…so, here are the questions and here are my answers…remember, if you want to join in, hop on over to The Reading Housewives and link up!

Questions for chapters 6-10…

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?

Team Edward.  Definitely team Edward…the guy is just out of this world.  Actually, this time around I am seeing Jacob a little differently.  Now, of course the lad is smoking hot in the movies, so this is really how I see him in the books.  Although my vision of Jacob is a little more young in the book than in the movie, which makes it a little creepy for me.  I also view Edward as more of a romantic and a bit more gentle whereas Jacob is a bit immature and hot-headed.  The old-fashioned elements that Edward brings forth is absolutely swoon-worthy :)

I also read Midnight Sun, which confirmed to me that Edward is definitely my guy…oh my word, I wish she (Stephenie) would just go ahead and finish it already!

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?

In some ways I can relate, and in some ways I just don’t get her.  I love people, I’ve never met a stranger.  I also tend to cherish absolute solitude.  In the past few years I have found that I often prefer time to be by myself.  I find that dealing with other people’s drama is really exhausting and often prefer to be by myself.  I feel that is the same for Bella.  She really has no interest in dealing with teenage angst.  After reading the series a few times now, I can see how this characteristic helps to develop Bella’s character in the latter books.  I believe Bella is much more mature than a majority of her peers, therefore she would naturally find herself better company.

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?

Ummm…well, if it included the likes of Edward Cullen, I would have to say I would definitely push to know more :)  Seriously, I think I would push to know more.  I guess the odd always appealed to me in a way.  I think that his (their) ability to coexist with the living would really make me wonder.  I would want to know more.  I can only imagine the amount of questions that I would have for such an oddity.  Plus, I think I would want to make friends with him rather than find myself on the other side of the line.

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 swoon-worthy at this point?

I don’t think it is happening too quickly at all.  I believe that when it is meant to be, it is meant to be and the forces will be pushing you toward one another.  As I read the book, I can’t help but think of the fate that has drawn these two together.  It is almost as if Bella’s total existence was all for Edward.  As if it was her fate.

Edward’s non-stop curiosity and infatuation with Bella is incredible.  I also find his restraint admirable.  But what really appeals to me are his old-fashioned courtesies.  Everything he does is so chivalrous, romantic.  It is a shame that men of today don’t embrace chivalry.

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?

Once again, I read Midnight Sun, so knowing what is kind of going through Jessica’s head I can’t really say.  Jessica is really just being nosy and self-serving.  That being said, the question asks if I were Jessica’s shoes, so I will answer as if I were in her shoes.  I would have to say, I think it would be kind of exciting to have first-hand access to the girl that actually got the attention of Edward.  I am sure there are plenty of others who are just dying to get the inside scoop and as petty and juvenile as it is, I think I would want the dish myself.  Regarding lessening the competition for Mike’s attention, I am not so sure that would be motivation for me to encourage a relationship.  I think that if you have to start taking out the competition to gain a guys attention, they aren’t worth having.

My opinion about Bella falling for Edward:  Everything about him is meant to lure people in (remember) and he has certain features meant to keep people at bay (teeth, sixth-sense) and Bella goes in under the radar.  Her attraction isn’t his looks, scent, voice, it’s him, his soul…she also doesn’t see his warning signs.  She is enamored by his smile, not seeing his teeth as a warning, hearing his unspoken quiet sounds and not hearing the hiss…it’s as if she can truly see his soul.  When you meet someone that you can see that deeply into, it is very hard to not fall and fall fast.

Just a few favs from chapters 6-10:

I love when they are talking about her number being up and she mentions that maybe her number was up “the first time, with the van, and that you’ve been interfering with fate?” (p. 174) and he replies “That wasn’t the first time…your number was up the first time I met you.”

OMG…I loved that!  Don’t know why, I can just imagine the look that would appear on her face, priceless.

On page 184 when they are talking about the story Jacob told and her research on the internet and he is prodding for her to tell him how she felt with her search and she discloses that she had decided it didn’t matter…what he was…not human, a monster…and she let’s him know it doesn’t matter and that she is curious…

Page 195, “About three things I was absolutely positive.  First, Edward was a vampire.  Second, there was a part of him–and I didn’t know how potent that part might be–that thirsted for my blood.  And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

At the end of chapter 10 when she goes to spend the day with him.  He encourages her to let someone know that she is with him, but she is so set on protecting him and his family that she doesn’t.  Even though there is a possibility that she may not go home, she chooses to protect the secret of the Cullen family.  I love the exchange when he is telling her she should have at least told Charlie and she doesn’t understand why.  He tells her, “To give me some small incentive to bring you back.”  Ummm…yeah, might have been a good idea (in my mind).

Now…click on Eddie to take yourself over to The Reading Housewives to link up and also to get next week’s questions!!!

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