So, this was one of the scenes that my friends could no longer endure and actually laugghed very loudly at, to the annoyance of the Twi-hards around us. Then my friend and I had a lengthy discussion after about how this sets women back about fifty years, and men back about forty.
Women are treated like property and are happy about it, and men are supposed to be robots who look like greek gods (who were all in-bred twits, btw).
Wooden Stake through the heart either kills the Vampire or paralyzes it, unless you’re stoned and reading Anne Rice novels. It has to do with stopping blood flow and tying the Vampire back to the Earth it lay on.
To be safe, in the event of Vampires, begin the process with a long-range shot to the base of the neck. If properly aimed, this will sever the spine and spinal cord, hopefully preventing them from moving much until the damage is recovered. Continue by blowing out both kneecaps and a shot to the cranium. At this point, the Vampire should be helpless. Then approach and fire six twelve-gauge shotgun blasts into the face and chest. Shackle the Vampire’s arms and legs, then take a wooden stake and mallet and drive your stake through the ribcage and into the heart. Be precise. Take an axe and sever the head, then, being VERY Careful (Wear gloves) stuff the mouth with garlic. Chop the Vampire into at least five pieces and load it into a truck and haul it to an incinerator. Burn it until it is ashes, then scatter the ashes over holy ground.
Well, how many times do we need to say that Edward is a creepy stalker? How many times must we point out how shallow Bella is regarding her sparkly stalker. “It’s ok because he’s pretty.”
Anyway, on an unrelated topic, what do you think it would be like if SM had switched the gender rolls? Like made the protagonist an insecure boy and the love interest a dazzlingly beautiful vampire woman. How long would people put up with passages like this? “I noticed her beautiful, flawless breasts from across the room, and I could barely catch my breath. I tried to draw my eyes upward and focus on the teacher, but my eyes were irrevocably drawn to her sculpted bust. Her lips were flawless. Her eyes were the color of liquid gold and I thought I saw her glance at me, her eyes smoldering seductively. No way. I was imagining things. Guys like me don’t deserve women that perfect.”
Any male author describing a woman the way SMeyer describes Edward would be swiftly (and rightfully) condemned as a sexist pig. Granted, objectifying men probably isn’t as bad as making her lead lady a spineless doormat, but still. Just something to think about.
I thought about this too. I came to pretty much the same conclusion.
I think the whole series would have been better if James had killed Bella after a book of making the reader really care about her. Then it would have switched to Ed’s POV in the second, with the inclusion of the wolves, and they would have hunted him down or somesuch.