Idk what it says about me that any time I have a sore throat my first line of thought is “this must be how the Cullens feel.”
I’m genuinely upset that smeyer only gave Carlisle like an actual job - I’d kill to see esme have a super cool profession, or Rosalie working with cars or whatever - idk I just feel like it was very mormon-ey of smeyer to say “esme decorates the home”
"For several years, my biggest personality trait was going to be thirsty, it would take some time before I could be me again." But come BD and she's literally fine. >_> This STILL sticks in my craw! I'm not asking for Bella to be a slavering beast, but come on! Either commit to the "Bella had advance notice" subtext or actually give her the thirst that has been THE biggest issue for the whole series! But instead everyone shills Bella as "just that amazing/badass/good" and it's infuriating.
It’s just … argh.
There’s probably a way to make this work (show is her being taught/prepared and then frame it as “wow that worked! I guess when you are forewarned, it’s easier!” vs “OMG Bella how are you doing this??! you’re amazing!!!”), although I don’t think I’d ever like it. The whole reason Twilight vampires are compelling is that they get to be young and beautiful and strong and fast and smart and fall deeply in love forever BUT they have this painful, gnawing thirst. They have to isolate themselves from the rest of the world to a certain degree. They can’t enjoy food, or sleep. Some of them wrestle with what it means to be human/good/have a soul etc.
Bella just being like “WOW I LOVE being a vampire!” makes me feel like “then what was the point of the other three books?!”
Sucking James’ venom out to ‘save’ her is only noble and heroic if being a vampire is bad.
Leaving in New Moon so she can have a human life is only noble and self-sacrificing if being a vampire is bad.
Jacob’s desperate attempts to get her to see that she has other choices, other options in Eclipse can only be justified if being a vampire is bad.
So for being a vampire to just be Happy Fun Sunshine Time right away and thirst being a non-issue and getting to keep everyone she loves in her life AND getting a brand new car AND getting a house AND getting a miracle genius baby who doesn’t cry and sleeps through the night and apparently just teaches herself how to walk, talk and read is like … what was I reading? Where are my “rising about the hand we were dealt” vampires? Where are my “making the best of what we were given” vampires? Where are my “twilight is the saddest time of day” vampires?
I didn’t want miserable and cursed for all eternity, but I wanted bittersweet. I wanted her to struggle and grow and learn and for her to have to give up things but then find that eternity with Edward is worth it.
And then the tone is kind of like “Bella was right about vampires all along and the vampires themselves were wrong” which is like, what? She’s been a vampire for five minutes and they’ve lived that reality a lot longer. I tend to trust their perspective more than hers.
Another time that a death in Twilight was not mourned properly is Harry Clearwater.
It’s so clear that SM just considered his death a plot point, a reason for Edward to hear about a funeral and assume it’s Bella’s and rush off to Volterra. That’s it. That’s all the attention it’s given. Bella doesn’t even go to the funeral to support her father in his grief over his friend.
And what is truly baffling to me that Harry’s death never comes up with Leah and Seth?!?! Everyone’s all “ugh Leah’s so bitter and mean” but like, her dad just died! Everyone’s resentful of her presence but Her! Dad! Just! Died! and it’s not ever a factor, everyone is just like “ugh get over Sam already.” Cut her some slack? Give her some support? She just lost her father?! And Seth never gets to be anything but precious happy sunshine boy but … his dad just died!!
The only time the fallout from Harry’s death really comes up at all after the New Moon misunderstanding is that it puts Sue on the Council and allows Charlie to get together with Sue, so Bella doesn’t have to worry about him not being taken care of (even though he seems to have taken care of himself just fine for all those years between Renee moving out and Bella moving in, but).
Harry’s death would have been a big deal, not just for Leah and Seth and Sue, but for the whole community in La Push. And it’s just never given any real weight, it’s just a thing that happens to facilitate Bella’s story.
… and it really makes me wonder how Forever Dawn ended re: Charlie. Because without NM and Eclipse, the wolfpack was only sketchily developed and, per SM, most of the wolves didn’t even have names, which likely means there was no elaborate backstory with the Clearwaters. And certainly without NM, Harry doesn’t die. So what happened with Charlie in Forever Dawn? Was there a “Sue” for him, or was that a Breaking Dawn invention (I think it might be, because it’s given no development and Bella handwaves it by like ‘oh I’ve been so busy and stressed out I barely noticed they were a thing’)?
Also the negative implications of a Native American character dying just to advance the plot of the white protagonist…… it´s not a good look
can we give eclipse bella points for self awareness
can we give eclipse bella points for self awareness
Wait but also if I remember correctly from my twillight phase he was going out of his way to keep things from her
She still needed therapy.
Okay- hear me out- Twilight, but instead of the Cullen “kids” going to school, they work at the small Forks Target, and Bella is the new worker and everything is the exact same, everyone just works at TargetTeehee I made terrible fanart for my ✨Twarget™️✨ au
which fanfic writer problem are you?
fic hopper: working on a wip and don’t know where to go next? easy, just work on a different wip, then if that one doesn’t work out, open a different one, it’s foolproof!
all my tropes are dead: there are only so many ways you can describe a kiss, and you’ve written so many between this pairing that you’re running out of ways, don’t talk to me about the words ‘chaste’ and ‘soft’ ever again
unsung hero: im writing a fic under a certain set of tags or concepts to get more hits but the real story is about __ extremely specific thing that only i and two of my closest friends care about
rarepair hell: self-explanatory
wlw rarepair hell: like rarepair hell but one level worse
my last braincell: you’re a perfectionist so you’ll either post this chapter when it’s perfect or not at all
wandering eye: a side element or original character you introduced in your story is now near and dear to your heart but no one else will care about it
im well educated and will kick your ass: you’ve done so much research for this but can’t seem to write the damn thing
all talk and no action: you were going good until you got to this necessary climactic action scene and now it’ll have to wait for three months
one thing that honestly ruins the whole happily ever after thing in breaking dawn is that jacob’s pack and the cullens are gonna be bffs cause of ravioli but like, each group can’t stand how the other one smells? that’d be a dealbreaker for me. well that, and the child grooming
[Police sirens wailing in the distance.]
Seth Clearwater, who has never ever done a single thing wrong in his entire life: Oh my god…they’re coming for me.
Emmett, who has just committed 3 felonies and runs a vampire fighting ring: You better run
How would Alice be toxic
Have you seen Alice? She basically not only predicts the future, but controls it, using everyone else as puppets. Alice is controlling to an extreme. Not always intentionally, and not always selfishly; but since this is her extreme trait it’s also her most toxic. Alice wants a party — Alice gets a party. Alice wants a BIG party — Alice gets a BIG party. It hardly matters what you want (even if she claims you’ll love it at the end). She picks out everyone’s clothes (always?). The family is inclined to listen to her no matter what because she can see what happens. (I mean, fair; but also — where are the boundaries? We don’t get to see them.)
Seeing the future gives a person a lot of power to begin with, but throw in Alice’s zero human memory and it means she’s probably the least likely Cullen to know what being human means over acting human. So she might deserve a little slack for not really understanding personal, moral, or overall ethical human-set boundaries. But only a little. It also doesn’t help that the Cullens all seem content on just letting her carry on even if
Bella someone is protesting, because they’ve gone decades with getting used to her. And instead of any consequences for ridiculously controlling behavior (that we see) she gets the good ol’ Alice will be Alice mantra.
Since we don't see it in the story proper (because it doesn't fit Bella's "perfect piece of forever" >_>) how do you think the Denalis grieve Irina? Which sister is loud in her sorrow and which is silent? How do Carmen and Eliezer react? What about Garrett; how does he comfort Kate when he never even met Irina and only just barely knows Kate herself?
This is another prime example of the other characters basically just being Sims or NPC who exist in Bella’s story but don’t have any real emotions or motives of their own.
The Cullens have known the Denali coven for something like 70 years. They met in the 1930s (and originally SM had planned on Carlisle having met them way earlier than that, when he was on his own, but she changed it by the time she wrote the Guide). They consider them family, cousins. And we get absolutely nothing from any of the Cullens about Irina’s death, and barely anything from the other Denalis at all. I know Irina’s tattling caused a problem for the Cullens, but they saw her testimony, saw her regret, and they’ve known and loved her for the better part of a century and just … nothing? They’ve known her way longer than they’ve known Bella!
Bella didn’t know Irina and so has no emotional reaction to her death, and therefore none of the other characters do, either. The Cullens should be mourning Irina, or at least comforting Tanya and Kate.
(In Forever Dawn, the only person killed was Victoria. And of course the Cullens weren’t going to mourn her, and in that version both Irina and Laurent were alive and happy. This may be as simple as SM not bothering to revise this section to add realistic mourning.)
Considering that Tanya, Kate and Irina were STILL mourning their mother all these centuries later, you’d have to think this would be a Pretty Big Deal for Tanya and Kate, and perhaps to a slightly lesser degree but still devastating for Carmen and Eleazar. This was Tanya and Kate’s ‘baby sister’ for all intents and purposes. She thought she saw a crime and reported it. Sure, she was reckless and angry about the Cullens siding with the wolves over the Laurent Incident, but she wasn’t lying or making anything up; she was genuinely upset because she thought they had created an immortal child. And after everything Eleazar has said, and what Edward picked up in Aro’s mind in Volterra, it’s pretty clear (at least as SM wants us to believe it) that Aro used Irina’s accusation as an excuse to do something he wanted to do anyway (ie try to get Alice and/or Bella/Edward).
With SM writing it, of course Tanya and Kate aren’t going to blame Bella/the Cullens. They’ll be angry at Irina for doing this while still mourning and loving her, like they were with their mother–baffled and horrified that she would create an immortal child, but still missing and loving her. Garrett’s going to have to comfort his brand new girlfriend he’s known for maybe two weeks, tops. Eleazar and Carmen will probably have to do the bulk of comforting Tanya while mourning themselves. I think Kate would be the more vocal and outwardly expressive, Tanya more stoic and quiet. Eleazar’s got more soul searching to do about the Volturi’s place in the world and Aro’s leadership.
I’d like to think while Bella’s off having epic vampire sex or playing with lost crown jewels with her daughter, Carlisle and Esme and Rosalie and Emmett (and to a lesser extent Alice and Jasper, who haven’t known the Denalis as long) are being supportive and mourning Irina in their own way. I like to imagine some sort of memorial service for her.
“edward on pajama day” LOL
Would any of them even own pajamas? It’s not like they would need them for appearances. I can’t imagine humans just randomly coming to their house, digging through their closets and being like ‘Yep, no pajamas. Definitely vampires.’
Or would Alice keep them stocked now, specifically for school events?
I feel like they would have causal clothes just to like hang out in during like movies nights and stuff.
But in the scenerio I just pictured for this, I see Alice buying a whole bunch of pajamas, like the dining room table is covered with them. And Alice and Emmett and Rose have a fun time picking some out. Emmett chooses a silk set because “you gotta pamper the jewels”. Rose rolls her eyes, but smiles anyway.
And Edward trudges into the room and asks Alice “any of them?” and she goes “yup!”
And Edward reaches to grab a pair and Alice goes, “but not those!” Edward freezes and throws Alice a you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me look while Alice hurriedly explains, “well, I was going to wear the blue ones and I would want me and Jazz to match…”
And without breaking eye contact with Alice, Edward moves his hand slightly to the right and grabs the next pile of fabric. And is a grump for the rest of the day in his pajamas.
Headcanon: Emmett was dissatisfied with regular roller coasters because they were too slow for a vampire to feel a rush. Emmett and Esme worked together to design an amusement park for vampires with a roller coaster that goes 500 mph (804 kph).