Finito! I finished Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. As with Twilight and New Moon, my eyes are weary from too much reading, my pulse is slowly starting to calm down, and I’m rapidly trying to compose a review before this elation fades.
Eclipse. What a thrill! If I had to compare Stephenie Meyer’s writing style to anything, I would call it verbal heroin—it’s addictive, it makes you forget that you have a life to attend to, if makes you neglect food and sleep. And that, folks, is the sign of a good writer.
Shying away from a plot synopsis, I’m just going to say that Eclipse expands on the Edward—Bella—Jacob love triangle. In the meantime, newborn vampires are massacring civilians in Seattle, Bella’s life is still in danger, and there is the ever-present question: when will Edward turn Bella into a vampire?
About the love triangle. Yes, I’m aware that the love triangle is the most cliché plot device found in books and movies. Moreover, love triangles are sadly predictable. Due to the way these threesomes are set up, one guy is always the better catch and we all know the girl is going to end up with Mr. Right but in order to induce conflict, she’s convinced she should be with Mr. Wrong. Didn’t need to consult the big book-o’-plots there…
While reading Eclipse, I can honestly say that didn’t know who to root for. In other words, there wasn’t a clear line between Mr. Right and Mr. Wrong and I felt just as torn as Bella, figuratively speaking. It was as if my heart was cleaved in twain!
Twilight fans are divided into two opposing camps: Edward lovers vs. Jacob lovers. I stand in the middle; I like them both. It would be a lot easier if Jacob, who is this story’s Mr. Wrong, could have been written as a more superficial character. But because Jacob Black is so intriguing, he’s not so easy to write off as Mr. Wrong.
And then there’s Edward, who removes Bella’s car engine when he discovered she was going to go see Jacob behind his back, which is creepy, manipulative, and controlling, but then he does something sweet like hum a lullaby that he composed for her. Awww…
And just when you think Jacob Black is the wrong guy because he forces Bella to kiss him, he does something sweet like hand carve a wolf charm bracelet for her. Awww… Contrary to popular opinion, I thought Jacob and Bella’s kiss was so steamy it made me blush. You go Jacob!
Why can’t she have them both?
One thing I really liked about Eclipse is the melodrama. I’m aware that the melodrama is probably what turned some readers off, but what can I say, I’m a sucker for boys fighting over girls, in-your-face contronations, etc…
I’m referring to an eariler scene in the book where Jacob Black pulls up on his motorcycle and gets in Edward’s face. “You better get outta my face!” (Not the actual dialogue).
Or when Bella informed Edward that Jacob kissed her and Edward threatened to break Jacob’s jaw.
Why do I think that’s hot? Okay, maybe when I was in high school, we were all tame and there was a shortage of lunchtime fights, but I’ve always been drawn, against my better judgement, to guys who fight. I don’t see many fights these days…unless you count gang fights, which I only see on the news (and being realisitic, what are the chances that a girl who reads the Twilight series and blogs about it is going to get inducted in a steet gang?), so the Edward/Jacob rivalry is about as close to actual fighting as I’m going to get.