Chapter 24: An Impasse & Epilogue

1 Nov

Here we are, kids. The end of Twilight. It’s not the end of this blog, though… I still have movies to watch, and the rest of the series to read. Here is what happens at the end of the novel. It is kind of longer than I thought (the epilogue is honestly another chapter) so I’ll have thoughts about the book as a whole posted before my movie vlog.

Bella wakes up in a hospital room. She is not happy to learn she is alive until she notices Edward is there. He tells her that her Mum is at the hospital, too, but has just gone to get some food so they have time to talk. Bella asks Edward what story Renée heard as to why she is all busted up.

Edward says he told Renée that Bella fell down the stairs.

I don’t know if Smeyer is actually so sheltered that she has NEVER heard that phrase before, or if she thinks she is being funny, but “I fell down the stairs” translates directly to “my boyfriend beats me.” THAT is why Bella is clumsy. Fuck this book.

Specifically, Bella fell down two flights of stairs and through a window. The Cullens even went back to the hotel and fabricated evidence. They did indeed kill James, though how they did it or how they snuck up on him is not mentioned at all, annoyingly. They also torched the dance studio to the ground. Everything that happened is nothing more than a giant tidy mess created and cleaned up by some vampires.

“You have a broken leg, four broken ribs, some cracks in your skull, bruises covering every inch of your skin, and you’ve lost a lot of blood. They gave you a few transfusions. I didn’t like it — it made you smell all wrong for a while.”

Damn it Edward would you cut it out with the smelling.

Edward continues to comment that Bella tastes better than she smells.

Renée comes in, and Edward pretends to sleep in the corner so he can eavesdrop on their conversation. CHARMING. Renée is very happy that Bella is awake, and very excited to tell her that Bella can live with her again, in Florida. Bella tells her mum she wants to live in Forks, and Renée realizes right away that it’s because of the creep pretending to sleep in the corner.

“I think that boy is in love with you,” she accused, keeping her voice low.

“I think so, too,” I confided.

“And how do you feel about him?” She only poorly concealed the raging curiosity in her voice.

I sighed, looking away. As much as I loved my mom, this was not a conversation I wanted to have with her. “I’m pretty crazy about him.” There — that sounded like something a teenager with her first boyfriend might say.

No, it IS something a teenager with her first boyfriend might say because YOU ARE A TEENAGER WITH YOUR FIRST BOYFRIEND. Why are you acting like this is all so below you?

Renée leaves to call her husband and Edward comments on what he’s just heard.

He looked down while he answered. “I’m surprised. I thought Florida… and your mother… well, I thought that’s what you would want.”

I stared at him uncomprehendingly. “But you’d be stuck inside all day in Florida. You’d only be able to come out at night, just like a real vampire.”

He almost smiled, but not quite. And then his face was grave. “I would stay in Forks, Bella. Or somewhere like it,” he explained. “Someplace where I couldn’t hurt you anymore.”

That is so manipulative. Also, Bella has been dating this guy for like, two weeks, and she is seventeen. She is talking about making life decisions based around this man. This is a very bad thing to do. This is a very bad thing to teach girls. How many more times am I going to have to point that out in this series?.

“That’s not the worst part, though,” he continued to whisper. He acted as if I hadn’t spoken. “Not seeing you there on the floor… crumpled and broken.” His voice was choked. “Not thinking I was too late. Not even hearing you scream in pain — all those unbearable memories that I’ll carry with me for the rest of eternity. No, the very worst was feeling… knowing that I couldn’t stop. Believing that I was going to kill you myself.”

I can’t deal with this writing.

I can’t deal with how many times Edward wants to kill Bella.

I can’t deal with how little Bella cares.

“I’ll be the first to admit that I have no experience with relationships,” I said. “But it just seems logical… a man and woman have to be somewhat equal… as in, one of them can’t always be swooping in and saving the other one. They have to save each other equally.”

EXCUSE ME, BELLA??? WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY???

So Bella argues with Edward about why didn’t he let her become a vampire (so that they could be “equals” oh fuck this concept of Mormon “equality” is killing me). Edward says (quite reasonably, I have to say) that the only reason he is okay with being a vampire is because his human life was over when Carlisle changed him. Bella still has lots of life to live. To this, Bella replies,

“You are my life. You’re the only thing it would hurt me to lose.” I was getting better at this. It was easy to admit how much I needed him.

“Renée has always made the choices that work for her — she’d want me to do the same. And Charlie’s resilient, he’s used to being on his own. I can’t take care of them forever. I have my own life to live.”

There it is. She is ready to abandon the people who love her most for a pretty boy who likes the way she smells.

Bella literally begs Edward to kill her and make her a vampire so that she can be with him forever. THIS is how dependent Bella is on him. She is choosing him over her own life. When Edward refuses (thank you, Edward, for at least being this sensible), Bella threatens to make Alice change her. This is terrifying. Bella is insane.

They can’t come to an agreement (hence the title of the chapter…) so Edward calls the nurse to give Bella drugs to make her sleep and shut up, and the chapter ends.

If I had realized how long the epilogue is, I would have separated it, but here we are so let’s keep going. Really, the epilogue is just another chapter; it’s not an epilogue at all.

Let’s have a little intermission.

In the epilogue, Edward is helping Bella into his car. She’s all dressed up, save for a cast on her leg (um when did she have time to heal from all those injuries?) and Edward is wearing a tux. Bella, for some reason, has no idea where they are going, when it is pretty fucking obvious they are going to prom.

Charlie had been… difficult since my return to Forks. He had compartmentalized my bad experience into two defined reactions. Toward Carlisle he was almost worshipfully grateful. On the other hand, he wasstubbornly convinced that Edward was at fault — because, if not for him, I wouldn’t have left home in the first place. And Edward was far from disagreeing with him. These days I had rules that hadn’t existed before: curfews… visiting hours.

NO KIDDING BELLA. I don’t want to think about how badly you must have messed up Charlie. How much more you are going to mess him up.

It takes until Charlie calls telling Edward that Tyler (the guy who nearly creamed Bella with his van) has shown up at the house for Bella to realize that prom is where they are going, because she is 100% mental.

Bella is inexplicably PISSED that Edward is taking her to prom. She begins to cry and make fun of the fact that prom is in a gym instead of a hotel ballroom.

In Phoenix, they held proms in hotel ballrooms. This dance was in the gym, of course. It was probably the only room in town big enough for a dance. When we got inside, I giggled. There were actual balloon arches and twisted garlands of pastel crepe paper festooning the walls.

My prom was in a defrosted hockey rink, thank you very much.

Jacob shows up! Which is nice, because I like Jacob, as he is one of the only normal characters in this book. His dad apparently paid him to tell Bella to break up with Edward and that they’ll “be watching.”

Edward chases Jacob away, unfortunately, and Edward and Bella go outside to dance.

He ignored me, staring up at the moon. “Twilight, again,” he murmured. “Another ending. No matter how perfect the day is, it always has to end.”

“Some things don’t have to end,” I muttered through my teeth, instantly tense.

You know, Smeyer, you really don’t have to keep slipping in the title of the book like that.

Edward took Bella to prom because he wants her to have a good, normal, human life, which is a sweet thing for him to do. Bella didn’t realize Edward was taking her to prom because she was hoping they were going to some sort of ceremony in which he would turn her into a vampire. For a moment, we think he is going to change her… but then he doesn’t.

I have to at least give Edward credit for not letting Bella totally throw her life away. Although he is still seemingly okay with being the center of her life.

That is where the book ends. A totally unsatisfying ending to a totally unsatisfying story.

Coming up: a blog on my overall feelings about the first book. Then a video blog about the movie.

And then, New Moon.

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6 Responses to “Chapter 24: An Impasse & Epilogue”

  1. JMJ November 1, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    I’m curious to hear your opinion of the movie. I ended up liking the movie better than the book. I’ve been Team Edward from the very beginning and although Jacob is a sweetie I believe she belongs with Edward. :)

    • Amy-jean November 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

      I can’t deny that they are made for each other… they are equally mental, haha

  2. Caffinolic November 2, 2010 at 2:24 am #

    So much reverence for this shit…I thought Mormons didn’t believe in equality? or its a fucked up concept of equality I think….*ponders*

    • Amy-jean November 2, 2010 at 10:55 am #

      It’s a very fucked up concept of equality. According to their books, Mormons believe women are given the most power from god because they are the ones able to have babies (this reasoning is also part of why Mormon women are expected to stay at home and make babies), so society has to give men more privilege so they can “catch up” to women and “be equal.” I remember reading on an actual Mormon church website that women feel their prepubescent sons are more qualified to make decisions for the family than their mother. This is also why women aren’t allowed in the clergy. It doesn’t really explain away the “women need a man to go to heaven” thing that is “justification” for Mormon men to marry as many girls/women as he wants, though.
      It’s a very fucked up belief system and it explains a lot about why Twilight is the way it is. All of my information about Mormons comes from Mormon sources and it’s just terrifying. I don’t even have to go to those anti-Mormon sites that Christians make.

  3. Caffinolic November 3, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    :O and here I thought it was similar to Islam…glad I was so wrong.

    • Amy-jean November 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

      Mormonism is certainly one of the crazier religions out there.

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