Rereading Twilight: Chapters 4-6

Rereading Twilight: Chapters 4-6

Saleena Nival

Welcome to the second part of the Twilight Reread Challenge, chapters four to six. You can catch up on this series here.

Summary Chapters 4-6 “Invitations” begins with dream-Bella chasing after the shining dream-Edward, but she can never catch up; he is the focal point of her dreams for the rest of eternity. Edward ignores Bella during the month following the accident. Everyone else, on the other hand, cannot get enough of her. Tyler Crowley, the boy who nearly killed her with his van–better luck next time, Tyler–follows her around in an attempt to make amends. He might have suffered temporary deafness in the accident because Bella already accepted his apology about fifty thousand times yet he completely ignores it. Rude.
Meanwhile, Bella begins to think Edward regrets saving her and wishes she died in the accident, which is a totally logical conclusion to make, because why else would he ignore her? Could it be her dull personality? Could it be because he simply does not want to befriend her? Could it be he doesn’t like to be bombarded with questions he is obviously uncomfortable about answering? No, the most logical explanation is that he wished she had died. Okay, Bella. Additionally, because of his silence, Bella becomes depressed. Big surprise.
In the meantime, high school drama ensues. So Jessica asks Mike to the Girl’s Choice Spring Dance, but he says he’ll think about it and tells Bella he
was hoping she’d ask him. Bella tells Mike to say yes to Jessica and says she is going to Seattle that weekend anyway. In the same day, chess-club Eric asks Bella to the dance and gets brutally rejected. A few minutes later, our boy Tyler makes another appearance and asks Bella if she will ask him to the dance. He is, too, rejected. Finally, Mike says yes to Jessica. (Bob, John, Todd, Tracy, Susan, and Marley the Golden Retriever also ask Bella if she will ask them to the dance, but she still somehow refuses.)

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Finally, Edward stares at Bella in biology class. After this huge event, he speaks with her just to say “It’s better if we’re not friends.” Bella then accuses him of wanting her dead and he gets angry and says she doesn’t know anything because she doesn’t.
Bella cooks chicken.
The next day Edward decides he will “stop trying to stay away from” Bella and asks her if she needs a ride to Seattle, for he would be willing to give the said ride (in his shiny Volvo). She gets confused, so Edward slows down his speech for her. When she accepts his offer, he says she should stay away from him and they shouldn’t be friends.
Really, Edward?
The next chapter, “Blood Type” continues the same day. Edward seductively beckons Bella to sit with him at lunch. During the shortest lunch period ever, the two agree they will try to be friends and Bella confesses she thinks Edward is some sort of superhero. He disagrees. When lunch ends, Edward says he is skipping biology; we find out it is because the class is blood testing.
Bella nearly passes out at the sight of blood–she’d make a great vampire–so Mike escorts her to the nurse. On the way there, Bella needs to sit and Edward the hero/villain comes to the rescue and carries her the rest of the way there. Bella invites him to a beach party at the local reservation, La Push, but he refuses. Afterward, he drives her home.
Chapter Six, “Scary Stories” is about Bella’s trip to the beach with all her friends (and some random chick Lauren who dislikes her for no reason, though I can think of at least twenty.) At La Push, she meets Jacob Black (#TeamJacob), a member of the Quileute tribe in La Push. Another older boy offhandedly says the Cullens do not come to the reservation, so Bella tries to flirt the truth out of the fifteen-year-old, impressionable Jacob.
Who can resist Bella Swan? Obviously no one. Somehow beguiled, Jacob tells her that the Cullens are vampires and the Quileutes are werewolves and they don’t like each other so the Cullens aren’t allowed on the reservation. Bella being Bella, she believes him because mature adults totally believe in vampires.
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Apparently Bella is Aphrodite because everyone and their mothers want a piece of her. I don’t understand. She barely has a personality. She is depressing, dull, moody, and downright annoying. A complete disappointment in the first three chapters, I wished she would grow on me again, but no such luck. I’ve lost all hope.
Edward is aggravating. He says he and Bella shouldn’t be friends and then asks her out and tells her to stay away from him right after he asks her out. Dude, stop. At this point, he is playing mind games; either ask her out or tell her to stay away, but do not do both at the same time! It is as though he hands her an apple and after she takes a bite tells her to not take a bite. She already took the bite; there is nothing you can do now!
Despite this irritating part of Edward, I guess he’s alright. I do not have a strong opinion about him thus far; he’s just sort of there–hot then cold then hot then cold, then both at the same time.

“Twilight,” “New Moon,” “Eclipse,” and “Breaking Dawn,” from left to right. If there is anything I definitely like about the books it is the cover design. I’m a sucker for simple, yet attractive covers, what can I say?

Revisiting Jacob for the first time in forever was more pleasant than I expected. Sixth grade Saleena was #TeamEdward all the way, but now I sort of like Jacob. He is still young and impressionable, but seems like a happy-go-lucky kid. I feel bad for him because Bella leads him on with her nauseating flirting; after all, if any generally okay looking seventeen-year-old girl flirted with a fifteen-year-old boy, I’m sure it would be difficult for the latter to forget.
My opinion of Stephenie Meyer’s writing: eh. It is not very good. Stephenie Meyer shows more than she tells. When Bella uses sarcasm, Meyer literally wrote “Heavy sarcasm” after the dialogue. We got it, Meyer, but now we really get it. Thanks for undermining my intelligence, you sad, sad lady.
On the other hand, Meyer’s strong suit is dialogue and some of the description of setting is on point. However the 128 pages I’ve read so far could have easily been cut to 100. Overall, it is not the worst professional writing I’ve read, but pretty close to it.
Again, I’m not dreading the next three chapters, but I’m not particularly excited to reread them.

Click here to read the Twilight Reread Challenge chapters 7-9