Rereading Twilight: Chapters 16-18

Rereading Twilight: Chapters 16-18

Saleena Nival

Once upon a time, I visualized a world in which I updated the epic Twilight Reread book blog every week or so. You may or may not have noticed, but a few weeks have past since the last post. Let me explain.
Multiple times I sat down in an attempt to continue this book, which has made me physically ill on various occasions. As I opened those sad, overused covers, I felt a wave of despair rush over me and my hands threw the book against the nearest wall, as if an animal instinct took control of my body. It was purely survival, at this point. Then, an existential crisis arose, and I began to ask questions I never considered before: Where do I come from? What am I? Where am I going?
Thankfully, after much soul-searching and many calculus tests, I soon came to terms about my life. I figured that I must strengthen my splintering spirit in the face of woe. So, here are chapters 16-18 of “Twilight.” Enjoy. I know I won’t.
 
Summary:
Edward shares the rest of Carlisle’s history in the beginning of the chapter, “Carlisle.” Afterward, he shows Bella his room and attacks her in a playfulthings bella says brawl that made me want to barf. At the end of the rather short chapter–thank you, Stephenie Meyer!–Alice and Jasper invite the two to play baseball.
Chapter 17, “The Game” is far too long. Edward brings Bella home. He then gets angry that Billy and Jacob Black are at her house to warn Charlie about him, but leaves, agreeing to pick Bella up later. Bella is extremely rude and disrespectful to Billy about the Cullens.
Edward meets Charlie as Bella has informed her father that he is her boyfriend. The two go to a clearing in the forest to play baseball. They get into the game, everything is fun, but then other vampires crash the party.
The three vampires, Laurent, James and Victoria, are introduced in Chapter 18, “The Hunt.” They talk with Carlisle, and he invites them to their house for a tea-party, and the trio accepts. Then, a wind blew and they finally smelled the only human within ten miles of them, because wind is what vampires need to smell their prey. It’s not like they have super non-human smelling abilities, or anything like that. 
The vampires are understandably confused as to why the Cullens are hanging with a human; one even says “You brought a snack.” I laughed at that one. Everything get super tense as the Cullens protect Bella and they tell the vampires to get their own snack. Obviously James seems a little too interested. Who knows what Edward is reading in his thoughts. Laurent claims they won’t hurt her, and they all agree to meet at the Cullen’s house. 
Edward and Bella finally get away, and Edward starts to take Bella out of town to protect her from the vampires who want to kill her, but of course Bella is being difficult and wants to be eaten. She tells him to go back into town, and, like always, completely overreacts. She claims that Charlie will call the FBI to find her if she leaves town for three hours. (She has yet to discover a cell phone, which she can use to call him, but why think practically when you can just be stupid instead!)
In the end, the vampires decide to listen to the idiotic human and take her back into the danger zone, because phones do not exist in this universe.
 
Commentary:
Chapter 16 is extremely boring. I honestly like Carlisle out of everyone so far. He is a surgeon, so imagine his control over his blood lust! He seems like a nice guy, despite his support of Edward and Bella’s relationship. Hey, nobody’s perfect.
Chapter 17 got better toward the end when normal vampires show up. The beginning of the chapter infuriated me. Bella gets upset with Billy because he cares about her. I suppose she is used to neglect and a lack of compassion, so I’d imagine positivity is an alien concept to her.

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Edward calls Jacob a child, yet he is dating Bella, who he implicitly calls a child. Does anyone not see anything wrong with this? 

Every time Edward and Bella kiss, I want to barf. I actually feel a twist in my stomach that makes me want to puke. It is a very unpleasant experience, to say the least.
The first few pages of Chapter 18 are actually pretty good. The vampires seem wild, but pretty awesome. They accept what they are, which is a nice breath of fresh air. Sure, this is not good news for humans, but vampires are just predators. Humans kill cows. Do you think cows like to be killed? Humans are bad news for cows, just as vampires are bad news for humans.
On a writing aspect, Meyer is still as great as ever. I am being sarcastic. Meyer uses an excessive amount of adverbs. The number of adverbs are going to drive me mad. Is she really that bad of a writer that she has to rely on adverbs for description? There are so many different ways to describe things!
Additionally, Bella’s descriptions of objects are quite strange and unrealistic. When she describes Edward’s room, she says one of the windows faces west, as if she is part compass. Did she take out her iPhone and check the direction of the window? Obviously not because if she had a phone she would have called Charlie to say she’s running away, which did not happen. How did she know it was facing west? Why would we even need to know it is facing west? Does this fact have thematic significance? Are there any themes in this book at all? Are these even real words I am reading?
 
I am extremely done with this book, yet I know I will have to continue to read it. Thank everything that is good in the world that I only have six more chapters left. Wish me luck.