[SPOILERS Ahead!] It is extremely obvious from my site that I am a huge Twilight Saga fan. I would have to say, though, that the final installment in Stephenie Meyerâ€™s vampire saga disappointed me very very much. I feel that she wasted a great opportunity to crystallize the recurring themes of her series. I know some fans may disagree with me but I also know that many agree as evidenced by theÂ ReturnÂ Breaking Dawn movement and other bad reviews ofÂ Breaking Dawn. Let me list down my points of contention withÂ Breaking Dawn in thisÂ Breaking Dawn review.
What is Meyer telling me?
In the first three books of the Twilight Saga,Â Twilight, New MoonandÂ Eclipse, Meyerâ€™s recurring themes were love, sacrifice and choice along with their consequences. I was expecting that these themes will be crystallized in the last book.Â Breaking Dawn felt like a betrayal of her established themes. Bellaâ€™s choice to become a vampire did not have the natural consequence of her estrangement from her father and her mother just disappeared from the scene. I am a parent and I do not think a father will react the way Charlie did. Her choice to marry Edward and hurt Jacob was simply resolved when Jacob imprinted on her child (a half-human, half-vampire). What is Meyer telling me? Let me seeâ€¦
(1) Marry even if you are young and immature
(2) Becoming pregnant automatically makes a woman mature
(3) No need to go to College. You just need to marry a rich man
(4) You can have your cake (Edward) and eat it too (Jacob)
(5) There are no consequences for a proven evil intent (Volturi walking away unscathed after Garrettâ€™s speech)
(6) When you admit a unintended mistake, you die and there’s no justice for your death (Irina)
Sorry for the comparison but I can’t help it. J.K. Rowlingâ€™s final Harry Potter installment successfully established her themes of love and good versus evil. I learned something from Harry but I will not recommendÂ Breaking Dawn to my daughter (Sheâ€™s 1 so she canâ€™t read yetâ€¦).
What Happened To The Characters?
Many of the characters inÂ Breaking Dawn did not behave the way they were expected to behave given the character development from the first 3 books. Edward was half the man he was. Come on, he didn’t even contribute to naming his daughter! Thatâ€™s not the Edward I know. Jacob, a strong alpha male, suddenly turned wimpy after he imprinted. Bella rapidly developed maternal instincts when she was so hostile to the idea of marriage and these are just the 3 major characters! I wanted to cry for these beautiful charactersâ€¦
Why Introduce So Many New Characters withÂ Breaking Dawn almost concluded?
Is it in order to sell copies of theÂ Twilight companion book in December? I wonâ€™t be surprised if the companion book contains back stories of these new vampire characters. I felt likeÂ Breaking Dawn was trying to become Harry Potter in its last book. Harry Potter had a slew of incredible wizard characters but they were slowly established by Rowling throughout the series.
What is Up With The Different Points of View?
Majority of the first 3 books were written in Bellaâ€™s perspective. It was only inÂ Eclipse where Jacobâ€™s POV was used. I have nothing against different POVs but for an author to deliberately break her own writing structure is a bit off. If Meyer were to break her own structure, why not writeÂ Breaking Dawnâ€™s Book 3 in Edwardâ€™s perspective? It would have been more entertaining to read about Bellaâ€™s first days as a vampire from Edwardâ€™s POV. Also, wouldnâ€™t it be better to read about Bellaâ€™s preparation for Jacob to take care of Renesmee (Ough! The name!) in case of her and Edwardâ€™s death from Edwardâ€™s unsuspecting eyes? At least, I would have had a good twist.
A lot of the things that made me love the Twilight Saga were destroyed by my experience of readingBreaking Dawn. I am now on a quest to cleanse my brain so I can forget aboutÂ Breaking Dawn. This may take some time but I will try. To me, the Twilight Saga ended withÂ Eclipse.