I hated it.
There wasn't a plot. The first half of the book was just about Bella being pregnant, and the last half is the build up to the famous fight scene that never happened. It was stupid.
The characters acted out of character. Characters can change; it's what character development is for. Characters SHOULD change throughout the course of a novel. In this book, there wasn't sufficient enough character development to warrant such changes in the characters. You can't change characters unless they have character development; there wasn't character development in this book. Smeyer changed the characters to fit the plot instead of staying with the world she had created. Originally it was just Twilight and Breaking Dawn, but her editors made her write New Moon and Eclipse. If NM and Eclipse didn't exist, BD would fit better with the story. But the thing is, they *do* exist. Smeyer developed new plot points in those two books that hadn't been part of the "original picture", so the "original picture" changed. A skilled author would have recognized that the plot of BD didn't fit well enough with the rest of the series. They would recognize that their series had taken them to a point where the original ending wasn't practical. Instead, Smeyer stuck with the ending that no longer fit and changed her characters as a result.
The writing, as usual, was awful. You would think Smeyer would get better with time, but she's had almost no improvement.
The ending was anti-climatic. You can't spend 300 pages leading up to a massive fight scene only to not have it happen.
There were numerous plot holes. Nessie, the chromosomes, Alice's visions, the imprinting, etc. There are too many to type out here. "It is no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction-- Fiction, after all, has to make sense".-- Mark Twain. This book made no sense.
Jake's ending was morally twisted and disgusting. If it's wrong in real life, it should be wrong in a book, regardless of whether or not the book is fiction. What is wrong is wrong, even if it is a book. If you have to rationalize the actions of characters in a book, and you find yourself rationalizing things you *know* are wrong, the author has sent a bad message. In real life, raising a child then becoming romantically involved with it when it is older is NOT right. Therefore, it is not right in a book, regardless of whether or not it is fiction.
Jake's imprinting was also the pansy way out of the Bella/Jake conflict. Smeyer stressed the Bella/Jake relationship in NM and Eclipse, then solved it in ONE page in Breaking Dawn. That doesn't do justice to their relationship, and it's also the easy way out of the conflict SHE set up. Instead of having Jake imprint, she should have had him end up alone or dead (IMO). If not, she should have had him end up with Leah. That is much more practical than Nessie. Jake's character was absolutely slaughtered in this book as well; in the other three books, he had a personality that permeated the books. He had actual hopes and dreams and goals. He was her ONE strong character, but he lost his personality as soon as he imprinted. He became another cardboard character.
It was too "fairy tale". Bella, being the Mary Sue she is, didn't have to sacrifice anything, as we were lead to believe she would have to, simply because she is herself. She got Edward, Jake, Charlie, a baby, a family, and a nice little cottage without having to give up anything in return. No one dies, Jake ends up "in love" with someone, and Bella basically gets everything she wants. It was too gratifying-- too much of a tea party.
I'm revolted by Smeyer's female characters. Leah is convinced she'll end up alone in life because she can't have kids?! What the hell?! Doesn't SMeyer know that there are people in the world who DON'T want kids? I'm sure Leah could find someone! Bella is married at 18, has a kid at 18, and lives in a nice little cottage in the woods. Does the girl have no ambition in life?!
Smeyer introduced too many new characters. I'm an avid reader and books generally don't confuse me, but even I was having a hard time keeping up with everyone.
BD lacked focus. Some parts dragged on forever but other parts moved too slowly. I got so bored by the middle of the book that I had to put it down and go do something else for awhile; I just couldn't concentrate on what I was reading (and you have to understand that NEVER happens. I can sit down with a book by Faulker, Hawthorne, George Eliot, Jane Austen, or the Brontes and not put it down all day because it engrosses me. The fact that Smeyer couldn't hold my attention really says something about the book to me).
I understand that the book is fiction, but some things were just *too* unbelievable. In fiction, things either need to be explained away by magic OR they have to be in accordance with rules previously established in the series. If neither is true of the event, the event must make sense by *our* world's standards. Smeyer stated before the release of BD that vampires couldn't have children; that implies that vampires are not able to create children. Nessie makes no sense by magic or the rules previously established. Therefore, she must make sense by our world's standards. She doesn't, because her parents have differing numbers of chromosomes. It may be fiction, but Nessie is beyond the point of *believable* fiction.
The entire book is one giant cop out.
I didn't dislike it just because of the ending. I hated the ENTIRE thing. I liked it okay up until the end of the wedding-- once they hit Isle Esme, everything went downhill. I had no expectations for the book, so I went in with a fairly open mind. I was disappointed by the entire book, not just the ending.
If it makes you feel any better, I didn't burn it. I did return it, though.
· 1 decade ago