Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Paranormal Romance
Published: August 7, 2007 by: Little, Brown and Company
Rating: 4/5 stars
After a string of mysterious murders happen around Seattle, Bella and the Cullen's know that it must be the work of a vampire. As they start to prepare for what is sure to be a lengthy and bloody battle, Bella also struggles with her strong friendship with Jacob, and the possibility that it could be something more. Jacob's feelings threaten to reopen and age-old fight between vampires and werewolves, and Bella must choose between life with Jacob, or death with Edward.
This is my favourite movie of the Twilight series. Mostly because Seth Clearwater is my favourite character of Twilight and in this movie he truly blossoms. What a sweetheart. He must be protected. Anyways, this book also made me change my feelings towards Jacob. In the first two books, he is the best friend Bella could ask for. However in this book, he becomes aggressive and possessive, and also forces a kiss on Bella on multiple occasions. Not cool. Bella has been known to use emotional blackmail before, but in this book, this is all on Jacob, who manipulates her to give him what he wants, or she'll loose him. C'mon Jacob, I was rooting for you!!!
As my professor pointed out, this novel shows a lot of Bella's mortal, and moral dilemma. Her mortal dilemma is whether or not she wants to become a vampire, and her moral dilemma is whether or not she wants to sleep with Edward. Edward, being born in the 1900's, wants to be abstinent, however she wants to explore her sexuality. I find Edward kind of patronizing in this book because he kind of talks down to her and makes her feel bad for wanting to have sex, hence why it's called a "moral" dilemma, but at the same time, consent has to come from both sides.
I found it particularly fascinating to learn that Stephenie Meyer is a Mormon. My professor brought up the question of whether or not her Mormon religion is what persuaded such a focus on abstinence and chastity within the text. We learnt that the novel has been championed by abstinence-only education groups because this novel frequently does make pre-marital sex look like such a bad thing. As a huge opposer of abstinence-only education, it does make me wonder a lot about the book. Then again, who says that having sex is a requirement in YA, and people should be free to make their own choices.
Whatever your stance on this is, I just wanted to bring it up, because a lot of the focus in my course is on aspects of girlhood and the politics behind virginity and abstinence within the series. I just thought I'd put my new-found knowledge to use!
Anyways, back to the plot itself and what I thought, I generally liked Eclipse. While Jacob's character took a huge beating, I have always loved the wolf pack, and they really got to shine in this novel. I also found this battle to be the best out of all the novels. Despite it being a lengthy read, I flew through it.
What did you think of Eclipse? Do you have any opinions on the stance of abstinence that the book takes? Let's have a discussion!
Emily @ Paperback Princess