Friday, 1 March 2019

Eclipse by: Stephenie Meyer

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Paranormal Romance
Published: August 7, 2007 by: Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 629
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


13 comments:

  1. In a time when consent has really been brought to the forefront, I'm sure that I would view Jacob kissing Bella as completely different as when I initially read it. I sort of recall being vaguely bothered by it, because I didn't really think about how I would feel if that happened to me. I knew Bella's thoughts and Jacob's, so it seemed like it was "not great" but then I sort of just let it go. I don't think I would feel the same now.

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    1. I definitely let it go when I first read it years ago! But especially watching the movie this time, I could totally see how aggressive he was and it really made me not like him.

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    2. It's really interesting how much your perspective can change about something in just a few years!

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  2. I haven't read any Twilight books or watched any of the movies since middle school, but I do remember this one being my favorite! What class are you reading this for? It seems so interesting, so thanks for sharing some of what you learned. I totally agree about how aggressive and pushy Jacob became in this, it made him very unlikable.

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    1. I’m reading it for a Girlhood in YA Fiction course! Next we’re moving onto the hunger games, and then divergent! It’s really interesting :)

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    2. That sounds like a fantastic course. Definitely the kinds of things I like to talk about. So if you ever want to chat about more of these kinds of things...let me know!

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  3. I feel like maybe this laid the abstinence on a little thick - like, you could probably at least halve the amount of time spent on it and it would still put across the message Meyer wanted, y'know?

    I find it quite interesting that the Catholic church (who are into abstinence and all that, after all,) were so against the Twilight series because of the supernatural creatures elements!

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    1. Yeah, this book overall did seem a little preachy to me! My professor is a huge opposer of abstinence only education so she hates it lol. Yeah, the Catholic Church is not a fan of vampires!

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    2. It's probably the Gay sub-text to a lot of Vamps, it freaks a lot of Catholics out *sighs*

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    3. Haha, why would anyone be against vampires? They’re just trying to live their life (death) too! XD

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    4. Ha, that should be their catch-phrase! 'Vampires: just trying to live our (after)life!' Lol.

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  4. This installment is truly the one that converted me back to Edward's side. Even though I love Jacob as a character, his behaviour in this book was the worstttt. He was manipulative & mean, and truly couldn't take "no" for an answer.
    I think it's so interesting how you pointed out the focus on abstinence in this book. I had never worried much about that when I first read it; it just felt like Edward still had 1900s thoughts, lol. I just recently wrote a discussion on sexual content in YA, and I wish I had read this post before it, because it's also an interesting issue to think about.
    My favorite thing about Eclipse is that we get to see the backstories for Rosalie and Jasper, and how they came to be vampires. Rosalie's was heartbreaking but super empowering too!

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    1. I loved Rosalie’s story in Eclipse! I really had a lot of respect for her character after this novel. I totally agree on Jacob. He was so grossly manipulative, like threatening to kill himself just so Bella would kiss him? Not cool. I wish Twilight Jacob was back. I just read your sex in YA post!! I thought it was really interesting :D

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