I am just speechless and I don’t know where to begin. I know you may get tired of me talking about Twilight all the time. You can stop reading now ‘coz I’m about to let it all out. I grew attached to this more than I would’ve thought. This is for all the fans, like me.
I understand it now, why Jacob is special. Before he was just the ‘third party’ for me. Another Mike Newton or Eric, only difference is he really was friends with Bella. Plus the fact he was a werewolf; the vampire’s natural enemy, which made everything more exciting. But now, I know why Jacob holds dear to Meyer because he’s also that to me. Don’t fret just yet, I’m still on Team Edward of course! But this I can say, Jacob is a worthy ‘opponent’ and he gave a good fight. With how Meyer characterized Edward Cullen for sure you wouldn’t want anyone else for Bella.
I cannot emphasize how I love this book. It’s officially my favorite among the three (I haven’t read Breaking Dawn yet, about to start). I think even more than Twilight, yes, the one that introduced us to Edward and Bella. It is a great foundation but Eclipse showed how much Meyer grew as a writer which greatly influenced the success of this book. Among the chapters, I found the first four really great and pretty much the last chapters from Fire and Ice. I enjoyed how the love triangle, cliché as it may seem, evolved deeper. I love Jacob now, I thought only Edward can give such classic quotes but he has many on this one especially on Ethics, the 26th chapter. His warmth and humor is enjoyable to read, his flirting ways with Bella and of course his trademark phrase, “Sure, sure.” I admire how Edward and Jacob fought for Bella without actually killing each other. The epilogue called Choice was such a blast for me because for once I stepped into the mind of Jacob and I thought I was actually going to burst with tears (many times throughout the book) when at the end he just kept on running as Bella started slipping away, for good. I credit him for stepping aside and finally deciding to settle as a good friend, but it’s good that he didn’t gave up too easily. I remembered what he had said: “I’m not going to cut you in half anymore, Bella.”, referring to that story in the Bible wherein King Solomon ordered two women fighting over a child to cut it in half. Don’t you just feel for it? I even believe that Bella love Jacob too, from the very start. But it’s just that she loves Edward more. Which begs the question which has gone on since time: can you really love two people at the same time? Maybe, one less than the other but still, love that person. Though not enough for you to choose him/her. I have to say yes. A no would be the logical answer or maybe even the right answer. But for every rule, there’s an exception. And I’d like to think Jacob and Bella is one example. Let’s not take credit away from Edward, though. Being the gentleman that he is, letting Bella find for herself her real feelings towards Jacob. Heck, he didn’t even get mad after Bella kissed back Jacob and realized that she’s in love with him too. He didn’t make her choose, he just wants Bella to be happy and you just have to love him even more for doing that.
To wrap this whole thing up, I’d share with you an excerpt from the book. One of my favorites that really struck me. It’s when Jacob finally decided to bow out the fight.
“He’s like a drug to you, Bella.” His voice was still gentle, not at all critical. “I see that you can’t live without him now. It’s too late. But I would have been healthier for you. Not a drug; I would have been the air, the sun.”
The corner of my mouth turned up in a wistful half-smile. “I used to think of you that way, you know. Like the sun. My personal sun. You balanced out the clouds nicely for me.”
He sighed. “The clouds I can handle. But I can’t fight with an eclipse.”
I have a soft spot for that last line. It became so clear to me.