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Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, Book 3 (original 2007; edition 2007)
by Stephenie Meyer (Author)
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (2007)
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Ahh, Eclipse. I have feelings about this book. Complicated feelings. This is honestly not what I signed up for when I started reading these books and I'm going to have a book-hangover once I finish Breaking Dawn. When did this happen!?
Okay, so, I think this book has made me Team Edward. Which is just so wrong. I've always heard it that Team Jacob is for the more sane, realistic Twilight fans, the people who appreciate good chemistry or whatever, but here's the thing: I hate Jacob with a fucking passion. He is the worst character in these books, I fucking DESPISE him. So so much.
And Edward? Well, a hundred pages into this book he gets a personality transplant and turns intoa pretty great monster boyfriend. I kept waiting for it to change, but it never did. I wish he had been like that throughout the books, but you can't get everything.
But let's back up. So everyone always talks about how controlling Edward prevents Bella from seeing Jacob. Okay, sure, but I'll have to defend on this point (is this what it has come to!?!? Hey hey hey look what you've done to me hey hey hey look what you did), because it's not Edward preventing Bella from seeing a friend because of jealous, it's all (or most) of the vampires preventing Bella from hanging out with werewolves. Werewolves who cannot control themselves (see Emily for what happens when they don't, even when someone they love is present), and in a place that is the ONLY fucking place in the world where Edward can't go to protect her. I'm not saying I agree with his decision to disable her car, but it's not as simple as Edward being jealous (had there been no supernatural elements however this would have been so fucked up).
Then Bella runs of to the werewolves anyway because contrary to popular beliefs she does have some agency on occasion while Edward is off hunting and when he gets back ... he's fine with it. He realizes Bella can make decision for herself and he trusts her judgement. What the fuck, Edward, where did this come from all of a sudden??? Did you hit your head??? Eat a mountain lion that had some sort of being normal-drug in its blood? It comes out of fucking nowhere. I mean, he even gets a fucking motorcycle for himself so Bella can continue driving hers with someone if she decides to end things with Jacob, then when Bella is hesitant he immediately understands motorcycles is just between her and Jacob and says he'll give the bike to Emmett instead AND gives Bella a helmet and a cool jacket SO SHE DOESN'T GET FUCKING HURT WHICH JACOB REALLY SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT A LONG TIME AGO. I'm still in shock Edward did all this and never yelled at her or guilted her or whatever.
You know who does yell and guilt Bella all the time? And sexually assaults her? Motherfucking Jacob Black. Charlie is my fave character but I really disliked him when Bella gets home with a broken hand after slapping Jake for kissing her and CHarlie is on Jake's fucking side. Gross, dude! At least later he says he should have taught her how to hit people who kisses her without her consent, but still. If Edward did that Charlie would have shot him point-blank.
Not only does Jake force himself on Bella, and only lets her go when she reluctantly gives in to the kiss just to make him stop, he never really admits that it's a bad thing, he blames Bella for breaking her hand on his face (fuck you) and claims he knows her better than she knows herself. I loved Bella when she said she had only ever kissed Edward because she didn't count what Jake did a kiss, she counted it as sexual assault and he was like "but you forgave me :(" and she says "that doesn't change my memory of what happened". OH HELL YES GO FUCK YOURSELF JACOB
Meanwhile Edward and Bella learns how to compromise in their relationship so that they can both be happy and has a discussion about sex and sexual consent. What?!
Sadly, S-Meyer does not completely win me over, because when Jake sexually assaults her for the second time (AFTER SERIOUSLY SAYING HE'LL KILL HIMSELF IF BELLA DOESN'T KISS HIM, THAT IS THE FUCKING GROSSEST THING I'VE EVER READ. I HOPE YOU DIE YOU FILTHY DOG), Bella suddenly realizes that he was right, she is in love with him too, but she still picks Edward. WHY S-MEYER!? WHY??? You were doing SO WELL in painting the non-consenual kissing as a bad thing, and then all of a sudden it turns out Jacob knew what he was doing all along. I was gonna give this book 3 fucking stars up until this point because I liked it so much, but NO, you're stuck with 2. FUck you.
Also, how does Edward react to this? Like motherfucking Han Solo all "if you choose him I am of course not going to stand in your way, I want you to be happy" (note that I'm not comparing Edward to Han in any other way, I don't want ya'll getting any wrong ideas). Jacob can say all he wants about how Edward is just playing a game, because everything Edward's done after his personality transplant suggests that he's actually serious. If he's just acting, it's a good act.
UGH, I don't know what else to say about this. I'm so mad. I'm so mad this book made me team Edward, I'm so mad I'll have to read 1/3 of the next book from Jacob the fuckboy's perspective, and I'm so INCREDIBLY mad that I'm actually enjoying this garbage.
Reading these were a mistake, and probable one I'm going to make again.
I didn't like this book. And not because it wasn't well written or that. It was once again because of the story. But so much worse than New Moon. Edward wedged his way back into Bella's life but it drove me mad how easily she takes him back. And then shoves Jacob away. That frustrated me further. But I also didn't like the new Jacob much either - he was very old and sly.
One thing I really hated was the fact that Edward was so intent on not giving anything to Bella. In particular sex. I was so upset by that. Probably more so than Bella herself because it's like he goes away and comes back and he won't even give her himself. Something I tolerated in Twilight I found really hard to in this one after all he did.
The fact that the werewolves and vampires couldn't think to work together was also pretty stupid. I was just frustrated in general with this. And really upset with the whole situation between Jacob and Edward. It annoys me that Edward can't give her what she needs - i.e. being warm. It annoys me that Jacob doesn't want to be her friend even though that's all she wants.
But Meyer writes well. And once again, I'm drawn into the story. On a positive note, Alice is a wonderful character who's full of life. And so is Emmett and I loved that we got more of an insight to Rosalie and Jasper. Because they're all awesome. And I loved the fight scene with Edward and the werewolf killing Victoria and that. That was cool. So yeah. Top marks for all the good stuff but it's not enough to make up for the rest of it.
3.5 Stars - The best in terms of action
I thought that since I am listening to Midnight Sun I would finally get around to writing reviews for this series. I'll use the same review for all the books.
I read these books about 10 years ago. I liked them enough to buy the entire series and they still sit proudly on my bookshelf. Ten years later and something still sticks out in my mind so vividly as to why I fell for this series.
Stephenie Meyer captured the yearny kind of love so incredibly well.
It's not pretty. There's anxiety. There's self-doubt. There's fear that it's unrequited. There's crying and staring off into the distance (ala Joey's smell the fart scene from Friends). There's sense defying instalove. It's basically a cluster fudge of emotions. But wasn't it an utterly over the top, self-indulgent, no one in the world knows what I am going through glorious experience! To be fair, you aren't usually worried your love interest will drain you of blood...unless you are dating Dexter...or well, a vampire. I will acknowledge that I had my fair share of yearny love experiences as a teen. I was besotted with a new soul mate every other month. When I was reading some of the cringey inner monologue about the state of affairs in Bella's heart I had to flip to the front cover to make sure I wasn't reading my own journal. I'm sure we have all been there. Well genuinely I hope we have. It's a wonderful, wallowy experience not to be missed. And so that's what struck me as I read it. I saw my own ridiculous self in there. Again, it wasn't the vampire or werewolf thing. It was the messy falling in love thing. Isn't that the one of the marks of a good writer? To draw a reader in and create relatable characters? I never cared about Edward or Joseph, although if pressed I wouldn't choose a panting wet dog. Sorry Team Jacob. I wasn't wowed by the writing, in fact it felt really clumsy in parts, and Bella was a next level 'special snowflake'. So I will just put myself in to Team 'Dramatic Over the Top Ugly Snot Crying Messy Love' and leave it there.
Bravo, Stephenie, bravo. Thanks for the incredibly long walk down memory lane.
I'll skip over doing something long. I'm not that able to make a comment that's not been done yet, it's been ten years of meming on this book series and only within the last three years has the pedophilia and harmful Mormonism begun to be realized. I cannot possibly step up and beat out a decade of comments far, you all are far better at me than destroying this on both a fundamentally, and witty level.
So I skate on the ice and say the vague things that remained in my head after everything while everyone else dives deep into Team Suffering. Bless your brave souls.
Jacob is a giant cunt who basically snitches to her dad, we delve into tribalism and hate speech against Native Americans. Bella is pining for her vampire boyfriend.
I hated this book as a teenager, I cringe and hate it now.
The amount of slander for both the werewolves and the vampires is moderately infuriating "werewolves lose control all the time" bitch, ya'll trying to slurp Bella because her Mary Sue blood brings all the basic bitches to the yard.
There is no Team Edward or Team Jacob, both are terrible, and we're not even to one wanting to have sex with a magically growing child.
could have gone anywhere but racism and all this disgusting religious that basically amounts to Mormons believe dark-skinned people are sinful. Women who can't hate kids are basically men, and it's such a slog of squick.
Ask any high school girl: boys can be a pain. Fall for one who seems appealing, and he turns out to be a monster. One moment he acts like you don’t exist, the next, he drives you crazy by playing it cool — while his brothers circle you with hungry eyes. If you take a break to cut the tension, and hang out “just friends”-style with a younger guy who’s puppy-dogging you, what happens? Wouldn’t you know, he turns out to be a nightmare too.
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Bella must choose between her friendship with Jacob, a werewolf, and her relationship with Edward, a vampire, but when Seattle is ravaged by a mysterious string of killings, the three of them need to decide whether their personal lives are more important than the well-being of an entire city.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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Hachette Book Group
6 editions of this book were published by Hachette Book Group.
Editions: 0316160202, 0316036293, 0316027650, 031608736X, 0316078166, 0316087386
ECLIPSE was my favorite of the three it had me howling with laughter and then almost crying at some points, the competitiveness between jake and edward was amusing, it went though allot of the history of the cullens and the wolf legends which i though was very interesting
but it annoyed me slightly that bella never realy cared for what she was giving up. ( )