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Mondays Bite: Part 4

as part of a fun little meme hosted by some of my favorite blogging ladies and myself, we are rereading Twilight! because you know you didn't get enough the first time around. or the second. or the third...

once again, y'all had some fun answers to the questions posted by The Reading Housewives last monday. Yani posted a new set of great questions that are going to link up today back at The Reading Housewives, so after you read what i have to say, you should totally link it up over at their fabulous blog!

{SERIOUS question} If you where in Carlisle position, do you think you would have been able to fight off your vampiric urges? Would you ever bring someone into that life, as he did with Edward and Esme?

Carlisle Cullen = dapper as hell
honestly, i'd like to think so...but probably not. i'm horrible with impulse control. i'm one of those people who will eat something that tastes good, even if i'm full and i'm well aware i'll feel like total crap later for doing it. (i'm looking at you, cheesy potatoes!) so i guess if blood tastes as good to vampires as cheesy potatoes do to me...then no. i would not have been able to fight off my vampiric urges. 
as far as bringing someone into that life - GOOD question. i think part of what makes Carlisle so different is he saves them from a certain death to bring them into a new life. whether or not that life is one they would choose for themselves is where we hit the moral grey area...but i do believe Carlisle acted with the best intentions. most likely, i'd totally bring someone over to my side - but only if they were willing and if they were super cool. because there would be NOTHING worse than changing someone that turned out to get on your nerves. particularly because they will be on your nerves forever. 

{FUN question} We are introduced to Edward's playful side in these chapters, before he gets all manic about the new vampires, I think we have a better picture of who he is. If you had to describe him in 5 words, what would they be? Good and Bad qualities, whatever you like!
determined. protective. thoughtful. sincere. family-oriented. 

{LONG question} While re-reading I have been taking notes: observations that I have come across re-reading and comparisons to the movie. One of my notes deals with page 383, in which Edward screams at Alice there is no other option. The first time around I didn't get that he meant the future that Alice saw for Bella as a vampire (because we obviously hadn't gotten to that part), but now that I know the whole story I see that is what he meant... Has this happened to you? Do you have any examples of things that are clearer now or things that you have realized while re-reading?
i'm always watching.
it's certainly interesting to reread the series once we know how it ends, especially with Alice's ability to see the future. i can't imagine how annoying it must be for the rest of the Cullens for Alice and Edward to communicate the way they do. 
as far as things becoming clearer this time around, i do see the love that Edward has for Bella being quite obviously stated. admittedly, his protection of her still skeeves me out from time to time and his flares of anger are not things i'm down with in the slightest. that disclaimer being put out there, there are clear statements of his love and when the family reflects to Bella about the changes she's brought about in Edward that show us that Edward really does love this adorably clumsy girl. 

{PERSONAL question} We haven't talked about this yet, but I think the idea of your human gifts amplifying in your vampire life is interesting (Jasper's control of emotions, Edward's mind reading), what do you think your gifts would be?
i'm all about encouragement. i think it's one of my most obvious gifts, and one that i am most willing to share with others. if i think about how the others gifts translated when they changed, i imagine mine would be most similar to Jasper's gift. i would be able to alter the behavior of others with my words. now that i've written it out...that's pretty freaky. and awesome. but mostly freaky.

{SURVEY question} We are coming to the end of the book, what has been your opinion on this re-read? First, when was the last time you read it? Second, do you feel you like it more, the same, or less this time around?
i have LOVED this re-read, y'all! it's been so fun reading it with people. it's like an online book club and i LOVE it. i am definitely more critical of the book this time around, but that's only because i love it enough to pick on it. does that make sense? like a grandpa at a family reunion. i'm the grandpa, and the book is the grandchild at the family reunion. i tease because i love. 
i like the book in a different way, i think. i don't believe this to be a piece of amazing writing. but if i look at the book for what it is, not what others think it should be or claim it to be, it's just fine. Stephanie Meyer didn't set out to write a life-changing literary masterpiece. she set out to write a book about vampires and werewolves and romance and teenagers and moralistic and ethical choices within a compelling narrative. mission: accomplished. 

quotes worth chatting about:
"Alice interrupted this time, touching my cheek with her cold fingers. 'It's been almost a century that Edward's been alone. Now he's found you. You can't see the changes that we see, we who have been with him for so long. Do you think any of us want to look into his eyes for the next hundred years if he loses you?'" (410-411) Alice to Bella
- awwwwwwwww YOU GUYS. so sweet to see the love and change in Edward from the family point of view and to let the reader know that the affection isn't one sided, as Bella fears it is. 

don't cry CHARLIEEEEE!
other stray musings:
- okay, the whole couch/tackle scene in the bedroom was pretty freaking swoonworthy. i LOVE the playful Edward. not the brooding/possessive Edward.
- being carried everywhere sounds pretty awkward. i mean, Alice asked permission first and everything but still...who wants to be carried around like a child? pretty demeaning, methinks.
- CHARLIEEEEEEEEEE! that was a LOW BLOW, Bella. >:( 
- this book is freaking huge.

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. LOL- I love your answers and I hated that the Cullens carried Bella around like a doll...I would have been "get your blasted vampire hands off me"!!!

    And altering peoples minds..thats what I choose...so not freaky...we can alter minds together...:D

  2. I do the SAME thing with eating! I've had this probably really, really bad since the surgery...I'm not used to my new stomach system yet. I wouldn't want to change an annoying person either! too funny!

    Family oriented...I like it!

    That would annoy me as well! Talk out loud people! How Rude! (channeling Stephanie Tanner there!)

    Love the gift!

    "this book is freaking huge." haha!

  3. Ya. I thought all the carrying around was weird. Unless it was Edward, I would probably have had something to say. Is she that slow she can't walk up the stairs fast enough or to the garage? I so felt horrible for Charlie.

  4. I totally agree with the carrying around bit. And Alice doing it? awkward.

    You definitely have the gift of helping others to think positive, Lisa. Even though you make me laugh the majority of the time, you've lifted my spirits with out even knowing it. So thank you!


    And Carlisle is the dapperest of the dapper.

    And I was totally thinking the same thing about the book being huge...Amen.

  6. I love Alice's quote too! I is nice to see the families point of view. I also like Jasper's-
    "You're wrong, you know," he said quietly. "What?" I gasped.
    "I can feel what you're feeling now- and you ARE worth it."
    I like your five words for Edward too!

  7. Is that bad that I'd never considered how annoying Alice and Edward's connection must be to the rest of the family. Having the two of them filter all of the advance information the family receives...Must really chafe Jasper too. He always seemed like a bit of an outsider in the Cullen Clan, like the latest awkward member. His biggest connection is Alice and she's super close to Edward...hmm...lol

    P.S. I love your view of the book. I totally agree. Not a literary masterpiece, but exactly what Meyer set out to do. ;)

  8. I think Jasper's gift is one of the most powerful yet understated gifts. It's not as cool as mind reading or psychic so it gets looked over, but emotions are a powerful and to control that is to control a lot about a person

    and that part with Charlie always kills me, I always think why can't she just tell him the truth!?

  9. Wow some awesome answers.
    I feel like Carlisle was just trying to help in his own way. He is a doctor and it is his mission not to allow people to die so I think that drove him a bit. I agree with you that the person(s) I would change would have to choose the life. I also agree that the person would have to be quiet awesome and not annoying. Wow imagine being with someone who drove you crazy forever....... that would be aweful.

  10. If I were in the Cullen clan, I'd be jealous of Alice and Edward's connection as well. It's so unfair that he gets to see her visions!

    I love your answer to the question about your feelings after re-reading the book. I totally agree! It's a good book for what it is. It amazes me that it all started out from a dream.

  11. Fantastic insight on Meyer's goal for Twilight. I think it people looked at the books that way, then they'd be less critical (not in the teasing way that you do it).

  12. I agree with so many things in your post that I cannot possibly list them all. (If I did, however, we could have super neato conversation that would be like book club of the year. Just throwin that out there.)

    Because I am Asheley, I will throw out a few little foods-for-thought:
    1. cheesy fries > cheesy potatoes
    2. I think it is cool that you love on Jasper's gift and all, but seriously what is with his hair in the movie? Am I the ONLY ONE that sees it as a character in and of itself? It looks like a helmet. Or the top of a mushroom. I'm just sayin. Jasper's gift = awesome. Jasper's hair = uh uh no way.
    3. Reading with people RAWKS hard. Nothing witty to say here because it is the coolest. thing. ever.
    4. "i love it enough to pick on it." = solid gold
    5. Team Charlie!


  13. I love your chosen quote! I have that flagged in my book as a fav! I too love it enough to pick on it, I like how you put that! And, um yeah...Carlisle is certainly dapper as hell...great post!! I hope we all read New Moon next! It has been a lot of fun reading with all of you!


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