Well, I can't say it enough. I was sooooooooooo disappointed in 'Breaking Dawn'! I knew something was 'off' when I read the first chapter in the special edition of 'Eclipse'. I am SERIOUSLY warning you. If you LOVED the book, you may want to stop reading this now. Don't say I didn't warn you! BTW, these are not in order of the book. Just the order they came to me!
*In chapter 1, Stephenie writes, "[Charlie] was most disappointed with Billy, Jacob's father- and Charlie's closest friend." OHHHHHHHHHH, right. Because we didn't know who Billy was. Yes, I can see how we could forget a semi-major character in all 3 previous books. Hmmmmm. Then she continues with, "For Billy's refusing to put up the flyers in La Push, the reservation on the coast that was Jacob's home." Seriously? I HATE when writers (or anyone for that matter) insults my intelligence! Some people have made the point that, 'The Twilight book came out a while ago and someone might have forgot.' Hmmmm. It still talks about it in the THIRD book! Phew, I need to calm down.
*Also in the 1st chapter, I was not convinced at Renee's attempt of maturity. "You're not making my mistakes, Bella. You sound like you're scared silly, and I'm guessing it's because you're afraid of me. Of what I'm going to think." WELL DUH!!!!!!!!!! If she's been talking crap about marriage and men for Bella's life, how else do you think she's gonna feel? And then to change so abruptly to appease Bella?
* AGAIN with the typos. Really? I tried not to count, but I swear I got up to 5. Come on
*::Ahem:: Renesmee? I read a comment on my friend's blog that says it perfectly. And I quote, "I liked [the book], although I LITERALLY CRINGED every time I read the name Renesmee. Dumbest name ever. I can't believe she went with that one." HAHA.. I laughed so hard that she said she cringed, because I did too!
*Since when have the Cullens used 'nick names'? Jazz, Em, Rose.
*I don't understand why Bella is fine with drinking the blood. Yes, I understand that when you are pregnant, you crave what the baby needs. But this is BELLA we're talking about. Bella can't even SMELL blood from across the room without passing out. And then after she's a vampire, still no problem with blood. It doesn't make sense.
*Why does Bella have such a hard time recovering some human memories, but others are clear as a bell? I realize that even as humans, we have degrees to our memory, but it bugs me! She says, 'Already, the memory seemed dim, like I was watching through a think, dark veil...' '...it was irritating to try to see through the human memories.' But immediately after she says this, she starts thinking about if Jacob was okay. Did he hate her. Had he gone back to Sam's pack. Were the Cullens safe. What would she tell Charlie. It's like she has selective amnesia!
(Everyone hate me yet? Well, I'm not done...)
*When Bella was bit the first time by James, the pain was excruciating. She already knew this about the vampire's venom. She should have been somewhat prepared. Yet, she screams and is in absolute AGONY. It lasted, what, a few minutes? So now she endures this pain for 2 days. And doesn't even whimper once? Because she doesn't want Edward to feel even worse? I didn't think Bella was that strong. Is it just me?
*I was SORELY disappointed that everyone believed (so quickly) that Alice and Jasper abandoned them in their time of need. This is ALICE we're talking about! And all Carlisle can say is, 'Alice is free to do what she will. I wouldn't deny her that liberty'. What a slap in the face! Why was everyone so willing to believe her? How sad.
*Can't Edward hear Alice's thoughts? Even if she's VERY far away?
*I was bummed that the 'big secret' for Bella to discover from Alice's clues was to get LEGAL PAPERS for Jacob and Renesmee? Um, they're half-human. It's not like Renesmee couldn't swim across the ocean like the rest of them if she had to. Papers?
*I was sad that Emmett was such a jerk to Bella. Teasing them about having sex. Usually he was the 'lovable bear' big brother. I loved his relationship with Bella and felt this book really diminished that.
*ALLLLLL that build-up and there's no war with the Volturi?!?!?!?! I realize that Stephenie Meyer has talked about doing other vampire books that would include some of the characters. If she doesn't though, I'm gonna be mad! How can the Volturi just retreat? And why is it that big of a relief to the Cullens and co.?
*Lastly (I know, can you believe I'm finished?) I couldn't grasp Charlie's cool attitude towards the situation. He was fine, no no, happy to be on a 'need to know' basis? This is his one and only daughter who he's grown to love even more since she's lived with him. Whatever you say!
Okay.. seriously? I didn't HATE the book. I'll explain the things I loved about it, although that list is much shorter.
*I love Stephenie's chapter endings. They are almost always very eventful! I love being gripped RIGHT at the end of a chapter. She is AMAZING at that.
* Garrett's speech was so touching. I nearly cried.
*Jacob's devotion to Renesmee. (Even though I'm still in denial that it's over between him and Bella!)
*I still don't understand how Renesmee can live for hundreds of years (what with a beating heart and all) but I was happy they could all live for a long together.
*I TOTALLY cried at the end. I thought it was a perfect way to end the series. At first I didn't get it. Then when I realized that Bella was showing Edward her thoughts, I lost it! That was sooooooo sweet.
So there you have it. That's my perspective. NOW I WANT YOURS! And no, I won't be offended if you all LOVED it, because I know I'm the minority here. =) Also, if anyone has any insight into my 'issues' let me know! A GREAT BIG thanks to Michelle for explaining a few things. Because of her and her insights, there were 2 things from my previous list of complaints I was able to erase!