I am a fence sitter. There are points I genuinely disliked and there are points I loved better more so than even in the other books.
I disliked this from New Moon on, but I was quite miffed by Bella and Edward's love being tarnished by Jacob. I like Jacob and the friendship and the end is more of what I would have liked to have seen instead of Bella hurting Edward so much by not being able to contain her feelings for him. Him showing up at the wedding and her disrespect of Edward in her display of affection for Jacob....I didn't like that. She disrespected Edward and their love alot for Jacob...I didn't understand why that had to be that way. She would have died for Edward, but she wouldn't give up Jacob or at least not behave like a twitter-pated pre-teen whenever she was around him? Didn't make sense.
I didn't like reading the book from Jacob's point of view. It was disappointing to me to be reading this entire series from Bella's point of view and then suddenly not know what the crap is going on in her head. I realize SM had to do it this way, because most of what was going on in Bella's head would be focusing surviving and getting through each moment, but it would have been nice to see some more in depth discussions with her and Edward. Some tense moments between Edward trying to save her and Rosalie trying to keep the baby alive and the dynamic of how that played out with Emmett, Alice, Esme and Carlisle. (this would have been a good time to let us inside of Edward's head, not Jacob's)
The absence of the love scenes!!! C'mon!! Talk about frustration upon frustration! I loved the after-description, but I would have liked to have gone in just a teeny bit more. I felt a little gypped after all the build up.
I could have done without the baby. I understand the line of thinking, but as someone else said, that was part of her sacrifice to be with Edward, and it was downplayed. If it had to be done, it should have been an exciting thing, instead they called the baby "it" and "monster" and the birth scene was.....I don't have a word for it.
One word: Renesme??? She nailed every other name perfectly, and the spawn between the two most perfect people in the world has that name. I don't get it.
The wedding and honeymoon. I would have liked to hear more conversation with Bella and Edward, maybe them writing their own vows would have been nice. After all the fighting Edward did for that moment, I would have liked to have seen more dialogue between them, however I thought it was all very sweet and the honeymoon scenes where things were being broken really kept my attention.
Stephenie's sense of responsibility to her teen audience. She had alot of physical stuff going on, but it was drilled home that it wouldn't be right without being married. I really respect her for that. Now, if she would have actually included the love scenes to also acknowledge her older readers....that would have been even better.
How SM explained the weird connection with Bella and Jacob (Nessie) when we all knew how much she loved Edward, and how the intensity disappeared after Nessie's birth.
Bella's transformation. It was a little dark, but it would have to be. Edward was amazing and he wouldn't give up to save her. I love the description of her clinging to the burning post, how strong she was to keep Edward from suffering. I liked the weirdness of Bella after she sprung from the table, I would imagine it would be just like that. I loved that she was so good at being a vampire, that she proved to be 'born' for it. I loved her ability.
Fighting the Volturi was perfect. I loved every second of it. And when they all turned to say their goodbyes: I cried. And cried and cried. I had gotten to know all of these character and felt they were family. I cried and said my goodbyes with them. THAT is how there is no doubt in my mind that SM wrote an amazing series, she made me cry over possibly losing part of my family, my fictional family.
The happy ending: At the end, when Bella let Edward hear her thoughts, I cried. I'm so glad that she can do that (when she wants! haha) and let Edward really see how she feels about him. Now he's sure. And she's sure. It was the best ending we could have asked for...even though most of us didn't want it to end!
Fantastic job, SM. Even though I'm a fence sitter, you have added to our lives in a way we will never be able to repay you. :<3: