It's been a couple of years since I've read the Twilight books.
It's still so dang sunny and bright here.
I just felt like I could really use a good read that would take me somewhere a bit bleaker and more comfortably familiar than Sharjah.
Besides, all I've read lately are biographies about interesting British women who are now dead.
So I went ahead and busted out Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn and read them ALL.
It was interesting to re-read them as a finished whole. And I realized a few things (FYI, these things include spoilers).
the first time I read it, but something about it seemed ever so slightly off. You see, I now believe that Breaking Dawn would have been a better and more natural member of (and ending to) the Twilight series if it had ended approximately 250 pages earlier than it did. The entire plot that involved all those extra vampires coming to visit, the focus on Renesmee's skills and development, and that final showdown with the Volturi belongs to some other book. A small companion book, maybe, one that tells the beginning of Renesmee's own story.
Instead, we have to rush through all the really good stuff - Bella's strange pregnancy, the new werewolf pack dynamics, and Bella's transformation - to get to a plot that doesn't really fit. I think a Breaking Dawn that ended with Bella a vampire, a brand-new baby, an imprinted Jacob, and Charlie in the know would have been perfect. There was plenty of tension (and blood) in the plot without tacking on a larger confrontation with the Volturi.
That's my opinion, anyway. I sometimes wonder what went on behind the scenes with Meyer and her various minions, when they were finalizing Breaking Dawn. I'm sure there were disagreements about what should and should not make it in to the story. It's hard to compare the book we have with the version that may or may not have existed, that we didn't see, you know?
Now back to real life so I can go face that blazing sunshine on this, the day before Christmas Eve. Sigh.