So, I know a lot of people out there did not like the book.

I, however, am not one of them.

[spoilers below]

No book is perfect, and Meyer’s is no exception.  BUT.  So sue me, I felt ‘Breaking Dawn’ was a nicely-done wrap-up to the entire Twilight Saga, and here’s why:

The pursuit of happiness.

Throughout ‘New Moon’ and ‘Eclipse,’ we’ve seen Meyer’s characters go through Hell and back again.  We’ve seen them suffer, be tortured, anguished past the point most of us would have already called it quits, picked up a knife or something and done ourselves in.  We’ve seen them deal with the unfairness of life, the horror of it, the pain and agony of unrequited love and more.

We’re talking complete and total HELL.

I felt satisfied with ‘Breaking Dawn’ in a way I did not with Rowling’s ‘Deathly Hallows.’  The reason: ‘Breaking Dawn’ is peace.  ‘Breaking Dawn’ is the light at the end of the tunnel.

Sometimes, life sucks.  And sometimes, it really sucks, and for a really, interminably long time, it’s true.

But not forever.

Eventually, the tide turns, and things get good again.  Eventually, we all receive that little chunk of happiness we deserve.

Such is the case with ‘Breaking Dawn.’  Characters who have endured incredible proportions of torture, pain, and outright horror, FINALLY reach the point where life changes.  They finally get to grasp the happiness they’ve craved from the start.

Have we become such a critical, cynical, and unhappy lot that we can’t even take pleasure from seeing others (even fictional characters) happy?  Is that what this “mass returns” crap is all about?

Let me ask you: would you have preferred to see Edward kill Bella on their wedding night?  Would you have preferred to see Bella kill her father after her transformation?  Would you have preferred that Jacob die?  Would you have preferred to witness the slaughter of the entire Cullen family by the Volturi?

No book is perfect.  There is no such thing as perfection.  As a writer, yes, there could have been a bit better editing.  Etcetera, etcetera.  Such is life.  Such is life as an author.  We only write the best we can.

But if you look real close at the rest of the books, you will see that this is what Meyer had planned.  Everything that occurred within ‘Breaking Dawn’s pages, had been hinted at already.  All the pieces on the board were set, right from the very beginning.

This was Meyer’s vision.

At the end of the day, Bella, Edward, and everyone else, got what they desired most.  What they’ve spent three monstrously long (and I mean that in a good way) books trying to get.

Don’t you think they’ve suffered enough?

So.  There you have it.  I hope Stephenie gets the time to read this in light of the complete and total ripping that seems to be going on.

And from one writer to another:  You did good, Stephenie.  You did real good.

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2 thoughts on “on 'breaking dawn'

  1. here, here! I agree with everything you said.

    In my life, I’ve found that bad things can happen for loooooong stretches of time, but there’s good, too. I’ve had happy endings with a lot of events, and of course, unhappy ones, too. I’m sort of surprised by how upset everyone is with the happy ending.

    When I’ve written stories that end sadly everyone always gets all mad “How could you do that?!”…but if it ends happily, you’ll get the people who say “well that didn’t feel right!”, too. You can’t please everyone, and endings are such a huge deal it makes sense that people would be so split, but it’s still sad.

    I, also, didn’t feel “at peace” at the end of Deathly Hallows like I did with Breaking Dawn…I liked it.

  2. Thank you so much for weighing in, Faith. 🙂

    I, too, am surprised by everyone’s negative reaction. I popped over to your blog, and read a little about what you had to say about it, and I thought you had some very good points. Bella did start out as a very weak-willed character. But by the end of ‘Eclipse,’ Bella started to really understand who she TRULY was, and I think that realization was the start of her growth into adulthood and being a strong person.

    She had that inside her the whole time, she just didn’t know it until ‘Eclipse.’

    And that paved the way for her enormous ‘growth spurt’ during ‘Breaking Dawn.’

    As for the whole ‘fairytale ending,’ I think that was, quite honestly, the best part. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by.

    All the best,
    H.

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