To prepare for this November’s release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, the final installment to the series, today we begin a weekly Breaking Dawn read-along series starting with the first chapter to follow the events of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1: Chapter 20, “New.”
As the film will inevitably do, this chapter begins with Bella waking up as a vampire for the first time. Her transformation is complete.
When she first awakens, she’s stricken most by the amount of details she can see around the room. From the dust swirling in the air to the prisms of color given off by a light above, the world is absolutely new to her.
Kimberly B. writes in that this scene is one she’s very anxious to see come to life on-screen.
What I am curious to see in the film version of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is how they attack the confusion Bella experiences when she awakens… It’s very descriptive in the book as to how she feels and what she sees… I am having a hard time imagining how they will go about how differently the world looks to her and all the details she missed as a human in comparison to how she now sees as a newborn vampire.
What we will invariably get to see is what happens when she first realizes she’s not alone in the room. Edward’s touching her hand, and Emmett and Jasper are standing guard over Carlisle and Alice. She senses danger in the room and quickly realizes it’s her that’s got everyone concerned. She’s defensively poised against the wall until she realizes what’s going on. She hones in on Edward.
“Bella, love?” he says to her. “I know it’s disorienting. But you’re all right. Everything is fine.”
She springs on him and they make-out to the point that Emmett has to clear his throat to remind them there are other vamps in the room. That’s when Bella pushes her face into Edward’s chest and hurts him a bit. She finally utters her first word as a newborn, “Oops.”
Bella avoids telling Carlisle just how much she was in pain during her transformation but makes a mental note to tell him later if and when he does decide to make another newborn, and she finally succumbs to the pain of vampire thirst. Edward invites her to hunt, but she first wants to know about the baby, Renesmee. She’s fine and well and so is Jacob, who’s still around. Edward’s avoiding telling her why. She can’t see Renesmee just yet, though, because she’s still a threat to the child, who’s half-human and has a heartbeat.
One person who’s not doing well is Charlie, who’s convinced she’s at the CDC in Atlanta and keeps getting sent on wild goose chases by the Cullens. There’ll be plenty of time for questions later, Edward and Carlisle decide, she needs to go hunting and quell that thirst first!
Alice won’t have it though. She was promised a first chance at showing Bella her new rockin’ bod. Jasper moves in with Alice, still worried that Bella will newborn out on his lady, and that’s when Bella spots Jasper’s many, many battle wounds. She realizes what a boss he is.
When she sees herself, she recognizes little of her human form but is disturbed by her bright red eyes. Bella finds out that it’ll take months for them to darken, and she’s perturbed by this. Being angry and a newborn vampire is not a combination, so she gets Jasper and everyone else up in arms about her disposition. She realizes it and decides to chill out rather quickly, which impresses Jasper to no end.
She looks back in the mirror and admires the new form she’s taken. She asks Edward if he’s disappointed, and he says yes. This riles up Alice, and consequently Jasper, but Edward’s quick to explain.
“I was rather hoping that I’d be able to hear your mind, now that it is more similar to my own… And here I am, as frustrated as ever, wondering what could possibly be going on inside your head.”
He finally gets her to agree to hunt.
Obviously this chapter is crucial to the second story of Breaking Dawn. These formative moments early in her new vampire life show that she’s got control over herself that no one anticipated and that she’s also a cause of concern for everyone in her life all of a sudden, and not for her safety anymore – for theirs.
Latisha C. wrote in to state that for her, what’ll be most important from this scene is when Edward first brings Bella back from her defensive mode reality. “His touch seemed to sweep beneath the surface of my skin, right through my bones, down my spine, and trembled in my stomach.” This helps her get an early grip on her reality.
What are you most looking forward to from this section of the movie translation this November? Comment away below! Participate next week by re-reading Chapter 21 and sending in your comments, hopes for the film regarding that section, and/or favorite quotes!
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