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Reading Twilight: Chapter 24 (An Impasse)

July 10th, 2008 at 12:06 am by Kaleb Nation

The song for this chapter is How Does It Feel by Avril Lavigne (suggested by Kelcey M)

 

It feels very odd coming to the final chapter of Twilight, when it seems like it was just yesterday that I started on this book. I know that most of you are probably gagging and choking at the moment. Feels like only yesterday? says he. Sheesh. One more week of waiting and it’d be to the pit of lions with him for sure.

This happens to be the chapter in which all things are resolved, and the final pieces of the first part of the Twilight Saga are brought to a close. Bella, awakening in a hospital, finds herself alive: and not only that, she finds Edward is still at her side, as he has been since the moment he found her with James.

One of my emailers used this scene as an example of why she despises Edward: and I find it also as one of the leading reasons many guys do not understand Twilight. They say that Edward is solidly over-protective of Bella, to the point of obsession: staying by her side for days and nights at the hospital, among the many other times he has lurked about with his eye on her. Although some of the Edward fans will try to deny it, there is no getting around the fact that he seems to always be watching Bella, keeping her in sight in case something happens. Is this a bad or a good thing?

Again, as always, you must peel away the layers and look to the core of Edward’s intentions. While this could certainly merit a checkup with a psychiatrist if Edward was a human, you have to remember that Edward is not a human. He is a vampire, and somehow things inside his head are different than other humans who match his (outward) age. Does it have something to do with the fact that he is so much older than the others, that he has matured enough so that selfishness doesn’t taint his reasoning as badly? I see it that his intentions for Bella are only the best, and he has proven it throughout the book. He watches her because he has seen how much danger follows her.

Edward knows what Bella wants, and yet he is against changing her. His reason is because he cares enough about her that he does not want to enslave her to the same state as he is. However, for Bella to remain a human means that she will die. For her to die would mean that Edward would be left alone again without her. Is that what he wants? I’m sure we all know the answer. But even though he wishes that he could change her, and have her with him for eternity, and Bella wants it as well, Edward wants what is best for her more:

“…as long as it makes you happy…as long as it’s what’s best for you.”

No matter what it takes he wants the best for Bella. In this chapter, Edward tries to tell Bella that he is leaving her: that he wants her to go to Florida with her mom and stay there, away from him. Of course, this is not what he wants. We’ve seen how much Bella means to him, so much that in the previous chapter he is willing to risk everything to save her. But in the end, it is what is best for Bella that is still his top priority.

You do have to remember, especially, that his lips were against her hand in the previous chapter. If there was ever a chance for Edward to think of himself for once, and allow Bella to turn into a vampire, he had it then. But instead, he chose to save Bella’s life as a human. Because of this, I see exactly why those on Team Edward trust him so well, and why Edward is such a shining light for so many millions of Twilight readers around the world. It is easy to trust someone who loves unselfishly.

Along these lines, I’ve finally noticed how much Bella and Edward argue. I mean, they argue a lot. This immediately reminded me of my own grandparents. They argue all the time, about anything and everything under the sun. This month, it’s been sixty-one years of marriage, and they still bicker like you wouldn’t believe. It is hilarious, and they know it too. But any outside person might begin to ask, as with Bella and Edward: why on earth are you two still together?

The reason is simple: they are together because they simply cannot be apart. True love is binding, and unselfish, and holds through any of the arguing and fighting and bickering that comes along between two people who are meant to be together for the rest of their lives. Twilight is not simply one of those ‘happily ever after’ stories where the two ride off into the sunset. It is real, with love that is just as difficult and confusing as in life: but it is worth it, because it is true.

Still, I hover around listening to Bella and Edward bicker, like an eavesdropping doctor about to explode into shouts of

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That said, I can only imagine the demise of James, at the hands of two angry vampires:

(Bella:) “What happened to James?”

“After I pulled him off of you, Emmett and Jasper took care of him.”

Shiver.

I just loved how cleverly in-the-dark Bella’s mom is. Crime in town? The dance studio burned to the ground? With a stolen car outside? Oh the loverly coincidences in this town (snicker, snicker).

Also, I found a bit of amusement in Edward’s excuse to Bella’s mom:

(Bella:) “Why did you tell her I’m here?”

“You fell down two flights of stairs and through a window.” He paused. “Then, you collided into the back of an ice cream truck which upon impact sent canisters of cold cream spiraling into the street, one of which tripped you into falling out of the truck again and down another flight of stairs into a subway tunnel, where you collided with no fewer than three dozen people and a small poodle on your way down, finally coming to rest by knocking over three trash cans.”

He shrugged. “Hey, it had to be believable. Two flights of stairs and a window just sounded contrived.”

My post on the epilogue will be Saturday, with the results for the Twilight Song and my final thoughts on the book.

——NOTES——

- This week, there will be no Friday post, so that I can go seamlessly from the last chapter to the Epilogue. See you Saturday!


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147 Responses

  1. Melonie

    You finally finished the last chapter! YAY!!! I’m excited for you to get on to New Moon where the story REALLY gets going!

  2. veronika

    YAY!!! I’m the first one readin your post about the final chapter!!

    Yeah, I agree with you about the true love andthe bickering thing, because in real life, true love is not always be happy and etc…

    Soo kaleb! see you on saturday!!

  3. Christine

    Yay your done! Now to wait (im)patiently for the epilogue which im not gonna be able to read for two weeks :’(

  4. Christina

    YAY YOU’RE DONE!!! …well except for the epilogue of course… lol now read New Moon & Eclipse super fast so you can move on to Breaking Dawn when it comes out! Please?!?!?! =D

    Haha I loved the whole ice cream truck thing. That could totally happen. Lol!

    I’m excited to read your final thoughts and see what song you pick. XD

  5. Kaleb Nation

    @Christine #3: two weeks? Um, it’s this Saturday. Only two days :D

  6. Katie ~

    Last Chapter! woohoo! You are completeley right on why everyone loves Edward, and how him being so protective of Bella is NOT creepy or stalker-ish. He’s being Edward, the vampire, not human, who loves Bella Swan, and is willing to do anything for her. He cannot be without her, so he goes to great levels to keep her safe.

  7. Jamie

    Awesome! You’re done!

    I loved the whole paragraph starting with “The reason is simple: …” You just get the book so well!

  8. Katie ~

    Maybe Christine won’t be able to get ahold of a computer for 2 weeks…

  9. 30somethingmom

    61 years? Awww, congratulations Twilight Guy’s Grandpeppies.

    You hit the nail on the head regarding the B&E love dynamic.

    hehe, go epilogue!!!

  10. 30somethingmom

    Also I have to say that Edward can afford to spend so much time protecting Bella because, hello, the 100 yr. old vampire has already done everything else.

  11. Katie ~

    woops spelling error on “completely”. sorry..

  12. Caitie

    haha! -laughs at sound clip for James’ death-

    Thats hilarious XD! I love how random your humor is. -is still giggling-

  13. Anonymous

    I think being able to see what other people are thinking is a good enough reason to be overprotective.

  14. Christine

    Oh I know it comes out Saturday. But I’ll be on vacation with no computers starting Friday night, so no reading it. *sadness*

  15. Veronica

    Yay. I’m so glad you’re done reading Twilight. I find myself checking your website multiple times daily seeing if you finished it yet. I sighed with relief just a few moments ago. Now finish the epilogue and get started on New Moon so we can all live our lives happier. :)

  16. Aishah

    FINALLY.
    Actually Kaleb, New Moon would reveal the reason of why Edward would want Bella to stay human. (Your reason is partly true also..) :)
    So hurry up read the epilogue and move on to Book 2!!

  17. zumi

    Know I really think that Spunk gets most of the mentally troubled roles…though he plays them well. Very nice edition of the dun dun DUN.
    Favorite Twilight chapter review ever.

  18. Bree

    AWWWW Kaleb I am SO proud of you!!! I cannot wait until you read the rest of the books!!!!They are just going to dazzle you more and more!!!!AWWW I’m so excited for you!!!YEAH!!!!

  19. Anna

    I loved your insight into how and why they argue and why they’re still together. The bickering of your grandparents is probably hilarious :] Mine are either widows or divorced and they’re not cute old folk so I haven’t experienced that so i guess I can live vicariously through you :P

    Thanks for doing a spanking job covering the Twilight extravaganza. :D I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on New Moon :] especially your pictures!!! lol

  20. Piper

    woo!! You did it!

    Me and my kitten Jasper salute you!

  21. Lauren

    Yay!You finished the book!!Can’t wait for you to start New Moon!

  22. lil'

    Kaleb, you should be a poet. Haha, you have a way with words and how to use them. I really loved how you described true love =)

    Even though people are rushing you to get to the next book, I think it’s a good thing to take your time, it kind of lets you savor each chapter (unlike us crazy Twilighters who gobble them up as if we’ve been unfed for days, lol). Plus if you were to finish New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn (when it comes out) too quickly, I would wonder where would I go to each day for some laughs. =D

    Oooh! And a huge congratulations to your grandparents! 61 years!!!! =)

  23. lil'

    Kaleb, you should be a poet. Haha, you have a way with words and how to use them. I really loved how you described true love =)

    Even though people are rushing you to get to the next book, I think it’s a good thing to take your time, it kind of lets you savor each chapter (unlike us crazy Twilighters who gobble them up as if we’ve been unfed for days, lol). Plus if you were to finish New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn (when it comes out) too quickly, I would wonder where would I go to each day for some laughs. =D

    Oooh! And congratulations to your grandparents! 61 years!

  24. Lauren

    “No matter what it takes he wants the best for Bella.”

    You catch on very well! It’s so hard not to burst and tell you EVERYTHING that happens!

  25. Aubrey

    I’ve been reading your blogs for a couple of months and I’m impressed with the amount of thinking you’ve put into this. I’ve meet zero guys and few girls who think about a book with so much depth. Bravo!

  26. Rachul

    … do you ever feel like Oprah? Because sometimes I feel like you are sorta like Oprah.

    Ask me about this if you don’t understand. XD

    Either way its hilarious.

  27. JackieOrioncat

    You know Kaleb…I’ve been reading your stuff and watching your videos, but this entry really made me have a revelation about you…You are one sweet, sensative guy. Don’t get all weirded out. I’m just giving a compliment. Anyway, I thought your words about true love and arguing were very insightful. That’s how my husband and I function. Its fun to argue because when the bad things happen…well it doesn’t seem so bad. I don’t know how to explain it. Its like…we’re just testing each other, and that keeps things interesting. Glad you are at the end. Now here comes New Moon. Let’s see what Team you are on now…

  28. Stella

    Finally, the end of this book. You really have to give yourself tons of pats on the back for analysing every important detail in the book and getting everything absolutely right. Read epilogue and move into New Moon :)

  29. shadesofblack

    well, i was about to go to sleep when lo and behold – you updated! i can tell you liked the book without Saturday’s finale. :) but i anticipate the entry, nonetheless.

  30. Annie

    Kaleb…. why didn’t you just do a combined last chapter/Epilouge post??? you could get onto new moon so much faster!!!! i think you’ll stay an edward guy myself…

  31. Jennifer

    Oh my gosh XDD All I have to say is …

    *Applause Applause* YOOU FINISHED THE BOOK XDD [almost, sorta, technically]

    Congrats (: So glad your finished. Now this site can turn into the Twilight Saga Guy !!

    I loved all your ‘deep’ thoughts, and how you caught things I never did before in each chapter !!

    Can’t wait for the final post on the book ! (:

  32. Sara A.

    Woot Woot you finally finished!! Expect all the Twilight sites to make huge anouncements about this everywhere!! The sound clip was truly hilarious, I imagined it before and once I clicked the exact same sound that I was thinking just played! lol
    I love how you have the whole love between Edward and Bella down! You rock, now hurry up and get to New Moon! :D

  33. hazel

    What you’ve said in this post are ALL sooooo true. :)

    yey!
    i’m excited for your epilogue post :)
    i hope the song would be “Time Is Running Out” :D

  34. Joanne Maria

    NM…get the tissues…

    EDWARD is the embodiment of everything wonderful, and…HE DANCES…of course he is want every woman wants…DUH!!!

  35. AussiePattinsonLove

    YAY….. Now I cant wait til sat!!! How exciting….
    Can you please read New Moon faster! I thought that the movie was going to come out before you finished Twilight, and with less than a month til Breaking Dawn, you need to read fast boy!!
    But I do love your posts!!

  36. Adeline

    Wow…I didn’t think that there were guys out there who saw love that way…nah, I’m only kidding with you!!

    Just thought you ought to know: Today was the first day I read your blogs etc.

    I went back and read all the chapter reviews…funny…I ask myself…Why am I doing this…Alas…It remains a mystery…

    Congratulations on finally [almost] finishing Twilight!!

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  38. Kayla

    Beautiful interpretation of not only true love but the love between Edward and Bella which quite frankly knocked the young world right off their feet. Great job!

  39. Debbie

    Your comments have been very insightful, as well as hilarious. You realize that in addition to the epilogue, you have to go to Stephenie’s website and read the outtakes and the first chapter of Midnight Sun. Do your fans a favor and read New Moon faster (a chapter a day would be great, do you really need to go to class?). We love your blogs, but you’re 2 books behind and less than a month, it will be 3 books behind. Manolo the Shoeblogger turned his blogs into a livelihood, I hope you are able to do the same.

  40. Ashlee

    Well Kaleb all i can say is…

    well said!

  41. Jonny

    Finally! another guy that enjoys the twilight series! i’m rooting for you! oh, and congrats on reaching the final chapter. Onward and upward to new moon!

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  44. Teresa

    That quote you wrote from twilight in your assesment of the book is important in New Moon. You really chose it well. I was impressed. Love your impression of the chapter. You are right, they aren’t perfect and argue alot, but in the end, they truly love each other. I’m happy that they don’t ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after. Life isn’t like that and Steph kept it real. To me, that’s great!

  45. Sammi

    Haha… I love your version of her accident. It’s totally right… Bella is wayy to accident prone to just fall out a window!

    I know I already told you the story with my dad, but I think you may need a sub category for Twilight Guys that know all about them but haven’t read them. The simple reason? The boy is 7 years old. Yes, my little brother, who was terrified of vampires and werewolves just a few weeks ago, can particpate in conversations about Twilight. My older cousins and him were discussing evil characters in movies and TV shows and all of a sudden he pipes up with, “Edward from Twilight!” So, I had to tell him that Edward was a good vampire and went into a whole explanation. He also knew about werewolves. Since he was terrified, I had no idea he paid attention when I talked about it. But he could follow every word I said! He asked me who the bad guy was so I told him “James.” He said, oh yeah, I remember now. He tried to kill Bella. “What was the name of one of the werewolves?” I told him. He was extremely happy because I told him that all werewolves are good (unlike vampires, which have their bad guys) and was delighted because he shares the name. When he’s old enought to not get nightmares from the books (and you gotta admit, as amazing as they are, they get scary sometimes), I intend to read it to him. I think you may have a Twilight Little Guy on your hands!

  46. Sarah

    Honestly I think everyone is a bit overzealous in telling you what to do with your time. I personally like the slower take with the books. I’ve read the 3 available in the series 3 times. My hubby tells me I could have read the bible from cover to cover by now. Feel free to take your time, because that gives you time to think the chapters over, and give the educated comments we all so enjoy. Your doing a fantastic job Kaleb, and I can’t wait to read your own book.

  47. Mara-Kate

    WOW you are one smart cookie Kaleb! Not only have you almost finished twilight but you’ve understood it all and been able to realize what it is that drives all us crazy twi-hard team edward girls. haha loved the part about the arguing…just wait until you get to Eclipse! I don’t think there’s a chapter without arguing! jk jk lol. Can’t wait ’til Saturday !!!

  48. Alyssa

    Yay almost there! I really liked your analysis of Edward and his tendencies to be “over-protective.” I also liked your statement and comparison to your grandparents, that both couples cannot be apart. I think that explains Bella and Edward perfectly. Even though it seems sometimes they cannot be together or that they should not be together, they have to be, because they cannot be apart. Thank you for that! I liked that point :)

  49. *Sarah C*

    ahhhhh yay!!! your like basically done with the book! I can NOT wait to hear your final thoughts on everything from a guys prospective! I will be back on Saturday! ;)

  50. Sariah

    Yay! The epilogue and final post will be on my birthday. Happy birthday to me! I love your posts, enjoy your insights, and I think you really do “get” Edward. Now, how is it that you’re still single? ;)

    Congrats to your grandparents, that is awesome! :)

  51. Patrice

    Woo hooo, you finished! Execot for the epilogue, of course. I love what you wrote and Bella and Edward in this post. And the “duh dun dun duh” music was prett funny! :D

  52. erin

    good job kaleb! you finally finished. you went out with a bang with your dizzying insight. why cant there be more men like you? its really a shame. i hope that you continue with such amazing insight through new moon and eclipse. and then breaking dawn! i’ve really enjoyed your writings, and i think you are very hilarious and smart. keep up the good work for the epilogue!!

  53. Audree

    AH! I can’t wait for you to read New Moon! Are you going to start is ASAP?

  54. Jessie

    Hey!
    This has probably been said a lot but congrats on finishing the last full chapter! Can’t wait to hear which song wins and the epilogue.

  55. Molly :)

    NO FRIDAY POST??!?! I might die waiting Kaleb! haha, just kidding (maybe). To answer your question, which was most likely rhetorical, “Although some of the Edward fans will try to deny it, there is no getting around the fact that he seems to always be watching Bella, keeping her in sight in case something happens. Is this a bad or a good thing?” I think that even Edward has his moments. I mean, if you had just almost killed your girlfriend (or the love of your life), wouldn’t you stay in the hospital? In a way Bella is the same. She’s also watching him, making sure he doesn’t disappear.

  56. Chelsea

    Yay! You’re pretty much finished! Time to move on to New Moon! I love how you also noticed that Edward and Bella argue a lot. I totally believe that it means they’re meant to be together because they’re not afraid to say waht they really think. Kind of ‘The Notebook’-ish. Great job. I think this was my favorite post.

  57. Kat

    You had better read New Moon fast…Breaking Dawn comes out in 3 weeks! If you miss reading Eclipse before Breaking Dawn as well, I can promise you nothing but extreme confusion. Read fast!

  58. Just Another Danger Magnet

    Another hilarious post. Soon we’ll be able to call you the “New Moon Guy.”

    On second thought, we’ll stick with “Twilight Guy.”
    Congrats on your grandparents’ anniversary and keep up the great posts!

  59. blearyeyedmesgirl

    I so look forward to each posting you put up! Thanks for giving us new thoughts on our favorites scenes and chapters!

    I wanted to say, in response to Edward’s over-protectiveness and constant watch, that not only does want and need to keep her safe…but he’s lived without her for so long, that I see as him trying to make up for his 80+ years without her. She is his other half, what makes him whole…

    Page 304: “For almost 90 years I’ve walked among my kind and yours…all the time thinking I was complete in myself, not realizing what I was seeking. And not finding anything, because you weren’t alive yet.”
    “It hardly seems fair…I haven’t had to wait at all…”

    So, now he’s found the missing piece of himself…and it’s so potent and amazing, that he can’t bring himself, and doesn’t want to even let her out of his sight. There’s no amount of time spent with her, of looking into her eyes, of thrilling to the touch of her that could make up for his time without her, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t try, that he doesn’t revel in it, in being with her.

    Sorry for the chapter’s worth of commentary, that’s just how I’ve always seen his constant ‘watch’ and presence.

    I can’t wait until you get into the heart of New Moon, to see what you think!

  60. Amy

    When you spoke of your grandparents it reminded me of my grandparents. I’m going to share a story with you. Two years ago for my grandparent’s wedding anniversary my mom sent them a card with a couple back to back and the man was saying “hag” and the woman was saying “moron” and inside it says “studies show that couples that have nicknames for each other stay together longer”

    Also, I never really noticed how much Bella and Edward fight but they really do. It’s healthy though for a relationship. I means that at least they communicate.

    Enjoy the rest of the book and I can’t wait to see your reaction to new moon.

  61. Libby

    You completely pinpointed why everyone loves and trusts Edward so much. He lives for Bella. She’s the only reason he exists. He is completely unselfish and would do anything for her. He does it so much that its actually quite irritating.

    Although his obsession with keeping Bella safe and doing only what’s right for her may come off as stalkerish, he’s only doing it because he loves her so much. It’s his nature to be unselfish.

    Edward’s disregard for his own wants is possibly his only flaw, and I think that’s why everyone continues to love him. Even though essentially Edward is perfect, even he has a flaw. He is so set in his ways and so stubborn in doing what’s best for her, that he neglects his own desires.

  62. Stine

    “If there was ever a chance for Edward to think of himself for once, and allow Bella to turn into a vampire, he had it then. But instead, he chose to save Bella’s life as a human. Because of this, I see exactly why those on Team Edward trust him so well, and why Edward is such a shining light for so many millions of Twilight readers around the world. It is easy to trust someone who loves unselfishly.”
    SO TRUE. Edward always wants what is best for Bella, and his selflessness is extraordinary.

    (On the other hand, you have no idea how hard it is not to make comments on this regarding things that will come up in New Moon… So get on reading!)

  63. Jessie

    oh that last part… the embellishment on her “accident”… made me laugh until my chest hurt! Omgosh! Thanks for the laughs! You do a great job!

  64. Alli

    After such insightful, well thought-out posts on Twilight, I can’t wait to see what you can do with New Moon. Based on your interpretations of Twilight, I personally think you will share my opinion of NM, which I’ll tell you once you get into the main part of the story.

    I like what you said about the true love and bickering thing. Believe me, with my parents (and my grandparents) I’ve seen that in action plenty of times.

    One thing that I think makes us so obsessed with Twilight is that we know it’s fictional, we can accept that Edward, Bella, and Jacob aren’t real, that the storyline is fabricated, but what we have trouble with is accepting that the love between them, so intense and real in the books, is fictional. The fact that we are able to feel that love so strongly is what makes these characters so real and important to us.

    sorry for the novel of a comment- I’m a writer too if you can’t tell.

  65. Meredith

    I just want to thank you for taking on this little project and tell you that I check your website every day! Its been so great to get a guy’s perspective on “Twilight” and especially on Edward and Bella. Some of you’re posts have helped my boyfriend understand my love for these books. And I have to say that from reading all your posts, you GET it. Its strange, because I didn’t think the a guy would understand or see it the way all of us obsessed females do, but I’m happy to say you’ve proven me wrong! I can’t wait to read what you think of the rest of the series! Thanks again!

  66. Stine

    And I also agree with Libby; Edward’s extreme selflessness can definitely be a flaw. He bases everything on what HE feels is selfish (which in his brooding mind is quite a lot), and disregarding his own wants makes both him and Bella unhappy at times.

  67. Anonymous 66

    Congrats on getting through the book. Most guys i know never finshed they started and stopped. Go on to new moon.

  68. Anonymous 66

    Way to go on finshing the whole book. Most guys i know started and stopped

  69. Yoko

    Hmmm, Kaleb, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through your experience with Twilight. There are so many things to learn about Edward that will be able to explain his over protectiveness toward Bella; some of it is just the way Edward is personality-wise. Another thing is that you have to look at the way that Edward sees Bella. He is an indestructible vampire and he knows better than some how fragile human beings are, especially Bella. She is overly accident-prone so I think that it just makes sense in his mind to be overly-protective. That coupled with the fact that he loves her so much causes him to do things like follow her–some would call it stalking, but since it is Edward (I’m biased enough to say), he is beyond reproach, hahaha. We also have to realize that he’s been obsessed with her from the beginning anyway (I’m sure we all remember how she smells to him). And as you’ve already pointed out he is not human so we cannot expect normal human reactions from him, just intensified human approximations. Please start New Moon quickly!!! It is so hard not to tie in Edward’s behavior there to this discussion!!! But I will not give it away so no worries. Just hurry!

  70. Sara(Yeah there's many of us)

    wOOt! :) Yay the Twilight guy is almost done! wOOt! :)

  71. Carol

    wow. Congrats you’re (almost) DONE!!! Now you see why most of us love Mr.Edward Cullen…now hurry up and start reading new moon…and I am so friggin excited only 22 days till Breaking Dawn..CHES!

  72. Dianne

    Thank you so much for reading it! You make me laugh :D

    Dundundun DUN dundundun DUN

    *James’ death*

    LOL

  73. Janet H

    Kaleb, I don’t know if I can express how impressed I am with your review and thoughts on this book. I have read and re-read the book, and attempted to discuss it with others, but your insights have given me new points of view and a fresh perspective on the characters. I enthusiastically look forward with expectant pleasure to your continued comments for the remaining books in the series. I believe your intelligent, impassioned and humorous commentary is valuable and good work!

  74. Janet H

    Kaleb, I also wanted to agree with your description of Edward and his possessive behavior. I also feel that it would be a mistake to compare his actions to similar behavior from a human. His years of existence WITH his ability to read the minds of the humans he has lived around, give him the permission to act protective around Bella. And as she has proven to be a person who draws danger to herself, his devotion to her would understandably be magnified. If he stayed awake for days on end to peep in her windows, then, yes, he would be creepy and out of order in his overly protective manner. But, he never sleeps. uh-Vampire. So him being watchful of Bella is completely reasonable!

  75. Tiffany

    You completely hit the nail on the head with this review. You summed up this chapter along with Edward and his intentions perfectly. Well said!

  76. Ash is DA Bomb!

    Snaps for Kaleb! He FINALLY got to the last chapter!!! WoOt! You better get done with the next two books before Breaking Dawn comes out!! I can’t wait for your view for the next two books! (Even though I thought the middle of New Moon was boring) *Hides from rabit fan girls* lol!!!

    I luv you Keleb!

  77. JLT

    Best post yet. I love all of your insights, and I’m so glad that you have some understanding of Edward, and their relationship. Some people just don’t understand, but you get it completely!
    I do have one question, though…what makes you think Edward is trying to tell Bella he’s leaving her??

  78. Twilight Guy reads Chapter 24 | Twilight News

    [...] Twilight Guy has just the Epilogue left in Twilight than he can start New Moon!! He has finished Chapter 24 An Impasse!!! He will be posting his review of the Epilogue on Saturday! You can read what he said here. [...]

  79. twilight22lover

    im still team jacob all the way.

  80. Christina

    your so cool Kaleb.

  81. Sammy

    KALEB!!! YOU SUCK!! NOT ONLY WAS THERE NO POST YESTERDAY OF ANY SORT, BUT THERE WILL BE NO POST TOMORROW!! DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I CHECK THIS WEBSITE A DAY SO THAT I CAN READ YOUR COMICAL TAKE ON TWILIGHT?!?! AHHHHHH!! I’M GOIN’ NUTS!!! JUST FREAKING POST!!!!!!!!!

    Please!

  82. Lexi

    You’re so great kaleb!! I’ve read twilight 8 times and you still taught me something new about it!!

    I’m torn. I want you to hurry so I can read more from you, but then you’ll be done faster!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. Lexi

    by the way the word TORN just looks like it says tom, it doesn’t really

  84. Brianna

    Congrats! You made it to the end, finally! Can’t wait for your take on New Moon, I know you’ll have lots to say. Can’t wait for your post on Saturday, I’ll be up pretty early to check it!

  85. Michelle

    I love you. I love that you see Edward in the right light. And thank you so much for defending him. *HUG* Thank you for just getting it. You’re amazing.

    Muah!

  86. Ms. Paranoia

    I have just read your entire Twilight saga from 11 p.m. last night, stopping at 2 a.m. to get some rest, continuing at 11 a.m. today and finally caught up at.. 2:31 p.m. (time coincidence, how funny xD)

    Anyways, I’m so proud of you Kaleb! (look at me, I sound like a mother wishing her son luck in the real world)
    I can’t wait to see your thoughts on the Epilogue and the rest of the Twilight series.

    Keep being you, we fans just love you =D!

  87. Mary

    Ugh!! Kaleb, how on earth am I supposed to live until Saturday? I suppose if I’m going to try to live 23 more days till BD, I’ll make it to Saturday.

  88. Izzy

    THANK YOU for that brilliant explanation of all the bickering! That’s one of the (only) things that bugged me about twilight, how they always seemed to argue, but the way you put it just made it all so clear for me, especially with the comparison to your own grandparents. I’m so glad I understand! lol xxx

  89. Adrienne

    I love you Kaleb. Will you marry me?

  90. Fernanda

    you really got it didn’t you?? great review kaleb, kudos to you xD

    GO TEAM EDWARD!!!

  91. Faktririjekt

    Whoa, Sammy…chill. :p

    Can’t wait for Saturday!

  92. Imani (Always A Twilighter) Celestin

    you amaze me.
    ive read the books so many times and you tell us things i dint even pick up on!

    u rock

    <3 u!

  93. Shandi

    :) I’m so proud of you Kaleb! Can’t wait for your post on Saturday! You are so amazing! I’m using a lot of exclamation points, wow.

    love you!
    (ps. the epilogue is amazing! and you’ll love new moon)

  94. Lu

    Kaleb,
    I have been following your blog from the beginning, but never posted a comment until now. You totally get this book and the characters. I have never come across anyone that could explain this book, or break it down better than you. You tell it perfectly.

    I can’t wait for you to read the other books and read your thoughts on them.

  95. E

    You know, you really do an excellent job of analyzing the characters in this book. For a guy. Guys tend to be so frickin dense. No offense, of course :D

    And I think you make a very excellent point about love and arguments and all that jazz. My boy..thing..and I argue and bicker TONS. And our friends are all like “if you guys actually end up dating, it will be the worst relationship EVER because you’ll be fighting so much.” But I disagree with that. And they don’t understand it. But the argument isn’t what makes the relationship. And truthfully, a relationship without at least a bit of arguing is probably unhealthy.

    So yes, bottom line, eff the haters.
    Or something.
    Git on that epilogue boy!

  96. Deja

    Yes!!!! Your (almost) done!!!! About time!! he he he..

    Kaleb-”The reason is simple: they are together because they simply cannot be apart. True love is binding, and unselfish, and holds through any of the arguing and fighting and bickering that comes along between two people who are meant to be together for the rest of their lives. Twilight is not simply one of those ‘happily ever after’ stories where the two ride off into the sunset. It is real, with love that is just as difficult and confusing as in life: but it is worth it, because it is true.”

    I don’t think anyone could have said that better.. I was in awe of you when I read that!!!
    Anyways I love your new way for how Bella got hurt -much more believable-
    ha ha see you Saturday :)

  97. Becca

    YAY! you’re practically done =]

  98. Sammy

    Yeah, uh, Sorry Faktririjekt… I kinda have no life lol =D

    And Sorry Kaleb – I was insulting

    *turns around and sniggers into hand**turns back around to face you with semi-straight face*

    Will be more polite next time

    ;P

  99. Terrbear

    Yay! I can’t believe youre done with the book! (almost) I actually am curious on what team you’ll go on…Team Edward all the way! I actually don’t like New Moon for certain reasons you will understand when you get to it. So I’m curious on how will analyze it.
    I loved how you spoke of Edward’s personality! I am always telling me Jacob obsessed friends that! Kudos! And I actually never realized how much Bella and Edward fight until you mentioned it…I learned something new! Read on

    :D

  100. Terrbear

    oops I meant my Jacob obsessed friends

    my bad!

  101. Bella

    YAY! You are almost onto New Moon! Quickly, read the Epilogue, so you can get cracking on NM. I’m sure you’ll love it. :)

  102. lexi

    is this really why some people don’t like edward? when i met my husband, he was undergoing a series of surgeries to complete cancer treatment, and let me tell you, i *LIVED* in that hospital. we had only been together a few months, but there were three things that drove me to be there for him – one, obviously is love. two, is that nobody should have to spend a night alone in the hospital. and three, when you’re in a hospital, you need someone advocating for you. doctors and nurses have the best of intentions, but they also have a multitude of patients. being protective in the hospital isn’t cause for a psych evaluation, it’s just a caring thing to do.

    also, good work finishing twilight. i’m eagerly awaiting your analysis of new moon… mmm, jacob :)

  103. Kaitlin

    Edward is no stocker…he’s been around for a LONG time and has seen more than most humans have if not all of them, so he has a reason to worry…just like parents totally go nuts and over exaggerate a danger just because they’ve seen more or understand more…not like he’s a parent though… he’s wise and indestructible and totally in love and sometimes love can make you go a little crazy. To him Bella is this delicate treasure and to lose her would be unbearable…that’s why he’s so anxious when he’s away from her…not to mention the fact that she’s a complete danger magnet…keeping her safe is a full time job. If it wasn’t for his over protectiveness she would be dead. So people shouldn’t be too hard on Edward he’s only doing his job.

    Oh…and I’m all for savoring a book but let’s not take it to the extreme…like Edward we’re all a little anxious to hear your zany (cool word huh? :) )thoughts about New Moon and Eclipse not to mention Breaking Dawn…. (and don’t forget the Host)

  104. Katie Beth

    Kaleb, you are GOOD. This was a great post to finish the book with, even if you haven’t done the Epilogue. Very thought-provoking. Thanks! :-)

  105. Yvette

    “The reason is simple: they are together because they simply cannot be apart. True love is binding, and unselfish, and holds through any of the arguing and fighting and bickering that comes along between two people who are meant to be together for the rest of their lives. Twilight is not simply one of those ‘happily ever after’ stories where the two ride off into the sunset. It is real, with love that is just as difficult and confusing as in life: but it is worth it, because it is true.”——This section is extremly well written, you have master (in my mind) the complicated task of describing love into words. I’ve just read something that is life-changing to me..thanks

  106. Emmy

    Wow, this is a really fabulous post… my favorite so far, I think.

    You have some very insightful and intelligent things to say about Edward and Bella. I’m incredibly impressed.

  107. Kadie-Wa

    Wait…I’m confused. About the ending. When Edward is saying that she fell into the ice cream truck and all that stuff…I don’t remember reading that. Did he really say that?

  108. Sarah

    ER.

    (TEAM JACOB!!!)

    XD
    jk, jk.
    Team SWITZERLAND! (not that you’ll understand that one, Kaleb, dear.)

    There’s something in the epilogue I really want to see if you get/analyze. …Saturday, why aren’t you here already?!

  109. Dylan

    YAY! *claps* I’m exited that your almost done and I love your analisations (word? >_<) of it! I’m so glad a guy can understand them this well! lol I just hope other guys are learning from your example!

  110. becky sue

    you had me nearly in tears because you wrote it all so sweetly, then you turn them into tears of laughter! only you can do that…. lol. Im kindof wondering how youre going to deal with the cliffhanger ending of twilight. who knows? maybe you’ll end up having to go out and start new moon right away? (im hoping so!!)

  111. becky sue

    oh and kadie-wa, thats just what kaleb wrote in. he has a strangly accurate mind dont you think?

  112. Arlette

    Wow it does feels like it was just yesterday.I think Edward is a little overprotective; that might be a good thing since Bella is known as an accident prone. It’s funny that you mentioned that all the arguing is just like your grandparents,bella is her mother’s little middle aged child and edward is 107 years old.I always thought of their relationship as how the relationship between to middle aged people that have been married for a long time would be.

  113. Gia

    i really like ur website.its hilarious.i especially loved the part about the icecream truck.lol.keep rockin!!

  114. Amy

    I do love your insight into the two of them and their relationship, it’s always refreshing to know guys catch things like that.

    Personally, I like having a hero with imperfections, and though Edward may have plenty of good reasons for keeping an eye on Bella, I’d feel utterly suffocated if I were her ;) But then, I’ve never had a vampire out to kill me.

  115. Gisselle

    Wow Kaleb! Congrats on finishing twilight. You better watch out cuz with all your posts(sensitive yet hilarious) girls have realized what a catch you are and will all want to marry you!

    You understand the book so well! I’m so excited for you to read the epilouge and NM, hurry it up already :)

  116. LC

    Congrats! FINALLY! Aw, but it’s so sad it’s over.Oh! But you still got New Moon, and Eclipse. Which will bring you to Breaking Dawn in perfect timing……….

    I loved you’re insight on this chapter. I completely agree, a good relationship needs healthy bickering, it keeps things going and you’ll never get bored! Trust me!!!!

  117. Megan

    I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about New Moon!!
    Although, to me it is my least favorite of all the books.
    But I guess you will soon find out why…

  118. Bianca

    “Twilight is not simply one of those ‘happily ever after’ stories where the two ride off into the sunset. It is real, with love that is just as difficult and confusing as in life: but it is worth it, because it is true.”

    well said!!!
    thats what I love about Twilight… It seems so real… though there are a lot of vampires and werewolves =)

    the part with the ice cream truck is soooooo funny!!!!!!

    You are great, Kaleb!!!

  119. gina

    -.- my absolute FAVOURITE of the twiligt saga is Eclipse…SO HURRY UP AND READ PLEASE!!!
    and damn it…i live in a certain place far away from America, thus, ur Satruday is my SUNDAY!!-.- not fair i have to wait an extra day!!!

  120. Michaela

    You have finally finished =)
    Congratualtions.

    I also think that Edward is more overprotective because he has seen so much danger.
    And he could hear what James was thinking and what the guys in Port Angeles were thinking.

    I hope you enjoyed reading Twilight as much as I did and writing about it as much as I did reading it =)

  121. Kimberley

    WHAT? no post today? On my birthday? :( Fine. :P
    Yay almost to epilogue!

    ~Kim

  122. twi~hard

    just to test whether you insanely read all 121 (now 122) comments featured…….
    i have a few questions…
    1. what advice do you have for an aspiring writer?
    2. how do you find a comfort zone for writing (i.e. horror, romance, mstery, etc..)
    3. why do u like gnomes as much as i do?
    4. how r u so impecibly gut-bustingly hilarious???
    5. if edward doesn’t write back soon, will u marry me????

    please ignore all my typos (sorry!!) & please comment back!!

    also…….i luv the ice cream truck thing, but what gives about the poodle????? i have an adorable small poodle named pierre. i believe he deserves an apology…………
    :P
    -twi~hard <3<3

  123. Kaleb Nation

    @ #122 twi~hard, please email me with any questions. I can answer them better that way

  124. KMA#1

    I loved this: “Twilight is not simply one of those ‘happily ever after’ stories where the two ride off into the sunset. It is real, with love that is just as difficult and confusing as in life: but it is worth it, because it is true.”

    I have been married for 3 years, and I have one child. Love is NOT easy, and I really hate the stories that make it seem so. I think that is part of what I love about this story. It is a realistic love (well, aside from all the vampire stuff, ha ha).

  125. Jasmine

    I really love your analysis of these chapters. I’m glad you actually feel the books and understand them instead of just ‘skimming,’ which I can’t say for everyone.

    And as much as Edward is overprotective, he is also clueless to Bella’s feelings- a reason I do not like him. He very clearly says that she’ll just forget him if he leaves her- like any other human.

    Does Bella ever act like a normal Human? Lol, no. And even if he’s watched humans for eighty years, no one’s like Bella. He doesn’t see that. But that’s just me….

    I really like your emails. A pleasant read compared to my dark little inbox =)

  126. Ana M

    Kaleb, you finally did it! you’ve almost finish the book!
    I’m so glad! Be ready for New Moon, but hurry up for Eclipse wich is my favorite, until Breaking Dawn comes out of course!!

  127. KMA#1

    Jasmine, when Edward says that she’ll just forget like any other human, I think that he’s trying to convince himself just as much as he’s trying to convince her. And I think there have been times when he is a tad bit clueless to her feelings, but like he said, he may be a vampire, but he’s also a man. Men just do that. No offense Kaleb. :) We can’t expect Edward to be perfect.

  128. Danielle

    i added two “quotes” of this post on my myspace page.
    they’re in the little scroll box if you want to check them out. =]

  129. Danielle

    ps. i also got the song “seven days of lonely” by i nine from one of your previous posts.
    i just found out about your site a few days ago when i saw your icon on twilightteez.com, and i’ve read every entry. XD

    pps. so, yes; i think it’s safe to say you’re awesome. =]

  130. kate

    ACK! what do you mean, saturday??? That’s two whole days away! How am i supposed to LIVE? lol joking. but seriously, how can you read that slowly and live? I had to stop reading the end of the first book to take my MAP testing, and i was practically shaking in my chair to get my hands on my book. I think i might have set a world record in the fastest MAP testing ever! = )
    also, props on sticking with the book ’till the end. Wait ’till you get to New Moon! I threw the book at the wall (hint hint) have fun getting through that book dry-eyed! (i sure didn’t!)

  131. savannah

    YAY!!! *jumps up and down* UR ALMOST DONE WITH THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! are u goin 2 do the same thing 4 NEW MOON????? if u are… YAY!!! *jumps up and down more* STAY ON TEAM EDWARD!!!!!!!!!

  132. savannah

    i mean it

  133. Ris C

    I love how you write, Kaleb. You have such a great handle on the Edward/Bella relationship.
    I wanted to comment on something you wrote about…
    “One of my emailers used this scene as an example of why she despises Edward: and I find it also as one of the leading reasons many guys do not understand Twilight. They say that Edward is solidly over-protective of Bella, to the point of obsession: staying by her side for days and nights at the hospital, among the many other times he has lurked about with his eye on her. Although some of the Edward fans will try to deny it, there is no getting around the fact that he seems to always be watching Bella, keeping her in sight in case something happens. Is this a bad or a good thing?”

    To this, I have to reply, in basically the same way you said, Edward isn’t human. And not only is he not human, but he’s one of the strongest, fastest, wisest inhuman beings on earth. What we need to keep in mind is that Bella is just so…BREAKABLE to him. He is also desperately in love with her–which is something he actually has no experience in and therefore isn’t completely sure how to act with her–and he’d just seen her basically come back from the dead after an evil vampire almost killed her. Of course he’d be protective of her! Just the fact that he sees her as fragile and he’s so in love with her alone makes him value her life over his so much that he doesn’t want her to be out of his sight. Not to mention that he knows she is a “danger magnet” and he wants to protect her as much as he possibly can, and I think the only way he knows how to do that is by keeping her under his watch nearly 24/7. I think this is just something that he’s so inexperienced with that he still isn’t sure how to handle everything, so that’s his way of dealing with it.
    But anyway, that’s all I have to say on that, lol.

  134. Maddie

    FINALLY! i have been waiting forever for this chapter, and you post while im away at camp ^^ o well, i think ur gonna have fun with the epilouge

  135. becky sue

    Wow. I just realized that you started Twilight absolutly FOREVER ago!! APRIL 16, 2008. EARLY APRIL for crying out loud!!! How is it possible that you took three months to read something that so many read within three days?? Because I have noticed this phenonemon, I have promptly come up with the idea that you wrote all 20-some posts in those three days because you were afraid of being “The Guy Who Read Twilight In Record Time” and just posted them periodically throught the time-span……(but I now wonder if you actually beat “The 300 Pages In Two Hours Twi-Guy…….) Who knows? Maybe you’ve already finished Eclipse and are dutifully awating August 2nd (at least you are in my theory) ……….. And finally, if you are reading this hair-brained idea, i hope it entertained you at least a little….. Lord knows you’ve entertained me enough….. —Thank You and Goodnight! :D

  136. Brenda

    well. I think you just might have been turned into a Twilighter without know Kaleb.
    I loved your quote on true love, hope you don’t mind, it’s my myspace headline. :)

  137. Mrs. Edward Cullen

    OMG YOU ARE ALMOST DONE:) I love these books I hope you did to<3 I think I like these books more than harry potter wow i can’t believe I just said that:0 well this got longer than I planed so goodnight See you sat.

  138. becky sue

    Oh, and I should mention that by this time I am now dutifully awaiting your novel (As you are certainly awating the next Twilight book) :)

  139. Karen

    YEAH
    whoohoo you finished Twilight!
    You will looove New Moon. hahah your analysis of Chapter 24 is awesome and hilarious like every othe chapters :D .

  140. Dagny

    I found this place yesterday and just love your posts. Last week I decided to read the entire Twilight series since Breaking Dawn is soon to be released and I am very impatient, and after investing time into the characters it’s good to get someone else’s perspective.

    Regarding Edward’s obsessive tendencies, I would like to point out that Bella is equally obsessed with him, to the point where it takes over her self-protective instincts. She intentionally cut herself off from friends and spent a great deal of time at the beginning obsessing over someone who was essentially a stranger. That’s no more “normal” than Edward’s fascination with her, and I think speaks volumes about their relationship.

    They both engage in destructive behaviors to be with each other because the pull between them is too strong. Yes, in a real world situation it wouldn’t be the most healthy thing for either of them, but Bella is never concerned with Edward’s obsession because not only is she thrilled that he is interested in her in any way, but she is as equally obsessed with him. How many times does she practically beg him not to leave? How many times does she worry more for his safety than her own?

    They’re drawn to each other beyond rationality. That is exactly what makes Twilight interesting. They both know that it’s not a good idea to be together and they cannot stand being apart and go to great lengths to protect the other. I don’t think for one minute that early on, if Bella had the means, she wouldn’t have been “stalking” Edward similarly as he was to her. They’re equally fixated and flawed, but that’s why I enjoy the book so much. Their flaws come from the same place.

  141. Gladys

    Wow kaleb, this is one of your best posts!! :) Not even myself (I have read Twilight 4 times) could have break this book in the way you did, you got everything, every minor detail didn`t escape your eye! You are now truly the love doctor haha :)

  142. Steph

    Ahahah… yes, I can imagine how being in the same room with them arguing would be a sufficient cause for the loss of a person’s sanity.
    Nice, of course that’s a fairly regular excuse of Bella’s.

    “I tripped,” she said with a shrug.
    “But you’ve broken an arm and your collar bone, had severe internal bleeding and are currently embedded with glass and twisted pieces of metal!”
    “Yeah… I tripped.”

    Ahaha.

  143. Kitkat.Alice's creation

    over dramatic much?

    ice cream?

  144. Alice

    ACK, I luvers your blogs and website and your writing so much that I haven’t even started to do my homework and I REALLY REALLY REALLY need to. And I have to study for exams, too, soo….yea. I have to go on a -gulp- TwilightGuy diet. LE GASP!

  145. Jennifer

    This is my favorite post from you EVER. I almost stopped breathing when I read your quote about the love in twilight being the same as love in reality. That is going on my myspace FOR SURE. I’ll be sure to say you quoted it, though. (:

  146. Liz

    “they are together because they simply cannot be apart. True love is binding, and unselfish, and holds through any of the arguing and fighting and bickering that comes along between two people who are meant to be together for the rest of their lives. Twilight is not simply one of those ‘happily ever after’ stories where the two ride off into the sunset. It is real, with love that is just as difficult and confusing as in life: but it is worth it, because it is true.”

    Ok, I just have one question for you:

    ARE YOU SINGLE?!?!?!?!??!?!??!?!

    lol, but seriously, that is one of the sweetest and deepest thing I’ve ever read!

  147. lol

    Wow that is so awsome!!!!!!!!!a bout what you said

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