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Reading New Moon: Chapter 14 (Family)

August 28th, 2008 at 12:05 am by Kaleb Nation

The song for this chapter is Near To You by A Fine Frenzy (suggested by Alexis)

From August 29 – September 3, I will be doing one of the following:

- Kidnapping Bailey and forcing her to make a guest appearance on my channel, thus making my subs soar to somewhere in the half-of-hers (alright, wishful thinking). OR

- Appearing on Oprah to divulge my deepest and horrible-est secrets, subsequently selling 1 million copies of my memoirs called Oh Woe: My Life Story (coauthored by L. Snicket). OR

- Flying home to visit Isabelle the Famous Pig (alright, and my family too, sheesh).

Take your pick. Whichever you choose, rest assured that even though I will probably disappear from the online world for a few days, I will still (hopefully) be alive and well in some part of this country, albeit a bit further south than usual. But while there’s still time: on to chapter 14!

I realized, with some help of the comments, that I was slightly backwards in my previous post: the Cullens hadn’t told the Blacks to stay away; the Blacks had, instead, told the Cullens not to enter their land. The truce between them seemed fair: if the Cullens abide by certain rules, namely that not feasting on humans, then the Blacks would leave them alone.

Wisdom of the Wolf

It seems still to be a pretty fair way for both of them to live near to each other without an all-out vampire vs. werewolf war, which is a scary thing to imagine.

I think Jacob will be in this predicament a lot in the future: defending his decision to bring Bella in on their secret. Like with the Cullens, I am sure that some of those in the group of werewolves do not want Bella involved. I am a little confused on the group of werewolves, though. At first, the immediate fight between Jacob and Paul seems to show how much tension is between this group: if they all fully trusted each other, nothing like that would have happened. But then, after the vicious fight, they seem to be normal pals again. Is it something with anger management that these werewolves have trouble with? Because it seemed like they were ready to murder each other at one time, and then are sitting down to a meal a few minutes later.

I actually feel sorry for Billy Black because of all the clothes that Jacob apparently goes through. After all, on top of Jacob growing in enormous amounts already, anytime Jacob is angered or provoked into a fight he pretty much destroys what he is wearing in the morphing process.

Wisdom of the Wolf, Cheap Humor Edition

Probably one of the most touching and important scenes I have seen so far is when Sam enters the house and kisses Emily.

“[...] so much love saturated his voice that I felt embarrassed, intrusive, as I watched him cross the room [...] and kissed the dark scars on her right cheek before he kissed her lips.

I do not know how she got these long scars, nor do I know the story behind her or Sam. But with that scene my entire opinion of Sam, Emily, and all the others, was changed. The long, red lines that scar half of Emily’s face are nearly ignored by Sam. It’s like they aren’t even there, because he loves the person more than anything.

I had been under the impression, thanks to all the fighting, growling and grumbling, that this group was hardly civilized. At a moment’s notice they seemed ready to spring at each other and fight, and all up until now, I haven’t seen any of them show any sign of emotion or caring towards anyone else. So watching how deep the feelings between Sam and Emily are, I see all of them in a completely different light.

As I’m sure most people were, I was formerly prejudiced against Sam because of all the dark things that Jacob had described; and even after Jacob went back on it, I was hesitant to believe him, thinking that he was brainwashed like the others. Now, I’m very happy to see that the werewolves actually seem to act like a pretty tight family.

Finally, if you haven’t already, listen to the song picked for this chapter (up at the top). For some reason, I have the feeling that this will be one of those on the voting list when we go to pick the song for New Moon…

——NOTES——

- As you know, I will be gone from August 29 – September 3. See everybody after!


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85 Responses

  1. Sarah

    FIRST COMMENT?

    Omgsh.

    On YOUR site?

    !!!

    *is happy*

  2. Kayleigh

    love the “humans are friends not food” line cause i totally love finding nemo, and A fine frenzy too. good post tonight!

  3. JessieLynn

    Sorry ur leaving us :(
    oh well, have fun doing whatever you are doing.
    But about today’s post, you are completely right about the wolves right now. This scene basically helps clear up the rest of the book. And Emily’s scars will be explained later, even though I can’t believe you didn’t figure it out. :D
    Well, talk to ya when you get back.

  4. Claire

    Be sure to bring New Moon with you during your disappearance from the online world. Have a nice trip! :D

  5. Nicole Jet

    You’re right about Sam loving Emily as a person more than anything, but he does notice the scars.
    The fact that he kissed the scars before kissing her lips established that there is something significant about how the scars pertain to their relationship. If he didn’t notice them, he wouldn’t have kissed them. Those scars mean something to Sam. We just don’t know exactly what it is yet.

  6. Lauren

    I totally agree with everything you just said. Especially the last few paragraphs.

    It was a bit weird to read about them fighting one moment, and then eating together at the dinner table like a close knit family, but I think it just shows that they’re still caring and loving.

    As you can tell, it is really sweet and wonderful how Sam treats Emily, and the way he looks at her just shows the amount of love he has for her.

  7. Jessamyn

    ‘Humans are friends, not food.’ Lmao!

    Have fun with Isabelle.

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  9. me

    lol…
    i pick option nuber 3- go see isabelle – tat cute pig- and make another vid..and dont forget abot your poor- hopefully not- rejected family~!!!

    and btw: luv the song…though i had another one in mind, still like that song~!!

  10. Shatha

    I do love that song, it’s as if it were made for New Moon.

    Very true, the werewolves act like a close family at one point, and then there’s Paul picking a fight. :)

    The Sam and Emily part was very sweet. It’s nice to see other relationships outside of the vampire world.

  11. Angela

    The werewolves ARE civilized. I’m not really sure where you got that from. But you got the anger management part right.=]

    Just keep reading…=]

  12. Megan

    Nice post, Kaleb.
    Yes, the werewolves have a huuuu-uuuuu-uuuuuge anger management problem. Speshully Jake. xD
    I’m still prejiduced against Sam though. Yeah, he’s not some cold-black-hearted monster since you’ve seen how he can love, yet… eh. I feel no compassion for him. ;P Maybe it has to do with other books, not sure.

    And yeah, they’re a pretty tight knit clan. The bonds go deeper than friendship, that they do. Mhmm.

    And don’t worry, you’ll find out the story behind Emily’s scars sooner or later: All the more motivation to read read read!

  13. Jo West

    google “solomon trimble honey rose”, and you’ll darn well feel compassion for sam. you might very well fall for him. =P

  14. Bec

    Oh my gosh! You are totally right that that is the perfect song!

    You are awesome, by the way!

  15. Megan

    You were pretty much right about everything in that chapter, except one thing.
    Sam thinks about those scars much more often than you think. You’ll hear more about it in Eclipse, though, so I won’t say anything else.
    And that’s notsomuch anger management problems as the fact that he didn’t tell them about it, and the fact that Paul phases easily. Although… yeah… there’s anger management problems in there too.

  16. M.A.Estman

    Awww…I’ll miss you! Have fun though, everyone needs a vacation!

  17. Pam

    In response to Post #12 by Angela, I think Jake is one of the least angry wolves. Its mostly Paul that has anger management issues.
    Now, as #15 Megan said, really its not anger management as much as it is learning to control their phasing. Anytime someone gets angry- like Hot-Headed Paul- they phase…

  18. Sariah

    You mean we get to choose which one you’ll be doing? I vote Oprah! lol

    ;)

    Have a good time, everyone deserves a little break now and then and you’ve worked hard this summer. :)

  19. Liz

    hmm.. I’m not sure I like this song for the overall book. There’s a line about her letting him go bc he doesn’t love her and I think that in and of itself makes it inappropriate for the book overall.

    still loving your insights!

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  21. Teresa

    Your thoughts on the wolf pack are really good. Especiall the anger management. If only they had classes…keep reading the chapters though and all will be explained.

    have fun!

  22. Amanda

    Hahahaha I suggested “Near to You” for a different chapter… great minds think alike!

    Definately the song that I think describes NM the best… it’ll be getting my vote!

    Glad you’re warming up to the pack! They’re really funny, actually… And you’re right about anger management issues… that’s one of the key characteristics of the wolves – BAD tempers.

    In Eclipse, you learn a LOT more about the characteristics of werewolves… can’t wait to see your reactions on that!

    (^^AKA: Read faster, dammit! Haha)

  23. keida

    When it comes to the wolves you have to ask yourself why they are fighting. In this case it’s Bella. Why? Because she’s friends with the Cullens. Do they trust her? Would you if you didn’t know her? People are frightened about what they don’t know or understand.

  24. priyanka

    hi kaleb, its nice your going home to spend some time with your family, i hope you have fun. me, on the other hand hate visiting my family in india. so, about sam and emily, sam made those scars on emily’s face when he was a young werewolf, sorry for the spoiler. but she still loves him which is very affectionate.

  25. Tina

    Mmm.. I loves me some Frenzy. Perfect Song, really.

    I always hated Sam. Even when he saved Bella from launching herself into a coma.

  26. vivs

    what?!?! ur leaving!? well i hope u have fun with ur family and isabelle, and make sure to tell us all about ur fun trip once u get back! bye! :D

    btw : i like the post. oh and especialy aboutt he part where the wolf says “people are freinds not food” lol! :P

  27. Mary

    #25, how can you hate sam? That’s impossible.

    Have fun on Oprah, Kaleb!! Or kidnapping Bailey. Those seem to be the only do-able options. And yes, I will buy your book.

  28. Monica

    haven’t they already explained how emily got her scar? It’s pretty sad :(

    Oh, and have fun on Oprah! (…not :P )

  29. Lu

    One of my favorite songs. Have a nice trip Kaleb.

  30. Twilight_obsessor13

    LOL I <3 THAT WEREWOLVES ARE FRIENDS NOT FOOD!!!

    Great job as usual Kaleb!

    Oh, and I hope if you pick the Oprah one, that I see you there!

  31. Alli

    Hey! I suggested this song for Chapter 9! I admit it works better here, but still, it kinda annoys me that I suggested it for a chapter and then when it gets picked it was suggested by someone else, so she got credit (not that she didn’t deserve it, I just really want to have a song picked).

    Haha! “Humans are friends, not food.” I love it!

    I’m glad you can see the brotherhood and love in the pack now. It really is important.

    Oh, and believe it or not, this is the last song i heard on my ipod today before I turned it off. How weird is that?

  32. Alyson may

    Seriously, do the webshow with Bailey. Because you and Bailey would be HILARIOUS on screen together.

    As for Sam…I never really liked him. He seriously bothers me.

    Jake on the other hand… =]

  33. becky sue

    Oh me, oh my…. Isabelle is absolutly adorable… *cough, cough; ironic name, cough.* Oh and of course I nearly fell off my chair again when I saw the wolf pics…….. lol. I will die the whole time you are gone…… (At least once a day…. Or whenever I check my favorite Twilight sites.)

  34. Sarah

    Yeah, Sam and Emily are adorable! <3
    And I agree with the song being on the final vote. I also believe there will be another song by the same artist there. ^-^

  35. Becky

    ahh… Sam and Emily… there is a story to those scars, Kaleb. That’s all I’m going to say. But believe me- Sam notices the scars.

    And the wolf pack isn’t usually so divided. Jake and Sam are just disagreeing about something at the moment.

    You and Bailey should definitally do a video (or more than one) together! That’d be awesome! but I’m sure Oprah would be honored to have you on her show too :)

  36. Becky

    oops, I meant Jake and Paul.
    But when ISN’T Paul getting into fights? Even for a werewolf he’s got anger managment problems.

  37. Michelle

    Kaleb have a fun and safe trip. You should read while your away, so you can amaze us with your thoughts when you come back!

  38. Amy

    I’ve never commented here before, but I just had to say it always makes my day to read your chapter reviews. Thanks so much!

  39. andrea

    OMG the song totalyy fitss the book!! good postt…

  40. Lauren

    I agree with post # 28 Monica; I think Stephenie had already told us how Emily got those scars..

  41. Kaleb Nation

    Wait, has she explained how Emily got her scars yet? I haven’t read it (don’t spoil me!). At least, I don’t think I’ve read it….

    Kaleb

  42. Lauren

    I’m not 100% sure if she has told us already at this point..maybe it’s just because I know how she got the scars and I thought it was already mentioned before this chapter..maybe it wasn’t though! I hope no one will give you any spoilers Kaleb!!

  43. Kelly

    Kid nap Bailey!

  44. Amy

    Awww, I love that song too. That was myself and my husbot’s song when we started dating :D

    All I comment on these days is the music, tsk tsk. You can see where my mind is 90% of the time. Music, music, music…

  45. Kimmie

    OMG!!!! I love this song, I wanted to suggestiit for obe of the eariler chapters but I nnever got around to it! You NEED to check out htis video. It’s amazing, it’s what got me hooked on the song, it made me cry.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA8opx-d44c

  46. Alli

    Kimmie, as soon as I heard that song (which was a few months ago when my friend sent it to me) I immediately thought of NM and went looking for a NM video of it, and the one I saw was that one. It is so beautiful.

  47. HeyJoyous

    I picked plenty of fights with my brother growing up. ;-)

    While I did learn to understand Sam more, I can honestly say that I never grew to like him. He still “bothers” me.

  48. Audree

    “. I am a little confused on the group of werewolves”

    OR could it just be that a fight of this nature isn’t as big a deal to werewolves because they are pretty near indestructible? I think so. :)

  49. isabelle

    You’re going to visit me??!

    i’m so excited!!

    lol….
    my name is isabelle, and i’m less cool than a pig..

    *sigh…*
    :D isabelle/ghostgirl118

  50. Erin

    Yeah, I still don’t like Sam. But, he’s kinda cool in this book… and yeah, until the fourth book I really did admire the whole Sam/Emily thing. Interested? Good. Read faster now. :)
    And, my brother’s reading Twilight! How exciting is that? He’s actually a slower reader than you though…
    And, I’m telling you. Go read Bella crying in the woods, right before Sam (yes, Sam. Uley.) finds her. Do it! And yes, I’m going to mention this in every post before you do.
    Btw, Love that song. A lot.
    Alohas for now!

  51. Twifanatic Amanda

    I love sam ^.^ he’s awesome, Soloman Trimble is so cool and he’s totally Sam in my mind now

  52. Mia

    Awww, ‘Near To you’ would have been PERFECT for the Chapter called Paris…you’ll see when you get there!

  53. megan

    Check out the new twilight-related blog:

    http://twilightmom.blogspot.com

    Thanks!

  54. Katie M.

    i suggested the song too! *sigh.* i kid.

    love from nyc,
    katie
    [thevampiregirl]

  55. ilse

    i love ur song pick!!!i had never heard it b4 till now!!!but its just lik bella!!!:)hav fun with oprah!!

  56. Rosalie

    Wait you might be on Oprah??? OMG When????? I want to watch!!

  57. Athena of Forks

    I’m finding it very weird how many people find it odd that the wolves are ready to kill each other one minute, and sitting down to breakfast together like a family the next. I know my brothers and I aren’t the only siblings in the world who tend to be at each other’s throats once in a while, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love each other. It’s pretty normal for a sibling relationship.

  58. Tinkerbells

    Oh, I just stumbled upon your blog here and it’s really entertaining. I love your “Humans are friends not food” thing. It’s great!!!

  59. Katie Beth

    That was such a great scene! I loved that part. :-)

    What do you think about the Midnight Sun leak? *sigh* Sad….

    Have fun with your, um, family! ;-)

  60. Sarah

    I just read about the Midnight Sun leak. I must say I’m disappointed. I also, don’t think I’ll be reading the amount of it posted on Stephenie Meyers page. I guess having the first chapter, was for me, a fun teaser, but any more than that and I would really rather have it all in a nicely bound book. I think we can all support Stephenie by not reading it until it is published. The only reason she posted it on her website was so we, as fans, wouldn’t go looking for it elsewhere. I say; let us all wait together, and enjoy it together in it’s complete and final form!

  61. KayBird

    ^^^ I STRONGLY agree with Sarah!!

  62. Chey

    I pick option number one: – Kidnapping Bailey and forcing her to make a guest appearance on my channel, thus making my subs soar to somewhere in the half-of-hers (alright, wishful thinking).

  63. Becky

    fyi Kaleb- I almost certain Emily’s scars aren’t explained until Eclipse. So you didn’t miss the story- plus I’m sure you would remember it if you’d read it already.

    and read the next chapter and post soon! I really want to find out your reaction! Since not even Alice was sure, I’m wondering if you’ll figure it out.

  64. Dace

    yay! i finally caught up to you. i’m a twilight guy too (twilight gay guy…i need to start a site) and i love the chapter by chapter thing. :) on to my thoughts…

    four hot half-naked men…hmmm…i mean, these guys need some special clothes. billy needs to buy jcob paper shoes and parachute pants. they can stay shirtless for my pleasure.

    it seems we have differ on the wearwolf noob thing. remember, for a long time sam was the only ww. jacob,embrey, paul, and co are fresh. hell, if i just e arned a superpower i’d be using it all the time.

    *insert pic of jacob holding a wolf belt buckle-like thing out. the caption reads: “IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME!!!”*

    Sam and Emily: <3 <3 though, and i hate even thinking this because they’re so deeply in love, anakin had a padme

  65. Kara

    yaay! this chapter is a nice little change of mood for the book. keep reading!

    p.s. i’m glad i’m not the only one who has suggested that song :D it will definitely get my vote!

  66. Chelsea

    A Fine Frenzy has contributed so much to my personal New Moon soundtrack. “Near to You” is beautiful, and “Almost Lover” is perfect for the beginning of the book. It’s like they were written FOR THIS BOOK. It’s great.

  67. Alia

    I am absolutely in love with that song. It’s definitely a great song to describe New Moon as a whole. Also, I really agree with your analysis of the Sam/Emily scene. That part just makes Sam’s “evil” side fade away for a bit, and it really shows Bella’s desperation, too. it’s a great bit, eh?

  68. inmortal

    OF COURSE THIS “NEAR TO YOU” SONG IS TEHHH SONG FOR NEW MOON <3 my vote for that one.

    And AHAHAHAHA THE WOLF AHAHAHAH love those graphics. “Humas are friends, not food” and “If fights ensue, take off your shoes” LOOOOOOL!!

    And I have to say Sam was my favorite werewolf in New Moon and Eclipse. I hated him, though, the first time I read the books, but the second time was like OH SAM YOU’RE MY NEW LOVE <3 Weird me, I know.

  69. inmortal

    Btw, “One Cell In The Sea” album of A Fine Frenzy is like it was written for New Moon HAHAHA. The entire album should be the soundtrack of the movie (in case there’s a movie adaptation) LOL.

  70. Steph

    I love the idea of writing a book with Lemony Snicket. :D Third favorite series, right after Harry Potter.
    Also, Wisdom of the Wolf – Alright I suppose, I would hardly call them wise. They make some pretty stupid decisions.

  71. Alexis

    You used my song! Im so happy :) It’s one of the most beautiful and haunting songs I’ve ever heard. It seems as if some songs were written especially for Twilight.

    And wait until Jacob tells the story of Emily’s scars…it’s a beautiful story. I know he tells her in New Moon, I just don’t remember where…But wait until you get to Eclipse. That’s where my favorite part about werewolves is revealed :)

    Good luck with your future posts!

    PS: Look at another song by A Fine Frenzy, Almost Lover. It’s not as perfect as Near To You, but it still reminds you a lot of New Moon. Happy reading!

  72. E

    So you’re halfway through with New Moon… have you gotten ECLIPSE yet? ;)

  73. rahrah

    OMFG OMFG OMFG I know this post is way overdue but this song is perfection for not only this chapter but for New Moon in general. I love it and I just bought it because it is so beautiful

  74. Brittany

    omg. i just found this site like a couple hours ago and i love reading what you wrote. this song is completely perfect for this book, it’s kinda scary haha.

    obviously you’ve finished the books by now so i don’t feel bad saying that i was laughing while i read what you had to say about sam & emily. looking back on it it’s funny to recall what everyone must have thought first reading it =)

  75. Calyx

    Um Okay… I’m not the only one who is obsessed-to say the least- with Vampires named Emmett Cullen am I?
    Yeah I REALLY am in like freaking love with him!!!
    But seriously, I’m not the only one am I?

  76. Calyx

    Yeah and i am really late in finding this site i know

  77. Calyx

    I LOVE EMMETT CULLEN
    I LOVE EMMETT CULLEN
    I LOVE EMMETT CULLEN
    I LOVE EMMETT CULLEN
    I LOVE EMMETT CULLEN
    I LOVE EMMETT CULLEN

  78. Calyx

    OKAY I REALLY NEED TO GET THIS OUT…
    I AM A REAL VAMPIRE
    NO REALLY I AM I HAVE THE FANGS AND EVERYTHING…
    OH AND BY THE WAY WE DO NOT GLITTER IN THE SUNLIGHT OR OF COURSE FEED OFF OF HUMANS MOST OF US NOW MOST OF US FEW IN NUMBERS THOUGH WE ARE FEED OFF OF ANIMALS AND NO THEY DO NOT TASTE GOOD I HATE THEM
    HUMANS ARE BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!

  79. Calyx

    can someone please write me back? i want to know if anyone believes me
    HELLO IS ANYONE OUT THERE?!?

  80. Calyx

    dear twilight guy,
    do you know anyone that will be willing to try an experiment? if they are i would like to try to turn them into a everyone knows what.
    PLEASE i beg of anyone with type A blood to volunteer themselves.

  81. Luke

    The war link doesn’t work.

  82. Dana

    I liked Sam and Emily till I read Eclipse and found out what they did to Leah…Evil.

  83. jessica hupke

    hey this is not a helpful website becasue you really need to help people understand waht is going on and i will never visit this again

  84. Alex*

    i love the song ,really suits. but think that 'sunshine' by all american rejects shows it better ,it was like a sudden epiphany moment when i was reading the book and listening to my ipod! i love it when that happens…

  85. Alex*

    i love the song ,really suits. but think that 'sunshine' by all american rejects shows it better ,it was like a sudden epiphany moment when i was reading the book and listening to my ipod! i love it when that happens…

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