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Reading Eclipse: Chapter 11 (Legends)

December 5th, 2008 at 12:05 am by Kaleb Nation

The song for this chapter is Human by The Killers

So, as most of you noticed, I didn’t post on my regular Thursday. My favorite email from yesterday went something to this effect:

Subject Line: EGADS!
>What happened? Where are you? Are you DEAD?
>I need a post. I wants a post. I must have
>its. Give its to usss. preciousss.
>

*hides*. This makes me all the more hesitant to actually go check my new PO box, having no idea what might jump out at me.

Anyhow, as I read chapter the eleventh, I realized that there are certain advantages to hanging out with a bunch of werewolves. First, you’ll probably never get that cold. Second, you are pretty much safe from any beast that wants to leap out of the shadows and kill you. And third, you will never, ever run out of food.

Especially if you enjoy hot dogs, chips and root beer, which is all Jacob’s friends seem to eat. It leads me to wonder if werewolves are as stuffed with cash as vampires are. I would hate to be the person who gets stuck with the food bill, especially since they eat in one meal about the same amount normal people eat in a week. Suggestion: why not simply buy a restaurant, get massive discounts on bulk food, and pay for it with the profits? I’m sure Charlie would be a customer — especially seeing that heaping mountain of steaks he had at the diner.

Charlie Should Seriously Cut Back On The Steaks

Charlie Should Seriously Cut Back On The Steaks

It’s so funny how these werewolves act just like human-shaped dogs. Having grown up nearly my entire life with at least one dog in the house, I can vouch that dogs can be sitting and eating a meal, then leap into a temper, and then leap back into being friendly again. Example (edited to save space):

“Jacob, gimme the hot dog.” Paul said.

“Hale no,” Jacob replied.

Despite the fact that Paul had eaten at least as much as Jacob, he glowered and his hands balled up into fists.

“*Rawr*,” Paul said.

“Sheesh.” Jacob laughed. “Kidding [...].”

“Thanks, man,” Paul said, already over his brief fit of temper.

Eclipse pg. 240

It’s like trying to take a toy from a dog: dog wants toy, boy does not give toy, dog growls, boy gives toy, dog licks boy and grins. Even after a scuffle, all is forgiven and forgotten.

I liked it that the group is so welcoming to Bella — I wonder if it is part of a plan to make her feel more warmly towards them, so that Jacob might have an easier time convincing her against becoming a vampire. There seems to be an interesting tribal connection between them all that wasn’t so obvious to me before: all the werewolves seem to be sticking together with their relatives, from Harry Clearwater’s widow, to Billy Black, to Quil and Old Quil (and maybe Even Older Quil?).

The Quileute legends were actually quite interesting. It gave me a bit more depth to their story, and also just how painful and tragic a history is behind the tribe. The loathing and hatred towards vampires runs so deeply within the werewolves that their very history is intertwined with it.

Imprinting is starting to make more sense to me now: and seeing the love between Jared and Kim seems to have cast a new light upon it. The beauty of imprinting is that no matter what Kim looks like, or how insignificant she may feel, Jared adores her more than anything in the world. It is almost the purest form of love between them: that he can love her for any fault she might have, and doesn’t see any imperfection in her, because she was the one who was made for him.

Why does this remind me of Bella and Edward? I know I have said this before — how the truest form of love is showed by Edward in the fact that Bella is a plain, ordinary girl, and has so many faults, and yet he loves her more than anything; not in spite of them, but because he loves her just the way she is. There is a beauty to a love that is not based upon how someone looks, or how rich they are, or how many sweet words they might say. It is easy to understand why Bella loves Edward. What is harder to understand is why Edward loves Bella — it’s because he doesn’t love her for superficial reasons, he love her for who she is. In this same way, Jared has imprinted on Kim.

I read the passage from Wuthering Heights three times, in an effort to make it sink in, and on the third reading I realized who the characters were in this scene. Readers of my previous chapter post know that I’m having a hard time understanding why Edward lets Bella see Jacob, when they are supposedly in a relationship, and Jacob is obviously trying to jump between them. In one strange moment, I realized exactly what is going through Edward’s head, and why he seems to have become a somewhat unstable ally with Jacob:

“I never would have banished him from her society as long as she desired his. The moment her regard ceased, I would have torn his heart out, and drank his blood! But, till then [...] I would have died by inches before I touched a single hair of his head!”

I don’t know about you, but I can clearly hear Edward’s voice saying those words.

Question for the comments: would you rather be loved by a werewolf who has imprinted on you, or a vampire who loves you like Edward?

——NOTES——

- Thanks to the people at MuchMusic in Canada for mentioning my site! I don’t get the channel in the US, so if anybody recorded the clip, I’d love to see it.

- So, the Twilight Youtube Contest Of Awesome was the #2 most commented video on all of Youtube for 2 days in a row. Way to go Twilighters! Since it’s only been TWO DAYS (for crying out loud!) I’m sure the number of entries will continue to rise steadily, until I announce the winners (time TBA) :D


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  1. Jessica

    Hmmm. I think I would prefer a vampire like Edward. I guess you could argue that Edward had no choice about loving Bella because they were made for each other, but while I find the imprinting love werewolves have very beautiful, they didn’t have a choice. As much as they throw themselves into caring for the person they’ve imprinted on, who they end up with is something they have no control over. Edward’s love seems more voluntary. I don’t know, maybe I would see it differently if there were multiple cases of Edwards like there are of imprinting werewolves.

  2. Alex

    Vampire, hands down!

  3. Tegan C.

    you used “rawr”. . . =)

  4. Madawn

    YAY a post hehe i missed you yesterday even though i know you need your sleep! lol i like the comment about the resteraunt sounds like a good plan to me lol!

    your question to night is a hard one, both forms of love are so pure that either would be a breathe of fresh air if they could be true, but im leaning a little more toward the vampire. Only because i don’t know that i could stand my soul mate turning into a over grown dog although the heat would be nice, it just seems a little to creepy for me. :)

  5. Charlee

    Yeah, I’m not a fan of dog’s, so I’m going to go with Vampire here. :)

  6. MET

    “Why does this remind me of Bella and Edward? ” When I first read about imprinting, my first thought was that Bella and Edward had imprinted in their own way and that Jacob should understand because of that. I am so happy to see that someone else had that thought!

    I would go for the vampire…

  7. Cam

    Imprinting doesn’t have any free agency attached, so I would go with the vampire. He has a choice.

    When you started reading Eclipse (my favorite of the published books), I decided to read along with you. This chapter is a good example of why I think the Twilight saga is so awesome. You will learn much more about all of the characters at the bonfire as you continue to read, but when I read this chapter again, it was the comments about Leah that took on a different tone, and it finally brought into focus why I am so obsessed with these books.

    I’ve never been one to read a book more than once, until Twilight. After I finished Eclipse (for the first time), I wanted more, but Breaking Dawn wasn’t out yet, so I picked up Twilight again. I was thinking that in a story this involved, Stephenie had to have developed the characters and mythology in a linear progression as she wrote the books, and I might be able to find some discrepancies that didn’t get cleaned up as the story progressed. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I did discover (to my great delight) that the story read differently now that I knew all of the characters from the outset. I was now in on some of the ‘inside jokes’. I found that Stephenie is always planting seeds in the story that sprout later on, but that she is always in control of the details and maintains the integrity of her characters. I’ve read all of the books more than once (some more than others), and I am still amazed that I can find something ‘new’ every time.

  8. Lexi

    This is my answer to your question. I would most definitely have to go with vampires. Not because I am extremely biased to vampires :) but because of this:

    The vampire would love you because of who you are. With the wolf, maybe they hated you very deeply once before, but as soon as they imprinted all that hate is gone. To me, imprinting is like being forced to love someone. They don’t love you because they want to necessarily love you, but because their nature demands it. That’s how I feel :)

  9. MyRandomName

    I don’t know, really.
    Would be lovely to have a werewolf like that. You know, always there for you. Would love to have a vampire too.
    And for the werewolves, they aren’t FORCED to love you, I think. They just haven’t realized that you’re there before then. It opens their eyes.

  10. Yoko

    Vampire like Edward…no contest. Also, I’m somewhat of a “Team Edward” gal so given the choice, mine is obvious. (Don’t get me wrong; I love Jacob too.) But that’s not to put down the love of an imprinter either…I just can’t find it in myself to say that their kind of love doesn’t mean anything. I can’t really explain why… I think I’d be pretty lucky either way…

  11. Amanda

    Can’t I have both? ;)

    Hahaha. I am pretty much Team Switzerland (with just some SLIGHT Team Jacob leanings), so I am gonna stay neutral on this one!

    And I don’t think that when you imprint you’re necessarily “forced” to love the person…

    Imprinting is kind of explained more in Breaking Dawn and I don’t want to give anything away to you, Kaleb… But I think you pretty much already knew this… When you imprint, it basically means you’ve found THE person who you are meant to be with (even if, like with Quil and Claire, you’ve gotta wait a few years)

    It’s pretty much what Edward and Bella have, only on a more mystical level (as Stephenie has said herself on several occasions, Vampires are more “scientific”, whereas Werewolves are more “magical”)

    I actually have a theory that Imprinting plays a large role in the fact that Werewolves don’t age… Edward had to wait 100 years before he found Bella… So doesn’t it make sense that the wolves may have to wait a few decades before they find THEIR soulmate?

    (I’m sorry that was so long… I went on an imprinting tangent for a moment! Hahahaha)

    Glad you’re enjoying Eclipse, Kaleb. It’s my favorite book in the series.

  12. Sasha

    Edwards Vampire love

    plz&thankyou

    :)

  13. Terri

    I just started reading your blog and started reading the Twilight books about 2-3 months ago.
    I find your thoughts on the chapters refreshing? I’m not sure exactly what it is but it’s kind of nice to see a male opinion on the books. I don’t think I fit into the normal role for these books either though. I’m a 32 year old mother of 4. My kids and husband think I’m nuts, though I am nothing like some of the fans out there. I just really enjoy reading the books enough that I’ve read them all several times now.
    Anyway that was off subject.
    I could answer your question and it would be the same if it was for my self or say my daughter. Honestly I think I would have to choose the vampire. Especially if he showed the devotion Edward does to Bella. I just have issues with the imprinting thing. I realize that the wherewolf basically is whatever the girl needs wether a brother, lover, etc. but it just still seems to much like he is forcing himself and in the end why wouldn’t she? Well if she had that person there all her life like in Claire’s case, she doesn’t really know anything else does she?

  14. Stephanie

    Vampires definitely.

    I’m a little biased though :D [but who isn't?!]

    I feel that imprinting hardly gives you a choice to choose your partner.
    I’ve always wondered about the relationship between the werewolves and their partners. For example, Jared imprints on Kim but does Kim actually love Jared at first? Or does Jared follow her around until she falls for him too?

    Will Claire be able to date and choose who she will spend the rest of her life with or is she ‘destined’ to be Quil’s partner and have no say whatsoever on her own future?

    Kinda scary don’tcha think? Destined to be with someone you have just met for … oh i don’t know, 5 seconds?

    At least vampires love you for you you are… :D :D

  15. Lauren

    I’d go with the vampires.

    Maybe it’s just because I’m such a winter person (the whole humidity and sweating summer season does nothing to my pale british skin).

    Or perhaps its just that with imprinting, the werewolves don’t seem to make the choice in terms of who they love.

    Edward met Bella, became fascinated by her personality and traits, and fell in love :D With the wolves, its more of a BAM BAM your in love situation. I like the whole idea of building up that tension and suspense of falling in love.

    :D
    A girl can dream…. lol

  16. Steph

    A werewolf? Hale no! Ahaha. Thanks for using that, by the way. Made my evening.

    Anyway, I figure a vampire would be way cooler, even if it does seem to put a target on your head. I mean, vampire speed and all. Life would be much easier… when you’re not being hunted down by other vampires. Plus, vampires don’t eat human food. As you mentioned, those wolves eat a LOT. Which makes me wonder (just as you did) where they get the money. I mean, Jake clearly doesn’t have much. *snicker* Ahaha. I’m so mean.

    Great post. I like that excerpt from Wuthering Heights. Made me laugh the first time I read it. Which kind of makes me seem mentally unstable. Ah well. :)

  17. Amanda

    Vampire because their choosing to love you and kindda means more, that out of all the people in the world they could spend their life with they still want you, it’s not fate.

  18. Bethany

    Gah! That’s such a tough decision! I think I’d choose the vampire, though. Because, well, it seems more like they can control there tempers better than the werewolves can. Take what happened to Emily for example. So yeah, vampire.

  19. urcoolcarrie

    Haha. I would most definitely go with the vampire. Wolves are too rough, and the imprinting thing…ya, not for me. :)

  20. Malin

    Neither of them. I mean seriously – in real life I don’t want to have a boyfriend who wants to drink my blood or turns into a werewolve and doesn’t age.

    Nah, I want to have an Edward in human form :D

  21. kassia

    I wouldn’t want either, honestly. Vampires have such strong emotions, that once they experience an emotion, it is extreme, and that’s how Bella changed Edward so much. The intensity of the emotions of a werewolf that imprinted and a vampire aren’t very different.

  22. Miranda

    Vampire! Oh… he used Gollom talk at the beginning!!!

  23. Linda

    Wow, that’s a really hard question.
    There doesn’t seem to be anything stronger than the love of imprinting but still, Edwards love for Bella is so powerful it is overwhelming.
    I think I would go for being loved by a vampire with a love as strong as Edwards. With werewolfs you know it is some other force that makes them drawn to you but in Edwards case it is pure love out of choice.

  24. McKenna

    I’d want to be loved by a vampire like Edward loves Bella. Why? Because imprinting really gives you no choice, as Jacob clearly states in Breaking Dawn. Also, the wolf could hate a person, and then imprint (BD), so it’s not really love.

    Vampires all the way… no scratch that. Edward all the way! :)

  25. Shakesgirl66

    I would wanted to be loved the way Edward loves Bella.

  26. Kim

    I suppose my blind Edward love is really clouding my ability to make an unbiased opinion but I’d go with vampire. I’m not so sure about the “choice” position people take on this issue since I don’t think Bella and Edward ever really had a choice either. Remember Twilight: Edward just couldn’t manage to stay away from Bella, try though he may. Recall New Moon: being apart will literally kill them. It’s not something they can do.

    I’m glad Edward’s motivations are becoming clearer to you. As you will see quite, quite clearly later on, Edward cannot truly hate anything that loves Bella. And remember, Edward sees himself as a monster. A monster who swept in with no right to upset Bella’s life with his presence and his world but he did so anyway. He knows she’ll never have a shot at a normal life with him and the last thing he wants in the world is for her to become a vampire. A big part of Edward wants Bella to choose Jacob. Jacob can give Bella everything Edward wants so desperately for her to have but can never give Bella himself.

    P.S. Kaleb, has anyone ever told you that you look like Dave Franco? The resemblance is definitely there!

  27. miller

    I would want to be loved by a vampire because I would prefer to have a protector and confidant who doesn’t turn into a dog. Vampires are beautiful, strong, fast, intelligent beings while werewolves are out of control animals who can’t contain their anger.
    I would definitely prefer to be loved by a vampire.

  28. Heather

    Personally I found the Quileute legends dull. I don’t know, when I was first reading it I had bad Twilight fever and I just wanted to know what happened between Edward, Bella, and Jacob so I felt the legends detracted from the action too much. I know it’s important to see how deep their vampire hatred runs, but I personally didn’t enjoy it.

    Yes, that little Wuthering Heights passage explains absolutely everything about how Edward is acting, and how much pain he is in (especially if you read Wuthering Heights and the paragraphs around that quote…Heathcliff is in a lot of pain). I wish Bella wouldn’t have dismissed it, like “oh Edward couldn’t have been reading that section, I must be mistaken.” No Bella! Pay attention! Jeez I want to slap everyone in Eclipse.

    As for your question…I probably would want a vampire like Edward. Imprinting is too magical…like it’s wonderful sounding to have that much love for one another but…I think it’s more magical that Edward and Bella love each other the same amount as imprinting puts out, or even more, and they love each other that much without magic. It’s more normal…weirdly enough lol.

  29. Shannon

    Vampire, hands down. I mean imprinting sounds nice but loving Bella was Edwards own choice and I prefer it that way =].

    And plus, Edward is more sweeter than Jacob.

  30. Elizabeth

    As much as I want to say vampire hands down I honestly think imprinting. Sure Edward choose his love and sure Bella is insignificant compared to him which makes it even more lovely but the imprinting…it seems like so much more. How could you not want someone who not only loves you no matter what but is fits with you…like a puzzle piece? I think either would be fine…fire or ice.

  31. KL

    I would rather be loved like Edward loves Bella! There is no better kind of love then that! It is so sweet and pure! Imprinting I think would be an interesting way to fall in love. I am not sure I would like it very much. I really liked how Edwards and Bella loves grew into what it is.

  32. ........

    i would have to say werewolf… there’s just something about imprinting– that you were literally MADE for each other. that whatever you need that person to be, they are, and it’s right for them, too. there’s something about that level of commitment and compatibility that even a vampire relationship can’t touch.

    ^_^

  33. Samantha Noel

    I agree with Elizabeth. Fire or Ice. How do you choose? I am very much in LOVE LOVE LOVE with vampires, but to be honest I think I would rather have the imprinting. To me it doesn’t seem like they have no choice, it’s something that would’ve happened eventually, it just… it’s hard to explain. It’s the puzzle peice thing…they fit together, they want it just as much as Edward wants to be in love with Bella.
    None of this implies that I would ever refuse a vampire- or his deepest love. Ever. haha

  34. Talkerwolf

    Umm, probably a vamoire, as he wouldn’t be forced to love me. Also, the werewolf imprinting thing freaks me out slightly, so yeah. Defiantly a vamp for me!!:-)

  35. JessieLynn

    Hey great post!
    I completely agree about the WH part being completely Edward-like. I read it in contex, after about my 5th read through Eclipse, and the entire scene is very Edward/Jabob-ish.
    About the werewolf/vamp question, I think that in love, it wouldn’t matter what species they were, as long as I knew that they were the one for me, I would be ok. I mean, just because someone doesn’t imprint on you, doesn’t mean they don’t love you for who you are. Take Sam and Leah pre-imprint, for instance. They were in love, and if Emily had never shown up, they would have been happy together. I know that pretty much sucks as an example, but it was the best I could come up with. I know that was quite lengthy, but I tend to ramble on, just like I’m doing now.
    Ttfn,
    ~JL

  36. ShannanG.

    I would have to say a warewolf. I like the idea of someone’s goal in life is to make sure I am happy. And I know that Edwards love for Bella is unconditional, but he has hurt her before. Also though I would love to for a couple of hunderd years, I don’t want to live forever. So that means if I were to choose the love of a vampire, I would be old an wrinkled, why he would still be young and beautiful.

  37. Angie

    Definitely Vampire – The whole imprinting thing kind of freaks me out and would probably annoy me.

  38. Mary

    Hmm…if you read Midnight Sun, Edward didn’t have much of a choice, either. I would prefer to be loved how Jacob loves Bella.

    I had Human by the Killers stuck in my head all yesterday! So it was kind of funny to see that it was the song for the chapter. Now I’m singing it again.

  39. sanguisuga

    I agree with Kim. I don’t think that Edward did have a choice. Their relationship is just as much imprinting as Sam and Emily. They fit together, Bella was made just for Edward. He just had to wait to find her.

    As for what I would want, either will do! (Vampire in the summer, and werewolf in the winter!) I don’t think that anybody really has a CHOICE over who they fall for. I mean that all-consuming, passionate kind of love. Sure, you can grow into loving somebody, but real passionate love is more like a chemical reaction. It smacks you in the face, it doesn’t let you make a choice.

  40. Megan

    That’s a hard question!!! Seth is neck-and-neck with Edward when it comes to my favorite character. They’re both amazing!!! And I know this will sound incredibly girly, but I think Edward is more romantic. Haha :) I don’t know. Things like that don’t really matter in a relationship. So…it just depends…that’s a really tough question because I know Edward feels the same about Bella as an imprinted person. Maybe stronger. If he didn’t, I would choose to be imprinted upon. Hehe. I really don’t know!!! Agh! I can’t decide!

  41. Megan

    And one more thing. Hehe why do I keep doing this? I forget things :) Anyhoo, I was reading the other posts, and I agree with them. You really don’t have a choice about who you fall in love with, anyway. It’s exactly like falling. Which makes it easier for me to answer the question: If I was imprinted upon, then I’d definately choose him. Like Jacob said, imprinted people are so perfect together, there’s really no point in resisting because you can feel the draw towards that person. But, if I fell in love with a vampire, then I’d choose him, obviously. So there! Yay, you got a straight answer out of me. Tehe :)

  42. Whitley

    A vampire of course, but only if he was like Edward. :) I think Jacob is ok, but he reminds me of an ex boyfriend of mine who is nice, but so annoying in letting me know he still likes me. Edward is so …mature about his love. I definitely prefer him. If I was Bella, the whole Edward vs. Jacob thing wouldn’t even have been an issue.

  43. Ginger

    The fact that Edward waited 108 years for Bella amazes me! I would have to pick the Vampire for sure.

  44. TwiFreak

    A vampire of course!!A vampires love is real, a werewolves love is forced beacause of the imprint.Even if they don’t want to love you, they HAVE to.And I’ll choose Edward over anybody else no matter what:D!

  45. Nutty Netty

    The answer to this is sooooooooooo obvious! Edward!
    imprinting is flattering, sure, but always being adored like that.. i think i wouldn’t like it so much if i wasn’t in love that person (Rosalie, however, would love it).
    but Edward is attached to Bella without ANY supernatural force involved. it is purely pure. there’s a draw to her that he can’t control but that is because he loves her sooooo much not because he imprinted on her. that is my opinion :)

    ♥ Edward!

  46. Flower

    I agree with (what is that, more than half?) of the comments above me, I would go for Vampire love.
    The reason being that despite the love that Emily and Sam obviously feel for each other, werwolves dont really have a choice. Its true, there is something wholly mystical and wonderful about knowing YOU are the one who was put on this Earth for this person (Shall I use Embry for my example?), but lets say that you dont feel the same? What if Embry told you all the legends and you learned EVERYTHING, but at the end of the day you didnt feel the anything for him beyond platonic love? I, for one, would feel completly and utterly trapped. If I actually loved the person that imprinted on me, well, that would be different.
    I favor the love of Edward for Bella because of that. They’re love is pure and they each have a choice to end it and move on (Not that they would!). Im not insinuating that werwolf love is the kind you find in the gutter, but Edward’s love for Bella just strikes me as…better.
    A question. How can you possibly keep yourself from reading more? Do you keep your Twilight books under lock and key at all times other than when reading to reduce temptaion? :)
    Good luck with everything, Kaleb!

  47. priyanka

    great post kaleb! this is probably one of my favorites. i read that wuthering heights passage soooo many times, but now i finally understand. wuthering heights is a great book, 2, one of my favorites. i would want edward, a vampire to love me because he would love me unconditionally and irrevocably, not because some stupid supernatural love at first sight thing. i mean jared barely even knew kim or talked to her before he imprinted on her and suddenly he loves her and can give her any thing she wants in the world and love her so much. but why? not because he loves her for her…..

  48. Flower

    Gramatical blunder. Omit the ‘the’ between feel and anything. And ‘They’re’ should be ‘Their’
    :D

  49. Stephanie

    i dont know…i love edward and dont really like jacob, but none of that has to do with what species they are. if edward came in werewolf form and jacob in vampire form, i would be for werewolves. i would rather be a vampire than a werewolf, but i dont know about who i would want to fall in love with. it depends upon the person.
    i love that quote from wuthering heights. it is one of my favorite books, and i have read it several times. it shows how much edward truly loves bella to let her spend time with someone who hates edward and is trying to steal bella. i love edward.

  50. Kayla

    Chapter 11 is one of my fav chapters just because i thought stephenie was genius to come up with all these legends and i love how it explains where the werewolfs originated from. I am team jake but i also love vampires so i wouldnt mind either one :D

  51. Ginger

    Oh and I forgot to mention, nice pick on the song :) I love the Killers.

  52. Kaye

    Definitely vampire!
    And good song choice, the killers are great.

  53. priyanka

    i was reading a few of the other posts and ofcourse you have a choice on who u fall for. you love some one because you like their personality, their charm, their brilliance. you love someone for who they are and you love them for them, not because there is some stupid bond between you or any attraction, although if there is attraction it is because you know that person and feel the best when you are with them. relationships like that take time to form, and ofcourse you have a choice on who you want to spend your life with and there are no restrictions toward that, so if jacob really loved bella, he would let her go because he knows that she woud be happier with edward because she loves him and because they are meant for each other, but not in any supernatural way. so i completey disagree with all you people who think that you dont have a choice on who you fall for because you do!

  54. Cricko

    Werewolf… I think.

  55. priyanka

    sanguisuga, that is completely stupid that you would want edward in summer and jake while winter because those two men are very passionate about their love and there are people in this world like you who would take advantage of something like that. its so stupid, because there are people who actually are determined love their other halves like that and someone like you would just be so completely immature and stupid and actually think something like that! that thought would never come in my head.

  56. Loony_Lovegood

    Either one of the choices, vampire or werewolf would be nice. I’m not picky.

  57. Alli

    While I would feel guilty if a former love like Sam and Leah’s had been thrown away for me, I think I would choose the werewolf. I love vampires and am very much Team Edward, but I love Jake and all the wolves too.

    Flower, I understand what you mean about feeling trapped, but you said you would know that you were the person put on the Earth for your wolf, but you neglect to mention that he was also put here for you. He would be everything you could want, so how could you not love him? It’s not quite so trapping that way. Also, as much as I respect and understand Bella’s decisions, I would want a (somewhat) normal human life with someone I could grow old with and have children with(…real, normal children before you say what I know you’re thinking…).

    A werewolf could protect me almost as well as a vampire but there is a certain something in the vulnerability that werewolves have and vampires lack. He could be killed by a sickness or another person (unlike a vampire) so you want to make every second of your life count so that you enjoy it if it lasts and don’t have any regrets if the worst were to happen. With a vampire, you take for granted that nothing is going to happen and you might not make the conscious effort to enjoy your love. Does this make any sense at all? I feel like I’m rambling, but it’s because my head won’t form my perfectly sensible thoughts into sensible sentences.

    Plus, I’d pick the heat over the ice. Don’t get the impression that I don’t love Edward, but he is Bella’s perfect match – Jacob is more my type.

  58. aya

    Psh. Edward.
    Frankly, i think I’d love the adoration of a sparkly,perfect, romantic, musical, perfect and…perfect vampire who loves me for who i am, as opposed to a werewolf who was ‘forced’(in a way) to love me. I’d feel depressed if a wolf imprinted me and he’d bnever talked to me before that moment.

  59. Alice Cullen

    O HALE yes I would choose a vampire. I would rather die than be loved by a stupid werewolf or as I like to call them a lycanthrope! (actual word look it up) and I have to say vampires pretty much always come witha sweet deal I mean even Victoria and James you never know vampires are my muse

  60. Ashley

    Werewolf, probably. There just isn’t any doubt. I mean, with the whole imprinting thing, you just know.
    I don’t think it’s force. I mean, vampires have all this time to think about what they want and have to wait for it. For these werewolves, they’re all crazy, rampaging, teenage boys who don’t know what they want until they imprint. That’s when they’re like, “Whoa,” and it smacks them in face in the form of a new gravitational pull. Mhmm.
    And everything is happily ever after (minus the whole my-soul-mate-might-get-killed-by-a-vampire, but lets leave that out for the sake of the romance).

  61. Marissa

    I would definitely prefer to be loved by a vampire like Edward (or preferable Edward himself!) He is perfect. :)

  62. becky sue

    Vampire love would be the best choice. Nothing against imprinting; they are both love at first sight basically but idk. I would love being loved so deply either way.

  63. Mel

    Edward I think because imprinting is more of a biological means to preserve a species and not totally 100% real love

  64. becky sue

    Oh and while we’re on the subject of Wuthering Heights, I actually read it. Yeah, I read it because it was in the Twilight Series. I am wow. Its crazy how that part (and others) are so perfect. Wait, not really because Stephenie has said that it was one of her inspirations. :D

  65. Maxxie

    Vampire. Edward loves Bella enough that he won’t suck her blood. San imprinted on Emily but ended up scarring her face. Were is the true love in that?

  66. becky sue

    priyanka # 55. I think that ur comment is the one brutally out of line. Just FYI. im pretty sure that the other person’s comment was just jk and that u took it too literally.

  67. Sveta

    vampiree!!!!
    cuz edwards so awesome!!
    but i would want someone to fall in love with me instead of having it be like love at first sight thing where youre immediatly bonded to the person and cant ever love someone else.
    what i see is that is jacob ever imprinted on bella, bella would forget all about edward and love jacob till she dies
    i would want to have more freedom
    although i think that imprinting is very interesting
    i would rather be loved in a natural way.
    not that theres anything natural about a vampire loving a human.
    :)

  68. Sveta

    sorry i meant IF
    before “jacob…”

  69. rosita

    Vampire!!! for sure! i want my Edward!

  70. E

    First, I loved this chapter and the Wuthering Heights quote. You’re right, I can practically hear Edward saying that.

    In answer to your question; There’s a difference? I mean, an imprintee is the center of the imprinter’s universe… which is just about the same as Edward and Bella.

  71. Rhiannon

    Hmm, you think it’s “What is harder to understand is why Edward loves Bella” I don’t know, I think I have to disagree. Doesn’t Edward seem…too perfect? He doesn’t really have a vivid personality, whereas Bella, though she may have those faults, is altogether a more colorful person? I kinda think it’d be easier to fall for Bella then Edward, person wise…As in minus the fact he’s supernaturally strong/fast/etc.

    But as for you question, I don’t know, really. I think I’d rather the vampire way, but I’d rather it be a werewolf then a vampire, honestly.
    For Edward it seemed that he got to know her first, (at least a little bit), then a little later on it kinda hit him that “Wow, how did I ever live without her? I will never love anyone else,” type thing went through his mind. I think I’d rather it that way than just being seen and then pounced upon.

  72. Kristen

    I would rather be loved by a vampire like Edward because it would be his choice. There is no conscious decision involved in the imprinting. They can imprint on someone they no nothing about, but in Edward’s case, he chose to love Bella. It might not have been a conscious thing for him either, but he saw the good in her. His falling in love with her was a process, it took him recognizing that he was in love with her. I want someone to fall in love with me with who I am as a person, the good and the bad, and that is what Edward did. The werewolves “imprintees” might be absolutely the perfect person for them, but they didn’t get to experience to pain and joy of falling in love and a lot of times that is the sweetest part of the whole experience. Bella and Edward both had to go through that. I think it makes a love stronger and more realistic.

  73. Tracy

    I’m gonna have to go with imprinting. They werewolf could never leave like Edward did, and you’d KNOW it was fate. There would never be something better out there for you, but Edward might find someone he likes more someday

  74. meg

    “Even Older Quil” Haha.

    Thats a cool look on you, though. You should stick with it. ;) lol.

    I love jacob, but i would have to choose vampire love. The problem i have with imprinting, is no one is sure why it happens. It could be for purely genetic reasons! The werewolf loves you, just because…he’s designed that way. He had no influence over it. It would feel like we were just forced upon each other, for no known reason. he CANT possibly love someone else. With the vampire, he CHOSE you. out of all the people in the world, he wants you. He could choose anyone else, but he wants YOU, and that somehow makes it more powerful. It’s like what stephenie says about jacob and edward both loving bella. her love for edward is stronger, because she does have other options that are very good. but she chose edward.

    Plus wouldn’t it be boring having someone who was completely tailored to your wants. There would be no disagreements, no compromising. Thats what makes a relationship worth it. the work that you put into it.

    No offense to werewolves of course. I <3 werewolves.

  75. Becky

    honestly, they’re almost the same thing. Sure, Imprinting is love at first sight and Edward wanted to kill Bella and drink her blood the first time he saw her, but that’s not important.
    What Edward and Bella have is kind of like the vampire version of Imprinting.

    but I would have to say a werewolf. Because Imprinting seems more… I don’t know, certain and fated. Plus, I’d rather be warm than cold (sorry Edward!)

  76. rachel

    Yes!

    Oh wait, I was suppose to choose. I am Team Edward, but for me, I would pick werewolf. I don’t want to live on this Earth forever.

  77. Edgar

    Werewolf totally. If they imprint you can be sure they will not abandond you, even in the worst of times. Vampires wouldn’t abandond you ethier, but you never know, Edward might have something going on with Irina………

  78. ~Tina

    Oh, that’s tough…umm…I guess it would depend. I mean, what if the wolf who imprinted on you wasn’t someone you cared for like that? But…hmm…I guess it would just all depend! :D

  79. sanguisuga

    priyanka –

    Darling – some perspective please. We’re talking about FICTIONAL characters here. I would suggest you not take it so seriously.

  80. mk

    im a vampire girl BUT i think id rather be imprinted on by a wolf because its exactly like you said you’re perfect matches – they’re built specifically for you and vice versa, a vampire would be amazing but imprinting shows that a greater force had drawn you two together :) it’s perfection and i think its adorable

  81. ~Tina

    Now that I’ve read some of the pther comments…umm…vampire. Like they said, the imprinter is made totally for you. I guess I can comare it to a puzzle and a block of wood. (hang w/ me for a sec!)The wolf is the puzzle; he’s perfect for you and while there’s some work involved, it’s too easy to make the pieces fit, whereas a block of wood, you have to work and carve and labor over it before it becomes a beautiful carving, you know? ;D

  82. ~Tina

    * OTHER comments. :)

  83. Genevieve

    Vampire. Hands down

    Great post, Kaleb! We’ll forgive you for delaying it for a day ;)

  84. dsolo

    What a great question! There is one thing that everyone is forgetting. Werewolves don’t age as long as they phase, but the person they imprint on will. They don’t have the vampire option of changing their love into an immortal. Remember Taha Aki let himself age with his third wife (because of the imprint). If you were imprinted on by a Protector, and something was going on that kept them phasing, you would be getting older, while they weren’t. That’s the main reason that I choose the vampire option. Vampires do mate for life (keep in mind how lifeless Marcus is without his mate – read SM’s Q&A from the BD tour to find out why she died). Either way you have no choice once you find your true mate (so choose the one you can have immortality with). Another consideration is the lifestyles, werewolves are part of their community and vampires are forced to live nomadically and separate from the community. So consider if you want to stay on the rez or go to Italy. The biggest advantage I see to the werewolves is that they protect human life, instead of feeding on it. Less of a moral dilemna with them. re: Kim and Jared, she knew before he did – remember she was writing his name in her notebooks. The worst part about imprinting is the Sam-Leah outcome. The comments have been very interesting. Thanks Kaleb (more info on imprinting coming up in later chapters).

  85. Sarah

    I’d go with the vampire. Its not that i think werewolves are too weird or anything but i would prefer it if a guy loved me not because he was forced too by some strange mystical wolf connection.

  86. Meghan

    I think that I would be cool with both-but I would prefer an Edward- who wouldnt?!!!!

  87. Meghan

    I also love the song for this chapter as the Killers are my favorite band of all time and I was so excited about their new album which was amazing. I am also listening to them right now as I am writing this. (Im listening to leave the bourbon on the shelf)

  88. April

    I Would Definitely Want to Be Loved By a Vampire by Edward.
    Because With the Werewolves & Imprinting They Do Love the Person Unconditionally But They Have to. They Can’t Just Not Love Them. Since They’ve Imprinted They Always Have to Love That Person.
    With Edward He’d Love the Person Simply Because He Does. Not Because of Any Magic. He Doesn’t Have to, it’s a Chosen Love and More Deep & Emotional.

  89. Sarah

    haha, you used “rawr” XD

    Anyways, to answer your question, if I was thinking rationally, I’d have to say werewolf. If a werewolf were to imprint on me (as self-absorbed as this may now sound…,) I know I’d be set for life. I’d have someone love me for everything I am, including all of my ridiculous faults. Also, werewolves aren’t immortal – I wouldn’t have to be turned into one in order to be w/ him forever. Werewolves have a generally happier outlook on life compared to vampires as well; they’re not brooding like say, Edward. I’d want a werewolf because that’s what would be best for me.

    HOWEVER. I can see the good in having a vampire’s love too. A vampire’s love would be pure and emotional – not something determined by some crazy voodoo imprinting. It would be his CHOICE to love me; the relationship would be more realistic.
    However, there’s the whole “oh my, I have to turn into a vampire to be w/ you forever blahblahblah” deal. I personally don’t sway that way haha.

    But let’s be real, I’d rather have a real PERSON/HUMAN love me haha. That’s something that may actually happen lol.

    Awesome post :D

  90. Joanna

    I’d choose a vampire like Edward. Not because he’d suck my blood, but because I’d have a choice. And because he would.

    During an imprinting, the werewolf has no choice. He loves that person. So, since I’m a doubting, guilt-ridden person, I’d always wonder: Would he love me if he wasn’t a werewolf?

    For Edward, though, I’d never be assured that he really loved me. But if I believed it – and you have to, when he’s Edward – then I’d be so much happier than believing in something that HAD to be the way it was. Love seems more pure to me when it’s a choice, something that would happen invariably, no matter if you’re a werewolf, vampire, or human.

    Great question, but honestly, I’m hoping my husband will be human.

  91. Nube

    That’s a tough one……

    The Pro’s of Warewolf (for me) I get a heater every winter (two thumps up on that) but then in the summer it would get too hot, you have some one that loves you for ever no matter what and is what exactly you need at the time you need it, which would be a great plus if some one could understand you that well………

    Con’s of a warewolf (for me again) NO TRAVELING, it seems to me that the warewolves stay put to their territory and I like traveling and seeing new places….. so that is a big down for that……and being human and in love with a warewolf that does not age well then I will die and he will still be alive or vise versa if I became the warewolf and my love was human we would die and I will be left alone…….

    So I go will be a vampire the only con I find is that I have to drink blood but since I will be a vampire I dont think that would bother me then……

  92. christy.

    Vampire, hands down.
    And i love your usage of ‘rawr’, Kaleb. ;]

  93. Kate

    Definitely vampire. Preferably Edward.

  94. marcela

    idk either way they would love you ummmmm……i choose vimpire….i think

  95. Carrie

    Very funny post…I’m biased, but I would prefer the vampire. With imprinting, the werewolf doesn’t have a choice. Edward and Bella both got to choose each other.

  96. KT

    Hmmmmm… Tough decision here. I think like a lot of people said that either one would great but an Edward would be preferable to an imprinted werewolf. Once again, Kaleb great post.

  97. Belle

    I don’t think that’s really a question! I mean, really, it’s a win-win situation I guess. But I would much rather have Edward’s eternal love for me, rather than Jacob who had no choice? Y’know what I mean?

  98. Rachel

    Vampires, I think. But then again, I’m slightly biased.

    you know the freaky thing? I’ve always preferred the cold. I don’t know why. Hot air always made me feel like I was suffocating, especially when it’s humid. I more sensitive to heat than most (meaning, for some reason, heat hurts me quicker than it hurts others). Fall is my favorite season for the crisp clean breezes that it brings that slightly nip my face, a refreshing contrast to the previous heat and humidity.

    Also, with vampires, it’s forever. If i had a true love like that, whether from vampire mating or werewolf imprinting, I would want forever. As Bella says “One lifetime isn’t enough”.

    I also think I’m more suited to be a vampire. Even now, as a human, changes don’t sit well with me. I realized it a long time ago, and I’ve come to accept it and always strive to do something about it, but I still have that natural tendency to shy away from change, unless it’s a change i’m seeking (like going to college and moving out of my parents supervision (: )

    And vampires are most likely to come from old times, where gentlemen and chivalry still existed. Not only that, most vamps are intelligent, and that’s one of MY requirements in men.

    So, I’m definitely a vamp girl all the way

  99. Bekah

    Definantly a vampire!

  100. ll715kl

    EDWARD!!

  101. Katiebyrd93

    I WOULD NOT want an Edward vampire. Emmett vampire, Jasper vampire, hell, even James vampire, but no Edward. Edward is too overbearing, and I think Jacob’s awesome anyway….

  102. JanetH

    I also loved the Wuthering Heights quote in this chapter and could hear Edward’s voice while reading it.
    As for the question of the day?
    Edward, all the way. As someone earlier says, he waited so long for Bella. . . If only I had someone that devoted to me? Ahhhh.

  103. Nicole

    I would honestly prefer to be loved by a vampire like Edward or Edward himself if the world was perfect and he truely existed.

    When imprinting was first introduced in the series I looked it up on Wikipedia and found that it is exactly something some animal species do to find a mate and its just very odd for something like that to happen to humans. I wouldn’t want my choice taken a way like that even though that person would be my perfect mate. I’d prefer if it was completely random and then turned into perfect love.

  104. Laura

    I’m not sure. For one, I would love it if a vampire( mainly Edward or Carlisle) to fall in love with me because they choose to love me for who I am. On the other hand, I know that a werewolf could not stand to stay away from me ifhe had imprinted on me and would always stay with me unlike Edward. But I’d have to say that personally I would prefer a vampire to love me. Much more sexier.

  105. Keeley

    I like the werewolves better, but given the way you stated the question, I gotta go with vampire. Seriously. Don’t believe the hype. Imprinting sucks.

  106. Kayla

    hahahahaha
    “Even Older Quil”
    it’s really pathetic how hard I’m laughing right now.

    For some strange reason it reminds me of what my little brother said once… He said I had bad grades and I looked at him funny and said I get straight A’s, and he’s like yeah. “A for ardly trying.”

  107. Nupur

    I never understood those lines from Wuthering Heights until I read this post. Thank you very much!!

    Great post, yet again. Your blogging is indeed as precious[ssss] as the Ruling Ring.

  108. Miranda

    I couldn’t think of better “”s in the world that would discribe why edward feels the way he does, what Heathclif says in wuthering heights is perfect. Edward would never want to hurt bella, and he would do anything in his power to prevent that, even if that means befriending the wolfs. If anyone hasn’t actualy read wuthering heights its an amazing book and i full heartedly recomend it.

    As for your question, I think that personaly i would rather have edward, I think that there is something to say about vampire love, and its unique for sure. I think that the idea of being imprented on is also in its own way (for lack of a better word) nice or sweet.

  109. Sydney

    I would rather have an Edward, because he is- sweet, kind, and caring- the perfect guy, and doesn’t have to immprint on you to love you. He needs you so much that he would die for you, because you are carved in his soul, as he is yours. His love would be the only thing keeping me sane!

    I LOVE YOU EDWARD!!!

  110. Britt.

    Hmm…I’d have to say vampire. Mostly because when Edward and Bella fell in love, it was a gradual, getting-to-know-you process, whereas with imprinting, it’s like “Oh hey–*blink* WHOA, I’m in love with you!” And it just seems kind of sudden and rushed.

    But then again, I might be just a teensy bit biased toward Edward… :D

  111. Rosalie

    Like you said there are many simularities with the two loves. So I personally think it wouldn’t really matter which love it was because they both are still true love.
    Imprinting still creeps me out though. It is a pretty intense bond as you will see.(hint hint) And it is sooooo weird but I don’t want to spoil you.
    Ps You said rawr!! that was awesome!

  112. Christine

    as beautiful as i find the imprinting process, i still consider it involuntary and, well, imprinted. i feel edward had more choice in the matter, that he wasn’t so [happily] resigned to his love for bella.

  113. ale!

    It deppends on wich vampire is it… because.. objectivley.. i find edward quite anoying.. (Jacob is only anoying when he puts his mind on it…{like 70% in eclipse..} but stil.. he is anoying w/style..-like dumbledore*in the OotP movie ^.^ hehe-
    But there is also.. wel… i don’t know if i like the hole immprinting -or wathever is called- it’s quite SCARRY 4 me.. maybe because the hole… noy having a choice.. and well.. what if.. your..immprintee *yes thats what i’ll call them hahha* doesn’t feel it..like… Imprinting on a VAMPIRE.. maybe you as a werewolf.. would even think she smells great*thehehe* but… what about her…!?!?! or.. just she is(NORMAl &)scared about your FURRY problem.. that would probably be the SADDEST thing ever!! Nope.. not shure about it..i love FREE WILL! yeeei

  114. Wendilynn

    I enjoyed the camaraderie that the Pack welcomed Bella in. Calling her vampire girl can mean several things, but its still a nickname from friends.

    As for the book passage, absolutely that is Edward’s attitude. Edward is not a perfect person. I know the media is all hyped up on how “perfect” Edward seems, but he’s really a very flawed character. But what makes him seem perfect to me is his dedication to Bella in everything. Its unwavering and true.

    I find it interesting that Wuthering Heights is the book theme that runs through this third story. I couldn’t stand it myself, the characters I just wanted to hit over the head and leave for dead, but I have to admit, she uses these passages to great affect within this story.

  115. tina

    Tough question…but, I’d say Edward! I don’t think his attachment to Bella is any less supernatural than imprinting -remember the first time they touched, the electric shock that they both felt?? But, the kind of love and attachment they have is certainly appealing.

    Now – the Wuthering Heights quote – it is so perfect, not only because Edward allows her to see Jacob to make her happy, but because his thinking is flawed in the matter, as was Heathcliff’s in WH. Underlying violent thoughts, hate, etc….makes Edward more appealing as a character – he is not perfect!!

  116. Reese

    “just crumbled reeses into vanilla ice cream even though it’s 30 degrees outside “I just caught the “reese,” so I thought it you crumbled me for a sec there! Thats totally my name.
    Anywho, I would definitely prefer a vampire, but that’s not what I’m commenting for.
    I completely agree with you about Charlie needing to lay off on the steaks, and I understand what you’re saying when you say you can hear Edward saying Heathcliff’s little speech about.. oh whatever his name is. It fits oh so well with the concept of Twilight, especially the drinking blood thing.
    I’m so glad someone else besides me can actually picture and hear Edward Cullen saying that! :)

  117. TwilightGirl

    a vampire. it almost seems as if imprinting is forced. look at sam and leah. isnt imprinting also to have the best genes to carry on the werewolf genes. so what if imprinting all a set up to get you to make great babies. i would rather have someone choose to be with me and have some magical force choose for him. and edwards love is just as pure and amazing. guys could learn a few things from him!!

  118. Ashley

    i want to be loved like Edward loves Bella. so Hale Yes! i choose VAMPIRE LOVE! isn’t everyone a bit biased with edward cullen in our heads constantly ?
    Kaleb, that email freaked me out! i hope that creepy little guy from lord of the rings isn’t hiding in your PO Box! preciousss…eekk…that’s creepy!

  119. Shelby

    You know, this question is hard because I can see many advantages and disadvantages…

    One good thing about the werewolves is that you have extreme loyalty. Look at Sam and Emily…Sam could have ignored the imprinting (if that were possible) and still been with his first love, but the bond is so strong that its impossible to ignore. I guess you could say that if a werewolf imprinted on you, you wouldn’t have to worry about and cheating. Sure, imprinting isn’t a choice, but don’t you think that if it means that that person is your soulmate that maybe you’d find them either way. Love works in mysterious ways and shows up unexpectedly. If you’re meant to be with someone, you’d realize it on your own. So really, it could go either way. Another great thing about the wolves is the fact that they are so warm and cuddly. Of course, you might have to keep the ceiling fan on all night if you fall asleep in the arms of a wolf, but personally, I’d rather be in hot arms than cold arms, which brings me to Edward (the bloodsucker.).

    I love Edward, but there’s one thing he lacks…WARMTH! I like that guys can keep me warm when a room is cold or when I’m out in winter weather. A vampire wouldn’t be able to do that. Of course, there is a great thing about Edward that Jacob doesn’t have… Maturity. You can tell he really truly does care about Bella for who she is. That’s sexy…. that’s romantic. That’s what every girl wants.

    But, who wins out in this war? Which of the supernatural men would steal my heart? Sorry my fellow Twilighters…but I choose Jacob Black, or another werewolf.

    The wolves have so many things that I hope for in my future….but the one thing that they definitely have that the vampires don’t is this… Wolves give you no reason to give up something. Where Bella would have to become immortal to stay with Edward, she wouldn’t if she were with Jake. I think I would rather have a long life with the man that I love and grow old with that person and then perish from the earth than live forever. Sure, the being in love would make it better, but there’s something positively romantic about growing old with the man that you love. I may be the only person to ever say this, and I know I may sound crazy, but immortality doesn’t appeal to me. The idea that you would live until the earth ceases to exist seems rather lonely, even if you do have a husband with you.

    I choose the imprinting because it is truly the love of your life and your true soulmate and because you don’t have to change to be with them. You can grow old, have children and watch as generations follow you until one day, you’ll say goodbye to the world. That’s appealing. This comment got serious really fast…all about life and whether to live forever or die…but I am passionate… Growing old is my style….

    Great post, Kaleb! I love all your funny pics and of course, your depth while reading this series! Hope to see more soon!

  120. LaurenXL

    Vampire, for sure!

  121. Ruby (GottaLoveAlice)

    Dang!! that’s a tough choice… I don’t know really… Uhm… The wolves imprinting does that they’ll become whatever the person needs them to be, right?? so if you’re a kiddo like Claire then the wolf’ll become like a playfriend..? I like that- that the “Imprinted” actually has a choice eventhough it doesn’t seem that way- They do, but you just don’t notice it because if they need a friend – then the wolf will be a friend, if they need a caretaker, then the wolf will be a caretaker, and once they are ready to fall in love and whants a boyfriend/girlfriend- then they’ll become that aswell ;) And of course they got that whole warmth working for them;) But the wolves are just… I don’t know… Tempered and childish…

    Which brings me to Edward: He’s so much in love with Bella that he’s been willing to let her go, for her own safety – that’s called muturity (Perhaps he’s sometimes a bit overprotecting, but he’s learning to control it). I don’t think one of the wolfes would be able to do that…

    Plus Edward is perfect in almost every single posible way, one minus about Edward though is that to live with him, would meen Imortality- You would be have to give up your family, your friends and your intire life, you wouldn’t be able to have children and once, every now and then you would have to move from your home, but for true love, I think I could (maybe) be able to give all that up – oh and of course you would have the vampire’s awesome sister Anna (or something with an A), Her (little bit scary, but nice) boyfriend (Who is also the vamp’s brother and who’s name start with a J), the vampire’s other exctremely confident and joking brother (who’s name starts with an E, and has a very bitchy girlfriend, who is also the vamp’s sis), the vampire’s very loving and carring mother (name starts with an E) and the vamp’s incredible understanding and forgiving farther (Name starts with a C) on your side- so the only person who you wouldn’t cling with would be one pissy sister- that is what I call luck in a family with 7 people in it ;)

    Lol- but until the day comes, where I’ll be in love with a vampire like Edward and in love with a Werewolf – I’ll stay Natural- Like switzerland!! :P

    Stay cool and awesome Kaleb Kebab ;) Hugs

  122. hera

    Vampires :D
    their love seems more voluntary,even tho the werewolves will be completely faithful no one should be forced to love u…thts kinda creepy…

  123. Juni

    Definaltly Edward. I would love to have superstregnth as a vampire!

  124. dmarks

    One thing about these legends is that they have little to do with the actual Quileute legends.

  125. Maggie

    Crap!! I had a very long and intlligent-sounding post, but my laptop died :P
    anyway to make a long story short, it said “go vampires, werewolves dont have a choice, but vamps do”
    also just wanted to say I love your sense of humor :)

  126. Liz

    like you kind of said, Kaleb, it seems sort of like the same way, everyone loves everyone because of exactly how they are in the whole imprinting thing but it is the same for edward and bella’s relationship

    I go back to the leah/sam thing. i wouldn’t want to be leah in that situation because she is obviously still heartbroken. that is the worst part of imprinting is that sometimes someone else gets hurt.

    you never fail to make my day whit cho humor. lol

  127. KCullen

    Quick simple and to the point…Vampire all the way.

  128. Rachel/Alice Cullen (ya,i know, i'm awesome)

    I think I would rather be loved by a vampire like Edward, because when a wereworlf imprints, they don’t have a choise, but Edward had a choise if he wanted to stay with Bella. But Quil and Jared, on the other hand, can not reist being around Claire and Kim. It’s alomst inpossible for them. Mind you, it’s the same for Edward.

    Anyways, my point is that I would rather be loved by a Vampire like Edward.

  129. Cara

    I’m glad you’ve seen the light, Kaleb :) Or rather, the reason that Edward lets Bella see Jacob.

    I prefer Edward 110%!!!

  130. Sarah W.

    Is there a difference between these two types of loves? Vampire love and imprinting? I don’t think so. While I’m sure all the posts above have valid reasons for one type over the other, vampire love and imprinting all share the same common thing: passionate, dedicated, love. Whichever one loves you, you know that are you that persons center of the world. So really, what’s there to prove? As for which love I’d choose, I’d be content with whichever came to me first. I know I’d be special with whoever I went with.

  131. liz

    I would much rather be loved by a vampire like Edward because they actually have a choice of who they love and want to be with for the rest of their lives. And werewolves really don’t have that with the whole imprinting thing.

  132. Alice=Alice

    I would choose Edward because, although a werewolf would love me despite my flaws, edward would love me enough to hurt himself to make me feel better. if the werewolf were jacob, or any other werewolf for that matter, i dont think he would be able to stay away, and if i didnt want him to love me, but he did anyways and kept coming back and hurting me because he was forced to, it would just make me hate him. edward would love you enough to put you first and endure his own pain. he would make the sacrifice because he loved you.

  133. Danielle

    Hmmm… Though I am not completely on Team Jacob,(Team Switzerland! Woo!) I would have to say imprinting, because with imprinting first of all, there are no secrets, and secondly, you know that that person will love you forever. Alot of people say about how the imprinter(?) doesn’t have a choice, but when they imprint, they fall in love with that person, and they wouldn’t ever want to be with another person. It’s their soul mate, so it’s better than a crush or someone you like, but might get over. Also, I’d like to point out that this isn’t about Team Edward and Team Jacob. It’s just about the love, people! :)

  134. Rie Pie

    That is really hard to decide.

    I think I would go with the LOVE from the Edward character. Even though he might leave you at some point, he is still choosing to be with you. Choice is a powerful thing.

  135. Ember P

    Yay! Someone else who found the legends interesting! So many of my friends hate that part. :(

    I would definately pick vampire who lives you like Edward, for your question, purely for personality reasons. I prefer the general vampire style, how they are classical and well-versed, to the werewolves who love to rough house and have fun. (Not that both aren’t totally awesome, but I just love the way the vampires talk and act.)

  136. Vanessa

    its amazing to see everyone saying vampire…….but seeing how “hawt” (i had to go all 2000 there) robert pattinson and the image of edward in twilight. how could anyone say no?

    i think vampires is more of this whole…romantic…lose yourself in love…”im so swept away”….type of a feeling

    and the whole imprinting thing is more….of a different kind of love. i dont think its being FORCED…..because its just like two puzzle pieces you know? who wouldnt want that?

    i dont think its…as romantic as the whole vampire “love”….just takes the choice out of it….which isnt always bad….its just the opposite way of the vampire…

    vampire=swept away love
    werewolf= it builds its way up

    ….so i think i have to swim against the tide…and say…JACOB :)

    -love from seattle
    vanessa

  137. Carly

    I think the way Edward feels about Bella is equally as strong as a werefolf’s imprinting, so i would have to say either would be great. I have a general preference for vampires but to be loved so deeply and purely by anyone is certainly something quite rare in the real world, and something almost every girl wishes for.

  138. Chizu

    Vampire like Edward. But I don’t have anything against werewolves like Jacob, for I am team Switzerland!

  139. Chizu

    Oh, and I absolutely agree with Carly.

  140. Samantha

    To be honest, either would suffice. They seem to be fairly equal from where I’m standing. Although, I am fond of the dangerous beauty to vampires. Even so, I am madly in love with Jacob Black, not Taylor Lautner who does a nice job impersonating Jake; but the Jacob Black from the actual novels.

  141. Zandra

    I feel like I should stick up for the werewolves here…I think the really big appeal with impringing for me is that…you were MADE to be someone’s other half. That you’re indisputably the center of someone’s universe. To me, that’s incredibly romantic. To mean so much to someone, just by being yourself. Just because you were made the way you are, without changing anything, or trying to impress anyone. I’m not belittling anything the vampires or Edward and Bella have, but I’d prefer imprinting, honestly.

  142. Jaclyn.

    Totally 100% would I rather be loved by a vampire. It’s a choice – sort of – and it’s just as strong as imprinting.
    However, it still allows you to be able to bicker and debate rather than just get everything you want as one would if they were imprinted upon.
    For, if I may, you commented on the fact that in Twilight, Edward and Bella seemed to go back and forth a lot. With werewolves and imprinting, you just get whatever you want. Even if it’s not practical.
    And, besides, when you argue with someone, you can see more sides to things, you get to know a person better, and you can understand a better sense of just general knowledge.
    Really, for me, it’s mostly the fact that I wouldn’t get whatever I wanted, and that even though someone cared for me jsut the way I was, that person could still tell me I was being stupid, or no, or that they could argue with me on the most idiotic subject known to man, and then we could kiss and make-up within the same minute, cuz if you can do that with someone, I’m almost positive you can make a relationship work. No matter how complicated it is.
    And, just to put it out there, I have nothing against imprinting. I just don’t want to be an imprintee.
    ps.
    Don’t think I’m insane because I don’t want to get what I want, and that I want some one to be able to argue with me. Please.

  143. Jaclyn.

    OH NO!
    I FORGOT TO SAY IT!!!
    *SCREAMS*
    ilu!
    There.
    All better.

  144. Jaclyn.

    psps.
    To everyone who says that vampire love is a choice, it really isn’t. Not really. The reason why I put ‘It’s a choice – sort of…’ is because it was sort of involuntary. But the actual choice for Edward was if he was strong enough to love her, or if he would end up killing her. So, yeah. Consider that before you say that it’s a choice for vampires and not for the wolves.

  145. Claire

    thats a toughie:D
    i dont believe imprinting is something forced upon you….before Jared changed, to him Kim was just some girl, nothing special. To me, i believe that if a werewolf knows the girl beforehand, its like a dark haze they have towards her, but when they finally change, the haze is lifted, and they finally realize who they were made for.
    Vampires, though, have a choice but i think after they’ve found someone, its extremely hard to leave. (Even though Eddy left, it was 6 months of torture for him as well.) Imprinting and Vampire love, i think are both extremly similar. Bella was plain, she had her faults, but to Edward, she was a million times prettier than someone like Rosalie.
    So basically, both types of love, in my eyes, are about equal. So, i remain undecided. L:

  146. Shatha

    That e-mail is hilarious! I can just imagine someone patting
    their cat whilst saying “my precious”, haha.
    Never, ever run out of food? I think it’s the opposite!
    It’ll be gone before you know it, the grocery store would
    become a second home.
    Good point, I didn’t think they would be so accepting to Bella
    at first because of the path she had chosen, but maybe they
    are trying to convince her the benefits of living with
    werewolves.
    From this post I’ve finally understood the connection between
    Edward/Bella love and imprinting. I’ve always thought that
    it was weird to compare their love to something that is so uncontrollable
    and not very beautiful.
    I would rather be loved by a vampire who would love me like Edward loves Bella.
    Edward and Bella take their time to fall in love, even though they are destined to be together, they have the choice to be with one another.
    Imprinting – whether it’s from a young age or not – seems like a duty, something unavoidable that isn’t romantic. Sam may have stayed with Leah if he hadn’t imprinted on
    Emily, however there isn’t anything he can do about it because of the forced relationship. If Edward didn’t have the choice, they would have fallen in love straight away, love-at-first-sight or something.

  147. Shatha

    Wow I don’t know how I made the comment look all weird :|

  148. Nazneen

    A vampire like Edward. Like Edward, he might not have loved Bella right away. But when he does, it’s like, you can never erase that love from him. He can’t stay away from Bella long enough. And he too, would let her be happy, even if the source of her happiness is the person who loathes him so much and wishes he’d die. That is big. I would want to be loved that way. And sure, when he treats me that way, I’d love him more! :D

    Imprinting is one way of loving someone too. But I was wondering if a wolf imprinted on me, would I feel the same way he loved me too? Do I have to leave my current lover(if I do have one at that moment) for him? Or could I still have feelings towards someone besides him? Would he let me be happy with someone else?

    If yes I feel the same way, I would love him too. There would be no further question. I would die happy with him.

    If no I don’t feel the same way, I wouldn’t choose to be imprinted upon as my way of loving someone. It’s nice to know that someone loves you more than anything, but it wouldn’t be the same as loving someone who you love, and loves you back.

    But even if a werewolf did imprint on me, and I don’t feel the same way. I’m sure he would let me go because he just wants me to be happy.

    :)

  149. Kayp

    Although after reading the books I became both an extrememly popular fan of both vampire and werewolf, I’d have to go with vampire on this one. I think everything is better when you are able to make the choice because its more of YOU making your own destiny. Imprinting is cool in its own way but choosing your love always has the upperhand. =/

  150. BlackCottonMafia

    I think Edward truly loves Bella, but he treats her like a child. His love is all consuming and most of the time I feel like she has no room to breathe. He tells her, rather than asks her to do things.

    With Jacob, Bella is free to do what she wants and to be who she is without restrictions. She seems happier with Jacob and much more free. I think Jacobs love for Bella is more pure.

    I would choose the werewolf over the vampire.

  151. ME

    Vampires!!!

  152. Annah

    I’m always cold, so I’m gonna have to go with a werewolf imprinting :) .

  153. Amanda

    Imprinting to me seems like something likened to an arranged marriage. Not being able to choose who you marry is not an ideal situation. It doesn’t mean you can never love the person, its just that choice is part of what puts the romance in love. There is something just a little more appealing to the way Edward loves Bella. He chooses to love her, he decided to love her and only her after 100 years of searching for that one person.
    I think that I would take either one if I could get it of course, but there is just something a little more romantic about choice than the whole destined to be together idea. It just seems more true.

  154. deepa

    A VAMPIRE!!!!!!!! DUH! imprinting means that he doesnt have a choice, but having a vampire love you (like edward loves bella) is a pure form of love, and bella KNOWS that its because of her and not some weird imprint crap, i may feel this way because i hate the werewolves and jacob, i hate him A LOT, but honestly being loved by choice is SOOO much better than being loved because of an imprint

  155. Katie

    ok, i’m trying to put my predjudices aside here, and though i totally love edward a billion times more than jacob, i’m not sure what i would like more. i like that with real vampire love, he has to actually notice the things about you and love them as his own choice, but getting imprinted on seems like a happier way to be together. it would be great if it was that easy. also, edward was able to leave bella, no matter how much he still loved her. werewolves cant stay away from their imprintees(?) for long, so that would eliminate any new moon possibilities. i’m still undecided though…

  156. Alicia

    Even though I’m totally on Team Jacob, I’d rather be loved by a vampire like Edward than imprinted. That doesn’t give me the feeling of free will which is the reason romantic love is so wonderful–they don’t HAVE to love you, but they do. Mature, deep love is a choice, not a feeling. Imprinting takes away the feeling of choice.

    But GOOO Jacob anyway! He’s happy in the end :)

  157. Jessi

    erm. . . I think that They are both like the same thing either way my guy would give his life to protect me and I would have the total attention of the love of my life so I want me a lover I’m not picky on species

  158. KC

    Are you serious with this question? A vampire of course. I told my niece that is decidely Team Jacob that: Dogs are for pets not partners!

  159. Esme

    Well. When I wonder who would I want more, an imprinter or Edward. It always seems to come to a tie. Only recently has my over view’s of the two changed. Imprinting in itself seems wonderful, but you fall in love with a person right away, and then your stuck in loving them for the rest of your life. Not to mention it’s pure love. But love, one that doesn’t just snap into place, but more glide into where it belongs, can be pure love also. In life we are suppose to go through trials to learn from them. Love is the same way. I would feel like whomever imprinted on me was forced , rather then want to be in love with me. Edward did love Bella at once for her scent. But then he began to love her in a diiferent way, a way in which her scent didn’t matter. I believe that that is the purest form of love, slowly realizing it’s there rather then, CRASH! It’s there. I don’t want love jumping out on me like that. That would just be a bad dream I would wish to get out of.
    But, that’s just my opinion. I also wish to say that I am a new fan of your’s Kaleb, and you are awesome.
    One last thing, I would be depressed for the rest of the day if I forgot to say this.

    YOUR AWESOME KALEB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  160. Johanna

    Defiantly vampire, but a werewolf could grow old with me. And I would feel bad putting a vampire through having to resist my blood.

    So I don’t know.

  161. katie

    I would say that I’d rather be imprinted. Not that I wouldn’t want to fall in love with a vampire, but with a werewolf I would grow old and so can he. With a vampire I would grow old but he wouldn’t (unless of course I was changed). But then ,still, I really don’t have much of a desire to live forever. Plus with a werewolf they would never leave you, while a vampire still has the free will of leaving you (i.e New Moon).

  162. Nurazlin

    I’m very biased.
    So, very biased.

    I would love to be loved the way Edward loves Bella but imprinting would also be nice (especially if the imprinter was a certain wolf named Seth Clearwater :P ).

    #161: Yes Edward left, but he didn’t want to, and he was only doing it to protect her from all the dangers of being in close proximity to a family of vampires. And a vampire wouldn’t fall out of love with you. Like Edward said, a vampire is like stone in almost every way. Once an emotion as strong as love has been experienced, it’s like it’s perpetually carved into their mind. It’s a permanent change.

    Kay, back on topic. Jeez, I really don’t know. I wouldn’t mind either. I like cold weather and love Edward, so I’ll go with vampire love. :P
    It DOES seem more voluntary to me so, yeah. :D <3

    Great post Kaleb! I love Even Older Quil!

  163. Tianna

    I don’t know who I would have love me more. Sure, a werewolf could imprint on me, but that’s because he loves me on site. A vampire, on the other hand, loves me either for my blood or just me, or both, like in Edward’s case.

    Seeing Jared with Kim, though, sheds a new light on it. She loved him before he even noticed her, which just seems a bit weird.
    And if it’s an imprint, it could always hurt when the fight it, or when the imprintee doesnt return their affections.

    A vampire, on the other hand, literally lasts forever, unless someone like the werewolves jump in and ruin it or something…

    ‘Even Older Quil’? Wow. He must be /really/ old… XD

  164. Jasmine

    Why is it so much easier for Bella to love Edward than for Edward to love Bella? Though that may not have been what you meant, you made it sound like the perplexing thing about loving Bella is that she isn’t as ‘pretty’ or perfect as Edward is.

    That sounds like Bella’s being interpreted in a more superficial way… and that looks are taken into account a lot more than they should.

    Edward being beautiful hardly does anything to hide his many faults.

    Sorry, though! To answer your question, I wouldn’t like an imprint. Even though it’s a secure way to know for sure that THIS is the person you’re supposed to be with, isn’t that too much on the ‘force of nature?’ People cannot be forced to love someone – even if they’re the person’s true soulmate.

    It doesn’t seem right. You never found your true love, you only had the chance to lay eyes on them.

    And if you never imprint on anyone… well, isn’t that the way things should have been in the first place?

  165. Chrissie

    That’s extremly hard! Um… I would have to say I’d rather have a wolf imprint on me, but then have edward love me as well. It’s too hard! It’s hard cause I’m in love with Edward, but once you read breaking dawn (not giving anything away) you just don’t know. I mean, in Twilight Edward is soooo sweet and loving towards bella, but then so is Jacob in New moon.

    I don’t know. I think I’ll stay neutral on this one, edging towards Edward. No offence to anyone in Team Jacob.

  166. Katie Beth

    I don’t knoooowwww! That’s a hard question!

  167. Nichole

    The first thing about this post thats great, “rawr”.
    But about a werewolf or a vampire..
    I dont really know, but i think a vampire, because with a werewolf my life would be limited still, but with a vampire, i would have forever to be that happy. Completely happy. And then there is all the bonuses to it, you can have your own mind, unless your around Edward. But I do still love them both (;

  168. Albiku

    I would prefer the werewolf. Interesting thoughts, by the way. I love your posts.

  169. kate

    I would sooooo chose Edward because he would love me for me not because of imrinting or a compition for who is better for you. Edwards bond with bella is natural(well as natural as it it can get) he loves her for who she is clumsyness and every thing she has atrackts him to her (not just her blood)but their love is stonger than anything even jakes love for bella is weaker than what bella shares with
    Edward.Of course maybe if jake was less than a jerk than i would consider trying to be friends with him but he keeps trying to break up bella and Edward.It might just be me but I think that is just sick and wrong to ruin something like what bella amd Eward share wiht each other.

  170. Noor

    Wuthering Heights is one of my favourite novels. If you’ve ever read it you would understand that passage so much more. The full passage isn’t in the book. I strongly suggest reading Wuthering Heights!

    MY ANSWER : Loved by Edward, seriously, werewolf imprinting freaks me out.

  171. Megan

    Vampire. The imprinting love is real, but its not chosen. I would rather have some kind of control over it.

  172. Jessica

    Edward. Any day of the week. Hands down.

  173. Kelsie

    Vampire like Edward, DUH!!!!
    I have 2 jokes for you…
    1. How do you stop Jacob Black from attacking you? Throw a stick and yell “Fetch!”
    2. How do you irritate Edward Cullen? Get him a dog and call it Jacob!!!

  174. Kelsie

    Then again…
    Imprinting has it’s benefits, It’s just so romantic that you were MEANT for someone. so…
    I DON’T KNOW!!!

  175. Tori Schmitz

    No question there- Edward. it is more normal in a way where theres the choice Bella can love him he can love Bella but where as JAke its ur with him and he’s with you forget everyone else matters. It more romantic the first way rather than the latter. :)

  176. Gothhic Goddess

    I say the Vamp way. Yes, imprinting is great in the adoration, and you will be their forever love, no questions asked. But in the Vamp way, it involves having a choice in loving the other person. You aren’t Made to love this person. You Want to love this person.

  177. Stephanie

    I just want to say that I really love reading your thoughts on the books. It’s so interesting to see what a guy is thinking while reading them. The only reason I’m commenting is b/c of the song chosen for this chapter. The Killers is one of my favorite bands and Human is my favorite song by them! I was just excited that someone thought of that song for this chapter… lol

    I’d also like to say thank you for being a nice guy and not a total jerk about women. Some one will be very lucky to be with you someday. You truly seem to be understanding and geniune in your thoughts on how relationships should be. We all want to be loved for who we are and not just what we look like. And I’d rather be loved be a vamp like Edward than be imprinted on.

  178. aletheia

    I have a soft spot for anything hairy. I'm always freezing, and the “marble lips” always give me the creeps. I think it's way cool if a guy morphs into a giant wolf. I'll let you all have edward, and run away happily with my imprinted werewolf.

  179. Sandra

    I would rather have a vampire (like edward:) to love me rather than a werewol has imprinted on me . i look at what happened to sam and emily and leah and its a pretty sad situation for them. If i ever was to be the one (like emily) i would feel really bad for the person who was to be like leah. I know that the love would be strong and true also but I would have to wait until he imprints on me . Unlike a vampire who had always loved me and didn't need to be imprinted on me to love me forever. I also do find the imprinting love werewolves have beautiful but as jessica says.. they have no control over it.. and a vampire like edwatd does and it feels better to be loved that way

  180. Kassl Cullen

    I think obviously a vampire, because he has the choice of looving ME werewolves doesn´t have an option

  181. Kassl Cullen

    I think obviously a vampire, because he has the choice of looving ME werewolves doesn´t have an option

  182. Maandacs

    Imprinting works bothways so does the lovestory of Edward and Bella. Its destiny so noone has a choice whom to choose, it will just happen.

  183. LeeseeQ

    Edward of course! :) It's a good thing that I dated regular boys and met my husband AFTER reading the twilight saga, if I had read it first I could have never been satisfied with only being loved as a mere mortal can love. Edward Cullen- raising the bar for boyfriends everywhere.

  184. Die Hard Twi-Hard

    I would rather be loved by a vampire like Edward he truly loves her. Jacob may think he loves her but he might just want to take Bella away from Edward just because how much they hate each other.

  185. Kalmay

    I would choose Edward, most definitely! He has a maturity beyond Jacob. Funny, I liked Jacob a lot before he became a werewolf. He seemed much more mature and insightful then. Now he lets his beastly manner (and bitterness) take over. Edward fights against his vampire nature while Jacob gives in to his wolfy nature. I think it takes a special strength to overcome one’s basic nature, which Edward does.

    Jacob may be hotter looking but I really like Edward’s personality (and maturity) much better.

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