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Eclipse: The Epilogue

March 23rd, 2009 at 12:07 am by Kaleb Nation

The song for Eclipse is

PRESSURE by PARAMORE

And here we are: the final chapter of Eclipse. It seems like so long ago when I started this book, probably because so much happened between its covers; or more likely because of how slow a reader I am! But either way, this chapter in the lives of Bella and Edward has finally come to a close. I found it immensely appropriate that Jacob should get the last word in this book.

As for the song, I will say that the top three songs were all within a mere TWENTY votes of each other: closer than any other voting we’ve done here before! The next three songs would have been:

2. Thinking Of You by Katy Perry

3. Fall For You by Secondhand Serenade

4. Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional

all of which would have fit wonderfully for the book. Admittably, since they were in the movie, Paramore had an obvious advantage that I think help to push their song to the top!

The drill here is the same as with Twilight and New Moon: my final thoughts remain short, so as to not draw away from the book itself. It is the same review that will appear in my library:

I am not the usual reader of the Twilight Saga: not only because I am a guy, but because I take my time reading each book, instead of devouring the entire novel in one sitting. Even in a fast-paced novel like Eclipse, the third in the series, I found myself taking months to read the story, as I tried to understand the motives behind each character: Edward Cullen, who let his girlfriend go out with another guy (no less than his archenemy); Jacob Black, who manipulated Edward’s girlfriend and yet says he loves her; and Bella Swan, who says she loves Edward and yet can’t bring herself to stay with only him. How is it that these three have entered into such a fragile triangle that binds them together, and yet causes each of them so much pain?

The real question raised by Eclipse has to do with love: what is real love, and how does anyone know if they’ve found it? Bella Swan finds herself trapped between loving two people: Jacob, a werewolf, and Edward, a vampire. She says she loves Edward, but can’t stop seeing Jacob. She tells Jacob she loves him, but she can’t leave Edward. What is the right choice when you love two people just as much, but in different ways? How can you force your heart to decide to give one up and keep the other, when you simply can’t bring yourself to make that choice?

Perhaps there really is no easy answer. As Bella said herself in the final chapter:

“…it just got to the point where I had to choose… Sometimes, there isn’t any way to compromise.”

Sometimes there is no best way — no happy ending that works out for everyone. Sometimes, the only thing is to choose one, even when choosing is the hardest part. And though Bella makes mistakes, these make her human. The hardest struggle for Bella was to grow up, and realize that she was to blame, and it was her turn to be strong and make the choice:

“It had not been Edward and Jacob that I’d been trying to force together, it was the two parts of myself, Edward’s Bella and Jacob’s Bella. But they could not exist together, and I never should have tried.”

In the end, she would have to be strong, and love only one. When Bella made the choice, it felt as if she had finally grown up. And though his heart was broken, I feel that this is not the last we will see of Jacob Black.

In a few days, I will continue on to the final book in the  series, Breaking Dawn, with just as many photo-manips and craziness as usual. Be sure to check back very soon for the new design for the next book. I hope everyone will continue to follow me as I slowly come to the conclusion of my journey through the Twilight Saga!


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  1. Claudia

    Wow, congratulations for finishing Eclipse, Kaleb. I can’t wait for you to read Breaking Dawn. What will you do when you finish that one?
    Great song choice for eclipse, I was listening to it today.
    I completely agree with your thoughts on the last chapter of Eclipse. Maybe I’m just getting soppy but I thought your comments were very nicely expressed. I could read them over and over again :)

  2. Claudia

    Cool, I’m the first person to post. That never happens.

  3. Vanesa

    YAY!!! you finally finish it!! what a great way to summing up Eclipse!! i can’t wait for you to read Breaking Dawn, with all the mix reactions to it, i want to see what you have to say for it!!

  4. Rachael

    Congrats on finishing Eclipse Kaleb!!!! Eclipse is my favourite in the series.

    I am interested to see what you think of BD, particularly given your final comments.

    I think at your pace you are going to highlight a lot of the idiosyncracies that the rest of us breaze over in our quest to devour. Looking forward to it!

  5. Kari

    YAY!!! You finally finished Eclipse! You summed it up so great, I couldn’t of said it any better!! I can’t wait for you to read Breaking Dawn, it’s such a good book. It’s my second favorite in the series (my first is Twilight of course!). I can’t wait to see what you have to say about it!!

  6. Kari

    BTW i love your song for Eclipse I was listening to it earlier today. I love all of Paramore’s songs and have them all. It’s the perfect song for Eclipse!!!

  7. Steph

    Dammit! There I was wasting time on HGE when I could have been reading this! Dammit, dammit, dammit.

    Paramore again? Predictable much? How many times have Paramore songs been picked as song for the chapter? Come on, Kaleb. Don’t you have any power over this? Make your vote count for 20. :D

    You know, you talk about how Bella’s torn between a werewolf and a vampire and it makes me think. If someone did a psychoanalysis on Bella, I think they’d find she’s actually somewhat unstable. These things don’t just happen. Normal people don’t just fall in love with a couple of different mythical creatures who are in fact enemies. I think she thrives on danger. Subconsciously, she knows when something is dangerous, we all do. But, exactly as Edward says, she has no sense of self preservation. Not only that, but she seeks out danger. That’s why Mike was never good enough for her. He was too normal.

    Nice review. I have a question. If you could answer (assuming you read this) I’d really appreciate it.

    Just how much of Breaking Dawn do you know about? I mean, I know no one’s come up and told you the plot (hopefully, anyway), but there’s a certain extent of spoilage you can’t escape. Fansites? Interviews with Stephenie Meyer? Random comments you happen to come across while perusing through some internet pages? I’d like to know.

  8. AussieT

    Congrats on finishing Book #3! Great posts and a great Epilogue which sums up the book very well.

    Looking forward to your thoughts on Breaking Dawn – it’s evoked some different reactions from the people I know who’ve read the series!!

  9. Heather

    The more I think about it, the more I want to shoulder most of the blame on Bella for ruining everyone in this book. She broke Edward, and she broke Jacob. For a usually selfless person, she was very selfish.

    On another note…YAY BREAKING DAWN!! This book made me like Jacob for the first time. Also, I want to point something out to you. BD got A LOT of backlash after it was first released, as I’m sure you remember, and this backlash I think really hurt Stephenie and therefore she has crawled into a hidey-hole for a long while. After I had finished BD at 8 the next morning after devouring it all night, I had a lot of mixed feelings about it, mainly because it was a shock (no spoilers, I promise). But the more I thought about it and the more I re-read it, the more I loved it, and it’s now battling Twilight for the number one spot in my favorite SM books. The reason why there was backlash was because people who got it at midnight were so freaking pumped and had spent months theorizing about it and expecting something much simpler than what was written and it was the shock of the whole thing that made people react in awful ways (such as: “I want to burn the book!” Seriously, people, way melodramatic and just plain hurtful. Nazis did that, remember?)

    Anyway, sorry for the rant (it’s late, I’m tired, it probably doesn’t make sense), I just don’t want you to go into the book thinking it’s going to be horrible since so many people hated it when it first came out. Everyone I talked to who read BD way after its release loved it immensely, so my theory is it was just shocking for those who waited in line at midnight to get it. Ugh, rambling again, sorry. I’m gonna end this. See ya!

    (wow I’m lame)

  10. Noob Mommy

    Hey there! New to your blog, but am happy to have stumbled upon the one proud male Twilight reader. I loved Eclipse, and is probably one of my favorites in the series (hard to compete with the original that started it all of course). Anyway, I am very interested to read your reaction to Breaking Dawn. That one was very controversial for me. But it would be great to get a male’s perspective on that one.

  11. Emma

    I’m so happy to hear that you’ve finally finished Eclipse! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Breaking Dawn!

    I have to agree with Rachel about your pace…you say things that I probably didn’t think about b/c I wanted to finish the book and know what happened next.

    Happy readings!

  12. Ms. Paranoia

    Congradulations Kaleb! 3 down, one more to go!

    I’m going to miss your Twilight-related posts when this is all over, I quite enjoyed them. Plus, you can put things into perspective very nicely. Not many people can do that, let alone a guy who likes Twilight so I commend you for it =D

    I look forward to your thoughts about Breaking Dawn.. now that will be quite interesting~

  13. Carol

    Congrats on finishing Eclipse Kaleb!!! Now on to Breaking Dawn! WOO, I LOVE that book! Can’t wait to see (read?) what you think about it. It’s…interesting, to say the least. Can’t wait for the new layout either! I agree with Heather! I had mixed feelings but it’s the book that made me love Jacob after hating him for soo long.

  14. layna

    congrats on finishing it! im excited for you to read BD!

  15. Susan

    Congratulations on finishing the book! I can’t hardly wait to hear your thoughts about Breaking Dawn. BD made me love Jacob. I didn’t care if there were negative things that were said about BD. I just love this book.

  16. Daylet

    I loved your review Kaleb, and I always agree. I will say this though: The love that Bella has for Edward and Jacob are both potent but very different in their own right. I look at it as when someone is married and the spouse passes away and the one left later on decides to re-marry. That spouse makes room in their heart for them. They still love their former spouse, but they love their new mate as well.
    You see where I am going with this?
    Edward left, and Bella decided to move-one (somewhat), she made room in her heart for Jacob. She was so used to Jacob and this new experience with him, that when Edward came back the love that she had reserved just reawaken, but did not dim her affection for Jacob.

    So she can love two people at the same time, but very differently, according to each others needs.

  17. NuttyNetty

    awesome you finished it :D FINALLY haha you should have had a blogtv party for this xD jk jk
    anyway you had a little typo in the 3rd paragraph :P instead of “help” it should say “helped” haha then again it is like 2 AM sooo… anyway My song for Eclipse didn’t even make it to your top! haha I Love the Song “Star Crossed Lovers” by Scary Kids Scaring Kids =D now THAT song is perfect for Edward and Bella PERIOD :)

  18. Nicole Jet

    I have to say, I love the song for Eclipse.

    Seeing as this is the end of Eclipse and you don’t have the usual “question for the comments” for us, I’d like to know where you think the story is going to go in Breaking Dawn.

  19. Jackie

    YAY you finished! lol you voted for the top 3 like twenty times.
    I love your post today. It’s very true and honest to what the book’s message is. I remember reading stuff on Eclipse on Stephenie’s website. She was asking questions and saying what the main message of the book was. It’s pretty cool. I love how its all revolved around Bella deciding what she really wants? It’s great. Although I do think that New Moon has a better message behind it. It’s probably the most meaningful.
    I cant believe you’re nearly finished. Only one book left. Ahhhh I’m so excited. Cant wait for your next post. :p

  20. Kylie

    YAY! I love your thoughts on this book, Kaleb! I totally agreed with you on everything.
    This was my favorite book in the saga but I CANNOT WAIT for your thought on Breaking Dawn! That one is definitely the most…interesting lol ;) I hope you haven’t got spoilered about anything yet!

  21. Colleen

    YAY for finishing Eclipse! It’s my favorite book after New Moon. I’m REALLY curious what you will think about Breaking Dawn. I didn’t like it and was disappointed with it, but I have a feeling you will like it and accept it for what it is. Why? Well, because you’re you.

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  23. Sabrina

    Congrats on finishing what is my fave book of the series. I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on Breaking Dawn. I have some real issues with that book. Didn’t hate it, but it just doesn’t hold a special place in my heart like the first.

  24. Kpucine

    That’s great you finally finished it ^^ But don’t worry, we’ll follow you, even if you’re a slow reader ;)
    The Paramore’s song is great and fits perfectly the book.
    To me, “The Hardest Part” by Coldplay also fits, but I’ve just thought of it at the moment, so… :D

    Anyway, I can’t wait to see what you’re gonna say about Breaking Dawn. As Eclipse was my fav one, it was really interesting reading your thoughts on it. And as I like less BD than the others, it’d be interesting too (:

  25. Jacqueline

    Hey there. First comment of mine. I am late to finding this site and I felt like commenting on old blogs would be a bit weird and of course show how behind I really was in reading them. So I just like to say I love your thoughts. I tend to say I am Team Switzerland simply because I loved Bella’s Switzerland speech, and that I had a hard time disliking Jacob. I liked Edward and Jacob that’s right I said it. However eventually Bella couldn’t be Team Switzerland because there is always a choice in a triangle that needs to be made. So therefore I suppose I as a reader needed to let go of Team Switzerland and decide who I wanted Bella to end up with. Oh blah. Let’s just say I was happy with the ending. Now get to breaking dawn Mister ha. It was my favorite of the series.

  26. Twilax101

    YAY KALEB!

    ALSO- YAY FOR THE SONGS!

    YAY FOR YOU ALMOST STARTING BREAKING DAWN!

    yays for EVERYONE!

  27. Soledad

    wow! finally! coming up next breaking dawn! yay! why i’n i putting an exclamation point ev everywhere!?!

  28. Cara B.

    Yay! I can’t wait to hear what you think of breaking dawn. It really is completly different and I’m REALLY excited for some of the chapters. (: …and once again you’ve shown your psychic abilities.

  29. belle

    Congrats on finishing the book. I loved your finishing thoughts for it as well; you really put the whole thing in perspective. Here’s to reading your thoughts on the final book!!

  30. Albiku

    Congrats, Kaleb! You did it! Now you have to start with Breaking Dawn real soon! I really like to read your thoughts, so much that I will be really sad when you get to the end. Great sum up, by the way!

    But hey, I wish you would have talked a bit more about the epilogue. After all, it was a different epilogue, wasn’t it? Jacob’s point of view and all… And it had a few points I wanted you to comment, such as Leah, Jacob acknowledging to himself that he would be ok if Bella was changed, but couldn’t think about the possibility of her dying by Edward’s teeth, Billy’s relationship with his son, Jacob’s runaway…

    Well, there will be plenty of time to discuss Jacob in Breaking Dawn. ;) Looking forward to that!

  31. Britt.

    *applauds*
    Of all four books, Eclipse is definitely my favorite. And I’m looking forward to seeing your thoughts on Breaking Dawn!

  32. Mandi

    Congrats on finishing Kaleb! Eclipse was my favorite and I’m sure that Breaking Dawn will leave you with much to blog about and I can’t wait to see your perspective

  33. tina

    Yay!! You finished Eclipse. I’m really excited to hear your thoughts on Breaking Dawn. I happened to love it – I can see the arc of the story that SM was following. Interested to hear your take on it!!

    Go Kaleb!!! Read on!!

    By the way, I loved your review. Great summary of the book!

  34. Alyssa

    Congratulations! And of course I’ll continue to follow your progress through Breaking Dawn. I can’t wait to hear your reactions (although I’m sure you’ve been somewhat spoiled; it would be inevitable).
    Have fun reading the 4th! It’s by far my favorite.

  35. kim

    I’m so excited you finished Eclipse! and can’t wait for you to start breaking dawn! theres some AMAZING stuff in that book! I happened across your website when you were on chapter 7 of twilight. I love reading your thoughts on each chapter! thanks for an awesome website!

  36. Jenn

    I know it’s not the same, but you should totally read The Host once you finish BD. I don’t think any of us are ready for the end of Twilight Guy yet!

  37. Meg

    This is great…you finished t :D :D
    I’m so looking forward to your resume of the first chapter of Breaking Dawn :D

  38. Mylles

    You know what i really liked and disliked your final comments on eclipse, one becase you have gone soft on Jacob i think and i dont want my opinion on him to change. yeah i know i am a stubborn butthead. and i liked them because well you kinda brought it into more a perspective wiewpoint. she loves Edward and Jacob in two different ways. i was reading stephenie meyer’s FAQ on her website, and one of the questions was: “What was with Bella falling in love for Jacob at the end of the book!?!?! Don’t you believe in true love?” stephenie’s response was that she did but she also believed that their were many different types of love. i liked it when you also helped bring that into sight. i’ll stop tyoping now. :D

  39. Mylles

    Oh by the way Breaking Dawn is my second favorite in teh series hope you enjoy it, in my opionion it is way better than Eclipse! (My least favorite in the series)(twilight was number one of course!)Eclipse had to much drama!

  40. Mylles

    okay this is my last comment i swear!! so i was listening to th esong (love it by the way perfect for eclipse) when i knida realized soemthing. it’s almost as if the sogns are kinda edward or jacob. like thinking of you by katy perry. whenever i hear that song i think of New Moon, not Eclipse. depending on which book you through it into it takes on a different meaning! like thinking of you is kinda Jacobish when thrown into this book, but when thrown into New Moon it is more Edwardish. Maybe im just crazy and delusional! who knows! just want to know if anyone else sees it that way!

  41. Natalie

    Thank you, Kaleb for a wonderful ending review to a very complicated novel. It was very true and utterly profound. You captured the essence and core of the book. I am so glad you finally finished. We will forgive you for taking so long. More anticipation is exciting! And we will forgive you…when your book comes out (yeah!! Can’t wait to read it!!). Totally worth it.

    The Epilogue to Eclipse was so annoying to me. It is appropriate to have Jacob have his say but being in his head frightened me. I have read Eclipse a couple of times…only read the Epilogue once. It is my least favorite book of the saga, but I still love it. The triangle is just too frustrating to go through the pain too many times. Edward gets tortured by Bella over and over again and I just can’t stand it. And I agree with Mylles. You have been too forgiving of Jacob’s ridiculous attitude, he is a sore loser and enjoys ruining people’s lives. Manipulative is putting it lightly. Just say what a jerk he is already! Bella was no longer much of a heroine for me in this book. She took part in being the villain. At least Victoria doesn’t hide how she feels! By the way, I met Rachelle Lefevre who plays Victoria in the movie in Salt Lake City on Friday! She is so sweet!!

    Anyway, I am so glad you are going to read Breaking Dawn. It is so glorious and beautiful!! I won’t spoil anything but Stephenie was able to fix everyone’s problems with impeccable grace and perfection concerning the triangle. The love Bella shares with both men are for a purpose. Toward the end, Edward and Jacob have a short exchange that makes me weep just thinking about it. I won’t say anymore.

    Hurry, Kaleb, READ READ READ!!! PLEASE!!!

  42. Jacqueline

    one more comment. I am so so happy that I am not the only one whose favorite or second favorite was Breaking Dawn. I am glad to hear that in your comments. Because a lot of people didn’t like it and I just can NOT understand why. So kudos to the fact I am NOT alone in it being my favorite. I can’t wait for your comments on it. Oh and I don’t think Jacob was no more a jerk than Edward was. Boys and competition. It’s the usual attitudes. It brings out the worst in the boys that are competing. In the end if you put all that aside I think Edward and Jacob as individuals are great beings. I say beings because well people just doesn’t quite fit ha.

  43. Twilax101

    there are going to be a LOT of “omgs” and “lolz” from you when you read breaking dawn…lol

  44. Eliper

    Kaleb, this has already been such an incredible journey to take with you. As you prepare to step into the final leg of this beloved series I wanted to just let you know that there actually are many of us out there who absolutely love every moment of Breaking Dawn. As you know, it hit a wave of critical controversy this Summer when it came out.

    The only thing I can fathom from people who didn’t like it, or didn’t like parts of it, is that in the end, those individuals really didn’t understand Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight world at all. These are the likely the same folks who rushed through New Moon just to get back to Edward. They may be great fans of the series, sure, but simply didn’t grasp the true depth of character in everyone Steph introduced us to (good guys and bad guys alike).

    There are both wonderful as well as trying times ahead and it is true that character is not built in times of stress, it is revealed. Stephenie takes brilliant care of her audience in closing out this time in the lives of the Cullens, the Quileutes and the Volturi.

    I very much look forward to following along with you once again for my, honest to goodness, favorite book in the series.

  45. Billy

    All three of the songs that I picked were in the top 4. And I put Pressure as my first.

    mmmhmm.

    :]

  46. Daniela

    I cant believe you just finished Eclipse! Congratulations. My favorite book in the saga.
    Im happy because the song I voted for won :D

    I hope you enjoy Breaking Dawn, and I’ll be checking every post!!! Yay!

  47. Michelle

    GRaH… Thinking of You was my pick. How awful that it came in second place. Booo! LoL

    It really felt to me like Bella has finally crossed that huge leap into being a grown-up as well. It’s almost as if Meyer closed up the storyline enough that this could have been the last book, if it had needed to be, but still with plenty left open to continue…. as you’ll soon read!

    I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed the series so much. Now that I’ve finally read it, I’m interested for you to read The Host. Maybe that will be next on your list? By that time, I’ll finally be reading Bran Hambric: The Fairfield Curse. :)

  48. Victoria

    Yea! You finished Eclipse…it’s kind of sad though because now you’re going to the last book.
    =(
    I really wish that that Katy Perry song won! It was beyond perfect!!! I really liked your final thoughts on the book.

  49. Madeleine

    Reading the other comments on this page, I seem to be the one millionth person saying this, but yes, I will say it anyway: Congratulations on finishing Eclipse, and I can’t wait to see what you think of Breaking Dawn!

    I’ve only discovered this site in recent months, but I wish I’d found it sooner. It is very satisfying and immensely interesting to read the opinions of 1. A writer (as I am also a writer), and 2. A male, on books that are primarily read by adolescent females. You add new insights to the series that I never would have considered, and pose thought provoking questions that I cannot always answer. I applaud you for keeping up this routine of blogging so frequently, when I can imagine how busy your schedule must be! ;)

    I’ve also noticed that you didn’t really pick a side on the whole Edward-vs-Jacob debate: Did you have a strong opinion as to who was better for her?

    Now I have to go back and read all the old archives of postings I missed. I think you’ll like BD. It is very…interesting. :)

  50. Paige

    Don’t worry… I can be a kinda slow reader too! Start Breaking Dawn soon! I can’t wait to hear your reaction on the first few chapters. They’re… interesting to say the least!

  51. Monica

    Congratulations on finishing Eclipse! I can’t wait to read your thoughts on Breaking Dawn…and don’t worry, you don’t have to like it. (Once you get into it, you’ll understand what I mean)

  52. Kaitlyn

    Congrats on finishing Eclipse!! I’m very curious to see what you’ll have to say about some of the things that happen in BD (but I can’t say much without spoiling anything). Sorry to all those BD lovers out there, I hated it. Again, I can’t say why without spoiling anything, so I’ll wait till he actually starts reading BD before I give it all away. :P

    As someone else said, it will be interesting to see this book from a male perspective. :)

  53. becky sue

    Woah. Great post. Thank You, Kaleb. I can’t wait for Breaking Dawn.

  54. Linnee

    you’re so lucky you got to see them in person.
    :)
    keep up the awesome posts xD and can’t wait to read your perspective in Breaking Dawn♥

  55. response

    Congratulations. & Yay, Paramore won! And Katy Perry was next! & then Secondhand Serenade! All the ones I voted for :) . Great post. Very insightful. Now for BD! It took me only three days to read but it’s one of my favorites [except for the fact that it ended the series :( ].

  56. Melissa (melissaturkey)

    “It had not been Edward and Jacob that I’d been trying to force together, it was the two parts of myself, Edward’s Bella and Jacob’s Bella. But they could not exist together, and I never should have tried.”

    That is actually my favorite quote from eclipse, I loved this book but I’m glad you’re moving on to BReaking Dawn.

    :D melissaturkey

  57. Emy

    it’s a good thing Breaking Dawn is really long. Kaleb i will be sooooo very sad when you finish the series. You should read The Host afterwords its REALLY good too. As always an amazing post. Can’t wait for the next post :)

  58. Jenny

    I have mixed feelings on BD.(no spoilers) After I read it the first time, I had to think about the book for a while before I could think of my reaction. What I do know is that I finished the book in a day and a half. I was constantly on edge to find out what happaned next. I’m pretty curious to see if you have mixed feeling or if you will lean toward one feeling.
    Okay. I’m done. =D

  59. Tammy

    Hey Kaleb!
    Just wanted to say I loved your summarization of Eclipse! I totally agree with most of it.
    I just don’t understand how people can say that Jacob is a jerk. I really think that people don’t give him a chance, because they are so enthralled by Edward. Don’t get me wrong. I totally agree and understand that Bella had to pick Edward, he is her soul mate and the one she loved so much, she really couldn’t live without him.
    However, I can totally see why she started to love Jacob. He was bringing light into her darkest days and trying to fill up that awful hole in the middle of her. How can you not love someone who is trying to heal you?
    I don’t feel that Jacob is any worse than Edward. (What Edward did to Bella and Jacob at the camp before the newborns came was very manipulative in my opinion.)Jacob did try to manipulate Bella more, but he was at a disadvantage, because Bella often did not even understand her own feelings, when others could clearly see what she was feeling.
    Also, Jacob’s main fear was that Bella would be turned into a “bloodsucking leech”. He feared that even more than he feared losing her. I can understand that. Even Edward understood that. He didn’t want Bella to give up being a human either! If Jacob was manipulating her, it was mainly so that she could see that she could still find love and remain a human if she chose him. Once she made her final decision, he completely accepted her decision. He only manipulated her, so that she would see the truth about her love for him, and make an informed decision, which in the end she did.
    Jacob Black is actually my favorite character in the series.

    Can’t wait to here what you have to say about Breaking Dawn. It is very different, but also great in it’s own way.

  60. JC

    Advice on Breaking Dawn: the first third is AWFUL. it is just PURE CHEESY LOVE.

    the last two-thirds are AWESOME. they totally make up for the lame-ness of the first third. so don’t give up on it during the gag-inducing love part, which i am sure you will abhor ;)

  61. ruthie

    awesome Kaleb! you finally finished Eclipse.

    i can’t wait to read what you have to say for Breaking Dawn.

  62. Albiku

    I totally agree with Tammy.

    “I just don’t understand how people can say that Jacob is a jerk. I really think that people don’t give him a chance, because they are so enthralled by Edward”. –> So true!!!

    And JC is right too. My favourite part of Breaking Dawn was the second book. Hilarious, different (no Bella’s POV, yay!) and full of awesomeness.

    Talk to you soon!

  63. Annie

    It seems to fit that you started with the magnet analogy, and ended with it. I cannot wait for your take on Breaking Dawn! =D

  64. Yesenia

    WOOOOO IM SO HAPPY YOU FINISHED IT!!! ON TO BREAKING DAWWWN!!!! LOL.
    love the way you wrote that….
    it would be so hard to choose.

    and honestly, i think that katy perrys song thinking of you shouldve been picked. :( lol

    but i guess pressure is okay

  65. Meghan

    Honestly, Kaleb, when you finish BD, start another book and blog about it. It’s like we’re all in a book club with you. And BD is good, it’s just different than the other three. It has a Jane Eyre quality to it. You probably don’t know what that means either but the way it flows is like Jane Eyre.

  66. Beth

    EEEEEEEKKK! MY FAVORITE BOOK IS NOW BEING READ! Well Kaleb, all I can say is that I need to remember to tell you something when you finish Breaking Dawn. I absolutely LOVE Breaking Dawn, although, for some reason, other fans I know hated it. It was simply an amazing book, though. Congratulations, and have fun reading this book!

  67. Jussie

    OMG I can not wait to read your thoughts and feelings about the last book and BEST in my view you will have to review another book or books that mostly girls would read as I love to see your guys point of view very insightfull HAPPY READING xx

  68. michelle

    omg..
    Kaleb, i agree with you so much.
    nothin in life is easy especially when it comes to choosing between two things; no matter if you like it or love it. i think Bella has grown up as a person and i feel for her.
    I love that you take time to read these books carefully because there is so much that one can miss……….

    I wish you the best on Breaking Dawn….its my fav

  69. Sarah

    Awesome, Kaleb!

    To me, Eclipse is my favorite of the novels. It seems appropriate, considering I think of myself as a Switzerland fan, and it gives us a little bit of both Jacob and Edward love. ^^

    Just one question, though. Have you heard any rumors of what happens in Breakind Dawn? Even though I had finished it by then, I became so upset when I heard people telling what happened! I hope you havent.

  70. Natasha

    Thank you very much, Kaleb! Again, for writing these great chapter reports!
    I can read in any of them how much thoughts and effort you put into it.
    The same as everybody else, of course, I am looking forward to see how you are doing with Breaking Dawn!

    Oh, and some people wondered how you will go on when you finished that and I thought about a certain fifth book Stephenie had written – The Host! ??

  71. Rhiannon

    Congrats on finishing! GREAT sum up of the book.

    But I am kind of disappointed about your severe lack of thought on the Epilogue. Honestly, not the first time I read it, but every other time I’ve cried. It’s so, so heartbreaking I don’t understand how someone can just not comment on it. Maybe it’s too sad for words…
    But the whole “leaving Jacob Black behind” part, that’s horribly sad.I just…I don’t know.

    Ah well then, good luck on Breaking Dawn!

  72. Laura

    Kaleb I can´t believe I finally catched up with you!!! Let me explain: I started reading twilight aprox. a month ago (yes I know..) and discovered your site when I was deciding if I should give the book a chance. I’ve been coming here since the day I started reading the books… it was weird reading the comment knowing that they were almost a year old and BD hadn’t hit the shelves or the movie hadn’t been released so I feel jetlagged but more like if I were a time-traveler. I know I sound insane but when I started you almost had 3 books on me and now we’re on the same page (literally and figuratively).So yay!.

  73. Vica

    Oh Mi Good!
    Congrats!
    What will to do at the ened of the saga?
    when ur done?!
    BD is ahmazing hope u like it:P

  74. Laura

    So now on the book… when I think of twilight I think of a straight line and when I think of new moon I think of a circle-like figure (the explanation is too long and not very interesting) but when i think of eclipse I can’t think of an actual figure (if anything it would be a lot of curved lines going in all directions), what am I trying to say? my take on eclipse… the books always have ultimately been about feelings and relationships and in this one the infamous love-triangle is the main-character. It’s a very interesting and complicated book for which I can’t really think of more adjectives. I love both Edward and Jacob so keeping in mind the feelings of all the 3 main characters gave for a great but very painful book to read. As discovered in this book there’s no magic formula to have everyone happy, this triangle goes so deep that every and any action causes an incredible amount of pain and the ultimate choice nearly breaks all 3 of them. The fact that I love both Edward and Jacob gave reading the book an extra amount of difficulty because I did my best to get in Edward’s mind and feel his pain so when Jacob came along I was a bit prejudiced and seeing things from his point of view was like stop a car going the speed Edward usually does, hitting the break and turning the opossite direction, it required some effort (the same when I understood Jacob’s pain and Edward came and I had to remember Edward’s pain too). So I was like that for the whole book and sometimes I tought it would’ve been easier if I read all the chapters with Edward and the all the chapters with Jacob so I wouldn’t have to make the 180 degrees turn every half-chapter, so even though the chapter is chronologically in order in my mind sometimes
    feels it is disorganized… so add that with the tension and hurt of the book all over the place and you get an interesting and complicated book. I think that Bella belongs with Edward but I love Jacob prob. as much as the craziest team Jacob members so you can imagine how hard this book was to read. There’s a lot more 2 discuss but this rant is long enough so.. into BD..I can’t believe it’s the last :( and since I’ve already peeked at the er, distribution of the chapters I know that I’m in for another very interesting book

  75. Natali McKee

    Ah, I can’t wait till you get past half of Breaking Dawn and finally understand the whole love triangle thing and what it really is with Bella and Jacob.

  76. devz30

    yay! ^^
    You finished it. So proud of you **pats in the back**

    So Eclipse is now finished. Although I disliked Eclipse, I have to say, it was a touching book especially when Jacob said the ‘Eclipse’ line. The thing I liked about this book, though, was the matter of choice.
    Sometimes I regret finishing Eclipse so early that I wasn’t able to grasp the deeper meaning straight away. I was kinda mad at Bella, so I kind of flipped the Bella and Jacob pages.
    Oh well, off to Breaking Dawn. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts about it!

    =)

  77. Sterling Snow

    Congrats on finishing Eclipse, Kaleb! I can’t wait to see your thoughts on BD. I actually loved the book immensely, because everything comes full circle. And I, too, also first started loving Jacob in BD, when I absolutely loathed him in Eclipse.

    You should most definitely start reading The Host when you finish the Twilight Saga! It’s a good book, too.

  78. ERIKA

    Great! You’re going to read Breaking Dawn now! Cannot wait for your insights on that one!

    take care Kaleb! =)

    Much love from the Philippines…

  79. Sylvie

    Congrats, just one more book;)

    The end of eclipse sort of reminded me of something bella says in twilight. I can´t get it right but it´s something about how hard it is for her to make decisions, but once she made them, she sticks to them…

  80. Chieri

    I was quite disheartened at the addressing of Bella and Edward;s relationship at the end of Eclipse. Yes, Edward does have a tendency to downplay his pain but that doesn’t mean he’s not vulnerable and given the right circumstance. In NM, Edward basically left Bella thinking that it was the right thing to do…only to have a slap in the face when realizing what happened instead…he now not only feels even more unworthy of Bella…he’s got Jacob, a young werewolf that he believes is very dangerous, constantly hanging around Bella…Bella wants to be a vampire which he thinks is the worst choice possible for her…she wants to have sex with him and he has to constantly decline her because he fears for her life …then he has Bella guilt tripping him constantly…so he stays with her for the fight only to have Bella realize that she sort of loves Jacob to and gives into kissing him. He’s been suppressing all of his feelings for so long…it was only a matter of time for things to blow up. I think one of the reasons this didn’t happen in Eclipse was because Bella had a semi panic attack after her kiss with Jacob and Edward has the tendency to put his feelings aside for Bella. So, he let go of all of that to comfort her. Does that mean he was okay with the kiss? I don’t think so. The fact that Bella spent an entire night crying in his arms without a word only fueled his insecurity….which was painfully obvious the morning after when he asks her if she’s sure she made the right choice. He was taking on wayyyy too much. However, it seemed like they were headed int he right direction.. so let me just say I was quite disappointed with BD.

  81. Jessica

    Lovely post, Kaleb. I feel you always sum up each book the right way. You read things in a way I can relate; the way I read them. Deeper than what you see on the surface. Between the lines. I like that.

    You said at the end that you don’t believe that this is the end of Jacob Black. Very interesting prediction, Kaleb. ^^

  82. Wendilynn

    Steph takes a decidedly left turn with Breaking Dawn. I’m intrigued with what you’ll make of it.

    For myself, I loved Eclipse. I loved how Steph explored how deep love can really be and how complicated. Love is not black and white and neither is loyalty. Love comes in all forms and I hope we take from this that love is not just sex and not just passion and romance. Love is also friendship, loyalty, heartbreak, understanding, compassion and all the other themes this book explores. All amazing, all complicated and all love. I never really felt that Bella was truely being disloyal to Edward. Only Jacob thought he ever had a chance. To Bella and Edward there was no question of them being together. What complicated things I think is best expressed by Edward. He understood what was going on. Jacob filled the hole Edward created by leaving and Edward was mature enough to let Bella work out what that would mean in her friendship for Jacob. Jacob has always been the little brother Bella never had. He was never a real challenge to Edward for Bella’s heart as lover and future spouse.

  83. jenb

    Congrats on finishing Eclipse! I love this book even though there are times where I get mad all 3 main characters! And I love how we get more of the Cullens here too.

    The Paramore song “Pressure” is actually really good for this book. When I voted I didn’t vote for it because at the time I didn’t realize what song was the Paramore one. But anyway it actually is really good.

    I can’t wait for you to start Breaking Dawn. I love it and there’s some interesting things that happen, so I can’t wait to read your thoughts on it.

  84. Mary

    Aw, man, thinking of you and fall for you were soo close! But oh well. Paramore is still great.

    And poor Jacob!

  85. Elise

    i wouldnt be so sure about the happy-ending thing, it might just work out after all. come on do you really think Steph is that cold hearted?

  86. Jo

    Loved Eclipse and all of it’s banter. Couldn’t have said any of this better, you nailed it. Glad you finished it, hope you enjoy Breaking Dawn. :)

  87. Jasmine

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while but haven’t ever commented. The blog is really funny and insightful. I like your review of Eclipse. It’s my favorite book in the series. :) I can’t wait to see your thoughts on Breaking Dawn. I have somewhat mixed feelings on Breaking Dawn.

  88. Tash

    Thanks for your insightful (guy) views on the books its always so interesting and entertaining!!

  89. Tracey (Australia)

    I was so late to catch onto the Twilight phenomenon…but think I’m making up for it by reading the entire series 3 times since 6Feb09 and having seen the movie now so many times I stopped counting.

    I have loved reading your reviews and all the insightful comments of your readers. Well done for prompting all the discussion.

    Eclipse is my favourite book in the series, and the only one that made me cry (each time). I suffer right along with Edward, Jacob & Bella and hate how much they all hurt in their own ways. I don’t remember ever having cared so much about characters in a book before.

    Really looking forward to following your thoughts on BD.

  90. ummhedaya

    Hey, thanks for your posts… I've really enjoyed reading your humorous view of the book… Eclipse is by far my favorite book of the entire series and I'm thankful to have others to share the experience with.

  91. ummhedaya

    Hey, thanks for your posts… I've really enjoyed reading your humorous view of the book… Eclipse is by far my favorite book of the entire series and I'm thankful to have others to share the experience with.

  92. Isidora

    IT'S PROBABLY TOO LATE AND YOU ARE NOT READING THESE COMMENTS ANYMORE, BUT….

    I was really late to catch onto Twilight phenomenon as well. I started reading Twilight in June 2011 and from Sptember to 15th December (2011) I've been reading Eclipse, although I became a Twi-hard in 2008(first film), by watching the films more times that I can count.
     
    First time i've heard of your blog was in 2010, after i had saw you in 'Twilight in Forks: Saga of the real town'.  So now, after every chapter I read, i go to this blog to see your and other fans' opinions. In a few days, mum and dad are gonig to buy me ' Short second life of Bree Taner' and then glorious Breaking Dawn :) )) I' ve already seen the film ( part 1), so I don't understand why lots of fans hate it… I am really looking forward to reading it :)

    I' am also taking months to read Twilight books and perhaps it is a bit strange. But it is not that I am a slow reader, I just want to fully enjoy the book. I like the way you are reading it so deeply, between lines, just like I do ( that is advantage of slow reading ;)

    Just like Tracey said: ' I suffer right along with Edward, Bella & Jacob and hate how much
    they all hurt in their own ways. I don't remember ever having cared so
    much about characters in a book before.' – so true. And that's the beauty of this amazing saga. At this moment, books are so much better than the films to me ( I can't believe I am actually saying this!)  But I found Eclipse the worst book in the series cause Bella is so out of her character and SO ANNOYING. She's ruined this book for me. I am honestly hoping there will be more of Edward ( <3 !!!) in the next book.

     Also, TOTALY AGREE with Wendilynn:  'I never really felt that Bella was truely being disloyal to Edward. Only
    Jacob thought he ever had a chance. To Bella and Edward there was no
    question of them being together.' -  she has always loved Edward, but it's painful to watch/read about Edward's pain and suspicion that Bella caused him. Like I said, she is such an annoying jerk in this book!

    P.S. Sorry for my crappy English :(

    Much love from Montenegro<3

  93. Isidora

    By the way, I SOOO DISAGREE with the selection of song. To be precise, with first two songs – by Paramore and Katy Perry. They are suposed to represent Bella's opinion, right? It's so wrong! Bella would never, ever say something like that! Don't forget that EDWARD is the meaning of her life ( sounds so strange, but it is true). She agrees to marry EDWARD. She says she can't live without EDWARD. Remember that;)

    But the song by Secondhand Serenade would fit. And I don't really get the last one. Whose point of view  is described there? Edward's, Bella's or Jacob's ? O_o

    Also have to say that those songs remind me how big influence Jacob has in Eclipse. This is completely his book, it even ends with his name. And these things that I've just said remind ME how much I don't like ( I guess that ' hate' is too strong word) that character ( Jacob Black, I mean). Hoping that BD will be more Edward and Bella's story :/

    Once again, sorry for my crappy English :)

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