Wow, thank you, guys. I've been feeling so "alone" in my Twilight appreciation until I just recently joined this website. Its nice to see I am not the only one who appreciates this story. Every time I re-read it or re-watch it I discover something new I like about it. It is true, Edward is the almost perfect man. The story has so many signs that Edward and Bella belong together. What I like is that he isn't just perfect, that he is absolutely perfect for her, they are so suited to be together. Neither one of them settled for an acceptable mate, they ended up with the exact person they should be with.
Jacob... Childish, hot-blooded, short-tempered, immature... Warm-hearted, fun, bursting with life and the joy of life. I would and always have been naturally drawn to the Jacobs. Maybe a person needs to meet enough Jacobs in life so that she is ready to finally find her Edward? I am not patient, and I am not temperate. And I would probably like cliff diving and motorcycle riding. I am more suited to be with someone as reckless as myself.
I am not sure that I liked the family ending of Breaking Dawn, probably because I see Bella as basically a 17 (or so?) year old kid, who just got married and had a baby. Why did she refuse to go to school? Why did she not do something interesting and monumental? Despite numerous UN conventions on changing the role of women in society she ended up a wife and a mother at 17, and she isn't even Saudi Arabian. Although, I do dream of her going to college, becoming something amazing like a doctor, doing the kind of humanitarian work that Carlisle did when he first turned Edward... After all, Renesmee will be a fully grown person in 7 years, and Bella has the advantage of not needing sleep or food.
Leah troubled me too. I wondered about how she called herself a genetic dead end, and then I wondered about how Jacob imprinted on a half vampire child. I believe that the reason why Leah did not imprint is because she is meant to imprint on someone outside the tribe. I keep thinking, if a vampire male can impregnate, would one not be able to impregnate Leah? Maybe that's her destiny? Especially if imprinting attaches you to the one who will produce the strongest wolf, would a half vampire half changling not produce one? I think Leah's destiny, if Stephanie would chose to give her one, would be the best of all of them.
DaveK, what you wrote was so beautiful, it warms my heart to see someone loving this story as much as I.