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Reading Twilight: Chapter 3 (Phenomenon)

April 25th, 2008 at 1:28 am by Kaleb Nation

The song for this chapter is Hero/Heroine by Boys Like Girls:

[audio:https://twilightguy.com/music/heroheroine.mp3]

After being impressed with One and Two, I’ve been looking forward to getting back to the book. So despite what I told Sarah Ockler yesterday, I zapped a bag of popcorn and sat down to munch whilst enjoying chapter 3 of Twilight.

Like Bella, I’m struck that her dad so graciously chained her tires before she even woke up. This is a very curious thing about dads: you will very often find that they go ahead and do important things for you that you might not have thought of before. Charlie strikes me as one of those fellows who doesn’t say much but really wants to do good, so after seeing that he’s got a heart behind him I actually like him.

My apartment-mate has a regular practice of slamming the AC down somewhere in the low 50’s in the middle of the night (thus prompting me to make this often-ignored sign). As I read this chapter, I am being chilled to the bone even though I also have a space heater running to keep my fingers defrosted. Coincidentally, Bella is also getting her share of chills, be they from the snow or from the strange way Edward is acting.

“When I opened my eyes in the morning, something was different…it was the light.”

“When I opened my eyes in the morning, something was different…it was the light.” (Bella, pg 53)

I notice that Edward is having very frequent mood swings. First he is quite the grinning, patronizing fellow, and then the next minute he’s clenching his teeth and hissing like a snake at Bella. This strikes me as odd, though I’m getting a hint that it means something important, other than the possibility that Edward is alarmingly schizophrenic.

A girl reading from Romania sent me an email a few days ago and made mention of one particular aspect of Edward that she adored (amongst the 54,923,429 others she proceeded to list for me, as my to-do list for the next century). I had not noticed this before she pointed it out, but in this chapter, Edward is not afraid to argue back with Bella. In a common falling-in-love scenario, Jomeo the plumber and Ruliet the electrician simply agree on everything and live blissfully contradiction-free (however hard it is to noncombustibly mix stopped-up drains and electricity). However, this Edward doesn’t give up the fight: when he’s right, he’s right.

This is a very strange thing to me. In the chapter before, he was a very strong listener. Now, he won’t give up. The way I see it, from where I am in the book, is that there is something really bothering Edward which I will most likely discover as I read along (and don’t anyone bloody tell me in the comments, either). His sudden changes in demeanor (along with his sudden changes in eye color) tell me that something is really up with this fellow. But I am curious as to if this is a feature idolized by one girl or if it is something that girls really do like about Edward (dare I suggest it’s something some girls don’t like about Edward)?

Hang Him! You Shout

Whoops. Me and my big mouth.

Chapter 3 was about half the length of the last two and seemed to go by so quickly. I had to take a peek at the first page of Four. All is going well!

—NOTES—

— I have been invited to write an article for a major movie news website about Stephenie Meyer, and will need some input from any of you who wish to participate. I’ll post more info on this soon.

— Twilightguy.com is now inching up on the Twilight Topsites! Only 240 people short of Number 7. The odd thing is, their stats are very much off, so we’re doing a lot better than what they say. Thanks for all the great 5-apple reviews!

— I have stumbled upon uncountable websites and Myspaces who have up the Support The Twilight Guy buttons! Thanks so much to everyone who is posting them on their pages.

— I have gotten uncountable requests from people to read my book. This is quickly becoming a FAQ. The book will come out in late 2009, but if you email me, I can send you the first few chapters of The Farfield Curse.

— Another FAQ: can you suggest songs for the chapters? The answer is yes, please feel free to email your suggestions for songs for the chapters. I’ll probably add a page for this soon, but for now emailing me works great.

— There is a new video coming for all you people subscribed to my Youtube channel. I just shot the video but I’ve still got audio to wrap up. I’ll either have it up Monday or the weekend.

Added April 25, 7:31 AM : I woke up this morning with a sore throat, and thus can’t do the voice for the video yet. I’ll get the video once I’m back to normal 🙂 


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65 Responses

  1. Des

    Has anyone ever drawn a sketch of the van crash from the book perspective?

  2. M3LiSS4

    reading Twilight will go by in a SNAP! once you finish reading it, you're all depressed…or am i the only person that did become depressed??? :/

    <3 M3LiSS4

  3. twilight fan

    Trust me you aren't. My theroe is that you become so embraced in the world of twilight that when you finish reading you get so depressed because you don't have that world any more until you read the next book.

  4. mary

    i love love love the books! once i starded i jusT couldnt stop!

  5. mary

    i love love love the books! once i starded i jusT couldnt stop!

  6. Twritebite

    http://www.cafepress.com/twilightsaga5
    I like Charlie too. He's somewhat like my own dad, quiet at times. If you read the back cover of the Twilight book, you know that Edward is the vampire. About three things I was absolutely positive. First Edward was a vampire… Anyway, when I went to see the movie with my brother, I knew I was seeing a vampire movie, but I still couldn't understand the vampire's mood swings. This was before I read the books. It all makes sense for me now. Other vampire movies don't show the insticts so much. Although, I usually don't get into vampire movies. I only started liking vampires after Twilight. Of course vampires are going to have animal-like instincts if they have heightened smell.
    http://www.cafepress.com/twilightsaga5

  7. Lisa

    Charlie is a GREAT dad! Like, Twritebite, he sort of reminds me of my own dad! He's not great dealing with emotions and feelings and all that, but he really does care!

    This is a romance story – even though it is about vampires! But, unlike other romance novels, these two characters are much more complex and interesting to read – in my opinion!

    I've read the book several times and watched the movie several times – so i cab't remember what I made of Edwad's frequent move swings! But I think I was just plain confused!

  8. chloe

    I never thought about this before either! Edward doesn't mind arguing wih Bella, I really like that. He keeps arguing to get his point across as what he is saying is true and is all the best for Bella to know the truth.

  9. Nr Crazyreader

    Did you know there's a novella (mini novel) for Eclipse? It's called, “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner”. You know that fifteen-year-old newborn that surrendered to the Cullens in Victoria's vampire-army-vs-the-Cullens war? That's Bree, and if you wanna know her sad newborn life, I would advise you to read it. Poor Dylan…but he's something you'll have to find out about. Oh, the stressful complications of Stephanie Meyer's love stories. But that just makes it more fan-crazed and obsessive.

  10. Lynnda Gin Harris

    I know this is all.. 2000 and late, but I actually just now got to find this page, so my apologies. I'm 21 years old and when the movie twilight came out in germany where i love at the moment, i literally swore to myself that i would NEVER get into this teenie-hystric-twilight stuff. So one afternoon i was bored and hangover, switched on the laptop and watched it. Thinking how it touched me as a movie, i was pretty sure I would love the books eventually. And I do. I love the message thats behind the books, i love her writingstyle even if it isnt THE JANE AUSTEN of our time. and its pretty hard to explain why i love twilight, but twilight is a love beyond everything, not just romeo and juliett style, its our generation-fuck-off-love. And what i love about edward is the way he is able to love her, im not a hopeless romantic, i actually hate romantic. but this is nice, this seems so right and seriously try finding a guy in his 20s able to love a girl this way.

  11. Guest

    Obviously you're further along now, but did you not read the back of the cover when you picked up the book?

  12. Kick

    I'll admit I'm not a fan, but as a girl the sudden mood swings and mixed signals would be frustrating. To me it doesn't give Edward depth, it makes him annoying.

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