(Posted by Kaleb Nation )

Reading New Moon: Chapter 5 (Cheater)

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

The song for this chapter is Memories by Within Temptation

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

After all these months, though the pain of Edward leaving has turned into a numbness, Bella is still longing for something to fill the void. I can see it in her dreams, where she sees herself running, searching for something, only to find that there isn’t anything left to search for. By taking out Edward, as I said before, it is like tearing half of one person out. The emptiness in Bella has left her cold again, and it’s leading her to do anything, even buying a rusty, nonworking motorcycle in rainy Forks, to try to replace that feeling that she had before.

There is something very true in what Bella tells herself about Edward. How can he expect her to just go on and forget him, and act as if he was never there? Can anyone ever really forget someone they loved like Bella loved Edward, even if it ended years or decades ago? Memories like that are permanently kept no matter if you want to forget them or not.

There is a reason that sometimes grandparents or even great-grandparents can remember far back into their school days of who was in love with who and how they eventually met their spouse. Nostalgia like this, I’m assuming, is why Classmates.com gets most of their business; and some of us have probably even checked the Myspaces of Certain Special People from years ago, just to see how they are today (of course I’m not speaking from personal experience). Those types of things seem to stay in the back of your mind long after, because you can remember how happy you felt: and because of this, the memory of Edward seems to haunt Bella everywhere she goes.

Then, suddenly, Bella is distracted. The odd thing about this is that she hasn’t been distracted in quite a while obviously, and I just read the first page in the longest time that does not have something about Edward in it. I had to read it twice to make sure: not a mention of his name, not an allusion to his face or a stray memory of them before. And the funniest thing: Bella is driving to see Jacob Black.

Because of all the Jacob and Edward cries of allegiance, I know that Jacob will eventually become important in some way, so I’m already on the lookout. I found it very intriguing that the first time I see Bella distracted from thinking about Edward, it has something to do with Jacob Black. It’s an interesting twist.

I remember Billy Black as a slightly harsh man who Bella didn’t talk to much, because of his negativity towards Edward. Now that the Cullens have left town, suddenly Billy Black has a much more cheery demeanor. I see a future of Bella spending a lot more time over at the Black’s house. I also don’t think Jacob Black will mind that much, either.

Another thing that I’ve discovered about Bella: she seems to be searching for adventure. There are some people who just want some danger in their lives, and living in ‘boring Forks’ is not the best environment for people like Bella.

I laughed humorlessly to myself, still gasping for air. Reckless in Forks– now there was a hopeless proposition.

Hopeless Proposition

I’m assuming this is why Bella has a tendency to ignore regular guys (Mike Newton and the gang) and immediately go for the dangerous ones (Edward, etc.). Now that Edward is gone, the greatest (and most dangerous) thing in her life has gone as well, so she is left searching for anything that will bring adventure into her life again: even an old motorcycle

Something else I noticed: what is with the sudden amount of black bear sightings? I’m not exactly sure yet, though I’m sure I’ll be finding out that answer soon (or, that the bear sightings mean absolutely nothing at all).

——NOTES——

– For those of you who enjoyed my music before, I just finished a draft of a new song. I would really like any opinions on it. You can listen to it and comment over on this page.

– I hear that Bailey of NoMoreMarbles fame is going to be at the New York signing on August 1! She will be part of a panel with others from Twilight Series Theories, the Lexicon and other fansites. Everyone go say hi to her for me, and while you’re at it, they’re holding a contest for a poster signed by all the Twilight people who were at Comic Con! Check out this page for more info.

– Thanks to you, my channel moved from #17 this week in Youtube Partners all the way to #10! Thanks so much.


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94 Responses

  1. Michelle

    Your right Kaleb, no one can forget Edward Cullen! It’s too bad you didn’t start Twilight earlier, so you could be reading Breaking Dawn with the rest of us when it comes out. Keep reading, you’re doing great!

  2. Katie Beth

    Yeah, I don’t think Jacob will mind too much either. πŸ˜›

    I meant to ask you back in… Chapter 1, I think? What did you think of the phrase, “go OFF myself”? Do get the same feeling I do, that that’s a distinctly British phrase? I kind of wonder if Stephenie reads a lot of British literature and it slides over into her own writing. I do that myself.

  3. Marissa

    I think you are taking something the wrong way. I don’t believe that Bella is looking for adventure or purposely seeks danger because she likes it. She simply wants to break her promise to be safe. She may be a danger magnet but you make it sound like she is constantly seeking thrills and being reckless as part of her personality. I don’t think that is the case.

  4. Sarah

    Bear sightings.

    *giggle*

    Jacob Black ruuuuuuuuuules the world….give him your mooooooneeeeeey….

  5. McKenna

    *gasp* Black bears. Soon grasshopper. Soon you will know. *bows*

  6. Hayli

    the link that you have in your notes doesnt work anymore! it says the video was removed πŸ™ booooo

  7. edwella

    if you read quicker, then you will find out! :]]]maybe like 3 chapters a day? :PP

  8. K.T.

    the video has been removed… =[ sadness… i wanted to see it…
    oh well! i hope you like the rest of new moon…. i didn’t particularly enjoy it, but whatever…

  9. Shelley bee.

    1. The song is great for the chapter. (As always you have the coolest taste in music)

    2. Reckless in Forks. Ah, where do you come up with this stuff. That was genious.

    3. I cannot wait until your book comes out. I am honestly curious to what it is about.

    4. Even if a chapter is full of heartache you are still capable of putting humor into it.

    5. Keep up the great work Kaleb [:

  10. Anna

    Hey Kaleb! I saw your bit in EW, it was so cool to have you in there πŸ˜€

    Hah, loved your entry, you see light in the darkest corners of New Moon πŸ™‚

  11. rhea

    Cant wait to see what you think about Jacob Black

  12. Lauren

    Gasp! That video was taken off for copyright issues! Yikes.

  13. Helena

    very good music choice! I really am dying to read the next chapter

  14. JC

    PLEASE READ FASTER theres nothing to do in the summer except read fan sites and wait for breaking dawn :):):)

  15. Morgan

    No fair I didn’t get to see the video they took it off for copyright purposes but anyways don’t give spoilers. I mean come on nobody told me spoilers and I liked it that way.

  16. Stephanie K.

    One: I am completely in love with your music.
    Two: I’m VERY excited to read your book.
    Three: You’re going to enjoy New Moon. πŸ™‚

    Anyway, I’m about to go raid your other site again and attack your music. Like I’ve said before, I absolutely love New Moon, and I’m ecstatic about you reading it! I’m going to be rereading Eclipse these last five incredibly long days and possibly New Moon, too, but I can’t wait until you get to Eclipse.

    By the way, don’t you DARE open Breaking Dawn until you finish New Moon and Eclipse! No sir, I will hunt you down and find a way to brain wash you. You may not do that. πŸ™‚ It’s for your own good. You know we all love you. πŸ™‚ Anyway, I’m off to try to recover enough to go scream at the Bella Cullen Project concert tomorrow. πŸ™‚

  17. Sarah

    You’ll find out the answer to the bear sightings soon enough. Just be patient and enjoy Jacob as he is while you can!

  18. Krystol

    My family just freaked out because I screamed like a silly fan girl. You used the song I suggested!!!! *dances* This is THE theme song for New Moon in my opinion. It sets the mood for the entire story (from Bella’s perspective) and it is also incredibly beautiful. Once again… YAY!!!

  19. Caitlyn

    i loved the “reckless in forks” thing! oh and nice old bike too! ur so funny

  20. Megan

    you just wait and seeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Oh, and the “Reckless in Forks” thing made me giggle. I can’t wait to see that one in theaters. For some reason (possibly the fact that Tom Hanks was in Sleepless in Seattle) I thought of “Forks Gump” right now (instead of “Forrest Gump”- which btw is an awesome movie! lol, ha! i can’t wait to see your reaction to what happens soooooonnnn! “Our lips are sealed” lol, obsessive twilighters and musicians tend to put songs to random statements, books, etc. ha.

  21. Megan

    BTW, I’d like to compliment you on your speed in reading New Moon! bravo, bravo *claps for Kaleb.* I can’t wait to see what songs you pick for the chapters too, and i hope that you decide to have us vote for a song to fit the book again (even though that’s a while from now). I have a few in mind *cough cough The Scientist* lol

  22. Megan

    Oh one more comment! great interview with EW. I completely forgot about it (sorry, it was a busy day!) but then at dinner my brother was reading entertainment Weekly and say “Twilight” let me tell you, my head shot up as fast as a vampire is capable of doing. I love your answers, and I think that it made my brother believe me that there is a Twilightguy! good job Kaleb!

  23. Jessie

    Aaaah… the ‘bears’… you’ll learn!

    Just remember to (and I can’t stress this enough) read the whole book, not just skim it, waiting for it to get good. It doesn’t seem like this is what you’re doing at all, but I made this mistake and missed a few key things… just pay close attention, because this is where it gets good!

  24. Kasey

    It’s so weird for someone to mention the bears and not know what they are…for me that is. I mean I didn’t at first, obviously, but now that I know..it’s just….agh it’s so weird.

    I love to read how you see the chapters. Again, it’s weird to read ‘what could be’ when you already know. And Meg Ryan with Tom Hanks in Reckless in Forks?? HAHA! I don’t really think that’s their ground..being from Sleepless in Seattle AND You’ve got mail n all.

  25. Audree

    Oh I love it! New Moon is great.

    Check out the song Near to You by A Fine Frenzy as you continue reading. It’s gorgeous and PERFECT for this book.

  26. Lesley

    Lol. I laughed when you mentioned the black bears. Yes you will find out very soon. Hehe.

  27. Hannah

    When do we find out who won the CD? :]

  28. Minh Thu

    You’ll find out about the bears soon^^

    Great song. I love Within Temptation!

  29. Monica

    oh yeah, you’ll find out what the whole “bear” thing is about… There’s been freakin’ huge hunks of foreshadowing in Twilight… *cough* Whatever, you’ll find out. I think I figured it out by the next two chapters, I forget. Lol. I loved the “reckless in Forks” pic.

  30. Jessica Minozzo

    WOW… LOVED the movie poster…
    and yeah u will find out about the “BEARS”,,, but u need 2 pay attention on everything!!! cuz after reading NEW MOON a billion times u will c that they give u many details even before the bear situation happend! god im giving so many spoliers im gonna stop!
    im mad cuz i only get 2 read BD the 6th cuz im in brazil till the 5th!

  31. Savannah

    Loved the movie poster it made me laugh! And I just got my issue of EW- great interview! πŸ™‚

  32. Christy

    Oh are you in for a suprise about the black bears!! *giggles*

  33. Grace

    Love the movie poster!
    New Moon will start to get interesting after this, with Jacob Black in her life now..

  34. Makayla

    I’m really curious to see how you….see Jacob. His story is certainly interesting.

    I’m dying to see how you gain an idea about Jacob in New Moon, only to have it flip in Eclipse.

    New Moon is so vital to the entire series. Eclipse relies so much on elements given in New Moon.

    Don’t skip over anything! New Moon is very, very important :]

    Enjoy!

  35. Claudia

    jacob.. i love jacob he is very essential to the twilight saga, im only saying this because im guessing u already know.. i like reading your thoughts on each chapter because i like your points of view they are very interesting, the story only gets better and better, cant wait until you finish new moon! πŸ˜€

  36. Cailey

    God I love the song memories. Makes me want to cry

  37. Angelica

    You say you’ve been spoiled as to… certain things about Jacob. I can’t believe you haven’t figured out what it’s foreshadowing!!

    But seriously… πŸ˜€ I figured it out already, with the same amount of NM spoilage as you have.

  38. Steph

    Jacob… *narrows eyes* Poor you, having to read about him. Hsss.
    Sorry, I go slightly odd when it comes to Jake. He’s a jerk.
    πŸ˜€

  39. Jen

    well in twilight, didn’t edward and the cullens hunt bears? ..so maybe that’s why there’s a return since they left.

    i’m pretty sure Bella won’t have any feelings toward Jacob.. i hope not, cause i LOVE edward πŸ™‚

  40. Tianna

    Thats a bit strange. I have this song on my I-Pod too…

  41. Cat

    Regarding the first five chapters of New Moon (yes, I'm only just catching on – but going fast now!) I think Bella's sudden interest in reckless actions comes from two things:
    1] indeed, wrestling with the fact that she promised Edward to stay out of trouble while there seems to be no real payoff for it anymore; at 'best', it keeps reminding her of him. Out of spite, or maybe as a desperate last resolve to lure him back – getting herself into such a total mess that he will nééd to come and rescue her again… Endless different motives intertwine here.
    2] she has been numb for so long now, and the few feelings that wΓ©re there only made her extremely sad and lonely – surprised by finally feeling something else again, she's clinging on for dear life to that emotion and sensation, if only to temporarily escape from the living hell she's been going through for the past time. It's not about the exciting activity in itself, but about it being so different from everything she is and was before.
    I must say, apart from the fact that it's just plain sad to see such loving characters separated, I was mostly baffled/flabbergasted by the description of Bella's state of grief and mourning. The absolute and utter nothingness, the frequent notions that she should actually feel, or do, or say, or think one thing or another – but all that's left is the screaming silent void inside.

  42. Cat

    Regarding the first five chapters of New Moon (yes, I'm only just catching on – but going fast now!) I think Bella's sudden interest in reckless actions comes from two things:
    1] indeed, wrestling with the fact that she promised Edward to stay out of trouble while there seems to be no real payoff for it anymore; at 'best', it keeps reminding her of him. Out of spite, or maybe as a desperate last resolve to lure him back – getting herself into such a total mess that he will nééd to come and rescue her again… Endless different motives intertwine here.
    2] she has been numb for so long now, and the few feelings that wΓ©re there only made her extremely sad and lonely – surprised by finally feeling something else again, she's clinging on for dear life to that emotion and sensation, if only to temporarily escape from the living hell she's been going through for the past time. It's not about the exciting activity in itself, but about it being so different from everything she is and was before.
    I must say, apart from the fact that it's just plain sad to see such loving characters separated, I was mostly baffled/flabbergasted by the description of Bella's state of grief and mourning. The absolute and utter nothingness, the frequent notions that she should actually feel, or do, or say, or think one thing or another – but all that's left is the screaming silent void inside.

  43. bianca archer

    I love twilight soooooooo much and wish to meet them some day!!!!!!!!!! Even though I haven’t finish it yet but I think Edward should go back to her. but I understand, I just love this movie/book soooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Bianca Archer

    Also, the song will always be stuck in my head till the day I die! I sing that song every day. I love twilight so much!=)

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