A guy reads Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (2009-2011)

Reading New Moon: Chapter 17 (Visitor)

The song for this chapter is Tomorrow Is A Long Time by Nickel Creek (suggested by Natalie D)


Besides hiding from Hurricane Ike, I spent most of my weekend catching up on enormous amounts of homework. Close to the end, right when I was about to self destruct, I did 43 pages of Government reading, only to discover upon finishing that I had read 43 pages in the wrong book.

Frustration? Much. Time to trade the textbooks for another chapter in New Moon, before I light fire to all my books in fury.

As the title of this chapter suggests, it is revealed almost immediately who the special Visitor is: and what an earth-shattering appearance it becomes. Because after all this time of Bella fighting against the memory of vampires, Alice shows up at her house, and everything from her stone-like strength to her smell reminds Bella of the vampires who had been so familiar to her months before, but had disappeared.

I always doubted that Alice would stay away when Bella came into danger (all-too-inevitable of an event). After all, if Alice has the ability to see the future, she would be able to see Bella before her death: an event she would have to attempt to save her from, or hate herself for the rest of her life for not intervening.

It gets interesting, however, when you watch closely what Alice can see and what she cannot. She saw Bella dying after jumping off the cliff. But she didn’t see Jacob at the door. This means that though she can see the future for vampires, and for humans (partly), she cannot see werewolves in any way. So she would not have seen Jacob saving Bella, or at the door, or across the street, or pretty much any of what had happened between Bella and Jacob so far. Is this a glitch in her power? Maybe brought on because she has been a human, and a vampire, but never a werewolf, so for some reason she can’t ‘tune’ into their futures? I’m keeping this in mind as I continue reading.

I laughed when this quote came along:

Alice: “I’ve never seen anyone so prone to life-threatening idiocy.”

It immediately reminded me of someone else who could vie for that title:

And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch this and see what sort of ridiculous TV I grew up on πŸ˜€ .

For some reason I had a sudden wave of sadness when Alice started to tell Bella what the Cullens had been up to for the past few months. The reason is that for all this time, I haven’t even tried to imagine what they have been doing. My mindset was that with the Cullens gone, it was as if they had simply died or faded away. It is hard to imagine that they actually left and could continue their lives: especially Edward. How could he really go on and do other things after being attached so deeply to Bella for so long?

I did see, however, a catch in Alice’s voice, when Charlie mistakenly assumes that Edward is enjoying himself in South America. Maybe he, like Bella, has had troubles of his own, moving on to other things without her. It doesn’t seem like it could really happen, seeing how hard it is for Bella and knowing how much harder it must be for Edward, who had a somewhat supernatural bond to her.


– Is it just me, or do you think if Alice started singing, she would sound like the girl in Nickel Creek (this week’s chapter song)? If you have somebody else you think would fit more, tell me in the comments.

– The Support Stephenie Meyer video project is still going strong: 11,000+ views in 5 days! Besides the responses there, I already have many sent in by email. It ends September 25 if you want to send in a clip!

– Due to high demand, I am starting a store for TwilightGuy t-shirts, as well as Team Stephenie items and various things for both guys and girls who like Twilight! I will be opening the store soon and the proceeds will help to support this website (and, soon-to-be-announced news stuff), so check back to see the designs! ADDED: Here are early previews of two of the designs: Image1 –Β  Image2 .



91 Responses

  1. Btw, the whole thing with Alice and not seeing the wolves is brought up in Eclipse…you won’t wait for Breaking Dawn to find about that…even though you’ve already guessed correctly πŸ™‚

  2. OMG, it’s Inspector Gadget! Sorry, I just loved that show as a little kid. If you liked this chapter, you are going to love the next one!

  3. Wow. I didn’t really catch the reason for why Alice can’t see the werewolves until Breaking Dawn when Stephenie offically explained it! Good detective work, Kaleb!

  4. Mad props for the Nickel Creek song; they’re my absolute favorite.

    Re: Alice’s visions, vampire and human vs. werewolf… wow, way to pick up on that. It never occurred to me until after I’d finished the whole series.

    More props for the Inspector Gadget pic.

  5. Dude. You’re too smart. Seriously, I think that maybe you’re hanging out at Breaking Dawn forums or something.
    And, I love Nickel Creek. My mom actually got to see the a couple years ago… I was stuck at home watching my brother… πŸ™
    Anyshoes, I love reading your post. I seriously laughed when I read saw the Inspector Gadget thing.
    And, yeah, Alice is supposed to have a really nice voice. In Eclipse it says something about her singing a complex harmony over a song in the car… anyways.
    So, since you caught on about the Alice thing, you should go back to chapter two or three or whenever it was when Bella was crying in the forest. I’m telling you, this isn’t even a spoiler. So, do it. Please and Thank you.
    Happy reading!

  6. I can’t believe that you made the jump about the glitch in Alice’s visions. It took me until Breaking Dawn to actually get that. Cause they actually explain. Nice!!

  7. dude you are amazing you have no idea how much stuff you figure out! wow lol oh and i always thought that Alice would sound kinda like Amy Lee, only like lighter, somehow. =D

  8. OH MY GOD. INSPECTOR GADGET FTW. GOD i miss 90s television.. does anyone else other than me REALLY want to watch Are You Afraid Of The Dark? they seriously need to put that show on dvd… ..i’m going off topic aren’t i? i can’t wait until you read the next chapter!!! this chapter until the end is my favorite part of New Moon XD and GOOD JOB! on figureing out Alice’s glitch!!! i pride myself in being able to figure out things while i’m reading a book and even i didn’t realize that until Breaking Dawn when they literally spelled it out in front of my face lol.

  9. Ahaha! Alice would sound EXACTLY like that!

    I loved Inspector Gadget! Not so much anymore, but it’s still ridiculously hilarious.

  10. “Is this a glitch in her power? Maybe brought on because she has been a human, and a vampire, but never a werewolf, so for some reason she can’t β€˜tune’ into their futures? I’m keeping this in mind as I continue reading.”

    Well done Kaleb πŸ˜€ You’re being all Alicey.

  11. Inspector Gadget rules πŸ™‚ I don’t know about the US, but in the UK, it’s ALWAYS on at like, midnight on cartoon network πŸ™‚

  12. Kaleb,

    Keep reading. that’s all I have to say. keep reading. (like you would stop!?!?, ha ha) Did you read ‘Midnight Sun’? I know Stephenie posted it but some are opting not to read it. Maybe some thoughts on it woud be helpful. You are in ‘New Moon’, so, it would be nice to hear from another writer.
    I grew up on Inspector Gadget as well. He definately is ‘prone to life-threatening idiocy.’
    Loved the shirts. I do make one request. Could you possibly do another shirt with your ‘twilight guy’ logo? I know ther are alot of fans (who are female) who would love to own a ‘twilight guy’ shirt. I would buy one, and I am married.

  13. I personally always think of Alice when I listen to Paramore. To me that’s how i think alice’s voice would sound. *shurgs* Just my personally thought on it. ^.^

  14. Are you sure you aren’t playing your fellow Twilighters in saying you haven’t read the series? My friend, if you not deceiving us, then you are possibly the most perceptive person I have heard of. That is all I will say about that topic.

    I can picture Alice through that voice. However, I think her voice would be that fuller soprano, not as raspy or light. More like Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation (esp. in “Angels”). Check it out!

  15. Kaleb-

    I have a suggestion for someone Alice might sound like if she broke into song….

    Alison Krauss

    Her singing voice totally reminds me of Alice.


    And I’m sad I didn’t know about your surprise birthday video either!! I would have sent something in. But at least I got a gnome face-planted in a birthday cake on your MySpace comments. πŸ™‚

    Happy Birthday AGAIN!!

    BTW…I have a hard time reading your chapter updates sometimes because I hate knowing things that someone else is just about to find out and not being able to say anything.

    You know, I’ve been wondering…How do you avoid spoilers? Seriously, not only have these books been out for a while, but you RUN one of the top ten sites dedicated to people who have already read them and freely discuss every minute detail of the whole series on a regular basis here. Are you just really good and quickly averting your eyes?

    Team Stephenie

  16. I’m assuming you made it out of Ike ok. That’s good to know. My best friend had to evacuate Galveston, and now she doesn’t know when she can go back. :/

    Don’t you just love Alice? She says the funniest things.
    And does the coolest things…

  17. Maybe brought on because she has been a human, and a vampire, but never a werewolf…

    Wow, did anyone else notice that? =D

  18. I remember watching Inspector Gadjet!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved that show!!!!!!!!!!! then they took it off of the air πŸ™ so sad…

  19. Well, I’m not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet, but if you go to one of the pages under New Moon on Stephenie’s website (I believe it is called Extras…I’m not exactly sure), it involves a conversation between Edward and Rosalie, it will explain more accurately how the Cullens reacted to leaving Bella. I think Alice was trying to sugarcoat her explanation, so it didn’t worry Bella. And, I’m not absolutely positive that there are no spoilers, but there shouldn’t be. I AM sure that it will be safe after you finish the next chapter, though. There is one from Edward’s POV, and one from Rosalie’s POV. The one in Edward’s POV involves the conversation, and the one in Rose’s POV involves the conversation between her and Alice towards the end of the chapter. These explain a lot. It would be a great idea to read them πŸ™‚

  20. BTW-I’m not sure I ever wished you a happy birthday! So, happy birthday, Kaleb…belated. Haha. I hope you had a good time πŸ™‚

  21. im glad you survived ike. even tho us in the dallas area didnt get TOO much rain/wind. :)and i agree with you about the singer and alice. but wait for the next chapters, they are the best in the book!!

  22. β€œMaybe he, like Bella, has had troubles of his own, moving on to other things without her.”

    I’m glad you caught onto that. How can he move on without her? Everything about him is always about Bella… atleast Bella has distractions.

  23. *Clapping for Kaleb* I am so impressed that you noticed that Alice couldn’t see Jacob saving Bella. It never dawned on mr until now, and I have read it once and listened to it once. Hello – what’s wrong with me. You have skills boy!

  24. Maybe he, like Bella, has had troubles of his own, moving on to other things without her.”- I’m glad you said that… I mean come on.. it’s obviously just as painful.. if not MORE for Edward

  25. I've read all the twilight books like 10 times, but I realized the other day while rereading New Moon, that Alice says she takes a plane to forks, yet she shows up at Bella's house with Carlisle's Mercedes. How is that possible? Has anyone else noticed this?

  26. INSPECTOR GADGET! You just went up on my cool scale my friend*applause*(even though I don't reall know you at all, that still nets you cool scale points)

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