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

Reading Eclipse: Chapter 6 (Switzerland)

The song for this chapter is Switzerland by The Bella Cullen Project


As I hastily unloaded groceries after a quick trip to the local store, I was suddenly stopped in my tracks by a sight I had never seen before. A silver volvo. Parked in front of my apartment.

I was shocked that I reacted at all. I mean, it is just a silver Volvo. Nevertheless, I literally stopped and stared to make sure that it was actually a silver Volvo, and not some figment of my imagination. Though it wasn’t extremely shiny (we are college students after all), it was silver: and was perhaps my first silver Volvo to ever see in my life and consciously recognize its presence. Its owner, however, was nowhere to be found.

Edward’s own shiny silver Volvo has probably been circling the border line multiples of times since Bella went in to see Jacob, because he’s right behind her in a flash, following her just so she knows he is there and is watching. I can almost feel the anger pulsating from that car, and Bella is obviously a bit too afraid to face Edward in a place without other people nearby.

I have learned two things in the past two chapters about Stephenie’s world. For the previous chapter, this word was Imprinting. For this chapter, it is obviously Switzerland.

I’ve never been able to figure out until recently what the country of Switzerland has to do with vampires. I know the Swiss make fine watches and fine cheese (a piece of which I usually eat before I go on BlogTV) but I have never heard of the Swiss having anything to do with vampires.

The Swiss Guard have nothing to do with vampires. Whatsoever.

However, the new definition of being ‘Switzerland’ has finally been spelled out for me: and it is a very obvious way to avoid choosing Edward of Jacob and getting your head bitten off by the opposing side.

Why is it that I feel like a creepy eavesdropper, listening in on Bella and Angela through a tiny hole I have carved in their ceiling? Their conversation is comprised completely of three distinct subjects:

1. Boys

2. Boys

3. Boys

I don’t need to be hearing these things. I am a guy. The last time a conversation like this came up, Bella and her pals were talking about prom dresses in Twilight. It causes me to cringe slightly, as if I am walking in on a conversation to which my entire gender is uninvited and unwelcome. As if I might be standing in the corner, and then Bella eyes me suspiciously and says, ‘Do you NEED anything, sir?’ and causes me to sheepishly jump out the window.

However, after managing to pull through it, I was able to pick up on a certain tidbit that I can easily identify with:

“I got my dorm assignment yesterday. The farthest building from campus, naturally.” (Angela)

for I am in a similar situation as well:

The map of my adventurous journey home from school

Of course, Alice has been paid off by Edward: in the form of a new Porsche. Up until now, I haven’t really clicked entirely with who Alice is as a character. But all of a sudden, in this chapter particularly, I have come to realize just how bubbly and almost-eternally-happy she is. Anytime she opens her mouth to speak, it almost always turns into a paragraph:


“Not really.” She sniffed. “You don’t seem to grasp how dangerous a young werewolf can be. Especially when I can’t see them. Edward has no way of knowing if you’re safe. You shouldn’t be so reckless (jabber jabber jabber) ”


“Werewolves are dangerous. Be safe. Now.”

But is the long extended way of talking that makes her character so colorful. And of course Alice wants to stay up with Bella long into the night: vampires don’t need any sleep. Very cunning, Alice.

How can I possibly set the book down at the ending of this chapter? How is it possible for any human to stop reading when Rosalie shows up at Bella’s door? It is possible only when it is 1 AM and I have not yet eaten dinner (which will soon be called breakfast if I wait any longer). So, it’s off to mealtimes then bedtimes for me, and another chapter asap… if I can actually keep from peeking into what Rosalie has to say before.

Question for the comments: if you were Alice and had to be bribed, what type of car would YOU demand? πŸ˜€


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189 Responses

  1. Okay, first off, Kaleb. You do realize you’re asking a large audience comprised mostly of girls their opinion on cars? *giggles* Only joking. Some girls have a pretty good knowledge of cars.

    Secondly, yes! This is my kind of question! I would ask for a 1976 Pontiac Firebird, in either red, yellow, or black. Must be a convertible and – if possible – originally restored. Of course, they’re very rare, but they’re fantastic! They only made about 50,000 in the whole country, and most were crashed by stupid, irresponsible teenagers… like myself. Kidding! I would be exceedingly careful if I owned one. It’s the kind of muscle car that LONGS to move before you’ve even put it in drive, and its rumbling engine is much closer to the sound of Bella’s truck than Edward’s purring Volvo, but it moves just as fast!

  2. Just FYI, my grandfather owns the aforementioned Pontiac in red. Drop dead gorgeous. That’s how I was introduced.

  3. A motorcycle perhaps. A Ducati Monster in hot red… red to be percise. but a car I would still go after the Porsche. I have long lusted after this car after seeing a picture on stephenie’s website.

  4. Great post, Kaleb! My dad is a car fanatic (I am, too), so there is already an 07 Corvette in my garage I would take a Mustang GT or a Porsche 911 Turbo or an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish.:D
    P.S. anne_onymous you don’t have to be a guy to be into cars.

  5. A green Mayfair Mini with a white top. Because oldschool minis kick ass.

    That and I kind of like cars that reach their terminal velocity at 60 miles an hour.


  6. i thought it was switzerland like how when the whole hitler thing happened switzerland stayed nuetral on the whole subject and wanted nothing to with it at all,,while all these other countries were out there fighting a war with germany and saying how bad it was and how germany was likeno its not! and switzerland was all ‘yeah im not going to get in to this one’ and….right? thats what i first thought of when iread this

    like bella doesnt want to get into the middle of whatever war the vampires and werwwolves have.

    dude i totally picked up on alices cheerfuliness when ifirst read it and now shes my favorite character, even when ihad only read the first book πŸ™‚ anyway nice graphhics they wer pretty funny:)

  7. I”m not a car enthusiast but I like those old cars from the 30’s and I’m with Karina, the Aston Martins are gorgeous cars. And I would have never known about them if not for these books. πŸ˜›

    When I first read this chapter, I was pissed. I’m not one for being forced against my will in anything and I react when it happens in my stories. However, I will say that her phone message to Edward about how angry grizzlies will pale in comparison to what is waiting for him at home cracks me up every time. I can hear it in my head and it just makes me smile.

  8. ANY car is better than my hunk-o-junk. Something is ALWAYS wrong with it. Now the front left tire makes noise every time I some to a stop and I have no idea whether something is wrong with my tire, axel (that IS what it’s called right? Where’s Rosalie when you need her.. XP), or break. grr… I must say thought that after reading Twilight I agree with Alice – I’LL TAKE A YELLOW PORSCHE, PLEASE!! I saw one the other day!! It was fantastic XD

  9. I don’t think Alice actually needed to be bribed, she probably would have done it anyway, as long as she got to “torture” Bella. But I’m sure she didn’t mind the turbo. I don’t think I would want a car though, since I already have one. I’d want to get something I don’t have, like…I don’t know, a horse, or a year’s supply of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream lol. Alice is my absolute favorite character of the entire series, because she’s always happy and funny. I wish she was my big sister πŸ˜€

  10. oh and a heads up for all you people saying you would want an Aston Martin Vanquish, well since it is no longer in production I would suggest looking at the DBS V12 (James Bond’s car in Casino Royale) since it is the successor.

  11. I’m easy to bribe, car-wise: a Volkswagen New Beetle. Maybe get it in every color–a red one and a blue one and even a green one. πŸ˜‰

    The next chapter is one of the BEST in Eclipse. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

  12. Oh, and this isn’t car-related, but I was at work one day (I work in a retail store) and this one lady said she was from Washington state, the Olympic peninsula. I was dying to ask her if she was from Forks, but I didn’t want to sound like either a nerd or a stalker…

  13. Okay so car… I’m thinking something old but definatley stylin’. How about a Classic Jaguar XK150 roadster (1950s). That’s definatley the car for me haha. And You’ll really enjoy the next chapter Kaleb!

  14. I would have to ask for a Ferrari 360 spider, in red or triple black. Now THAT would be something to drive around the streets of Forks.

  15. I’m so demanding Edward’s Aston Martin!
    When that’s said..I hope you finally got that Switzerland is a symbol of neutrality..(or maybe you haven’t payed close enought attention in history class? XP)

  16. Hilarious Kaleb. Yea don’t eavesdrop on girls. never pretty πŸ™‚
    u just might hear something you don’t want to…
    hmm, Quiero un(a?) Ashton Martin Vanquish. (I want a Ashton Martin Vanquish).
    Those cars are fab. and yea, i noe edward owns it but still πŸ™‚

  17. Ooh… I have had my eyes on a specific car since I first started driving. A new Volkswagon Beetle, medium/bright blue with the special paint that shines a blue-green when the light hits it… And while I’m dreaming, wooden paneling on the doors. Maple, with a mahogany trim. Mmm…

    But the next chapter… It could very easily be my favorite chapter in Eclipse. It’s tied with Chapter 22- Fire and Ice.

    I didn’t like Rosalie at all in Twilight. I got curious about her in New Moon. And this next chapter really made her character for me. Now I’m a Rosalie advocate for those who tend to bash her character- and believe me, they exist.

    I can’t wait for your next post. I keep checking, just in case, haha.

  18. hmm.. iwould want aaaaaa… aha.. a lamborghini mercialgo or gallardo.. i so obsessed with that car i have a poster of it in my room!!!!

  19. the next chapter is awesome. u get to know rosalie a little more. i liked her after it actually πŸ™‚ hmmm i would most definetly get a sleek black beamer! beautiful car let me tell ya!

  20. If I were Alice… I’d be paid off with a nice looking car with a capability to not be destroyed in wrecks… often. Particularly a fast one as well. I don’t know very much about cars, but I have to say that by the way the Porche sounds, I’d be paid off with that as well.

    Way to go, Alice!

  21. first, i have to say, i have never left a comment on your site. but, i Have always wanted to, if for nothing else then to tell you that your interpretations of your readings in and of the twilight saga are very interesting and, honestly, stinkin’ hilarious! πŸ™‚ thank you for taking the time.

    as for the car, if you had walked up to me on the street and asked me this same question, i would have immediately responded with :Astin Martin v12 Vanquish. it has been my favorite car since i saw James Bond doing crazy things in it, and made even more special by the fact that it is Edward’s “special occasion car”:) i win all around:)

    by the way, i’d like it in shiny black please. πŸ™‚

  22. p.s. plus, if those two like it? you KNOW it has to be the best, and fast as hell. so there.

  23. I want the Aston Martin (I don’t know if you’ve come across it yet or not, I’m a little off with my time line.) Anyways, ya. Nice friggin’ car. Either that or my mom’s old ’65 Mustang.

  24. I would sooo demand Edwards Aston Martin..bring it!
    When that’s said I hope you finally got that Switzerland is a symbol of neutality…you know that if you payed close enough attention in history class that is..

  25. Well, personally, I’ve always wanted an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish – the original Bond car, Italian Job… But since Stephenie was so keen to make Edward already have one, I don’t know what to ask for. I’d probably just steal his…

  26. OH!
    My aunt’s BOYFRIEND has a shiny silver Volvo – S60R.
    But, the ride was so awesome. Amazing. I loved it!

  27. definitely a Saturn Sky.
    they are AMAZINGGG.

    or a Vanquish.
    or an Audi R8.
    or a Mini Coop.

    i love cars.

    next chapter = awesome.

  28. Um, Kaleb, I hate to tell you this, but, if you’re noticing silver Volvos, you’re in love with Edward Cullen. Welcome to the club.

  29. Hah very nice. I think Alice is right with all this Porshe bussiness. Sounds good to me. And yellow would be a great color for it. Yellow is happy. Yellow is Alice. I think I would definetly want a Porshe. But I would trade in a Porshe for Edward. Yeah.

  30. My care would be a 1956 rag top Mustang GT. What can I say I like me a vintage car.

    So you know what out car would be can we know what your car would be?

  31. Easy: a 1954 Corvette. Blue. πŸ˜€
    I know very little about cars, so thank goodness Rosalie still lives there! πŸ™‚

  32. haha! it’s really funny cuz before i read twilight, i was completely unaware of volvos, and porches, and monster jeeps. Now i see them EVERYWHERE. the other day when i was going to school, i saw EDWARD”S VOLVO. THE S60R!! and i started screaming so everyone in their cars could here…hehe…and another time edwards volvo was parked infront of my house because i live across the street from phrat boys and they were having a party. I was about to take a picture but i guy came out of the house and was looking at me weird and i really didn’t want a repeat of port angeles since edward wouldn’t be there to save me. and then i had to go to the doctors and as i was backing out of the lot, emmetts jeep was RIGHT behind me. so, i kinda went into a twilight cars overload. hehe.

  33. I would demand a Aston Martin (the v12 vanquish would do it) or a wonderful Mercedes SLR CoupΓ© maybe..

  34. I would DEMAND the Audi R8. My god, the thing is simply GORGEOUS….ooooh, now I’m going through an Audi withdrawl…

  35. i don’t understand why she couldnt just by the car herself. they own the same money so why not? but seeing that I dont have the money, id ask for some really old but stil running car. i like vintage-ishy stuff

  36. If I were to be bribed with a car, it would be either a Mustang GT, a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda, or a Plymouth Superbird, though I wouldn’t say no to a racecar…

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