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Monday, July 26, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella DQ’s

If you decided to read this novella with me, feel free to answer the questions below.

 

  1. What was your initial thoughts before reading on why this particular character was chosen for a novella. Why Bree? Why not Riley, who is technically more “involved” with the Cullens?
  2. In the beginning of the story, what do you think of Bree and her personality?
  3. Why do you think Stephenie Meyers wrote a novel coming from a newborns perspective?
  4. Knowing Bree has all of two or three lines in Eclipse, and not even four in the movie, how did you feel about her after reading her tale. Do you feel differently?
  5. What do you think of the her growing friendship with Diego?
  6. Why did Fred not use his “powers” on Bree like he did the others?
  7. Why do you think Diego “met the sun” as they say in True Blood and suffered his final death?
  8. Were you surprised to know that the Volturi knew what the newborns were planning? In Eclipse when Edward said to Jane “too bad you didn’t get to do what you came here for” did you read it like he knew?
  9. Did you find that you wanted to keep Bree alive even though you knew the outcome of Eclipse?
  10. Who else would you like to see Stephenie Meyers explore that spawned from the Twilight Saga?

xoxo

Nat

music note While writing this, I was listening to "Tracking" by Carter Burwell



4 comments:

MakeupMandiTX said...

1. Bree was a non-entity until Bella actually saw her. Reading Eclipse, I always had a sense of what Riley was doing, all of the others were a complete mystery. Bree having that moment where she could have been saved made her a very dynamic choice.
2. She's very "Bella" in terms of level-headed apathy.
3. To make $$.
4. I tend to see her (and all of the newborns) as a more well-rounded character which in all honesty I feel Meyers has a hard time creating.
5. It felt forced and honestly took away from the novella as a whole.
6. He saw her as his equal.
7. I'd like to say it was to protect Bree, but I think if that were truly the case; they'd have run away when they had the chance.
8. Not at all. Yes, I always assumed they knew.
9. No.
10. I think it'd be neat to explore the Amazonian vamps and the half-breeds like Renesme.

kelegirl6 said...

1. What was your initial thoughts before reading on why this particular character was chosen for a novella. Why Bree? Why not Riley, who is technically more “involved” with the Cullens?

I am pretty sure Bree was chosen for the novella based on the fact that she was the only newborn in the attack against the Cullens that actually figured out that there could be another life than fighting another coven.

2. In the beginning of the story, what do you think of Bree and her personality?

Very timid, but smart.

3. Why do you think Stephenie Meyers wrote a novel coming from a newborns perspective?

I think Stephenie probably wanted to explore the mind of a newborn so that she could understand her vampires in full circle: the good, bad and ugly.

4. Knowing Bree has all of two or three lines in Eclipse, and not even four in the movie, how did you feel about her after reading her tale. Do you feel differently?

I think whether you read this book, Eclipse or just watch the movie, everyone is kind of hoping for Bree to make it through the Volturi encounter. We've learned to trust Carlisle and the decisions he makes. I don't feel differently, I've always wanted her to make it alive, and even more so with this book. She and Fred could have helped in the Breaking Dawn encounter with the Volturi.

5. What do you think of the her growing friendship with Diego?

I love it. I pretty much figured out their relationship within their first few conversations. And the moment Diego didn't come back, I knew he had been killed.

6. Why did Fred not use his “powers” on Bree like he did the others?

I'm not too sure why Fred did not use his powers on Bree. He could have noticed that she had some good in her, or pitied the fact that she was so small and fragile (her spirit).

7. Why do you think Diego “met the sun” as they say in True Blood and suffered his final death?

Aww... I haven't read true blood :(. But I knew he met his death because the instant he showed Riley what he knew, Riley considered him a threat.

8. Were you surprised to know that the Volturi knew what the newborns were planning? In Eclipse when Edward said to Jane “too bad you didn’t get to do what you came here for” did you read it like he knew?

I didn't know till I read the book.

9. Did you find that you wanted to keep Bree alive even though you knew the outcome of Eclipse?

Yes, she's always had my vote.

10. Who else would you like to see Stephenie Meyers explore that spawned from the Twilight Saga?

I'd like to see Stephenie explore maybe Renesemee and Jacob's relationship when she gets older. That or maybe Sam Uley's discovery of shape shifting.

♥nat ♥ said...

1. I'm intoxicated by the story of these vampires. S.M. could write a story about the journey of a piece of lint that was stuck in Edward's belly button and I'd buy the book. I think Bree seemed "softer" to us in Eclipse than Riley, because we only see her after she decides not to fight. We see Riley as a puppet behind Victoria, gullible and angry. A book from his perspective would be pretty dark - although I would read it too!

2.I think she is thinking everyone for themselves. She has learned to keep her head low and who to avoid, but she can't help but succumb to the burning in her throat, acting more like a beast than a person.

3. When I think of writing, I try to consider every perspective up front. I think she slipped into this perspective as she was writing Eclipse to help show what they would do next. The idea spread and now we have this. It's what all the profilers do that work for the police. To beat them, you have to think like them.

4.I immediately went to Amazon and pre-ordered this book when I heard of its release. When it came, I placed it nicely on my bookshelf and there it sat. I loaned it out to my Principal's daughter and she read it. I wasn't really interested in hearing about Bree. I am highly annoyed with the hype of all the celebrities that were in Twilight as it is b/c they have risen to fame off of 30 sec shots and 3 and 4 lines. Anyway, I was interested to see how she was going to make Bree seem leading up to her death. By the end of the book, she had my sympathy and I felt terrible that she died by the hands of Felix. I can see where S.M. says she wishes she ended Eclipse differently.

5. I think that Bree was one of the typical newborns vamps with bloodlust, until Diego gave her a reason to concentrate on something else. I think the relationship could have been better capitalized than it was because too much was left unsaid, making Diego a 2D character to me.

6. He saw that she was not like the others. Even though she craved blood, she wasn't innately evil. She didn't embrace that like "Spiderman" and the others did. He saw that she liked her quiet, and even though he made everyone sick, she still did kind things for him like give him the books she finished, etc.

7.Diego was more of a Cullen than a nomad. He embraced civility and held on to his humanity. He was calmer and more in control than Riley in some aspects, and Riley didn't want that. He needed a wild army to kill Bella. When Diego told Riley of what he discovered, he was torn limb from limb and Riley was hardened into the cruel killing machine we saw in Eclipse.

8.Considering all the death and destruction, there was no surprise Jane and the Goon Squad was sent in to check on the situation. Hating the Cullens for having talents that would take away from the I'll-burn-you-with-my-mind-cause-I'm-scary-Jane limelight, Victoria presented an easy solution to Jane's issue. I thought the line interesting that Edward said it was too bad they didn't get to do what they had wanted, but for some reason until I read this novella, I never made the connection that Edward read Bree's mind. Honestly, I figured the Goons to be too clever to allow Edward in their minds.

9.I did. I didn't care about her in the beginning and was reading it b/c it was another part of the story, but by the end, I really wanted her to live.

10.Of course, I want to see her finish Midnight Sun and tell the story from Edward's perspective. I find it interesting the only back-story not explained in the movies was Alice. If I remember reading correctly, did James actually make her? I need to find that. I would LOVE to learn more of Carlisle and even the Cullens/Hale again, but maybe in an earlier time. It would be neat to follow them for say 50-60 years and see how they adapt to the times. I'd also like to see Jake and Renesme in the future to see how they grow and even learn more about the Blacks from the past.

kelegirl6 said...

I didn't pick up on the fact that Bree filled Edward in on the Volturi's little secret before she was killed. Also, hello ding dong, of course the Volturi let this happen, Jane is jealous of Bella because she can't put Bella under her spell. I don't know why I didn't think of that earlier!