The Twilight series of books started with this memorable line:
“When Life offers you a dream so far beyond any of your expectations, it’s not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end”
That has always been the underlying theme of the books for me, that somehow this relationship between human and vampire is tenuous at best. Something so far beyond real that you always feel it can never be nor can it be attainable. That, sometimes is the beauty or appeal of most things in life isn’t it? To dream the impossible to dare it to come true.
I finally got around to reading Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) by Stephanie Meyers, the fourth book in the Twilight Series. While falling in line with most sequels where subsequent installments don’t quite live up to the excitement of the first, I think this final book in the series nicely wraps up all the unanswered questions in the first three books. The much anticipated wedding of Bella and Edward starts off this volume and finally, the crux of the previous three books comes to fruition. Bella becomes a vampire.
I’m not going to re-tell the story here, you have to experience the series to get the whole impact, but let me just say that the fourth book is almost anticlimactic. I’m torn whether some things should have been better left to the imagination. Regardless, I still enjoyed reading this fourth book. There are more comedic episodes in this book than the others, Jacob, the werewolf best friend of Bella, provided some of the funniest, laugh-out-loud moments. The final conflict, as in the other books, had a happy ending; and going back to the quote above, I can’t help but wonder if the series wouldn’t have been better served if it had a not so happily-ever-after ending. What if there had been a blood bath battle to the end with the Volturi totally annihilated at the expense of Bella and Edward. It would sort of be a payment for their unlikely union. Something that perfect can’t be possible could it? What if, the only survivors were Jacob and Renesmee? A sequel of their subsequent adventures would have been interesting. Without the Volturi, they could go on a new odyssey to find Alice and Jasper, discover other vampire covens, develop more some of the new vampire characters introduced in Breaking Dawn, like the Amazonians.
But, as Stephanie Meyers said, this is Bella’s story and in the end Bella has to triumph over all the adversities she went through in the earlier books in the series. In the final book, Bella’s character completes her evolution from the helpless human to the most unusual and powerful vampire of them all.