On today’s thread about Bree Tanner, I’d like to read what you think we readers of this ‘Eclipse novella’ have learned about the story-line in Eclipse specifically or the Saga as a whole that we didn’t know before. Nothing fancy or profound, nothing “beneath the surface.” Just the narrative line facts, the plot points. Here are three things I picked up:(1) It seems bad-guy vampires, even the ones (especially the ones?) we’re meant to like, don’t care for cell phones or physical affection. The sexual modesty is something we’ll have to come back to. Does the absence of cellular phones strike anyone else as slightly bizarre? Or is that bit of anachronistic story-telling just a pointer that most of the story content is meant to be allegorical?
(2) Knowing that the Newborn Army is such a group of clueless losers makes me very glad that Mrs. Meyer didn’t find a way to incorporate this aspect of the story into Eclipse. It would have been very hard to take Bella’s worries about Edward-in-battle seriously if we’d been shown how pathetic a group of “dregs” they were.
(3) We meet Diego and Freaky Freddy, the latter of which twosome survives for another day (and Twilight sequel, I’m obliged to mention), neither of whom we knew before Bree Tanner was published.
I look forward to reading your surface story pick-ups in the comment boxes below — and to taking this story reading up a notch tomorrow. Yesterday’s Tanner post can be found here: Bree Tanner — First Critical Responses.