Eclipse: The Best So Far.

by Meredith O’Brien


Putting aside the handsome chivalrous vampire/ripped boyish werewolf/confused human teenaged gal love triangle for just a moment, first things first. The Twi-moms in the house likely want to know the answer to this question: Is Eclipse any good?


As a reader of all the Twilight books and a repeat viewer of the first two films, I found Eclipse to be the best installment of the saga thus far. The film version of the 629-page book was a very good adaptation, and -- this may seem heresy coming from a writer -- it seemed to move along at a smoother clip than did the book.


This film also seemed much lighter at times than the super-heavy, Romeo & Juliet “if you die then I die” New Moon where Edward disappeared for most of the movie, taking his hair and his chemistry with him. Not so with this movie. In Eclipse, the serious and dashing Edward Cullen – who, when he wasn’t being stalkerishly overprotective of his human girlfriend Bella Swan and very traditional when it came to resisting sex before marriage, was sweep-you-off-your-feet romantic (“You’ll always be my Bella”) – was also apt to crack one-liners, like the comment he made when he saw the habitually shirtless boy-pup Jacob Black, “Doesn’t he own a shirt?” (This remark was matched by Jacob’s later comment, “Let’s face it, I’m hotter than you,” which had a duel meaning, but in that moment was literally a reference to body temperature.)


But it wouldn’t be Twilight without romantic tension. And this is where things got interesting in Eclipse. While the forward momentum of the story stemmed from the imminent threats to Bella’s life which ultimately prompted cooperation between the local vampires and werewolves to defeat an army of blood-thirsty newborn vampires hell bent on killing Bella, the Edward-Bella-Jacob love triangle easily overshadowed all of that action . . . as well as the question of whether 18-year-old Bella will actually marry Edward and whether he’ll, in turn, agree to transform her into a vampire, thereby ending her human life.


On this marriage matter is where Eclipse becomes a story about maternal regret and a child not wanting to repeat her mother’s mistakes. Bella’s mother Renée got married “fresh out of high school” to Bella’s dad Charlie and they had Bella soon after. The young marriage didn’t last, and by age 7, Bella found herself being shuttled back and forth between divorced parents on the weekends. Neither Bella nor Renée ever wanted Bella to reenact this process and Bella certainly didn’t envision herself getting married right out of high school.



I have a comment on the article in USA Today that you responded to. You state that Twilight over-romantacizes teen sex and marriage, but I don't really see that going on at all. Of course it does show deep love and passion for someone. But it also shows from Edwards view the importance of marriage before sex. How many of us have married our High School sweethearts? I'm sure a lot. I am also sure there was sex involved before marriage. My oldest daughter is 10 and we watch the movies together. I want her to see that someone can love you and NOT expect something in return. I wish they had this when I was younger. It gives the teens and tweens something to think about when it comes to not giving in to sex before marriage. It gives them hope to look for the type of love they deserve. Of course we all know the Vampires aren't real. I mean seriously, come on. I don't think our kids are going to go out and look for the fountain of youth to be with their soulmate forever. I think they just want a sense of happy ever after. I also don't agree with the part where you wrote about them living in their parents basement with a screaming toddler, no college plans, working at 7-eleven and wondering where fun went. I am very offended by that. Not everyone who gets married has kids. Also not everyone who is married has kids and no future. There is no age on when to get married. My husband and I have been together for 11 years and we met when we were 17. Our marriage has probably outlasted most marriages of people who waited to get married after college. My point is I am thankful there is something I can have interest in with my daughter. I would rather her be chasing after the dream of love then at a party drinking and doing something else.......