He’s like a drug for you, Bella. I see that you can’t live without him now. It’s too late. But I would have been healthier for you. Not a drug; I would have been the air, the sun.
- Eclipse, Chapter 26
Ahhh, the love triangle at it’s peak. If I’m being honest I’d have to say there was never any competition for me. I took an immediate like to Jacob but couldn’t really figure out why either one of them were pining over Bella. She had no redeeming qualities until the end of Breaking Dawn and by then, it was too little too late for me. I felt so bad for Jake because Bella used him for her own selfish purposes. But I also thought he was really stupid at times because he just kept going back for more abuse, hoping she’d change her mind. And I think his flaws are a part of what makes him so great. Even in his stupidity over Bella, he never gave up hope. And to me that is admirable because sometimes hope is everything. I mean I believe that she loved Jacob, truly loved Jacob…but to me she never put value in it the way she did with Edward. Personally, I’ll never understand why she didn’t open her eyes and really see what she was giving up. Jacob was right, he was so much healthier for her, natural.
And here is where my personal views come into play. I’ve always been a fan of ‘organic’ relationships. When two people allow themselves the time and space to not only love each other, but to LIKE each other…to be friends. Jacob was her friend, first and foremost. Before he was anything else, he knew how to be a good friend. Which to me is a PHENOMENAL base for a relationship. So not like a drug. Not obsessive and unhealthy and controlling like her relationship with Edward. More importantly, the person you are when you’re with your mate is important.
Now my favorite scene in Eclipse was Chapter 25: Fire and Ice. How awesome was that scene between him and Edward? I really actually enjoyed them both in this scene. The rawness, the emotions, and the pure honesty of them both was enchanting. I also loved when he broke her out of her makeshift jail with the Cullens and showed up at her school on his motorbike. First off, I couldn’t believe that holding the girl hostage would even be acceptable to her, but this is Bella we’re talking about. But Jake came to her rescue AGAIN! Honestly, I felt Jacob was way too good for Bella but I feel like Edward is too good for her as well. And in a way I’m kinda glad things resolved themselves with her. But because I loved Jake so much, I wanted to see him happy, and I knew Bella would do that, and so would have been satisfied and happy FOR HIM had they ended up together. OMG, I seriously felt his pain when he found out she was going to marry Edward. When he started howling in the woods…geez, I felt so bad for him. I just wanted to hug the boy and tell him it’d be alright. It broke my heart at the end when he ran away. He did all that fighting to once again be told no, not gonna happen. But in the end I was hoping he’d find the love and happiness he so deserved.
The clouds I can handle. But I can’t fight with an eclipse.
- Eclipse, Chapter 26
Life sucks, and then you die. Yeah, I should be so lucky
— Breaking Dawn: Book 2 preface
This book made me feel like a mama bear or errr…wolf. I was like super super proud of Jacob when he finally stepped into his birthright and became Alpha and leader of his own pack. How awesome was that moment? But again, he’s back to protecting Bella, once again drawn into her crap. I have to say, I think the way his story ended was a real cop out and they could have done so much better by him. A lot of people wish he would have at least ended up with Leah, but not me. Leah was way too angry and bitter to appreciate someone like Jacob. He needed someone with as good a heart as he had. I’m also not a fan of the Renesmee pairing. Besides the fact that it’s just weird (yes even though the whole imprinting thing is explained), when it became clear that he and Bella would not be, I wanted him to have a love that was fresh, and new, and so far removed from Bella and all of her drama. And then to find he ends up with her kid….WTF? Although I liked his brotherly relationship with the child, it was hard for me to picture them having a romance in the future. I will say I got a little choked up in the end when Bella was making it clear that she expected Jake to take Renesmee and leave and keep her safe. Jacob’s distress, even as a wolf, was palpable. My favorite part of the series was probably when we got Breaking Dawn from his point of view. Jacob is freaking hilarious. I laughed throughout his part, and I didn’t want it to end. I began to think how cool would it have been to have the whole story from his point of view. I would have been much more interested. But I guess he still managed to capture my heart. (Ya think?!)
Stay tuned for the last and final part of this character profile tomorrow or Thursday. The last part is where I break from the books and get into the personal reasons of my love for Jake.
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