I know a lot of jokes have been made about the birth scene in Breaking Dawn---lots of references and descriptions of it being a bloody mess-- but I gotta tell you that when I read it I was so caught up in what would happen next that I wasn't turned off by the blood and gore of it at all. I actually thought it was exciting.
My bigger concern was more about the fact that Jacob was still there. I was like, 'Stray dog! Go home already!!' But of course, Stephenie had to keep giving Jacob these prime spots in the book. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Jacob kept her heart beating and he was there to take over when the bloodlust got to be too much for Rosalie. But was anyone else like, WTF you can't have the baby until your doctor gets there! Most womens' doctors are on call and Bella's own personal doctor and vampy-father-in-law, Carlisle, is off hunting at the very moment she needs to deliver, conveniently not being there for the birth.
That was the part that tripped me up. 'WAIT FOR CARLISLE!!! WHAT GOOD IS HAVING DADDY C BE THE BIG M.D. IF HE'S NOT THERE TO CATCH THE LITTLE BAT AS IT COMES FLYING OUT AND THEN STITCH BELLA UP LIKE HE'S ALREADY SO USED TO DOING?"
Of course, once I read Midnight Sun and learned how Edward's medical knowledge was equivalent to having several medical degrees plus experience helping Carlisle in the medical field, it made enough sense that Edward could deliver the baby, especially since he had gotten over his little problem of being so affected by Bella's blood. You guys all remember that part, right? Yep, turns out all that bit about her blood singing to him and him barely being able to resist it was nothing more than psychological people!!!! When he spent 24 hours thinking she was dead, he got over it. Freud wins again!
time for a picture...
time for a picture...
[Insert leaked picture here...mentally because I can't post it.]
~Bloodied around the mouth Edward holding Renesmee.~
"Take your shapteshifting, misogynistic imprinting ass somewhere else Jacob Black and stay the hell away from my girls!"
This wasn't a cheap 'Zach delivers Mrs. Belding's baby in the elevator' scene. It was Edward finally stepping it up and exuding himself as the strong, controlled, steady-handed, confident 109-year-old vampire we all knew he could be! And I loved it!!!! TAKE-CHARGE WARD gets me excited!!! And *tears* I was as proud of Edward as Carlisle expressed he was that Edward had the foreskin...ooops I mean foresight to put some of his venom into a syringe in anticipation of using it to change Bella.
But now how did that work exactly? Collecting the venom? Did he spit it into a cup? How did he make it build up? Was he looking at pictures of Bella while in a little room?
So in BD, the twist became that changing Bella as she had wanted became necessary to saving her, nullifying whatever plan Edward already had in place to change Bella.
But having the syringe prepared ultimately makes me wonder...If Stephenie were to write all the books from Edward's POV, what would his original plan have been for changing Bella? He had to have thought about it and chronicled it, perhaps in a journal, no? After all, that was the deal he entered with Bella--marry me first and then I'll change you. He had already worked out using morphine with Carlisle. I think there is a story there to be shared by Ms. Meyer. Reason #6,421 why we need more of Edward's POV.
What did you think of the birth scene when you read it in the book?
What do you think Edward's original plan was? Or how did you see it going a different way?
Have you read any fanfiction stories where Bella was changed by Edward out of his choice with no baby in the picture? How did they go and did you like them?
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