I have started book 2. And I as I read I find myself thinking about how differently I read a book when it's for my own pleasure as opposed to reading it as a mom and knowing my child is reading it.
All books are written from a point of view. The author expresses that point of view through the novel. There are messages. I believe that in great books the messages represent the truth. When the messages do not represent the truth, you might still be reading a wonderfully crafted piece of fiction but perhaps not a book that will better you as a person.
OK. I'm rambling a little here.
Bella decided she wants to be a vampire so she can live "forever" with Edward and not grow old while he stays young. In my mind, of course, I place this within the context of eternity. Why would anyone want to live forever and not experience heaven until the end of time? But Bella has no faith. Edward has become, I would say, her god.
Edward will not make her a vampire (by biting her) because he believes the souls of vampires are lost.
The most virtuous vampire in the book, Carlisle who is Edward's foster father, believes that vampires do still have souls and that they could gain heaven someday. So he lives his life trying to do good. In my mind this raised an interesting question (sort of) and I was glad the topic of the spiritual life came into the story. Bella has clearly not thought of such things. Her self-destructive desires are to me very disturbing and I want to talk to Mary about this.
Bella wants to end her life as a normal human being. She also takes a lot of risks. She seems to enjoy the thrill of danger. Since all teenagers have a tendency to flirt with risk this concerns me. The book is told from Bella's point of view. Bella, is a rather neglected child from a broken home. I find her self-centered just as her parents seem to be. Might young readers of this book think that Bella's view of life is normal or acceptable?