Why I’m Team Jacob

With the release of Eclipse on DVD, I thought it would be a good time to discuss one of my favorite Twilight characters – Jacob Black.

I am Team Jacob. Yes, I sometimes make fun of Twilight, but I also really enjoyed the books, in spite of their flaws. And one of the reasons I like them so much: Jacob Black.

I knew a little bit about Twilight before I started reading the books, so I knew about the love triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob. After finishing the first book, I couldn’t imagine anyone wanting Bella to be with anyone other than Edward. But then came New Moon!

I liked Jacob in the first book, but in New Moon I really grew to love his character. He was fun, happy, playful and had a great sense of humor. He didn’t try to stop Bella from trying mildly dangerous but exciting things, like riding her motorbike. Edward would have tried to stop Bella, but Jacob knew it was something that she needed to do. Of course, if he had known why she needed it, Jacob’s opinion might have been different.

Ultimately, this is why I started to root for Jacob. I wouldn’t want someone telling me I can’t have the adventures I want to have. I would want someone who would be right there by my side having those adventures with me. Edward’s view of Bella was that she was too fragile, but Jacob let her be strong.

Jake had his flaws. He could be manipulative. But honestly, weren’t all of the main Twilight characters manipulative? He also had some serious anger issues, but these started after be became a werewolf. Before that, he was a truly happy person.

Jacob brought the sunshine back into Bella’s life. And until Edward returned, he also brought out the best in Bella. Isn’t that what you would want from a partner?

At least that is what I would want. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that he is a tall, dark and pretty werewolf!

Eclipse. Movie Review

I went to see Eclipse last night. It was pretty good, not as good as the book, but I think it is the best of the movies. At least from what I can remember of the first two movies it is the best. I have only watched Twilight and New Moon once each. The thought of watching Twilight again kind of makes me cringe. Robert Pattinson’s acting, especially after the fight with James and he is sucking the vampire poison from Bella, is laughable and I just can’t watch it. I was also disappointed with Kristen Stewart in the first movie, but she has really improved as Bella with each installment. I really liked New Moon, but it did have some scenes that made me roll my eyes. Like the scene, where Bella is wounded and Jake takes his shirt off to bandage he wound; it was like we were all expected to swoon! Come on!

Eclipse had fewer cringe-worthy scenes. In fact, I can’t really remember ANY at the moment. I felt like it was well paced and the action scenes were really good. It also included several of my favorite moments from the book, like Jasper and Rosalee’s backstories, and the motorcycle scene with Jacob. I think Kristen Stewart did an excellent job of portraying Bella finally realizing the consequences of her decisions. Over all, I was pleased with it.

Now for Taylor Lautner. He is pretty, but he only makes a decent Jacob. He needs to be more playful and have some spark to his personality, after all Jacob was suppose to be Bella’s sun. So far, Taylor hasn’t really shown that; he seems a little wooden at times. I do feel like his acting was better in this one than in New Moon.

I had hoped that they would wrap things up in this one. I really don’t want to see Breaking Dawn on the big screen, and I’ve heard that they are going to make it in to two movies. Now, that really makes me cringe! It was horrible! Maybe they will leave out the whole imprinting thing, which is just creepy. In fact, leave out Nessie completely and have Bella dump Edward at the alter and pick Jacob! Now is the chance to right what once went wrong! Go Team Jacob!

The Twilight Series

Everyone has heard of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. How can you not? It is everywhere right now. The series is so huge that it is being compared to Harry Potter. So, being a lover of fantasy and Harry fan, I had to check it out. Well, Harry Potter it’s not, but I still found the series enjoyable. The books were completely different from what I expected. I was expecting a fantasy story with a little bit of romance, instead I got a romance story with a little bit of fantasy. But no matter what you expect, it is impossible not to get caught up in the love triangle of Bella Swan, her vampire boyfriend, Edward Cullen and her best friend werewolf, Jacob Black.

Sure, I know that Twilight has its haters, but I think that that comes from people putting way too much thought into these books. As I said, this isn’t Harry Potter! The Twilight series is a simple story of an average girl, who happens to have a gorgeous vampire and a hot werewolf in love with her. It is female fantasy. Pure and simple. And there is nothing wrong with that.

I’ve read a lot of reviews of Twilight that say that Bella Swan is the worst heroine of all time, that she is a terrible role model for girls everywhere. Hello! She is a character in a book! She is not meant to be a role model. Yes, sometimes she can be annoying and sometimes she does stupid stuff, but that just makes her character human. There were times when I related to Bella and other times I just wanted to smack her. While I don’t feel that Stephenie Meyer is a great writer, I do think that she is a good author with the rare ability to create characters that the reader actually cares about. I had to know what happened with Bella. Who would she choose? Edward? Jacob? (I’m Team Jacob, just so you’ll know.) Could there be a happy ending once she made her choice?

The first three books of the series, Twilight, New Moon,and Eclipse are in my opinion really good and worth your time to read. (I like to pretend that the fourth book, Breaking Dawn doesn’t exist.) I found the books very hard to put down and everyone that I know who has read them says the same thing. Are they great literature? No. Are they a fun and addictive read? YES!

This was first posted at my old website Dollface79.com. With the new movie coming out next week, I thought I would re-post it.