Is Bella a reliable narrator for the story? If not, then how should we as the reader read what Bella tells us throughout the saga?
"Bella's is a lack of self-knowledge; If Bella had understood herself better, she could have saved everyone a lot of heartbreak. Sometimes that happens when you try to do the right thing."
"The questions were stupid, because I knew the answer: I'd been lying to myself."
-- If Bella has been lying to herself, then she has also been lying to us the reader. Given this knowledge, how do you think we should read what Bella says?
-- If she is lying (and she says that she was) how do we know what is real?
-- When did Bella begin lying to herself? Is that something that we can see in the text? Or a question that only Meyers can answer on Bella's behalf?
Sorry, I haven't read War and Peace.
Good point Elita. I can see that as a possibility.
I think Bella was a great narrator for the story, though hearing it from other views would be interesting :)
It would be interesting to hear other character voices, especially Edward.
Ooh, I love these kinds of discussions! Very cool. I don't think Bella really "lies" more than any 1st person narrator, even though she states that she's lied to herself. The only way I can think of that we tell if or when she might be doing so is to look at the actions and words of the other characters and "read between the lines" of her viewpoint and the action. I don't think it's only Meyer who can answer although she's the only one who can say when Bella realizes it. This is what makes Meyer's start of Midnight Sun and Jacob as the alternate narrator for part of Breaking Dawn so much fun--getting other perspectives. I am still praying that Meyer will want to go back to MS and finish it one of these days.