“Twilight” rant 6: beautiful, exotic Leah

by Jasper on May 24, 2009

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please don't treat me like a dog!

please don't treat me like a dog!

I feel bad for Leah. Her father dies of a heart attack in “New Moon.” Her lover, Sam, spurns her for her cousin, Emily, in the same book. She is forced to become a werewolf and have all of her most intimate thoughts exposed to all of those rowdy, harebrained teenage boys. She finally leaves Sam’s pack but is stuck hanging at the Cullens with Jacob and Seth. She simply loathes vampires. She won’t even eat the food that Esme finally learns to cook; that Seth finds so mouthwatering. And at the close of “Breaking Dawn” it looks like Charlie might be getting sweet on Sue Clearwater, Leah’s mother. Can you imagine a worse crisis than Charlie marrying Sue and Leah and Bella becoming step-sisters? Already her pack leader, Jake, seems to be destined for Bella’s daughter. And since the werewolves live as long as there is the need (e.g. vampires around), and Jacob seems to have no intention of leaving the Cullen’s place, then she’s really in a jam.

It didn’t start out that way. We first encounter Leah in “New Moon” at Billy Black’s house. Bella thinks that she’s “beautiful in an exotic way,” whatever that means. It’s a happy spaghetti party at least. But quickly things go way bad.

How is it that Steph manages to tie up all of the loose ends by the close of the series except for this one glaring exception? The love triangle thing between Bella, Edward and Jacob gets totally worked out. Bella and Rosalie are completely bonded in a healthy way. Edward and Bella have a delightful, thriving daughter that nobody intends to harm. The Volturi are away for the time being. Nobody is hunting Bella any more. Jacob is happy to be single and drool all day over Renesme. Seth is thrilled chillin’ with the Cullens. Sam and his crew seem cool. Charlie vaguely knows that he has a grandchild and he might even be going off on a romance of his own. Renee is sort of left out but she’s always been happy with Phil in Florida, so there really wasn’t much to fix. So what about Leah?

You’re mean to Leah, Steph! What did she ever do to you?!? Or maybe you’re just planning ahead. I do think that this could be a pretty interesting post-“Breaking Dawn” book. What exactly does happen to Leah after all of the rest is worked out?

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Alice Cullen May 28, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Stephenie Meyes did say that if she were ever to continue writing for “Twilight”, she’d like to do Leah the most.

Jasper May 29, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I haven’t been able to find out more about this Leah sequel book idea from the SM official web site. Where did you hear this, Alice? I’d love to get more info!

Deby Wozniak June 3, 2009 at 4:24 am

Leah is like 12 when she get’s turned. Who doesn’t have a high school crush. She is a teenager and is jealous because she doesn’t get the attention she needs. They say all the wolves have their mate planned out for them. Who knows, maybe Jacob and Leah’s arguments are more than that. Don’t you remember being in the school yard and throwing mud, stepping on the toes, etc. to the boy or girl you liked. Leah could be a whole new story!

Jacob’s over Bella????

Xiomalys July 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I think Leah is quite an interesting character.

She hates everything, but no one can blame her, because she’s sorrounded by everything she hates. The worst thing on the matter is that she’s attached to it because of her nature: werewolf, lover, sister, daughter. She can’t help it; it’s who she has become, and she had no choice. That’s why I compare her character with Rosalie’s. They are also my favorite characters on these so called books, even if the author did them no justice.

Then again, the book was not about them, which sucks, because it would have been ten times better. Bella is as boring as it gets, and Edward was interesting, but he wasn’t explored as much as I would have liked.

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