I'm reading "Reasoning with Vampires" and trying to work my way through the archive out of sheer determination because reading the blog along with "Mark Reads Twilight" is sort of like reading Twilight, but not so painful. As I've stated before, I tried reading the first book and got to baseball then decided that was enough. This is one of my least favorite line in Twilight because I am a petty, petty thing:
I kept my eyes down on the reading list the teacher had given me. It was fairly basic: Brontë, Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Faulkner. I already read everything.
My beloved Brontë sisters are dragged into this mess for the first time. In later books, Meyer does quote Wuthering Heights (does Bella indicate it is a quote or is it cited in footnotes?), so I guess it's poor Emily, but she doesn't say which sister is on the reading list. I doubt it's Anne. Everyone forgets Anne. Why couldn't Meyer just make Jane Austen roll in her grave some more like everyone else? (Sorry, Jane.)
Are we supposed to take at face value that Bella reads for enjoyment or did she already read this for school? I don't like the latter implication since it implies that kids ~*in the big city*~ are ahead in school as compared to ~*small town folk*~. This is also reflected in the scene in the biology room where Edward and Bella have already done the experiment before. In the very least, it's another example of Bella being self-absorbed and it's easy to get the impression that she feels superior to others in multiple ways, including because she comes from *Pheonix, AZ* and Forks bores her. I take this as she read it for school because Bella is never shown reading anything aside from vampire research *on the internet* and working on an essay for school (on whether or not Shakespeare exhibits sexism in "Romeo and Juliet" or something like that). Those are the only things that I know of. If she is shown reading anything in later books, let me know.