Monday, May 8, 2017
Rosalie before My Sister Rosalie
How was Rosalie viewed before I wrote My Sister Rosalie, in the main?
Rosalie was a cold, cruel, royal B-with-a-capital-B itch, and everybody seemed just fine with that representation, gleeful, in fact, with the reviews I saw in stories portraying this one-dimentional hateful person.
And I was like ... Rosalie's smart. Rosalie's hurting: having had everything taken away from her. Rosalie has lived longer than most vampires on the planet: she's resilient. So, all this counts for nothing?
And the killer: Rosalie was right. Every time. She warned everyone Bella was trouble (in canon), who listened? She's seen train-wrecks before, and she was trying to help, but what did she get for that? Everyone patronized her and ignored her.
And that was okay? And she wouldn't be bitter about her mistreatment now and her ill-treatment before?
The character I don't get is Edward. He had a silver spoon, pampered his whole life, and Carlisle acted on the last wish of Edward's mother, and Carlisle was a loving and devoted father and Edward was ... 'grateful'?
And he treated Bella like a doormat, but that's okay, because he's bad-boy, pretty-boy Edward?
I don't get it.
Why wasn't Twilight simply called: "Rosalie."
There's a challenge! There's a complex character who is smart and a survivor.
Who also has a big, big heart that nobody respects until she found her Emmett, who loves her and is devoted to her, but who understands her? who is her intellectual equal?
I wish people would see Rosalie, simply as who she is.
So I wrote My Sister Rosalie.