"As Claire Kahane has shown, the underlying hint of father-daughter romantic love predicated on an absent mother is a central subtext of the Gothick women's romance, and (for the first three books anyway) Bella the emotional orphan clearly craves this kind of masterful paternal attention." --Victoria Nelson, Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural
1) Sorry it's a day late.
2) Sorry for the quotation. Insulting Twilight is admittedly grasping the low hanging fruit. In this case, it should probably be noted that Nelson did add that proviso that the relationship between them changes dramatically in book 4, and that it is essential that Bella chooses to become a vampire, insisting that their relationship be one of equals. ...The books themselves still annoy me, though. I have nothing against the fans, but the books...I'll stick to my Patricia Briggs and Jim Butcher for my urban fantasy, thanks.