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Discussion Topic: On Imprinting

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What’s the difference between "imprinting" and falling in love?

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Re: Discussion Topic: On Imprinting

I think imprinting for the werewolves is more like an arranged marriage... they imprint on someone who is compatible (or will be once they grow up) with them. It means that they are basically guaranteed to be happy with their imprintee because it's beyond conscious choice. In many ways, it is nature itself that takes over with this determinism.

Falling in love, however, is risky. Bella and Edward are consciously choosing to fall in love. There is no guarantee of happiness and compatibility for them. They choose to be with each other, against their very natures.

My only questions is, How does what Marcus see in Edward and Bella's relationship define their future? It seems that their relationship transcends merely "falling in love in the high school way" to "finding true love."
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Re: Discussion Topic: On Imprinting

Stephenie Meyer has said that when one "imprints" they basically would do anything for that person NO matter what. and with love, you can fall out of love. Love the person one day and hate the person the next. Here is the question and answer that should help with this (from

Q. Did Jacob imprint on Bella?

A. No. And this is how you can be sure: in New Moon, after the first time Jacob becomes his wolf phase, he is mean to Bella. He won’t tell her what is wrong. He says he can’t see her anymore. If he’d imprinted on Bella in that moment (and it happens the first time you see the person after you’ve phased), he would have answered all her questions. Pretty much, he would have given her anything in the world she wanted. (When he’s staring at her on the bottom of page 173 in Eclipse, he’s trying to make himself imprint on her. But that’s not something you can force.)

See? even though he was mad at her, he would have given her anything in the world she wanted. With love, even if you love them you can still be mad at them, angry, or fall out of love.