Twilosophy: Julia Jones / Leah Clearwater is a bad-ass bitch!

*for Eclipse purity/virgins this is a clip from the movie, turn away! Or watch, whatevs! I figure since we’ve gotten like minimal access to anything Eclipse, might as well!*

Don't even make me flip the bitch switch

Dear Julia Jones / Leah Clearwater -

After watching that clip I gotta say I’m even more excited to see you as Leah Clearwater in Eclipse. I usually see Leah as a bitchy, busy body but I think, especially after this clip, I get it now.

Of course we know Leah’s backstory: she was victim to the age ol imprinting switch-a-roo. Ok, so not everyone’s a werewolf with mystical mating DNA, but the situation is a classic tale. Boy likes girl, boy and girl go out, boy meets girl’s friend (cousin in this case) and pulls the ol’ swith-a-roo and leaves girl heartbroken while she has to act semi happy for them while dying on the inside. So sure, I get that that can lead to bitchy behavior especially when you have to be around said couple all the time and even worse in Leah’s case HEAR the thoughts of this boy and all their other mutual friends who know all the dirty details. Ugh, that would s-u-c-k.

But I also think it runs deeper than that for Leah. Having been in that position of being jilted she can understand Jacob probably a little better than all the guys. Jacob too was jilted by Bella after almost having a chance with her but is then forced to stick around and try to take the high road. So Leah knows what Jacob is going through, she’s not just a bitch because she’s bitter about her own life she probably feels a bit like kindred spirits with Jacob on some level.

Yup, look who's in front!

Being a girl who has a bunch of close guy friends and a close brother I can see how even if she doesn’t want to, she feels connected to them on a deep level, not only because she’s part of a pack with them but deep down she probably wants only the best for them and if that means telling a girl who causes nothing but drama and heartache to get lost, than so be it.  Been there and done that and will do it a billion more time if necessary. Besides, I’m sure it’s annoying being the only girl around who has to hear every gross, boy thought they have, so why wouldn’t you tell the girl who causes this mess to scam? Self-preservation is a strong motivator.

Before the whole Renesmee thing happened it seemed like a Leah/Jacob pairing on some level was a foregone conclusion. I mean why were they running around in the woods and having conversations for what seemed like a billion years if they weren’t going to somehow end up together. If not romantic but some sort of “misery loves company” scenario. Instead he ends up with the baby spawn of the girl who broke his heart. Why? So many questions. Why does that happen to Leah and what does that mean for her future? But that’s probably a question for Ms. Meyer herself  or a letter to be sent out into the cosmic void here at LTT. Another day…

However, With just that one line, Julia, you added so many layers to my idea of Leah and makes me want to go re-read all her parts and ponder what seems like one of the most tragic characters in the saga.

HBIC’s unite!
Themoonisdown

So what do you think about Leah, is her ‘tude understandable? Have you ever been in her position? Are you happy to see a strong female come into play in the Twi saga?

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