who_needs_fangs? wrote:In the first book, Mike didn't bother me. He saw a single girl who he thought was nice and pretty and pursued her. I can't fault him that, its not like he asked her to prom when she and Edward were practically glued at the hip. In the second book, he started getting a bit annoying. Bella obviously wasn't ready for a relationship but I can see where he got mislead, because she still tried to maintain the friendship, he thought that she needed him to be a bit assertive and make the first move. Then the third book came. Bella and Edward were obviously serious, and Jacob was the only other boy Bella ever showed interest for. Yet Mike still tried to go out with her while Edward was out of town for three days, in addition to holding bets over which boy she cared for would come out victorious in a fist fight. That, to me, made him a bit of a bitter slime-ball.
I think he's dumb, but not a slime-ball.
I have to give him credit though. He must've really cared about Bella on some level, because I know teenage guys who ARE slime-balls, and they wouldn't have had any interest in Bella during New Moon. I mean none. Once she went nutso, he would've been gone, unless he cared for her on a deeper level than just wanting to date her.
Basically, I'm saying he's a good guy. Annoying and naive, yes. Bad, no.