Yeah, it's been a little while since I've eaten. Couple of days, maybe. Hmmm, what sounds good? Some ravioli stuffed with goat cheese and seasoned shredded beef, lost in a pool of a creamy garlic, parmesan and Asiago cheese sauce, buried with a few different kinds of cheese and baked to a golden brownish perfection, along with a really nice Chianti, maybe? Wouldn't that make the stomach rumble and get the juices flowing?
On an irreverent side note, I sometimes wonder if Eli has a preference. As sharp as her other senses are, maybe type AB negative has some overtones and undertones and a particular kind of finish that type O just can't match? Maybe she likes staying in northern Europe because southern Europe eats too much garlic?
I remember scanning the "analysis" referenced earlier in this thread (can't be bothered to reread it now), and I remember being unimpressed for the same reason somebody else mentioned in this thread: "Did we actually watch the same movie?" Except possibly at a metaphorical level, I can't see Eli being a sexual predator. Granted that different people will see different things in the movie (and novel) - we've certainly seen a variety of different takes just on this board - and granted that it's certainly possible for Eli to have a mechanical or empirical understanding of sexual attraction and how to exploit it as a part of her survival arsenal, I firmly believe that anybody who sees her actually seeking sex as a primary goal is just straight up missing the story's natural foundation.
I remember seeing one of those "demotivational" posters on the Web that featured prominently a generously endowed young woman in a tank top standing in a living room. The shirt was thin, and she clearly wore nothing underneath it. The caption said (something like) "Can you spot what's wrong with this picture? (yeah, right, first thing you noticed was the crooked picture on the wall behind her, uhuh, sure.)" It's been a while since I've seen it, but it was something to this general effect. I can't speak for the ladies, but as a man over the age of (ahem, um, nine?), I can promise the very first thing I noticed was not the crooked picture on the wall.
Does Eli derive sexual gratification from having a long overdue meal? Does she make noises like "om nom ommommnom MmmmMmm" as she enjoys it? Maybe, but I see no reason to suggest that the essential nature of that gratification would differ in any way from what any other twelve year old kid under similar circumstances would experience.
My impression is that a lot of people who write some of these "analyses" won't spot that crooked picture on the wall right away. Many of them won't ever see that crooked picture.
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