Every time they bring up Rosalie's turning as a fault against Carlisle I always sarcastically think,"Oh yah fuck him for saving a dying girl's life." Like nghh!!! I don't agree with the reading people got that he saved her solely to be Edward's girlfriend. The impression I got was that he saved her because he didn't want to let a young girl die and the Edward's girlfriend part was like a,'Oh and if they get together incidentally because of this.' 1/2
Kind of like how Carlisle was feeling lonely as a solitary vampire until Elizabeth begged him to turn Edward. He didn’t turn him because he was actively looking for a companion but he did just so happen to get one out of it. It just wasn’t his motivating force. 2/2
Yeah, I agree with this on some level.
Knowing who Carlisle is as a character, it is incredibly unlikely that transforming Rosalie so she could be Edward’s lover was his sole intention. We could deliberate all day about other factors that contributed to Carlisle’s decision to change her, but the fact that the possibility of Rosalie and Edward being a couple was a factor at all is still problematic. He took a young woman—barely a woman—who multiple men violated, took advantage of, and overpowered, and himself took a part of her without her consent with the tentative intention to hand her off to Edward.
The fact that there was an underlying desire to play matchmaker makes what he did objectifying and invasive. Argumentatively, Carlisle, in this particular situation, is no better than the men who raped her. This is still a big flaw, even if there were other interplaying factors.
But let’s not get it twisted; Carlisle Cullen is good man. He’s compassionate, honorable, and has enough respect for human life that he redefined what it meant to be a vampire. It’s why he’s a fan favorite, even if fans don’t want to thoroughly flesh out his character and pick apart every slight, insignificant flaw. But, you know, there are instigators in this fandom who like to preach about how not acknowledging Carlisle’s every flaw is a disservice to his character and undutiful on behalf of the fans. I guess enjoying your favorite character and not agreeing on every critique made against them is a bad thing.