Many Twilight Saga fans are fans because they loved the books. There has been some controversy over how different the movies have been then the books. Understandably, a movie cannot fit everything from the book into the time limit. But, were the scenes that each director chose the right ones?
Let’s look at the differences in each book vs. the movies.
Twilight fans may agree that the book was more romantic. You could feel Bella’s love more in the book. The book shows the passionate more between them and things are explained more. The story is supposed to be seen through Bella’s eyes and how she reacts to situations and the town. Twilight was well written and a great romance novel with added action.
Twilight in movie form brings all your favorite characters to life. Having a woman director (Catherine Hardwicke) was a smart choice to bring out the romance in the movie. The scenes were exciting and anyone that had not read the book would easily follow the storyline. If you read the book, you may be disappointed at scenes that were eliminated and a lot of things that were added like the following.
1. Bella’s stepfather plays a part in the movie, though he doesn’t have any dialogue in the book.
2. There is no Waylon (man that gets killed while fixing his boat).
3. The Cullens do not talk about a family crest in the book.
4. Victoria plays a bigger part in the movie then in the book.
5. In the movie, Edward and Bella’s first kiss is in the meadow. In the book, it’s in her truck.
6. Edward doesn’t climb trees in the book.
These are just some of the added scenes. Nothing that causes much disappointment, unless you are one those readers that insist on the movie to be exactly like the book. Not sure if Bella’s character is portrayed like she is in the book. She seems to be more clumsy in the book then in the movie. The movie skipped the part when Bella gets dizzy when she’s takes a blood test at school-a part that many readers were very upset with. A common complaint many fans of the Twilight book was that they flew through the story a bit fast.
The novel New Moon basically is devoted to Bella’s heartbreaking over Edward leaving her and her friendship with Jacob. Twilight readers get to find out about the wolf pack and Bella finds out about her feelings for Jacob and the love triangle blossoms.
In the book, Bella spends a lot of the book suffering over Edward, so in steps Chris Weitz to direct and add action to this stage of the saga. Skipping over Bella’s depression months was tastefully done, for it would make for a long boring film. Skipping to her “rebelling” to “see” Edward was a smart move.
Once again, parts of the book were not used, and things that did not happen were added. One would have to wonder if Stephanie Meyers was okay with the changes, or worried her readers would be disappointed.
Some scenes added or changed include the following:
1. Bella “sees” Edward instead of hearing his voice in her head whenever she gets herself in a dangerous situation.
2. Bella goes to Jacob’s house and demands to know what they (the pack) have done to Jacob. In the book, she doesn’t meet “the pack” until she goes to Emily’s house.
3. Jacob goes to Forks High to wish Bella happy birthday and give her a birthday present-a dream catcher. In the book, he misses her birthday and gives her a box of conversation hearts for Valentine’s Day.
4. In the movie version, Leah or Seth are not introduced until Eclipse.
5. Edward leaves Bella right after her birthday in the movie. In the book, he waits three days later.
The movie version of New Moon needed the action added to it to not make the movie boring, so it fans of the book version could be more forgiving to the director.
Eclipse seems to be fans’ favorite book of the series. Jacob and Edward are forced to work together to help protect Bella. There’s a lot of action, romance and Jacob and Edward get equal time in this book. This part of the saga should be new director, Conor McPherson’s favorite movie of the three and one that didn’t need much changing-not likely.
Twilight fans were excited for the premiere of Eclipse, but some were disappointed. In this part of the saga, it was crucial to point out how Bella realizes her feelings for Jacob. When Bella and Jacob kiss, Bella has a flash of what her life of would be like with Jacob. She sees tanned skin children and Jacob being her own personal sun. This was left out and the kiss scene not very dramatic.
Scenes left out or changed.
1. Bella was not invited to a sleep over with Edward like in the movie. She is actually held “hostage” by Alice in return for Alice getting a new car.
2. In the book, Jacob does not scream in pain while his wounds are worked on.
3. Jacob heals quickly.
4. In the book’s ending, Jacob receives the wedding invite.
5. Jacob’s phasing from wolf to human he’s naked. During the fighting scene when Jacob gets hurt, he phases back with shorts on.
This story was supposed to be darker then the first two books, with scary newborns and the Volturi playing a bigger role. This movie did not have that feel to it at all.
Hopefully, the next director will get it and try to stay true to the last book, Breaking Dawn. Splitting it into two parts may be the key to keeping it true.