As with every book that is created into a movie there are always going to be changes, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worst. Below are some of the changes that were made and what was left out of the movie and the impact it had on the two movies.
One of the biggest omissions is the mention of Jasper’s powers in Twilight. When Bella asks Edward about the others’ powers Edward only mentions Alice’s power. What he didn’t mention was Jasper’s ability to manipulate people’s emotions. The mention of Jasper’s ability isn’t made known until New Moon. Another scene that was left out of Twilight is the blood scene. In the book they have a blood-testing day. Bella faints from the smell of blood and Edward takes her to the nurse’s office. Edward finds it peculiar that Bella, a human, can smell blood. None of this happens in the movie. The movie also leaves out Edward’s ability to “dazzle” people. At the very end of the book James mentions Alice’s past. The reason for this significance is that an old vampire had turned Alice to keep James from killing her. James ponders why Edward did not to the same to Bella and turn her. The movie also never mentions the Cullens going hunting. In the movie it mentions that the Cullens don’t show up when it’s nice outside. In the movie the reader finds out they go hunting during that time.
Despite all the omissions some additions were added to the movie. The scenes with James, Victoria and Laurent killing people in the town were never mentioned. The trio doesn’t show up in the book until the end of the movie. However, I don’t think the addition was a bad one. Even though a lot of things were left out of the movie the addition gave the movie depth. In the book, the first 200 pages consisted of Bella going to school and wondering where Edward is and nothing really happens. Albeit in those pages focused on Edward and Bella’s building relationship, it wouldn’t have translated well onto screen.
One of the many changes that was made in the movie is how Bella finds out about the Cullens being vampires. It’s through Jacob that she learns the name “Cold Ones” and eventually leading her to look for the book in Port Angeles. In the movie Jacob never mentions “cold ones” and she has to do an internet search to find out before purchasing the book. Lastly, the end of Twilight ends with Bella asking to be changed and Edward places his lips on her neck. In the movie it ends with Victoria walking down the stairs. While both create suspense it creates them in a different manner. The book leaves one wondering whether Bella is changed or not whereas the movie leaves one anticipating Victoria’s revenge.
The ending of New Moon was altered as well. At the end of the book Edward proposes to Bella and Bella at first thinks he’s joking and refuses him. New Moon the movie ends with Edward proposing and then ending abruptly.