Movies.com created a great article comparing the Breaking Dawn book to the movie! See below:
Apologies to David Bowie for this week’s title, but there were — as with any book-to-screen adaptation — several differences between the book and what was portrayed on screen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. Now, certainly no one expects every scene exactly as written in a novel to make it to the screen; inevitably things need to be condensed or left out all together. On the other hand, sometimes there is material that was never in the books to begin with that makes it onto the screen. The question is, given cuts, how effective is this new material when fans feel very protective of the original source?
The first major insertion of new material that leaps to mind in Breaking Dawn: Part 1 is the presence of Irina of the Denali Coven at Bella and Edward’s wedding. As every Twilight fan knows, Irina sets some major wheels into motion in the second half of the novel Breaking Dawn. Since the Denali Coven and their interaction with Laurent wasn’t focused on in New Moon, it left something of a gaping plot hole that had to be addressed. It was interesting to see screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and director Bill Condon handle this dilemma. They deftly had Irina react to Seth’s presence at the wedding, have a flashback to Laurent, establish Irina’s romantic ties to him, and then have Irina storm off. That’s a lot of material to cover in roughly ninety seconds of film time, but they managed it. By doing so, they set the plot for Breaking Dawn: Part 2 securely on course.
Every film needs comic relief.
Certainly given the heavy themes of Breaking Dawn: Part 1, comedy is needed to occasionally lighten the mood. One of the best moments of comic relief took place during the wedding reception with the inclusion of the wedding toasts. Double entendres from Emmett, allusions to weaponry by Charlie, and acerbic comments from Jessica provided a nice contrast to the touching speeches of Esme and Edward. It all provided a glimpse into what no doubt took place at the wedding, but wasn’t included in the novel’s pages. On the other hand, what was sorely missed was the banter between Rosalie and Jacob. According to Nikki Reed, who plays Rosalie, the material was shot. Hopefully it lands on the DVD.
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