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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In Breaking Dawn, to be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife have led her to the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs.
Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating, and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life-first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse-seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed… forever?
The astonishing conclusion to the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.
Breaking Dawn won the Best Lip Lock award at the Teen Reads Awards, which were held on Sept. 25th! They had stiff competition from other popular series’ like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter. Congratulations to all the winners, and of course, Stephenie Meyer for her Breaking Dawn win.
You can check out all the book winners at Teen Read Awards website here—>
Summit execs are taking their time announcing if Breaking Dawn will be divided, but before the movie talks ever existed, Stephenie Meyer likewise didn’t rush into picking the book’s cover.
“It represents Bella and Bella,” Stephenie spills. “This cover, one of the reasons why I love it and was so happy we finally came up with the concept, is that it’s the whole book series on one cover. Bella’s starts out as the weakest player on the board and she ends up as the one who decides the outcome of the story. She became the most powerful player, and I really liked that metaphor. I liked seeing her evolution in one picture.”
Breaking Dawn‘s cover shows the weakest piece on a chess board – a pawn – and focuses on the strongest one, the queen. Although Bella’s character comes full circle, Stephenie still feels that other players in the Twilight saga have more to share. She confesses that Leah’s story doesn’t feel resolved to her and foresees future writing from Renesmee’s point-of-view.
“If I were to go ahead with the Cullen universe — and honestly I’ll do it for myself, whether I publish it or not is questionable at this point — but the narrators that I would go ahead with…would be Renesmee and Leah. Probably about the age of five, which would be about 16 or 17 for Renesmee.”
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