Twenty details which need to be in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’

‘Breaking Dawn’ by Stephenie Meyer
– Hachette Books

The beauty of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn being split into two films is that more of the particulaized details about the story can survive the screen adaptation process, and in Breaking Dawn especially there are quite a few which need to make it on-screen.

So, to celebrate the coming of these two films, here is a list of thirty must-have details from the book (not necessarily in sequential order):

  1. Bella in the Guardian: The Mercedes Guardian isn’t a real car. In Stephenie Meyer’s “Cullen Cars” discussion, she explains that while the Guardian is fictional, it is but one step up from the Mercedes S600 Guard. So, if the Guard must be used for practicality’s sake, that’s probably okay, but Bella needs to be the hotshot at the gas station with a big bomb-proof car.
  2. The wedding day: The wedding day is a given for film inclusion, but there are some subtle details that should be in the film as well – such as when Renee brings her a blue clip, when Alice does her make up, the dress, Edward’s tux, the scenery and dance floor, and, of course, the farewell embraces and affections shown by and between Charlie and Renesmee.
  3. Isle Esme: Isle Esme must be perfect. Crystal blue waters with a private, sandy beachfront and a beautiful home with all of the trimmings for their . . . union (and those moments, of course – ahem, feathers . . . wait, you know, Wyck Godfrey) . . . these details need to be to the letter with Breaking Dawn.
  4. The phone call between Edward and Carlisle: The phonecall that Edward has with Carlisle to discover Bella’s condition must be had to keep the story fluent. Edward’s intial conclusions about the situation, too, must be heatedly refuted by Bella from the start.
  5. Cup of blood: When Bella, the one who almost passed out from the smell of blood in Twilight (a scene that should’ve been in the first film, of course), takes a sip of the cup of blood and realizes that it is helping her, it is crucial.
  6. Edward hears Renesmee: When Edward finally hears Renesmee and knows that she loves Bella and does not want to hurt her, his opinion changes dramatically. This is very important for the story and should make it to the film.
  7. Bella looks in the mirror for the first time: Bella’s general awakening to a new life (or undeath, perhaps) as a vampire is going to be in the film, without question, but some of the finer details of that occasion – like Jasper complimenting her self-control, her first look into the mirror, and Bella being too strong for Edward – also need to make the cut.
  8. Bella’s first meal: Give us a shredded blue dress, Bella and Edward racing through the forest, and the ability to stop from making a fisherman sandwich, or else.
  9. “Nessie”: An epic moment of conflict between Bella and Jacob happens when she finds out that not only did he imprint on her (his “freaky werewolf” thing) but he’d nicknamed her after the Lochness Monster. This is a must-have.
  10. Games: Some of the lighter moments in the story included Edward and Alice’s motionless chess game, the uneventful paper, scissors, rock, and, most importantly, the Bella/Emmett arm-wrestling contest simply have to be in the movie.
  11. Angry Romanians, talented Amazonians, Denalis, and earth-shaking Egyptians: Some of the characters in Breaking Dawn could probably go without casting. That’s not a suggestion, of course, but just a small observation. There are some, however, that have to make it to the movie, including the Romanian Volturi-loathing twins, Zafrina and her crew, the Denalis (of course), and the one and only Benjamin.
  12. Blonde/dog jokes: A lot of people were a bit disappointed that Alice called Jacob a “dog” in The Twilight Saga: New Moon because they felt that this was one of Rosalie’s more endearing set of lines in Breaking Dawn. Still, the blonde and dog joke back-and-forth between these characters can and should make it to the movie . . . if for no other reason than to give these two a bit of comedic edge.
  13. Charlie, Bella, and Jacob: In the book, we got to see how Charlie handled seeing Bella for the first time (and how she did, too). We know that Jacob transformed in front of Charlie, but for continuity’s sake, perhaps it should make the film cut.
  14. Emmett’s sex jokes: Emmett gives Edward a hard time in Breaking Dawn, and it really helps to explicate their relationship. In the context of bedroom comparisons, though, it reaches new, hilarious heights.
  15. Bella and Edward’s cottage: The lovely gift that these newlyweds receive needs to fit the book’s description as closely as possible – from the stone fireplace to the huge closet of Alice-selected-and-organized clothes.
  16. Renesmee’s special gift: This is where Bill Condon can take the day: bringing Renesmee’s tactile-to-visual gift of speech to life . . . it’s hard to pin the image down, for some, so there is room for a lot of creative liberty on this front. Renesmee’s rapid growth, intelligence, lovabiity, and ability to catch snowflakes mid-air are also important for the film.
  17. Irina‘s tragedy: Coming off of the last one, Irina’s mistaken perception of Renesmee is what causes the Volturi to call when they did. Not only should we know the history of child vampires, but we should also see how Irina’s mistake turns out for her.
  18. Edward calling Jacob “my son”: Whether you found it touching or cliche, the moment when Edward accepts Jacob as a part of his own life, his “son” in fact, is a must-have – especially given the dramatic nature of their tension through New Moon, Eclipse, and the earlier scenes in Breaking Dawn.
  19. Bella’s shield: Bella saves the day with her own special power. This explains why Edward can’t read her thoughts, why Aro can’t know her history, and why Jane can’t bring her the pain even as a human – she’s shielding herself. When she learns to cover her friends and family with it, she can see it trickling around as she pushes it out. That’s something else Bill Condon and his CGI team could make a splash with in this film.
  20. Bella lowering her shield: The very ending of Breaking Dawn, when Bella finally reveals her own thoughts to Edward – something he’s wished for since the beginning their story – is key for the story’s end in Breaking Dawn.

Source : Twilight Examiner

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