“I don’t think there’s anything in it that isn’t appropriately suggested by the book, which is very interesting,” screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg told me. pop sugar leading up to the film’s release in 2012. “I mean, the book is all very much Bella’s point of view, so for example, if Jacob comes up to Bella and says, ‘I just told your dad I was a werewolf,'” I really get to see that. Bella doesn’t meet their stories until they get there, and we really go with the people they find and meet them in their environment. So it’s really fun for me, and actually the last series on the end . . . I may invent a little there.”
the most of The Twilight Saga is incredibly faithful to Stephenie Meyer’s book series, which a majority of fans have seemed to appreciate given the franchise’s collective box office numbers, totaling in the billions of dollars. But what works on the page doesn’t always make for the best story on screen. Rosenberg knew that and found a way to integrate a big-budget action scene into the epic conclusion of the saga without ever changing the plot of the book.
It’s an interesting, if superficial, solution to a common customization problem, and honestly I can’t imagine working for most franchises. But The Twilight saga is not just any franchise. The blockbusters have a huge fandom that is mainly driven by girls and women. Most Twilight fans, of which I would call myself one, do not read or watch kijken Twilight primarily for the plot. Twilight, like any self-respecting representative of the romance genre, is an emotion-driven story in which the plot acts as a vehicle to evoke different feelings in the characters and, in turn, the reader. It’s the intensity and/or complexity of that emotion that keeps fans engaged and coming back for more. And boy, does the Breaking Dawn – Part 2 twist evoke some emotions.
Romance is also usually a genre known for its happy endings, which is why the quasi-twist is in Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is both so effectively shocking and would have been a bad choice if it had been ‘real’. The happy ending is integral to the cathartic promise the romance genre gives to its readers/viewers. Romance readers have a different relationship with the fear and struggle of a story when we know that it will all work out in the end. It’s no less or more valid story structure than, say, the horror genre, which usually relies on the opposite kind of promise when it comes to its ending. But it is one that often has to be defended in mainstream culture.
The Twilight Series Breaking Dawn Part 2 is not a cinematic masterpiece. There is a limitation to above all faithful film adaptations such as Harry Potter or Twilight that often prevents these franchises from making the best creative choices. But I like that The Twilight Saga resisted making a change that would have alienated much of the main audience for these films, especially so late in the game. Instead, with the twist ending, fans of the book series were able to enjoy a franchise ender that really shocked us without losing the happy ending to the saga. (Let’s agree not to talk about the Renesmee/Jacob stuff, okay?)
The entire Twilight Saga is now available to stream on Netflix.
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