BREAKING DAWN and What I Expect From the Movie
Confession...I am a Twilight saga fan! Some of you may join my bandwagon and some of you may just throw tomatoes at me. But seriously, Stephanie Meyer sparked something with young adult and many adults everywhere. And I mean everywhere! I was living in Thailand at the time the Twilight movie, the first movie, came out and I had heard nothing about it. Despite that after I went to see it I fell in love with it and bought all the books. Thais lined up to see the movie and buy the books too. When I came back to the states I then saw how overpowering the saga had become in America for everyone ~ Chills and Frills~
I read all the books and it didn't take me long either! I ate them up like Halloween candy or fast food! I fell in love with Twilight, sped through New moon to get to Eclipse and found myself teetering on wether to burn or hug the characters in Breaking Dawn. I had to do a double take. I loved a lot about the book. Bella and Edward marry. They get to have sex. Bella gets to have a baby. Jacob gets to find his true love. The ending was just so sweet when Bella let edward into her mind for the first time. Perfect ending.
But what I didn't like stuck out. I didn't not like anything about the first three books, so perhaps that is why this book, Breaking Dawn, effected me all the more. The fact that Bella was like a zombie through half the book irked me. Her unborn infant kicked her to the degree of causing pains and hemorrhaging. GAG. Edward and Bella had no real intimate time in the book. I realize this is YA, but Stephanie could have written a tasteful, romantic sexual encounter. Bella couldn't even remember much of what happened. Did Edward hit her that hard? The line in the book from one of the characters "well that is a good plot twist" irked me too. I mean, an author should not be tooting her own horn within the dialogue of the characters and honestly it wash;t that interesting of a plot twist.
What makes Twilight astounding is not the plot. Come on! Predictable. Cliche. Sure there are a few new approaches with the werewolves defending humans from vamps and some vamps eating only animals. But what really make Twilight stand out is the character driven story. The love centered fabric woven into this paranormal world. A world we all want to escape to, because let's face it....Edward is hot and Jacob is hot and who would;t want to be loved by them? And everyone has a bit of Bella in them. So, as females we can relate.
The editor seems to have given up on the last book. It was like the author and editor just consorted together and said, "Well, we've got three best sellers on our hands, who cares if this last book isn't edited well." And I don't mean grammar. I mean the fact that the first three books were Bella's story, but now that Bella is a zombie because of the "Blood-Baby" Stephanie had to use another character to tell the story. So, why not Jacob. The story primarily became his and if he wasn't in 1/3 of the book telling the story, the book would have fallen flat on its face for many readers. He brought some of the few redeeming qualities to the ending. But it wasn't his story. So, I was peeved about that. Felt like a cop-out to me.
I realize why Stephanie did it, but if she had given Bella a baby that didn't make her unconscious half the time she could have given more character to the main character of this saga. Bella! Jacob's story should not have been told in this novel. Perhaps another novel would have suffice? Stephanie wrote Midnight Sun to tell Edward's story. She could had done that for Jacob. As is, I didn't like the switch. I did however enjoy Jacob more than the other characters which was a shame, because they just didn't have the spark they once had in books 1-3.
Plus she never really did resolve that much with the Italian Vampire mob and with all the practice for fighting, the fact that they never fought was another cop-out.
I did enjoy seeing Bella become a vamp thought and am glad her and Edward finally tied the knot and had a baby.
I'm glad I read the book, don;'t get me wrong and I will be seeing the movie. But it was the least favorite of mine in the entire series. Twilight =A, New Moon =B-, Eclipse=A, Breaking Dawn=C (As far as the books go for me)
What I am looking for in the Breaking Dawn movie?? I am looking for some real intimacy between Edward and Bella. I would like to see Bella in color just before she dies and then the screen turn Black and White. I thin that would be cool. Then when she comes back to life as a vamp, the color should return. I thin some of the bloody scenes as she dies should be done in Black and White, but we will see.
Looking forward to seeing the movie!!!
If you liked Twilight, you will love She Speaks to Angels and The Day the Flowers Died