Twilight Writer Tries to Stay True to Book


"I didn't want to be that person who ruined Twilight," Melissa Rosenberg said one recent afternoon, days before the movie she scripted earned $70.6 million in its first weekend.


That success has validated, at least financially, her decision to tread lightly on the Stephanie Meyer novel that provided the well-loved source material for the film.


Rosenberg, an executive producer on Dexter whose writing credits include Step Up and The O.C., said she aimed to adapt the book rather than using it as a "jumping off point."


"We knew that if we were true to the book, if we honored it, fans would come with us," she said.


The novel's more than 500 pages had to be condensed to around 100 pages of script. Rosenberg also had to make the interior monologues of the main character, Bella (Kristen Stewart), more cinematic.


"How do you externalize Bella's experience?" Rosenberg asked.


Rosenberg's changes resulted in pivotal scenes in which Bella and her vampire love, Edward (Robert Pattinson), talk in her room, cuddle, and think deep thoughts – while caught up in the fevered intensity of first love.


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Nov 28, 2008 1:08AM EST

No field trip? The acting sucked??? Wow...The acting was amazing...Edward was so socially challenged...He was supposed to be like that. It was such a beautiful film. And there was a field trip...

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Nov 28, 2008 1:27AM EST

they did suck a good job with this movie. i dont see how you didnt like it brittany. and to do they his everything on the dot in my opinion. it followed the book more than any movie ive watched

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Nov 28, 2008 11:14AM EST

i kind of agree with both sides. the movie tried to stay along with the book but they changed it so much. they basically rearranged the book. dont get me wrong though the movie was great. the acting was surely not bad. i think the person who played Edward was great. i just think that if the movie was a bit more longer they could have put a lot more details in.
plus i think Bella should have narrated the movie. there are things the book state that can only be found out by hearing Bella's thoughts. (like when they are staring at each other)

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Nov 28, 2008 2:15PM EST

i thought that the acting was good on pattinson and the culllen clans part and that stuart had good scenes, but i do feel that they missed out pivotal scenes from the book and that the love that materializes between bella and edward were rushed to the extent that it left you wondering why they fell in love soooo quickly, because in the book even though they fell in love quickly there was still more explaination. i belive that they should have included the smaller scenes between edward and bella because those are the ones that added up to love.
i did enjoy the film, but as you said it could have been longer and bella should have narrated it so that you could understand the feelings better. all i can say is that you need to read the books to fully understand what is happening. i hope that the next film will be better and more relatable to the book and hopefully the screen writer will do a better job in new moon. just a quick suggestion: the bigger scenes aren't always the most vital!!

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Nov 30, 2008 5:32PM EST

i agree with most of the comments, but you cant make a movie that captures a book its just not possible but i think they did a pretty good job of following the book compared to other book-movie stuff like eragon and sisterhood of the traveling pants. im so happy that i didnt ruin it that bad lol

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Jul 20, 2010 12:20AM EDT

If you have read the book and are looking for the movie to fit the book perfectly do yourself a favor and don't go see it. I gurantee you Stephanie had a say in the changes. When a book becomes a movie you have to leave crucial details out because so much of it is crucial. They have to pick and choose among the important. I find the best way is to not go near the book when I plan on seeing the movie so my remberance on book detail will be hazy and then read the books after seeing the movie. That way I'm just filling in the blanks afterward.

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