"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.
"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 â while caught up in the fevered intensity of first love.
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