04 December 2011

Book Movie Differences Twilight

With Breaking Dawn part 1 recently released and some discussions going on about the differences between the book and movie I decided to write up my thoughts on the subject for each book / movie combination.  Twilight up first, others as I review books/movies.

I read all the books after New Moon was released and then bought the Twilight DVD.  I hated it the first time watched it.  There were so many things wrong so early on in the movie.  After watching with the commentary I calmed down and now while I don’t hate it, I accept it for what it is – a translation from page to film, different medium different rules and exact translation not possible.

*There are not any other victims known to town folks by the nomads in the book.
*Bella in the book goes to Forks in January not March.   She is not vegetarian in the book.  They do not eat at the diner.
*The truck is waiting for her when she arrives at Charlie’s home from the airport.  Not brought by later by Billy and Jacob.  So she doesn’t ask Jacob to go to school with her.
*Considering how rainy it is I can’t imagine anyone leaving vehicle windows down.  Only in a movie to ease of making the shot – when she pulls into parking lot her first day of school.
*Bella memorizes the school map while waiting for first class so that she isn’t walking around with it like they show her doing in the movie. 
*She isn’t approached by any of other students until gets to first class, no newspaper article/picture.  She meets Mike, Jessica, and Eric in morning classes.  Angela has biology with her and walks her to that class.  Angela is very shy in the book.  Eric in the movie is combination of Eric and Ben in the book.
*The school cafeteria has long rectangle tables not round ones.  She sits facing the Cullen’s at that first lunch.
*The Cullen’s don’t walk into the cafeteria as in the movie, they are already sitting in their corner of room when she notices them and asks Jessica.
*The seating arrangement in the movie for biology class is not the same as in the book.  In the book their table is the back row and on the right hand side of room.  Bella does have the seat next to aisle.
*Bella does stay to turn in her slip the first day at the office rather than turning around and leaving right after Edward.
*The conversation during the onion root lab is a little different in the book.  Their fingers touch when he gives her the next slide and she notes the coldness and the energy.  He doesn’t say anything about lights affecting the colour of his eyes in the book. 
*Charlie puts chains on her tires, not new tires.
*The near miss accident is a little different.  Edward stays with Bella trapped between two cars.  He doesn’t push in on the door of the van.  He does push in on fender/bumper of next car and pulls it back out to return it to proper shape and Bella notices that.  He does lift the van and pulls Bella around so the van doesn’t crush her legs.
*The hospital scenes are different.  She confronts him alone in a hallway. 
*Edward doesn’t speak to Bella for six weeks after the accident.
*There is no field trip to green house/compose place. 
*Three boys plot to ask Bella to ask them to the Sadie Hawkins Dance – now known as girls’ choice dance.  Mike is first one and does it before bio class starts.  That is what prompts Edward to speak to her again.  It is that night that he first sneaks into her room after she is asleep.  Her reason for not going to dance is trip to Seattle, not Jacksonville.
*They sit together at lunch a couple of times more or less alone.  Have the not superhero but bad guy conversation.
*That weekend is when the weather is good enough for the First Beach trip where Bella meets Jacob for first time in long time.  She does pick up on the tribe not liking the Cullen’s and flirts with Jacob to get the story from him.
*Tuesday of the next week is the dress shopping trip to Port Angles.  They do not see the boys while trying on dresses.  They are men that corral her, not frat boys as in the movie.  Edward pulls Volvo around and she gets in and he stays in car driving off.  He goes someplace quiet and dark to try to calm down and ask her to distract him.  Then she looks at clock and mentions Angela and Jessica.  He takes her to restaurant.  They have a booth in out of way corner of place, not center of room.  The conversation at restaurant and drive home is different in book, but result is the same, he knows she knows what he is.
*That Saturday is the school dance and trip to meadow for Edward and Bella.  In the book they are aware of danger of being seen going off together if something should go wrong.  In the movie the meadow scene takes place as they skip school walking into woods from the school grounds – wrong!
*Then the next day is Bella’s visit to the Cullen home.  Rosalie and Emmett are not there.  They are not fixing her a meal.  Edward doesn’t take her up a tree, they just hang out in his room until takes her home to come back later for baseball game.
*James is the one that says “you brought a snack.” Not Laurent as in the movie.
*the rest of movie follows the book more closely with confrontation with the nomads, ploy to draw them away, trip to Phoenix.
*Bella ditches Alice and Jasper at airport as waiting for Edward, Carlisle and Emmett to arrive. 
*Alice helps Carlisle and Edward not Jasper and Emmett taking care of James.
*Jacob comes into the prom and dances with Bella while giving her message from Billy, not outside as in movie. 

This is written from memory of reading the book and watching the movie a few weeks ago.  I may have recalled some things incorrectly.  I may have missed some things.  This may be updated when I read and watch the movie again.

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