Twilight: Book vs. Movie

Topics: Stephenie Meyer, Twilight, Bella Swan Pages: 6 (2326 words) Published: April 15, 2013
Twilight: Book vs. Movie
When comparing the book Twilight, written by Stephanie Meyers, with the movie Twilight, screenplay written by Melissa Rosenberg and produced by Catherine Hardwicke, there are multiple visual differences between the two. Some important scenes were changed or even omitted from the original text, leaving noticeable gaps in the movie’s plot. There are big and important differences, which are obvious, while there are also less important differences between them such as names and small missing details. The most important differences between the book and movie were when Bella tells Edward she knows he is a Vampire and when Edward saves Bella from Tyler’s van in the beginning. In reading the book before seeing the movie the phrase “The book is always better than the movie,” is proven true with Twilight.

Right off the bat, the movie changed the beginning of the story. The opening scene is Bella in Phoenix picking out a small cactus that she brings with her to Forks as a reminder of where she came from. The following scene is when Bella meets Jacob and Billy Black while they are dropping off her new truck, but in the book Bella meets Jacob for the first time at La Push Beach. Neither of these scenes are in the book, the first one being an addition and the other a change. Both scenes were placed at the beginning of the movie to give background on Bella life in order to eliminate extensive narration.

The next notable change is one of the most important differences between the book and the movie. In the book, Edward is standing four cars away from Bella when Tyler loses control of his van. The van is spinning out of control toward Bella, Edward attempts to deflect the van but it rotates toward Bella, which supports Bella’s theme of bad luck. The van rocks on two wheels forcing Edward to further expose himself by catching the van and moving Bella out of the way before it crushed her legs. Edward has to brace himself against the car parked next to Bella's truck in order to stop the van. This causes Edward to leave an indent of his shoulder in the car, which Bella notices. Bella is injured since Edward did not have time to be gentle in moving her out of the way, resulting in her head hitting the ground. Charlie arrives and speaks with Bella before she is taken to the hospital. Bella sees that it takes eight people to move the van out of the way demonstrating Edwards’s strength. The EMTs put her on a stretcher and put a neck brace on her. Edward stays with Bella after saving her from being hit by Tyler's van. He also rides in the ambulance with her in order to conceal the truth by giving her a false version of the story in which he was with her the whole time. Edward has to agree to tell Bella the truth later in exchange for her coroperation. Bella goes along with the story Edward gave her when she is asked how she got out of the way, which earns her his trust (Meyers 56-67). The same scene in the movie is entirely different and simplified a lot from the text. Edward's impossible speed and strength are still obvious to Bella, but without quite as much evidence. Edward is on the other side of the parking lot when Tyler loses control of his van, which does not spin out of control, but slides sideways towards her. Edward gets to Bella in time to gently catch with one arm, and stop the van with ease with the other. Bella suffers no injury from the van or Edward's involvement, but is shocked after witnessing his unnatural abilities. Edward is portrayed as an unmovable force shown by the momentum of the van hardly affecting him. He barely moves toward the truck, unlike in the book where he puts a dent in it. Edward walks away after saving Bella from being hit by Tyler's van. Bella realizes he is hiding something from her. 9-1-1 is called, but before the ambulance arrives the scene cuts to the hospital omitting Bella being on a stretcher and in a neck brace. The scene also changes Charlie first seeing Bella at the...
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