Monday, December 10, 2012

Breaking Dawn part 2

Yep, I saw it. I'm behind the times, okay. I have to admit, I was waiting for this one--a little excited even, due to the major battle scene teaser in the trailer. Let's face it, if you are a fan you knew this scene was coming. In a way, I wish this was all one movie. Breaking Dawn part one was not my favorite. I found it too drawn out, making it super obvious that they were doing this to ride out the Twilight name/fame a little longer.

I like the series. There I said it. I'm not saying it's the best written book series out there, but the idea of this is quite fascinating and the movies, whether you liked them or not, brought those characters to life along with this whole phenomenon. I could go into my whole thing with vampires and as much as I love them, I can't write anything about them due to this, but enough on my opinion and issues, let's get to my thoughts about this movie.

First, there will be spoilers in this post. That's right, I said spoilers. If you haven't heard the news, this movie has a twist ending that isn't in the book. Surprise. If you don't want to know, go see the movie and come back.

I will scroll down a little so you don't see it.

Keep going if you want to see.

Now, here's my thing. If you saw the movie, let's talk about the battle. Yes, the scene I was waiting for except it's different and when I say different, it's killing off important characters different. I was shocked for a moment, then excited. Of course, I didn't want to see these particular characters die, but oh my, did I love it. All I kept thinking was--this should've have been in the book. There, I said it. As writers we are taught to take chances and the battle took them and it was exciting, sad, let's just say, emotions ran high. But when it all ended, and I mean, all ended, you know where no battle even took place and everything was happy and rosy. Well, a little disappointment came into my heart. Yes, it needs to stay true to the book, I'll give you that. And with all the fans and money, it would've ticked off a bunch of people if the battle really took place. But, wow, it would've left people shocked.

It amazes me how different this book could've been if this scene really did happen. As a writer, it reminds to take chances sometimes. Not everything is fluffy and happy and not everyone will love it, but you never know who will. I wonder if this is what the screenwriters where trying to see. Obviously, they needed a shock factor to get people talking--the buzz, but they kept the die hard fans happy with the nice ending and staying true to the book. Bravo. It makes me want to look at my manuscripts a little differently. I like the unexpected and maybe I should take more chances. Kill off those you would never expect, but end it there and see what happens.

So, I've got lots of questions today:

If you saw the movie, thoughts?

Thoughts on the end?

Do you take chances in your writing?

My daughter's teacher has had her do an exercise in class where she reads a book and must re-write the ending. Maybe I should try that too. It could be interesting.

Have a great day!!


  1. I did not see the movie. Actually, I haven't seen any of them. I know...Eek! I want to, it's just my oldest son saw the second movie with his girlfriend and the way he described it was like listening to a small forest creature being tortured by the big bad wolf. Yeah. He was a teenage boy and hated it.

    I am interested in that battle scene, though. Hmm....

  2. I've only seen the first two then I lost interest. But I will say I loved the books, ripped right through them. But I hadn't heard they changed the ending - hmm, maybe I'll rent the rest at some point.

  3. I haven't seen the final one yet. I might just rent it. I didn't know they had changed the ending.

    I hope I take chances with my writing, but I really don't know.

  4. I must be completely behind the times, then, cause I haven't a one of them. Haven't gone to see a lot of movies, lately. Need to take care of that.

    I gave you a Shout-Out on my blog today. :)

  5. I read somewhere that Meyers helped write that battle scene to appease her readers who complained after book four about no battle. How cool she could re-write it in her own movie. :)