I used to have a lot of problems with the birthing scene and how it would be portrayed, but not as much anymore. This scene is crucial to the plot and is absolutely riveting. The only thing I wouldn’t care to see is Edward chewing through the placenta. Also, this is the only true “action” scene of the first half of the book, I don’t think there is any way that they are going to downplay it. Like Edward, I feel very protective of Bella so I am going to hate to see what she has to go through, but think about what would be missing if they don’t show it:
a) Bella’s spine snapping. I hate this probably more than anything else, but it graphically demonstrates that Bella is going to be better off being changed, if it’s even possible to save her at this point.
b) Rosalie being transfixed by the blood after the incision. Gory scene, but how else do you get to Jacob’s Kung Fu demonstration?
c) The delivery, and then “Throw it out the window!”.
d) Direct injection into the heart. Holy crow! I’d love to see a bit of the venom drip out of the end of the needle onto a bloody rag, and then you can see something…starts…happening with the blood.
e) Edward and Jacob working side by side. Jacob is frantically administering CPR while Edward is placing his bites. This cannot be removed; these are edge-of-your-seat moments in the theater and are not going to be soft-pedaled – the audience is going to be transfixed. The two former enemies are trying to save the life of the woman they both love.
f) Jacob plummets to utter despair and leaves weeping for the woman he loves, while Edward never misses a beat.
All of the above sets up the raw emotional atmosphere for Jacob descending the stairs, his grief turning to rage and a determination to kill the “monster” that is the cause of all of this.
I hope they end the first part halfway through the transformation, as I would like to see the second part begin while the change is still underway, in order to start with a lot of tension in the air. I would also like to see a scene inserted where Alice, Rosalie, and Esme all come in the room and clean Bella up, dress her, comb out her hair, and just display a lot of love and devotion to her. I think that would have a real emotional impact.
"It will take an amazing amount of control,” she mused. “More even than Carlisle has. He may be just strong enough…the only thing he’s not strong enough to do is stay away from her. That’s a lost cause.”