Tornado wrote: I was glad they toned him down a bit in the movies. He was just so annoying in the books!
I have mixed feelings about them toning him down. They made him more likable, but they did not stay true to his character in a lot of ways. Jacob was arrogant, impulsive, and angry at times. He did shake a lot and make Bella think twice about being so close to him when that happened. He was intimidating. It was part of who he was and what made her decipher between her Jacob and the bitter wolf he became. I think they toned it down to make him more appealing, but in doing so they did not help Bella and Edward at all. Edward comes off as so overprotective and for no reason besides jealousy. Like the truck scene at the beginning of Eclipse in the film, in the book we were able to understand that wolves can be dangerous. Emily had the scars to prove it and young wolves did have issues controlling their temper. Edward was not willing to take that risk so while his actions were annoying, there was also humor about it in the book, especially when she slams her window then opens it again. By taking stuff like that out, they really left it open for different interpretation. If Jacob was the way they downplayed him in the film, I think it would be easier to love him in the books because you get the good sides of Jacob in the film, but rarely any of the things that make you want to use that crowbar like his words and reaction along with Charlie's after Jacob forcefully kissed her. That was definitely MR's feminist side coming out with the alteration of that scene. It made me relieved that she changed a lot about Charlie but also like she made him a different character in a lot of ways.