December wrote:Have any of your characters sprung uncomfortable surprises on you?
I wouldn't say uncomfortable. One of them insisted (there's no other way to put it!) on having a bigger role in The Heir and its sequels. I had originally planned for him just to be around for a bit of muscle. He wasn't supposed to have any more story time than someone like Emmett does in Twilight, but, once I started writing him, he refused to sit in the background. It was like he was saying, 'You made me, now DEAL WITH ME!' and I said, 'Yes sir! Please don't hurt me! I'll do anything you say!' He's that kind of character.
corona wrote:Somehow, even though this vision isn't real, the film makes it so. I don't know how to explain it, I thought it would come off cheesy.
So did I. It so NOT cheesy!
corona wrote:[Book Bella says it's like her heart has grown larger to be filled with love for both Edward and Nessie. We don't quite see that this has happened for Edward as well in the book. The film makes that clear and real. Didn't Kayla say once that Nessie was for Edward? The book doesn't make that clear, the movie does.]
corona wrote:There's a sequence starting with an altered discovery of the J. Jenks note. It initially seems to be a let down, but this segues into Bella returning to Charlie's and seeing Edward and Nessie (happy!) there while it is sinking in that Alice doesn't believe Bella or Edward will survive. This in turn goes into Bella packing the survival bag for Jacob and Ness with money and their passports, and Alistair seeing this all and having words with Bella. This is why Alistair leaves. This is all nicely done, scenes blending from one to the other with purpose and impact.
That scene rips me apart, especially with Ghosts playing in the background.
corona wrote:Bella's path is somewhat easier but a lot more complex. In my opinion, it isn't just that Bella finally comprehends the price she must pay and decides to pay it. She finally comprehends the price Edward will pay, yet still demands it of him. Jacob is the choice for both Bella and Edward, he's the potential "out" for both of them. Bella finally owns this decision which is directly related to Edward's greatest fear, that Bella will regret becoming a vampire at some point. Bella finally comprehends the full scope of her epiphany in NM, that yes, Edward loves you, and he really loves you THAT MUCH, and he actually had very good reasons for what he did, and he STILL doesn't want to do this, but Bella is going to push forward anyway.
Anyway, I like that theory, it makes sense, at least to me. Edward has to bite and Bella has to ensure the best outcome of "no regrets", so she has to completely own that decision, both sides of it. Bella telling Edward to stop the lovemaking in the meadow makes a lot more sense. Knowing what she is going to ask of him, she is going to do everything possible to make it easier for him, and thinking of it this way I can see for the first time she really means it when she tells him that his soul is far too important to her (whereas before this subject was more of a joke with her). It isn't just a cheesy line she uses knowing it will work with Edward, she is finally acknowledging the moral issues involved. She will do everything she can for him, because she knows this is going to hurt him (for a while), but she is going to demand it anyway.
Very good point.
corona wrote:I'd be willing to bet (again) that you would say if she had chosen that alternative path, then the power of that story would have naturally flowed out and wouldn't need a movie to show it. And, I'd have to agree. The movie demonstrates that something was missing from the book.
I don't know. I always got a lot from the book. I never thought Edward was quite as absent as most others did. Maybe that's because I always imagined him with Bella anyway, unless it was mentioned specifically that she was away from him for some reason.