Stephenie Meyer Addresses 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Ending
Her own words, on her official site
The question, which I got frequently, was how I felt about having a big change inserted into the story during the final climax. My answer was that it didn't feel like such a huge departure. For me, this moment is already in the book. However, we don't get to see it in all its exciting and gory detail because we are seeing the world only through Bella's eyes. A few of the reporters I talked to wanted to know where in the book this moment was hidden. The answer is page 738, fourth paragraph down:
"Aro stared into my eyes for a long, tense moment. I had no idea what he was searching for, or what he found, but after he had measured me for that moment, something in his face changed, a faint shift in the set of his mouth and eyes, and I knew that Aro had made his decision."
In this short analysis, after Bella has revealed the depth of her power, Aro plays out in his head the probable outcome of a battle with the Cullens. Much like what we see in the movie, Aro foresees a more evenly matched fight than he had expected, the loss of too many of his key players, and—most unacceptable—the likelihood of his own death. Though odds are that the Volturi would have come out on top in the end, Aro wouldn't have lived to see it and the unassailable nature of the Volturi's authority would have been broken, possibly forever. It is this vision of the future—though imperfect guesswork on his part—that motivates his retreat.
Melissa Rosenberg and I have both mentioned the fateful dinner we had (back during the filming of Eclipse) where we hashed out a way to make the end of Breaking Dawn more cinematic. This was the idea we latched on to—how do we make this vision of Aro's into something the viewer can experience? The answer was pretty simple once we looked at it that way—we already had a character who could show us visions. So the only real change to the book ending of Breaking Dawn is that Alice enters the scene earlier, and comes in contact with Aro.
(Are there a few little trespasses against the mythology in this vision? Yes, as some of you have pointed out. The consensus was that a minor deviation from what had been established was forgivable in the name of entertainment. I had a few very elaborate solutions, but they were too confusing and not nearly as cinematic as the final product. And obviously, the result was very entertaining.)
Why are some of you commenters just commenting on how much you hate the book or the author? Why would you read an article about a book you obviously don't care for? The fact is, it was a huge seller and the movies have also been huge sellers. I doubt the children of America are "illiterate" and that is why they like it. It is a fantasy book, written in a way teenagers and preteens like. Period. If you don't like it (and I don't blame you if you don't, plenty of people don't like the same things) then maybe you should just not click on these stories?? Just a thought.
As for the ending (and the original question that some people just COULD NOT stick to) I knew it had to be a vision. There is no way the audience, which is notorious for being rabid, would tolerate a massive deviation from the story. I liked this- it added some action without actually changing the story. In the end, it all worked out the same as the book but with a little more spunk. The reaction of the audience WAS pretty hilarious as well... all those screaming kids, and adults. I just laughed. What else could I do?
A friend talked me into reading the Twilight Series and I loved all the books. The movies not so much. Only because I am not a Kristen Stewart fan at all. However, this movie was very, very good!! At first I was totally confused because I didn't remember parts in the book where some of the Cullen's were being killed. Then I became totally absorbed in the action. It was such a relief when I realized what Aro was seeing. I'm almost tempted to see it again!
change the ending? you dont do that. imagine the battle at the alamo having a different ending.
I have been a big fan of the books and have seen all of the movies several times (not AS big of a fan of the movies, yes Kristen Stewart is painful to watch) but anyway....
When Carlisle's head was ripped off, I almost walked out of the movie right then. I was so angry. And then as it just kept going on, I got angrier and more upset. And once I realized it wasn't real.... even angrier.
I felt like it added a whole different level of violence and emotional turmoil that wasn't necessary. Yes the other movies also show similar violence (decapitations) but not of main characters and not to the extent that Breaking Dawn 2 did. I felt it was completely ridiculous.
And what I mean by "emotional turmoil" is - I sat there watching characters whom I had grown attached to for the past several years die violent deaths and watch/hear the wolves crying out as one after another was taken down. I HATED the way the movie made me feel. I continue to have visions of Carlisle's head dangling from someone's hand....
Some unexpected twists is one thing but again, I felt this was WAY off base and unnecessary.
The last five minutes of the movie was the best part.... otherwise, I HATED it and will seriously never watch it again.
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Myriam Gabriel-Pollock has been writing for MSN since 2006 -- everything from quizzes to feature articles to the Twilight Superfan blog. Prior to that she was a hi-tech geek. She has happily transitioned into a film geek, especially if there are wizards, vampires, mythical places, and spaceships.