The Twilight Impulse

My thoughts and impressions of the Twilight Saga, written by the fabulous Stephenie Meyer


Hey, I'm a massive Twilight Fan, and thanks to my friends being fed up with having to listern to my non-stop chattering about Twilight, i decided to create a blog for myself to just vent and document my twilight obsession!! I'm current studying journalism and have aspiration to become one, so why not write about something as awesome as the Twilight Saga!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Alice's Letters in New Moon

Some people that I know, who have read the book, are having issues with Melissa Rosenberg's insertion of Bella's constant letters to Alice throughout the entire film’s adaptation. They are essentially saying that it's poor writing if you have to tell your audience rather than showing them.

However, I disagree. I think that it was smart of Melissa to add this in. It shows Bella's inability to let go of the Cullen's. Despite having every single email being declined, Bella still persists trying to contact them. If Bella stopped emailing them, this would be Bella admitting to herself that they aren’t coming back, and that isn't something she is capable of doing.

Secondly, it show's Bella and Alice’s relationship. Due to the time constraints, I was worried that Melissa wouldn’t be able to portray how strong Bella and Alice's relationship is, considering Alice is only in the start of the film, and a tiny bit at the end. If she didn't find a way to show how strong it was, the audience who hadn’t read the book would be so confused as to why Bella would be so thankful that Alice is back, because no relationship was ever established with her.

Bella confiding in Alice all her emotions and thoughts, even though they weren’t being sent, shows that Bella trusts Alice with the truth about how she is feeling when she lies to everybody else, especially Charlie and Jacob. This depicts their relationship perfectly, because no matter what Edward did to her, she is not angry with Alice, and wants nothing more than to see her, even when she deserts all of her other friends; Mike, Jessica etc. Bella doesn’t care about her high school friends, so she doesn’t want to keep in contact. However, she cares dearly about Alice, so even though she is not there, she still tries to contact her. Melissa did a good job at showing the audience how close they are, and I really like the letters to Alice.

The letters could also be a tool to help explain what Bella is feeling for those who haven’t read the book. Everyone who has knows exactly how Bella feels, as Twilight is a first-person narrative. So, in order to help a broader audience actually understand Bella's thoughts, emotions, relationships and motivations otherwise they would probably be totally ignorant as to what Bella is feeling. Melissa did a good job trying to bring across information in a format that wasn’t as if Bella was telling the audience, but Bella confiding in her close friend, Alice.

I don't care what my friends thought of this, because I liked it very much. In a film, everything is fabricated, so I honestly believe that Melissa did this with a specific purpose, and not just because she thought the fans of the book needed to be blatantly told what Bella was feeling. I feel that it was just added in for the people who haven’t read the book, and to help convey Bella and Alice’s' relationship, as they don't get much air time. So, stop ragging on Melissa Rosenberg. I feel that she was gotten much better, compared to Twilight.


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