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Message from Stephenie Meyer on the Changes in Breaking Dawn Part 2

If you’ve seen Breaking Dawn Part 2 already–and if not, why not!?–you’ll have noticed quite a departure at a certain point in the film.

Author Stephenie Meyer just posted the following explanation to her website which is well worth reading about the changes. Warning, spoilers below!

Hi everyone. I hope you’re all coming back from a really fabulous Thanksgiving weekend, full of quality family time, too much delicious food, and restful tryptophan comas.

Two weeks ago, while doing press for Breaking Dawn 2, there were a lot of questions I wasn’t able to answer because I didn’t want to spoil the ending for anyone. I promised in a couple of interviews that I would post the answer to a specific question on my website once everyone had had a chance to see the movie. Now, if there is anyone reading this who hasn’t had a chance to see BD2 yet and really wants to remain unspoiled, please stop reading now.

***spoilers ahead***

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.)

A few reporters asked me if I would have done anything different in the battle if I had written it; the answer is yes. Mainly, I would have killed more Cullens. I do think the Volturi would have won the day; as the talented players were taken out, in the end it would be brute strength that would determine the victor, and the Volturi have more soldiers and more experience. Of course, if we had offed Edward or something, it might have been too obvious that it was a vision sequence. In the end, when the vision was revealed, the reaction I heard in the two unsuspecting audiences I viewed it with was nothing but relief and enthusiasm. Kudos to Bill C for creating the perfect emotional response! He plays our heartstrings like a virtuoso.

It was really something to get to spend a little time with the fans at the BD2 events, and to watch the movie at the premiere with so many of them. It was the best experience I’ve ever had at a Twilight movie, and a perfect conclusion to my personal Twilight experience. I hope you also enjoyed the movie, and each other, for this last big bang. You, the readers and viewers, are the ones who have made this whole ten-year experience into something unbelievable and amazing, and I thank you so much for it. I hope I get to see some of you again in March (shameless The Host plug), because it makes me too sad to think that my relationship with my readers is ending, too.

Happy Holidays to you all, may the season be filled with good friends and good books!



Category: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Featured Stories, Stephenie Meyer

  • Emily

    Stephanie… Thank you frot Twilight <3 <3 It's amazing…

  • Mary Pat

    Stephenie, Thank you for allowing us to enter into the magical and wonderful world of Bella and Edward. It has been a blast!

  • skykat4

    The movie was perfect! Thank you so much. And, please don’t forget Midnight Sun, for those of us who are waiting…….and hoping………

  • Terri louise

    Thankyou so much for the twilight saga, I’ve loved every minute of it. Breaking dawn part 2 is amazing, I’m gutted its over. All the best for the future.x

  • babyish

    Stephanie….. Thank you for Twilight
    It is an amazing gift you gave to people who became Twihards and continues to grow today.

  • Kimberly Dryden

    All this time, I thought it was when Aro touched Edward.

    Edward would have seen the vision Alice had of the battle between the Cullens and the Volturi (p. 543-552).

    When Aro touched Edward he would have seen what Edward saw through Alice’s vision (p. 689-693). It even says, as Aro finished his time of reading Edwards thoughts, “Aro straightened, his eyes flashing open, their expression awed and wary” (p. 693). Why would his expression have been wary if he hadn’t seen some glimpse of the future that awaited him if he chose to fight the Cullens?

    Thus, no deviation from the book was necessary…except, that in the movie you have Aro view it directly through Alice, which is fine, since it makes the process more succinct for the viewer.

    Personally, I am quite pleased with how this exchange was pulled off in the movie. Though, I must admit, I nearly died in the theatre, opening night. I was very relieved by the ending.

  • Alisea

    Stephenie, thank you for creating this story. I loved every page of the books and enjoyed every second of the movieS. I think Twilight Saga will always be my favorite love story. I will miss it so much!! THANK YOU!!

  • TeamEdward_Bella4ever

    Thanks Stephanie for the last 4 + amazing yrs, of living in the wonderful Twilight world that you created. As for the battle scene I didn’t see it as a departure from the book, in the book it was alluded to and not described in the book, much like the sex scene during the honeymoon. But seeing it fully visualized was hard to watch seeing the characters we love die, even if it was just Alices vision.

  • Tristan Andrews

    Twilight has been the greatist experine that has every happen to me and the Twiihardt!!!! Twilight has gaveing me a chance to come together with all of the Twihard to talk about all of the books and movies that we all love. Stepheine Meyer has gaveing the Twihard a chance to fall in love with reading. Stepheine Meyer has gaveing the Twihard the most BEAUTIFUL, BREATHING, and the most INCRADIBLE love sory tha the worl has every EXPEREINCE!!!!! I will LOVE and HOLD ON TO EVERY MOMENT THAT I SPINT WITH TWILIGHT AND THE TWILHARD!!!! Twilight has come to a end but the record will show that the Twilhard are the most PASSION, DEDICATED,and LOVING FANS IN THE WORLD!!!! I LOVE THAT I COULD BE A PART OF TWILIGHT!!!! STEPHENIE MEYER YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kristen Nicole Phillips

    Yes! I and everyone else wants Midnight Sun more than anything else! I’ve read the draft online and its amazing! It lets you really see the life of a true vampire. Bella didn’t really count…she was too tame.

  • marredon4

    Stephenie, thank you for Twilight, from begining to the end. I will always be a fan of your work and can not wait until you write us some more books. whatever you choose to write about next..I’m sure it will be awesome!!

  • Twi’Shyne Ferreira

    Love you too Steph! You’re the best.

  • Cherry

    My first reaction after the movie was: “You son of a bitch” because dear Stephanie and Bill, you two gave me a HEARTATTACK! I screamed and cried during the battle! I swear.. I died. But now I look back I’m like: “Damn, they fooled me. They fooled me good.” This movie is truly amazing and actually brought back more of the books as it was in my mind than any of the other movies. Loved it, My God. Stephanie, you are an excellent movie producer, especially considering it was your first time. And Bill… As always, amazing movie, great director!

  • Brandi

    The movie was simply amazing! The books were fantastic and I am truly sad to see the Twilight Saga end. However, it did end perfectly.

  • mirandathevampgirl

    As I have mentioneda number of times the fact that the battle sequence was even included only made the movie even more spectacular and much better then we realize. It really helped in a lot of ways to have such a twisted sequence that could have existed in the books but ended up being a no show. But now seeing it on film made us pour out all our emotions to these characters so strongly. So it was a very brilliant idea. It may haave been hard to watch but its what the story really needed for the sake of the fandom and other movie goers in order to protect it.

  • mirandathevampgirl

    As I have said several times. As shocing as that battle sequence was it I what the story really needed bc it was something that could have happened but did not. But the one thing that I won’t forget was how people responded and reacted. It made the movie feel more bellievable to audiences bc of how the responses were and that’s a good thing when u think about it. So yea I’m glad we had it but at the same time I’m glad that it didn’t really happen for real. And stephanie we owe u a lot of thanks for writing such a beautiful story that has changedd. Millions of peoples lives forever. Thank u for having that dream that became such an unexpected turn of events . And more importantly thank u for making us believe in the power of love and imagination again

  • Monique/booksaddicted

    Thank you and I will never forget the amazing discovery of the books, the characters and the movies. I shall watch the DVD for years to come and enjoy every moment of them over and over again.

  • J

    I’ve got to say, that battle was hardly what I expected when I heard that there would be a “different ending” (though I wouldn’t say it was “different”; it was just an aspect of the story we didn’t get to see in the book from Bella’s POV). I mean WOW. When Carlisle and Jasper bit it, my jaw dropped and my eyes were size of golf balls, but it wasn’t until wolves started dying that it really struck a chord in me (I’m an animal/wolf lover, so the “deaths” of the Quilluete wolves hit me harder than the vampires/Cullens). At that point, I was nearly crying and my hands were over my open mouth. I was thinking, “No, OH HELL NO!!” And then that huge reveal just threw me and my company all for a loop! I’ve got to say, that scene/concept was an ingenious idea to add to the film; it made the happy ending have even more of an emotional impact. All in all, though, Breaking Dawn part 2 was undoubtedly the most well-done movie in the entire saga. From the musical score to the acting, special effects and cinematography; right from the beautiful opening credits I was captivated. Now I’m actually glad that Twilight is over. No more movies to wait on, no more love/hate disputes (hopefully; I’m getting sick of those turning up every where I go) and time to discover new adventures waiting in the pages of more books! As an aspiring writer, however, I have to thank Stephenie for the Twilight saga; it gave me a phase to go through in my life and helped me grow in my writing.

  • Jojo345

    The last time Edward had seen Alice, all she’d seen was the Volturi killing them all. The future changed as more witnesses made the decision to join them.

    I would guess the reason Aro was wary was because he had just discovered that the Cullens are, after all, totally innocent.

  • Twiheart

    Stephenie herself gave the best reason for the completion of Midnight Sun in her movie analysis above….that we only saw the Saga through the eyes of Bella. As wonderful as the books are, how much richer would they have been in the eyes of Edward, or better yet combining the thoughts of all parties (Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is written like that). I really want “Midnight Sun”, but then would I be happy with just that or yearn for Edward’s viewpoint of New Moon (all the time he was away), Eclipse, and his thoughts during the honeymoon and what followed in Breaking Dawn. Yes, I would be very greedy. More, more….I want more!! (but no more movies….the five we’ve been given are complete and beautiful….well done, and thank you everyone involved).

  • Twiheart

    Stephenie, how can we ever thank you enough for creating such a romantic, magical world for us. And to think you almost didn’t submit your manuscript of Twilight. I can tell you your books have carried me through bad times and good times, and the audio books through many hours of boring housework and treadmill walking. I continue to “chain-read/listen” to your beautiful story. You are awesome. Thank you. And Thank you to all involved in bringing this story to life through the beautifully crreated movies…such talented actors, producers and screen writer. Thank you all. I doubt any book or movie will ever affect me again as this saga has.

  • twilight_girl

    Stephanie, thank you so much for writing these amzing novels that will stay in our hearts forever. Thank you for letting us believe again, when we could escape reality for a few hours and relive Bella’s journey. Each mile stone. Each of thoses perfect memmories. They’ll never be forgotten. Thank you for getting us through the tough times. You were the only one who could’ve gotten me into make a habbit of reading. So thank. What I really loved about twilight was how relatable these chartcters they were minus the vampiric nature, they seemd so human and relatable like ordinary girls and guys living lives. But of coarse making them into vampires was truly a clever idea. The way Bella was as a human, reminds me of myself, those mannerisms, being such a shy young girl, fainting at the sme;ll of blood, the injections. Gosh. I thought I was crazy and there was something seriously wrong with me. Why everyone would shy away from me, like being shy was some sort of disease. I didn’t understand. until i read twilight. That I didn’t feel alone, I felt like there was someone like me out there, it made me a little hopeful and that maybe i wasn’t a freak. So thank you for putting reality into perspective for me. By the time i reached Breaking Dawn, i realised; that being shy wasn’t a weakness, it made me a much more confident person and talking to many of you on this fan site made me truly feel like i belong somewhere. So thank you Stephenie for giving this extradorinary love story to us fans, for letting us be whole again or for make our lives a lot more entertainly. I could not express my immense gratitude in any other way, Stephanie. so thank you for changing our lives. We truly apprecaite it. I’m sorry guys that this was really long, but I’ve wanting to get this off my chest and I thought that now was the time to do that. Sorry for the lengthy post. Thabk you Steph you truly are the best.>3

  • mirandathevampgirl

    Hey don’t worry. Its good that u r expressing yoourself that’s what u do all the time.
    Oh and did u get my email

  • mirandathevampgirl

    Dear twilight girl don’t ever be ashamed with writing such
    lengthy posts u r just expressing yourselves.
    We all understand how you are feeling this is what I do all the time and
    I like doing it. So you should not feel ashamed at all. And it’s nice to hear
    about your little story about how twilight changed your life I have a million
    stories about my own experiences. But the best thing is that they are memories
    that should never be forgotten at all.
    Oh and did you receive my e-mail

  • twilight_girl

    Hey, Miranda
    Oh, thanks you’re really sweet. I think it’s really importnat to express how you feel, no matter what. I don’t why I just sometimes have to. You are right they re the best memmories that should never be forgotten. Oh, and yes i have received your e-mail. Thanks again, I’m just a little more than half-way through the story. It’s really good, some really funny moments, where did you get them from. You one intelligent youg woman. It’s really good. You stayed so true to the characters. i loved it. thanks.

  • Malena

    As far as I remember, Alice couldn’y have visions which include woolves, so how come now she sees the whole pack fighting, Jacob with Nessie etc, In New Moon she didn’t see Bella being pulled out of the water because Jacob was part of it……..

  • static25 BD4ever

    “Happy Holidays to you all, may the season be filled with good friends and good books!

    Thank you Stephenie not only for the world you created, but also for the worlds you love to live in ;)

    “The Mortal Instruments series is a story world I love to live in. Beautiful!” / “Dear Edward and Jacob, I adore you both, but I’m spending the weekend with Jace. Sorry! Love, Stephenie” –Stephenie Meyer, author of Twilight

    So. not only there is this awesome book series (which I had no idea existed), which is recommented and highly praised by SM, but there is already a first trailer for the City of Bones (first book / movie) which looks completely awesome! I started reading the first book and I’m completely hooked!

    And Jace is our own Jamie Campbell Bower!
    You should TOTALLY check this out!

    And please Will, how cool would it be to make a fansite fot the mortal instruments!

  • jayne13

    Felt the same way after seeing BDpt2 as I did after Twilight … the changes ruined the movie … extremely disappointed …

  • S0phiaxoxoPEETA/EDWARD

    o my god yes!!!!!!!!! plz

  • Sylvana

    absolutely amazing ., really hooked…have to come up with something else stph…Good luck and also Congratulations for the Twilight Saga… :)

  • scarlett71177

    Thanks for Twilight, SM. <3 I've participated in a lot of fandoms, but the last five years since I first read Twilight have just been wonderful. I came across so many other people who loved the series as much as I did. I've never read another book that made me fall so in love with a family I desperately wanted to be a part of.

  • StephanieMinorityRetort

    Hmmm… I’m trying to digest this. Like everyone here, I have followed the series (and this blog) from the beginning. I truly appreciate the world Stephenie Meyer created, which is why I’m having a hard time with the “little trespasses against the mythology.”

    Twilight fans are a very devoted bunch. We re-read the books, go the theatre for early screenings (and then back again and again, as the record-breaking box office numbers can prove), buy the dvds and tirelessly defend the series to the haters.

    We gave our time and money to learn the detailed character back stories in this mythological world, which Stephenie provided in supplementary books. So, to call it “a minor deviation” is hard to take, especially since “New Moon” would not exist without the rules or limitations Stephenie established in this world.

    I realize it’s unpopular to critique or question Ms. Meyer; but as a fan, I feel this was a major plot point that was swept under the rug. As I’ve mentioned before, it would be as if Superman suddenly was immune to kryptonite, but no one bothered to explain how or why to the audience. I just feel it warranted more of an explanation than a parenthetical afterthought.

    There are many beautiful moments in BD2. Bill Condon did a wonderful job making his mark on the series, while giving a nod to those who contributed to its past success. I appreciate Stephenie for sharing her dream and remain a devoted (albeit more skeptical) Twilight fan.

  • Shelly

    i have to agree that BD2 is epic. but still cant believe that she puts up with a ‘few little trespasses’. One thing is a book, whe you can dream up, another – movies when its black and white. How to explain the conclusion of BD2 when Alice says ‘l can’t see past you and your pack of mutts.’ in New moon…or ‘And I can’t see Bella’s future anymore’ (pregnancy) in BD Part 1 ….when you watch all movies in succession it is very flaring… i am disappointed(

  • Barbara

    Please write “Midnight Sun”. The Twilight Saga won’t be complete without it. Also please consider a future second Twilight/another name with Reneseme and Jacob and Bella and Edward (we have to know how they are doing!)…….

  • ABV

    Thank you Stephanie for bringing your Dream to life for us,it brought me Kristen and Rob but I have to add that I never liked the deviations from New Moon and I really disliked the storyline in Eclipse especially the love story because that’s what got me hooked and kept me wanting more…Breaking Dawn was always my favourite book because we got what I wanted and that was Bella and Edward together with their babygirl and the end sequence didn’t really bother me but if any of the Cullens had died it might’ve been a different story….
    Good luck for future books and movies Stephanie.

  • Martha Hughes

    Thank you for the Twilight Saga. This remarkable love story will lie on in history. :)

  • #impasse

    Thank you Stephenie for changing my life and million others. Twilight is such a big part of me that I don’t know what I’d be without it.
    It has made me believe in true love and the power of love. <3
    Twilight will live in our hearts forever!

  • Kimberly Dryden

    Interesting viewpoint, however, we actually don’t know what Alice saw, because Edward –the only one who could read her mind– didn’t even understand what she was seeing, because she was trying to keep him out, which is why she left.

    And the innocence of the Cullens wouldn’t have made Aro feel wary. Even Eleazar acknowledges that Aro’s motivations for sparing or slaughtering vampires were not always based on the guilt or innocence of the vampire.

  • microgal56

    I got to see this movie with my sister-in-law – after I had already seen it! Her reaction was priceless, though she did hit me :)

  • Teamjaliceforever

    I still have an issue, Alice is not supost to be able to see the wolfs!! New moon. Page 403 lines 11-13. If she could, the entire encounter with the volturi wouldn’t have happened. That was such a major detal to be changed.

  • Jaliceforever

    Me too. I slightly resembled prim from the hunger games after her nightmares. Yes, I screamed that much. Carlisle got hyperventilation, jasper got every ounce of control I’ve ever had over my emotions. And tears, lots of tears . .

  • Rhonda Renee Weir

    The Movie was excellent no matter what BD2

  • Deborah bromell

    It did make for a great ending though I wanted to know a bit more into the future, did Jacob and Rennesme have any children, what does the future look like for Edward and Bella and the rest of them. It would have only taken another 5 or 10 mins to go into that. I agree, we need to see the complete Midnight Sun book, it is fantastic and I really enjoyed seeing it from Edwards point of view, All the books could be seen through his eyes, I agree that no more movies should be made from Edwards side but PLEASE write the books from his view point. And if at all possible, a book carrying on from Breaking Dawn, and maybe a movie. x

  • yamilet

    la élicula fue perfcta hubo de todo emocion llanto risa pfffff espero que de verdad aiga una solucion para que no se a el final ya que todos los fans estamos en esperanza de que se realize la continuacion….

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