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'Twilight': What does the 'Breaking Dawn' backlash bode for the movie?

Twilight1 The word is out on "Breaking Dawn," the final book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" saga. And it’s not all good.

Of the 1,237 reviews on Amazon.com this morning, 364 give it one star, and another 145 give it just two. That suggests about 42% of "Twilight's" audience was ultimately disappointed in the series ender, which gave Bella and Edward –- spoilers ahead –- their happy ending.

The majority of Amazon users labeled the following one-star critique from a reviewer named Eventide as "helpful." (It’s listed first on the book’s page):

I loved the first three books. I have always been a fan of Bella and Edward, but I liked how Meyer introduced the Jacob/Bella dynamic to show the complexity of relationships, and that love means SACRIFICE and making a CHOICE…Now I don’t know what message the author wanted to say or what she was thinking.

The second and third most "helpful" reviews also give the book one star. The latter, written by Sonja Scheffer "scrapprincess," went so far as to say:

It did not feel like Stephenie Meyer was writing the story…I honestly would have stopped reading this book except I was curious to see how much more bizarre it could get.

Here on the Los Angeles Times' Entertainment News & Buzz blog, where the comments are about 50-50 good and bad, Dawn wrote: "This was a horrible ending to a wonderful series. As I do every Monday, I took the garbage out and returned my book!" Marrisa followed up: "It really was like a crappy movie ending."

How this fan backlash might affect the upcoming movie, due out Dec. 12, is anyone’s guess. The reception at last month's Comic-Con was insane, and “Breaking Dawn” sold a big 1.3 million copies on Saturday alone, according to USA Today. The first three books also have already sold 7.5 million copies in the United States alone.

But even "Twilight" devotees are taking issue. The predominant thinking seems to be that the love story triangle of Bella, Edward and Jacob is wrapped up too early, the succeeding plotline –- about the child of Edward and Bella -– isn’t satisfying, and everything is tied up a little too neatly. (Even Bella’s lonely father is paired with a lady friend in a throwaway line near the end). 

In one of the Twilight Lexicon discussions forums -- the biggest of the "Twilight" fan sites and one endorsed by Meyer herself -- more than a third of the comments are lukewarm. A fifth are flat-out negative. "I felt like I was reading a poorly written fan-fiction," commenter takemybreathaway wrote.

Another, identified as Raccontareunabellastoria was even more dramatically affected: "My world has imploded. I'm probably being dramatic, but really. I invested my heart and soul into these books. I feel tremendously betrayed."

Thoughts? Will you still see the movie? (For the record, I'm still going to see the movie.)

-- Denise Martin

Photo: Summit Entertainment

 
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I personally enjoyed BD. Yes, I agree it had some bizarre parts, however, I already figured that out. I mean, I was reading a book about a human and a vampire being in love, I had to expect some random bizarre acts. I would love to continue reading the series, should Stephanie Meyer ever chose to continue writing it. I doubt that would ever happen. I love the happy ending. For Bella and Edwards world, it was the way it should be. I am not a writer and I can't even begin to criticize Stephanie for anything that I perhaps disagreed with. I admire her writing. Especially to bring the charcters to life for me, before I ever saw "Twilight" The movie only made it 100 times better. I am not here to argue with anyones opinion, because I realize that it's just an opinion, as mine is. I was happy that Bella was turned, they were married, they had Renesseme, Jacob was still in the picture and part of the family. I didn't want the story to end, for sure. Perhaps it was a bit abrupt. I mean, I was expecting several more chapters after The Volturi departed. However, I didn't write it and I am happy for what I was given to read. I do believe that the producers and screenwriters will breakaway from the exact storyline verbatum. That's how movies are as compared to the books. I doubt that anyone that truly enjoyed The Twilight Saga will be disappointed in any way. My biggest fear is the changing directors issue with each film. Yes, each will bring his own talent to the film, I just don't want everything to be too rushed and get out of hand. I love all of the actors that play all of the characters and I would hate to see what sometimes happens in big budget films. People getting egos or stuff like that. I wouldn't want to see anyone else portraying these charcters at this point. My opinion is I am happy that I read BD and I truly admire all 4 books and wish there was a bit more, however, I am not going to moan about it!! PeacE~

I don't really know what to say about BD. I wish it ended with more complications and that the series continued. I wish there were some big twist with the JBE triangle. I would even settle for some side drama (Like with the werewolfs or Charlie or Renee). And I wouldv'e loved to see Bella's perspective during the pregnancy because from Jacobs perspective (not what the character thought but what I thought looking through his eyes) Bella wasn't herself at all. And Edward! My goodness he was such a pansy I couldn't stand him! I always loved how his and Bella's chemistry was like father and child (not in all ways of coarse) And BD just twisted everything in the wrong way. After the pregnancy when everything was perfect it was so upsetting everything was boring for a while and no one was themselves! I'm guessing Meyer caught on since she sent Alice away after her vision and honestly she didn't have to keep anything from them. It was all just so horrible I wish I could've gotten a better insight to the other characters.

I'm posting this in case anyone thought i hated BD because I really loved it I just wish it had some better things and didn't end so nicely.

I thought it was amazing and all my friends did also... i couldnt have asked for a better ending. I think everyone who doesnt like it is amazingly stupid...espiecially if they let other peoples opinions make a decision for them.

I realized half way through Breaking Dawn that this wasn't going as well as the first three. It became like a bizarre soap opera (remember Passions?). I began predicting things, and I didn't like them. But, I still could not put the book down and finished it just as quickly as the first three...then proceeded to read them all over again. I felt there should have been at least another 40 pages. It took 741 pages to get to the end of the point and then it was just wrapped up in shinny happy paper in just 13 pages! Perhaps Stephanie was just too rushed with Twilight coming out in theaters and pressure to complete the series from her publisher. Although I may have been a little disappointed, I will not forsake Twilight. Beyond my love for vampires since I was a child, this is a great love story and I love this series for that more than the vampire aspect.
I am a bit disturbed by all the Twilight merchandise...Barbie's, game boards and such...hopefully it will do for Twilight what it did for Harry Potter. No matter what...THE BARBIE SCARES ME!!

I actually had no big issues with Breaking Dawn until the finale. Sure the fantasy aspect of the story took a dramatic uphill spiral... Edward's bottomless pockets and his family's treasure trove of money were oddly dismissed as "just something that accumulates" and the honeymoon was like some morbid goth fantasy gone bad... but its really the birth sequence that probably throws people. I loved it! It brought a truly horrific element to the story... these are vampires after all. It's just too bad that the werewolves weren't treated equally. One thing that really got on my nerves throughout the series were the endless barrage of insults flung at the Cullins from the wolves, as if being a mangy mongrel jacked up on testosterone is any better. Frankly, I hate the Jacob character and although I understand why it was done, I still very much despised the chapter from his point of view. Ultimately the major let down was the finale. Meyers really hyped up the potential ramifications of the "war" and yet nothing really happened. I hope they up the anti in the movie and give us the true, explosive climax we deserve. No disrespect to Meyers but seriously... lets go out with a bite and not a bark.

I actually had no big issues with Breaking Dawn until the finale. Sure the fantasy aspect of the story took a dramatic uphill spiral... Edward's bottomless pockets and his family's treasure trove of money were oddly dismissed as "just something that accumulates" and the honeymoon was like some morbid goth fantasy gone bad... but its really the birth sequence that probably throws people. I loved it! It brought a truly horrific element to the story... these are vampires after all. It's just too bad that the werewolves weren't treated equally. One thing that really got on my nerves throughout the series were the endless barrage of insults flung at the Cullins from the wolves, as if being a mangy mongrel jacked up on testosterone is any better. Frankly, I hate the Jacob character and although I understand why it was done, I still very much despised the chapter from his point of view. Ultimately the major let down was the finale. Meyers really hyped up the potential ramifications of the "war" and yet nothing really happened. I hope they up the anti in the movie and give us the true, explosive climax we deserve. No disrespect to Meyers but seriously... lets go out with a bite and not a bark.

I really don't like Breaking Dawn.

 
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