First things first: if you haven't read Breaking Dawn, beware: this post contains spoilers.
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Okay, so let's talk about Breaking Dawn. I have to say, I loved the first three books, but the fourth is where Stephenie Meyer lost me entirely. I just pretty much hated it from start to finish (maybe especially the finish) and wished, mightily, that I had stopped at Eclipse.
Still, I'll probably end up seeing the movie, because, well, what the hell. In for a penny, in for a pound. And I'm curious about the same thing many Twilight fans are: how are they going to deal with the birth scene?
If you remember that part from the book, it was quite brutal. If you need a quick refresher in some of the more eyebrow-raising scenes, here are a few excerpts of her daughter Renesmee's violent exit from Bella's body:
Her hand came down on Bella’s stomach, and vivid red spouted out from where she pierced the skin. She was still choking.
Another shattering crack inside her body, the loudest yet, so loud that we both froze in shock waiting for her answering shriek. Nothing. Her legs, which had been curled up in agony, now went limp, sprawling out in an unnatural way. “Her spine,” he choked in horror.
The next sound jolted through me, unexpected, terrifying. Like metal being shredded apart.
Whoah. And I thought my C-sections were gory.
So how are they going to address this horror show in the movie? At this point, we have a couple hints. Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg told E! Online,
"[W]e're working on it to be as intense as it is in the book ... I don't think it's about the amount of blood you show. It's about the intensity of it. It's on their faces. It's all from Bella's point of view when you're seeing what's going. It should feel visceral. I think it's going to be pretty intense."
Kellan Lutz, who plays Emmett Cullen, talked about the birth scene to E!, saying,
"I love the way that they’re showing it. I really thought that was going to be really a tough thing to show."
My guess is that we'll mostly see the scene from Bella's point of view like Rosenberg described, with lots of agonized screaming, off-camera bone-cracking sounds, and some quick glances at the freaky stuff happening in her body. And probably a long, creepy shot of baby Renesmee sinking her newborn fangs into Mom's chest afterwards.
Do you think they'll try and keep the scene the same it was in the book? Or will we be seeing a new interpretation of Bella's vampiric labor pains?
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