Breaking Dawn Part 2: Better than the novel?!

Ah, what blasphemies I bring forth unto you! How can such be? The mere thought of a moving picture surpassing the printed word! The canes of discipline beg to strike my posterior in a most aggressive repetition.

Alas, dear readers, it has happened before. Who among us would dare to differ that even Peter Benchley’s sterling work in Jaws lacked a certain instinctual impact that one could only achieve from the witness of a mechanical shark named Bruce? ‘Twas so nice to savor quiet reposes in the deserted waters of the Los Angeles beaches circa 1975 a.d., the would-be throngs of bathers held at bay by the recall of the emerging fin and its ominous tone of accompaniment.

In the darkened twilight of the theatre, the vortex of energy from adolescent hormones would sate the most thirsty of psychic-energy vampires, leaving them full as ticks. 😈

The paid broadcasts before the feature presentation bought forth a most odd twist of what their purchasers suppose to be “demographics”. Who among the adolescent assemblance would know of these painted minstrels of generations past, or for that matter the mechanized magnetic reels used to relay their fortissimo fortitude to the common folk?

After such miscues, it was of most welcome relief to sight the fine lass Mrs. Bella Cullen finally released from her weakened state of servitude to the human condition. Verisimilitude via vampirism, the most dramatic allegory of maturation to the adult state.

And for we, dear readers, the moving picture form releases us from seeing the tale through Bella’s limitations. Differences thereof most readily apparent even years before, guided to ultimate form in the saga’s ultimate film. The screen affixed us in the clairvoyance of Alice, allowing us to visualize the visceral version of a future path not taken. A future surpassing the peaceful forever of the Cullen clan, many would propose. A future satiating the audience’s primordial lust for combat, the ghostly apparitions of gladiators embedded in our collective consciousness, springing forth once more to entertain generations anew.

But let us not forget that it is the printed word that lays the foundation for the visions that we seek.

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7 Comments

  1. haven;t seen this installment but so far I’ve liked all the movies better than the books 😉 Fun review!

    • I was minuetting upon Faberge eggshells whilst in decision of what to lay bare and what should be concealed from the general view (lest I waste someone’s currency expenditure via “spoiler.”)

      Thank you, Joleene!

  2. Daven,

    I would say the same for Jurassic Park. Michael Creighton had great, high-concept ideas, but he really wasn’t much of a writer, especially for female characters. Spielberg, on the other hand, tells a great story and with the added visual of the astonishing dinosuars, it was a better experience all around.

    Great review. Makes me wish I cared about the Twilight series, but I just don’t. 🙂

    • Yep, Jurassic Park is another great example! Ironically, some of early examples of CGI such as Jurassic Park and Terminator 2 still look better than much of today’s CGI (done on much more powerful computers), because far more care was taken in the process. The best early CGI was more like hand-drawn animation, where each frame was crafted separately. Now, three-dimensional object parameters are the only hand-crafted part and the computer generates the object’s actions. The human mind can tell the difference!

      • Makes me wish I cared about the Twilight series, but I just don’t.
        Being stuck in Bella’s first-person POV is a serious impediment for any readers outside of the YA female demographic. The series would have been much better in third person close POV (shifting Edward-Bella-Jacob), and this still would have worked well for its YA core audience.

  3. Daven this is high praise for a second part! For the first part of the movie was nothing other than disappointing! I was so disheartened I wanted to take the money I spent and ask for a refund!!! So I was not too interested in part two! I am fine with reading the books for now. When BD part two comes out on cable I will watch it. Until then I refuse to spend money again! However on a different topic, in the books the POV is boring. I would have loved to have been on Edward’s head!!!! Like Tabbruis and Charmeine along with the other characters give The Light-Bearer Series an interesting and much more mind delving view to the reader! Thanks, Emily

    • The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 movie also suffered from this “first-half syndrome”, where it’s like watching the first half of a football game and then having to wait another year to watch the second half! Actually worse, because the first movies of both Deathly Hallows and Breaking Dawn are all setup, with the big payoffs reserved for the second parts.

      I think you’ll really enjoy Breaking Dawn Part 2, Emily 🙂

      Stephenie Meyer did write Midnight Sun (the first Twilight novel, but in Edward’s point of view), but it’s never been officially released.

      I can only wish that the Twilight saga had been written in third-person close POV like your Light-Bearer Series. Alternating Bella-Edward-Jacob would have worked very well for all readers, not just adolescent females. 😉


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