Must-Have Scenes for “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
Now that we’re in the home stretch for the much-awaited release of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” later this month, let’s take a look at scenes from the book that absolutely must be in the film adaptation and why they are significant. As we are all aware, there were several scenes left out of the first installment (the blood typing scene) or they were corrupted in such a way that had some fans wielding pitchforks and torches. We know that screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg left out other key scenes in “New Moon” that were written in by Chris Weitz (Bella’s conversation with Carlisle while getting stitches and Bella, Jacob, and Mike’s trip to the movie theater).
Because of leaked photos and the fact that there’s been a lot of promotion of the “Bella Ring” on the Internet, we know that this scene is already in the film. But why is it so important? Bella’s acceptance of Edward’s proposal is tacit proof of what she is willing to do to be with him forever. Her parents’ broken marriage and Renee’s flitting from boyfriend to boyfriend soured Bella on the idea of marrying young. She’s afraid of what her mother and what other people will say. For her to meet Edward’s condition for changing her by going against some long-held beliefs about marriage, is a huge step for Edward to concede to ending her human life.
Another thing about this part of the book is that it includes the steamy make-out session between Edward and Bella in which he asks her to quit trying to take her shirt off. I honestly think that more fans are looking forward to the infamous “leg hitch” than they are the actual proposal!
The Tent Scene
Through various interviews, we’ve heard that the “tent scene” is going to be included in the film. Why are we fans so adamant about this scene being in the film? If they do it right, we’ll see a semi-civilized conversation between Edward and Jacob in which they lay their hearts out there for one another to know how they feel about Bella. We see the depth of Edward’s love for Bella with his self-sacrificing claim to step aside if that’s what she wants because he wouldn’t do anything to hurt her. Caught somewhere between being awake and being asleep, Bella hears the conversation and thinks that she’s having a strange dream. Everything that they have said seeps into her subconscious during that night, helping to further confuse how she feels about Jacob.
The Newborn Battle
Again, we know that this is part of the film – a HUGE part of the film. We’ve seen footage and stills showing some the improved CGI on the wolves. This will be one of the opportunities for David Slade’s creativity to really shine. The battle in the book is something that happens away from Bella, so we don’t really know what happens outside of the fact that the Cullens and the wolves take out Victoria’s army. It will be incredible to see this come to life on the big screen and watch the Cullens in action. I, for one, am really looking forward to seeing sweet, demure Esme ripping a newborn vampire from limb to limb!
Edward Killing Victoria
Of the battle scenes, this is the one that I want to see the most. I love the way that Stephenie Meyer wrote this particular scene – a dance between two enemies with Edward matching every move that she makes. This is the moment when he finally gets to put an end to what started the night of that fateful baseball game in the clearing. He is finally fulfilling his promise to Bella to keep her safe.
The Quileute Bonfire
If done right, this could be one of the coolest parts of the movie. This is where we learn how the Quileutes went from being spirit warriors able to quasi-possess another animal to being able to phase into being an animal. We hear about how the Quileute ancestors fought against vampires and how the wife of a chief sacrificed herself to save everyone. The story of “The Third Wife” is the one that Bella identifies with the most and comes into play when Edward is fighting Victoria on the mountain.
Who doesn’t want to see Jasper Whitlock in a uniform on horseback? Jasper’s history is one of the most interesting as it took place in the midst of the Civil War and he went from serving the Confederate Army to serving in Maria’s vampire army. It is obviously important to tell his story as they work on a strategy to take down Victoria and her army of newborn vampires.
While not as exciting as Jasper’s story, Rosalie’s story is important to the storyline of Bella wanting to become a vampire. As we know from “New Moon”, Rosalie doesn’t agree with Bella’s decision. It’s important for viewers to hear Rosalie’s rationale for her opposition to Bella becoming like the rest of the Cullens. Her story punctuates the fact that Bella hasn’t really thought about everything that she would be giving up to spend eternity with Edward. It is also some excellent foreshadowing of things to come in the next book where Bella ends fighting for her life to become someone that she never imagined that she ever wanted to be.
Bella Punching Jacob
Bella slapping Paul in “New Moon” was not a part of canon, but it was freaking awesome! I am really looking forward to Bella punching Jacob when he kisses her for several reasons. The punch is really significant because neither Jacob nor Edward are really listening to what she has to say in the beginning of the book. They are both so hell-bent on protecting her from one another and consumed by their jealousy that they aren’t really giving her the respect that she deserves. Bella’s punch gives her a voice that he has to acknowledge. I am really hoping that they keep this scene and what comes after close to the book. One of my favorite parts is when Bella describes Edward being silent after she tells him that Jacob kissed her and all she hears is the sound of the Volvo’s engine accelerating.
Bella Breaking Jacob’s Heart
If you are Team Jacob, you probably don’t want to see this scene in the movie and would prefer to rip the pages from your copy of Eclipse, but I really can’t wait to see this and it’s not because I’m totally Team Edward. We got a glimpse of how this scene could pan out in “New Moon” when Alice returns to Forks and Bella leaves a dejected Jacob to go save Edward. For me, this scene on the big screen is more important because it should serve as an opportunity for Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner to show audiences their dramatic acting skills.
What scenes aren’t listed here that you are dying to see in the movie? What is their significance to you? Join us in the forum and share your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you!