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An Open Letter to Breaking Dawn's Screenwriter

An Open Letter to Breaking Dawn's Screenwriter

This post comes from the group The Books of Twilight from member Audreystar.

Dear Ms. Rosenberg,

First let me say that I thought you did an impeccable job at screenwriting Twilight from Stephenie Meyer's novel. From what I can see you did a great job on New Moon as well. I can only assume that Eclipse will be no different. You have proven yourself a competent and talented screenwriter. Hell, you write episodes of Dexter for goodness sake! Your ability is not in question.

I am here to discuss Breaking Dawn. This will be the ultimate test of your career. If you can manage to pull a workable movie out of that piece of literature you should (hands down) win the Academy Award in screenwriting. Everyone seems to be wondering who will be chosen to direct Breaking Dawn because they believe that is (ultimately) the person who will sink or swim in making a film work on the last book. I beg to differ. This all lies with you and that is quite a big burden to bear. The world is on your shoulders. The movie will make a ton of money so Summit can't be THAT concerned with the script. But I know you aren't a writer to please all the people who will watch anything with Robert Pattinson in it. You actually care about putting out quality work.

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So here are my questions. How are you honestly going to manage to write the birth scene and still maintain a PG-13 rating? How are you going to write for Renesmee and her not look like a freak of nature? Regarding Renesmee, the hardest challenge will be for the casting directors/CGI geniuses. They have a daunting and hard and impossible job. The honeymoon scene is what everyone will be flocking to the cinema to see (the rabid fans I mean) and I am sure Mrs. Prude Meyer will be ALL OVER the writing and filming of that. Look I know she didn't write the books for a mature audience and is trying to keep it morally sound. But this is the last movie and we have to have more than just a fade to black. But I know it won't happen because SM wouldn't even let the first kiss scene stay the way Catherine had it (i.e., steamy). I find it rather hypocritical that SM has an issue with a tasteful sex scene however has ZERO problem with blood and gore which Breaking Dawn the novel is filled to the brim with. You want to see Edward and Bella consummate their relationship. . . sorry, you aren't gonna get it. But if you are excited to see Edward rip Bella's belly open with his sharp vampire teeth, well you are in luck.


And don't even get me started on how you are going to work out the awful anti-climatic ending. This is going to be the last film in the series and as a talented screenwriter you know you can't end it that way. Sure, if this were an indie film you could get away with it. But, it isn't.

So in conclusion, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers while dealing with this huge predicament and the test of your career. You will deserve a Pulitzer if you can pull this off.

Best regards,

(Please note: I have no clue if she has even been signed as the screenwriter for the fourth film).

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reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
i thought the fourth book was a fitting conclusion to the series, albeit somewhat anti-climatic as stated above. however, what made the book for me was the enviable, undying relationship of edward and bella. if the movie can capture that at the very least, it won't be half bad. the movie will be a challenge in many aspects, but i'm glad it'll be brought to life on screen regardless. i have faith that Rosenberg will remain consistent. as for an "R" rating, i highly doubt summit would go for it merely b/c it may hinder ticket sales for the target audience.
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
Good job Audreystar, for being chosen!
Pampire Pampire 7 years
I agree with Rainey4pres and bsprague01, I loved breaking dawn it was my favorite too, but I worry as well on how they are going to pull the movie off and stay true to the book. I don't think it will be R rated although I wish it would be, but I don't see it happening especially with all the teens who would be devastated if they weren't allowed to watch the last movie. Its definitely going to be a challenge, I hope the movie won't be disappointing! :fingerscrossed:
bsprague01 bsprague01 7 years
Rainey, no you aren't the only one. Out of all the books I love B.D. the most. Being that the content is so much more adult than the others I can relate to it so much more. I wasn't exactly happy that Jacob imprinted on Nessie, but I can see SM's view of making everyone happy. I really felt horrible for Jacob and in the end everyone seemed to be happy with the situation. I LOL'd hard when Bella went after him though. Anyway, I guess that's why I am so nervous about them making it into a movie. I just don't see how they can do the book justice and keep it PG-13. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how it pans out.
Rainey-4-Pres Rainey-4-Pres 7 years
Gah! bsprague01 finally! Reading through these I was ready to ask "am I the only one who actually LIKED Breaking Dawn?" ..... I loved the final book and thought the ending brought an all around nice, happy closure to the series.
RedRuth RedRuth 7 years
I just hope this film happens - otherwise it will leave all the fans both young and old in limbo! There surely must be a comphremise without straying too far from the book.
bsprague01 bsprague01 7 years
I've worried about this constantly. On one hand, it's going to be so hard to have Breaking Dawn be pg-13 and not lose most of what the book is about. Then if it goes to an R rating the franchise is going to lose so many fans, the tweens. Breaking Dawn is so complex, much more than any younger fan can really comprehend. I'd hate to lose what the book is really about by keeping it pg-13 to keep younger people in the seats. I'm scared of the outcome cause B.D. is my favorite of the series and I'd hate to see it butchered.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
thank god it will be gone soon, retired to the $1 bin and I wont have to hear about it anymore.
moonwater moonwater 7 years
There's no denying that all things Twilight have become part of the global pop culture and trends. It takes all the high brow explanations in the world to figure out why this low brow vampire smut has created such a huge following. So I'm not dissing SM's achievements although I would never use Twilight books and literature in the same sentence. (other than the one I just wrote!) Also I think SM should be more concerned about giving the teens the wrong message by having Bella choose marriage over college, than the sex scenes.
huntedvampire huntedvampire 7 years
yeah! twilight saga is not just for teens.. i love this series.
Sarana Sarana 7 years
I think this girl has too much time on her hands.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
exactly, allyace! nothing wrong with some easy and fun reads :)
Allyace Allyace 7 years
running -- I'm a year younger, also an attorney and I love them. Not everything has to be Pride and Prejudice (and yes, I love that too). Just take them for what they are...light entertainment.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
No, no one thinks it's literature. I'm 27, I'm an attorney and I love these books. I find them easy to read and enjoyable. They are Fun Reads and nothing more. Honestly, I think its more annoying to pretend to like highbrow stuff than it it is admit liking teenage vampire smut.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
Literature? LITERATURE?!?! BWAAAA hahahaha that's the funniest thing I've read all day.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
I'm on my way out but very quickly I will say that some fans have mentioned casting a little person for the role of Reneesme and/or using Benjamin Button type effects for the aging and all the rest. That sounds like a decent compromise and I hope the execs consider this.
Dbtabm Dbtabm 7 years
I enjoyed the first 3 books for what they were but by the 4th I was like reallllly? And hoping no one saw me reading it. It's almost unfilmable. And set aside the popcorn for THAT birth scene.
vickibug vickibug 7 years
At the very least, I hope they give us a directors cut.
care0531 care0531 7 years
You said it Audrey!
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