Can Bill Condon (or anybody) salvage Meyer’s “Breaking Dawn”?
By Kim Palacios
Stephenie Meyer’s “Breaking Dawn” was a disappointment to many fans, who flamed Meyer for failing to fairly resolve things she’d built up to in the first three books. The burden will be heavy for Bill Condon and “Team Summit” to install a silver lining on Meyer’s cloud. But, at this stage, is ending the series on a high note even possible?
I have written previously about my suspicions that Meyer’s involvement as producer is driven by her desire to redeem herself in the face of criticism. Unconfirmed rumors that the film will be shot in two parts (e.g., giving her more script and screen time to fix it) seem to support this hypothesis.
So, what are the key problems? “Breaking Dawn” is full of elements that fans saw as out of character or implausible. Topping many lists are the relationship that emerges between enemies, Rosalie and Bella, and the birth of Renesmee, Edward and Bella’s horribly-named half-breed love child. Plot elements, such as Jacob imprinting on Renesmee and the monumental build-up to a fight that never happens may have been mistakes on Meyer’s part, but would be difficult to gloss over in the movie.
So, what is the best that fans can expect, if it is Meyer’s intention to do cleanup? Her producer role will afford her the chance to justify what was viewed by fans as strange. By adding detail that explains her thinking (and, in some cases, by adding missing scenes that some fans hoped to see, such as those during Edward and Bella’s honeymoon), Meyer may be poised to get herself out of a pickle.
But, it won’t be easy. In addition to fixing aforementioned issues (not to mention the dozens of loose ends for which she has been criticized in the past), it must appeal to audiences of all ages. Out of the four books, “Breaking Dawn” deals with the most mature themes—and it is largely the older fans who drive the financial success of the franchise. That fan base will be looking for something more sophisticated than has been seen before.
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