May 27, 2017

“Breaking Dawn” director Bill Condon “excited” to film Renesmee birth scene, but can he pull it off?

By Kim Palacios In an NBC Los Angeles article quoting Bill Condon’s interview with PopcornBiz, the “Breaking Dawn” director is quoted as saying he’s “excited” to film the birth of Renesmee. The much-anticipated scene will involve not only the delivery of Edward and Bella’s half-breed child, it will also initiate Bella’s transition to becoming a vampire. Condon’s got his work cut out for him, not only for the visual depiction of Meyer’s gory scene, but also because Renesmee is the single character even the staunchest of Twi-hards love to hate.

Many fans griped that the half-human, half-vampire plot line was never credible to begin with. Renesmee’s “accidental” conception on Edward’s and Bella’s honeymoon was regarded by some as overly sensationalistic. Just as readers began warming to Renesmee, at the end of “Breaking Dawn”, Meyer threw in another plot twist for the Renesmee character: werewolf Jacob imprints on the child, and we’re meant to believe they will one day marry, forming a vampire/werewolf/human family.

Condon’s task, if fans are to enjoy the “Breaking Dawn” movie better than they enjoyed the book, will be to make Renesmee and every scene that surrounds her, elicit an emotional response. He must make a skeptical, biased audience come to like her. The fact that the screenplay need not match the book exactly is also an opportunity for the franchise to dodge some more bullets from fans. Melissa Rosenberg would also do well to add elements that garner favor for Renesmee, further justifying her right to be there.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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