Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn May Have “Childbirth Without Seeing Childbirth”

Fans of Stephenie Meyer’s final book in The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, who are hoping the two movies to be made from it remain faithful to their source material could be in for a major disappointment if the films’ screenwriter, Melissa Rosenberg, has her way.

First, back in April, just before Bill Condon was announced as the Breaking Dawn director, Rosenberg wrote on her Facebook page: “My feeling is – more or less blood, or more or less graphic violence, sex or childbirthing gore doesn’t define Breaking Dawn. It’s the characters, their journey, their relationships. The other stuff won’t change that. So regardless of the rating, the story, essentially, is the story. …I won’t be able to satisfy ALL fans, but hopefully more fans than less.” Not good news for those hoping to see on the screen what was written in the book.

And then earlier this week she told the LA Times: “On the fan site, on Facebook, all the comments are ‘It has to be R rated! You have to show the childbirth! Gore and guts and sex!’ For me it’s actually more interesting to not see it. You know, you can do childbirth without seeing childbirth … it doesn’t mean it’s any less evocative of an experience.” Oy vey!

Already the comments are coming in hot and heavy — and not too complimentary toward Ms. Rosenberg. Only time will tell how she and Condon handle the more delicate parts of Breaking Dawn, including that pesky Jacob/Renesmee storyline. The first installment is scheduled for release on November 18, 2011.

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  • AngryChairr

    I mean, she does sort of have a point. As horror fans we got lost in how much gore or how much blood we see, but that doesn’t make the experience better. If we’re talking Italian splatter films where that’s the only reason to watch a movie then yeah, fine. But Twilight? Really? The target demographic here is pre-teen so I don’t think they’re really gonna care if we see something like a chest-burster from Alien. And the movie’s still going to suck even if it has gore. It’s still going to be a shitty sub-Dark Shadows melodrama with sparkly vampires and some girl subbing blank expressions for angst.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    If they went full blood and gore and got an R rating (though it’d flop) I’d honestly buy a ticket and watch it for that one scene.

  • Terminal

    Twilight geeks are asking FOR the gore?! Whoa….
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • The Woman In Black

      Yep … they want the real deal from the book, not some watered down off-screen version. It’s what they’ve been waiting for since the beginning.

      • Terminal

        Wow dude, I think I underestimated those losers.
        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • theGoldenSimatar

          Or it’s the ones who are basically totally unhinged and have devoted their full life to the series.

  • Uncle Creepy

    You know what’s funny? I bet you she expected just the opposite reaction from the fanbase.

  • Morgan Elektra

    Not surprising. Her screenwriting has been pretty abysmal from the get go.