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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