Scoundrel - Thank you for your kind words about not getting killed. I do agree with some of your points about Bella there were parts of book Bella that were so strong that I loved but parts I didn't love. I just felt for me the movie made it a more balanced relationship. I do agree that she used satire and self-mockery and I love the way she stood by her love of Edward. I suppose I just didn't like how she made Edward everything and cut most of the people out of her life espect for Jacob that fact that she keep him in her life at all costs made me love but everyone else pretty went. I suppose another thing that bothered me coming from a single mother-daughter relationship was that she so easliy gave up the relationship with her mother and her mother pretty much disappeared from her life when they had been that close. I have to disagree about people with low self-esteem being life's victims yes it some cases that can be true but I don't always think that is the case and I know you didn't say it was aways either. I do sort of get your point about the inward mockey of Elizabeth Bennet but can see no other comparision between Jane Austin's characters and Bella. Jane's are just such strong women especially for the times they are in. I suppose while I did like parts of book Bella there were parts that just annoyed me and I think I liked Kristen's Bella better. The rest of characters in the book and movies I feel where pretty close to each other its just Bella I felt was different and I do remember reading that the screen writer changed a few things. I love the world Stephanie Meyer created with Twilight I just wanted Bella to love herself even half as much as Edward and the rest of the people in the book did thats all.
I agree about leaving the Charlie and Alice part out the movies make it look like the first time they really meet is in Esclipse I would liked to have seen that in New Moon. I completely agree with you about Jasper too. I get that for alot of the fans that read the book it would feel like the movie butchered the books a bit. Its hard in such a short window of time to get everything in and that was on of the good parts of the LOTR's movies in the fact that Peter Jackson made them longer and then especially with the extended versions of those films her put even more in. You can see in those films that he had such respect for Tolkien and had been a fan for many years. With Twilight you don't have that but then Peter Jackson himself is pretty special in his own way and was so aware of not upsetting the LOTR fans.