Warning: Possible spoilers for "Breaking Dawn" ahead.
I've got to say, so far I've been nothing but impressed with how closely "Breaking Dawn" appears to be sticking to the book upon which it's based. As much as I find that fourth "Twilight" book a little bit nutty (fang C-section!), this is what fans want.
After watching two new clips from the movie, which hits theaters Nov. 18, I continue to be impressed.
In the first clip, vampire Edward lives up to his old-fashioned gentlemanly reputation by scooping bride Bella up and carrying her over the threshold into the bedroom of the enormous home his parents own on Isle Esme, their own private island near Rio.
In the second clip, Bella has realized that she hasn't needed the feminine supplies she brought with her on the honeymoon, and things start to make sense. "I'm late," she tells Edward. "My period's late." She looks at her now slightly bulging stomach in the mirror and then reacts as ... yes, something moves inside it. Vampire-human baby on the way!
The scenes aren't exactly as spelled out in the book line-by-line, but they're pretty close, and "Twilight" fans have read the books enough times to notice that. Edward carries her over the threshold, check. Bella needs a "human minute," check. Edward tells "Mrs. Cullen" not to take too long, check.
When the first film came out, one of the early interviews with the filmmakers talked about how the film had to respect the books, because fans were so devoted that some even had lines from the books — namely, "and so the lion fell in love with the lamb" — tattooed on their bodies. That exact line, and resulting exchange between Bella and Edward ("What a stupid lamb!" "What a sick, masochistic lion!"), appears less than an hour into the first movie. So it only makes sense that the moviemakers are careful to respect their devoted audience, and not stray too far away from Stephenie Meyer's words.
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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is TODAY.com's movies editor.