Love or hate them, you can’t deny that the Twilight books were weird. But in the jump to the big screen they lost a lot: including character details, moments of good-bad romance, and a great deal of strange little things. These 40 things never made it into the films, and they’re all the worse for it. Or, depending on your point of view, better?
40. A dazzling line is absent
In the Twilight novel, Bella informs Edward at dinner that he “dazzles” people. And the latter then responds with the line, “Do I dazzle you?” Diehard Twihards love that line – it’s emblazoned across many a fan Photoshop edit of Edward and quite a few T-shirts as well. But it didn’t actually make it into the movie.
39. Bella mutters Edward’s name in her sleep
In the book universe of Twilight, Bella falls very fast for Edward, and it gets a little obsessive. At one point he even overhears her saying his name in her sleep. Edward informs her, in his typically unsettling way, “You’re interesting when you sleep.” And Bella reacts with “heat flooding [her] face all the way to [her] hairline.”
38. Jasper’s powers
The first Twilight book goes into more detail about Edward’s brother vampire Jasper, who has the power to influence people’s minds. Edward explains, “He was quite charismatic in his first life, able to influence those around him to see things his way. Now he is able to manipulate the emotions of those around him – calm down a room of angry people, for example.” But in the film adaption, it doesn’t come up.
37. These vampires are shorter
The vampire men of Twilight are supposed to be all over six feet tall. This doesn’t really work movie-wise, as the actors probably weren’t cast with height being the first thing in mind. So that one little bit of vampire family oddness was lost, and they’re all pretty average in size.
36. A scene about blood was cut
Turns out that in the book series, Bella is not a fan of blood. Indeed, she even faints at the sight of it when her biology class does blood typing. But all of that was left out of the movie. And in 2008 director Catherine Hardwicke told the Los Angeles Times that although she “kind of liked” the scene in the book, it was still removed for the sake of condensing things.
35. Bella does some different internet searching
In the original book, Bella comes across a website called “Vampires A-Z” when researching the kind of creature her new love interest is. Did she not know the basics?! But in the movie she googles “cold ones” and manages to bring up a website about freezer storage instead. Since then, a fan has actually recreated that freezer website for Twilight devotees.
34. Alice’s visions are different
The Alice of the books has a decreased power level. Indeed, she can’t see half-vampires or shape-shifters in her visions. The reason given is vague, but basically she can’t see them because she doesn’t know what it’s like to be one. This is thrown out in the movies, where she can see everyone, including the half-vampire Renesmee.
33. Jacob has an aging problem
Will Jacob age? It’s a rather confusing question. According the book, Jacob won’t age until he becomes able to get control over his phasing into a werewolf. This is probably for the best considering who he ends up with, but all in all it’s a weird detail that the movies decided to drop.
32. Bella doesn’t have a cell phone in the book
Stephanie Meyer finished the manuscript for Twilight back in 2003 and it was published two years later, but cell phones did exist back then. However, in the book Bella doesn’t seem to have one, and she uses a regular home phone instead. The movie changed all that, and Bella uses a cell phone as much as you’d expect her to.
31. Edward drinks Bella’s tears
In one odd scene from the first Twilight book, Edward observes one of Bella’s teardrops on his finger and then “broodingly” slurps it up. But has he not seen tears before? And Bella, why in the world didn’t you turn and run at that point?
30. Supernatural chromosomes
There is a little bit of science in Twilight, or scientific words anyway. In Breaking Dawn, Jacob and Carlisle have a talk and conclude that shapeshifters have 24 pairs of chromosomes and vampires have 25. Alas, in the real world that makes no sense, and it was wisely dropped from the movie.
29. Alice loves wedding plans
In the novel of Breaking Dawn, Alice gets maybe a little too obsessive about planning the wedding of Edward and Bella. Indeed, she even puts a load of sexy underwear in her suitcase. However, in the movie this is reduced to some much more normal pre-wedding chit-chat between Bella and Alice.
28. Bella is rather prone to fainting
In one scene that might have come straight of a Victorian bodice-ripper, Bella actually faints when Edward kisses her. The latter tells her, “Today I kiss you, and you pass out on me! So much for being good at everything.” It was left out of the movie, probably because it would seem a rather dated romantic trope.
27. What does Bella even look like?
Meyer kept descriptions of Bella to a minimum. She even said once, on her official website, “I left out a detailed description of Bella in the book so that the reader could more easily step into her shoes.” It’s hinted at that she’s only average-looking – and yet boys are constantly falling for her. Edward and Jacob are the obvious ones, but boys from her school want her as well. Meanwhile, the movies got around this by casting the decidedly un-average Kristen Stewart.
26. Rosalie and Emmett can go literally anywhere
The Cullens are rich, and when the whole family gets together for Bella’s birthday in the book series, Edward casually mentions that Emmett and Rosalie have just come back from Africa. But whereabouts did they go, and why? And isn’t “the Sun continent” a bit of a dangerous place for a vampire to go? Indeed, the movie omits that small line.
25. Edward and Bella wear the same clothes
At one point in the Twilight book, Edward and Bella meet and realize they’re wearing the same clothes. These are tan sweaters, white collared shirts and blue jeans, in case you’re wondering. It’s half sweet and half just plain weird. But in the movie, Edward and Bella don’t share that odd little moment.
24. Jacob grows his hair longer
In Eclipse, Jacob begins growing his hair longer because he thinks Bella would like him better that way. Naturally his fur in his wolf form grows longer too, because, well, why not. In the movies there was no time for the intricacies of wolf fur, and Jacob keeps his hair short, having had it long in the first Twilight.
23. Bella wears Aro’s gift to her
Proving that even evil vampires can be polite, the Aro of the books sends Bella a fancy necklace for a wedding present. Bella then decides to wear it to meet him, as an attempt to “start things out as friendly as possible.” In the movies Bella gets the necklace, but doesn’t put it on for Aro.
22. Jasper tries to kill Bree
Jasper isn’t supposed to like Bree – in fact, the minute he sees her in the book, he wants to kill her, and has to be convinced not to. As happened with a lot of unsympathetic actions on the part of the Cullens, this was left out of the movie. Instead, Jasper actually seems to be protecting her in some scenes.
21. Edward has more monologues
In the book version of New Moon, Edward intones a long speech to Bella about his love. He says, “You shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black.” It continues in that vein for a while, and while in may work in the book, in a movie it would seem pretty odd.
20. A messy moment
Meanwhile, there’s even more to the Bella-Jacob relationship in the book of Eclipse, and not all of it is healthy. At one point, Jacob gets so incensed about Bella and Edward that he accidentally presses his hand on a knife while she’s around. Turns out that’s fine for him, as werewolves can heal very quickly. Still, the movie chose to omit all that.
19. Alice is a bit weirder in the book
In the Twilight novels, Alice sometimes comes out with random, vaguely threatening-sounding comments to Bella. In the first book, she tells Edward, “It sounded like you were having Bella for lunch, and we came to see if you would share.” And in New Moon, she quips, “I think [Bella’s] having hysterics. Maybe you should slap her.”
18. The villains don’t show up for ages
Twilight the book is much more focused on romance than action. So much, in fact, that the main antagonists don’t actually show up for nearly four hundred pages. The movies fixed that odd writing decision: Victoria, James and Laurent do quite a bit of villainy before they finally meet the heroes.
17. Edward watches Bella sleep, a lot
How much is too much? In the movie of Twilight, Edward tells Bella he’s been watching her sleep for “just the past couple months.” In the books, though, he matter-of-factly tells her he’s been visiting her house and watching her “almost every night.” Oh, and he stole a key to get in through her front door.
16. Bella’s dress gets destroyed
When Bella does her first hunt as a vampire, she wears a lovely blue dress. Not the most practical, but it makes for some arresting images. In the book there’s an even more arresting image – Bella destroys her whole dress while she’s off killing animals, so Edward gives her his own shirt.
15. Bella writes an essay
Believe it or not, Bella does actually do things not involving Edward – in the book, anyway. The first Twilight novel finds her writing a school essay about whether the female characters in Shakespeare’s Macbeth are written misogynistically. Ironically, Twilight itself has been accused of sexism by some critics.
14. Esme and Bella
Esme is very motherly – perhaps a little too motherly even. She treats Bella like a beloved daughter right from the moment they meet, because she loves that the former is making her favorite child Edward happy. Bella for her part describes meeting Esme as “like meeting a fairy tale,” but this is all toned down in the movie.
13. Renesmee ages a bit differently
The creatively named Renesmee is supposed to be a supernaturally fast-aging child. In the books, however, she’s a mere two years old when the series ends. But by the end of the last movie she’s considerably older than that, or old enough to be able to make decisions at least.
12. Jacob and Rosalie have a strange relationship
Breaking Dawn had a lot of moments between Jacob and Rosalie, so many in fact that there are to this day multitudes of fanfiction about them. Their relationship involves a variety of mean blonde jokes and at one point, a dog bowl. Yet fans apparently saw something there – but they won’t in the movies.
11. Edward applies to college for Bella
Apparently Edward cares about Bella’s education, and maybe a little more than would be normal for a boyfriend. In the book of Eclipse, Edward gives her some college application forms and she ends up getting accepted into Dartmouth, except Bella had no clue Edward had even sent the letter off.
10. Alice is more dangerous
In New Moon, when Alice comes to meet Bella, it’s a bit more of a sticky situation than it is in the movie. Indeed, Alice’s eyes are black because she’s thirsty for blood. In fact, she might have drank Bella’s own blood because it smelled so delicious. Who’d be a vampire, eh?
9. Edward bribes Alice to kidnap Bella
Alice is a popular character in Twilight fandom. But it’s worth noting that she does let Edward convince her to kidnap Bella in the book version of Eclipse. He gives her a yellow Porsche in return for depriving Bella of her freedom. But in the movie, Edward and Alice don’t commit an action so unsympathetic.
8. Bella is a little different in the books
Critics of Twilight consider Bella to be somewhat of a one-dimensional character. Indeed, it’s a matter of debate, but she does have a bit more to her in the books. She has a job, more of a relationship with her father, more hobbies, and generally more assertiveness. Strange though it sounds, it appears a lot of her character was simply cut out.
7. Edward is a bit more violent
Edward beheads Victoria in the movie version of Eclipse, but in the book it goes further: he beheads and dismembers her, in a “swift and coolly business-like” way. Oh, and to make things just that little bit worse, in the book she tries to run away before he kills her.
6. There’s little swearing in the books
Obviously Twilight’s main audience is young teens, but considering the ages of the characters in it you’d still expect them to use more bad language than they do. This comes off a bit unreal at times. But the movie scriptwriters changed that around, for example turning a “jerk” to an “ass” when Jacob apologises to Bella. And a couple of dirty jokes slid in under the radar too.
5. Esme has a dark backstory
Edward’s mother Esme has a sad story to tell. And she spills all to Bella rather openly. She says, “Yes, my first baby. He died just a few days after he was born… that’s why I jumped off the cliff, you know.” This conversation doesn’t happen in the movie. Indeed, if it did, it could bring the mood down somewhat.
4. Alice’s past
Alice got short shrift in the Twilight movies, but her wild backstory would have made a good movie all on its own. That’s because Alice was originally a human prophetess from the early twentieth century. And after seeing a vision of her father killing her, she was sent to an insane asylum, and there she was bitten by the same vampire who had saved her from the evil James. Oh, and she has a niece out in the world somewhere, too.
3. Twilight and race
When it came time to adapt Twilight for the big screen, almost every character was ethnically white. Director Catherine Hardwicke wanted the Cullens to be diverse, but apparently Meyer wouldn’t allow it. Nevertheless, eventually she permitted the filmmakers to cast the Kenyan-American Edi Gathegi in one role.
2. Charlie’s reaction
Bella’s father Charlie is a pretty popular character, but there’s a wince-worthy moment involving him in Eclipse. He hears that Jacob kissed Bella uninvited and got punched by her. Instead of giving Jacob a lecture about the importance of consent, he tells him, “Good for you.” Yikes. But it’s not in the movie.
“Imprinting” is possibly the weirdest thing Twilight ever did. It involves a werewolf instantly knowing and “imprinting on” their soulmate whenever they meet them, even if they’re still a child at that point. Jacob imprints on Renesmee, who will grow to an adult shortly – but even worse than that, in the books his friend Quil imprints on a girl named Claire, who is two.