ABSTRACT

While Twilight Teens forum responses to Hardwicke’s Twilight often reveal how involved fans are with Bella’s onscreen experiences, reactions that express intimate connections to Bella in Chris Weitz’s 2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon (hereafter, New Moon), the cinematic adaptation of Meyer’s second novel, are less common. In particular, fans seem to disagree about the actors’ believability, especially in relation to the main characters, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson). One fan, <RandaPanda>, expresses general pleasure in the appearance of the film: “I’m in love with how they did New Moon, i mean i liked Twilight it was alright, but now New Moon just makes it look pathetic. The actors looked pefrectfor their rules, i couldwrite essays abouthow i love them all. So, i mean i’m all igglesand smiles. It made happier than i’ve been in awhile.” Another fan, <siobneedsavolvo>, expresses more specific opinions about New Moon, but also explains her bodily response: “The break up scene. I cried my eyes out. I literally couldn’t stop crying throughout that and when she was staring at the window and etc. I literally had to hold my mouth tight with my hands so I wouldn’t sob out loud. Although, I wish Kristen actually put SOME emotion in it.”

This criticism of Stewart’s portrayal is echoed by <starless_eyes>, who reports, “I loved it” despite indicating “problems […] with some of the actors”: “With Rob and Kristen, I honestly wasn’t convinced that they were Edward and Bella in this movie. I’m not sure why. I just felt like they should have brought a lot more to their characters in this film.” Interestingly, another forum participant, <ILurveRob>, responds directly to <starless_eyes>’s critique: “I agree with you completely! I felt like it stuck more to the book than Twilight did but I’m just not so struck with Rob and Kristen’s acting. I don’t know why.” While the disconnectedness from Stewart’s and Pattinson’s portrayals of Bella and Edward in New Moon that these fans express may have something to do with the individual actors, technical cinematic elements that influence the ways in which the actors (and characters) are perceived may also account for such reactions.