Bree, Bree, and more Bree coming at you!!! Our interview with Stephenie Meyer started out all about Bree. We have so much information about the Bree Novella from Steph that it will probably take us at least 3 blogs worth, if not more.
Beyond the Novella: Does Edward Cullen go to find Freaky Fred to let him know Bree died?
So while we are supposed to be talking about Bree...we of course segway into Edward Cullen cause he can't stay off of my or Kim's minds for long. How we could think of an Edward question during our Bree Novella talks is purely impressive.
Sitting in the meadow, after the big battle in Eclipse, did Edward try to give Bree some clues. Was he getting her to think of things that might help or inform. We thought so, so we asked the goddess herself. Listen:
Transcript Kim: This is one of those questions if you've pictured this in your mind, or maybe you've thought of this, beyond the Bree book, but…does Edward try to go find Fred and let him know that Bree died because of how they interacted — Bree and Edward in the meadow? We were wondering if something like that could be possible.
SM: If I were to go ahead with it, he would definitely come up again. After his character sort-of formed, he then kinda fit into a really key place......I don't see Edward actively seeking him out. Having the knowledge that he does from Bree, he realizes that Fred probably wouldn’t appreciate that very much! But I do see them crossing paths, eventually. I was really relieved, in a way. I didn't see anybody surviving, so Fred sort-of growing, developing — it was really a relief to let someone survive. Someone that they could start caring about.
Kassie: I just love the introduction to the book. You did say "I was writing this, and I did have a hard time with the fact that I made this decision before." [added a period at end of quote] That hooked me, though, when I was reading it!
SM: By the end, knowing…When I first started out, I didn’t think about it. I thought "oh, this will be cool," it's all about the mechanics of it. And then when you start, like, (whispers) "I have to kill her!" On set, it was crazy — Jodelle (Jodelle Ferland, the actress who plays Bree in “Eclipse”) is teeny. She’s this little thing… And actually, she was a little bit younger for me than…although she’s 15, so she’s the right… My Bree in the book, I felt was a little more grown up-looking because she’s had a hard life. But Jodelle did a really good job, and actually, they cut a scene of hers where I really thought she kind-of captured the.....I hope it makes it on the DVD because I really liked her there. So then you have Daniel Cudmore (who plays the Volturi vampire Felix), who is…you can’t even tell in the movies — he’s a monster!
Q: We’ve met him!
Q: Isn’t he beautiful?
SM: I mean, he’s so proportionate for how tall he is. They took a normal 6-foot person, and blew them up, and he’s just SO big! And the first time I met him, like everyone else, like a retard, I’m like, "How tall are you?" The first time I met him, he was in the full Volturi garb with his eyes — it was impressive. He's coming over to rip out the little girl. The difference between them, it really kinda made you sad. It's like....you watch it all day, because they shoot the scene 14 different ways, all day long, and he's just keeps killing her over and over again!
Elysa: I feel like…the fact that Bree’s life, how tragic it is and the fact that she dies, is a really good juxtaposition to the theory that we see from Bella’s perspective, because we always hear Edward saying, “This is a really tough life and it’s not who you want to be, we’re monsters” —
SM: — and no one ever believes him!
Elysa: And no one ever believes him, exactly! No one believes him! At least you can see it from Bella’s perspective; you know, the Cullens who are incredible. But Bree shows that he’s right, in a lot of ways, so it was so tragic to see her die; I fell in love with her, too…But you see that Edward’s perspective is vindicated in a lot of ways.
SM: Well, you get to see that with Jasper, if he hadn’t been as good at what he does. When you’re created for a reason that has nothing to do with your well-being and it’s serving someone else’s purpose, and how used they are, they have no idea and doomed from the start, you know, it’s just really sad.
Elysa: I love that scene where Jasper and Bree, towards the end — it was so very intense; it was obviously coming full circle for Jasper, in a lot of ways.
SM: It was more focused on Edward — the connection. Which, when I was writing it the first time, it’s all Bella, and you're in that mode, you’re so oblivious to a lot of things. But when the line...it was really cool.....I was writing it through, and I had realized, gee, everyone’s going to know everything she's thinking, so how are you going to do this? And his lines starting playing into everything she was thinking........that final line......I got chills.
??: I did too!
Kassie: Who’s he talking to?
Nikki: Both of them! Both of them!
SM: He was talking to both of them! When I wrote it for Bella, it was absolutely him talking to her, but then when I wrote this, and I'm like, "he's talking to Bree....oh my gosh!" He was telling her, he was giving her whatever he could... And when he’s trying to save her, I could feel him, so much more than… The first time, it was like, "don't do this horrible thing." But then it was, he was really trying to think her physically and knew what a good person she was. Oh! He couldn't do anything…She could change!
What rule did Bree break in the eyes of the Volturi
Kim and I sat up talking and talking about little Bree and how much we wanted to her to stay alive while reading the Bree Novella. Now obviously we know she doesn't make it, but we found ourselves rooting for her to survive. Did you?
What vampire rule did Bree break?
She doesn't reveal herself to humans. She doesn't fight against the Cullens. She doesn't leave bodies laying around. She doesn't even kill another vampire.
SM: She's not around because there are the specific rules. There's the general rule: Don't attract attention. And then there’s specific rules. And armies are against the rules. And so once you've screwed up enough that people are noticing — and people are noticing BIG TIME with this — you all are gone. And they just say. and that's the way..... If they just said, "well this member of this coven was bad....and this one was bad. We'll kill them, but you guys, you did okay, so...." That's not how you rule with terror…you know, iron fist!
Q: We were thinking, “well she got rid of her bodies, and no one saw her smiling, so!”
SM: It would have been fine if she hadn't been part of the army.
Q: With that...did Jane have an ulterior motive? We were just wondering if Jane had an ulterior motive with that. Because there was something between her and Jane. Like, did Jane see her in the trees?
SM: No! Jane didn't know. She didn't know what the newborns had been told. She had that one exchange with them. She doesn’t know. And what has this girl already told them, ya know? She was ready to...she just wanted to make sure the statements on the table at the end were the ones that they should be. Even though, she's not in control, but she's pretty high up. She has the sense that at some point, it's going to hit the fan with the Volturi, that the Cullens are of special interest. But at the same time, it would embarrass her — the people in charge of her, her bosses — if she slipped up. And she was all flying on her own with this one. She was impatient. She was like, "when are they gonna do this? Cause we’re going to be embarrassed.” So she finally goes to Victoria and says "look, you have to do something or I'm going to have to kill you all." She doesn't want to do that, she wants the Cullens to get killed. She's…all along, making her own decisions, which can get her in a lot of trouble. So she's very......tense, for Jane. She doesn't usually have to fly solo like that. You guys have all seen the “decisions, decisions” stuff, right? I love that, not in the Bree novel, but I love how pissed she gets with Felix because she’s on edge. She’s very calm on the exterior, but she could screw up, and that's a scary thing for her.
Is Deigo really dead? And does Riley know he was tortured?
A lot of you members wanted to know if Deigo was really dead. You didn't think it was spelled out clear enough. So we asked and also wondered how much Riley knew about Deigo's time with Victoria. Let Stephenie explain...
Transcript Alison: Coming off of the Bree/Riley stuff, is that......Diego was tortured — and Riley knows about that?
SM: She asked him, like, ya know, everything. And at first, he wasn't talking. I have a really strong belief, that you can't resist torture forever. You know, you have in the TV shows where people say “I’m gonna take it and I'm not gonna talk”...oh you're gonna talk. Pain is a really forceful kind of emotion. I think he ended up just telling the whole story — exactly when they learned what they learned. And the whole, all of their little inside things.
Q: Including Bree?
SM: Oh, absolutely, absolutely. Including, she asked for things that only he would know. So they would be able to keep her around. Already, Riley’s aware that she and Fred....she's the only one, that's ever close to him. Fred is the one guy. If Fred had participated in this battle, it might have turned out a lot differently. And if they could have got him there, they could have won....probably!
Matt: It was anyone's game.
SM: It WAS anyone's game. It was a toss up. If they could have figured out, I mean, Edward would have known who he was, and if they could have neutralized him somehow....that was a game changer if he’d been there. And Riley’s thinking, "We're gonna have him with us. This is gonna be cake!"
Q: That was one of our most asked questions: "Is he really dead?" Because it's not so spelled out that he's dead. We believed it.
SM: Diego? Yeah, he’s gone.
Q: Because of those lines, I think people are like "Is he really dead?"
Q: I think people wanted him to still be alive. Like maybe somehow, he was able to get away.
SM: Killing is an interesting thing to do as a writer. It's always hard. And uh, I get some crap, because a lot of people live in my books a lot of times. It's hard to kill people. And you kind-of want to wait until it makes sense in the story that there's no other way.
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