How New Moon's flittering images of Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen might work
From Twilight Examiner
Since the recent news about the "flittering images" of Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen we Twilight fans might expect to see in New Moon, questions have been abounding as to how Edward Cullen's character can come across the screen throughout the film in these images and yet the film (directed by Chris Weitz and starring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner) might still remain faithful to Stephenie Meyer's wonderful book.
As we have seen, fans have laid out a number of expectations for New Moon's scenes that would qualify it as a true book-to-film presentation of Meyer's best-selling and much-adored work - see here. During that conversation, there was much back and forth as to whether Pattinson's character ,Edward Cullen, should have more scenes throughout the book. Those opposed to the idea say that the appeal of New Moon the book owes in large part to its crushing deprivation of Edward from Bella (and thus, the audience)'s life, and the derision that grows between Jacob Black and Edward as a consequence - not to mention, the glorious reconciliation that we get to see in the ending. Proponents of Edward's being a bigger part of the film, basically, say that book essence aside, Edward Cullen is a character that they want to see more of, no matter the cost.
The news about Edward's appearance throughout the film as a "flittering image," however, might promise a happy compromise between the competing interests of these fans.
There are a number of possibilities. For starters, we know that Bella (Kristen Stewart) is expected to experience hallucinations throughout the whole film. Resulting as a consequence of her thrill-seeking behavior, Bella is to resort to dangerous tasks in order to summon up an audio memory of her beloved Edward's warning and protective voice. Perhaps, the director will use this opportunity to present these visions of Edward. Instead of a voice, they might present a vision of him. Or, maybe, alongside the voice, Bella could remember those piercing gold eyes or that crooked smile we all love.
Another way, of course, is to show Edward experiencing his hell in South American absence of Bella, a fact of whch book-readers were not aware in the first read-through of New Moon. While some say that this would deprive the movie-viewer of some of the power of New Moon, if done appropriately, perhaps some of the book could be preserved still. For instance, if we saw Edward in motion in South America, but did not know of his misery (i.e., by keeping him busy, or by not revealing long scenes of him there), perhaps the mystery and suspense, too, would be saved.
A third possibility would, of course, be with dream sequences or simple memories, not associated with known aspects of the book. One idea would be for Bella to remember Edward of her own accord, without the danger-stimuli, on various occasions throughout her suffering. This could actually be done fairly artistically, if, say, those images were to shorten and become fewer and farther between as her relationship with Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) grows throughout the story. Done improperly, though, this could lead to deviance of too lengthy a measure from the novel, which would, of course, defeat the purpose.