When Twilight was extremely popular (around 2009, maybe?), I read the complete series. I have also watched the movies as they came out.
I am not a Twilight fan, but it isn’t because of the typical reason (that she is a bad writer). I think her writing is just as good as most YA books on the market.
The reason I don’t particularly care for the series is because I find the plot ridiculous. Even in a universe where vampires would be attracted romantically to humans, I don’t think their relationship would ever work. It seemed too sudden and too shallow to produce the deep feelings that they both automatically had. I also don’t agree with whatever concept she invented about “imprinting” or whatever it was that caused such deep attachments to form.
I really felt like the movie did a good job of covering the plot. They really didn’t leave a whole lot out, as far as I remember. All the main characters were there, and all the same events happened. I think, there was some extra stuff about her human classmates in the book that didn’t make it into the movies, but no one cares about them anyway.
As stated before, I think most of the main characters were there. I don’t remember if Jacob’s father was a big presence in the movies, which I wish had been different. The Jacob/Jacob’s father thing was one of my favorite plot elements in the entire series.
Pacing: Mercifully, the pacing in the movies was much better. The pacing in the books was agonizing. I ended up skipping a lot of the descriptions and eye gazing, simply because I just couldn’t take it in the books. In the movie, at least the staring was not described.
Of all the movie versions of books (The Hobbit, Pretty Little Liars, and Lolita are some of my most recent comparisons), I really feel like this was one of the best. I think because the fan base was so large before the movies came out, they had to stick to the plot as much as they possibly could or they would have been tarred and feathered by the Twilight fan community.
Did you feel like the Twilight movie series was a good remake?