Bree Tanner was a newborn vampire created by Victoria in order to fight the Cullen family in her army of newborn vampires. Despite her act of surrendering and showing adequate control of herself, she was cruelly executed by Felix of the Volturi on Jane's orders.
She was the main character of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: an Eclipse novella, a spin-off story that was told from her point of view. She had a brief romantic relationship with Diego, and a friendship of sorts with Fred before she died.
Bree was born in Nevada on March 11, 1990, but lived in Idaho for most of her life. Bree believed that her mother had left her abusive father when she was four; in truth, Bree's father murdered her mother. He buried the body in the desert, then packed up and moved to Idaho with his young daughter. Because of the abuse, Bree felt isolated from her peers. She was a quiet, withdrawn girl. No one ever noticed the signs of her abusive home life, despite some physical evidence.
Finally, Bree could no longer stand his abuse and ran away from home a few weeks before her sixteenth birthday. She had enough money for a bus ride to Seattle, but nothing more than that. She tried unsuccessfully to get a job, and began stealing in order to eat. She slept in parks and alleys—any place where she felt a little bit safe. Her biggest fear was that the police would catch her and send her home to her father. She'd been on the run for less than three weeks when Riley Biers found her behind a restaurant, picking through the trash bins. He offered her a 'burger', then took her into a dark alley where Victoria turned her into a vampire.
After being introduced to her new violent peers, she did her best to avoid them by lingering around Fred, who was gifted with the power to repel people, especially after she got her arm ripped off by Jen at one time though she managed to get it back before she could burn it.
Unbeknownst to her, her mother's bones were found by the police, and when they did not find Bree, they were led to believe that she had met the same fate and arrested her father for both murders.
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
- Main article: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
- "Wha-What did you do to me? I-I'm so…"
"Yeah, I know. We'll find you someone to drink… Just try not to get killed, will ya?"
- ―Riley and Bree.[src]
One night, after three months of becoming immortal, Bree went on a routine hunt in the city with Kevin, a blond vampire who called himself 'Spider-Man' (whose real name was 'Casey'), and a disciplined vampire named Diego. When Kevin and "Spider-Man" started fighting over a human victim, Bree and Diego went hunting on their own and used the time to get to know each other. She realized that he was unusually kind and well-disciplined, unlike her savage coven. They started going over what they'd learned about their coven and came to conclusion that their leader, Victoria, wanted to add numbers to the army, and selecting smart ones wasn't necessary. When the sun arose, Diego and Bree hid in an underwater cave. They later discovered that vampires weren't vulnerable to sunlight, but rather sparkle like diamonds. When their army left Seattle without leaving a clue, Bree and Diego set off to find them on their own until they finally caught their scent and followed it to their new location.
Bree and Diego followed Riley to tell him of their discovery, only to find out more than they've expected to about the world of vampires when the Volturi approached Riley and Victoria. Diego proceeded with his plan while Bree went back to the group and awaited their return. However, Riley later told Bree that Diego had gone with Victoria to watch the Cullens after he informed the army of the plan to destroy the "yellow-eyes". He seemed hard and cold to Bree. That was why Bree was suspicious of their real agenda, but she decided to stick with them until she met up with Diego. When the army departed for war, Bree's new friend, Fred, decided to leave and explore the world, and asked Bree to join him. Although she wanted to, she decided to find Diego.
At the battlefield, she watched the Cullens and werewolves destroy her army, but found no trace of Diego and realized that Victoria and Riley had already killed him for discovering the truth about the sun. Carlisle and Esme Cullen offered her safety in exchange for her surrender, which she accepted. When Jasper Hale saw her, he instinctively crouched to kill her, but Carlisle stopped him and explained that Bree had surrendered. Jasper disapproved, but was convinced by Esme to leave her alone. He agreed to not kill Bree if they let him watch her, since he knew how newborns act.
- Main article: Eclipse
- "Jane turned her blank face to me now. There was nothing in her eyes, but I could feel that my time had run out."
- ―Bree's acceptance of her fate.[src]
Bree was the last of the newborns to be killed. Once Victoria and Riley were killed, Edward and Bella made their way over to the rest of the Cullens, where they stood by Bree. She found it very hard to resist Bella's intense blood, but managed to barely keep herself under control. The Volturi soon arrived, at which point Jane questioned the group. While acting ignorant to everything they discussed, Bree provided secret information to Edward of everything she knew through her thoughts. Jane concluded Bree was a criminal, despite her ignorance of the laws and the Cullens' willingness to take responsibility for her, and ordered her to be killed after torturing her with her power. Knowing that the Cullens were kind, she was grateful for their protection over her, despite her being their enemy. She made no resistance, and was destroyed by Felix. Before she was, however, she sent her dying wish to Edward—to be nice to her one surviving friend, Fred, if they were ever to cross paths in the future.
Carlisle was deeply saddened by what happened, as he would have welcomed her to his coven, and expressed that invitation to both Bree and the Volturi, to try and keep Bree alive.
Afterwards, Bella wondered if she would become like Bree as a newborn, to which Alice replied, "something like that".
In the film, Bree's experiences were quite different. She was changed shortly before Bella's graduation, and only went along with the army to feel safe. During the majority of the battle, she mostly hid behind a tree and watched in horror as her army got slaughtered until Carlisle and Esme Cullen found her. She screamed and tried to resist Felix, but still met her fate in his hands.
- "The girl was curled into a small ball beside the flames, her arms wrapped around her legs. She was very young. Younger than me - she looked maybe fifteen, dark-haired and slight. Her eyes were focused on me, and her irises were a shocking brilliant red. Much brighter than Riley's, almost glowing. They wheeled wildly, out of control."
- ―Bella on seeing Bree Tanner for the first time.[src]
Bree was described as a young girl of about 15, though she was really 16 when she turned. She was said to be slender with chin-length dark hair, though in the film her hair extended to her waist. She possessed the glowing red eyes (which were originally brown) indicative of a newborn vampire and the hard, cold skin that glittered under sunlight. She also had a high-pitched voice and a shrill scream, demonstrated from when she was being tortured by Jane.
Personality and traits
Bree didn't like being a vampire, although she had grown used to it. She had a hobby of reading, and would pretend to read when she was bored or just wanted to stay out of trouble. She would also occasionally steal from bookstores at night to keep herself occupied during the day. She was able to see through some of Riley's empty promises and was always careful not to draw unwanted attention to herself.
Like the others in her army, she was told about the traditional vampire legends being real and, at first, was afraid of wooden stakes and the sun. When she discovered these couldn't harm her, she was relieved. Although she was allied with Victoria and her army, she was merely playing along to ensure her own safety because no one had told her about the laws of vampires.
Bree had shown some amount of maturity even for a newborn; she demonstrated a great amount of self-control by resisting the lure of Bella's blood, especially for a newborn vampire.
When Felix was about to destroy her, she showed no fear to her upcoming death (only because she already wanted to die because of Diego's death) and deeply appreciated that the Cullens' attempt to protect her and used her thoughts to tell Edward everything she knew before she died.
Bree was the single daughter of a deceased mother and a violent father.
- Main article: Bree Tanner and Diego
- "Diego grinned at me, his face beautiful with light, and suddenly, with a deep lurch in my stomach, I realized that the whole BFF thing was way off the mark. It was just that fast… But even though Diego looked like his normal self again—not made of blazing light anyway—I knew he would never look the same to me. That tingly sensation in the pit of my stomach was still there. I had a feeling it would be there permanently."
- ―Bree on her love for Diego.[src]
Bree was initially very intimidated of him, just like she was intimidated by everyone else in the army, but also very cautious because of his close relationship to Riley, the army's only authority. One night, he and Bree were sent out to hunt together. They used the time to bond, he even showed her undue kindness by letting her drink the blood of a girl he had knocked out—something no one else in the group did. After spending time together in a cave to escape the sunlight, the two of them became good friends and eventually lovers. By discussing all the flaws of the myths about vampires, they came to the conclusion that something wasn't right and tested certain theories. Bree fell in love with him after seeing him sparkle in the sunlight. Diego and Bree found out that they were not being told the truth by Riley and that they were just pawns in Victoria's vampire army. Diego confronted Riley about being able to survive sunlight and Riley killed him to ensure he wouldn't tell the other newborns.
When she discovered his death, she lost the will to live and therefore bravely faced her execution when her time ended.
- "Fred and I waited until the last one of them was out of sight. Then Fred did one of those little ladies first sweeps with his arm. It didn't feel like he was afraid to have me at his back, just that he was being polite."
- ―Bree on Fred.[src]
Fred was a member of the newborn army, and one of only two with a supernatural talent. Because his power allowed him to repel those around him, Bree constantly hid in his shadow to stay out of trouble. About six days before the army moved out to attack the Cullens, some of the members approached Diego and Bree to pick a fight, and Fred inflicted them with his power to save them. After Diego's disappearance, Bree started spending more time with Fred, though they rarely spoke to one another.
About one day before they fought the Cullens, Fred and Bree started forming a friendship together. Having realized that they were not being told the truth, Fred decided to explore the world on his own, and asked Bree to join him. Though she agreed, she told him she needed to go with the group to find Diego. Fred agreed to wait for them in Riley Park, Vancouver, but he would wait no longer than one day, at which point he would leave Bree behind. Right before the Volturi killed her, she telepathically asked Edward to be nice to him if they ever were to cross paths in the future.
In the film of Eclipse, Bree is portrayed by Canadian actress Jodelle Ferland. Ferland is best known for starring as the main character in Silent Hill in which she portrays the missing young daughter of a woman who enters a strange world in order to get her back. She has also appeared in several other films, most notably Case 39 with Renee Zellweger.
Stephenie Meyer allowed director David Slade, Jodelle Ferland, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Xavier Samuel to read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner during filming of Eclipse, to allow them to get a better idea of their characters and to portray them in a better way. After reading them, the copies were burned.
Prior to appearing in Eclipse, Ferland had mentioned she didn't have a lot of followers on Twitter. Once it was announced she would be starring as Bree, she noted that her number of followers had tripled to 40,000 or more.
|Seattle newborn army|
|Leaders||Victoria • Riley Biers|
|Group leaders||Raoul • Kristie|
|Members||Adam • Casey • Dean • Diego • Doug • Fred • Heather • Jen • Jim • Kevin • Logan • Sara • Shelly • Steve • Bree Tanner • Warren|
|Bella Swan • Edward Cullen • Jacob Black • Renesmee Cullen • Carlisle Cullen • Esme Cullen • Rosalie Hale • Emmett Cullen • Alice Cullen • Jasper Hale • Charlie Swan • Victoria • Bree Tanner|