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The following are noted differences between the original Twilight novel and the movie adaptation.

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Please note: Scenes/lines that were not in the book but were added for the movie:

Book Movie
Stephenie Meyer is the author of the series Twilight.
In the book, there is no Waylon Forge. Waylon Forge is at the diner. VictoriaLaurent and James kill him when he is fixing his boat. Also, Waylon is wearing a shirt that says "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" which Victoria is later seen wearing.
Bella and Charlie don't eat at the diner. Instead, Bella cooks the meals at home. In the movie, they eat at the diner a lot.
When Edward takes Bella out of his car at the beginning of school, he doesn't touch her because it states in Midnight Sun he doesn't want to risk losing his self-control. In the movie, Edward slings his arm around Bella.
No scene of Edward bouncing an apple off his foot exists in the book. Edward bounces an apple off his foot in the cafeteria scene in the movie and catches it in the same manner as is seen on the Twilight book cover.
Nothing is mentioned about the Cullens wearing the family crest. All the members of the Cullen family wear the family crest on an accessory on their body.
Phil has no lines in the book, nor is he mentioned driving Bella to the airport. Phil is seen in Arizona before Bella leaves. He says "I love ya both, but we got a plane to catch."
Victoria disappears after the baseball game and is not seen again until New Moon. You see Victoria at the prom watching Edward and Bella at the end of the movie, hinting to the plot of the next movie.
Edward takes Bella to his house to meet his family and while they are there, he plays Bella's lullaby and then shows her the house, they have a discussion about a cross. He also takes her to Carlisle's office and talks about his history. When Edward takes Bella to his house, the Cullens are cooking Italian food for her. When Edward says Bella has already eaten, Rosalie breaks a bowl with her bare hands.
There is no mention of a field trip in the book. In the movie, there is a field trip to a greenhouse.
Edward never calls Bella Spider Monkey in the book. In the book after Edward teases Bella by saying"Well, you really shouldn't have said that", he jumps towards her, picks her up, and then jumps on the couch. After Edward jumps out the window, he says, "You better hold on tight, 'Spider Monkey'."
In the book, Rosalie doesn't have a nickname for Emmett. During the baseball game scene Rosalie calls Emmett her "Monkey Man".
Bella wears no bracelet in Twilight.

Bella wears a St. Jude Protection bracelet.

There are no small details like the following in the book. When Bella wakes up in the hospital, the fighting scene from the ballet studio can be seen on the flat screen. There is also a drawing of the ballet studio behind Edward's head.
Victoria doesn't talk until she reappears in Eclipse. Victoria talks at Waylon's boathouse where she and James repeat the questions they'd heard from their prey. She says "What you want?"
When Bella arrives in Forks, the book doesn't mention anything about Bella holding a small cactus. In the book, her carry along item is a parka. Bella brings a potted cactus with her to Forks as a reminder of her old home in Arizona.
While Bella is in Port Angeles, she remembers she left her pepper spray at home. Bella uses the pepper spray that Charlie gave her on James, which makes him very angry.
At the Cullen's home, there are no graduation caps on the wall. There are many caps in a big frame on the wall—one each for every time they had to move around.
Victoria,James, and Laurent only appear together once. You see VictoriaJames and Laurent earlier, killing two people; One of which is Waylon, the other is a security guard at Grisham Mill.

Omissions

Scenes/lines from the book that were left out of the movie:

Book Movie
In the book, Bella's head injury is crucial to Edward trying to justify her description of the events. In the movie, while they make mention of Bella hitting her head when Edward saves her from Tyler's van, she never actually hits her head in the scene.
In the book, Bella dares Edward to eat human food in the cafeteria. In the movie, this is not mentioned.
In the book, Edward mentions how 'twilight' is the 'safest time of day for vampires. In the movie, the time of actual twilight is never made significant or mentioned.
In the book,Angela Weber's love interest is Ben Cheney In the movie, there is no Ben Cheney, therefore Angela Weber's love interest is Eric Yorkie. There is also no Lauren Mallory.
In the book, Edward mentions that Jasper has the ability to control the emotions of people around him. In the movie, Jasper's ability is vaguely mentioned by Bella at her Birthday party, but never mentioned again.
In the book, EmmettRosalie, Alice, and Jasper attend the prom. In the movie, they are not there.
In the book, Bella tells Edward that he dazzles people while they are having dinner in Port Angeles. In the movie, she never mentions it.
In the book, Edward invites Bella to sit with him at lunch, leaving the rest of Bella's friends jealous. In the movie, Edward never invites Bella to sit with him at lunch.
In the book, there is a "girl's choice" dance, as well as the prom. In the movie, there is only the prom.
In the book, Tyler tells everyone that he is taking Bella to prom, without her permission. In the movie, there is no mention of this and he's dancing at the prom with someone else.
In the book, Tyler comes to Bella's house to take her to prom and Edward tells him over the phone that he is taking her. In the movie, this isn't mentioned.
In the book, Bella sheds some angry tears when Edward took her to the prom. In the movie, there was no scene in the car. Instead of crying in the car,Bella said,having arrived at prom"I can't believe your making me do this", as they entered the building where the prom was being held she said "Wow. You're really trying to kill me."
In the book during the hospital scene towards the end, Edward says that he will stay with Bella "as long as it is best for her". In the movie, he simply says "Where else am I going to go."
In the book, Edward takes Bella in to Carlisle's study and shows her the paintings and tells her about his past. In the movie, they don't go into any details of Carlisle's past.
In the book, James reveals information about Alice's past; In the movie, James doesn't even mention knowing Alice.
In the book, Bella finds out about the Cullens' past. In the movie, Bella never finds out about any of the Cullens' past, except a little bit of Edward's.
In the book, Alice walks into Edward's room with Jasper and says, "It sounded like you were having Bella for lunch, and we came to see if you would share." In the movie, Alice doesn't make this reference.
In the book, there is a hunting trip, therefore Edward leaves Bella a note telling her to "Be Safe" while he is away. In the movie, there is no hunting trip, therefore Edward doesn't leave Bella a note.
In the book, Bella leaves her jacket in Jessica's car, forcing her to wear Edward's. In the movie, Bella does not leave her jacket in Jessica's car.
In the book, there are scenes with Jasper and Bella, where he tells her that she is worth fighting for, Alice tells her that "we who have been with Edward for so long" can see the changes in him, none of them want to look at him for the next 100 years knowing he lost her. In the movie, they didn't include the scenes with Jasper and Bella.
In the book, there is a drive and "walk" to the meadow for the first time In the movie, they reach the meadow in a very different way, just after Bella tells Edward she knows what he is.
In the book, there is mention of the Denali coven. In the movie, there is no mention of the Denali coven.
In the book, Bella and Edward have assigned "days" where they ask questions about the other. In the movie, Bella does all the asking of questions at different points.
In the book, Edward told Bella that he and Emmett were going hunting during the time she would be in La Push. In the movie, he doesn't mention his trip with Emmett and just makes it seem like the beach is too crowded which was his way of getting out of her invitation to the beach.
In the book, Bella writes a note to Edward saying that James has her mom and she has to try to save her. In the movie, she writes no note at all and just goes to the studio.
In the book, Edward stalls traffic so Tyler could ask Bella to the dance. In the movie, Tyler doesn't even ask her.
In the book, Bella goes the "Vampires A-Z" website. In the movie, she goes to a different site.
In the book, when Bella researches about the vampires, she mentioned the Danag, a Filipino vampire, and other vampires from countries all over the world. In the movie, she sees there are stories of vampires in Egypt and Peru and connects the dots from there.
In the book, Bella shows that she faints at the sight and smell of blood in Ch. 5 entitled "Blood Type." In the movie, all of Ch. 5 is excluded.
In the book, there is Bella's gym teacher, Coach Clapp. In the movie, there is no mention of him.
In the book, they watch a movie in Biology class. In the movie, they don't watch a movie in Biology class.
In the book, Mike can't stand Edward because he is jealous of his relationship with Bella and vice versa. In the movie, Mike doesn't really show much dislike for Edward except when he confronts Bella about it on her way into the diner to meet her dad for dinner.
In the book, there were more kissing scenes and love scenes. In the movie, there were just two kisses.
In the book, when Bella left with Alice and Jasper they were the last ones to go. In the movie, they were the first.
In the book, Edward kisses Bella inside the house before he leaves with Carlisle and Emmett to get James to follow them. In the movie, Edward doesn't kiss Bella he just says "you are my life now," before Jasper takes off.
In the book, during the baseball scene, Esme tells Bella about her infant son dying, and her subsequently jumping off of a cliff. In the movie, Esme or Edward doesn't mention her past at all.
In the book, Edward literally sweeps Bella off of her feet when she almost faints because she smells blood. Edward finds this very ironic. In the movie, Bella is never placed in a situation to show any aversion to the smell of blood.
In the book, Bella and Renée e-mail one another as a form of communication. In the movie, their form of communication is on the phone.
In the book Alice says that she can smell Bella across the field in the baseball scene In the movie, Rosalie says that she can smell Bella across the field in the baseball scene
In the book Bella's bed is single. In the movie, Bella has a double bed in her bedroom.
In the book, Bella's bedroom is painted blue. In the movie, it is green.
In the book, Edward tackles Bella after saying "You really shouldn't have said that" but they are still in his room. In the movie, he grabs her and jumps out the window and takes her up a tree.
Edward talks to Bella about Carlisle's history In the movie, Carlisle's history is never mentioned.
In the book, Jessica Stanley isn't very fond of Bella but acts as her friend anyway. Later, she hangs around with Lauren Mallory more, and both hate Bella. In the movie, other than being jealous of her, Jessica doesn't seem to mind Bella. Lauren Mallory wasn't even cast.
In the book, Edward shows Bella a painting of Carlisle's acquaintances from Italy: Aro, Caius, and Marcus This scene is moved to the second movie, where Edward talks more about them and what they do.

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