Melodramatic? Yes. Intense? Absolutely. Classic literature? No. The majority of Twilight is written from inside Bella's teenage mind. Over-thinking and worrying about every minute detail of every moment. It's the most realistic reactions you could expect from a world where vampire exist. The problem with adapting most first-person narratives to the screen is you lose a lot of the intent behind the actions. Luckily Twilight the movie did the smart thing and gave us at least some voice-over dialogue from Bella's perspective.
Bella and Edward's relationship, which develops over several encounters in the book is delegated to a few choppy montages. The vampire information sessions could have been condensed down to one leaving more time to show the pair's love growing. For all the moments in the book we only get one real kissing scene and not much physical contact at all. I would think for those just seeing the movie without reading the book it would seem all a bit contrived. However, the vampire characteristics, such as they are in this series, were showcased delightfully. The speed and other supernatural abilities are simple and naturally done without many effects and even the most peculiar of traits (their skin sparkling like diamonds in direct sunlight) was better than I hoped for a budget of $37 million.
Some scenes from the book are deleted, shortened or otherwise substituted but that's par for the course on adaptations. There's nothing particularly jarring that would cause a fan to throw their hands up in outrage unless you count Bella's prom attire (didn't we learn our lesson with Hermione?). One thing's for sure, the fans showed their love this weekend with grosses of over $70 million dollars insuring there's more Twilight films to come. Summit Entertainment, the small studio behind the film, announced Saturday they would be moving ahead with the second installment, New Moon.