Week2: Twilight New Moon

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon  is a 2009 American romantic fantasy film based on Stephenie Meyer’s 2006 novel New Moon. In second movie Bella is 18 (a year older than the eternally 17-year-old Edward), making her desire to be a vampire even more urgent. However Edward family left suddenly and resulting in Bella entering into a deep depression. Jacob Black decide to help her.Jacob discovers that he and several other boys are next in line to defend the Quileute tribe from vampires

Shape-shifters, often mistaken as werewolves, are descended from the ancient spirit warriors of the Quileute tribe. Original warriors and chiefs could leave their bodies and wander as spirits thereby giving them the ability to communicate with animals,and hear each other’s thoughts. However a eventful incident that impacted the tribe members hugely during Taha Aki’s leadership and therefore permanently changed their powers to shape-shifting into awesome giant wolves.

Wolf_sizesWhat i especially love about Twilight new moon novel and movie was the concept of how they approach what the appearance of the werewolves would look like. The conversational werewolf is a cross between bipedal and half-human. However what twilight did was completely alter the common perception most people would think a werewolf should look like.  The werewolves are enormous, as tall as a horse, but thicker and much more muscular quite similar to a common wolf however the difference is that Quileute werewovles are twice the size, faster and stronger that a common wolf. The “monstrous size” of these creatures is emphasized repeatedly throughout the movie.

Jacob_Black_transformationThe transformation or phasing is an instinct or reflex.  instinct to phase is only triggered when a tribal member crosses the scent of vampires and senses the tribe’s need of protection.The transformation generally occur when a boy reaches manhood like jacob. As suppose to common werewolf since in movie or portray in Hollywood which are dependent on full moon to ignite the transformation. In twilight the transformation can happen at any time, and is not dependent upon a full moon.Transformation or “phasing” is a sudden and violent process. The initial transformation seems to be triggered by anger, for example in the movie when Bella was in danger of being attacked by another werewolf, he suddenly got angry and jumped in defensive to protect her.


To become human again, the shape-shifter needs to calm down and concentrate on phasing back into human form.

Quileute wolves are incredibly fast, they can out run a motor vehicle with ease and with a combination of highly developed reflex. Whilst in human form Quileute strength is near superman or Luke cage level. However that doesn’t compare to when Quileute enter into their wolf form, not only are they much larger than normal wolves, they are also supernaturally stronger. In wolf, their strength is incredible and nearly equivalent to that of a vampire or greater

Another factor that i love about the shape-shifter or Quileute werewolf have a body temperature of about 108°F. As suppose to vampire temperatures are lower than humans, quileute ability easily enable to face against vampire. It also demonstrate the clear contrast between the two groups which i thought was quite clever of them.The physiological differences reflect the tension between the two species, its not just silly fight but a deep rivalry and hated that runs into their very soul that even alter their very DNA. The high body temperature allows the shape-shifters to withstand very cold weather resulting in making it incredibly hard for vampire to harm them to combat due to the fact vampire are cold blooded and sensitive to high temperature. Plus they can heal and regenerate very fast and completely.

Pack behavior

In wolf form, shape-shifter can retain their human intelligence, memories and character, up to and including showing their human eyes. Pack members are also telepathically linked with each other thereby enhancing their coordination during hunt. Alpha of each pack can communicate with each other with ease, in addition Alpha are able to control what thoughts they are able to share to the rest of the pack as suppose to those below them. Since pack is runs in hierarchy, the alpha can force the other pack members to obey his orders against their will.


The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Film series. Author Stephanie Meyer’s. Directed by Chris Weitz. Summit Entertainment.



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