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Stephenie Meyer addresses the evolving Volvo, continuing the saga, and religion

A lot of our readers were outraged when the Volvo changed between Twilight and New Moon, saying it wasn’t true to the book.  Stephenie Meyer addressed that issue, among others, at the fansite junket back in June.  Here’s what she had to say about both Edward’s Volvo and Bella’s truck.

TF: We have a little silly question.  It’s not super silly.  What about the movie Volvo  [not being] like the book Volvo?

Fansite: We had to go there.

TF: We really have to go there because, you know I’m over it now, but what about that?

SM: Um, I…you know the reason that Edward drives a Volvo is to be inconspicuous and because the whole—you know, people see a Volvo and think you buy them for safety and it’s kind of a joke, like it’s the way to blend in because the last thing in the world he needs is a safe car.  So when I was doing the cars, my brothers are car freaks—you know— and I asked them.  I said, “Okay, if you were gonna drive a Volvo but you’re a car enthusiast” and they’re like: “Ugh!” And I’m like: “No, what are you gonna drive?”  And they’re like: “Well, there’s the S60 R.  Very limited, not a lot of people did it.  It looks like a sedan but it’s built for racing.”  And so I was like: “Oh that’s perfect!  That’s perfect!”  They don’t make them anymore, and so that was kind of a problem.  They couldn’t you know…

Fansite:  But they don’t make Bella’s truck anymore though, either.

SM: And Bella’s truck is a ’67 in the movies.  It’s a ’53 in real life.  They look nothing the same, and it kinda killed me because I loved the old body-styling, in the 60s it got very square.  In the 50s it was all round and kind of bubbly and it was really cute.  And so that one actually—that one was harder almost than the Volvo, but I am very car attached so yeah, I had…I mean I didn’t have—Back in the day, I really didn’t have a lot of say over anything with Twilight.  They were great about telling me what was going on but I wasn’t part of the conversation, and so with the cars it was already a done deal, they already had the three sets of them and I kind of went “oh…”

Fansite:  Everyone’s just like: “It’s not silver.  It’s a mom-mobile.”

TF: It’s not a sexy vampire car!

SM: Well actually, it’s kind of a fun car.  They went with the darker grey to kind of differentiate.  I’m interested to see if it evolves again.  I’m not sure if it will, we’ll see.

Stephenie also discusses how she would like to continue the Saga, whether she thinks religion plays into the story, as well as why Edward wanted to wait until he and Bella were married to get intimate. Head over to Twilight Series Theories to read the transcript! It’s a great read!

  • Nightmareb4x

    Um, no. The real answer?

    Volvo is advertising their latest models in the Twlight films.

    The small hatchback C30 was new when Twlight came out.

    The XC60 was the latest model when New Moon came out. There really was no need to change this marketing plan or car for Eclipse.

  • wolfgurl

    I love the volvo and if Edward is driving it (no matter what car) it will always be a sexy vampire car!

  • Gyleches

    Huh? I think that whatever the mode of volvo they could have made it silver for the movie. It's little details like that that can lower the enjoymen. For instance; adding things that aren't in the story and not paying attention to the smalles,t easiest details. Some times the changes were for the better though but not always. And as for Edward's feelings about sex before marriage; he explained himself repeatedly about that. Hims an old-fashioned gentleman.

  • Nightmareb4x

    It looks like Volvo released a new S60 for 2011. We may see the “real” Edward car in breaking Dawn.

    I personally don't think the changing of car models made any difference in the films. I also don't care if the changing Volvo is a cross marketing deal or what not.

    I may not be happy of Bella's and Jacob's bikes had been morphed into skateboards or speed boats or something silly like that.

    I considered and test drove a C30 in May. Seeing that car in Twilight and around town got me interested. It was on my short list of cars that I seriously considered. I ultimately purchased another car. I just wonder how effective the marketing of a luxury car brand in a teen movie is? The campaign did get me to look though.

  • Nightmareb4x

    It looks like Volvo released a new S60 for 2011. We may see the “real” Edward car in breaking Dawn.

    I personally don't think the changing of car models made any difference in the films. I also don't care if the changing Volvo is a cross marketing deal or what not.

    I may not be happy of Bella's and Jacob's bikes had been morphed into skateboards or speed boats or something silly like that.

    I considered and test drove a C30 in May. Seeing that car in Twilight and around town got me interested. It was on my short list of cars that I seriously considered. I ultimately purchased another car. I just wonder how effective the marketing of a luxury car brand in a teen movie is? The campaign did get me to look though.

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