I agree, Linda-Allen, I think this one was a lot better than the first movie, not as hokey. Although the papercut scene was sort of embarrassing to watch.
And I agree with you, too, Ask996, that the books are better than the movie. This is almost the case, although there are a few exceptions (The Notebook comes to mind).
Overall I still prefer the book to the movie, although I feel they did a pretty good adaptation. It was a different director this time, so I'm sure that influenced the outcome. I wondered though if fans of the book would protest the changes, because although it stayed fairly true to the book, there were parts that were altered or left out (as you have to do in order to have a movie fit in the time frame). For example, Jacob reveals himself as a werewolf in an entirely different way than in the book.
That's odd. I thought the movie pretty much followed the book. You have to remember the timeframe of a movie. You have only 2 to 3 hours for a movie when the book might need two or three or four hours more to cover. Overall, it was much better than the first film.
I almost always prefer the book version of anything to the film version. The books are written with a mind to creating an image in the reader's imagination, and how I choose to see what the author has shown me is up to my own interpretation. With films, however, I am told what to think and very little is left up to the imagination. Add to that the fact that novels must be adapted in order to meet the confines of time and production limitations, and it is not surprising that many fans prefer the Twilight books over the movies. I agree with akannan this will become more common with the other movies.
I think that it has been/ gotten to the point that if a book has widespread appeal, its rights are given to become a film. At that point, whatever happens to the work becomes product of the film industry. For example, the changes made to "New Moon" are significantly different from the book, but this became the nature of the beast when the series was consigned to become films. I would expect more of this to happen with the subsequent books.