Editor's note: Moviefone is excited to feature the writing of several dedicated 'Twilight' fan bloggers to our readers. Amanda Bell, blogger for the Twilight Examiner, has already seen 'New Moon' numerous times -- and that's before it opened. Here she names her 10 favorite things about 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon.' Come back in the coming weeks for more of Amanda's insights into 'Twilight' and to find lots of cool original 'Twilight' content from her and her fellow Twihards.

Since 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' is based closely on Stephenie Meyer's book, there are few big surprises in the plot. That doesn't mean that there aren't moments in the film that will impress or surprise even the most knowledgeable fan of the 'Twilight' series (um ... like me, for example).

Here are my 10 favorite things about the film -- but you don't have to be a 'Twilight' devotee to appreciate them; there's something here for everyone from the casual fan to the super-fan. Editor's note: Moviefone is excited to feature the writing of several dedicated 'Twilight' fan bloggers to our readers. Amanda Bell, blogger for the Twilight Examiner, has already seen 'New Moon' numerous times -- and that's before it opened. Here she names her 10 favorite things about 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon.' Come back in the coming weeks for more of Amanda's insights into 'Twilight' and to find lots of cool original 'Twilight' content from her and her fellow Twihards.

Since 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' is based closely on Stephenie Meyer's book, there are few big surprises in the plot. That doesn't mean that there aren't moments in the film that will impress or surprise even the most knowledgeable fan of the 'Twilight' series (um ... like me, for example).

Here are my 10 favorite things about the film -- but you don't have to be a 'Twilight' devotee to appreciate them; there's something here for everyone from the casual fan to the super-fan.
  1. The Break Up Scene: Undoubtedly, the break-up scene between Edward Cullen and Bella Swan had to be tragic. It had to be a monumental occasion infused with tragedy, longing, suffering and confusion, all wrapped up with true love. The scene was accompanied by Bon Iver and St. Vincent's 'Roslyn,' and the course of conversation resembled Stephenie Meyer's heartbreaking words closely enough to satisfy even the most devoted Twihard. The best part of the scene, though, was the performance by Kristen Stewart. She is a painstaking perfectionist in her portrayal of Bella, and in this moment, she got it just right.
  2. The Volturi Portrait: Twihards have fretted about the lack of introduction to the Volturi characters in 'Twilight.' In the original 'Twilight' book sequences, there's a scene where Edward semi-introduces the "'vampire royalty" to Bella by showing her Carlisle's study -- where a picture of him with the three hung on proud display. A discussion about the ancient vampires fellows, so in the book the characters are brought into existence early on in the story. The Volturi play a pivotal role in the plot of 'New Moon,' and some wondered how, without the Volturi introduction sequence having taken place in the first film, they would play such an important role in 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon.' What Melissa Rosenberg and Chris Weitz did to usher them in was pure genius. The portrait, an homage to Stephenie Meyer's story, was there, but there was also this smooth (and graphically lovely) transition into the Volturi lair that really brought the characters in. Not to mention, it was just plain cool.
  3. Sam Uley's Cliff-Diving Scene: Cliff-diving is exciting. It's fast, it's scary and it's completely dangerous. What 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' did with Sam Uley's cliff-diving sequence, though, was a cut above. Instead of having him simply jump into the water, there was a slow and artful following of the character's back as he careened down the precipice. It was visually very dynamic and it really served the progression of the film well.
  4. Vampire Skin: A common complaint about 'Twilight' was the comically bad effects -- mostly where it related to the appearance of the vampires' skin, with visible makeup lines and overly dramatic sparkles being the two biggest issues. This time, though, the makeup was untraceable (meaning, it was more natural in appearance and thus more convincing), and the sparkles were less cartoonish. A vast improvement.
  5. Music: The music in 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' is gorgeous. The soundtrack is particularly befitting of the roller coaster ride that viewers go through in watching the dramatic highs and lows of the film. Not only are there songs that echo the depths of nothingness that Bella experiences, but there are also those that are catchy and appropriate in the more upbeat or suspenseful scenes. Alexandre Desplat's 'New Moon' score is also a mix between exhilarating and serene, and in many scenes the music perfectly complements the moment.
  6. Werewolves: Stephenie Meyer gave a big thumbs up for the werewolves that Chris Weitz and his CGI team created for 'New Moon' when Meyer spoke on the 'Oprah Winfrey Show.' Her approval was well deserved. The wolves were huge, frightening and completely overwhelming. Certainly, the filmmakers got the wolves right by anyone's measure.
  7. The Dream: It's impossible to read the first few moments in Stephenie Meyer's 'New Moon' without designing some sort of mental picture of how that would turn out. The film, wisely, doesn't try to match how readers might have imagined it, but instead, does a new take on the Gran/Bella encounter. The thrill of the experience is still there in full, and in fact becomes quite eerie. This is actually one of the pluses of 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon': It enhances the suspense and creep factors involved in some of the more critical moments and, if I dare say it, perhaps even improves on the book.
  8. Felix and Edward Fight: While Jane may just say "pain" to cast out the magnitude of her wrath -- and this works in Stephenie Meyer's written version of the story -- this is the movies, and everyone loves a good fight scene. But having Dakota Fanning try to pin Robert Pattinson to the floor may have looked more absurd than thrilling. So, who was the big guy in the room in the story? Oh yeah, Felix. Having Felix fling Edward around the room like a ragdoll really brought the danger of the Volturi home and served the dual purpose of exhibiting the strength and measure of the vampires and the impact that their marble skin has upon, well, marble itself. While the end was a foregone conclusion, the fight was dynamite and a real edge-of-your-seat moment.
  9. Vampire References: In 'Twilight,' a lot was revealed about the Cullen characters and their special strengths. However, certain things were kind of overlooked or underplayed. Take Jasper's ability to cause calm and measure the emotions of those around him for instance -- that was neglected entirely in 'Twilight.' However, in 'New Moon,' there are explicit references to the special gifts of the vampires. Not to mention, there are innuendos and puns galore -- enough to please those deserved knowers of all things 'Twilight' -- which really hit on the point that these vampires are more than just vampires; they've got superpowers too. This is not only important for what's to come with David Slade's 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' but it also gives deference to fans of the book series and our need for incessant details. Additionally, it gives Aro's (Michael Sheen) character a visible rationale for turning down Edward and his proposal in the near-end sequences.
  10. [SPOILER ALERT!] Proposal: 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' did a beautiful job of keeping what was regarded as one of the favorite moments in the book. No, it's not an official proposal, and Bella does eventually scoff at the notion of marriage at 18 years old in the book sequences, but they left that information out. Instead of pinning Bella as the victim of heartbreak who's regained the love of her life and then turns down his offering of forever (however well this may work in the book), it simply ends with Edward and his crooked smile and one simple request. Nicely done.
While there are an innumerable amount of good, great, awesome moments in 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon,' these are certainly some of the best.