Why; because I’m still avoiding reviews like the plague.
Last weekend my Mumma and I braved the hordes of Christmas shoppers and squeeing teenagers to see the Twilight movie. Much annoyance was avoided by paying out the dosh to sit up in the back section with the luxurious couches, hot food and, most importantly, alcohol.
So, besides being thoroughly entertained by an intellectual debate over the difference between twilight, dusk and dawn that I overheard, what did I think of the movie? Hmmmm…
Maybe I should start by saying that I LOVE Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. I thought the next two – New Moon and Eclipse – were good, but Breaking Dawn… maybe it was just me, but, on top of everything else, who didn’t see the Jacob’s mate thing coming a mile away?
Anyway, the first book is my favourite and I have re-read it a number of times, which meant my expectations were pretty high for the big screen adaptation. So, what did I think?
I was, and still am, conflicted. Overall I thought it was good, yet some of the acting didn’t do a thing for me; hence my ‘it was good and crap at the same time’ opinion, which has nothing to do with me being a Libran – this time.
Besides the Ken and Barbie Cullens, what didn’t I like about the acting? My Mumma – damn English teacher making me analyse stuff when I finished high school a gazillion years ago – made me think about what it was specifically I didn’t like and I finally worked in and around my disappointment to decide it was the portrayal of Bella.
*’Yes, but what about Bella?’ sayeth the English teacher.*
Simply put, I didn’t believe that Movie Bella was Book Bella.
Although I still can’t put my finger on it exactly, I think (for me) Movie Bella was too, well, young and more like a teenager whereas Book Bella is this very mature, almost strangely serene person. The times Movie Bella worked for me were generally when Movie Edward was in the scene and the fascination and anticipation vibes between the two came across very well indeed.
I must admit that I haven’t read any reviews of the movie by book fans. Maybe I should go and see what others thought? Or maybe I can just be really lazy – hey, it’s early Monday morning and I need more coffee – and see if anyone leaves a comment telling me what they thought? Sounds like a better plan to me.
Kris,I havent gotten around to watching the movie yet bc Im still reading the series. Its so funny bc usually I try to NEVER read any books that are surrounded by hype bc there is nothing I hate more to read those types of books and not getting what all of the hype is about (The Da Vinci Code anyone? Snoozefest for me) But I decided to throw caution to the wind and purchased Twilight. And gosh dammit, I was HOOKED. So addictive! I have only read Twilight and New Moon. I still have Eclipse and Breaking Dawn to read (yeah i have caught wind of the Breaking Dawn controversy) I decided to just wait and catch Twilight on dvd. But I can tell you, for some reason, just by the trailers. Im not going to like it..But I still want to see it before I judge it.
Hi there. It’s always a tough decision re: whether to watch a movie adaptation or not, especially, as you say, when the book has received so much hype and/or you’ve loved a book so much. I think the heart of my disappointment lay with the fact that ‘Twilight’ was by far my favourite and was the one which sucked me into the world of Bella and Edward. I’ll be really interested to hear what you think when it eventually comes out on DVD… and what you think re: ‘Breaking Dawn’.