Twilight fans the internet over are squeeing with excitement. We are braced on the edge of anticipation because this week some of the most beloved characters in recent memory will come to life. Yes, Stephenie Meyer's Twilight it hitting the big screens. We haven't seen the likes of this since Harry Potter first hit cinemas and Twilight fans are predicting that it will end up being even bigger than Harry Potter at the box office. Will it live up to the hype or will it be a one-week wonder?
I unapologetically love Harry Potter. Yes even the last book with the never-ending camping sequence and the last movie in which I don't think Ginny Weasley spoke a single word. My relationship with Twilight is more complex. It's like this - has there ever been a book or a series of books you've enjoyed until you either tried reading them out load or listened to them on audio and realized that the writing makes you want to go Van Gogh and cut off your own ears rather than listen to it? I've had books, nay entire series of books, ruined for me that way. That's what I'm worried about with the Twilight movie. I already know that there are a bunch of reasons why I probably shouldn't like the books (Edward is kind of a stalker, most of the time I want to kick Bella in the pants, the overwhelming angst, the adjectives - OMG the adjectives!, etc) but I find myself rather addicted to them in spite of it all. I had even publicly stated that I wasn't going to read the fourth book when it came out - my resolve lasted all of two days.
I'm worried that watching the movie will ruin my enjoyment of a book that I like simply because it's fun. It's different than when I was worried about The Secret Life of Bees movie. The person that has come best to describing my worry is Mandajuice (note that her post does contain spoilers for the books).
Because I'm a grown up, I never really pictured Edward or Bella (or any of the other characters) as TEENAGERS. Even when I was a teenager myself, few things were grosser to me than teenage boys. (Have you ever walked into a teenage boy's bedroom after they've had the windows closed for a few hours? I REST MY CASE.) So in my 32 year old mind, Edward is a DUDE, not a kid. I think that helped me get over the teenager aspect of the books and Bella is one of those kids who's basically already an adult before she's ever actually legal (and guess who related well to that?). I think I'm going to HATE the movie because it will ruin all the pretty grown ups I've created in my head and replace them with scrawny teenagers.
When I see the previews of the movies I cringe because that's not my Edward and Bella. It's something we face every time a book gets made into a movie but it seems larger this time. I suppose it's because I'm not so worried about losing the language or dialogue from the book, I'm worried about losing my characters and only my characters. Even when I was seriously annoyed with them I kept coming back and reading the series. So I suppose I'll just have to wait until someone I know sees the movie and tells me whether or not I can watch it. Other fans of the Twilight series certainly are not waiting.
Over at Bookshelves of Doom Leila wants to know if the vampires sparkle because if they don't, what's the point? Lisa at Not The Best Blog was pleased with the movie, calling it more a compliment to the books rather than a book made into a movie. And we find out that yes indeedy, vampires do sparkle. (Yay!)
BlogHer Contributing Editor Dana, aka Mamalogues, scored some passes to a preview screening. You can read her review of Twilight at Mamapop.
Hmmm is the on screen chemisty between Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart only make believe? Bachelor Girl thinks not and believes that Pattinson may have a crush on his romantically attached co-star.
Jane Henderson calls foul on the Twilight movie being called "twaddle" and gives us a heads up on Meyer's Hitchcockesque cameo.
Have you pre-ordered your tickets? Are you bursting to see it on the big screen? Or are you like me and planning to stick with the books until someone tells you otherwise?
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