Twilight has hit the screens and although SheKnows saw the film last week, it is still reverberating through our system.
Bella is a high school junior and feels every bit the outcast walking into her new school. Then, she meets Edward.
Edward, entering the school cafeteria moments after his Cullen clan of "brothers" and "sisters" – seems also struck by the beauty Bella. Immediately it is established through look and dialogue that there is something different about the Cullens.
Boom! And we're off. The story charges at that point and audiences have no choice but to never look back. It is a credit to Stephenie Meyer's writing that this story is so compelling. But as any author can tell you, the right team had to put the vision on screen and with Twilight, Meyer has screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and director Catherine Hardwicke to thank for a seamless transition from page to screen.
The discovering of young love, sure, but scenes such as the famous baseball scene from the book are executed with such flawless fun - the audience is moved to cheer.
Finally, Twilight is not only for teens. It is especially not for teenage girls.
The facets that make it compelling for that segment is actually what pulls the viewer into Hardwicke's Twilight world. Two people, much as Romeo and Juliet accomplished before them, from two sides of the world that share one vision – love and a shared future.
Both have mountains of obstacles in the way, yet still pursue because of the unyielding pressure of the heart.
There has not been a cinematic saga story this compelling since Lord of the Rings. And as with that series, the Twilight sequels are being awaited on with baited breath.
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