“Twilight” – The book and movie

“Twilight” – The book and movie

I am probably in the vast minority, but until some three months ago I had never heard of Stephanie Meyer or the vampire phenomenon that she has created. I plead being immersed in my own creation as absolution for my ignorance! It began, for me, when my Entertainment Weekly arrived and I read all about the hoo-ha surrounding the fourth book. I was a bit embarrassed to realize that something major in the literary world had been transpiring without my awareness, and was further stunned to learn a movie was being made! Geez! What have I been doing?! Well, I was intrigued, moderately so – decided that I would definitely see the movie – but have to say that I wasn’t exactly trembling with anticipation. Then my sister called. She and I share very similar interest in books, movies, TV, etc. She was reading the novels and was seriously hooked. Now, to be honest, I am only a semi-vampire fan. Meaning that I did very much enjoy the Anne Rice series and have several fantasy-style vampire books on my shelf, and of course I have seen all the classic Lugosi flicks, but I don’t crave the genre. Still, I trust my sis, and she did send me the book for free, so who am I to argue?

I began “Twilight” one day and within three, I was finished! I totally could hardly put the thing down! This is not a perfect book or the best book ever written, nor do I think it should be compared to Rowlings and her Harry Potter saga. Nevertheless, it is a very good book with a solid plot and amazing love story. Meyer writes in a very easy manner, probably partly why the younger set is so enamored with this series. But the real attraction is the stunning relationship she weaves between Edward, the one-time teenage immortal vampire, and Bella, the seventeen-year old human. It is intense, electric, heartwarming, breathtaking, poignant, sensual, tragic, and highly dramatic. They never do more than kiss – and that rarely – but the physical sexuality and magnetism these two share sizzles. Yet, it is the emotional and spiritual affinity that captures and shines. It is their story, of course, but Meyer creates a cache of terrific secondary characters, both human and undead. She also spins an original vampire mythology that is quite different than anything I have ever read. And, in case you are worried, it is very light on blood and gore. Personally I think it a shame her novels have been touted as mere youthful reading material because her visionary romance is fantastic and apropos for anyone who loves romance with some bite – pardon the pun! My sissy sent the next two books – the fourth is being read and enjoyed by her husband, who is VERY discriminating in his reading material – and I could hardly wait to start “New Moon.”

I could also hardly wait to see the movie! I went tonight with my daughter. Naturally I had read several articles about the movie, especially the fan-fears in how to present these beautifully alien immortals. It reminded me of the challenge Peter Jackson, et al had in coming up with Elves to fit Tolkien’s description. It truly is impossible. However, the folks behind “Twilight” the movie did an admirable job, as did Jackson with his Elves. I was very impressed with all of them. Robert Pattison, who plays Edmund, is a very handsome young man and the vampire-mystique was done very well. Kristen Stewart, Bella, is very pretty and plays the awkward teen nicely. Neither are fabulous actors, I have to say, or maybe it was how the director chose to present them. The book goes into incredible depth and takes considerable time developing the blooming relationship between Bella and Edward. There are many chapters with nothing but conversation as they grow to know each other. There is humor, warmth, and happiness mixed in with the angst. Unfortunately the movie did not have that much time, and I suppose that makes sense. Still, I missed it. The tension was ratcheted up, the gloominess of their unique situation, with both of them seeming more miserable together than blissfully connected and in love as they were in the book. And of course there simply is not time in a 2 hour movie to fully convey the depth presented in a book.

Nevertheless, I really loved the movie. The ‘bad’ vampires were fabulously rendered and the ending, climatic scene was riveting, edge-of-the-seat stuff. I was gritting my teeth and holding my breath, even though I knew what was going to happen! My daughter was beside herself! She has not read the books – yet – but loved the movie and had no trouble understanding what was gong on. As always, the book is better, but do not let not reading the source material keep you from seeing the flick. I highly recommend it!! Now, I am going to power through the remaining 3 books because I am dying to find out what happens! And, I will be hoping the movie a success so they will finish out the series! From the looks of things – over $70 million just this weekend – I suspect some Hollywood mogul is already making calls. Stupendous!

5 Comments for “Twilight” – The book and movie

  1. Thanks for your Twilight review Sharon. I have shared before that I turned my nose up at the Twilight series many times because I am not a vampire fan. My friend Lindy kept telling me I *had* to read them though and so I finally relented and purchased Twlight.

    Once I started, I couldn’t stop and finished the first three books in about a week. I read Breaking Dawn as soon as I could get my hands on it.

    I thought the movie was well done – attempting to play to a broader audience than the book. I too was disappointed in the ‘rushed’ develpment of relationships, but thought it was one of the best book to movie adaptations I have seen. I enjoyed it very much and hope to see it again before it leaves theaters.

    Enjoy reading the rest of the series. I can’t wait to hear what you think of the other books 😉

  2. Hi Sharon
    Just to say that my daughter has read all of her books and finds her book hard to put down and is looking forward to watching the movie in December when it come to english cinemas.

    I like to wish our american friends a happy thankgiving from the UK
    jane

  3. Hi Vee and Esther! Thanks for chiming in. I am already anxious to see the movie again, as is my daughter. I have started reading ‘New Moon’ and am nearly a fourth the way through. So far it is quite good. Yes, I did know Pattison also played Cedric. Ironic in that Cedric was written to be immensely handsome with all the girls swooning over him, much like Edward in that respect!

  4. Hi Sharon!

    Thanks for the post on "Twilight". My daughter got me started on the series, she said I would enjoy the book. Well, I started the first book in August and am now reading the fourth book. I went to see the movie today and enjoyed it immensely. [Did you know that Robert Pattison (Edward) portrayed Cedric in two of the Harry Potter movies? I read that online somewhere in the casts’ bio’s before the movie came out.]

    I haven’t been so enthralled with a series of books since I read your first TSBO book. Yes, the "Twilight" books are an easy read and I have enjoyed them all. I, too, highly recommend the books and the movie. As far as a second movie, I believe they have already initiated the start of it.

    I hope your daughter gets a chance to read the books since she enjoyed the movie.

    Vee, I think you might enjoy the books. I didn’t know if I’d enjoy them, but, was pleasantly surprised after reading them. I agree with Sharon, though, that the books are better than the movie. So much more detail in the books.

    Thank you Sharon for keeping us so wonderfully informed. You are a true gem!

    Wishing you all "Happy Holidays!"

    Take care and God Bless.

    Esther

  5. Thanks Sharon your enthusiasm for a great book is contagious. When I get the chance I shall definitely check this series out!!!!
    Excellent info as always and I thank you for it!
    TSBO devotee
    Vee

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