Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bitten by Twilight

I finally got with the times last week by reading the publishing sensation that dethroned J.K. Rowling & Harry Potter: Stephenie Meyer's Twilight. Since I wanted to see the movie, I had to read the book first to develop my own picture of everything, so it was the perfect time to finally start this series. I'm not sure what took me so long to do this. For some reason I tend to stay away from things that get really hyped up. But if I do decide to "partake," I'm usually not disappointed, and this was no exception. I really liked the book. I stayed up late reading it for a couple of nights in a row, rendering me useless with headaches and total overtiredness the next day. But I could hardly help it. I was fascinated by Bella and Edward's newfound, strange but beautiful mortal-immortal love.

One of the good things about waiting to read these books is I don't have to wait a year for the next book to come out. They're all out and available now, so I get to have instant gratification instead of spreading it out over a few years. (I've heard something about a fifth book that the author stopped writing because the manuscript was leaked on the Internet. Is that true?)

I admire the author, Stephenie Meyer. I like that she randomly had a dream one night about a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire, and then sat down and wrote the book in three months flat in the free time she found while being a stay-at-home mom of her young sons. She was 29 when she wrote Twilight, only a year older than me. Apparently she had little trouble finding a publisher. And now look what it's turned into! Having worked in the publishing industry in New York City, I know that this is very unusual. It's extremely difficult to get published by one of the big houses when you're a first-time writer with no connections. She is one lucky, talented woman, that's for sure. And of course I like it that she's a fellow Mormon.

So I saw the movie yesterday afternoon. And I liked it! Although I must say, having just finished reading it the night before, the book was a lot better (which is usually the case with books and their movies), and I had a few little complaints. Like the hilarity of Jasper looking perpetually constipated for almost the whole movie, and some unsmooth dialogue and transitions that made things at times too abrupt. I can see why some movie critics didn't like it very much--they'd have to have read the book to fully understand and appreciate the deeper story behind it all.

Anyway, despite those things, it was overall a very good movie. I thought that Bella was perfectly cast. And even though he wasn't exactly what I'd envisioned for Edward, Robert Pattinson will forever be immortalized as the dashing Edward Cullen in the minds of many girls and women throughout the world, mine probably included. He looked pretty hot in his suit at the end too. I was happy!



FREAKIN' HOT!!

Within a few weeks I'll start reading the second book, New Moon. I'm sure I'll be up late at night with that one too. Unfortunately now I have to wait like everyone else to see the rest of the movies. It's okay. I can take it. And for those of you who are making fun of me as you read this (ahem, Alyson?!), you might want to be careful, or one of those non-vegetarian vampires might come and sink his teeth into your neck for your mockery!

17 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I only read the first two books. I had a lot of problems with them.

However, I need a good laugh, so I will be seeing the movie on Friday. ;)

dougandcheryl said...

I'm glad you liked them both. I really liked the movie too. It's funny... everyone keeps talking about Jasper's expression but I thought that was really funny.
Good luck with the rest of the books!

Laura said...

I also have stayed away from this one for some reason. Her success is so impressive, one of these days.......

rachel said...

So funny! That is exactly the word I thought of when I saw Jasper too- constipated! What was up with that?
I really liked Bella, but my overall impression was that it was more like a series on the CW instead of a movie. I know all the teenagers will love it though and it was fun to see it at midnight. My favorite part of first reading Twilight is that no one had told me what it was about and I didn't read the back cover...I loved not knowing and having to find out as I went.

Mommy Madness said...

I too had to read the book before going to see the movie. I read it on Friday and saw it on Saturday. My 13 yr old who read the first 2 books has been bugging me to read them. He wanted to see the movie and I just had to see what all the hype was about.

Jessie Adams said...

I read Twilight a few weeks ago and I fell in love with it too!! I'm glad you liked the movie. I have been hesitant to see it because I have read a LOT of bad reviews from movie goers and I didn't want to see a butchered version of the book. I'll prob end of seeing it anyway. And yes it is true that the 5th book was halted after a leak. Did you know that she is LDS? I had heard that it was her LDS friend who leaked it. So sad!

Yaya said...

I LOVE Twilight! I was a late starter w/ the series too...just started a few weeks ago and I'm addicted!

Donna said...

That would be even more sad and scandalous if it were her LDS friend who leaked the MS. I guess she's probably not her friend anymore if that's the case!

Cheryl, I wonder if Jasper's expression was intentionally meant to be funny or if it was just bad acting? When I was watching the movie I thought it was bad acting, but maybe it was a subtle stab at humor on the part of the director. If so, it definitely worked! Everyone in the theater laughed whenever he was on screen looking like that. It was funny!

Rachel, I would've loved going into the books not knowing what they were about. You were lucky to be able to read it like that!

Me said...

I too enjoyed them. I have to admit, the fourth book was probably my least favorite. Regardless, Meyer is a FANTASTIC author. I unfortunately don't anticipate seeing the movie in the near future. I hope to see it eventually!

I heard about the leak as well, my Sister in law read what was left of it on the internet. Rumor I heard was that after it was stolen, Meyer actually posted what she had (to take the wind out of the thiefs sails).

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I say bring it on non-vegetarian vampires because I doubt I'll stop mocking this series in my lifetime. :)

Sondra said...

Before you go read New Moon - go to Stephanie Meyer website and read Midnight Sun. It is the 1st Twilight book from Edwards persepctive. It helps you understand why Jasper looked like that. In Midnight Sun - it lets us know that he was have a really tough time being a vegetarian Vampire and was trying to refrain from killing everyone.

You will also see that she will probably not finish Midnight Sun -- which I am really sad about. There are 260 pages. I was sad she didn't get to the meadow - I'd loved to have know what Edward was thinking there.

Also on her website she has out takes - things that didn't make the book... this also give more detail to the characters. It's a bunch of fun to read these things on her site.

I'm glad you finally read Twilight.. New Moon is a heart breaking book to get through.. Loved Eclipse and Breaking Dawn is the BEST.. I'm a huge Twilighting OLD Mom.. LOL..

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I'm thinking this might be like a cult...

Wendyburd1 said...

No 5th book, it was Twilight from Edwards perspective, stupid theives ruined that,

I ♥ the movie, loved it ALL!! Now I am very pissy that Southington Library still hasn't gotten me Twilight on cd yet, I AM first on the list!! I have the other 3 and am SO tempted now to start listening!!

Katie said...
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Katie said...

Sigh... I must be the only Mormon girl out there that really did not love these books... I read all 4 of them, just because all of my friends were so gaga over them, and... nothing.

I have to admit, if it weren't for the peer pressure, I would have given up after Book 1.

Sigh.

Donna said...

It's okay Katie. I guess we can still be friends. Ha ha!

A New England Life said...

Alyson, you have to admit, he is FREAKIN' HOT in the movie previews! Holy cow! But Pattinson sure does disappoint in real life. He always looks and acts like a slob : ( Even my daughter and her friends think so. What a waste of hotness.

I am like you Donna, tending not to give in to things that are super popular. I did read the first and second books though. As for the 3rd, I only made it part way through because it was so 'nothing'. Sorry ladies, but it's just how I felt. Kind of like a Seinfeld episode: a lot of talk about nothing. However, that said, I will go see the movie since I did like the first book.

Sharon