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New Moon: My Movie Review

I watched New Moon with my girl friend this past weekend. We talk about the books that we read and the movies that we watch but this is the first time we ever went to the movies together. It was nice.

I like New Moon. And I love Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black. He’s cute, he’s hot and “he’s sort of beautiful.” 🙂 Now I find Taylor more appealing than Robert Pattinson. I apologize to Rob’s fans. Not that I don’t like him. But just look at the bulked up, dark and smiling Jacob and then turn to the pale, slender, and always brooding Edward Cullen. Don’t you just want to turn your eyes back to Jacob again?

Robert is a lot more good looking without the pale Edward make-up and the restrained look. I’ve seen him on The Ellen Degeneres Show and yes, I did find him appealing on that interview. He was smiling and laughing and he’s sort of humble. And I like that kind of personality in a person, celebrity or not.

In New Moon, Edward left Bella. Heartbroken, she turns to Jacob for comfort. The movie stayed pretty close to the book, although there were a few changes and they weren’t that bad. As usual, it’s exciting to see the characters that we’ve only read about in the books, like the werewolves and the Volturi.

The movie is better than Twilight, as I hoped it would be. I’ve read a movie review of New Moon where the critic had a problem with the acting. It was flat, he said. I don’t even know what that means. I’ll have to look it up. How are lovesick teenagers supposed to act anyway? The acting was okay for me.

The only thing that I wish they could have done better was the transformation of the werewolves. One second, Paul and Jacob are human, and the next, they’re werewolves. The special effects are great, but I just wish that they could have shown how they have transformed a little bit slowly so we could see maybe at least a close up of the face changing into that of a wolf’s. After all, this is the first time we see them transform.

But overall, I like New Moon. Can’t wait to see Eclipse. And did I hear it right? It’s going to be shown in June? Only seven more months.

Read my New Moon Book Review here.

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November 24, 2009 at 6:01 pm 1 comment

In Bella’s defense (and my thoughts on the Twilight series)

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Since getting hooked on the Twilight series, I find myself clicking on the links on anything I see on the internet that has to do with Twilight. Click here and there and then I bump into spoilers and I get disappointed. I also couldn’t help reading the negative comments about the series and Bella’s character. I think the number one problem people have is that they compare Ms. Meyer’s books to the Harry Potter series. They’re both fantasies, all right. But one is a romance and the other is not. And Ms. J.K. Rowling’s work has already been established as a classic, and Ms. Meyer’s, I don’t know, but she’s still fairly new. So I think people should stop comparing the two series.

There was this article that I read about Bella’s character being a bad model for teen-age girls. At first I asked myself, did Stephenie Meyer intend to write her novels for the teen-agers or the (young) adult? Okay, her main character was a teen-ager, a 17-year old, but her plot has more of an adult theme. Another question I ask, is it a writer’s responsibility to determine if their young characters would be a good or bad model for the young readers? What if they did not intend their novel to be read by pre-teens and young teens? Doesn’t an author write to share his stories or ideas? Or do they also have to take in consideration whether they’re sending a good or bad message? Isn’t it the parents’ responsibility to monitor what their young children are reading? After reading the third and fourth books, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, I wonder how pre-teens are grasping the sex issues in the story. This is one of the times when I’m glad that I don’t have a daughter. I do have a pre-teen and two teen-aged boys but they’re not interested in reading these books. But if they were, I would have to explain to them that it is about the choices we make, and how we have to consider them carefully and I would explain to them what Ms. Meyer is trying to point out in the story. Try to do the moral thing. But then again, I’m also glad that Ms. Meyer did write about the sex thoughts in what Bella would say, a “polite way.”

You might be asking, why am I defending Bella, when I have mentioned in my New Moon post, that unlike Bella, I would not be willing to give up my human life just so I could be with someone forever?

Well, you see, I have mentioned how my girl friend and I have been discussing the series. It’s like we’re in this two-member book club and we sometimes disagree with how the characters behave in the novels. It’s fun though. I’ve always wanted to join a book club, but I think this is better. No hassles of going to the meetings and I can read at my own pace. 🙂 My girl friend and I both loved Twilight, the first book in the series, for different reasons. Then she started reading New Moon and Eclipse and she started to get annoyed with Bella. Why does she put a man above everything else, above herself? So Edward goes away on a hunting trip for a few days, and she gets bored and doesn’t know how to pre-occupy herself? She’s so needy. It’s like she can’t get on with her life without a man. 🙂 My first reaction was to laugh at her comments. Why? I had to admit to her that I see Bella in myself. I was that girl with the low self esteem, and that plot in New Moon resembles my first experience of a heart ache. I was the same age as Bella when “my Edward” left me. And he had the same reason as to why he left. Only, he told me the reason after 20 years. (long story) Same thing Edward told Bella. It was for your own good, he said. But how could he have known what was good for me, right? I was also devastated, but I wasn’t catatonic, like Bella was. But it sure was also one of the darkest days of my life. And then I met a guy who was somewhat like Jacob. Someone who was funny and made me laugh again. And I was also torn between the two, kind of like the song “Are you gonna stay with the one who loves you, or are you going back to the one you love?” I know, it was kind of corny. But that was me back then. And no, I did not end up with “my Edward.”

I know that the way Bella handled her feelings towards the two men in Eclipse wasn’t the best one. She ended up hurting the two people that she loved. But see, like some of us, she made her decisions based on her emotions. Not the smart thing to do. But as Edward said, she’s only human.

I also had a theory on why Bella was so “needy.” See, like Bella, my parents were also separated. And though she spent summers with her dad, she grew up mostly with her mom. And I thought maybe the absence of the father figure is what made her “needy” for the love of a man. Sure, in the novels, she was living with her dad Charlie, but she met Edward early on in the series, just when she started living with her dad. I can relate to that. Because when I started to notice boys, or when boys started to notice me, I immediately got attracted to anybody who would give me attention. I guess I was also longing for that male figure in my life. Just so you know, I don’t have any brothers either. But my girl friend disagrees with that, too, because she also didn’t grow up with her father and she said that she was never that needy for male attention.

But see, Edward is not really your typical 17-year-old. He’s actually over a hundred years old. It’s just his physical appearance is frozen in a 17-year-old body. And Edward watching over and protecting Bella (against Tyler’s crashing car, or against bad vampire James) is sort of very fatherly. Sure we are in modern times now and we are way past the women’s liberation phase. We want to teach the young women that we can stand up on our own and defend ourselves. But this is just a novel, a fiction. For some of us, reading is an escape from the realities of life. I know for me it is. I was just thinking about this a few months ago. Why have I been reading fiction so much? Because there’s so much going on in my life right now, and reading gives me an escape.

Once in a while we come across stories like the Harry Potter series and readers get engrossed for different reasons. Twilight, as I see it, is your once-in-a-while fairly tale told with a modern twist. There’s a few women out there that long for that knight in shining armour (or sparkly skin 🙂 ) to save the damsel in distress that they are. Maybe they’re tired of trying to defend themselves and they fantasize to be rescued and taken care of once in a while. 🙂

Or maybe, the men should start reading it, too. They can learn a lot from Edward. Like how to be romantic, how to make a woman feel safe, or how to be understanding, considerate and patient. But then again, maybe you have to live over a hundred years before you can achieve the level of Edward’s patience. 🙂

Summaries of the books in The Twilight Saga:

Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn

My reviews of the books in the series:

Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn

December 25, 2008 at 10:31 am 14 comments

Breaking Dawn

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I finally finished reading Breaking Dawn. I don’t know if it was because I was always tired and exhausted the full two weeks that I was reading it (lots of overtime and Christmas shopping around that time), but I found some of the parts dragging, and there were times I couldn’t keep my eyes open and would fall asleep reading the book. It even slipped off my hands while I was reading on the bus. Sorry, I fell asleep. But as I’ve mentioned before, I was so eager to find out what happens in the end, I had to continue reading.

Spoilers Alert

I said I had a couple of theories before I started reading the book. Of course it was already a given that Bella would become a vampire. Oh, come on. She wanted to be one since Twilight, the first book in the series. And the theme of “Forever” – that should have been a give-away. My first theory was that she would be “changed” (that’s what Edward and Bella refer to becoming a vampire in the books) just before the final book ends, maybe in the final chapter/s. And my second theory was actually a second-hand one from a spoiler that I accidentally read before even reading Eclipse, the third book. I’ve read somewhere that Bella had a baby by C-Section. So I knew she was going to be pregnant, at least. My theory was that she was going to get pregnant before she became a vampire. Because I noticed that the pairs or couples in these vampire covens didn’t have any children of their own, so I figured that once you become a vampire, you can’t get pregnant. I was right in only one of my theories. But enough of my second-hand guesses.

The fourth and final book in the Twilight series is titled Breaking Dawn. It refers to the beginning of Bella’s life as a vampire. So you know now which one of my theories was wrong. The book describes how exciting and exhilarating Bella’s new life was. It was like she was seeing the world for the first time.

He took my face between his hands and leaned his face to mine–slow enough to remind me to be careful. He kissed me, soft as a whisper at first, and then suddenly stronger, fiercer. I tried to remember to be gentle with him, but it was hard work to remember anything in the onslaught of sensation, hard to hold on to any coherent thoughts.

It was like he’d never kissed me–like this was our first kiss. And, in truth, he’d never kissed me this way before.

“You’ve been holding out on me,” I accused in my singing voice, my eyes narrowing a bit.

He laughed, radiant with relief that it was all over–the fear, the pain, the uncertainties, the waiting, all of it behind us now. “It was sort of necessary at the time,” he reminded me. “Now it’s your turn to not break me.” He laughed again.

(Pages 394-395)

But let’s go back to the beginning first. In the final chapters of Eclipse, Bella has finally agreed to marry Edward. You see, at first, Bella wasn’t too keen on getting married that young. She was only 18. Her mother married her dad, Charlie, right out of high school and she was so unhappy and it didn’t work out and she finally left him. Bella was worried that it would be the same for her. But Edward also didn’t want to “change” her at first. He didn’t want her to give up her human life. But because they loved each other so much and they wanted to be with each other forever, they had to compromise to get what they both wanted. Bella wanted to experience sex before giving up her human life. But Edward would only give it to her if she’d marry him first. And then he’d “change” her. Okay, this may sound off to some, and I guess it’s one of the reasons why some are put off by Bella’s character. But I’ve read somewhere (sorry, I lose track of the links to the websites) that what Stephenie Meyer, the author, is trying to point out here is that Edward wanted to do the moral thing here. Marry her first before having sex. I’ll talk more about Bella’s character later.

Back to Breaking Dawn. I didn’t have any expectations on what the plot was gonna be all about. I had an idea about the getting pregnant thing and the becoming a vampire thing, but I didn’t think about the consequences of Bella getting pregnant and having a baby. Of course, now that I look back, that would have a big impact on the Quileute wolves and the Volturi, the royal family of the vampire world and who also consider themselves the vampire law-makers and they punish the vampires who break the law. Now having said that and having finished reading the book, the final one in the Twilight saga, I felt that there was something lacking. The “showdown” between the two groups: the Cullens (Edward and Bella’s family) and their witnesses, and the Volturi and their own witnesses. There was all that preparation but there wasn’t really that much action. I know Edward explained that the Volturi were cowards, that they never fought a fair fight and when they realized that they were at a disadvantage, they ran away with their tails between their legs. But I wish that there was some more physical fighting that went on. In the end, Bella became the protector, but I was hoping that she would have like a one-on-one battle with Jane, where she could protect Edward with a shield to block Jane’s pain-causing powers against him. But maybe Ms. Meyer really just intended this to be a romance series. I don’t know about you. I haven’t really read any romance novels before this (unless you categorize Wuthering Heights as a romance), but I enjoyed it, especially the kilig moments or the romantic scenes. This is so embarrassing to admit, but I did get “excited” while reading some of those romantic scenes. 🙂

The story was very long – 756 pages. It was divided in three parts. Books One and Three were told in Bella’s point of view. And Book Two, in Jacob’s point of view. At first, I found Book Two quite dragging. But after the first half, I found it okay. Only because Jake’s character is really funny and he tells it like it is. Straight to the point. I also enjoyed the blonde jokes and the bickerings between Rose and Jake.

Let me just mention that I was turned off by Edward’s moment of weakness in Book Two, when he was so worried about Bella’s delicate condition that he was willing to do anything to keep her alive, even let her have Jacob’s puppies, if she wanted a baby so badly. See, even non-humans can be crazy, too. 🙂 I still like Edward, though. He got over that crazy phase.

If you’re wondering what the cover of the book means, (because I also didn’t get it at first), here’s what wikipedia, says: It’s a metaphor for Bella’s progression in the Twilight series. She started out as the weakest player, the pawn, but ended up the strongest player, the Queen. Yeah, she ended up with special gifts after she was “changed.”

To be continued . . .

December 25, 2008 at 9:54 am 4 comments

Eclipse

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I have finished reading Eclipse, after eight days. I’m not sure if I broke my own record, but that’s pretty fast for a slow reader like me. I love the story and I couldn’t put the book down in whatever spare time that I had. Or maybe I just wanted to keep pace with my girl friend who’s also reading the books. She only started reading Twilight a couple of weeks ago but she’s a fast reader and has more spare time than I do. We discuss the books and I wouldn’t want her telling me what I haven’t read yet. I know she’s going to finish all four books before I do. But she knows I hate spoilers.

I love Eclipse! I already said that, didn’t I? It’s my favourite of the series so far.

I love the unique love triangle. I love the character developments. I love how the characters – friends, lovers, rivals, enemies, even father and child – can be so honest about their feelings towards each other. I love that Ms. Meyer injected humour in the right places in this story which has quite a heavy theme.

Some of my favourite funny parts: When Jacob asks Bella if she has already kissed Edward and what it feels like to have a vampire as a boyfriend. When Charlie had the sex talk with Bella. The part where Bella’s trying to seduce Edward. The parts where Jacob calls Edward a bloodsucker and Edward calls Jacob a dog, or pup. 🙂

Just one thing though. I couldn’t help but notice the typographical errors. My girl friend has noticed this, too. In Twilight and New Moon, I noticed only a couple of typos in each of the books, but in Eclipse, I noticed quite a few. Who edited these books? They didnt’ do a good job in proofreading, eh? It’s not a big deal though. What I noticed is they missed little words like “to,” or instead of “at,” they typed “as.” I can easily forgive the typos in Eclipse since I love the story so much. I just hope that they correct the typos when they publish the paperback.

Now, on to the SPOILERS. I know, for someone who hates spoilers, I like writing them. I just find it hard to talk about a book or movie that I like and not reveal what happened in the story. The spoilers are for those who have already read the book so we can discuss them, or if there’s anybody else who’s interested, they can join in.

“He’s like a drug for you, Bella.” His voice was still gentle, not at all critical. “I see that you can’t live without him now. It’s too late. But I would have been healthier for you. Not a drug; I would have been the air, the sun.”

The corner of my mouth turned up in a wistful half-smile. “I used to think of you that way, you know. Like the sun, my personal sun. You balanced out the clouds nicely for me.”

He sighed. “The clouds I can handle. But I can’t fight with an eclipse.”

(Pages 599-600)

That was Jacob Black talking to Bella about her love for Edward. They had this conversation while Jacob was healing after he got hurt from that “war” against the bad vampires. This took place a few chapters after I found out that Bella’s in love with Jacob, which I didn’t see coming. I was so convinced that Bella loved Jacob only as a friend. Well, that’s what she had been telling the readers. But I guess she was just in denial or she just didn’t know it yet.

I’m talking about the Chapter “Fire and Ice,” which is my most favourite part of Eclipse. Fire and Ice. Werewolf and vampire. Jacob and Edward. This is when Edward and Jacob discussed their feelings about Bella and when Jacob told Edward that she’s in love with him, too. “But she doesn’t know it,” Jacob said. I was impressed at how the two men handled their rivalry over the same girl with such tolerance and diplomacy. And how they were both willing to fight for her love.

At first Bella thought that Edward was self-sacrificing, but in the end, she realized that Jacob was, too. Both were willing to let her go, if she decided to choose one over the other. But we know who was the guy she couldn’t live without.

I’d like to read this book over again. I might go back to this post once I’ve re-read it and maybe add some more to this.

But that will have to wait until I finish reading Breaking Dawn, the final book in the series. I am so eager to find out what happens in the end.

I already have a couple of theories. And after reading the first part of Breaking Dawn, I think I might be right about them. 🙂

December 7, 2008 at 11:35 pm 11 comments

Romeo and his fair Juliet, and Paris, too

Warning: Spoilers alert

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, there were a few references to Romeo and Juliet in the second book in the Twilight series, New Moon.

As part of an English homework, Bella had to watch the 1960s movie version of the play Romeo and Juliet. So there she was on the couch watching the movie with Edward at her side, whispering Romeo’s lines in her ears. What a romantic scene, huh?

Edward was saying that he didn’t have much patience with Romeo, making mistake after mistake. First he was in love with Rosaline, who wasn’t interested in him. Then he saw Juliet and fell in love with her, at first sight. How fickle-minded, Edward thought. Then a few minutes after marrying Juliet, he killed her cousin, Tybalt.

When it came to the part when both Romeo and Juliet committed suicide, Edward said that he sort of envied Romeo, not because Juliet was pretty, but because it was so easy for Romeo to commit suicide. He just had to go to an apothecary to give him poison to drink. It’s not as easy for vampires to commit suicide. They don’t really die. They sort of get destroyed or something. But this was the first time that Bella discovered that Edward wanted to die or whatever it is that they do. When he thought that James would finish her off, of course he was going to try to save her, which he did, but he was already thinking of what he would do if he was too late. He wasn’t planning on continuing to live without her.

And then after Bella jumped off the cliff and Jacob saved her, they were both too tired and exhausted and fell asleep at Jacob’s place. Bella woke up first and thought about Juliet. She wondered what Juliet would have done if Romeo left her. If he had not been banished. Just lost interest in her, maybe he went back to Rosaline who loved him in the first place. Would she still have loved Romeo until she was old and gray? What if Paris became her friend and she was able to confide in him about her feelings towards Romeo? What if Paris took care of her and she couldn’t survive without him? What if she loved Paris but not the way she loved Romeo? Would she have agreed to marry him? Of course she was using these analogies to compare her situation to Romeo and Juliet, Romeo being Edward and Paris, Jacob.

And then at the last chapter of the story, when Edward and Jacob faced each other, Bella was so worried. Because in the play, when Romeo came back, the stage direction was: Romeo and Paris fight. Paris falls. She was so scared that her Paris, Jacob, would also fall, or die.

I also happened to watch the 1968 movie version of Romeo and Juliet a few years ago. This was the one directed by Franco Zeffirelli. But before that, I have already seen the 1996 version, Romeo + Juliet, which starred Leonardo di Caprio and Claire Daines. I was a big Leo fan at that time and I was just wowed by the movie. It was different and had a modern take on it. But I found a tape of the 1968 version and I just had to buy it.

One of my earliest childhood memory was hearing the song A Time For Us and connecting it to the movie Romeo and Juliet. Boy, does that reveal my age. 🙂 To my surprise, I liked the older version better than the modern version. I love Leo as an actor but I think Olivia Hussey played Juliet better than Claire Danes. That part after Romeo had killed Tybalt and Romeo was banished and the nurse told Juliet that she should just forget about Romeo and marry Paris instead, Juliet was devastated but she didn’t let the nurse know that she was planning to run away with Romeo . Claire’s reaction wasn’t as convincing as Olivia’s, I think.

Well anyway, another thing that surprised me was hearing this song, What is a youth, in the movie instead of A Time for Us.

November 30, 2008 at 4:03 pm 4 comments

New Moon

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Warning: Spoilers Alert

As I lay there, I had a feeling that more time was passing than I realized. I couldn’t remember how long it had been since nightfall. Was it always so dark here at night? Surely, as a rule, some little bit of moonlight would filter down through the clouds, through the chinks in the canopy of trees, and find the ground.

Not tonight. Tonight the sky was utterly black. Perhaps there was no moon tonight – a lunar eclipse, a new moon.

A new moon. I shivered, though I wasn’t cold.

It was black for a long time before I heard them calling.

(Page 74)

That was Bella lying in the forest after Edward said goodbye and left her. Yes, he did. At the beginning of New Moon, the second book in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.

Edward thought that Bella wasn’t safe as long as she was with him. Besides, Bella wanted to become a vampire too, but Edward was strongly opposed to it. He didn’t want her to give up her human life.

But Edward’s leaving hit Bella really hard. She felt depressed. On the first week, she wouldn’t eat or move. The town doctor described her as catatonic. Even the weeks following that, she wouldn’t talk to Charlie unless he asked her something. She wouldn’t go out with her friends. Let me just say here that I like how Ms. Meyer followed up the third chapter titled, The End, with four pages that just had the words October, November, December, and January. My first reaction was, “what a waste of four pages.” But I went back on that right away and I thought it was brilliant. It sent the message across very strongly.

After four months, Bella sort of woke up after Charlie threatened to send her home to her mother. She didn’t want to leave Forks and everything that would remind her of Edward. Edward might be physically gone but she wanted to hold on to his memories.

So she started to hang out with her friends again, including Jacob Black. She spent a lot of time with him while he worked on the motorcycles that she found and she asked him to teach her how to ride hers. They got pretty close and Jacob started having feelings for her. But she was very straightforward with him. She only liked him as a friend. Nothing more. Jacob was willing to accept that. He just wanted to be with her.

I was just talking to my girl friend about why we think we both got hooked to this Twilight series. She said for her, it was about the “kilig” moments in the story. Like for instance, when Edward would sneak in Bella’s bedroom at night while she was asleep. It’s like “somebody’s watching over me.” As for me, it was about how Ms. Meyer talks about Bella’s feelings. There’s a lot of that in the books. You see, I also tend to explore a lot about my feelings. Ache che. 🙂 Like for instance, the pain that she felt upon Edward’s absence, that hole in her chest. Even Jacob would notice how she’d put her arms around her chest every time Edward’s name was mentioned. There was also a time when I felt that same hole in mine and I would also clutch my chest.

But in the end, we find out that Edward was also in pain when he left Bella. And when he thought that she died, he also wanted to die. But Bella came to rescue him.

Sounds familiar huh? Yes, there were a few references in the story about Romeo and Juliet, which I will discuss later.

I’ve mentioned earlier that Bella also wanted to become a vampire. Could someone really love another that much? To be willing to give up their human life just so they could be with the love of their life forever? Because I ask myself if I would be willing to do that. No way. Why? Could it be because my love is not that strong? But then again, how can I compare my life and my love? This is only fiction for goodness sakes. 🙂

“Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars – points of light and reason.…And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had falled over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason for anything.”

I wanted to believe him. But this was my life without him that he was describing, not the other way around. (Page 514)

To be continued…

November 30, 2008 at 2:36 pm 9 comments

Twilight – A movie review

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Warning: Spoilers Alert!

Okay, before I get any nasty comments, I know that not everybody is interested in the Twilight series and Twilight the movie is not for everyone. But as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I admit that I got hooked and I just had to see the movie.

It was okay, at least for me. I went last Saturday at 12:30 pm at Kildonan Place and there weren’t a lot of people. None of that frenzy that I’ve been hearing on the news in other places. Most were teen-agers and young adults and there were a handful of pre-teens and young teens with their mothers.

The movie tried to stay with what happened in the book, although they changed some parts which I will mention later.

I like that the movie also started with Bella’s prologue about how she’d never given much thought to how she would die, but that dying in place of someone she loves is all worth it.

The entire movie was mostly dimly lighted. But I guess that was to be expected as in the town of Forks, it is mostly cloudy. That is the reason why the Cullens decided to live there. Because vampires can’t go out it the sunlight. Or they would sparkle like there are thousands of tiny diamonds embedded on their skin.

First difference that I noticed is that Bella met Jacob early on in the movie. In the book she met him towards the middle of the story. But if you think about it, Bella and Jacob knew each other since they were kids.

The actors who played the Cullens are all handsome and beautiful, and noticeably pale and white. And Robert Pattinson! Wow! I never really noticed how handsome he was in the Harry Potter movies. But he got a lot of close-ups in the movie and boy does he have smouldering eyes like Edward Cullen. And Kristen Stewart is pretty, too. They make a good couple.

Okay, I’m gonna control myself now before I sound like a giggly school girl. 🙂 And let me tell you, there were applause and giggles in the theatre every time Edward got those close ups and every time he and Bella stare at each other and when they kiss. But then I think the director and the actors were successful in that because that’s the reaction the readers get from the book. I just wish there was at least one scene when Edward would have brushed his icy fingertips on Bella’s cheek.

Or I would have loved to see the part where Edward was telling Bella that it’s twilight and how it’s the safest time of day for them and also the saddest. That would explain the title of the movie, wouldn’t it?

What bothered me a little was that Bella and his dad Charlie ate out in the diner a lot. In the book, Bella would always prepare dinner for Charlie. It shows how she was taking care of him. I didn’t miss the author herself, Ms. Stephenie Meyer. She appeared as an extra in the movie. She was one of the customers in the diner.

In the book, Bella was using a computer with a slow dial-up internet connection. In the movie she was using a laptop. Can I just mention that the actor who played Mike Newton is also handsome? I didn’t think that he would be. The actor who played Jacob Black is cute, too. But we won’t see a lot of him until the second installment.

Also in the movie, Charlie gave Bella pepper spray, as protection. It was funny, but it did help a little when bad vampire James attacked her in the dance studio. In the book, James bit Bella on the hand, but it the movie, he bit her on the wrist. Yes, it was crescent-shaped, too.

There were a few lines that made the audience laugh, and of course Bella’s clumsiness can be funny at times.

And of course, in a movie where there is a vampire who’s impossibly fast and strong, there has to be special effects. They were alright. I just thought I’d mention that, too.

The changes and omissions are forgivable. I guess they add a different flavour to the movie. As I’ve said, the movie was okay for me. I give it a score of three out of five stars.

November 23, 2008 at 4:32 pm 16 comments

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