Monday, November 24, 2008

Twilight

"Edward was sooo awesome. You know, no guy could ever measure up to him."

After this I asked Damm to go see the movie again with me. I was actually surprised when he demurred and suggested Quantum of Solace or Australia instead. I didn't mean that statement in a bad way. It was just true. He's a fictional character. He's a vampire. And Stephanie Meyer does NOT try to make her vamps more human-like, something I find refreshing. They're just .... perfect. Damm said, and I think he's right, that quite a few high school boyfriends are going to be dumped because "they're not like Edward." I think it's quite possible that even staid married ladies will secretly wish that their husbands were Edward. Edward will never grow old. He will never get fat or go bald (not that that's a bad thing .. I don't mean to offend anyone. That look can be quite handsome :) He doesn't have morning breath. His muscles .... he has muscles. yummy. AND he can move faster than any human and bring his adored to the tops of trees and mountains. It just can't happen in real life, so you dudes shouldn't feel bad. Heck, romance novels don't happen in real life and I know quite a few otherwise intelligent, happily married or happily single females who delight in them. I don't know what that says about the female psyche.

And if you're thinking, "hey, Wulfa seems to have gone gagga over Edward .." well, you're right. I didn't go gaga over Orlando Bloom. Viggo Mortensen (though he is VERY good looking). Brad Pitt. etc. I just don't see the sense in mooning over men I will never ever meet. But Edward ...... totally fictitious vampire. Brought to life on screen by a very good looking young dude. Yeah, totally heads over heels. Not ashamed of it either.

Ok, the actualy movie. I thought it was well done. The special effects were not, perhaps, the best I've seen, but that might have been done intentionally. It was rather stilted and slow at first but that's how the book was. There was one scene not in the book (at least I don't remember it) but otherwise it stayed true to form. The actress picked to play Bella is absolutely gorgeous and she does her part well. The chemistry between her and Edward was palpable. And yeah, I was already prejudiced for the movie because I loved the books. You might have a totally different opinion.

And if you liked the series, check out Meyer's other book "The Host". You will have to wade through the first few chapters as it's a bit ponderous, but it gets considerably better later on. And she has 2 sequels planned. Yip yip hooray!

Ok, done going gagga over Edward. Normal Wulfa returns.

2 comments:

ArmsandFury said...

I know several women who are gaga over Edward. Luckily my wife isn't one of them. She's beenm reading the "girl loves vampire" book for quite a while so she is either partially immune or has her own other favorite.

Interestingly enough, part of the attraction I hear is the "danger/eroticism" of being bitten and the vampire not being able to control himself.

Which brings me to the a*hole rednecks that get tons of girls and are quite capable of smacking them around and do at times. Think it's the same attraction?

Bethca it is. Only slightly different flavoring.

pugnaciouspriest said...

As an avid reader of Urban Fantasy I avoided the books when they were first were released because I thought they were just another series of vampire books, I've recently finished book 3 - I find Bella a little flat - but that in its self a little refreshing because shes not a glamazon alpha female that most other books have their main character as. I am looking forward to seeing the movie, but there are alot of other Urban fantasy books like by Kim Harrison, Lilith Saintcrow Kelly armstrong, which I would much rather see as a movie, however the books aren't as adapatable to hollywood...