Guest Blogger: Michelle Rowen
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My name is Michelle and I'm a Twi-hard Fanpire
I love vampires. I love watching TV shows and movies about them, reading books about them, and writing books about them. A year ago I bought Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and it sat on my shelf for months. I'd tried reading the first few pages but it didn't connect with me. But since it seemed to be popular I decided to force myself since I want to write young adult novels as well as those for adults (actually, my first YA is out next October! Woot!). Plus, since I'd bought it in hardcover, I would have kicked myself if I didn't at least try.
So I tried. And I finished it. And then I went out and bought the rest of the series which I devoured in matter of a couple of weeks. There was something timeless and classic about this modern, vampiric retelling of Romeo & Juliet that connected with me. And this is from a Team Jacob member's point of view. Maybe I'm Team Switzerland. If you've read the books you know what that means. ;)
I couldn't wait for the movie. While I did consider myself a fan of the books, I stayed away from the fan sites, mostly due to lack of time. I'd been disappointed by movies I'd really looked forward to before, so I decided to go see Twilight with lowered expectations. I hoped for the best, but expected the worst.
I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed the movie. In fact, I've seen it twice. While it's not perfect -- the effects are a bit cheesy and the acting isn't solid across the board -- it lived up to the image I had in my head. It was a satisfying love story, perhaps aided by my love and knowledge of the books. I'm not sure if someone who hadn't read the books would understand the "unspoken" bond that Bella and Edward feel toward each other. That magical connection that makes them soul mates.
The books are in first person from Bella's very internal world. The girl thinks A LOT, but doesn't speak very much. That might make it a bit difficult to connect with her quiet, awkward onscreen persona. But I actually preferred movie-Bella to book-Bella because I found that overwhelming thought dump in the books a bit too much. Kristen Stewart's a good actress and I think Robert Pattinson is a fabulous Edward. His self-hating, manic-depressive take on the character is spot-on. You'll find this especially the case if you've read the "Midnight Sun" partial available on Stephenie Meyer's website -- which is Twilight retold from Edward's point of view.
I know that many fans were disappointed by this movie. I can only imagine it has a lot to do with viewer expectation. If one imagines exactly how something will be for a year and it doesn't end up hitting every note right, then the fan will be disappointed. I count myself very lucky that I enjoyed both the books and the movie. In fact, I'd happily see it again while it's at the theaters. And I'll be counting down the months until New Moon is released in 2010.
Have you seen the movie? Did you love it, hate it, or feel meh about it?
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Michelle Rowen is the bestselling and award-winning author of the Immortality Bites vampire series among other romantic paranormal romps.
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