Wednesday, 4 August 2010

The reluctant 'Twilight' fan

I'm too busy finishing off "Breaking Dawn" to write much of a post today.

Although I have been a vampire fan from the days of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and am more than a little in love with the True Blood storyline, I never thought I would be a 'Twilighter'.

Wasn't Stephanie Meyer writing for a bunch of teens?

It sure didn't start out that way either.

My first 'taste' came when I watched the "Twilight" movie on Foxtel Box Office (sometime last year). I thought it was terrible, but all the hype about the books meant that I had to get myself a copy to see what all the fuss was about. Clearly the movie didn't do it justice? There must be more to this?

I didn't think too much of the first novel either. It was an easy read, which, given that I had two young twins, was a plus, but I sure wasn't dying to read on.

As the third movie was being released, in May or June this year, the Mums at school were all discussing a 'girl's night out' to go watch it. I declined. One of the Mum's got me talking about it though. She was a big fan (of the books) and insisted that I try "New Moon". She brought it to school the next day, and I read it (you can't argue with her). I got hooked.

I don't know if it was Jacob, or the complexity of the Bella/Edward saga, but I suddenly decided I liked them. I polished New Moon off in a week or so, followed by "Eclipse" and, now I am in the middle of the fourth gripping book, "Breaking Dawn". I'm in. I'm loving it.

There are just three things I want to say about all this Twilight series buzz:
  • The movies are crap (I watched New Moon after I finished the book and it was extremely disappointing. They tell me Eclipse is MUCH better with the injection of a new Director, but really. I doubt I will see it.)
  • And Kristen Stewart. *cringe* Well, she's not my Bella. She is truly awful. Read this post for some excellent Kristen bagging.
  • I am impressed with the secrecy about the books. At over 600 pages into the final book, I still don't know what the end will bring. I've never heard boo about the plot. That's pretty cool considering how huge the marketing campaign has been for the series.
Well, I'm off now to finish the series. I promise I won't spoil it for you but I do recommend you tuck into this little teen fiction series. It is surprisingly gripping.


Kelly said...

I have a huge fan of the twilight books, it’s almost an obsession. I have read all four 7 times each. I had to stop reading them when I was quotes Edward to my husband and he started getting annoyed hehe. I agree the movies don’t do the books justice. But I really enjoyed Eclipse, it is the best one that they have made so far!

Kelly said...

oops should say I am, instead of I have!

Maxabella said...

Bizarre. Really.

Cate P said...

I love the twilight books (phew, I said it out loud) but the movies leave a lot to be desired. My daughter has seen Eclipse and is trying to get me to go too, I'm procrastinating for now. Will probably be on dvd by the time I say yes.

life in a pink fibro said...

Hmmm. I read the first one. Nothing will get me near the movies. And I have no desire to read on. So you can be the only Twihard in the family. I am keen to try True Blood though - have heard good things - and I LOVE Buffy.

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

It's interesting (and heartening) to hear you make a distinction between the books and the movies.

I've never been a big vampire fan - I read one Anne Rice book, and that's as close as I've come to any of the media in the past 15 or so years.

I don't know how it was in your corner of the world, but scores of grown women lined up outside the theaters to see the midnight movie premiers for the Twilight series. I just can't imagine... :)

But maybe I'll consider giving the book series a chance...maybe a good vacation read one day...if nothing else so I don't feel so lost with all the Facebook chatter. HA!

Java said...

I'm probably the last one on the planet that haven't read a single one of these! I am missing out!

x0xJ said...

I was a reluctant twilighter too. Very against getting into the "in" thing is me, and when a friend brought and sent me a copy from America, i couldn't say no and not read it, you know? So i read the first book and quite enjoyed it and decided to read on the next 3.
The movies are AWFUL aren't they? I mean the third was at least bearable, but with the main character being played by a talentless actress such as Kristen Stewart, it makes the movie incredibly hard to enjoy.
I saw her get interviewed on Oprah about her role as Bella Cullen and the first thing out of her mouth was "As a huge fan of the books..." WTF? All this time i put her shitty portrayal down to the fact she simply mustn't have read the books!! Lol.

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