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March 28, 2010

March 28, 2010

I never intended to rent Twilight: New Moon. I only got it for my mother who wanted to see it. I sometimes watch The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Months ago, in his opening monologue, he was talking about how he sometimes makes fun of pop culture fads that he's never actually seen. Harry Potter was one of these fads. He had finally seen a Harry Potter movie and was surprised to find he really liked it. (His version of this story was much funnier than mine, of course.) I'm completely guilty of this when it comes to the Twilight series. Before today, I'd never read the books or seen the movies. I'd simply heard about the sparkly high school-attending vampires and cringed. Plus, it was a paranormal romance and I've previously mentioned my hatred of the romance genre. So, I thought of Ferguson's monologue and cringed a little when I decided to watch New Moon. I was afraid I'd actually like it.

Oh. My. God. I had nothing to worry about. Honestly, I'm not trying to insult fans of the series. If it's the sort of thing you like, fine. I liked '2012', which got quite a few bad reviews. (And I agree with some of the criticisms. There were too many ridiculous escapes in 2012.) But I thought New Moon was the most ridiculous movie ever. In an interview or on her Facebook page, Anne Rice said something along the lines of 'I think Stephanie Myers has hit upon many young girls' need to feel protected.' (I'm paraphrasing here. I'm not motivated enough to find the exact quote.) And I think that's why I found the movie annoying (beyond the strange poses and slow pacing). It makes my little feminist soul rage. I HATE Bella. She's portrayed as weak and completely dependent upon Edward and, later, Jacob. The male characters seem to exist only to protect her. About halfway through the movie, I found myself cheering Victoria (the villain) on and desperately hoping she'd kill Bella. I won't be making a pilgrimage to Forks anytime soon.

Completely unrelated photo of a strip mall at 66th & Nicollet


Andrew said...

I thought I would hate something written for teen girls, but really enjoyed the books. Bella becomes a force to be reckoned with in the last novel. I can understand your reaction, though. Bella WAS weak throughout the series with everyone having to protect her. Her wishy washyness grew tiresome on me as I read as well. I loved Edward though. I was beginning to think I was gay! LOL New Moon needed much more Edward Cullen and less Werewolves although I grew to love Jacob in the later books. I am reading Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles now and like them even more. They are grittier, more adult, and more cutting edge. I am such a slow reader, though, and plod through books and it has been an ordeal getting the series through my library. I could easily download the eBooks online, but my scruples balk.

Francis Scudellari said...

If you haven't yet seen the Swedish movie Let The Right One In, I highly recommend it. The vampire is a little girl, and she's not weak by any stretch of the imagination.

Berryvox said...

Andrew - I can see how the books might be better than the movies. I didn't really see enough of Edward or Victoria to form strong opinions about them.

Francis - Added to my Blockbuster queue!

*lynne* said...

I read pretty much anything, but I could barely make my way through the first book. Watched Twilight on DVD just to see if the tale any more palatable onscreen. Nope. I decided to just walk away from it all. A friend of mine came to the conclusion that Bella is schizophrenic and has many points to support her stand: I found that hilarious and yet strangely true :)

dropping by via BE's Battle of the Blogs, btw.

Berryvox said...

Lynne - Ha! I saw that Buffy episode that she refers to and can definitely see it applied to Twilight.

Jason said...

My wife and I made it exactly 10 minutes into New Moon. Twilight wasn't that bad, but this one was just intolerable.

I second the recommendation for Let the Right One In.