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