I loved Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse. I hated Breaking Dawn and thought it was not only a waste of money but a waste of my time. I should have returned it, but I have a tendency to collect series.
Stephenie Meyer wasn't true to her characters in BD.
She made Bella give birth to a freak when she already said vampires can't procreate. She said if a woman is pregnant and gets bitten by a vampire she would forever remain pregnant, yet perfect Mary Sue Bella Swan doesn't undergo such transition.
She made poor Jacob imprint on Bella's nasty baby, so now Jake is this pedophile. Instead of giving him what he deserved, a real relationship.
Edward was boring. Neither Bella or Edward spent anytime raising their freak daughter, it was the rest of the Cullen family who did. I didn't feel any bond at all between them and thought most of the way through, that this book is a terrible example for the "Twilight Fan Girls" most of which are preteens and teenagers. Being a parent is a lot of work, you can't just pawn them off.
Gosh I could go on and on and on...
Before I start about the movie, my husband saw it in the theatres with me (but did not read the books) and said he enjoyed it. My best friend also loved it. So this could 100% be only me who feels this way.
The Twilight movie itself was not good. Kristen Stewart was a very bad Bella, she seemed stunned through the whole movie. Robert Pattison (Edward) did alright, I can't imagine playing Edward would be very easy. He didn't seem likable in the movie, and I loved him in the books. I think so far, I like Jacob more in the movie and will, even though I already know the outcome, cheer on Jacob to win over Bella's heart.
Also, why didn't they explain what Jasper can do? Most of the movie he looked like he was in pain, but they don't explain why. So only the people who read the books understood, and instead of feeling sympathy for him, the people in the theatre, along with myself, burst out laughing at his facial expressions. Maybe that was their intentions though?
Thankfully, they have a new director Chris Weitz, who directed The Golden Compass (correct me if I'm wrong) and has a ridiculous sum of cash to make New Moon a very good movie from Twilight's "success". Hopefully he can pull it off where Catherine Hardwicke couldn't with Twilight.
That is just my opinion. I really hope New Moon is excellent on screen, then maybe I can add the Twilight movie series to my DVD collection.
"You can bomb the world into pieces, but you can't bomb the world into peace."
Haven't seen the movie because I founnd the first book was so horrible, I couldnt finish the series or bring myself to see the movie, and I am an avid reader. Certainly not worthy of all the hype. All of the messages it send its teenage fanbase are horrible, not just the dump-the-baby-on-the-family one. What about the encourage-teenage-girls-to-give-up-their-entire-identity when they get their first crush? The writing style is immature and the characters, as well as the plot, lacked substance. Typical teenage drama that most people are all to happy to put behind them. Boring.
I disliked the last book too, for different reasons, I knew that Jacob was going to imprint that their kid, because of the set up in the second book. She explained why Bella was able too procreate with Edward, I mean as well as she needed to it is a novel after all. I didnt like the book because it was BORING, nothing happened.
The movie was BAD so very very bad, and I watched it before I read the books, the acting was horrible IMO.
I just finished the first book and just started on New Moon. I watched the movie yesterday after I finished the first book. I loved the book, not so big on the movie. Actually, I wouldn't have liked the movie if I hadn't read the book first and probably wouldn't have read the book if I watched the movie first.
"The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to his level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his."
Hated the movie at the theaters- I walked out only to sneak in to watch Quantum of Solistice. My wife is a cheese fanatic, reads only Koontz books, and loves vampire/scary movies. Therefore when Twilight came out on DVD; She bought it on Blu-Ray and caused me to walk out on the movie a second time only to happily watch Disney's Bolt in the guest room. Super bark, super funny.
I thought the girl, Belle, in the movie seemed too similar to her part in Into the Wild; A immature, body positions held up with wires/sticks, immature, "lusting" teen. I walked into the kitchen at one point to see the vampire Edward glittering in the sunlight. I was all like, "Hmmpff! I know more interesting girls that look like that in real life... but difference is they get dollars bills thrown at them for doing the tootsie roll." Boosh.
wow! i think that all of you guys are waaay wrong about breaking dawn. i loooveeed that book. I thought it was the best book in the whole series. as for the movie, i like it. I thought they picked the perfect Edward. But i do agree that they didnt pick the best person for Bella. But now that i have seen the movie and finished the series, when i was reading breaking damn(that was the book i was on after the movie) when i was reading it i picture both the actors of Edward and Bella as the Edward and Bella in the book.
I thought that the first three books were good and the movie was decent, but "Breaking Dawn" was a grose dissappointment. I thought that the whole baby story line was way over done and anti-climatic.
All in all, I think that these books do teach a few good things to teenage girls, like don't hop in the sack with the first thing that crosses your path your freshman year. But, it doesn't point out that first love burns the hottest (because it's a new feeling) and the firt heart break hurts the most (again, new feeling), but you learn from it and move on to better things. It fails to mention that it's a rare thing for someone to marry their first love right out of HS and live happily ever after. That, and teenagers are by and large impulsive, selfish, and have no thought of the consequences of their actions. I think the books show that bit quite well.
I don't care for the actress who plays Bella. I just don't see her being someone who draws anyones attention for more that a second, let alone has three guys vieing for her attention. Don't know who I would have cast to play her, but not the current choice.
The guy who plays Edward, on the other hand, lets see more of him.....
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I'm 30 and thought that the movie was decent. However, after watching it, I thought to my self "Of course she thinks that she would be devistated without him, she's a teenager expierencing first love." Looking at the story from an adult perspective, the whole notion of how those two "Feel" about each other seems rediculus. I remember how it felt with my first love. When it ended, sure it hurt, but I got over it and after an undisclosed number of boyfriends/dates later, I met my match in my husband. You're teens, you'll move on to someone else/better soon enough.
Animals give the purest emotions available. Humans can not compete there.
I really enjoyed the whole series, but Breaking Dawn didn't hold my attention nearly as much. The other three, I read in about a weeks time...Breaking Dawn took me about a week alone. I remember getting pissed that the book was changing perspectives, when the whole series was through Bella's eyes. The last book was just slower, but I can't say that I hated it. It was decent. I hated that it ended so abruptly...I was ready for a book of them just living happily ever after, but I guess that wouldn't make a great book either.
As far as the movie, I had heard from so many people that it was the most horrible movie ever, that my expectations were low. So, when I actually watched it, it was better than I expected. Not movie of the year material, but it wasn't a complete waste of time. BUT, the acting was HORRIBLE. I liked the casting, but it felt like an unrehearsed high school play at times. I mean, you know how when you're young and talking to the boy you have a crush on, and you're totally nervous? You stutter, pause at inopportune times, and say things that you later think are so stupid and wished you had said something else...well, they talked to each other like that for the ENTIRE movie. That bugged me.
I do think that Jasper was a poor choice. I really really like Alice, but they look like such an odd couple.
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there. (Will Rogers)