Friday, December 26, 2008

About three things I am absolutely positive.

First, the movie was bad. While I was home for Thanksgiving break I went with some of my family to see the movie Twilight. I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to movies -- not that I love every movie I see, but there is usually something that I like about most. But when I left the theater after seeing this one, I sincerely struggled to find something I liked about Twilight. The acting was unconvincing, the visual effects were laughable, and the action was too short to be satisfying. (Sure, Twilight is a love story so it's not about special effects and fighting, but c'mon, when the acting is that bad you've gotta give us something.) How could a movie with no redeeming qualities be so popular? (OK, so I liked Jacob, but a character with ten minutes of screen time hardly saves the movie.)

Second, the book was better. They usually always are. I was curious to see what the hype was about. I've been interested in reading Twilight before, but after an attempt to read The Host by the same author, any desire to try Twilight was extinguished. But this time curiosity got the better of me, so while at the airport last Friday I picked up a cheap paperback copy at one of the newsstands. I finished it yesterday. It was OK. I'm hesitant to say that I liked it. I didn't hate it, it wasn't terrible, and I might even go so far to say that parts of it were better than I had expected. But I'm not gonna lie, it didn't take long for me to get sick of Edward's smoldering eyes and marble forearms. The characters were OK. I think the only one I really liked was Carlisle. And maybe Alice but probably because I imagined her being a superbabe. As far as the writing goes, at the beginning it seemed like she was just reading off some list, "I did this, then this happened, and after that this person said this and this is how I reacted." I found less of this happening as the story progressed, which was good. But overall, there was nothing in the book that made me say, "Wow, she's such a good writer." The book was OK. I'll probably end up reading the others but not anytime soon.

And third, I think I somewhat understand the hype of Twilight. Yeah, I can understand why a teenage girl would be into this book. It's easy to read, it's about a girl in high school who falls in love, Edward is a dreamboat, etc. and so on. Do I think it merits the hype? Not really. Other than a good story (which is arguable), it really has little value to the world of literature. It's not thought-provoking and the characters are bland; in short, it doesn't really offer anything that hasn't already been given. Which is completely fine, I read and enjoy plenty of books like this. It simply goes to show what people are looking for in books these days: fluff.


  1. i have not read it and i have not seen the movie but i have heard about it and talked with people about it enough to know that its not something i'm interested. but i will say it could be a great idea. i hear it's got a love story and it's got vampires and werewolves. the best of both worlds. something both men and women could like. it just wasn't executed well enough. as for me, i'm sticking with buffy the vampire slayer.

  2. I'm proud of you. It takes a man to blog about what you just wrote. As much as I make fun of Twilight I too have been curios to read the books. My mom, who has wonderful taste in books, read all four books in the twilight series. I almost broke down and read them a week ago, but instead checked out On The Road by Jack Kerouac. I'm pleased to say I'm happy with my choice, but who knows maybe one day(possibly this winter semester) curiosity will get the best of me and I'll crack open a copy of Twilight and who knows maybe I'll like it.

  3. I agree with Zach. I have heard this movie talked up for so long. But I jsut don't understand the concept of the story line. You have a girl, said girl meets and falls in love with a vampire. Sounds like the plot of one of those horrible sci fi movies instead of a huge hit to me. No if this was a story of forbiden love between a girl and a zombie then could see where the hype was coming from.
    But I am curious to see the movie since I make fun of it so much.

  4. myke, you forgot about the middle aged mormon moms...(we)they are really into this book too.

    i agree that the book was better than the movie. it was low budget and poorly casted, so that was to be expected.

    i think for most people it's more of a guilty pleasure than anything else. i know that it's not well written, i know that there's nothing thought-provoking about it, i know that it's mostly just fluff, but for whatever reason i enjoy wasting my time on it. i think everyone needs a little "fluff" to kill some time on. too many insights hurt my head.

    (and don't bother reading the rest of the series if you didn't love the first of it. twilight was by far the best.)

  5. Myke, major props for actually reading, reviewing, and THEN critiquing. It bothers me when people diss on stuff they haven't even tried.
    I plan on reading the series so I can understand why people love/dislike it (that's why I started reading Harry Potter), and sure, I'll see the movie when it comes to the cheap theaters. I'm not expecting a lot due to reviews like your's, but who knows. I could end up loving it.
    As for fluff. I think everyone enjoys fluff in some way. Some people check out easy reads from the library. Some people watch TV shows that are far from thought provoking and only serve for a cheap laugh. Same with movies. We sometimes expect things like literature and music to always be high quality art, but we don't always hold the same standard for the television and movies we choose to view.
    As for Fluff, that marshmallow goo that can accompany peanut butter on a sammich, that's not something everyone can enjoy.

  6. It's funny because I too, am interested in this book/movie because of the hype, when other things that are over-hyped totally turn me off and I have a hard time getting around to checking them out. (i.e. the jonas bros, love you long time, etc.)
    I don't know if I'll ever get around to reading the twilight books, but I've talked to a few guys who have, and they've actually given me the opposite analysis of Kayleen, and said the latter books are more enjoyable.
    I think this is possibly because they have more action and therefore more appeal for men. Whereas the 1st book has more romance and which women find more enjoyable.
    I'm not entirely sure about that, it's just what I think I've heard.

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  8. Tori -- Probably a safe move.

    Zach -- I'm reading On The Road too. It's a coincidence, I swear I'm not copying you.

    Thome -- Did you ever watch Mystery Science Theater 3000? Your comment reminded me of that.

    Kaylene -- I agree with your fluff comment. I enjoy an effortless read too. And thanks for the heads-up on the other books.

    Amy -- I don't think you'll end up loving it, but I don't think you'll hate it.

    Q. Patrick -- I've heard that the writing isn't as good as the books go along.