Monday, May 11, 2009

I know I'm asking for it

So. This weekend Sam and I had Christy and Erik over to watch Twilight. I read the book, I freakin talked it up on here, but I have a confession...

I think the Twilight series sucks.

First of all the books are a quick read, but I felt like nothing really happened. I kept waiting for the scary bits and the romantic bits and it was all sooooo "His pale skin" and "I want to be a vampire" blah blah blah.

The movie was way worse. The acting was ridiculous. The hair and makeup was stupid and I fell asleep. Ok, so bring the retort. I'm ready for you.



*ok, the books aren't that bad...just wanted to see what might happen if i said they were. the movie was terrible.


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13 comments:

hiking in stilettos said...

Actually, Les, I agree. I felt like I read through the books in a matter of minutes but nothing really happened. Perhaps I would have enjoyed them more (and the movie as well) if I were, say 13? I definitely think the intended audience loved them for what they are... teen books :) True Blood, on the other hand, I did enjoy.

homemade grits said...

dear ashley,

my always-a-teen-at-heart self disagrees. surely teens can see that these movies are crap.

the problem is that all of my friends who read them are mid 20's plus and LOVED them. they couldn't stop talking about them and i just thought, what the heck is wrong with me?

love you,

les

Stacee said...

Yes, the Twilight movie did suck. I think they could have done a much better job with it. As for the books, they are great. Yes, they are poorly written but they are written for teenagers so go figure. I think they are a fun read and people need to accept them for what they are!

homemade grits said...

alright stacee don't be mad:) i normally eat this kind of stuff for breakfast. i just don't get what the fuss is all about and yes i'm trying to ruffle some feathers;)

down and out chic said...

oh my. ok the movie sucks, this is true, but drink a few margaritas before hand and it's actually quite enjoyable.
as for the books, i heart them so much it hurts really. and yes, i am slightly embarrassed to admit this, but only slightly.

Claire Kiefer said...

So first of all, let me just thank you for referring to your friends as "mid 20's plus" instead of "late 20's." YES!

I'm about 50 pages shy of being done with the 4th book. As a writer, I have cringed my way through the series . . . horrible cliche after horrible cliche, melodramatic angst, UGH! This woman needs to attend a writer's workshop. And I strongly insist that writing for teens can be just as quality as writing for grown-ups!

However, I have to admit, I think the story is captivating, and I can't help but read them all. Though I'm glad there are only 4, because once I get through these last 50 pages I'll be ready to be done. ;)

Anonymous said...

i enjoyed the books. they were CLEARLY targeted to a much younger audience though (hence the lack of details and fun bits!) the movie was awful. i paid to see it in the theatre and almost demanded my money back. you are not alone.

PS: this is ashley and i couldn't get my comment to post with my id!!!

Anonymous said...

I must say that I agree with you too Lesley. I read the first book, and was not compelled to keep reading the next 3. It was very simple, and bland. And like everyone else said written for teens, so what can we expect? --Kathleen

katie k said...

so I didn't read the books because everyone was reading them, and I couldn't bear to hear one more person at church talk about them (cause yes, they were written by a Mormon:)). I ended up seeing the movie, and I actually LIKED it (but I hadn't read the books remember). I couldn't believe I liked it. It thought Edward was hot. Anyway, a friend lent me the first book, and thuogh it was a fast read, I didn't really think it was that interesting. I got sick of her pining over him the whole time. I was like, "okay get over it, he's a vampire." I couldn't stand her whiny nature. Anyway, I never read the rest. That's my Twilight story (and I am scared to tell my friends that I don't like them, because I feel like I will hurt their feelings).

homemade grits said...

Katie,

1. Edward is hot 2. I was afraid to tell my friends I didn't like them and now I have and let me say it's been strangely liberating and scary all at the same time! People are so obsessed with these books that I was afraid my friends would write me off if I didn't love them too!

In The Cottage said...

Although I think all the other comments have pretty much hit every point I would have to make... I will, nevertheless, add my two cents:

My 16-year-old niece bought me the first book a couple years ago, and told me I'd L-O-V-E it. I read it, it was a page turner, and I left saying... "Well, I can definitely see why teenage girls would like this." It's WAY melodramatic, gratuitous, and cliche. (Claire, I couldn't agree with you more.) It was a fun respite from the Jane Austen kick I was on at the time... a good escape. And so I continued. The second was almost as painful, the third... (I figured I'd come this far, I may as well...) and by the last book, well, I was just ready to read them finally get it ON!

The movie, I went into expecting it to be just as sickeningly over-run with the melodrama... I wasn't thinking I'd like it... And then (!shock!)I DID! Edward is my homeboy from way back in his Cedric Digory days, I liked the setting (it matched what I'd imagined.) and I liked the music and dark vibe of the whole thing. (Yes, the acting sucked... but hey, I wasn't expecting Oscar-worthy performances anyway...) I mean, c'mon.

Anonymous said...

TOTALLY agree! I hated the movie! Couldn't wait for it to be over. I thought the acting was SO bad! The worst was when she jumped on his back and they "flew" into the trees from his bedroom. Actually the runnning really fast was just as bad.
The only part I liked that sticks in my memory is the first time the Cullens walk into the cafeteria. Only thing I liked.
Of course, I will totally go the see the second one...

Christine

bonjouritsjinah said...

Agreed. I have had long discussions (read: arguments) with my teenaged sister about it. I dragged my boyfriend to see it and he kept exclaiming how dumb it was. And at the same time, while the books were incredible pieces of literature to begin with, the film did no justice. I had to explain key plot points to the boyf, which is sad.