Monday, January 5, 2009

Movies Based on Books...

Just never seem to get it right.. ya know? With the few miraculous exceptions (in my opinion) of Jurassic Park, LOTR & Harry Potter movies... most are poo.

What brings up this new rant you may ask? Well, I have been reading the Twilight series (after hearing very good reviews on the books from friends and family) and I must admit that I enjoyed the story!

Stephanie Meyer was able to capture me using characters that I could relate to (well, the living characters anyway) in one way or another. I found myself desperate to continue the series, and read through all 4 of them the first time in just under 2 days. I say first time, because I read through them AGAIN just to be sure I didn't miss anything.

I loved her point of view on the Hollywood stereotype that has molded Vampire stories throughout the years. And though the book was focused on a younger demographic than I am ::cough cough:: I found myself wanting to be Bella... to have an Edward... to live in a world of magic and wonder and near death experiences... without having to experience them myself!

But I am heading off course from my original rant.

I really REALLY wanted to LOVE the movie! Really I did. But... I was so disappointed. Not so much in the casting (the Cast is pretty close to how I pictured them), but in the story itself. I know that there just isn't enough time in a movie to fit a whole book, but I felt like so much was left out! I wasn't drawn to the characters in the movie like I was in the book. I didn't get the sense of NEED that Bella and Edward had for each other... like air, like water! Not to mention the key elements to the story became laughable... and I knew that those others who laughed with me in the theatre must have read the book. Specifics you ask? Okay... hows about when Edward steps into the sunlight? Now... in my minds eye I saw glimmering facets of light, like rainbow shards bouncing off of a diamond! Not... craft glitter. But hey... thats just my creative take on the scene.

In hindsight, I should have watched the movie first and THEN read the books... I bet if I had gone that route the movie would have been more magical for me... but as it is, I can only hope that time away from the books... and the DVD release... will soften my look on the way the movie portrayed the story.

Here ends my rant.

P.S. I am SOOOOOOO Team Edward!

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