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Yesterday, I got lost in a multi-story carpark for three quarters of an hour. With a car who hates inclines and completely ran out of oil on me. That was a scary journey. And then when we finally got to the barrier to escape, it wouldn’t accept my ticket, and I had to call security and get them to let me out. *headdesk* Then, I went to see the new Twilight film.

To pre-face: I am not a Twilight fan. I’ve never read the books, nor do I have any intention of reading them. I tried to watch the first film to see why people were raving about it, but it bored me and I wondered off halfway through the DVD. I went to see Eclipse purely to perv over Jacob’s shoulders (which were delicious, in case you were wondering) and to cheer up my friend Sarah, who’s having a bad time.

For saying all that, it was actually better than I thought it was going to be. I’m not sure it counts as an actual proper film so much as a teenage fantasy, but for a fantasy, it was very pretty. I don’t get why everyone’s fighting over Edward and Jacob when Emmet’s right there being all crooked-smirk and massive shoulders, but I guess it leaves more for me to drool over. Kellan still looked better as a blond IMO. *sighs*

I want to analyse the whole thing, and work through some of the ideas (like, can you actually appreciate that you’re in love when you’re 18?), but… It’s Twilight, so there doesn’t seem to be much point. I think I might be a fan of Bella still having her V-card and still managing to be a heroine, though if she does get pregnant in the next film and *shudders* all the other icky stuff that my friends were trying to make me throw up over happens, I might be rethinking that one.

The interplay between Edward and Jacob intrigued me. Apparently, I have to see the preceding film in order to understand it better, but the two of them in the tent fighting and also not-fighting over Bella was quite clever, especially Jacob having no conditions under which he could like Edward. They get some funny one-liners as well, what with Edward’s “doesn’t he own a shirt?” and Jacob’s “let’s face it, I’m hotter than you” (to which Danni and I purred and Sarah shook her head and tried to look superior). I could ship Jacob/Edward, I think. But in my head, Jacob would be played by Steven Strait and Edward by Ed Westwick... Mmm…

The training/battle scenes were nicely done as well I thought. I particularly like the rugby tackle method of defeating other vampires. And Jasper’s back story was decent enough.

My favourite part of the film was Edward asking Bella to marry him, because the girl in the seat in front of me suddenly sat up-right and squeaked “I will!”

Yeah. I still don’t really get Twilight. Mostly, I just want to find a guy who’ll hug me like this:

And on the way back, my Tia car lost power to her engine, so we had to nurse her back and switch for Eric, who was faithful as ever and rescued us. Though he did spit the glove-box at Danni several times, and she only has skinny knees. Hopefully, I can fix Tia myself, since I can’t afford to drop her into the garage just now.

I now seem to have started and argument between Welsh people over the correct pronunciation of the letter ‘y’. We don’t have ‘y’ in Gaelic, I’m beginning to think that might be because it causes too many arguments…

Date: 2010-07-22 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have to confess, I read all four Twilight books over the course of about three days. (To be fair, my football team was playing in the all-Ireland final, so a lot of that reading was done on the bus trip.)

They're horrible, but it's like watching a trainwreck - I just couldn't stop, couldn't look away. Edward is a creepy stalker and some of the messages in the book are a little insidious.

But the movies. Ugh. Saw the first one in the theatre and I hated it. Started watching the second at home with my husband, but I bailed about 30 mins in. He watched the whole thing though. Not sure if I should be concerned about that. :)

Date: 2010-07-22 10:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
That's fair. :D

I have so many issues with the film. It's more the way they portray Bella and Edward's relationship as 'normal' than the fact that the relationship exists. And Jacob being rightly worried about Bella is shown as him being jealous rather than him being genuinely concerned about his friend's choices. The whole thing just makes me a bit prickly to be honest.

I'm going to watch the second film and see how that turns out, but the first one was the most boring thing I've seen in a long while. Hmm... Maybe you should send your husband to specsavers if he managed to sit through the whole thing. *snugs* ♥

Date: 2010-07-24 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh God... I have SO many issues with the Twilight saga. I've read all 4 books and saw the first film (primarily to keep my friend happy). I haven't seen the latest two, but if I did watch them it would only be to perve on the guys (Emmett yes please!)

Got to agree with you on the Edward/Bella relationship: the way she portrays it as healthy and normal makes me so uncomfortable. His stalking, overprotecting, obsessive jealousy, alienating her from her friends... if this took place in the real world it would be classed as straight up abusive. I mean... tampering with her car engine and bribing his sister to kidnap her to keep her away from Jacob? That's pretty damn scary. (Did that stuff happen in the movie of Eclipse?)

Also, I've never been irritated in my life by a main character as much as I have by Bella Swan. Everyone tells her about how selfless she is and what a great person she is when she spends the majority of her school time being a total bitch and holding a major superiority complex over classmates who are genuinely trying to be nice to her. All of her interactions with them seem to have some motive behind them, like trying to prove to Charlie she has a life outside of Edward. Speaking of Charlie... it seems like she has no respect for her father even though he's never done anything without having her best interests at heart.

I guess I understand how people can like them, though. The lack of physical description and minimisation of Bella's character traits, along with the first person POV, make it so easy to fall into her shoes and forget how very WRONG the whole thing is. The reader is subjected to her biased lust-based opinions, which means Edward's good qualities are promoted and all of his bad qualities downplayed. If I was an English student I would love to study Twilight, just because it has so much I could rant about in essays.

Oh and on a side note: That clip you posted... NOOO GUYS STOP MAKING OUT LIKE THAT IN FRONT OF JACOB THAT'S JUST CRUEL! I think my heard died a little for him. I'd love a Taylor Lautner hug.
And sorry this post is so long! I swear I wasn't planning a mini essay when I wrote it!


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