Thursday, October 15, 2009

Twilight. I got sucked in.

"When you have Twilight in your hands, every long period of time feels like a gift."

So, I know that my sidebar says that A Thousand Splendid Suns is currently on my nightstand, and that IS true, but I actually just finished reading Twilight. I know, I know... the hype just "sucked" me in. I couldn't resist. (Catch the double meaning?) I just wanted to be part of the conversation.

I saw the movie a long time ago, but let me tell you a little something about myself... I have a keen ability to forget the details of a movie, so much so, that sometimes I even forget how it ends or that I've seen the movie at all. I know. It's weird. Sometimes, it's really annoying, but other times it comes in handy. I can see a movie for the second time, like it's the first. But best of all, when I want to read the book after I've already seen the movie, the story doesn't completely leave me, but I tend to forget just enough that it makes reading the book a brand new adventure!

I have to admit that in spite of Stephenie Meyer's sub-par writing, the book Twilight definitely kept me intrigued. At first (in the first 150 pages), although I was into it, I couldn't help being distracted by the terribly sub-standard prose. It just felt like I was reading a rough draft by a high school student who was trying so hard to "show not tell," but totally overdoing it at points. Then there were the times that I had to go back and read something over again because she didn't make any sense, and reading it the second time didn't really help. And the over-use of flowery adjectives to describe the Cullens (the vampire family) and their vampirical features was really starting to bug me.

But soon after I began to seriously wonder if she wrote with a thesaurus by her side, choosing words at random, I began to be entrenched in the drama of her story! I'm a girl, what can you expect? Her impractical, yet dreamy story, akin to Romeo & Juliet in the I-want-you-but-I-can't-have-you-but-I-really-want-you-so-we-will-find-a-way feeling, threaded throughout the book, could easily draw in even the mildly romantic reader. And I admit, I was hooked.

And, Edward is (to adopt a word she used to describe him way too many times -- not enough thesaurus use on this one) glorious. Yes, he's wonderful. But I must remind myself that he had about 90 years to perfect his courting style, though he said he hadn't had a romantic interest since he became a vampire... Still, he had a lot of time to observe and learn. And he learned well. His manner made Bella's heart race, and at times (I must admit), mine as well.

So there you have it. I've been converted. To the story, at least, and that's saying a lot, seeing as I don't really like fantasy stuff at all. Her writing better improve with New Moon, though. I'm not trying to be totally down on her. After all, she has become a millionaire because of that writing. She seems like a very nice person, and even modest, stating on her website that she knows that the beginning of the book isn't the strongest part. I'm happy that her dream became a success. Kudos to her!

And now to see New Moon in a month! Most people like to see the movie version AFTER they've read the book, so that the movie characters don't take away from the pictures they can dream up in their heads. I, however, feel the opposite. I often enjoy reading the book after I see the movie because I almost always like the book better, and I want to end with the most satisfying version.

So what do you think I should do? Read first or wait until the Thanksgiving holiday, AFTER I've seen the movie? :)


Amiee said...

Hmm interesting theory about reading the most satisfying story AFTER seeing the movie. I would have said read the book first--but now you've got a good point. LOL. I'd still read the book, first. I was TERRIBLY disappointed in the Twilight movie, it was just sooo amateur. the only characters I liked that were cast were the dad, bella, and edward. The cullens were RIDICULOUS, I thought. Not pretty enough. Terrible acting. Especially Alice! OMG.

Anyways...I love New Moon b/c in the books I was totally "team jacob." However, when I saw the Movie Twilight I became an Edward fan in the movies--go figure. I guess in the books it just bugged me how "perfect" edward was, and I loved how funny & sarcastic Jacob was--so I always rooted for him. New Moon is MUCH more Jacob's story, but I hear to satisfy fans they put a lot of Edward into the movie.

I am excited to see the movie though, and I'm hoping the acting has improved. Along with the budget. I know they have switched directors, too, so it SHOULD be a better film. I hope! Enjoy the books!

Kimberlee Koplin Mills St. Clair said...

Totally think you should just read them. However, it took me such a long time to finish the last book. I just wasn't as enthused about it. And, I'm glad I am not the only one to notice that she (author) uses the same "big words" over and over again. However, the story was an easy read...not, like "Many Splendid Suns". That one is a harder read on so many levels. But for an easy, not focus on homework, pick up right where I left off book, it was worth the read. Plus, now, you can join in on conversations like this and not feel completely out of the loop!

Sherine said...

Finally catching up..

Oh I totally share the movie amnesia trait. I love it. It's like seeing everything for the first time:)

Hmmm.. I don't know if you've started to read yet.. but I ususally prefer reading before watching.. and set my expectations really low for the movie:)

As for sex of baby x we're not finding out this time:)