As I am writing this blog, my 14-year-old daughter, who has professed her desire to move to Forks, Washington, and find Edward and marry him, is headed to the movie theater for the long-awaited debut of Twilight.
If you have never heard of Forks, Washington, have no idea who Edward is, and think Twilight is that time between sunset and nightfall, I am not sure you will find this blog terribly interesting. Except for the fact it deals with the phenomenal success of an author and an idea.
I have mentioned Stephenie Meyer before, in past blogs, mostly because I find it fascinating that she has achieved the kind of success formerly reserved for folks like Stephen King and JK Rowling.
And all with a series about teenage vampires and the girl who loves one of them. Throw in a werewolf, or two or a pack, and you have a New York Times bestselling saga that has made one whole hell of a lotta money.
Tonight, all across America, sold out shows will begin after midnight, and my daughter will be in one of those shows. She and her BFF from birth have both read all the books, and anxiously await more, should they come.
And tonight? They are BEYOND excited. All good students, with excellent grades, they are being allowed to go to this late night movie, and miss school tomorrow.
My sister is also taking her 13-year-old daughter, another rabid fan, although they live about an hour from us, so they are obviously not going to the same theater.
Now I wonder a few things.
1. Will the movie live up to their expectations?
2. Will it make them want to read MORE books in this series, or turn them off vampires for good? (You know, the whole blood, guts, gore, etc….)
Answer to number one? I have no idea, but the critics aren’t raving about the show.
Vampires and the poor human beings who love them have been a hot onscreen item this season, as evidenced by HBO’s lurid hit series “True Blood” and the marvelous Swedish import “Let the Right One In.” For less discriminating palates, there’s the much-anticipated “Twilight,” a disappointingly anemic tale of forbidden love that should satiate the pre-converted but will bewilder and underwhelm viewers who haven’t devoured Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling juvie chick-lit franchise.
That quote kinda answers my question number two. Those who are already rabid fans will probably STAY rabid fans. Because Meyer’s vampires are, for the most part, quite heroic and admirable. There isn’t going to be much blood and guts, at least as far as I can tell, and the movie is more romantic saga, which is, of course, what the fans want.
They want to BE Bella, who I find rather annoying and whiny, and marry Edward, who I find rather stilted and not terribly charismatic.
But that is just my perception, and going off all the crazy dance moms who have read and LOVED this series, I would guess I am rather alone in it.
I personally find the character Jacob (who is a Native American werewolf. Don’t ask. It would take too long to explain, but to me, that part of the storyline really works) is much more charming, interesting, and intriguing.
The actor who is playing him looks quite young, and yet still fits my mental perception of Jacob. I like this casting.
Now, Edward, that is a different story.
Frankly, he kind of creeps me out. I do not find this an attractive shot, nor do I find this actor particularly handsome. I am voting for Jacob to steal Bella and for them to live happily ever after. She’s so morose, however, that I sincerely doubt this will ever happen. Plus all those rabid fans would revolt, hunt Stephenie Meyer down and pull a Misery on her until she changed the story.
But I guess this actor fits my perception of Edward, since he does creepy things like watch Bella while she is sleeping. ALL THE TIME. She never knows when he is there. Creepy.
Now the casting of Kristen Stewart of Bella seems like a good one, although as I mentioned before, I don’t find her character in the book terribly compelling.
We shall see what my daughter has to say about the movie, and I will report back.
So, do any of you have children who are going to the midnight showings, or are you going yourself? Would you ever do this for a movie? Have you ever done this?