Twilight In A Few Words

To all those Twi-hard out there, have you ever wished there was a condensed version of the stories? Having this love/hate relationship with the series, that thought did cross my mind a couple of times. I want to re-read the books so that I can justify to people why I like/dislike them, but I can’t seem to get off my backside and re-read all four books. (Don’t ask how I know, but apparently there are 2,358 pages altogether… -_-‘)

Anyway, as I trolled around internet I stumbled upon this link, and lo and behold! there is a Dr. Seuss version of Twilight. And by ‘Twilight’ I mean the first book, not the entire series. Such a shame, if I’m honest. I would love to “read” until Breaking Dawn.

Twilight, by Dr. Seuss

Jake likes a girl. Her name is Bella.
Bella likes a different fella.

See this vamp? This is Ed.
Ed is pale. Ed is dead.

Ed saved Bella from a van.
Ed must be a special man.

Ed won’t kill boys. He won’t kill girls.
Ed gets fed on deer and squirrels.

This is James. He’s a tracker.
He’s a sort of vamp attacker.

James hunts Bella for a thrill.
Will Ed kill him? Yes, he will.

But James gave her a little bite.
Will she be a vamp? She might!

Edward fixes Bella’s cut.
She won’t be a vampire.

She becomes one. Read some more.
She’s a vampire in book 4.

Disclaimer: Clearly, I do not own this Dr. Seuss version of Twilight… “unicycle” does. No copyright infringement intended.


Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (2011)

It’s no secret that I have a love-hate relationship with the Twilight Saga. When I was younger, I was an avid fan. Years later I admit I’m still a fan, but a small part of me is ashamed because… well, it’s Twilight. Book-wise, I admire Meyer’s poetic prose but abhor the way she made her characters a different version of Mary Sue. Movie-wise, I suppose I loved each and every one when they came out, but I have to say I won’t go rushing to watch them immediately. They were full of bad acting, cringe-worthy dialogue and why on earth do they linger on the kissing scenes/shirtless men?! (Sorry, that’s the prude in me talking xD)

Anyway, I watched Breaking Dawn, Part 1 yesterday with my girls. I was tapping into the fan-girl in me and was completely hyped up and excited for some Jasper love *ahem* Bella/Edward love. If I’m to be honest with myself, I wasn’t putting much hope on the technicalities of the movie. I promised myself that I like Twilight simply for the fan-girl moments, not the ahh-mazing acting or the epic-tastic dialogue… but you know what? The second I laid eyes on that huge screen in the cinema, I was floored.

Well, not literally, but you know what I mean.

  1. First and foremost, I found Kristen Stewart‘s acting more believable. She was wide-eyes and smiling and she rarely stuttered or looked down — and I swear I only saw her mouth open a few times. (And please don’t be harsh to me, I’m a fan of KStew!)
  2. Secondly, the wedding scenes… In the words of Angela Weber all the way back in Twilight: Oh. My. God. I completely loved it! I was afraid that it would be super romantic and so cheesy (and it was in a way), but I just fell in love with — no, not Bella and Edward, but Renée and Charlie. The former was completely harebrained and the latter so dry-humoured, they were just… wow, to me.
  3. The cinematography was amazing. There were parallels with Twilight, such as the bird’s eye view of the forests and stuff, and parallels with New Moon with the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer. The various use of camera shots, the one that comes to mind is the boat shot when Bella and Edward were travelling to Isle Esme, definitely kept the movie interesting as well.
  4. Lastly, there was the dialogue. The entire film did not focus on the ‘woe is me, I’m in love with a vampire/in love with a human/in love with a human in love with a vampire’ crap. Because of this, I felt the characters to be more believable. Shocking, right? I mean, Rosalie was actually acting human (in the loosest sense of the word).

Of course, I can’t just shout praises for the movie. It’s wonderful and all, but it’s not perfect. (The horrible, non-Twilight fan part of me is saying “It’s still Twilight, after all… hahaha.)

  • For one thing, I can’t help but wonder that the scene after Bella and Edward’s first night together, when it is revealed to the audience the bruises Edward gave Bella, was slightly promoting abuse. Bella was all “it’s fine” and “they don’t hurt, not compared to the awesome, awesome sex we had last night”. Am I the only one who sees this?
  • And then there’s Edward wanting to abort baby Renesmee. I know it’s for the sake of the plot and everything, but WHOA. I am pro-life, so bad Eddie!
  • Then there’s also Bella’s transformation into a vampire. Could they promote perfection even more?! I mean, I’m happy with the way I am and could not ask for anything better but… even I took a hit for my self-esteem. Damn.
  • Finally, there’s the whole “I’ve imprinted on your vampire-human baby” — some say it’s pedophilia, and the argument there is that the werewolf doesn’t have to be the imprintee’s lover immediately: they could be a friend, a brother, or whatever she wants him to be. But my rebuttal to that is “isn’t that a tad incestuous if you first become her brother and then her lover?” But hey, that’s just my view on things. A plot is a plot, after all.

Overall, I found the movie riveting because if it were otherwise, I won’t still be on this Breaking Dawn high I seem to be on right now. If you’re not a Twilight fan before this movie then perhaps it’s too late for you to convert, but I strongly believe this particular movie has a chance to do so. I’m not putting my hopes up, but that’s just my opinione. Breaking Dawn, Part 1 totally surprised me… but in a good way.

By the way: is it just me or does Peter Facinelli look a bit like Tom Cruise?? o_O Oh, and was it just me or was Stephenie Meyer in the crowd of wedding guests?? Huh…

NEW Breaking Dawn (Part 1) Movie Trailer

Here it is, what Twi-hards all over the world are waiting for…

*drum roll*

…the new BREAKING DAWN, PART 1 theatrical trailer!! This is no measly teaser trailer, but a full on two minutes and thirty seconds preview. To be honest, it pretty much covers the first half of the book so even non-Twilight fans can get the gist of the plot — what’s the point of the movie?

Okay, that was a joke. I didn’t mean that. (Not completely, anyway ^__^)

Random thought: If the Cullens are supposed to be vampires and therefore never-changing, how come their hairstyles change every time there’s a new film out? I understand it’s impossible to keep the same hairstyle over three or four years, but at least let them be the same colour.

The Two Things I Never Expected To Be Connected

WARNING: spoiler’s ahead.

Having lived in the Philippines the past four years, I must admit I’ve been behind on my Doctor Who episodes. However, I’ve spent this past month catching up on my ultra favourite TV show and I can’t say how happy I am to be finally up to date. I’ve just finished the seventh episode (A Good Man Goes to War) of Season Six, and after this post I’m going to watch the next one (Let’s Kill Hitler).

What happened in A Good Man Goes to War is basically this:

Amy is held captive on Demon’s Run and the Doctor assembles an army of allies to recover her. Meanwhile, River reveals her greatest secret to the Doctor.

— summary from Wikipedia

River’s greatest secret, apparently, is that she’s the daughter of Amy and Rory. She’s also part-Time Lord, seeing as she was conceived the TARDIS on her parent’s wedding night (see The Big Bang) allowing her DNA to be altered. It’s very spacey wacey, so I’m not going to talk about that any more… what I am going to talk about, on the other hand, is the situation between Melody/River and the Doctor.

I can’t really fault Steven Moffat for this, seeing as the idea has been introduced more sophisticatedly way back since Season Four when David Tennant was still the Doctor, but I can’t help but connect the idea of River Song/ Melody Pond and the Doctor being together with Twilight, specifically Breaking Dawn.

Am I the only one who sees this? I know Twilight has a bad reputation for being shallow and, well, shallow, but I’m still a fan and my mind has somehow connected the book saga to the television series.

Here’s a table for you to understand:

Doctor Who (2011)

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (2008)

River/Melody is Rory and Amy’s daughter

Renesmee is Edward and Bella’s daughter

Amy has had the hots for the Doctor

Jacob was Edward’s rival for Bella’s affections

Amy and the Doctor kissed

Jacob and Bella kissed

The Doctor didn’t like Amy ‘that way’

Bella preferred Edward than Jacob

The Doctor knew River/Melody as a baby

Jacob imprinted on Renesmee when she was a baby

River and the Doctor like each other

Renesmee and Jacob like each other

See where I’m getting at? There are so many parallels, it’s uncanny! And I can’t help but think that maybe the reason Amy was besotted with the Doctor is somehow the same as to why Jacob liked Bella so much. There were both unborn partners involved! The Doctor with River and Jacob with Renesmee! (This is just a wild theory, by the way…  not to be taken seriously.)

On another note, there’s a small, small part of me wondering whether Moffat cheated or not, or perhaps Stephenie Meyer had a dream about this. Either way, I don’t really mind. I just like connecting dots, is all… ^__^

Eat ‘Em Up, Twi-Hards!

So apparently, Summit Entertainment released some new stills of the upcoming Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn (Part 1). I have to say though, despite my decreasing interest on the franchise, the small part of me that’s still a Twi-hard is jumping up and down in sheer excitement. I can’t wait for the movie!

I quite like the one picture with Edward’s arm around Bella. (They’re wedding rings stand out like beacons, don’t they?) *Sigh* They just seem so happily married, you wouldn’t think that their marital bliss would be shattered in the form of  half-human, h}alf-vampire baby.

What do you think of these new pictures?

“Full Size Me!” says the Breaking Dawn, Part 1 Cast Poster

And this is what we get:

Personally, I quite like the other poster better, though that might be due to the fact that I think the cast here were Photoshopped too much. Well, that and this seems entirely too cluttered than the peaceful ‘breaking dawn’ that was in the first poster.

But never mind me; everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, and sometimes I do think that I’m an old lady stuck in a young girl’s body. Strange, but there you go. ^__^

Oh, and if you’re interested… ;D

Breaking Dawn, Part 1 Cast Poster

Comic-Con is coming up, and the Twilight Saga franchise has released a new poster featuring all the major cast: Bella and Edward (of course), Jacob, and the rest of the Cullen family.

With the Harry Potter fever the last few months, I must admit that not once have I spared a thought for the upcoming Twilight movie. Honestly? I’m not even excited for this; not anymore, at least.

Compared to Deathly Hallows 2, Breaking Dawn 1 just won’t cut it. Perhaps I’m just a bigger Pothead (a nickname “affectionately” used by my old classmates) than I am a Twi-hard. Perhaps it’s just that the EVENT THAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING. does not compare to THE EPIC CONCLUSION OF THE WORLDWIDE PHENOMENON.

Word-wise, the Deathly Hallows trailer used epic, conclusion and phenomenon. The toughest word the Breaking Dawn trailer used was everything. I dunno… I suppose this is just me channelling my geekiness.

Oh, and don’t get me started on how overly Photoshopped that poster above is. I think apart from Lautner, everyone else is wearing a wig. Even Rathbone (Jasper). It’s creeping me out a little bit.

2011 MTV Movie Awards

I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long, long time (at least a week). When the day finally came, my brother woke me up from my much needed sleep, only to realize that it was just a commercial playing and not the actual Awards show. So, after having only about six hours of sleep, I dutifully kept awake until 8 o’clock came and the show aired. Through the very funny moments, the excitement and my grandmother’s reprimands to turn the volume down, I came to this conclusion:


Breaking Dawn, Part 1 Movie Poster

Yes, what you’re seeing is correct. That image up there ^^ is the official movie poster for the next installment of the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, Part 1. At this point in time, I can’t say whether I like the poster or not. Compared to the previous three posters, this one does not feature any of the three main characters — Bella, Edward and Jacob.


I have to say though, that the poster has a somewhat peaceful look to it, symbolizing surely the ending that is to come: Bella and Edward’s union, the birth of their half-human/half-vampire child, and finally Bella becoming a vampire herself. I can’t say more without ruining the entire story. (LOL — see what I did there?)

Anyway, if you want to catch the teaser trailer, tune in to the MTV Movie Awards on June 5th. If you don’t have the MTV channel, then you can see it also on after the show ends. Or, if you’re too lazy, just check the thing out on YouTube a day or so later — that’s what I’d do, anyway. ;D

Want to see stills from the movie? Check out this post.

Teresa and Kristen: Twins?

Is it just me or do these two ladies look like they could pass off as twins?

While Kristen is not a natural blonde, Teresa Palmer looks a lot like her… or I suppose Kristen looks a lot like Teresa. I’ve watched two movies that star Teresa, I Am Number Four and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and I can’t help but notice that at certain angles, she looks very much like a certain Twilight star.  Maybe it’s the facial structure, the hair, or maybe it’s just the way she uses her eyes to convey her acting, but Teresa really could be Kristen’s long lost twin. Or vice versa.

Oh, I give up. This is confusing. =S