I have a confession. And it’s difficult to admit. I only saw you once. As of midnight tonight it will be a full 7 days since I’ve last seen your mediocrity brilliance on screen. I’m forgetting the details. Did it look like Sam Uley had eaten four or five donuts before running onto the screen shirtless for the first time? Was Jacob’s kiss with Bella as smooth as I imagine my first kiss with Rob will be? Or was it like my first kiss in 9th grade when Pat Samson’s tongue was shoved so far down my mouth I started to gag while my best friend’s dad looked on, waiting to take me home? Did Bella really not blink or stutter? No…. that can’t be right…And was there really no tweed? Not even a tweed pillow on Edward’s bed? The details.. they’re so foggy…
So while I wait to see you again, I’ve been chatting with some pals about you. At first it was “OMG GAH LEG HITCH LEG HITCH LEG HITCH I’M TIRED.” Then it was, “Man that was a great movie- well, except for the part when….. and then when…. remember how unintentionally funny it was when….” To “Was it really as good as I remember in my mind?” And that’s what we’re here to discuss. Because Lainey Gossip wrote this review, and while it was harsh and mean and a little more snarky than I usually like for something I love so much, it was mostly pretty much correct- especially when she said Kristen’s wig was the same one Taylor wore in Twilight. I know this to be a fact. I had a one-on-one with the wig lady to ask what the crap she was smoking (No I didn’t- but it’s my 2nd biggest dream next to bread-sticks with Big Daddy)
Lainey ends her review with this:
This, then, is the fundamental flaw about this franchise and a question I’ll throw out to fans of it: why don’t you demand more? Why do you keep rewarding garbage? If you love the series, why don’t you insist that they spend more time and money making it better? Why do you continue to support a mickey mouse production that cuts corners and insults your intelligence?
While we all have different experiences & like different things and disagree about what makes “art”, I think we can all agree that the critics don’t like the Twilight saga- maybe you think they’re SO wrong and should go to hell, but you have to admit that there’s a better chance of Butt Crack Santa & Harry Clearwater coming back from the dead to throw a joint block party where they fry fish & provide little bottles for the kids than for Eclipse to be nominated for any sort of legitimate industry award. Harry Potter gets legitimate nominations & the critics rave about the films. Why can’t Twilight be up to that level or caliber? And why don’t we demand it?
I answer all your burning questions after the jump!
I think in the most simplistic of terms- we don’t demand MORE because well…. do we really care that much? And yes, I say that as someone who has dedicated her LIFE to this saga and it’s handsome star since 12/8/2008. I mean… what’s the difference if the books are brought to screen in Harry Potter perfection? How will my life change? Maybe I would’ve cried a little bit more in New Moon. Maybe I would’ve swooned a little harder when Edward walked into the cafeteria for the first time in Twilight. Maybe instead of waiting until Eclipse to feel like I was watching a “real” movie, I would have felt that a year or two ago. But at the end of the day, no matter how bad they are- I like the movies. I’d like them more if they were BETTER… but… I still saw both films a bunch in the theaters, bought the DVDs, own a couple stickers & trading cards (happy birthday to me from Moon!) and plan to take the Edward duvet out of the box sent to us by Stephenie after the interview & replace my bedspread while Mr. Choice is out of the house very soon, and will see Eclipse again and will blog about it daily. And all the while, Summit will still make billions.
EastFriend from The Quad added: “We don’t demand more….Because we’re happy with the very small moments of brilliance we get in each movie, that’s why.
- “I don’t have the strength to stay away from you.”–Twilight (You know we all swooned. OMG, it’s EDWARD! There he is. Right there.)
- The months in New Moon, while “Possibilities” was playing. (You know you cried. I still cry. Homegirl nailed it, too.)
- The entire bedroom scene in Eclipse. Eff Lainey. That shit was GOLDEN. It played out beautifully & perfectly displayed why Eclipse is my favorite book in the series.”
Amen. Amen, EastFriend. LTT reader turned real-life friend @_Freya added,
They’re not great movies, but I LIKE THEM. No one’s forcing anyone to go see the movies. And maybe I don’t want to be so jaded about these movies that I have to pick everything apart. Is there anything wrong with just enjoying entertainment without expecting it to change your life? At this point, Twilight is more about the deep friendships that I’ve made than the actual quality of the movies. The fact that I have you all in my life is a testament to the strange power of this series, and I for one could not be more grateful.
There should be an Oscar category for that: “Movie that really did change your life but probably shouldn’t have changed your life” And she’s right. I just LIKE it. And while I’d like an answer to the CONSTANT question I’m asked, “Why do you think Twilight is SO well-received even thought it’s not critically acclaimed?” I guess “Eff you, I like Twilight, now leave me alone” will have to do for now!
Can’t wait to see you again!
We hear you we hear you. You want more from our interview with Stephenie. We GOT it! We figured once we saw that the LEGHITCH really DID happen no one would care anymore, but we were WRONG! We are still waiting on EPIC pictures of EPICNESS and are editing some more audio clips to share! We haven’t forgotten! Believe us… we’ll never forget!
LTT BIGGEST LOSER Round 4 started yesterday (oops- we fail with reminders!) Get on a treadmill & run crazy like Rob & join the fun with all the gals on The Forum! Biggest Loser Round 4 And CONGRATS to Round 3 winners:
- The person with the most points for Volume 3 of our challenge is: cdubs
- The person who inspired the most of us to keep going when we didn’t want to is none other than: SeattleLisa
- The person who battled real life the hardest and managed to stop by the forum the most days is: cedvanhalen