A love hate relationship with Summit

I’m back from vacation- Moon is now in Switzerland for a few days- her last stop before returning HOME to ME (well, back to L.A. but only 2,500 miles from me) but I’m still on this little “blog break” mostly because I can’t really function until Moon is home to discuss THIS with me OMG! Don’t worry- I found a REALLY OLD letter submitted last year (see I really do hang on to them all!) that I should have posted. Oh plus a video- so don’t miss that below!

Dear Summit,

I have a love-hate relationship with you. I’m getting worried that it is going to turn into a hate-hate relationship sooner rather than later. Why is this so, you ask? Is it because you replaced my beloved Victoria with Opie’s daughter for New Moon? Could it be all those rumors, once circulating but now thankfully resolved, that it might happen again with Emmett and Alice? Eh, maybe. I think my real problem with our relationship is that you aren’t enough of a tease (I know, I know, stick with me here).

Think back with me to pre-November 2008. I was a senior in college and psyched out of my mind to be going to a midnight premiere in my little college town for Twilight. Fast forward to pre-November 2009. The small little college town theater was now showcasing New Moon on all 12 of its screens, tickets were available two weeks before the midnight show, and Nordstrom had an entire clothing line devoted to this phenom. What happened in that one year span of time? Oh, right. You sold out to that dirty little tramp we all like to call: mainstream media.

Just when I thought I might be able to keep a nerdy little obsession between myself and a few close friends, you blew the lid of my secret like Big Daddy losing the brown paper bag he was using to try to hide his Filet-o-Fish from Taylor in. The only thing I can think of to bring on the sudden onslaught of fans is the fact that you refused to heed our advice and wear your purity ring at all times. Because of this, I’m pretty sure I saw half of New Moon & Eclipse before they were out. What is that about? I understand your need to “sell tickets”, but come on! Seriously? That 10 second teaser of Edward and Bella kissing was enough to keep me drooling for more! And now, it seems, you are about to do that very same thing to me with Breaking Dawn. It started out small. Just a trailer here and there. A still shot from the set. A tweet from our resident little person. But now that everyone’s starting to run the promotion gamut, it seems like there is something new to watch every time I log in to LTT. That is just not cool. I know there are those out there who are probably going to disagree with me and give me crap for this, but I really just want to experience that cinematic magic that is slowly but surely being choked to death by the desire to make money. Believe me, I understand the desire to make and/or have money (anyone else jobless out there? Holla!), but could you, just once, think about those of us who want a little surprise in our lives and not give us 50 trailers, 500 interviews, and 1000 set stills to choose from? I’ve already seen every trailer, clip, still shot, and interview out there and I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be good with those till November. So, please, for the sake of all that is good and right in the world, save a me a little somethin’ somethin’ to look forward to (TWSS). Thank you. *steps down off soapbox*

I-think-I-may-still-love-you-but-I’m-not-sure,
SarahG

Oh Sarah…. I know how you feel. I’ve had the rants, myself & am doing my best to say “pure” even though Summit & the rest of the Media CLEARLY doesn’t want me to. I need SOMETHING to look forward to in November- I want my Breaking Dawn experience to be like my first Twilight viewing- SO new!!!

But until then…. I’ll watch fan-made videos because we all know they are so much better than anything the professionals release!!

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  • Anonymous

    I don’t hate Summit for the released stuff (okay a little) but I do have hate for their absurd sense of marketing. I know they think their audience is all 14 year old girls, but even so- 14 year old girls have some media savvy as well. Oh and also eyes to see bad/cheesy design. And wigs! Man I am grumpy before coffee kicks in.

    • Anonymous

      After the post the other day, I couldn’t help thinking how much nicer it would have been if they HAD made a Wuthering Dawn calendar. It would have been a creative leap of faith, but if they had done a full period costume photo shoot for the calendar….it would have actually been awesome.

    • MariaCecilia

      Just say no, Summit! To awful wigs and to yellow contact lenses. Repeat after me: NOOOO!
      (I don’t need more than you mentioning “wigs” to get grumpy, coffee or no coffee..)

      • Bubs

        Let’s add white pasty makeup with that. Pity it’s sooo late in the series. Although from the trailers so far, Ed in particular isn’t looking toooo pale.
         
        Personally, I love seeing the Trailers “early”. At my age anything “early” is a bonus [you never know what’s around the corner, so to speak]. On a positive note I’ve bought my Ticket to the Midnight Session [it’s on 16th Nov. in Sydney Aust.]. It’ll be my first Midnight Session ever-going with daughter no2 and her Mother In Law-then I’m at the 9.30am session with “hubby” the next morning [I’ve already bought those too].

        How ridiculous to think we have to wait another year for Part 2 !!!!!HP doesn’t seem to have lost any money by releasing their Part2 six months later. If it’s good, people will come…..

  • Anonymous

    Doing my best to avoid most media coverage.  A little sneak peaks was good, but I’m good until November.

    Looking forward to the W(?) magazine break down, UC.  Welcome back, even though you weren’t completly gone and didn’t leave us hanging.

  • Stacey

    I get giddy about the teases that are thrown out there in the media. But as my sister pointed out recently that my love of spoilers is out of control.  

    My issue is after letting myself enjoy the videos/images, I get embarassed by their lameness and my need for whoever at Summit handles these things to realize that teenage girls should be given more credit for being savvy and that Twilight does have a much older audience that needs to be respected.

    That being said, when I got my Entertainment Weekly in the mail and giggled like a fangirl over the cover and accompanying pictures, I might have scared my toddler. Then he cried at his mommy’s weird reaction to a magazine cover. I did this on the True Blood cover issue a couple month’s ago, so I think I might need professional help with my Entertainment Weekly addiction. (I won’t though, because I get to read things like Rob’s comments and they were hilarious.)

  • Stacey

    I get giddy about the teases that are thrown out there in the media. But as my sister pointed out recently that my love of spoilers is out of control.  

    My issue is after letting myself enjoy the videos/images, I get embarassed by their lameness and my need for whoever at Summit handles these things to realize that teenage girls should be given more credit for being savvy and that Twilight does have a much older audience that needs to be respected.

    That being said, when I got my Entertainment Weekly in the mail and giggled like a fangirl over the cover and accompanying pictures, I might have scared my toddler. Then he cried at his mommy’s weird reaction to a magazine cover. I did this on the True Blood cover issue a couple month’s ago, so I think I might need professional help with my Entertainment Weekly addiction. (I won’t though, because I get to read things like Rob’s comments and they were hilarious.)

    • Anonymous

      Rob’s take on Edward is always hilarious. He can pretty much get away with anything in that regard, because we all know he says things just to be funny and without thinking about it too much (more than he is tweedy about it). I loved the quote about how he wanted to say the line “I bit the pillows. Every. Single. One.” or something like that. Yes! I wish they had let him.

      • Stacey

        I think if Rob had his way Edward would have been great! Mostly, saying ridiculous things and smiling more. That feather quote was the best!

      • MariaCecilia

        Yup, that is always the best part of their interviews together: I love how he is serious and irreverent and nonsensical about his approach to Edward all at the same time.(Poor guy, I am still impressed how well he has pulled that almost impossible character off!)
        If the directors went along with half of the stuff he comes up with it would turn Twilight into a Monty Python style sit-com..:-) Must make shooting with him a blast, though…

    • Anonymous

      I got excited this morning when I saw a junk email that was from “Pokies Galore” subject “See our wide range of pokies”.
      What is a pokie? Is it a pussy? Is it a mis-spelling of poker? Is it slang for pills, like dolls?
      Should I click on that link? Maybe I would like to see a wide range of pokies.

      • Anonymous

        Mystery not quite solved. I’m not actually going to put my computer at risk and click on that link, but Urban Dictionary tells me it could be nipples poking through fabric, or Aussie slang for a slot machine. So gambling or nipples. I guess I don’t really want to see a wide range of pokies after all. Darn.

        • MariaCecilia

          If they were nipples, I suspect they would have been called “perkies”. And I wouldn’t want to see a whole lot of them. Just maybe a wee peek at Edward’s on Isle Esmee? *blushing*

        • Bubs

          Yeah, “Pokies” are short for Poker Machines in Australia[you call them Slot Machines]. Either way, still boring.

  • operarose

    In the big picture, we shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds us (or rather, feeds the madness). It could be much, much worse if little Summit hadn’t come along and taken a chance on a fairly little-known vampire love story. We wouldn’t have LTT, for one thing…and for another, we may have some horrid version of Twilight committed to film that would be in the bargain bin at the Blockbuster going-out-of-business sale right now, starring vampires who used night-vision goggles. (Look it up… at one point, Stephenie said no to a studio – I think it may have even been MTV if memory serves me? – who wanted to buy the rights to Twilight but apparently weren’t sticking to the story at all.) At least Summit gave us a reasonably faithful representation of the story. They gave us something that we could enjoy and can say reflects, within reason, the books they aim to represent. On the other hand, they stumble and create just enough silliness to keep us entertained for hours on LTT when we should be working. All things considered, how could you hate Summit?!

    • SarahG

      I don’t hate Summit, really. I hate them for messing with my already terrible lack of self-control. Nothing about Eclipse surprised me because I had seen 3/4 of it online before it was released. I just wish sometimes that I could do it all over again and make myself wait :)

      • Anonymous

        I would also be a purist if I could. I can’t. Talk about ruining things though. To begin with, watching a movie made from a book you’ve read (more than once) is hard. Then to have seen half the scenes in clips and stills……..I might have to be on a certain should be legal narcotic to get any thrill from it when I do see it in November.

        • Anonymous

          Dress up, get stoned, midnight showing, 3-D……I am dedicated to doing anything that may increase my Breaking Dawn experience.

      • operarose

        I see what you mean. I don’t mean to be the great defender of Summit or anything today (what’s up with that?!), but I also have a hard time feeling too “spoiled” by something that’s based on a book I’ve already read in and out.
        I do completely see your point, however.

        • Anonymous

          Ah, good point!

      • Anonymous

        lol – You sound like one of those abstinence promotion people. If I could do it again I would have waited for my husband/wife.

    • Stacey

      Very true, operarose! They did keep to the books fairly well. I think no matter what studio adaptions from books go to there are going to be issues with script and the readers usually have at least a few problems with the changes. My bigger issues are the great scenes of the book that were left out of the movies. I was disappointed that Bella’s scene with Angela was left on the cutting room floor and stuck in the outtakes. It would give a more well rounded look at Bella in her interaction with her human friends. Maybe it’s just me.

      You also just reminded me how happy I am that I founf LTT and all of you to discuss these things with. :0) 

      • Anonymous

        I know, movies from books are problematic. Of course they can’t do everything or get as in depth. But OH why did they leave the scenes out that they did? Bella’s “epiphany” in NM, the full “you’ll always be my Bella” conversation, in which both E and B show vulnerability…I COULD GO ON.

        But, yeah. What would I do without LTT?

        • Anonymous

          Oh, I live the epiphany scene, and leading up to it. I think it’s my favorite part of New Moon.  I guess we can’t have everything.  We got Rob as Edward (and Kellan and Emmet, and….) and that should be good enough.

          • Anonymous

            Why am I not remembering Bella`s epiphany scene. Like when Bella realizes that Jake is a were, didn`t they do that in NM movie version. Maybe it was different. Probably. I sound weird because my computer isn`t into question marks right now. Ummm…..that`s what I`m sticking to anyway.

          • Anonymous

            no, her epiphany that Edward actually for reals loves her, and that she is worthy of his love, and love in general. It’s a growth moment for her character. LET’S LEAVE IT OUT OF THE MOVIE.

          • Anonymous

            When she finally realizes Edward really loves her. They are on the way to his house in the middle of the night. Remember for the longest time he tried to convence her she wasn’t dreaming.

          • Anonymous

            oHHHHH of course. Yes, that was left out entirely. I’d give them that it would have to be re-worked for the movie, 5 minutes of Bella being awake and thinking she was dreaming would be hard to take in live action. But left out was a bad call.

          • Anonymous

            oHHHHH of course. Yes, that was left out entirely. I’d give them that it would have to be re-worked for the movie, 5 minutes of Bella being awake and thinking she was dreaming would be hard to take in live action. But left out was a bad call.

    • MariaCecilia

      A world without Twilight, a world without LTT?? Horror!! Okay, I got you, I am licking the hand of Summit now..*slurp slurp*

    • Anonymous

      Wasn’t Bella a track star or cheerleader or something in the mtv version? I guess we do have summit and Cathy hardi to thank for that. But that was almost four-ish years ago. Now all we’ve got are bad wigs and silly looking calendars.

      • Anonymous

        I kind of hope we can look forward to really awful re-makes and television series In The Year 2000.
        It would be great, if such a thing exists, to see the plans for that other Twilight. Bella as a track star or cheerleader?!

      • operarose

        It would be funny to somehow have access to the script of that horrible, messed up version of Twilight. Imagine Kristen Stewart playing a cheerleader!

        • Anonymous

          I think if KStew was contractually obligated to play a cheerleader for 5 movies she might have a serious drug habit by now.

      • Stacey

        So MTV was going to make Twilight a Buffy the Vampire Slayer rip-off. (Buffy being the cheerleader)

        • Anonymous

          That`s right! That would have been really really tragic.

          • Anonymous

            The Buffy movie *is* tragic. so terrible. The show was so much better. Why doesn’t everyone listen to Joss Whedon?! WHYYYYY?!?!?!?

    • Anonymous

      Wasn’t Bella a track star or cheerleader or something in the mtv version? I guess we do have summit and Cathy hardi to thank for that. But that was almost four-ish years ago. Now all we’ve got are bad wigs and silly looking calendars.

  • oh werd?

    It’s love/hate for me too. But mostly hate I think. Yea, hate. A little love for trying to bring the books to life and for giving me some (great) faces to put to the characters and make up for my tiny imagination. But hate for doing such a terrible job with the movies! Grrr! I hate them for the wigs and all the silences and for that awful Rosenberg who butchered the story and yes, for seeing half the movie before I get to the theater. So why do I look forward to release dates??? Why does November seem sooooo far away? Why do I scour the internet for more tidbits I may have missed (skipping over fan-made videos, which I also, moreso than the movies, HATE)? Oh well. It’s not the first time love’s overruled logic.

  • MariaCecilia

    Oh, I’ve never been much bothered about the over-exposure in trailers and media in advance, probably because there doesn’t seem to be too much of it around where I live and work. I was actually quite thrilled when my husband brought the latest copy of EW back from the States this weekend  – otherwise I would have had to wait for 3-4 weeks for it to appear in newsstands. The only thing that pisses me off is when they try to pawn off overpriced fan stuff with really bad quality…but then I can always turn my back on that with a huff. *huffing*

  • http://www.twitwitter.ning.com Cyndi Jo

    It’s funny to me that while your complaining, ranting, having fun with the media frenzy all I want is good view of the Quileutes or (jacob’s) clip from Comic Con!

    • Anonymous

      Only if they are only wearing jorts.  Well, ‘Leah’ can wear more.

  • http://www.twitwitter.ning.com Cyndi Jo

    It’s funny to me that while your complaining, ranting, having fun with the media frenzy all I want is good view of the Quileutes or (jacob’s) clip from Comic Con!

  • The Old One

    All the clips and spoilers might be OK if they didn’t completely backfire for me.  I mean they shouldn’t put out a still like the one of Edward and Bella playing chess in their Banana Republic outfits and expect that would make people WANT to see the movie!  It horrifies and depresses me:  not good.  Maybe the smashing headboard scene shows promise, but what if that is it, and there’s nothing more to the scene, and how could there be if it’s rated PG-13?  I’m worried, Summit.

    • MariaCecilia

      Maybe you’ll feel better if you consider yourself “bothered” instead, and go sit in a tree for a while? :-)
      We should probably be grateful that Summit adds things to the books, otherwise we would only have one long-ass “fade to black-moment” instead of even one crummy headboard-breaking scene…

  • Anonymous

    Are you serious? The last thing I saw released was that first BD I preview at the Mtv movie awards (that’s what it was, right?).

    Hmm, I guess it pays to not check any site outside of LTT anymore! But now that I know there is more…. (starts web and youtube searchs)

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