Originalward

Never Forget!

Dear Edward,

Today, when I logged into Tumblr I was greeted with a couple posts featuring pictures of you (or Robert Pattinson as it were) in the first Twilight film with the tag “Originalward” and a lot of “I miss him’s” accompanying it. Besides giving me a “Cullen smile” (haha remember that?) I felt the same but only in a different way. Sure, I miss cute, unassuming Rob as Edward and the fun of the first Twilight movie but I miss the ORIGINAL Edward. The OG written version of you is so much different than the Robert Pattinson, Summit approved version of you. Both are great, clearly, but there’s just something that OGward has that Movieward doesn’t.

Oh hey there

Originalward wore clothes befitting an insurance salesmen in the midwest. But even with your oatmeal colored sweaters, the mind blowingly ugly and the lady boner killer white sleeveless button up, we still swooned. Stephenie could have written that you wore a black Hefty bag and drove to school in a windowless van and we still would have inwardly screamed like we were 14 year olds at a Beatles concert. I don’t know what she did when she created you other than lace each page of that original run of books with crack. I also wonder sometimes if you reversed the words on each page they contain some sort of life altering subliminal message meant to make us question all men (and the sexiness of ankle length skirts).

Nope, not this Volvo

Originalward also only ever drove ONE Volvo. THIS Volvo… and not that I’m the kind of person to knick pick about a car, cause, really who cares if Robert Pattinson is driving a trash truck or a Maserati to pick you up? It’ still Robert Pattinson picking you up. Or Bella. BUT it does represent a different Edward, an Edward who gets a new car every year and not safe responsible, trying to sorta blend in, wearing the clothes of a chess club member Edward. Originalward drove a Volov that my old coworker drove, a Volvo that’s kinda mom-ish, a mid 2000′s model and not the latest greatest one. Not that I wouldn’t drive a brand new beautiful Movieward approved Volvo, Volvo dealers of America! Email us!

Well you shouldn't have said that

When Stephenie wrote that you spoke as if you were from another time, she wasn’t joking… what high schooler do you know who speaks like that? And while Movieward has his moments and says a lot of lines directly from the text, it is a decidedly modern take on Edward. I mean come on with line likes this:

“Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars – points of light and reason.. And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty.”

Or even when Edward got playful… most times Movieward is pretty serious…

”  Bella, it’s not my fault if you are exceptionally unobservant.”

Going back and reading Twilight again a few months ago I was reminded how different Stephenie’s Edward is from Movieward but that’s what makes both special and both fun to revisit… but really there’s nothing like your first love…

Oh and lets not forget Edward snagging Bella’s Snapple cap after their first lunch together. The Snapple cap yall! The.Snapple.Cap. Oh Originalward… *sigh*

XO,
Themoonisdown

Thanks for the inspiration to talk about the OG Originalward: Socalmom2four and anyone she reblogs ;)

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  • Anonymous

    This post has made my day. Sometimes I watch Twilight just to see how far SM got with Midnight Sun (patooie!), because sometimes you can tell that Rob is doing MS!ward instead of Movie!ward. 

    Also, really, if Rob said this line and really sold it, I am pretty sure we would have all straight up died. I bet he did, and people died on set, so they cut it:
    “Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars – points of light and reason.. And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty.”

    • purplescool

      Oh how great it would’ve been if they’d given him some of those lines in NM!  I mean, come on, he was only on screen for a total of about 4 minutes in that film – they could’ve made them count a little by at least giving him some of the more swoon-worthy lines to say.

    • Anonymous

      I used to know this Passage by heart. God, I was such a diehard! sometimes I wonder how I didn’t end up in a straight jacket. Oh well, at least I wasn’t crazy enough to have NM poster tattooed all over my back.

  • Anonymous

    Lets be serious for a moment – yes OGward talks like that, but COME ON – its barely believable in the book!

    The movie gets slaughtered enough without mentioning Robs interesting American accent, can you imagine him (Rob) saying some of that stuff?  That would push the ridiculous level (which is already at a 9…)

    • Anonymous

      I agree.

  • The Plane Friend

    Originalward rules, definitely.

    As unrealistic as Bookward is, at least all his lines made you swoon (even if his clothes made you cringe–well noted, Moon). 

    And Movieward might not have as many stupid lines as MovieBella, but Ms. Rosenburg’s dialogue is way worse than Stephenie’s and I can sometimes imagine Rob pulling off the crazier original dialogue better than the movie scripts inferior lines.

    • chochang

      I sometimes wonder if they actually just kept Melmel so that she wouldn’t feel offended.

    • Bubs

      Ms Rosenbergs scripts-yeeesh-don’t get me started on how she RUINED those books !!!!! By omission, as well as “her version” of what SM originally wrote ! 

      • Anonymous

        I would have a hard time not growling aggressively if I even met M. Rosenberg. WTF is wrong with that girl?

  • Latersbaby

    Thank you for this post. Oward is about slow burn. I saw Twi before I read. I didn’t get what she saw in him-other than a pretty face-until I read.

  • Nelle

    You are so on point with this letter! I often think there are so many Edwards! The book Edward and the movie Edward. But there are different ones within each movie too. I have watched them all SEVERAL times (that’s normal, right) and just within the same movie there are so many different Edwards.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed.  I would watch the movies over and over again if I could get away with it. 

    • Anonymous

      Agreed.  I would watch the movies over and over again if I could get away with it. 

  • http://twitter.com/carolamex Carolamex

    smiling! Oh yes OG!!!

  • http://www.suburbanscreen.com BelleEpoque

    I think Rob is just too self-conscious to play Edward like he was really written. And I miss his plucked brows from Twilight.

    • Anonymous

      I think you hit the nail on the head.

    • Anonymous

      Really, does side by side similar shots of Edward hair/makeup/styling through the movies not exist? And if it doesn’t can someone here make it exist so we can all make fun with it?

      • Anonymous

        Couldn’t resist.  Some Google image searches and a vintage version of Photoshop and some slow time this afternoon… and here’s Movieward throughout the series.  At least through BD1.

        • Anonymous

          Whoops… too large for Disqus.  Let’s try that again.

          • Anonymous

            I like how Edward clearly experiments with Elvis or Vampire Bill sideburns in Eclipse, and decides that they didn`t work for him by the time Breaking Dawn comes along.

    • MariCecilia

      I think it is natural for any living man to feel self-conscious about playing a semi-god…(duh!) – and I so agree about missing the physical beauty of Edward in Twilight – the plucked brows, the amber eyes, the pale but glowing skin, and the teenage boy fighting with the 107-year old vampire, hope against hope. I think Rob playing Midnight Sun-Edward was probably a good choice: he might have made Edward unbearably stroppy too, instead we got tortured, conflicted, shy, wicked and delicious Edward.

  • Anonymous

    “Remember when Edward….”

    No, much of this I don’t remember at all!
    Sad :*-(

  • Anonymous

    My heart feels so heavy as I read this because I also long for bookward. Dont get me wrong, I love Robward (really I love Rob, so therefore by default I love Robward), but i loooooove bookward. My mother in law (63 years!!!) called me the other day and said “OK. So maybe vampires and werewolves aren’t so stupid!”. It was so fun talking to a twivirgin again. It brought back all those new feelings after reading the books for the first time. I loved talking about the snapple scene! And the blood-typing scene! and what about when Bella spots Edward in the cafeteria and he does his little “come here” motion with his finger. I also love how cocky bookward is. He knows he’s a badass-beautiful-know-it-all :-)
    And I do love his subtle language varience. This may seem stupid, but simple things…like today we typically say “I haven’t” whereas bookward would say “I’ve not”. I think robward could pull off subtlties such as that. It’d be much better than “you can google it”. (Though i must admit, if we didnt get these little gems in the movies, we wouldnt have nearly as much fun making fun of them!)
    I may have to “pull out” my books again and have me some more bookward.

  • The Old One

    Every time I read Twilight or Midnight Sun or see the movie again, I see  Edward in a different way, or see new things about his character.  And my opinion of Rob’s performance goes up, too.  I think maybe that means that Edward has so much more depth than the one-dimensional character everyone says he is.

    • Anonymous

      Yes. I think the whole series is not as one dimensional as it is perceived to be. I don’t want to deny the absurdity or the awkwardness, because  that is certainly there. But I definitely get more on each read-through and each viewing. There’s a lot to think about and talk about (as we all know, and all our non-Twi friends lament).

      There are enough ALL CAPS shouty, misspelling, weird tattoo-getting TwiHards out there to give us a bad name, but most of the TwiHards I meet, especially here, are pretty bright, thoughtful people. We’re not stupid, and we look good in tweed.

      • The Old One

        Maybe it’s not DESPITE the absurdity and awkwardness, but a little bit BECAUSE of the the absurdity and awkwardness that I love it?  Just more of the multi-dimensionality.  Why yes, since you ask, I am wearing tweed!

    • Anonymous

      Yes. I think the whole series is not as one dimensional as it is perceived to be. I don’t want to deny the absurdity or the awkwardness, because  that is certainly there. But I definitely get more on each read-through and each viewing. There’s a lot to think about and talk about (as we all know, and all our non-Twi friends lament).

      There are enough ALL CAPS shouty, misspelling, weird tattoo-getting TwiHards out there to give us a bad name, but most of the TwiHards I meet, especially here, are pretty bright, thoughtful people. We’re not stupid, and we look good in tweed.

  • Anonymous

    Sigh.  Bookward.  Never fails to make me swoon.  Y’all keep me here, but he’s who brought me to the party.

  • Anonymous

    This post is so on the spot!  I don’t know if it’s the weather or the fact I haven’t read the books in like a year, but Twilight has been calling to me.  I’m about to give in.  It’s like my security blanket or something.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, one more thing.  We saw a fan in a parking garage that said Twi Hard in HUGE letters across the back window. Mr. E read it outloud and then seconds later got it.  Then said, “What’s the name of the mean redhead, Victoria?  I am going to put a Team Victoria sticker on that van.”  So proud.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been feeling that Twilight pull lately too. I havent read them again since new moon came out in theatres, and Im trying to hold out until after ALL the movies are out. That means another year! I want to go into the movies without all the details in my head of whats “wrong” with the movie. I dont want to remember what they left out and what they added (like…”the bus is full”, Compost scenes? Google?…WTF???) After I’ve watched the movies, then I’ll go back and reread the REAL story that made me fall.

      • Nelle

        I’ve had all 4 books on my nightstand for a few years now.  Barely a night goes by that I don’t pick up one of them and just read a random selection.

  • Anonymous

    As I’ve been WASTING my morning away by dwelling on my edward/twi thoughts, I also couldnt help but to bring up fanfic. I think it’s been too long since i’ve actually read twlilight, because I sometimes cant even remember what was in twlight vs. midnight sun vs. fanfic. I posted a comment about edward being cocky, then I thought…”wait..is he cocky, or was that just edward from fanfic that was cocky?” It’s just interesting all of these versions of edward we have, whether from SM or from our own creations of him. Isnt it wonderful that we can have an Edward of choice depending on our mood…edward, darkward, mafiaward, 50 shades…you name it, he exists. Lets all thank SM for giving us delight.

  • Anonymous

    I actaully just reread twi about a month ago (after having not read it for 18 monthsish) and I really missed Bookward. Movieward is totally different and sadly, not nearly has swoony …

    …I don’t doubt the pages were laced with crack either. Only possibly explanation.

  • Allryans
    • The Old One

      Oh, yeah, how could I have forgotten some of those hot scenes!  Must . . . re-read . . . now.

    • Anonymous

      Oh hell yeah. There are so many burning moments like this that I’ve forgotten about. This is why I don’t want to read the books again before BD. I don’t want to know/remember what’s missing from the movie.

    • Anonymous

      Rob thinks the Twilight fans are nuts now… Imagine if this hadn’t been chopped from the movie how much harder girls would lust after him with that etched into their heads.

      Great now I REALLY want to read Twilight again for the 1764355 time. My willpower is thinning, I don’t know if I can make it until after November because o don’t want to re-read it before BD I comes out because I knew I won’t be able to only read Twilight. *sigh*

      • Anonymous

        Totally possible to read the first three and stop before the last one. You might get sucked in through the makeout scene at the beginning of BD, but I know you can quit before the wedding!

        • MariaCecilia

          Because Edward and Bella always quit before the wedding!

    • Anonymous

      I really do wonder how much the rating system came into play even in Twilight (we know it`s a problem in BD).

  • Anonymous

    Twilight would have been a really long weird movie (that would probably be my favorite movie ever) if they included every scene and stuck to the book like a holy manuscript. I do wonder what little bit cheekier/cockier, little bit more old-timey talkin’ book Edward would have been like on screen. I would have liked to see more making out. And more full body contact through the movies. I hate the bedroom scene towards the end of New Moon when he crouching beside Bella’s bed. I don’t think book Edward ever crouched beside Bella’s bed. Get in the bed man! I will take what I can get, like in the book when Bella occasionally mentions that they are smooshed together along every line of their bodies. That translates directly to Bonerward in my mind, and I’ll take it.

    • The Old One

      I’m pretty sure in StephenieSpeak whenever she says “every line” of a body it means a naughty bit.

      • Anonymous

        Translating StephenieSpeak is a fine art, I commend you :)

    • Anonymous

      I’ll bite.

      No. Book Edward always got right up in that bed with Bella… After she knew he was there at night, that is. Except the first night he stayed; he was in bed with her when she fell asleep but when she woke up he was sitting in the rocking chair. No crouching in the book next to the bed that I remember.

      I miss Bookward.

  • Nelle
  • Wendy

    Aww…  I love these kind of posts!  Just made my night…  Talking about OGward brings up the good ol days when things were new and exciting…

    Thank you Moon!!!

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iNoy11YH1pbU7a.P7bdoq54i3FINJ.8k#6f742 pattygirl

    when I read Twilight its like those typical stupid teen movies hollywood makes , what Rob  potrayal did is make the character more interesting because Edward becomes this person who was ashamed of who he is , he thinks he is a monster not worthy to be friends with Bella.

    Love the 1st movie with its memorable scenes and catchy lines and Bella and Edward look there

  • Bubs

    Moon….your quote “I don’t know what she did when she created you other than lace each page of that original run of books with crack”, sums up we Twi-Hards – we’re ADDICTED [and PROUD of it]. Mind you, I bought my copies in 2010, so I guess it’s not just the “original run” that’s been laced.

    Just saw the original Trailer for BD at the movies yesterday. It looks good on the BIG screen [soooo much better than on a computer screen]. I just hope they don’t screw up Jacob’s perspective-it made the book for me.

    • Anonymous

      I`m jealous, I`ve been to several movies that could have had it previewing……and didn`t! The nerve.
      In describing why on earth I can`t stop going on about Twilight (to my husband, who probably didn`t ask in the first place), I mentioned the little bit of magic that Stephanie must have added. I`ve tried crack, and didn`t find that it held my interest. I never did it again, so I can`t liken it to my Twilight experience. I`m going with magic.

      • Bubs

        Sorry GWI, I should have mentioned it was in Sydney [Australia]. I’ve already bought my Ticket to the Midnight Session [my first ever] with daughter No2 and her Mother In Law and another to the 9.30am session next day with my [very patient] Husband.
        Twilight is actually on TV here tomorrow night [as the Sunday Night Movie] and they’re showing a preview trailer of BD as well. I presume it’s the first one, nevertheless I’ll still be watching it- even though I have the DVD and naturally, have watched it, like a thousand times…. totally NORMAL. Wish I’d seen it originally at the Movies on a BIG Screen…. I came too late to the Saga. Luckily I got to see New Moon and Eclipse enlarged-it makes such a difference.

  • Bubs

    Moon….your quote “I don’t know what she did when she created you other than lace each page of that original run of books with crack”, sums up we Twi-Hards – we’re ADDICTED [and PROUD of it]. Mind you, I bought my copies in 2010, so I guess it’s not just the “original run” that’s been laced.

    Just saw the original Trailer for BD at the movies yesterday. It looks good on the BIG screen [soooo much better than on a computer screen]. I just hope they don’t screw up Jacob’s perspective-it made the book for me.

  • Thedragonflyandtheflower

    This post gave me my Twilight buzz back. Oh, how I’ve missed it. And you know what? If the book lines were used more often, I wouldn’t mind, it would be believable, because its a vampire fantasy movie and Edward is from 1918. Good point on the clothes, though. It still makes me laugh, even three years later. 

  • Stella

    I just love checking back in with my obsession and seeing you all here being as tweedy as ever! I have yet to reread the series and that probably makes me a bad fan, but I’m afraid it will ruin the glow I have for it. I do miss Originalward tho! I look forward to the day PBS makes it a 12 part mini series in the lines of Downton Abbey, North and South or Jane Eyre! There wouldn’t be any Summit, Melissa Rosen-whatshername, or pop culture to mess with the REAL Edward! It may be 20 years down the line for a PBS production, but I’ll wait!!

    • Anonymous

      Oh, that is a dream. That’s an amazing idea. I am going to quit my job and go work at PBS to make this happen.

      • Stella

        So glad you are taking on the job!! Do it!!

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