Wednesday, January 5, 2011

It sucked me in!

After reading this spoof on Twilight, even before I knew what it was, I'd pretty much decided never to stoop to the level of reading such, well let's just say, no-brainer chick lit. Like I'd mentioned in this post, I'm not a big fan of the fantasy world, and I didn't want to be anywhere near an "ordinary girl with no defining characteristics, whom every girl could relate to". Of course, what good is reading about an all-too-perfect Adonis who doesn't even exist in real life? And like I said, vampires?? Urghhh

So it is with great shame that I admit that I did it. I read the damn book. Not only did I read it, I actually liked it. Not only did I like it, I ran over to my neighbour, whom I'd caught reading New Moon, and asked for a copy of it. Not only did I sigh in world-weary disappointment when she said she didn't have it, I jumped three floors high when she offered to give me the movies for all 3 books instead. The shame of it all!

I think the absence of a love life, and the absence of time to go hunting for a good book is responsible for all this. I picked up the book because I didn't have anything else to read. A random chapter told me that I was reading something akin to Mills and Boons. Now this is where the hormones kicked in. Yeah yeah I'm not a teenager anymore, but remember, absence of love life? 

Oh well, the heart likes what it likes. This isn't to say that I completely let down all my defenses and got carried away with 'The Book'. No siree, not a hardened journalist/critical appreciator like me. Throughout the book, I kept making objective observations like, "My god, she doesn't have a life!" or "My God, what a slut!" or "Whooooshhhh I wonder if he has 6 or 8 pack abs?" Err... never mind.

This is a strong example of why its always more fun to read the book than to watch the corresponding movie. The girls will agree with me on this anyway. To make a few comparisons between the book and the movie (I can't believe I'm doing this!), I'd say, Pattinson tried really hard and with a few good camera angles, they got his devilish smile in. Stewart was pathetic. She was nowhere close to the whiny, immature, self-deriding Bella in the book. I don't think she expressed anything except for screaming when that vampire guy broke her leg. 

The Cullens were pretty apt, but somehow I'm imagined them to be much taller than other people. The scene where Edward steps in to defend Bella against James could have been fiercer. I'd imagined them to be transformed almost into animals. I thought the baseball game was damn good in the movie. It was slick and fun. 

Of course they've totally messed around with the story, but that's ok. The only thing that was totally not right was the romance between Edward and Bella. A part of the blame should fall on Stewart because she didn't emote a damn thing. And of course the 2-hour length of the movie didn't give much time for their slow romance to blossom. 

I don't know if its just me, or did Bella's Dad look really young? I actually found him more adorable than Edward! Alright, I've embarassed myself enough now. I've written like a real Twilight fan, *shudder shudder*
I hope I get over the obsession soon. Excuse me now, as I satisfy my bloodlust for New Moon.

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  1. Hey, thanks Manasi for this review on twilight series! Even I was always skeptical whether I should go for it, coz I am a real Harry Potter fan and did not want to be disappointed by the fantasy world at all! But now I think I will give it a go!


  2. Hey manasi,

    firstly let me tell u tht i am a die hard fan of twilight book series, have read all 4 and adore them...u can say tht i am addicted to twilight...n yes the movies don't do justice to the books (but whts new abt tht)...but the movies do give a face to the characters...n i absolutely adore edward urf robert....cheers for u to start off reading the series..enjoy urself....

  3. Hey manasi..very well written

  4. You know what, the Mills and Boons would've been better... you get invaluable things from them... Like my name!

    And one more thing, that quote you mentioned at the start: "ordinary girl with no defining characteristics, whom every girl could relate to"; do you have its source? I remember reading it a long time back and have been searching for it ever since!

  5. I liked the post. (I am going to stay far away from even writing T...)

  6. Thank you all for the words of encouragement. I've updated the post with a link to the spoof site.. Check it out, its damn funny, and makes me cringe even more that I liked Twilight so much! Of course, that person's a male, so its obvious. Guilty pleasures.. ;)