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Eclipse Part II

It’s Next Time, and as promised we’ll be discussing, “Why did Bella choose Death with Edward over Life with Jacob, exactly?” Death is not a natural thing for a human to choose, so why did she choose it? As Jordan pointed out in the earlier post, Bella would not see it this way. I agree, Bella would not consider life without Edward much of a life at all. For the purposes of this topic, I’m take the literal meanings or Life and Death. Edward does represent Death for Bella as choosing him would mean her heart would stop. Choosing Jacob means her heart continues to beat.

First, we have to remember this is not just fiction, but fantasy fiction, so what holds true in real life doesn’t necessarily apply. This being fantasy also means that we can attribute an awful lot to, “It’s magic.” What Jacob said about him being better for Bella than Edward is might be true…if this were real life. Edward is a drug to her, as Jacob suggests (and drugs are bad, mmmkay?). It is an obsessive love, and therefore not entirely healthy. But that’s only if you don’t look at it from a magical perspective (which you should only do with works of fiction, kids. I’m in no way condoning putting on blinders in real life). When you look at Bella and Edward from a magical, Meant To Be, perspective it all become a little clearer as to why they had to be together.

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April 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Moon Casting Video

This is the first updated casting video for New Moon that I’ve found. Enjoy, I’m sure there will be more to follow.

(Thanks Johanne6699 for the vid)

April 18, 2009 Posted by | Actors, Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart, New Moon, Robert Pattinson, Twi-Media, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Blog Roll Please: Eyes of Amber

My Blog Roll has gotten quite long. I think sites are getting lost in there. So, in an effort to come up with new and interesting things to post, and also to get my fellow Twilighters some hits, I’m going to start writing about sites I ad to my Blog Roll.  Today I noticed that I had gotten nearly 20 hits between yesterday and today from Eyes of Amber. I went there and found Eyes of Amber had linked a post of mine about New Moon Posters. Thanks for that Eyes of Amber. For that I’ll add you to my Blog Roll.

EOA is an All Twilight All The Time blog, which posts nice little tid bits we all search for in the “news”. There are plenty of photos and videos to look at, and I find the black, red, and gold harlequin motif pleasing to the eye. While the theme is not directly Twi-related, the colors are certainly right, and overall the site looks rich enough that I believe Alice would approve. Well done, Eyes of Amber, and welcome to my Blog Roll!

April 1, 2009 Posted by | Twi-blogs, Twi-Media, Twilight, Twilighters, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 5 Comments

New Moon Director

**Moved from original blog**

edit this on December 8, 2008 at 11:24 pm ’86 Rabbit
New Moon Director

Again, my apologies to Catherine Hardwicke if any of my posts have been overly harsh. I did love Dogtown, and so did my mother, by the way, which was shocking. I still just don’t think we see eye to eye on what Twilight is. I would have liked to have seen what you did with New Moon on a bigger budget, but I think I’ll be happier with what another director can do on the same budget. I hope.

Now MTV posted a list of potential directors. If these are my only options I choose David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, Curious Case of Benjamin Button). I like both the pros and the cons listed for this choice–they’re all pros in my book. My favorite words were “obsessive meticulousness”. And the cons are that teenage girls will have nightmares about Edward contemplating suicide? Having nightmares about Edward is better than no Edward at all. Besides they’d be just like Bella, it would be cool. Ok so what the article actually said was that the twist ending would be RPattz’s bloody death scene, but surely that would just be a DVD extra. I mean he’s already signed for Eclipse. Who I don’t want to see directing New Moon from this list is…well if I can only pick one it’s Ang Lee. I’d rather Catherine Hardwicke did New Moon with a low budget and not enough time. I just can’t sit through something like Hulk again.

How do I envision New Moon? Obviously it’s dark for me if I’m choosing the director of Seven for the list. I think we should all have our hearts ripped out of our chests early on in the movie and have to sit in our seats holding ourselves together.

I want it very firmly grounded in reality. No crazy camera angles. No crazy lighting. For heaven’s sake, please, no more close-ups on eyes. No voice overs, unless it’s just the very opening for continuity’s sake. Show, don’t tell. If there is mist in the room it better be because someone left the windows open and not because someone thought it would be cool if it looked like Fabio would come strolling in at any moment. Ease off on the wire work. Why have harnesses for running when you can do the cool speedy effect like when Edward came around the side of the car to open Bella’s door. The effect looked way better, and used conservatively it doesn’t have to be that costly, does it? Besides, often you just have to suggest the effect, use a sound effect instead, and just the hint of a visual to get the point across.

Of course I want a bigger budget. Let’s get a real Volvo, and clothes Alice would approve of. Now, Summit, don’t get nervous. There are ways to save money. I don’t want to see a single wolf that doesn’t look absolutely real. If that means you use real wolves instead of horse-sized CGI ones, so be it. I want realism. Camera tricks can make the wolves look bigger or the people smaller. It worked for the hobbits, elves, and dwarves in Peter Jackson’s LotR. Maybe it could work for you too. Speaking of LotR, if the wolves don’t look as least as good as Gollum, don’t do it. Get cracking on the CGI though. You’ll want the horse-sized variety for the big battle I imagine.

Speaking of horse-sized, let’s talk about other adjectives. Ms. Meyer chose her words carefully. Let’s use them when writing the screenplay. Use her dialogue when possible, and that should be most of the time. She has described her characters pretty faithfully. Let’s be equally faithful. Alice describes Bella as “exuberant”. Bella is also controlled. She keeps secrets so is quiet around humans. She’s trying not to make vampires uncomfortable and also trying not to become a meal, so she’s careful around them as well. She does lose control now and then though because of her exuberance, which is why there’s the running “Oops” joke. Kristen Stewart will of course to a great job at being depressed Bella in New Moon, but she should be encouraged to stretch herself. Bella is happy with Edward, if insecure that she’s not good enough for him. She should smile and blush. Her being careful around Edward should not be confused with being depressed.

And speaking of Edward, he should be allowed to dazzle us. Don’t relegate fun, happy, loving conversations between Edward and Bella to montages and “dream sequences”. Let us see the happy times, not just the drama. Dazzling leads to sparkling. He should look like diamonds, not MySpace Glitters. If you can’t accomplish that, don’t put Edward in the sun. I think it doesn’t have to be constant. It would probably be more believable as a shimmer just when he moves, just like a ring sparkles more when moved about in the light. Whatever you do, don’t forget to give a little of that highlight to Bella’s scar if you end up showing it.

And what do we do about Edward being gone for most of the movie? That’s a tough one. Summit, I know you don’t want to lose your heart-thRob but we need to stay true to the book. I would suggest that when Bella hears hallucination-Edward that we see kind of a ghost of him standing behind Bella. That way she’s not seeing him, she’s only hearing him, but the audience gets a peek. I also read a suggestion online that I liked. Show a scene or two with Edward while he’s away tracking Victoria. I would go a long way toward showing us the pain is not one-sided. I know Bella wasn’t aware of that consciously in the book, but it would be a nice compromise, especially if it adds drama to the love story.

Italy. You. Have. To. Do. This. No scimping here. If Volterra is not an option, there are other Etruscan cities to choose from. I will know if you cheat. So will a lot of others.

When in Volterra do as the Volturi do. That scene had better be scary. It doesn’t have to be horror film scary, but there should be nervous tension. We should feel the threat. I would like to be able to see in Edward’s face that he is never going to leave Bella again. I would like to see in Bella’s face that she knows this is her last moment with Edward and that she’s not going to waste a moment of it sleeping.

I want so many things. Can’t I just write the screenplay?

Bugger. It’s past my bedtime again. I’ll write more in this lengthy list of deman…desires later I imagine. It’s going to be a long year or so.

 

  • I’m still up. I realized when I was checking the links I added that David Fincher directed Panic Room, which Kristen Stewart was in. I was impressed with her at the time. I just watched some clips of Panic Room, and also Zathura. She was much more expressive in these films. Fincher had nothing to do with Zathura as far as I know, but this shows that the right direction might change how she plays Bella.

     

  • On Chris Weitz

    MTV posted the following synopsis of New Moon:
    The release also offered, for the first time, the studio’s official synopsis for the sequel: “In ‘New Moon,’ Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested. Production on ‘New Moon’ is scheduled to begin in the coming months and the studio is planning to release the film towards the end of 2009 or early 2010.”

    I’m sure the new fans of Twilight appreciate the spoilers, MTV and Summit Entertainment. I thank you on their behalf. Why didn’t you just tell them on what page Edward comes back, or that Edward and Bella end up together with a beautiful baby girl for that matter?

    Anyway…Seriously, Summit, Chris Weitz? I love American Pie as much as the next person, but it can’t compare to the task of adapting a beloved novel to film. Weitz has attempted this task with another novel, The Golden Compass, and failed miserably. Not only did he direct that one but he wrote the screenplay. I saw the movie before reading The Golden Compass. I was entertained, but left with questions I should not have been left with. It was visually stunning, but there seemed to be something missing. It made so much more sense when I read the book and saw everything that was left out. This was not a good adaptation. As far as I know you have not chosen him to write the screenplay, and that you are instead going with the same writer that did Twilight. This does not instill confidence. I thought Twilight was poorly adapted, awkward rather than rife with sexual tenstion, and the dialogue was terrible.

    So, here’s what I see. A director of a poor adaptation will be directing another adaptation, written by a writer who just finished another poor adaptation in the very same series. That The Golden Compass was visually stunning is of little comfort. The Golden Compass had a budget of $180M. New Moon will only have $50M and from what I understand a chunk of that is going to pay increases for the now star talent.

    I’m not all doom and gloom here though. The camera angles will no doubt be better, and I would be surprised if there were all these wacky close ups on everyone’s eyes. I am hoping there will be a new composer, but I’ve not heard anything on that subject. More money is good, even if it’s not enough money.

    For the record, again, I think David Fincher would have been a better choice for New Moon. Maybe I’ll write something more coherent later. I’m late and have to dash.

    PS You’re seriously not keeping Taylor Lautner? I hope you’re planning on ditching the other skinny boys playing werewolves from Twilight. Good luck finding huge, super-buff Native Americans who can act to play the pack. You better be as meticulous with the rest of the story.

     

  • FYI to Summit Entertainment- it’s impossible to find an actor that can start off at a height of 5″9 only to grow throughout the movie to a staggering 7 feet. YOU NEED SPECIAL EFFECTS TO ACCOMPLISH THIS. I genuinely do not understand the fuss over Taylor Lautner- he should absolutely stay on for the remaining films.

     

  • Thank you!

  • March 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

    Why Rosalie Doesn’t Suck

    **Moved from original blog**
    **Breaking Dawn spoilers**

    October 13, 2008 at 10:03 pm ’86 Rabbit
    Why Rosalie Doesn’t Suck

    Ok, so she’s not my favorite Cullen either, but she’s not a bad person. Honestly, the only person she’s unpleasant to is Bella, and that’s only in comparison to the other Cullens who all dote on Bella whenever possible.

    Apparently Rosalie has never quite gotten over Edward not being attracted to her, despite having a great guy of her own in Emmett. Be honest, don’t you have even one petty thing that you’ve had a really hard time letting go of? Aren’t you flattered when guys notice you? Aren’t you even a little threatened by guys who are prettier than you? Ok, maybe it’s hard to admit. We’re raised to be modest, even self-deprecating. Look at is this way. Bella describes Rosalie as the most beautiful woman in the world. When even other people see you that way, is it really conceit to admit it to yourself? And then what if you are turned into a vampire and are that much more beautiful?

    Now, what if that’s the only strength you were allowed to have? That’s what makes me feel for Rosalie. She was born in a time that wasn’t kind to women. To make matters worse her parents were social climbers who traded on their daughter’s beauty to bring them more wealth and prestige. So Rosalie learned to use her beauty and feminine wiles to get what she wants out of life. It’s really just another kind of power, really. We all use what power we have. It’s a shame her parents didn’t put any stock in any of her other gifts. She may have turned out a little more well-rounded.

    Now, I know you love Edward and Jasper. I do too, but shall we compare their “records” to Rosalie’s? You know they haven’t been nearly as good at living Carlisle’s lifestyle as Rosalie has. Sure she’s killed 7 people, but not for food. She did that out of revenge for what they did to her. Not only did they violate her, but they left her for dead, and on top of that she was made a vampire against her will because of it. I think she’s earned the right to be a little crabby here. Have you never wondered what you’d do to someone who’d attacked you if you had the strength? Ok, ok, so revenge isn’t the only reason she’d kill. She was going to kill Bella, but that was to keep her family out of trouble, to protect the life they’d built.

    Family is very important to Rosalie. She would have given up all that she had to be human and have a human family. Until that time, she has the Cullens and she would do anything to protect them. Cold and calculating, sure, but not a bad person to have on your side. She just doesn’t happen to be on Bella’s side most of the time.

    Still, doesn’t she help Alice dress Bella, and do her hair and make-up? That’s pretty sisterly behavior. Sure, she once had a little snit and wouldn’t get Bella dressed in new clothes really fast so they could make their escape, but what sister doesn’t have the occasional snit about clothes-sharing? And you might ask yourself how you’d feel if your sister of 50 years or so suddenly preferred hanging out with a new girl who seemed intent on becoming the very thing you would give anything not to be. I think I might feel like I was being replaced, and resent it just a little. I think I’d do the best I could, for the sake of my family’s well-being, but I might have a snit now and then.

    No matter what Rosalie may have done or may have wanted to do, all goes out the window as far as I’m concerned the moment she pitted herself against the rest of the family to help Bella save Renesmee. Any hard feelings I may have harbored are only due to my being “a Bella,” and if Bella can forgive her, so can I.

    So there you have it:
    1. The most beautiful woman in the world.
    2. A “record” second only to Carlisle’s. The girl’s got some morals.
    3. A fierce protector of family. She will kill for you or just do your hair in a pinch.
    4. Oh yeah, and she’s the best mechanic in the family. There’s a story in there somewhere. Why would she ever think to get her hands dirty when she could get a boy to do it? This is not the behavior of a completely shallow girl.

    There are worse things to be than “a Rosalie.” You could be a Lauren, or worse, a Jessica.

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    February 11, 2009 Posted by | Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer, Twi-Media, Twilight | , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

    The Names of Twilight

    I’m moving some stuff from my old blog to this new one. Here’s an old post and the comments to go with it.

    **Spoilers ahoy**

    Bella’s the narrator, usually, so let’s start with her. First I want to say, how could anyone have ever thought that she would not become a vampire? That she would not end up with Edward? Ok, so when Edward and Bella say their I Dos on page 49 of Breaking Dawn, I was momentarily concerned that Edward might not make it to the end of the book. I thought maybe they were getting their happiness in the beginning, and that later the dog might actually have his day. But I braced myself and read on hoping otherwise. I put my faith in the fact that there was more foreshadowing in favor of Edward and Bella’s happiness. I moved on to Bella getting her wish. So on page 354, when Edward shares yet more bodily fluid with Bella, I thought, “My god, it’s only halfway into the book. They’re married. She’s a vampire. Oh man, this could get ugly.” And it did, and maybe I’ll talk about that later. For now let’s talk about Isabella Swan.

    Isabella is a form of Isabel, which is a form of Elizabeth. It means God Is My Oath, or Devoted To God. How many times does she describe Edward as a god? The short form, Bella, which she prefers to go by, is the Italian word for Beautiful. It’s interesting to note that while she didn’t consider herself beautiful, many others did, and that it was the Italian vampires, the Volturi, who set Bella on the path to realizing beauty in her own eyes when they mandated she be made a vampire or die. Also interesting to note is that historical figure Isabella of France married Edward II. Isabella is the White Queen featured on the cover of Breaking Dawn, and Edward is indeed Edward II, having been named after is father. Maybe I’ll write more on that later. Back to Bella.

    Swan, if you’ve read The Ugly Duckling, tells you all you need to know about the Bella’s future. She considers herself plain and feels bad at times, as if she weren’t good enough to stand next to Edward. But she is a Swan. She will blossom. She will become. And much like the Ugly Duckling of Hans Christian Anderson, she will not be proud, for a good heart is never proud. She can truly appreciate her beauty.

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    February 8, 2009 Posted by | Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer, Twi-Media, Twilight, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment