Sci-Fi Fodder

"Twilight"

The much-anticipated vampire movie, "Twilight", premieres Friday night. Everywhere I look, I see a "Twilight" poster or news story. Heck, I even read an article about the movie in the "USA Weekend" insert in my Sunday paper!

But, despite the hype and the obvious interest by most everyone, I am not really excited about the movie.

To find out why, let's compare and contrast the hype and marketing for "Twilight" with another recent vampire tale - "True Blood".

I really like "True Blood". However, I was sold prior to the first episode. Anna Paquin was cast as the star, so I knew it would be well-acted. I was not familar with the Charlaine Harris novels (on which the series was based), but I did know director Alan Ball's work, so I expected a quality production. And, finally, the HBO media blitz was witty and effective, with several websites and cool slogans, like "Friends Don't Let Friends Drink Friends".

"Twilight", on the other hand, seems to be marketed to the "Gossip Girl" crowd. The marketing is all about the extreme good looks of the two stars. The director is Catherine Hardwicke, who is best known for directing "Thirteen". She has skills. Once again, I am not familar with the author, Stephane Meyer. "Twilight" was her first book, though. For some reason, I am thinking "Eragon" here...which, for me, was not that readable. But, I want to be fair - and that means I need to actually try to read the novel before I make a true judgement.

Nothing has really captured my imagination regarding "Twilight". However, I am in the clear minority. A deal has already been struck to film the second and third books of the series - that's how much interest the movie has generated!

To be honest, I hope that I am pleasantly surprised by "Twilight". There is a chance that it might be one of those stories that doesn't sound all that innovative at first glance, but is executed so well that it transcends its origins. Something like, say, a story about a high school girl who is chosen to fight vampires. That would never work - except that was the basic concept for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". That turned out pretty good, eh?



I'm looking forward to the movie, but I don't think the movie will do the book justice. Just like the Harry Potter books don't bring to life everything you brought to life in your mind.
Stephenie Meyer has a gift of storytelling and her writing has been likened to that of reading a diary. It's very personal. And for those of us crazy older people, if you let yourself get caught up in the fantasy of it all, it's a nice little ride...a trip back into simpler times of high school angst.

Whatever you do, don't judge the book by the movie. :)

-- Posted by: melissa at November 18, 2008 2:23 PM

The latest trailer is decidedly different than the earlier versions. More emphasis is placed on the "vampire" aspects of the film than the teenage love story. Maybe they heard something from test audiences?

-- Posted by: arous at November 18, 2008 2:58 PM

As I continued to research the movie, I did find that it was supposed to be in the horror genre - which I didn't really get at all from the earlier marketing materials.

I'll definitely check out the book...and I am sure that I will be seeing the movie eventually. Just not this weekend :-)

-- Posted by: Fred at November 18, 2008 4:26 PM

If you think that the movie is just based on the characters good looks, you are sadly mistaken. If you had read this book then you would know how very untrue that is. The characters are together because of who they are, not how they look.

I don't think that the movie did justice to the book. Everyone did a decent job but they couldn't fit the whole book into the amount of time they had. Don't judge this book by the movie. Read it, you won't be dissapointed.

-- Posted by: Jessi at November 25, 2008 10:58 PM

If you think that the movie is just based on the characters good looks, you are sadly mistaken. If you had read this book then you would know how very untrue that is. The characters are together because of who they are, not how they look.

I don't think that the movie did justice to the book. Everyone did a decent job but they couldn't fit the whole book into the amount of time they had. Don't judge this book by the movie. Read it, you won't be dissapointed.

-- Posted by: Jessi at November 25, 2008 10:58 PM