So, just came back from watching Twilight... the movie that is. Before watching the movie, the only interaction I had was with the movie was a couple of stills and the first trailer. From those, I thought that it was a bad adaptation of the book that was full of cheese. Robert Pattinson isn't Edward Cullen. Kristen Stewart isn't Bella. And Taylor Lautner isn't Jacob. In short, it was a miscast. I love the books. Yes, they are NOT the best and they are NOT well-written books but they are addictive. And before watching the movie, I have always thought that it would suck and wouldn't really live up to how much I like the book.
And now after watching the movie, I could say that I pretty much liked it. Not as bad as I was expecting. Still bad... but I guess that's one of the reasons why I liked the books. There is still that cheese that I saw in the trailer. And I still think most of the cast was a miscast. But I pretty much liked it.
From the start, even when the movie was still under production, RPattz isn't really my Edward. *cough*Gaspard*cough* He still isn't. I don't really find him that handsome here. He was hotter as Cedric than as Edward. He was creepy. The only time that I found him hot was when he and Bella arrived in school together for the first time, the time that he was wearing sunglasses. And that's bad since Edward should have been hot all throughout the movie. Now for Kristen Stewart, though initially I didn't feel that she was Bella, she grew on me. So she was okay on my book. Now for Taylor, you could say that I was so adamant against him being Jacob. I'm a big Jacob fan and love him to bits as much as I love Edward. But seriously, in this movie, I think Taylor did a good job as Jacob. He was great as a "young" Jacob. Now, I just wished that come New Moon, they would recast Jacob since we really need someone tall, buff and absolutely hot and sexy for Jacob. If ever they use Taylor, they should like give him added padding or something. I am still hoping for my Steven Strait Jacob! As for the other casts, Peter Facinelli scared me when he first entered the scene. I was thinking, "OMFG! That guys not a vampire! That's a ghost!" He wasn't pale! He was white! Tone down on the foundation next time, make up people! And for Jackson Rathbone's Jasper, I was actually giggling whenever he's on screen. It looks like he had a million cups of caffeine. XD Nikki Reid's Rosalie and Kellan Lutz's Emmet were okay and Ashley Green's Alice was perfect. And I love Billy Burk's Charlie!
A major thing that I would have like changed for the succeeding movies in the series, writers. Oh, please! Really, you don't need to lift some of the cheesiest lines in the book directly into the movie. Books and movies are different you know. What works for the book doesn't always work for the movie. And also a bit of me wants to change the director. Catherine Hardwicke, it's like you're trying hard for your actors to act. Make them act more naturally! I'm not addressing this to the actors because there are times that they're good in their roles. But watching the first one fourth or first half of the movie made me uncomfortable in my seat. It's like there's a stick shoved up their ass. But yeah... looks like Summit will still stick to Hardwicke for the New Moon sequel.
Anyway, that's it for now. Will be watching it again tomorrow (or is it tonight... *checks the time*) and will try to nitpick stuff again. XD
Breaking Dawn, the fourth in the Twilight series. I waited for this book for almost a year. I stayed far away as possible from spoilers and leaks all those times. And after losing two days reading over it, though I can't say that I hate it, like half of the fandom does, I can't also say that I love it, like the other half of the fandom does. It certainly didn't live to my expectations and I can pinpoint some stuff that I really hate. But then there are still a few stuff I like about it.
Spoilery if you haven't finished reading it yet. Skip to the last paragraph if you don't want to be spoiled.
The book's divided into three parts, with the first and third part being in Bella's POV while the second part being Jacob's. It actually started good. I liked the fact that she made Jacob come back in the wedding. But then it got boring with Meyer's repetitive description of the details. We already know that Bella sees Edward's as someone perfect and dazzling. It was established in the first book, so we really didn't need to know it again. And since I know that Meyer's a Mormon, I wasn't really expecting any smut and explicit sex scenes in it, like what some people in the fandom is waiting for. That's where my romance novels are there for, anyway.
But then the ending of the first part was like something that came out of nowhere. A baby? Between a human and a vampire? Yeah, there were signs that gave it away. Bella's excessive appetite, sleeping the day away and getting queasy stomach. But I was in denial and hoping that Meyer wouldn't give us that. But then after Meyer confirmed it, I instantly knew that this is her answer and wrap-up to Jacob's story. Giving him someone of Bella's to imprint on. So it wasn't really a surprise that book two ended that way. I absolutely love Jacob, even sometimes more than Edward, so I have mixed feelings on this. It's great that he found someone he'll imprint on. But then, I was also thinking that maybe it isn't necessary for him to find someone to imprint on. The love triangle that was one of Bella's main problem in New Moon and Eclipse were just squashed. And then there are times that I'm thinking why with someone that is from Bella. Especially why someone with a stupid sounding name! Renesmee?! Can't Meyer think of a better name than that? Renesmee Carlie? That's the main reason why I hated Bella and Edward's offspring. Stupid. Sounding. Name. Though the nickname isn't any better... Nessie.
So now, everyone's happy. Edward got his wanted marriage with Bella. Jacob imprinted on Bella's baby. Bella became a vampire because birthing the-kid-that-shouldn't-be-named (TKTSBN) made her lost a lot of blood. But that's not the end of the story since Meyer still have to discuss the Volturi. And like the first book, the third book dragged on. Yeah, Bella's a vampire with super powers. Cheesy part is her thought that being the one that love Edward the most in the whole world is her super power. *roll eyes* She could control her thirst for human blood because, as the Cullens say, she was conditioned to it. Blah blah blah. More about Bella being a great newborn. And then the news that they were gonna be visited by the whole Volturi: Aro and his brothers, their wives, and all the guardians which includes Jane, Alec and Demitri. So in turn the Cullens call on other vampires to bear witness that TKTSBN isn't really a vampire. Some of these vampires have powers too. And when I was reading this part, I felt that I was reading X-Men comics. I was waiting for Magneto or Professor Xavier to show up. That looks like a great build-up to a great battle!
But, personally, here's the worst part of the book. Unlike an X-Men comic or the movie X-Men: The Last Stand, the book doesn't end with an epic battle which it was gearing you up for. I mean, Meyer introduces all these other characters. She wrote about them practicing combat. She wrote more about Bella honing her real vampire super power which is actually acting as a shield. She even made Alice leave. (Though it wasn't really a surprise that Alice didn't leave them and instead has something planned. It is Alice anyway! And Alice is made of awesome!) She made Bella think up a backup plan of new papers for Jacob Wolfe and Vanessa Wolfe (which is seriously a name way better than Renesmee!). After doing all that and getting you pumped up for a great battle, all of a sudden, Meyer pulls the rug right out of your feet and made that battle go ka-poof! WTF, Meyer! That's so freaking lame! I want a battle between the Cullens and the Volturi. Just because you want your perfect Bella to save the day doesn't mean that you should skip out on the battle. You seriously could have removed a few chapters if the page count was the problem. And then let them have it! I was seriously looking at the page numbers while I was waiting for it, counting down and thinking if it was just a short battle. But nooooo! Zip. Nada. Zilch. Nothing. Aro and company just left after Alice arrived. I want my battle so bad. *cry moar*
Basically, I think those are the main reasons why I didn't like this book that much. And the reason why I like it? Even though I really love Edward, it was Jacob that saved the book for me. And book two. Of the three books, book two was the most interesting of them. And don't forget Jacob and Rosalie's banters. I love their interaction in the whole book.
So, will I recommend it to others? I don't know. I'm thinking maybe if you really really absolutely ship Edward and Bella AND you also love Bella the best, I'm thinking you might like this book. If you don't care much for Bella or if you don't want a perfect happily ever after ending for her, I suggest you stay away and be happy with Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse.
Look, Ma! Aren't you proud of me? Yeah, after several layouts of just being a bunch of links, I finally really did a layout with all those write ups. And write ups that took me weeks to do. XD I'm seriously bad at writing stuff. And here I'm planning on making something out of all the sites I have. :\ That's a pretty big endeavor. Anyway, cleaned the link list. If you don't find your domain/collective over there, holler and I'll add you.
Finally finished my Buffy marathon. All seven seasons. I watched only a couple of episodes when it was being aired locally and so I know I missed a lot. Even after finally finishing it, I am still a Bangel fan. And still Spike's my most favorite character. XD I want Spike all to myself. Better if it's a pre-soul Spike. I never realized they did that to him in the end of the show since I never did get to watch it. Next up, I'll be marathoning Angel now since I just finished with Buffy. I miss Doyle even if he's just like in it for 9 eps or so. Plus I get to see more Spike in season 5! :D
On other news, why is there so much fandom drama and wanking going around. Twilight fans are spazzing over the casting. I was over that last month. And now, I'm thinking drama will be back again once Taylor Lautner, that guy playing Sharkboy, turns out to be really Jacob. Yeah, I don't think he's good for the part, but what could I do. Plus Twilight!Jacob didn't really leave an impression on me. I'm just confused with Summit calling this open casting for a Native American to play Jacob and then we have here a 100% Caucasian boy playing him. So, is there still hope for Steven Strait to be NewMoon!Jacob or Eclipse!Jacob? Anyway, that's Twilight fandom for you. Where rabid and crazy fangirls are loose. And that includes stalking and scary moms.
And then there's a little lesser drama going on in the Supernatural fandom since it was temporarily replaced by Reaper from the air. I know SPN doesn't get as much attention as it deserves. But for one, I won't bash Reaper until I've seen it and really didn't like it, which is what like some of the more immature SPN fans are doing. I have watched a couple of episodes of Reaper and though it doesn't really come close to SPN, I think it's not really worth bashing. Kevin Smith's really a fun writer and some of the episodes are funny. But yeah, not worth bashing.
I guess that's fandom stuff for you. Where you meet fangirls that sometimes ruin stuff for others. *shrugs*
And lastly, WTF, where was I? Prince of Tennis manga already ended?! I have some catching up to do on that one. I think I stopped early-Nationals. I wonder what Konomi will do next.