Book vs movie

November 27, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Spoiler warning: Don’t continue reading if you want to watch the movie Twilight without knowing the plot because I might talk about some of the plots and the plot “limitations”.

I felt like I was the only one that didn’t compare the movie to the book in the theater just now.

I did see an interview with Catherine Hardwicke stating that she wanted to be as faithful to Stephenie Meyer’s work as possible.

And man, did she did that alright. I don’t think there’s another movie that followed the book as faithful as Twilight did. Most of the things said were verbatim; lifted straight from the book word for word. It makes you think, man, being a screenwriter of an adapted movie must be really easy. Nonetheless, she did a bad job, I think.

The movie was full with giggling girls. And the camp Edward and camp Jacob were there… Though camp Edward was either more vocal or had more followings. When I was reading the review, I really, honestly, didn’t expect there will be shouting to the screen of “I love you Edward Cullen!!”, “OMG Edward!!”, etc etc… I don’t know. Malaysians seem to be on the boring side.

However, they surprised me during this movie. Never have I watched a movie with soooo many people whispering!! And almost everyone were girls; not surprisingly. The guys looked like frustrated boyfriends being dragged by their girlfriend. If I were them, I wouldn’t really want to go watch such movie. I mean, your girlfriend sighing over some other guy? Ergh. Some masochist you must be!!

And most of the whispering consisted of “eh but that wasn’t in the movie” and “yeah! It went like that!” and “noo!! Where got!!” and so on and so forth.



Keep quiet and just enjoy the movie!!

I, of course, laughed at the scenes which Evil Iguana Spoofed. I was also eating a Hershey’s bar when they were playing baseball; about the time the three other vampires appeared.

I also teared when it was raining or drizzled, which was often since Forks was said to be the wettest part in Continental America. It made me miss UK so very bad.

Anyway, so yeah, most of my fellow watcher read the book, and they enjoyed it, I am very sure of that. There was a loud applause at the end; something you would expect during a musical, not a movie. You know, when the cast comes out and bow at the audience? Yeah, they did that.

I sat beside a lady who have not read the book. I realized it halfway through the movie when she whispered “why?” a bit too often, which lead me to whisper to her if she has read the book. The answer was no, she haven’t, but she will get it after the movie.

And she wasn’t the only one. Before the movie, I went to MPH to look for Cornelia Funke’s Inkworld trilogy books, and saw that the Twilight books were overflowing the shelves. I went back, feeling the need to spend money (I’ll probably explain why later), and saw that at least one quarter of the Twilight books were gone. Either the people decided to buy the book and read it immediately after watching the movie or those that watched the movie with me (it was the first screening at GSC 1Utama) that didn’t understand and haven’t read the book wanted explanation.

It is not surprising.

I suppose people might not believe me when I say what I will say, considering I’ve read so many reviews. However, I have to agree with the reviewers, and it is proven by the lady that sat next to me. You would wonder how in the world Bella came to the conclusion that she has fallen “unconditionally and irrevocably in love” with Edward. He talked to her in class, saved her twice, rejected her invitation to go to La Push (though we also know why thanks to Jacob Black) and went on a date with her after saving her the second time, where he explained somewhat that he’s a vampire and wants her blood and can’t read her mind even though he could others… and she falls in love with him.

Let me just say that although I somewhat prefer the Bella the way that Kristen Stewart and the screenwriter decided to portray her because I found her (okay more like Meyer’s) flowery words in describing Edward annoying, those annoying flowery words, I realize now, were quite important in explaining how she came to such conclusion. Bella/Stewart is a no nonsense type, no frills whatsoever. Quite surprising that she “falls in love”, using the phrase loosely.

The movie really made it more obvious how shallow Bella was for falling in love with Edward, what with reaching the conclussion before knowing him.

And with her pouncing on Edward (which the Malaysian censorship board thought it necessary to cut even though the movie was already classified for 18PL, to which I will ramble about later)…

Just confirms that she’s just a very very horny teenage girl, having a strong desire to mate with the most “perfect” guy she knows. And even after that pouncing episode… I don’t know. It makes me feel like taking back those criticizing things that I said about the flowery dialogue that Meyer employed; without it, you wonder if she is in love with the guy. It’s like it’s just words; she’s trying to convince herself, yeah, she loves this guy.

I don’t know… It somehow felt like she just wanted to fuck the guy (pardon my French), and after the deed is done, she wouldn’t even look back and forget that Edward Cullen ever entered her life.

And from Edward’s actions… he would be the heartbroken one; the kicked puppy.

And combined with the soundtrack… Don’t get me wrong. I love the soundtrack. It may suit the story and all… but the angry lyrics of most of the songs… it intensified the feeling that Bella’s frustrated that Edward wouldn’t sleep with her. Though Carter Burwell’s score did save the situation somewhat. OMG I love the score, too!! Hahaha. Bella’s Lullaby really is beautiful; to me anyway.

And Wyoming still popped into my head when Never Think played (during the “date”). Seriously!!!

Oh, I don’t know. Even though when you watch the movie, it does follow the book, the feeling of it is not the same. It doesn’t make you curious as to why it’s so popular; it’s the obsessive love that Bella feels for Edward. However, having strip that off for the movie… there’s not much of the spirit of the book in it.

From the discussion after the movie, I could actually tell which one of them haven’t read the book. The satisfied ones were the one that have read the book and are happy at the way it has come to life; they could fill in the blanks that were left out by the screenplayer (so unworthy that I am not going to bother search for her name; and I no longer think it fit to complain about the actor when it comes to the potrayal of a person after my pondering about Cedric Diggory’s portrayal in Harry Potter 4. Warner Brothers are just so obsessive about making Harry the good guy all the way that they made Diggory utterly obnoxious. Bleargh), thanks to their knowledge of the book.

If I were to consider whether to watch the next movie based on the movie like a “rational” person who hasn’t read the book and can’t be bothered to read it, I wouldn’t watch the movie.

However, as I am not a rational person, I would want to watch the movie to see how bad the adaptation will be; if they decide to continue with Bella’s current personality. Man… As it is Bella is such a vacuous character… and stripping the personality that is so essentially Bella Swan, ie her obsession with Edward, just seemed too much for me, even though yes, I do find it annoying.

I don’t know. I suppose I’m sending mixed messages here. I am annoyed with myself; I’m not being consistent. Whether I want Bella to be flowery, or whether I don’t want her to be.

Watching the movie and seeing the character being stripped, I have to admit, annoying as it is, Bella is much better off with her obsession. For the sake of storyline anyway. I still don’t particularly like the book; I just read because it was recommended by and I trust its recommendation; for some reason it never disappointed me. I wouldn’t really go as far as it did disappoint me though. And I will read the whole series because, 1. I am “researching” as to how popular writers write, and 2. I am pretty positive that Stephenie Meyer’s a Republican and–though I’m not too sure on this part–she’s trying to lure teenage girls into Republicanism and pro-life views. I know, I should be some conspirational theorist. Like a friend said, only I could come up with some pro-life forwarding agenda in fiction novel.

Maybe I should do some PhD thesis on hidden political agenda of fiction authors. The books I would pick would be Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga and CS Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. I think that should be enough, yes? One anti-religion, one pro-religion and one… pro-life, I think.

Oh, one scene in the movie reminded me of a bit of a hanging theme in the book; when Bella, Jessica and Angela went shopping at Port Angeles… When Bella got accosted by the guys (which from the cast list I discovered were frat boys), those… Apart from the fact that Edward was disturbed by their thoughts… I don’t know. In my mind I tried to connect them with James and Company (the vampires that hunted Bella) so as to make their appearance in the book more sensical instead of just appearing out of no where. However, I suppose they wanted to gang rape Bella instead, since the movie tried to make them appear gradually instead of something that she quickly inserts to make the story more interesting (as most reviews of the book took note that the story only got more interesting in the last 170 pages [give and take] of the book).

Let me make it clear again that I did not compare the movie with the book in the theater; then I just allow the book to fill in the blanks when it was unclear. I don’t compare the book while I watch the movie; I try to enjoy the movie as much as I could. I do the comparing later; in the case of Twilight, now. As a whole, I find the movie disappointing because it doesn’t explain Bella well; then I bring in the reason why and then I commented about how the book makes more sense and that Hardwicke didn’t really succeed (in my opinion) to follow Meyer’s plotline due to the stripping of one of Bella’s very few personalities. And then I started talking crap.

By the way, I thought that it was pretty obvious from the ending that they are continuing with the sequel, I think. With Victoria looking angry after spying on Edward and Bella necking. Makes me wonder why they went through the pretense otherwise, stating, oh, only if they make x amount from the movie. She had that look that someone has that wants to get revenge for her lover.

Oh, I needed to spend money to calm myself down somewhat. Amni, don’t take it as if I’m betraying our hatred pact; I still don’t like him personally. Haha. As if we actually know the guy personally like that. 😛

Robert Pattinson did a good job portraying Edward. As I’ve mentioned before in a previous post that I am too lazy to link here, I found it disturbing how Edward reminded me of myself. As the lady that sat next to me said when the lights went up, I looked as if I just saw a ghost.

In a way, I did; I was watching a movie with vampires, after all. And I checked the wiki article for “undead”, it included ghosts too.

I still feel disturbed, even though I got myself a CD and 2 pairs of shoes…

Slipped my mind; Edward’s personality. I was concentrating too much on Pattinson, I think. Bleurgh.

My feelings were too raw, I suppose; less than 24 hours since I saw my psychiatrist after 10 weeks of absence. Good thing it wasn’t on the same day though.

There were times, I actually felt like walking out of the theater.


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