Friday, July 02, 2010
Not Bitten or Smitten
I've never read the "Twilight" books. I might have read them if I hadn't seen the reaction to them of other women I know. These women I know are in love with their husbands, but they have a crush on this teenage vampire. One of them had a "Twilight" party where they discussed the merits of "Team Edward", or "Team Jacob", and drank red punch that resembled blood. Most of them leave gushy facebook messages about how wonderful Edward is. They collect Edward memorabilia. The other day I decided I needed to see what all the hype was about, so I watched the first two movies. Last night I went with my daughter to see the new one.
I thought the movies were entertaining, and they were romantic, but I didn't come away dreaming of either of the heros. There are a lot of pretty faces in Hollywood, so one more didn't send me over the moon. I think I must have needed to read the books to become infatuated. But frankly that's why I chose not to read them.
I have several problems with the whole "Twilight" fever. First of all, none of it is based in reality. Even if vampires did exist, there are no men in the world who look at you as the sole meaning of their existence. If you find a guy who can't bear to be separated from you for even a short time, RUN! He is probably codependent and a mama's boy who needs hand holding. There are no men who swoon, and practically faint just being next to you.
The books and movies show a highly romanticized situation that does not mirror real life. In this story, the main characters always have turmoil and separation that makes them pine for each other. Real life usually does not contain that much drama. The story also doesn't show normal day to day life. They don't show Edward leaving his socks on the floor, or passing gas. In fact, one of the most common scenes in the movie is of Edward and Bella sitting in a field of flowers. I half expected them to do the cliche scene where they run across the field in slow motion towards each other.
There is something I do like about the story though. Edward is actually 117 years old, having been turned in to a vampire many years ago. So he has old fashioned ideas about love, sex, and marriage; ideals I share. There was one classic moment in the movie where Bella tries to get him to have sex with her. He declines and tells her that he doesn't have hope for his own soul, but he is concerned about hers, so wants to wait for marriage. As I was whispering out loud these words, I heard a nearby woman saying the exact same thing in tandem with me: "Good boy!". The whole audience laughed at her. :) The books were written by an LDS author, so that is probably the main reason that sex isn't part of their relationship. In fact, as part of the story line, Edward can't even kiss Bella very much out of fear of losing control of his vampire self. Now THAT is the one part that DOES mirror real life!
People debate whether or not to be "Team Edward", or "Team Jacob". That's an easy one for me. The actor who plays Jacob has an ugly nose. (This picture doesn't really show it.) He does have a good build, in fact I would say he is totally ripped. But I can't get past the nose.
Overall I would say the movies are entertaining, and they are definitely romantic. I'm glad I went to the movie last night so I could find out what happens in the story. But I doubt I will be watching any of the DVD's again any time soon. Let's just say, I wasn't bitten.