Before all the brouhaha on the movies happened, I was already one of those huge fans of the Twilight Saga. I’ve read the books way before the movies started so I would like to think of myself as a die hard fan. I wasn’t a converted fan which was the case of so many people who happened to get to know the franchise because of the movie adaptation.
I must admit, though, that however much I hated the movies now, I was extremely excited when I heard that Twilight, the first book in the saga, was heading to the big screen. I wasn’t much excited over Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan but I was one of those who swooned upon seeing the actor playing Edward Cullen. Who wouldn’t be in love with Robert Pattinson, right? Perfect Edward for us die hard fans!
And then the movie was shown. Did you know that my friends and I even had tickets to a special cinema (read: expensive) extremely excited as we were? All the while we were watching the movie we were laughing our heads off! It was a big JOKE! We were horrified that Stephenie Meyer allowed such a thing to happen! Imagine our beloved book, the special and memorable scenes in it, twisted and turned into a totally different movie! Have you noticed the use of too much emphasis/exclamation points? Haha!
Case in point, Rosalie Hale‘s role. You see, Rosalie is just a background character in the first book. All the Cullens had an important role in the book but we all know that if ever there was another Cullen aside from Edward who would be prominent in the movie, that would be Carlisle. Alice as well since she’s the one who’s supportive of Edward’s feelings for Bella. Have you seen the movie? Remember that hospital scene where instead of Edward and Carlisle, there’s Rosalie! Grabbing much of the scene. Now, why would that be so? Nikki Reed didn’t even come close to the description of the superlative-laden beauty of the book character! The one playing Victoria in the movie was better suited to the role actually. She’s the one who’s beautiful! But that’s beside the point. I just couldn’t understand why a perfectly simple scene in the book could be turned into a horrible scene in the movie! Do you want me to point out some more scenes I found totally ridiculous (and that’s putting it mildly)?!?
- The meadow scene… butchered! It should have been the most special scene in the movie but it wasn’t given that much importance!
- That diner scene where Stephenie Meyer made a cameo. It shouldn’t even have been there! Bella could cook! Why the need to have her and her father eat at a diner?!?
- That scene where a man on a boat was killed by the three nomad vampires. Such a total waste of film! It could have been given to a much more special scene in the book but no, James, Victoria and Laurent had to be given more exposure. I couldn’t even fathom why.
- And every scene where Rosalie figures prominently. I have a theory on why Nikki Reed/Rosalie was given that much exposure. She personally knew Catherine Hardwicke, the director. It was said in the movie promo that they worked together in the past. If not for that, I didn’t know the motivation behind the Rosalie prominence in the movie. Totally unnecessary!
And then there’s the casting. Rob as Edward, Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen, Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen, Peter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen. They were fit for the characters they played. The others were all wrong for me. Looks-wise, Kristen would have been perfect for Bella. But acting-wise, horrible! I don’t want to start on her acting because I’d totally ruin my day if I did. It’s that wrong for me! Nikki was, as I’ve said, totally wrong for the role. Rosalie should have been someone drop dead gorgeous! Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Hale looked like a constipated version of the character. Elizabeth Reaser as Esme Cullen was a bit old for me. I would have loved someone younger. But she’s okay. Actually, everyone’s okay with me except for Nikki/Rosalie. I just felt that she got in because she knew the director. She couldn’t even act that well! Oh, and Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black? I would have loved for a better actor to fill the role. Someone who could actually compete with Rob’s looks. And in the book, Jacob was a big guy. Taylor wasn’t even close.
I just felt that the saga became a big joke after the movie adaptation. I mean, come on! The movie butchered the book that we all fell in love with! It didn’t capture the essence of the story. Kristen/Bella didn’t even inspire sympathy for the character. She was the one who should have been the focal point of the movie but since she was all wrong for the role, the focus shifted to Rob/Edward. Don’t let me start on the horrible make-up, please!
I couldn’t fathom how Stephenie thought the movie was great. It wasn’t! It was laughable the way they interpreted the book. The woman who wrote the screenplay should have been sent back to school! The casting director, too!
After Twilight the movie, the books didn’t mean that much to me anymore. I lost my love for it. But something made me want to rediscover my love for the Twilight Saga. I read Twilight and it’s slowly returning. After Breaking Dawn, I will tell you if I truly did…
Read my brief review of Twilight here.