Edward Cullen reaches out to me. And you.

Edward Cullen reaches out to you

Edward Cullen reaches out to you

How many times did I watch “Twilight” on DVD this weekend? One. I know — I’m proud of me, too! And so is my Edward Cullen action figure!

It was about to be a big ol’ zero on the viewing schedule until I convinced my sister to sit down with me around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night. We’d spent a long few hours working on her internship applications and, considering I’d actually been in possession of the movie for more than 12 hours at that point, I was getting antsy. After all the e-mails were sent out and Kate’s future was yet to be decided (don’t worry, baby sis, they’re going to love you!), we got our golden retriever to settle down long enough to enjoy a little “Twilight” goodness.

Now, I’ll be honest here. I’m a huge fan of the franchise, have read all the books obsessively and gotten my fan-girl bit on, hosted the Breaking Dawn event out at our bookstore (with more than 500 screaming girls — oh, yeah!) and have all sorts of merchandise. You know, definitely obsessive-like. As soon as the DVD date was announced, I hastily scribbled it all down in my little pocket calendar and waited and waited.

And then I finally saw it again — this weekend, after my one brief, but wonderful viewing in November.

And I laughed. A lot.

edward_classDon’t get me wrong — I really enjoyed it. I was entertained. But  the facial expressions — especially Edward/Rob Pattinson’s “OMG what is that smell?!” face when Bella first walks into his science class! I was cracking up. I mean, he was physically repulsed — and if a guy pulled a face like that after I’d tactfully taken a seat next to him on my first day at a new school, I’d look over and punch him in the arm. Or the nose.

So I still loved the movie, but it was just campy. That’s the best word I can use to describe the whole thing. I was so caught up in not physically gasping in the theater the first time I saw it, I overlooked many facets of the movie that would . . . well . . . make me cringe under any other circumstances. Just melodrama and angst. And make-up — so much make-up!

twilight_dvd_coverSo I ask myself again, What is the appeal of the books/characters/films for me? The love story? The teenage angst? I’m almost 24, so I don’t think it’s fair that I should still identify heavily with teenage love stories. But I do. Oh, I do! It’s fun and ridiculous and just awesome. I have an English Lit degree and can sit there and chat Shakespeare and Austen with the best of ’em, but that didn’t quell any desire to rub my hands together in unabashed excitement when the opening credits of the film began to roll. I freaking love “Twilight”! (And I am, in fact, listening to the soundtrack on my iPod as I type this.)

And since I’m discussing this now, I might as well go ahead and share some links to the epic time-sucks that keep me from, you know, editing a novel or querying my books or eating dinner or something. I’ve been laughing out loud — and probably embarrassing myself — while reading the endlessly hilarious quips and adventures of the ladies at Letters to Twilight and Letters to Rob. But I’m going to go back to very seriously not doing constant Google Image Searches on Rob Pattinson. No. I won’t.

Twilight weekend wrap-up

I know, I know. write meg! is quickly turning into some sort of makeshift homage to all things Twilight lately! Please just humor me a little bit longer — I can’t get all the madness out of my head!

Yes, I had to stop in front of Hot Topic. Notice the Cullen crest on the left, too?

Yes, I had to stop in front of Hot Topic. Notice the Cullen crest on the left, too?

My sister and I went to see the movie Saturday morning, as planned — and I absolutely loved it! It was pretty much everything I was hoping for, and I didn’t feel disappointed at all concerning the way things played out. Interestingly enough, Bella and Charlie’s house looked just as I expected it would — and so did the Cullen homestead. And so on, and so forth. I thought the imagery was pretty dead-on, and it “evoked” all of the feelings I’d hoped it would. Rob Pattinson was indeed an excellent choice to play Edward! And though Kristen Stewart was a bit of a surprisingly casting choice for me, I thought she was a great Bella. Overall, excellent! Loved the music, too. I downloaded the soundtrack and have it on replay on my iPod. At least I can remember the film fondly when I’m stuck at my desk!

Concerning the classic “does the film do justice to the book” argument, I thought it closely followed the novel. Out of necessity a few things had to be changed around — placed in a different, but still logical, order — and I know a certain scene was added to help move the plot forward. But none of these switches bothered me at all. It was all pretty much just as I pictured it would be!

And it had a prom scene. Yes, this makes my inner 13-year-old squeal with glee!

Yesterday, my boyfriend and I went out in celebration of our second anniversary and made a few stops along the way at Arundel Mills. Like this location in FYE, where Edward just, um, happened to be standing?

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And I couldn’t walk by the poster without posing again:

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And I’m very excited to hear the book and film’s sequel, New Moon, will have its own film in the future! I guess after raking in $70.6 million in three days, the company isn’t too afraid to shell out the dough for a follow-up. Loving it!

We’ve got the tickets!

It’s official: Kate and I have our tickets to see “Twilight”! We’re going to the 11 a.m. showing tomorrow morning. I might have been up for going to a midnight release, but I was too afraid I’d get stuck around chatty and/or annoying people in the movie theatre. I tend to get… irate when people are making noise in the movies. This can include any number of a lengthy list of acts  I consider “poor movie screening etiquette.” But that’s a separate entry all in itself!

Bite me, Edward

Bite me, Edward

All right, back to “Twilight” — I’m ridiculously excited. I finished the book in June and, though I know many people have very strong feelings about it across the aisle, I think it’s going to be good. In fact, I don’t even care if it’s not good — I’m just looking forward to seeing all of the characters materialized.

There’s been such a frenzy over Stephenie Meyers’ series for so long now, I don’t know when it first came into my collective consciousness. I remember working at the bookstore two Christmases ago — around when Eclipse came out, I think — and getting into a long conversation with a father and his teenager daughter about what the books were about, exactly.

I remember the young lady blushing and saying, “It’s about vampires. But it’s not really about vampires.”

“How’s that?” I asked.

“It’s about love,” she said simply. Her father shook his head, smiling as if to say, “Kids. What can we do with them?”

I think the series is about love, though. And though they might not be the most lyrical, moving or articulated books in the history of the English language — and I know for sure that they’re not! — I found them fun, entertaining and addictive. Once I started the series at the beach, I couldn’t stop reading them. In fact, when I was working at the store (as I will be on Black Friday, apparently — I am contingent, after all!) I got into daily dialogues with customers about the series. Sometimes with one person an hour. This was pretty rare in my bookselling adventures! And waiting for Breaking Dawn to come out was nightmarish! But I did get to pass out the first book out of the first box at our bookstore the night of the release! Just like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So I have two claims to fame, right?