Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga

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Prior to New Year’s eve, I finished reading the last book of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn. The Twilight Saga consists of 4 books.

  1. Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
  2. New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)
  3. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)
  4. Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)

I have earlier written something about the New Moon movie or my anticipation of it a few months before it was released. I can’t help it, I just find stories of this type interesting. Several years back, I have watched ‘Interview with a Vampire’ and thereafter have read all of Anne Rice’s series-novels about the life of vampires. Then 2009 brought my attention to Stephinie Meyer’s Twilight saga.

A few months ago, New Moon was released as a movie starring, of course, the same actors who played the characters in ‘Twilight’. One thing I noticed with the ‘New Moon‘ movie is that there were relevant parts which were left out in the movie, which, like I said in my earlier post is understandable in that it is not easy to condense a story spanning months or years into a 2-hour movie. So, I feel that in order to appreciate and understand the movie to the fullest, it’s good to have read the book beforehand. Also, while I thought that Kristen Stewart was just perfect for the role of Bella in ‘Twilight’, I find that her acting is wanting in ‘New Moon‘. I wonder how she’s gonna handle ‘Eclipse‘ and most especially ‘Breaking Dawn‘ which I believe should require a lot from her.

In Eclipse, I was sort of disappointed because I thought she’d undergo the ritual of change from mortal to immortal in this book. She didn’t. Nevertheless, Eclipse, when it comes to real vampire action and fight scenes, proved to be the best among the 4 books. It is here where the unlikely alliance of vampires and werewolves (or should I rather say ‘shape shifters’) were dramatically played out. After visualizing Eclipse‘s action highlights, I was anticipating more of the same (or even better) in ‘Breaking Dawn‘. The anticipation was ‘mouth watering’ (I also remember James saying that to Bella). But my mouth watering

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anticipation was never consummated fully. Of course, it was foolish of me to expect the actual downfall of the Volturi. How else could Stephenie Meyer add a possible ‘unexpected, due to public demand’ 5th book to the Twilight saga if Aro, Caius or sadistic but cute Jane is gone? Until another coven to coven encounter happens, someone like Jane, or Aro (and Caius most especially) could not rest until they could assert once more the superiority they used to believe was theirs.

If you want to get the gist of the whole Twilight Saga, you can also go to TwilightSaga-Wikia. Or, for the really serious fanatics of Twilight saga, take peep at this site.

Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon

The movie ‘New Moon‘ written by Stephenie Meyer is yet to come, so I of course am not gonna ruin anybody’s forthcoming movie experience by telling the story here. The novel was published way back in 2006, so a lot of people definitely have read it already. When my wife handed me a paperback edition of ‘New Moon‘ a few days ago, I debated with myself whether to read it or not. But November (the New Moon’s scheduled movie release) is still way too far in the future and the temptation to read is overwhelming. I yielded on the second day. I can imagine Carlisle shaking his head in dismay; but I can also see Jasper smiling in understanding.

After reading the book, I went back to view the teaser clip in youtube. Of course, like most movie versions of any story, they have to make little revisions to some portions that could be made more dramatic. And it is evident in this particular New Moon clip. I like the revision in the scene where Bella (Edward’s beloved human) was about to be Laurent’s dinner. I have yet to see the rest of the movie, so I could not tell how the revelation of Jacob’s new secret to Bella was handled. The clip implied that it was revealed to Bella just a little too early (or was it?). Then again, you can’t blame the director or the scriptwriter for that. After all, it’s not easy to condense a story that spans senior high school into a mere 2 audio-visual hours.

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Inspite of the almost always overcast weather of Forks, Washington, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight did not fully whet my appetite for a regular vampire movie setting. I have seen and read all of Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles and also seen the Underworld saga series. So henceforth, for every vampire movie I watch, I always expect to see at least a few scenes of the cold, ancient, grim and dark interiors of vampire abodes. Twilight did not offer such a scene. But considering that this vampire family is not the regular human-blood-sucking type, it’s understandable and proper that they should live in a modern and all too regular human-architectured residence.

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In New Moon, however, Stephenie Meyer finally shows us some old school vampire scenes and I am itching to see how the director and his designers will render a ‘regular vampire abode’ and how the ancient ones would look. Darn, I can’t wait. Can they possible hurry it up a bit and release it sooner?

Some sources in the internet say that digital versions of Stephenie Meyer’s novels are available. This saga is told in 4 books in the following order:

  1. Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
  2. New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)
  3. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)
  4. Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)

Even if I get signed copies of ‘Eclipse’ and ‘Breaking Dawn’ from Stephenie Meyer herself right now, I vow to never touch them until after I’ve seen ‘New Moon’. How’s that for self control Dr. Cullen?

The Official New Moon Trailer: