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.
- Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
- New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)
- Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)
- 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
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.
I haven’t read the books yet, and I’ve only seen the first movie, but I must say I find it amusing the way they are romanticizing vampires these days. It’s almost as if they were preparing everyone for when they come out of the closets.
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Conditioning our minds to accept them when they do come out at some scheduled time? 🙂 And most books I’ve read about them tells us that when they love someone, they love for eternity and never look for another. Seems very tempting for broken-hearted folks to seek out vampires instead. Thing is, you gotta become like them eventually to qualify.
Somehow James, it doesn’t seem worthwhile does it, especially if you have to watch all your loved ones die.
If we all loved forever like Vampires, then we would still be besotted with out teenage crushes. That would be head wrecking. I must say though. I have enjoyed these books to date.
That’s why they have the Volturi to keep them in line. Creating a child vampire or immature vampire is taboo and is punishable by death for both creator and created vamp. If we are to believe Stephenie Meyer, a vamp’s immature urges get tempered by time eventually, like the case of 17-year-old Edward Cullen. They can even cut off or at least efficiently contain their lust for human blood like the case of Carlisle. ‘Years and years of practice’, Carlisle would say.
I’ve been looking for New Moon to watch online in DVD quality for ages… I don’t want to spoil it in bad camera quality, can anyone help me find it? thx!!!! my bf is fed up of going to see it with me so i wanna see online lol!
i just found out i can watch it online in HD officially free at streamnewmoon(dot)com!
i am going to be honest about the twilight saga,the first book was unputdownable but after that you dont feel it anymore.
High expectations. That’s what i had for the 4th one. That’s why I said I was kinda disappointed because I was hoping for more violence there. 🙂
I absolutely love twilight.. I’ve seen every movie at least 3 times and could watch them over and over..
It’s hard to doubt your passion for the movie as you even put up a site just for it, Laura. 🙂
I’ve never read the books and probably never will. I simply don’t have time to.
However, so far, the movies have been better than expected. Looking forward to the next couple to be released!
I’m pretty sure Eclipse will be released within the year. We will get to see Victoria back in (real) action here. I’m sure they’re gonna make the Edward-Victoria fight much fancier than Twilight’s fight scenes.
Great review James, you could review books for a living if you read fast enough. I haven’t read any on the books but vampires and werewolves can be a great story if well written. As crazy as it sounds a great author can make it almost romantic.
Absolutely Brian. Just like putting a couple of colors, say blue and yellow to a good artist. The artist can make a cornucopia of pleasing visual effects out of it. A great author can nicely inject romance in a gory and bloody story.
Thanks Brian, but I think my reading speed is not that fast. I do like reading novels though.
Hmm, I think im gonna read up on this a bit more.
My wife got all into the Twilight Saga when everyone and their mother was talking about it when New Moon was just coming out. She even watched the first movie on Youtube so that she could understand what was happening in the new movie so she could watch it with her friends. Then she went on Wikipedia and read all the articles about it so that she could know what was going with the whole thing. I thought it was funny how she fell in love with it so quickly.
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