Saturday, November 22, 2008

Twilight

This afternoon I took the girls and a friend to see the movie "Twilight" and was pleasantly surprised. I have heard so many women, and I mean full grown, mature women, not fourteen year old girls, gush over the books... in fact I know one woman who just named her newborn daughter Bella because she loved the series so much. So I read all four books, and while it was an engaging story, I just didn't see what the hype was about.

One of the things that bothered me most about the book is that it is set in two states that I know well, Arizona, where I grew up, and Washington, where I now live. Both are incredibly unique and scenic states that suffered from a complete lack of description in the book. Arizona was "dry and hot" and Washington "Wet and cold". The movie didn't suffer this problem because the photography was just gorgeous. The aerial shots and use of natural scenery throughout the whole film helped to round out a story that had been lacking descriptive depth.

It's still a romance and the female lead is still under-developed. I still felt the need to talk about independence and self respect... because I really do have a problem with girls thinking that a woman in love should be willing to do anything, including give her life, for a man. But, in comparison to the other romantic films targeted to the teen market, this one is pretty darn tame. Plus, I had the rare and valuable opportunity to have a great conversation with my daughters. It was a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

9 comments:

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

It sounds like a lovely afternoon indeed? Was there popcorn? Tell me about the popcorn. I love popcorn.

Ginaagain said...

No, no popcorn. We arrived just in time to fight for decent seats. Stopping for popcorn might have left us sitting in the first row... We did have ice cream afterwards though.

JCK said...

I'm laughing reading your comment about fighting for decent seats!

It sounds like you had a great afternoon. And seeing a movie and getting to discuss it with your children really must be wonderful.

JCK said...

I'm laughing reading your comment about fighting for decent seats!

It sounds like you had a great afternoon. And seeing a movie and getting to discuss it with your children really must be wonderful.

nicrogers said...

Sounds like a great date with the girls! Caite wants to see this movie as well but she wants to see it with her girlfriend. Thats ok with me. I am not into the whole Twilight thing. I will watch it when it comes to the dollar movie or wait for it to come to video. :)

Mrs. G. said...

I haven't read these books yet, but all the girls I teach are.

Happy Anniversary!

dkuroiwa said...

Your's is like the fourth blog tonight talking about this movie...there were books?!?!
(and no, I don't really think that the blogs can actually "talk"...you know what I mean!!!) :-D
Sounds like a great day with your girls!!!
oh great...now I'm craving popcorn...thanks so much! :-D

Karen MEG said...

Sounds like a great afternoon with your girls!! Twilight, it's all over the blogosphere too, I am very curious... you are brave indeed going on opening week :)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

My bff loved it--and she hasn't read the book. I felt the same way you did about the book and my youngest daughter hated it. We'll probably see it though--for the same reason as you--a little bonding time.