What is all the buzz about? Whenever I go the mall I see the movie poster. When I am in the office I can hear my colleagues talk about IT. When I am traveling home from work I can see books in the saga being held by different people. What is it that I'm talking about? The Twilight Saga of course - written by Stephenie Meyer. Since in all my travel for the past couple of months I have seen people being bit by the Twilight bug, it's only a matter of time before it got to me. Hence, my POV (Point of View).
Twilight || New Moon || Eclipse || Breaking Dawn || Midnight Sun (partial draft)
Most humans are intrigued by the unknown. Myths and legends are the most famous topic on which the humans usually read about. So it is of no surprise that a story about vampires will capture the interest of - well - humans... and I am one of them. Before reading this I must warn those who haven't read the book that this blog might include spoilers.
~ Twilight (the book) ~
The first book in the twilight saga. The introduction of the main characters Edward Cullen (vampire) and Isabella (Bella) Swan. The story takes place in the present time where technology is at its breakthrough. Stephenie Meyer did not follow the norm regarding her vampire characters. She perceived the vampires as the most perfect immortal creature with just two flaws. They drink blood - human or animal; and the only way to kill the vampire is to incapacitate it and burn the body parts. No nonsense about garlic, silver bullet, sunlight, coffin, goth decor, and wooden stake through the heart. All the vampires seem to be derived through the character of Queen Akasha and Lestat de Lioncourt in the book of Anne Rice - Queen of the Damned. It's an evolved vampire.
Edward is strongly attracted to Bella. As it is stated in the book Bella is like Edward's exact brand of heroin. He is addicted to everything about her. He is attracted to Bella because of how her blood smells like. He is also infatuated with her because he developed strong feelings for her. They eventually fall in love with each other. There is an intense contradiction of wanting to drink her blood - that will eventually kill her, and a need to protect her because he loves her.
The highlight of the story is when a nomad vampire named James hunted Bella because she is a human and is the love interest of Edward. James gift is being a tracker. He is able to track his prey by the scent it leaves behind. James especially wanted to hunt Bella because of how protective Edward seemed on their first meeting in the meadow. Bella reminded James of a human in his past whom he was absolutely attracted to - as a human food. This human is named Alice. Which, coincidentally is Alice Cullen - the vampire sister of Edward.
~ Twilight (the movie) ~
Whenever there is a movie created based on a bestseller book - the scriptwriters usually tend to tweak the story to avoid plagiarism. Hence, it will definitely be subtly different than that of the book. This is no different. I already convinced myself not to compare the movie with the book as I watched the movie. It was interesting - to say the least. As a critic, I would say that the movie could have been better. It was interesting to see how the director and the scriptwriter perceived how the story would look like in film. The transition between scenes is not flawless. It seemed to be abruptly cut to present the next scene.
Yet, the mood was expressed surprisingly well. Vampire movies thrive on it's sexy yet dark appeal to the audience - this movie did just that. It captured the fragility and humor of human existence and the enigma of a mythical figure - vampire. You couldn't help but laugh at the mundane things that normal humans do and be intrigued on how the vampire minds work - while silently wishing that you are being turned into a vampire by Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen). That was a very memorable scene for me. He he he...
~ to be continued...