Ugh. Everyone’s talking about it so I guess I have to as well. With Twilight’s 10th anniversary, I guess it just couldn’t be avoided.
Lets start with how Twilight actually became to be what it is today. Stephanie Meyer explained in a website that she dreamt of the field with lavender, which is honestly how most authors find their inspiration. Everyone has dreamed, but only writers can turn it into something more than just a piece of creativity brought forward by the mind. It is because of this that I myself was inspired to write – although I had already started my writing journey, hearing that other writers had done the same made me feel part of a community.
I had read all the books and loved them as a kid because I was going through the phase where I wanted two boys to choose and love me. Totally set up unrealistic expectations for the majority of my life.
Twilight as a film series was a huge disappointment for me. Not only did they have to spray tan Rob Patterson’s abs on for a scene where he steps out to commit vampire suicide by exposing himself to the human world, but oh my God I get that vampires are pasty white people but did they really need to cake on the white? Even the sparkles… good Lord, a man is not made of diamonds. Sure, maybe a Godly glow or shimmer, but not rainbow sparkles of men and women dipping themselves in glitter.
Colouring was useless as a cinematic device as well. Everything was practically blue and grey, all dull. Sure, I guess in turn it works when it comes to making things stand out, but by now you will know I love “showing” not “telling”, and this movie was a huge tell. There was nothing that the audience couldn’t assume for themselves, and it lost the magic of film.
The movie did hold some logic that I will agree was done well, comparative to some modern films such as Crimes of Grindlewald. For audience though, I wouldn’t classify it as something for young adults or teens. Hell, its so imaginative in its attempts at living up to the quality of the books that I’d let my baby cousins watch it – albeit their parents wouldn’t agree purely because it’s not cartoon.
I tried so hard as a kid to love this film, but everything in me as a young adult tells me to never go back and face the film, because comparative to the books it is a huge waste of time.
Plus, I like to leave things to the imagination. Edward wasn’t perfect in the film, in fact I think the only characters that I found to be perfectly cast were the actors for Alice, Charlie, Rosalie, and maybe Carlisle. I’m still debating myself there.
Would I recommend the film to people? No. Would I recommend the books? Yes. The books immersed you in detail for scenes, it was as if I was Bella. I would imagine my own Edward and Jacob, have my own loves and debates between whether I really wanted to go to prom with Mike or not. The film didn’t offer me that experience, and therefore it did not offer the book justice.