Yesterday, I had my nieces beg me to take them to the weekend premiere of "Twilight". These are the nieces who are often too cool to go out with me. (I guess I've been relegated to Crazy Aunt status, while my sister wins the coveted 'Cool Aunt' status)
BUT... being such a huge Harry Potter fan in my family, they assumed I would also be a lover of "Twilight", and would be more than glad to drive them to the theatre to see the movie. Which, when I told them I wasn't a fan of the series, disappointed them so much that I conceded and said I would take them the weekend AFTER the premiere weekend. I don't want to end up in the mishmash of people going this weekend. And it'll be easier for me to buy a ticket to another movie and then sneaking into this one. I know, I know, my friend said that was such a petty move, but I really don't want my measly ticket counting toward some final total...
I gotta admit, it's cute how much my cousins like the series. While I might rant about it to friends and family, it's kind of hard to tell thirteen/fifteen year olds that this is a movie of a book series that irritates me, I hate Edward Cullen (they love him, for the record), Bella annoys me, I am baffled by their love story, and blahblahblah. Cause that's what I would sound like to them. Blah blah blah blah.
What's weird... I remember the weeks going up to the first Harry Potter movie and how darn excited I was. I remember reading every article I could get my hands on and buying tons of newspapers that had even the smallest clipping about the movie/book/ and clipping them out to save. I remember attending the midnight premiere with a bunch of friends and cheering when two of my friends, in costume, had a mock duel in the front of the theatre. (Yay for fan involvement) It was, in one word, awesome.
Newspapers and reviewers have been comparing the "Twilight" phenomenon with Harry Potter and I've been mostly bristling at that comparison, but... I guess I see their point. Sort of.
But our books were different.
So, er, there.
Note: to be clear, I actually think the movie will be much better than the books. Just staying. Catherine Hardwick is directing, of Thirteen
fame. I loved, loved that movie, so I think this isn't going to be a badder take on a bad book. It's going to be like the opposite of the HP movies (for me, anyways) where the books were more appealing than the movies. EDIT:
I'm laughing so hard. This review
by James Wolcott of Vanity Fair is just about the funniest review I've read about "Twilight". And it's not totally disparaging...