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The Examiner: Twilight movie debate team

December 6th, 2008 by Debbie's World of Books

I came across an article in the San Francisco Examiner.com that will be featuring a debate between those that loved the Twilight movie and those that were disappointed.  They have 3 people each on Team Loved It and Team Disappointed who will be answering the following questions:

The three members on each side of the debate were presented with the following five questions to ponder:

1. Does the movie successfully transfer from page to screen the feelings and emotions in the book?

2. Were the characters, particularly Edward and Bella, successfully portrayed by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart?

3. Were the scenes that were added into the storyline for the benefit of the film adaptation effective?

4. Do you think the Twilight movie will encourage people who have not read the books to read them?

5. What, if anything, would you specifically suggest be changed in order for New Moon to be an even bigger success?

What do you think?  I don’t think I fell into either camp.  I didn’t love the movie but I wasn’t really disappointed.  That may be because I went in with low expectations since most movies never live up to how I pictured the book.

How I feel?

1. Does the movie successfully transfer from page to screen the feelings and emotions in the book?

No, I don’t think it really transferred the feelings and emotions all that well.  I think there was a lot of details and things that happen only in Bella’s head that really made you feel for her and Edward.  In the movie it just looked like the two of them kept gazing longingly for each other (or Edward glaring and warning Bella that he’s dangerous for her to be around).

2. Were the characters, particularly Edward and Bella, successfully portrayed by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart?

I was a little surprised over my opinions after watching the movie.  When I first saw the casting I hated Robert Pattinson as Edward and thought Kristen looked exactly how I pictured her.  After watching the movie I thought for the most part Robert did not do that bad a job.  Some scenes like the first Biology lab meeting was way over done and Robert’s mile high hair bothered me but over all I thought he did a decent job.  On the other hand I did not care for Kristen’s portrayal at all.  I don’t know if it was her acting or the script but Bella came across as kind of pathetically chasing after Edward.  She didn’t seem to show the emotions I was expecting and the way she delivered her lines was uninspiring.

3. Were the scenes that were added into the storyline for the benefit of the film adaptation effective?

I know they were just trying to set the scene for how bad Victoria, James and Laraunt were but I could have done without some of the scenes of them attacking factory workers or the guy in the fishing boat.  I loved the part where the Cullens are trying to cook a meal for Bella.  It cracked me up.  My favorite was the ending.  I liked that there was a fight scene between Edward and James since it made it more exciting to me to see him fighting to protect Bella.  If I recall the book correctly Jasper and Emmett take care of James.

4. Do you think the Twilight movie will encourage people who have not read the books to read them?

I think the movie might inspire more teeny bopper girls to read the book because they will be infatuated with Robert Pattinson.  I don’t think as many adults who haven’t already read it will be rushing out to read it.

5. What, if anything, would you specifically suggest be changed in order for New Moon to be an even bigger success?

Jasper needs to pull it together and not look like a brain dead, sheep caught in headlights character.  I think Kristen Stewart is really going to have to step it up a notch and really get into the character of Bella instead of just spitting out lines.  I hope we see more of the other Cullens.  They need to seriously work on the make up department for the vampires.  Carlisle had so much powder on his face it was ridiculous.  He didn’t look pale, he just looked like he was wearing a lot of makeup.  Edward wasn’t as bad.  He looked horrible with too much powder at the beginning but it seemed to get better later in the movie.

What does everyone else think?

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