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November 20th, 2009

Here is why I loved the movie Twilight.

I am old. Not old as in Edward-Cullen old. Or even old as in grandmother-that-Bella-dreams-herself-as-in-the-opening-scenes-of New Moon old. I’ll be 40 next year, and 40 is the new 2o and yadda yadda, but as far as my readers are concerned, and my own kids, I’m old. But even so, I still love to feel that crazy exhilarating pitter-pat in my chest/stomach/heart region that an amazing love story, or really, any moving story, can bring on. The thing with being old is that it gets harder. You get pickier (it’s one of the reasons I’ve taken to writing my own dang love stories, I’m just that picky). That crazy pitter-pat, which happened all the time when you’re sixteen, it strikes with a little less frequency when you’re 36. Or, ahem, 39.

I went to Twilight with my friend Sarah (a fogey about my age)  at the 11 a.m. showing last year to see what this studio Summit was all about because at that point Summit was interested in optioning If I Stay. I’d devoured Twilight but wasn’t exactly expecting miracles from the movie. But miracles happened. I got the pitter pat. I swear, I was crazy/giddy after the movie, fluttery even. I think I attacked my husband Nick that night. I saw the movie, oh, twice more in theaters, and, oh, a handful of times (cough, three) on DVD. And I got all fluttery every time.

So, I was all primed for New Moon. Sarah and I had a date again, though this time instead of it being the two of us, giggling at a morning showing, it was me, her, her husband, and like 7 tweens. I wanted the pitter pat. I did not want to laugh in an ironic snarky way. I did not want to yawn. But, alas, that is what happened.

Maybe it’s because I’m not Team Jacob so the (repeated) sight of his muscled torso didn’t do much for me (also, I’m more attracted to Edward’s punk-skinny body complete with the jutting hips, which we only got to see like once!).

You can’t really blame the movie. The draw of  Twilight is the exquisite unrequieted love between Edward and Bella, the kisses that can’t happen because he might kill her. And there was none of that here. Just a papercut. And a lot of brooding. So the source material isn’t as chastely sexy. And there’s a certain amount of cheese inherent in über-romantic stories like this. The original Twilight cut the cheese (ha ha) with a lot of attitude and a funky, punky style. This one plays right into it with sweeping cinematic score and not so much irony and humor.

All of which won’t matter much at all to the target demographic, the tweens and teens who filled the theater and screamed every time Jacob appeared shirtless and at the movie’s clever, romantic ending. And according to the LA Times, New Moon is on track to beat the record for highest single box-office day ever. Which delights me on many levels. For one, any time a YA book or movie does well, it is good for the rest of us YA authors. For two, I like anything that makes so many girls so happy.

But for me, ehh, I guess if you’re an old lady like myself, you need a bit more to kickstart the flagging heart. Maybe something like, I dunno, an Eclipse? I’ll let you know in about seven months. Alas, I won’t be attacking the husband tonight.

  1. Neither movie has really impressed me much…this one was more appealing to look at because of the new fancy budget…but…I was really bored:/ I don’t think these books translate well into movies-perhaps they need to be adapted more and not stay so true to the books because something isn’t working…at least for me.

  2. Really? I actually enjoyed New Moon at least as much as Twilight. There was definitely a lot more humor in it, for me. I will admit that my heart didn’t pitter patter as much as it did in Twilight, though.

  3. Well long time for me to not add comments to a awesome blogger. I hope all is well for you Gayle. Is it horrible to have butterflies for fictional characters? I am not so sure, but whenever I hear or see anything that has to do with this crazy saga, I get lost in a haze of all that is Twilight. Call me crazy, but so are the other million sinking this twilight boat floating aimlessly during the nights New Moon. I wonder when the Eclipse will show itself next. :)

  4. Oh Gayle, I love that you made the comment about the funky, punk style not being there. My friends all loved New Moon, and couldn’t understand why I didn’t feel the same way. On paper, this is a good movie. Everything from the book is there, and it even made me Team Jacob (weird, because I was so not Team Jacob when reading the books). But…I don’t know. I didn’t like it. I was bored and that bummed me out. And that’s what I told them – that all the crazy little things that I loved about the first movie just weren’t there. They must have came and went with Catherine Hardwicke!

  5. That’s what I thought, Lindsay. I, too, totally loved the stuff in NM between Bella and Jacob, until he turned into a werewolf. That was the only fizzy fun stuff in the movie. And it was missing that offbeat humor that Twilight had: the funky beehived waitress, Edward reading everyone’s mind and having the one guy thinking about his cat. And a truly romantic scene where he calls Bella a spidermonkey and takes her into the trees, which wasn’t in the book but I thought rocked the first movie. Also, the music in NM was laaame! And for this kind of movie, that makes all the difference to me.

  6. I AM a twilight fan because I like romance novels and vampire novels.
    I was an original fan b4 the movies. I loved the added comments from charlie. I agree that the music in new moon was lame. I loved Jane. Dakota fanning did a fabulous job. I hate that when Bella gets a papercut she like throws the box across the room. Jackson rathbone did a fabulous job in the birthday scene. And Alice! She was fantastic! I don’t really like catherine hardwick though. i HATED the ending. In the book they at least finish the freaking conversation!

  7. I AM a twilight fan because I like romance novels and vampire novels.
    I was an original fan b4 the movies. I loved the added comments from charlie. I agree that the music in new moon was lame. I loved Jane. Dakota fanning did a fabulous job. I hate that when Bella gets a papercut she like throws the box across the room. Jackson rathbone did a fabulous job in the birthday scene. And Alice! She was fantastic! I don’t really like catherine hardwick though. i HATED the ending. In the book they at least finish the freaking conversation! Like seriously!

  8. haha, gayle, that is my favorite scene in twilight – that waitress is so weird she’s cool, the dude thinking about his cat makes the best face, and cath filmed it like bella and edward were in an awkward episode of “the hills.” it’s brilliant. and i agree – new moon had absolutely no cute romantic scenes like that spidermonkey thing. in fact, it was weird to think that those two date in real life at all, they were so stiff and clunky around each other in the movie. AND the music sucked. like really truly sucked. oh, and you know what else sucked? the look of the italian vamps. i think i pictured just another troup of funky, wacky vampires, like the nomads in the first movie. instead, we got a bunch of wimpy looking dudes sitting on tacky thrones. it was gross.

  9. youre forty?? i saw the interview and you looked, like 33

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