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post #81 of 237
Yeah I think his accent was weird, bu in a good I was born in 1900 way.

Yeah there were a couple cheesy close ups I could do without.
post #82 of 237
They certainly made the most of RP appeal! I really want to go see it again, I may have to go alone if that is what it comes down to. I am trying to convince my husband he would survive!

I thought about Jacob imprinting on Renesme. At first it freaked me out as well but imprinting makes him be what she needs at anytime in her life. So a caregiver that cares for her like a father would... that can't be so bad...

Any thoughts on this series for a 11 year old reader? I would say no unless her mom was reading it with her and having good conversations about it... my niece wants it and I would love to share this with her but I don't see her much.
My Sister-in-law seems to not care but she did ask my opinion and I told her I would think about it. Any thoughts?!?
post #83 of 237
I don't really care for the scene in the forest when they're spilling their guts to each other. She tells him she knows he's a vampire. He tells her all about him. I HATE the part where he says she can't fight him off because he's too strong then he throws the tree. It's just too cheesy the way it's done. Then the whole lion fell in love with the lamb stuff. It's too rushed. I don't like it.

But overall I did like the movie. Enough that I'm going to see it again tomorrow with my SIL. It's really cool to see the characters come to life since they took so much care in making the characters look like they do in the book.

I'm midway through Eclipse. I know Edward and Bella end up together since I already have BD and I peeked. But I'm enjoying the competition b/t Edward and Jacob. Bella just punched Jacob in the face. Very entertaining!

Any thoughts on the actor that played Jacob? He has some BIG shoes to fill doesn't he. He's going to have to beef up big time for the next movie too. Should be interesting.

I'm not sure about the series for an 11yo. If it were my kids I think I'd wait a few years but that's just me.
post #84 of 237
Well.. I was curious about the movie but I always like to read the book first so I picked up Twilight last week... and now after totally ignoring all but the most basic duties of my life and burning through all four books.. I'm trying to pick up the pieces of my life.. the laundry is a mountain, the dishes are all dirty and the kids think I've become a book zombie. *sigh* It's a rough return to reality.
post #85 of 237
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Originally Posted by salmontree View Post
Well.. I was curious about the movie but I always like to read the book first so I picked up Twilight last week... and now after totally ignoring all but the most basic duties of my life and burning through all four books.. I'm trying to pick up the pieces of my life.. the laundry is a mountain, the dishes are all dirty and the kids think I've become a book zombie. *sigh* It's a rough return to reality.
I'm right there with you on being obsessed with the books! But I'm trying VERY hard not to read them too fast. I love the anticipation of knowing I have more to read. I remember the night I got the last Harry Potter book and I just stood there with the book in my hands thinking that it would be the very LAST time I had a new HP book to read! What a feeling!!!
post #86 of 237
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Originally Posted by Stayseeliz View Post
I'm right there with you on being obsessed with the books! But I'm trying VERY hard not to read them too fast. I love the anticipation of knowing I have more to read. I remember the night I got the last Harry Potter book and I just stood there with the book in my hands thinking that it would be the very LAST time I had a new HP book to read! What a feeling!!!
that's me too. I've only got the last book to go and I'm holding off because I know once I start I won't be able to stop. It's so hard!
post #87 of 237
I have been reading this series too. I never, ever thought I would get into a vampire series. However, I had two friends who I really trusted who told me I HAD to read this book. I just finished Eclipse yesterday. I love Twilight, I thought New Moon was good too, but I felt kind of blah about Eclipse. Bella's character started to really irritate me in Eclipse. I have only read the first few pages of Breaking Dawn, I hope it is better than Eclipse, b/c that book kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.

As for the comparison btwn the HP series, hands down HP is better and is most definitely a classic. I like the Twilight series, but still kind of consider it fluff reading.
post #88 of 237
I'm about as big an HP fan as they come. I was standing in line at midnight for the last book when I was HUGELY pregnant. But I'm really finding that I'm enjoying this series every bit as much. Maybe even more. It's hard to compare in some ways. With the focus on Edward and Bella's love and relationship it's just a lot different then HP.

I honestly don't know how people are reading them so fast. Maybe staying up all night?? I don't know. I started the first book two weeks ago yesterday and I'm nearing the end of the third book. And I'm reading them A LOT. I'm having trouble getting anything else done. Maybe I'd be going through them faster if DH didn't work from home some days. I don't want him to see me slacking to bad!!
post #89 of 237
I'm not sure about the 11-year old thing. I would've been more unequivocably "No" until earlier this morning, though, when I watched an interview a journalist did with her 14-year old neice. She asked her "Didn't you find the first book steamy? I thought it was so steamy." And the 14-year old replied, "No, it wasn't steamy. It was romantic."

I think we fill in so much of our own experience. As a sexually active adult, I find the books pretty steamy, too. But a virginal 14-year old? Probably not as much. Sure, the sexual tension would be there. But I think we "imprint" our own life stage on the experience of reading the book.
post #90 of 237
I started Twilight on Thanksgiving day and read it twice before reading the other three. I finished BD yesterday and it was almost a relief to no longer feel the all-consuming need to read read read. A LOT of things went undone during the past week! I have mixed feelings about these books as teen/YA reading. On the one hand, it's probably more intense than a lot of people think would be appropriate for that demographic. However, I don't think that teens are any strangers to intense feelings and I can certainly remember having quite intense feelings myself when I was the age of this series' target audience. However, even though Edward is PERFECT in my mind *sigh* I don't care for the idea of "I love you so much that my life is meaningless without you and I will kill myself rather than live without you" mentality being presented so positively to that audience. But selfishly and without regard for the "target" audience, I LOVED this story. I've read Rice's vampire books and liked them, but I liked these differently. I loved the passion between Bella and Edward more than anything. Anyone have any recommendations for books that I might enjoy that have a similar "feel" to them? The vampire bit is interesting, but not critical for what I'm looking for.

Oh, and I have no desire to see the movie. I never like movie adaptations, although I'm relieved that so many here feel that these movies are better than the HP ones - bleh.
post #91 of 237
Stephenie Meyer has a suggestion on her website to read a book called "Hunger Games". I reserved it at the library since I have a 9 hour drive before Christmas to get to my parents house. I'm waiting for "The Host" from the library too! I'd love more suggestions though!
post #92 of 237
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Originally Posted by CashewMommy View Post
<snip> it was almost a relief to no longer feel the all-consuming need to read read read. A LOT of things went undone during the past week! .....

However, even though Edward is PERFECT in my mind *sigh* I don't care for the idea of "I love you so much that my life is meaningless without you and I will kill myself rather than live without you" mentality being presented so positively to that audience.
I get the same way! I usually dont let myself read any kind of "to be continued" series unless Im on vacation or something. I just can let it go until I know how it all works out.

On you other point, I actually get that. Ive heard lots of complaints about the "abusive" undertones to their relationship which I totally disagree with. I hadnt thought about the suicide aspect. Hmm..
post #93 of 237
Thanks for the thoughts on my 11 yo niece! I think what I am going to do is ask my sister-in-law if she will be reading them along with her. If she is up for it then I will go ahead with Twilight and hold off on the rest. (I think Eclipse and BD are too much into the sexuality part of Bella and Edward's relationship... I am not willing to introduce those to her yet.) If my SIL has no interest then I am just not sure if my niece is ready to be reading these without some real discussions about it.

So... when I read the books, I was one of those sleep deprived mama's who kept reading til 2am... I started them after Breaking Dawn came out so it was about a week of neglected house... at least the kids were fed, clean and not bloody

Its not often that I become passionate about something (other than my kidlets!) so I figured I deserved some time to just indulge!

I know the books so well by now that I know where my favorite scenes are and I can pretty much open anywhere and start there. One of the crazy things is that I never imagined that this series would make me curious about some of the great classics! (Wuthering Heights and any of the Austen books)

I have a Christmas list Bella would be proud of
post #94 of 237
I'm reading BD now. 2 chapters into the last book. Very good stuff. So addicting!!

The whole "I can't live without you" doesn't really bother me. It's pretty much a mainstay in classic love stories with some exceptions of course. I do appreciate the choice Bella had to make in Eclipse. And the fact that she COULD see herself living a long and happy life with Jacob too. But she picked the one she felt she couldn't live without.
post #95 of 237
I have less than 100 pages left in BD. I'm hoping to finish it tonight.

We went to see the movie this weekend. There were some super cheesy parts that I completely hated (when Bella sees Edward in biology class for the first time, when Bella tells him what he is and a few others). I liked the actor cast as Edward quite a bit but there were some parts that his facial expressions made me burst out laughing because he looked so ridiculous. It wasn't quite what I thought it was going to be. I'd expected it to touch deeper on their longing for each other and Edward's difficulty controlling himself, but I just didn't feel like that really came through (dh said he got it though and he hasn't read the books). I didn't care for the actor who played Carlisle and I thought that the Cullens' house was all wrong from the outside. From the previews, I had not like the actor playing Jacob at all (because I thought the wig looked weird), but after seeing the movie I can totally imagine him as Jacob and think he was a really good cast. Bella seemed right on and I liked Charlie too.

I HATED that they had Laurent, Victoria and James killing humans so close to Forks. Um, hello what about the treaty? You would've thought that would've set off the werewolves (but maybe Sam hadn't even changed at that point?)
post #96 of 237
I only have the first book and the budget won't allow for another book purchase until after Christmas but I am hooked, totally, and read the first one in almost one entire sitting.
post #97 of 237
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Originally Posted by DreamsInDigital View Post
I only have the first book and the budget won't allow for another book purchase until after Christmas but I am hooked, totally, and read the first one in almost one entire sitting.
Check your library. Mine had a long wait on the books but they had an electronic version too!
post #98 of 237
OMG I am so obsessed with this series! I actually saw the movie before I began reading the books. It took me a few days to read Twilight; I finished at 4pm last thursday and immediately went out and bought new moon and read it straight through the night (i ended up sleeping all day friday). I cannot believe how obsessive I've been about the books and about the characters! I'm waiting to start Eclipse until wednesday b/c I'm going to spend a few hours on the road tomorrow with my friend who has also read the first two books and we want to be able to talk about them.

Oh, and as far as teams go, I'm soooo team Edward! I had to keep looking ahead in New Moon to make sure he would be returning. It was very frustrating when he was gone.

*Possible New Moon Spoilers*
Oh, I do have a question. You know how Bella could hear Edwards voice whenever she was doing something reckless? Well, I kept thinking the whole time that somehow Edward really was speaking to her, so when it got to the part where she almost kissed Jacob and she heard "Be Happy" I almost had a breakdown! I was so sad over that. But it was never addressed so I'm just assuming she was just hearing whatever it was she wanted to hear? Did anyone else think the same thing? I was sure that's what was going on.

Can't wait to read Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. I also want to read her other book, "The Host", when I'm done with the series. I'm already kinda sad to think there are only two more books until it's over!
post #99 of 237
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Originally Posted by MelanieMC View Post
*Possible New Moon Spoilers*
Oh, I do have a question. You know how Bella could hear Edwards voice whenever she was doing something reckless? Well, I kept thinking the whole time that somehow Edward really was speaking to her, so when it got to the part where she almost kissed Jacob and she heard "Be Happy" I almost had a breakdown! I was so sad over that. But it was never addressed so I'm just assuming she was just hearing whatever it was she wanted to hear? Did anyone else think the same thing? I was sure that's what was going on.

Can't wait to read Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. I also want to read her other book, "The Host", when I'm done with the series. I'm already kinda sad to think there are only two more books until it's over!
At the end of New Moon Bella decides that her hearing Edward's voice was her mind's way of trying to tell her the truth-That he really loved her and cared about her. She's taken it as fact that he didn't want her anymore when in truth he did. He just thought that his being away from her would be best for her. So it seems right that he would say "Be happy" because he did think that she would be better off without him. There is more to the whole Edward/Jacob thing later and how his saying "Be happy" plays into things but I don't want to spoil anything for you!!
post #100 of 237
This is interesting. The director of Twilight won't return for the second movie. I've got mixed feelings about. I loved the FEEL of the movie. Kinda edgy, etc. But there was a good bit of cheese in there. I'm hoping they won't rush it too much. It could really leave a bad taste in people's mouths!

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/movies....sequel-reuters
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