I think that movies should either bend my reality, by showing me things that I could never imagine, or stick to what they know and follow the norm especially when it comes to “fantasy”.
The thing with vampires is that they not only have their own folklore or legends, they have folklore or legends within the entertainment industry as well. There are certain characteristics that viewers and readers have come to expect from a vampire. Buffy and Angel was my favourite version of the vampire and quite good shows in my opinion. Each book, show, movie that is about vampires always tries to take a different spin on the story. And so did Twilight.
I read the book first before I watched the movie. And I was surprised at how much I liked the book and that I actually finished it. (Academics have somewhat destroyed my ability to do light reading, so I tend to start a book but never finish it). The author’s vampire is uncomplicated and beautiful. Which is a throwback to the original version of the vampire, I think. Dracula who was good looking, dark, mysterious and hypnotising. But the shimmering skin in the book and the movie was a bit hard for me to swallow.
I think they did a very good job of the movie. I do understand that the main audience is teenagers so it has its moments of ‘simplicity’. I was able to really enjoy it without thinking that it was corny. Everyone that was cast fit the roles perfectly. And Edward is very cute.
I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series and for the next movies to come out.