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Twilight: film vs bookDo you consider that the film Twilight (fully) captures the...

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mmms1981 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM via web

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Twilight: film vs book

Do you consider that the film Twilight (fully) captures the spirit of the book? Which one do you like better: the film or the book? From my point of view, some of Meyer's sytlistic flaws (e.g. painfully long and corny descriptions of Edward's perfect physical appearance) have been overcome in the film, which translates them into much more powerful visual language. Do you agree?

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wanderista | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 19, 2012 at 3:14 PM (Answer #2)

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I did prefer the film medium of Twilight to the novel medium. Although, I can't say I liked the story at all, the film was intelligently and logically structured with an interesting set of cast members that filled their roles to a high standard. The effects and visual scenes were magnificently threaded, creating a rather enjoyable film. But I must stress, the plot of each text was rather bland, and I wouldn't go recommended Meyer's Twilight to anybody I may know.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM (Answer #3)

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I'm not familiar with either the books or the films, but I'd be curious to know why they seem to inspire such devotion (on the one hand) and such total contempt (on the other). With the exception of Justin Bieber, I'm hard put to think of anything else in pop culture today that arouse such violently opposed opinions.  Any thoughts on why this is the case? People who hate the Twilight phenomenon really seem to hate the Twilight phenomenon.

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wanderista | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM (Answer #4)

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In reply to post 3 - I think it's a matter of jealousy. Have you noticed that the majority of males dislike Twilight and Justin Bieber, and the majority of females like Twilight and Justin Bieber? Males are envious at the amount of attention Robert Pattinson and Justin Bieber are receiving, and believe that they are nothing special and are terrible artists, therefore producing a lot of controversy, producing comments such as 'Justin Bieber is a girl' and so on.

 

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 20, 2012 at 12:31 AM (Answer #5)

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I'm not sure I would say that men are jealous of Twilight. I think it's more that the men/boys of novels like Twilight are idealized and certainly more what women/girls want men to be like. Of course, many of these characteristics that women/girls desire are unrealistic and silly in the real world. Personally, I prefer the novels to the film. I do agree that the author certainly has some long, drawn out descriptions which are absent in the film. However, many points of the film seem completely silly. These same points are explained in the book and seem to make much more sense. The first time I saw the film I thought it was truly ridiculous. After I read the novel, I could see why so many people liked it. It's certainly not my favorite novel, but I think the novel is much better than the film.
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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM (Answer #6)

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One thing I thought the film did particularly well was the casting of Bella.  I was not a fan of the books, and one reason for my dislike was I could not empathize with the main character.  I felt like I was reading the diary of an overly angsty teenage girl.  Granted, perhaps this is why she resonated with so many teenage readers... but I got really sick of how often she emphasized her own averageness.  I realize her character was meant to be just "normal" so she would easily relate to many, but I truly felt, most times, that as a narrator, she was trying too hard to sound laid back.  It felt forced.

Kristen Stewart captured this "trying to hard to look like I'm not trying to hard" attitude perfectly in the films, and I honestly think it is because she's actually like this in real life.  Her acting seemed very natural because I doubt she had to try very hard to be Bella Swan.  All interviews I've seen of Kristen Stewart make me feel like she and Bella Swan shared the same (slightly annoying) brain.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 25, 2012 at 10:26 AM (Answer #7)

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I do not believe that books have to be exactly as the movie for the movie to be good. It is pretty much impossible, since so much of a book is the writer's voice. Characterization and mood can be conveyed through the medium of a movie though, and I do believe the Twilight movies do this exceptionally well, especially since they split the book in half for the latest movies. The movies capture the setting and mood well, but of course they cannot duplicate evert detail. A movie that tries to do that will surely fail.
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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 6, 2012 at 12:04 AM (Answer #8)

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I enjoyed the movie, although there were definitely times that the low budget special effects and Stewart's monotone dialogue grated on my nerves.  Overall, I really enjoyed the Twilight series.  Was it perfectly written?  No, but it was an extremely enjoyable read--more like enjoying a cheeseburger instead of a filet mignon.

I'll always be more of a fan of the book, any book, over the movie.  For me, it's just the experience and enjoyment of reading the written word.  Although, I will say that for me, the best book to movie translation was The Lord of the Rings series. 

Kristen Lentz

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geenamae | Student | eNoter

Posted May 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM (Answer #9)

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One thing I thought the film did particularly well was the casting of Bella.  I was not a fan of the books, and one reason for my dislike was I could not empathize with the main character.  I felt like I was reading the diary of an overly angsty teenage girl.  Granted, perhaps this is why she resonated with so many teenage readers... but I got really sick of how often she emphasized her own averageness.  I realize her character was meant to be just "normal" so she would easily relate to many, but I truly felt, most times, that as a narrator, she was trying too hard to sound laid back.  It felt forced.

Kristen Stewart captured this "trying to hard to look like I'm not trying to hard" attitude perfectly in the films, and I honestly think it is because she's actually like this in real life.  Her acting seemed very natural because I doubt she had to try very hard to be Bella Swan.  All interviews I've seen of Kristen Stewart make me feel like she and Bella Swan shared the same (slightly annoying) brain.

Hahaha i really enjoyed this post! :L :L

Yes they both have the same (slighty annoying) brain but at least Bella's got an interesting background story! :P

By the way the novel is miles better than the films. The same level of knowledge and connection you can have with characters is just never picked up in a film adaption and this holds true here.

 

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udonbutterfly | TA , College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted August 13, 2014 at 2:03 AM (Answer #10)

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Honestly I expected the movies to have quality graphics and 100% believable acting but honestly it was not there for me. However the last movie Breaking Dawn really exceeded my expectations and I do mean both parts. I really loved the second part of the movie I really thought they veered off the path of book and did something a little differently. The setting for the movies were great places and very similar to how I imagined it.

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