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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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. 

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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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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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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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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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