The Oregon shooting Twilight has been gathering lots of buzz over the past few weeks.? MTV, Cinematical and to some degree even Slashfilm have all been hitting us with constant stories about the movie over the past few months.? But around here people are genuinely excited that a Hollywood production is being filmed in their backyards.? One coworker of mine was just pumped one morning because production filmed in his backyard.? He didn’t know of the movie, couldn’t have cared, but it was a movie.
Such is the pull of Hollywood.
Twilight is based on a series of books by Stephenie Myers.? They have a huge following, so much so, that they’ve even knocked Harry Potter off the top spot in the best seller lists.? Critics counter that the novels are written for 14-year-old girls.? And thus, merit no consideration.? It’s a silly argument from people who probably haven’t read the books, nor ever care to.
We haven’t read them.? So we can’t say if the stories are any good or not.? But the fan base is rabid and that has us intrigued.
The film Twilight is being directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) and stars Kristen Stewart and Edward Cullen.? It’s a sort of Vampire high school love story.? Like the early years of Buffy when she fell for Angel (but probs not as good) mixed with some other ingredients.
The movie hits theaters on Dec. 12
Synopsis [taken from Love Vampires]:
When seventeen year-old Bella Swan leaves sunny Arizona to live with her father in the small and gloomy Pacific North-West town of Forks she doesn?t expect to like it.? After all she has made excuses not to go there enough times over the past few years.? If living in Forks, with its constant mist and rain, wasn?t bad enough she will have to make a whole new set of friends and settle into a new school.
Bella soon makes some new friends at school but when she sees a boy called Edward Cullen sitting with his brothers and sisters in the cafeteria she is instantly intrigued.? Edward is stunningly attractive, almost inhumanly beautiful, and yet he is an outsider too.? Although Edward and his family have lived in Forks for two years they have never really been accepted by the townsfolk.
At first Edward is aloof, sometimes it almost seems like he can?t stand to be in the same room as her, but eventually they strike up an unlikely friendship.? Even as Bella falls hopelessly and irrevocably in love with Edward, she still can?t work out exactly what makes him so different to everyone else.
On a trip to the beach, Bella is told of the local legend about the ?cold ones?, a group of blood drinkers who have sworn off hunting humans but are still not welcome on Indian land because vampires are not to be trusted.? Realising Edward is vampire changes nothing for Bella, she knows that she still loves him even if he?s not human.
Edward and his whole family are vampires.? Edward himself was made a vampire when he was seventeen years-old, although that was at the end of World War I.? For Edward his love for Bella is both a delight and a torment.? A delight because she is the first person he has loved since he was made a vampire.? A torment because although he has sworn off human blood and only hunts animals the craving for human blood never truly leaves him and the very scent of her also stirs his hunger for blood.