Hey girls (and boys..?) welcome to the first part of our discussion. Please tell us what you think, no matter if you agree or disagree with us. We'd love to hear all of it, every tiny little bit! I hope that we will have a great discussion so that I can post a recap of your thoughts. But let's start! *rubs hands*
The "Book vs. Movie" Discussion (Pt.1)
Mrs.V: I remember my first time in the theatre and I was so excited. The prologue was stunning and hearing Bella’s voice saying the first lines of the book made me full of hope that the movie will be close to the book. However, would Edward really hunt a deer??? Naaaah, they don’t taste good enough.
Fanny: Oh... but I loved the deer! It kinda symbolized Bella, you know, she's all Bambi and fragile and shit, so... I thought it was good.
Mrs.V: Oh Fanny, this never came to my mind...but you are totally right and then it's rather super sweet!
Fanny: And holy popoly - was I excited too!
I almost pee'd ma pants, and I was so thankful Betti had agreed to bind and gag Artsie. *laughs* She was totes going berserk in her little corner. But all "Mrs. Eloquent" could utter was something like: "mmbblgrmblllarglearks". I had a good time!
"Yeah you’re the bomb...!" (m)Mrs.V: Anyway, the movie pretty much started like the book:
Bella is moving to Forks and is getting her super duper truck as a present from Charlie. Here we also see Billy and Jacob for the first time, which is different from the book but doesn’t hurt at all. This scene was actually quite funny.
Fanny: The scene was clever too, because we quickly learned a few things like how Charlie and Billy were friends, where the truck came from, that Jacob is good with cars and that there's an indian reservation and such... not bad for once, Melissa!
And Jacob was so cute!
Mrs.V: *pouts* ...uhmm, really??Oh - but we all waited for Bella’s first day at school. Oh My Edward, we will see him there for the first time. Fanny, have you been excited too?
Fanny: Are you kidding me??? I almost beshitted myself in advance...
Mrs.V: After all the introduction of the secondary characters like Mike, Jessica and Angela...
Fanny: Yeah, yeah... Mikey Jessie Angie fucking Eric... c'mon Edward!!!!
Mrs.V: ...we finally find ourselves in the cafeteria.
Fanny: Hooohhh.... drum roll!! The cafeteria... I was already half died then!
"Who are they?" (m)
Mrs.V: And then, they come in. One-lovely-Cullen-after-the-other and at last... HE enters the room. Ok, in the book they just sat at the table, but to let them come in was much more „dramatic”. Also, we don’t want to be fussy.
Fanny: Just one... wait - I want to be fussy!!
That scene was shitty! Honestly, I mean, let's get it straight here, ok? So first: Emmet and Rosalie - am I the only one who thinks Rosalie had a real fat bum? Wait....
... here they come, here they cooome, heeeere...and THERE!!!
*hits pause button*
...look at that, look at that!! Here you see the couple from behind - OMG that ass!! Embarrassing... and now...
*hits slo-mo play*
... see? Pawlomp Pawlomp... how she walks! Jeeesus, where did they buy those jeans? Walmart??
Mrs.V: Fanny... honey, calm down! I’m totally with you here, yes - her ass looked fat and she really looked like a cheap bitch. But hey, look there is Alice coming…
Fanny: This is just NOT how Rose was described in the... oh... Alice.... ohhh *puts both hands on her heart*... she's just perfect!
Mrs.V: Edward walks over to the rest of the family with this Edward-smile on his face and sits down.
Fanny: I admit, I wasn't even very fond of Edward at first sight. I don't know - he just looked different from what I had imagined. I wanted to ask Artsie about it, but since she was still gagged, she just rolled her eyes and said "ngl". I took it she didn't like him neither...
Mrs.V: What exactly DID Artsie like about Twilight? Just asking…
"...a.k.a. flatworm!" (m)
Mrs.V: The Biology scene!!! Bella comes in and a ventilator blows her scent in Edwards’s direction and this hits him ..hard.... But please, did Edward need to take the hand in front of his mouth just like he was about to vomit? I didn’t like how they showed the effect of Bella’s scent, at all.
Fanny: Nor did I, MrsV.! Guess what? Betti had brought a friend who didn't know the books at all, and she really thought Edward suffered from sudden nausea in that scene. We had to explain a lot...
Mrs.V: Yep - same here, BFF saw the movie first without having read the books… really stupid.
Fanny: Well, I... *clears throat*...I took the freedom to draw some small storyboards - sotospeak - of how some scenes should have looked like if they were done closer to the book. I don't know if I... *looks down nervously*
Mrs.V: Oh really??? Show them, sweetie - I´m sure they're great!
Fanny: Uhm... Betti doesn't know I brought them. Will she see this? Or worse: will Artsie see this?? I mean, it's your decision since you're the host, right? If you say...
Mrs.V: Nah, we won´t tell Betti, she doesn´t need to know – I´ll guide your back! Artsie is totally banished from this discussion here either - no worries!
Fanny: OK! *claps hands frantically* So this here.... *opens her portfolio* ...is....
Mrs.V: Wow, awesome: is that a portfolio? I’m stunned, Fanny, and I can´t wait to see your drawings – since I know Betti I know they will be amazing!! So much work, sweetie...
Fanny: Yeah - cool portfolio, hu? It's genuine leather! I used Betti's credit card and her amazon account to... oops! I mean... doesn't matter! Anyway... this here is how the scene from the book would have looked like. I did it all on my own:
Mrs.V: Ohhooh, how… awesome… and OooO… I mean: wow… *cough*
Fanny: Yes... I know, it's a little overwhelming at first. But you will get used to it: I brought more of these, just wait and see! *giggles* Shall we go on? Oh, I think I sooo love guestblogging...
Mrs.V: Yes, I love it too…. somehow… yes, we go on…
"I didn't had a chance to introduce
myself last week" (b,m)
Mrs.V: Well, we all know Edward runs away from Bella and was gone for a whole week. In the movie we need to get over this period and then meet Edward again in Biology. The following dialogue is super sweet and I love Robward pretty much in this scene! Edward tries to read Bella, tries to find out more and asks her personal things and, well, about the weather...
Fanny: At this point, Artsie said: "ardemurwfaffinafonemeifgoo".
Later I found out that she meant to say: Carter Burwell's "Fascination Theme" is good. *shrugs* Whatever... But:
Here's when I started to rrrreally like movie Edward. Yummy! *licks lips* He looked totes different! He does through the whole movie btw! He looked different in almost every new scene - was that intended? Or just slipshod? Dunno... anyway: From the moment he said "I'm sure I can keep up", I was done for him! Aahhhh... *pretends to faint*
Mrs.V: No fainting, we are not done yet! They talk after class, walking down the corridor...
Fanny: ...where he looked pretty hunky, right? *wiggles eyebrows*
Mrs.V: Oh yes so sexy… *sigh*...and there Bella suddenly asks about his eyes. „It’s the fluorescence“ and Edward walks away. Here my workmate said it was a stupid scene, since Bella so suddenly changed the subject and asked about his eyes. So they changed a bit this scene, it was definitely not exactly like in the book - but hey, this is fussy.
Fanny: Did your workmate read the book before?
Mrs.V: Yes she did - she is just really annoyingly fussy!!
Fanny: Betti's friend was confused too. And I tell you this: They made a big mistake with that eyes issue in the movie, real BIG mistake!! They refer to the eye color changing twice: first in this scene, and later again in the wood, right?
But do they explain it? Oh noes! Not once!
BIG mistake to skip the dialogue where Bella talked about how she discovered that hungry men are not very easygoing.
In the first biology scene with black-eye-Edward staring at Bella, Betti's friend even said: "Really bad actor, this Pattinson! He doesn't look at all like he's falling in love with her..." *shakes head* This is not good, not good...
Mrs.V: *narrows eyes* Fanny, don’t digress, come back to the scene we are talking about .. fluorescence?
Fanny: Yes, ok... sorry... right: fluorescense!
I actually loved that scene. In the book he just said nothing.
But here... Rob's acting is awesome. He's all like "fuck, she caught me" and "what shall I say?" and "shit, what am I doing here anyway" and at last "...just outta here!!!" Up for an Oscar, I say!
"Can't you just thank me
and get over it?" (b,m)
Mrs.V: The car crash! Here the big differences start. While in the book Edwards stays much longer with Bella, holding her tightly and making sure she's alright... in themovie, Robward safes her, looks deep in her eyes and runs away.
Fanny: Yep! Gorgeous!
Mrs.V: One of the people I talked to, was disappointed about that scene because it was so much different. Are the changes too much?
Fanny: Nah... they're good, because...Mrs.V: Well, too sides on that: On the one hand in the book you get to know how much Edward cares about her, this we definitely miss in the movie. But on the other hand, I liked Robward springing away - it showed pretty much how complicated his feelings are - saving her, yes but at the same time he realized what he has done and runs away.
Fanny, let me ask you directly: Are you ok with the changes, or did you miss the part of Edward taking care of her afterwards?
Fanny: *nods politely* Thank you, MrsV.
I personally think, in this scene the movie beats the book. I found the crash scene in the book rather annoying - I mean, it was almost too complicated to grasp... all these twists and turns the van took, and then again, and then from the other side, and then her legs and whatever... I tried to draw the book crash, but... look:
Mrs.V: You, uhmm... are really talented, Fanny *cough*.
But I see... this is quite confusing...
Fanny: Said so!
But in the movie? Much better! No confusion:
Van. Comes. Bella. Shocked. Edward. Zoom. Wham.
Deeeeeep look *swoons* - and hop!
Genius! I could replay that scene again and again, it never grows old. That Look! Says it all! Much better than the boring lame conversation that follows the weird crashorama in the novel.
"What if I'm not the superhero,
what if I'm the bad guy?" (b,m)
Mrs.V: In the book month passed by, but in a movie you don’t have so much time and it is not easy to show it. Also the following scenes are not easy to discuss. There are a few things happening in the book that are more or less losely implemented in the movie:
- Edward apologizing being rude an ignoring Bella. „I’m being very rude“ (b)
- Mike's, Eric’s and Tyler’s invitation to the spring prom
- Edward’s offer of driving Bella to Seattle „Will you go with me to Seattle?“ (b)
- their first lunch meeting „Edward Cullen is starring at you again“ (b)
- Blood typing „So you faint at the sight of blood?“(b)
Fanny: Oh the blood typing... *sighs*
Mrs.V: In the movie we have:
- The field trip including some of the book scenes. „You don’t even say Hi to me.“ „Hi“ (m)
- The cafeteria scene „Edible art, Bella?“ (m)
Fanny: Edible art... *snorts* edible art... that sucks! *shakes head*
Mrs.V: We definitely miss the Blood typing scene, and it is a pity really. I know many of you would have loved to see it as well.
Fanny: Well, as chance would have it, I brought another...
*rummages in her portfolio* ... yes, here it is:
Mrs.V: This, I guess, is the scene after the blood typing ...uhm, right Fanny?
Fanny: What else? *turns pad to take a second look*
Exactly as described in the book, or what?
Mrs.V: ...um, yes! Edward also never asks Bella to spend the day with him and only Mike asks Bella out.So the field trip scene was new and honestly: I love this scene, although it’s totally different, the scene tries to wrap up a few parts of the book, yet in a different order.
I mean hey, who of you would have wanted to miss „I had an adrenalin rush, it's very common, you can google it“ (m)??? Also, we see at the beginning of this part, Edward eavesdropping Mike’s invitation, Bella’s refusal and Edwards’s happy and relieved smile. Edwards’s invitation also never happens. Do you miss that, is it important for the story?
Fanny: I don't think so.
It cannot be important, I didn't make drawings for it, ok?
Mrs.V: Well, I might say it's more than ok… *sighs in relief*During the cafeteria scene Bella tells Edward about her theories and we hear him saying
„What if I’m not the superhero, what if I’m the bad guy?“(b,m) A line exactly out of the book! Love it when he says that.
Fanny: I sooo love his facial expression at Bella's answer. And the crooked smile (yeah, Rob can actually DO the much mentioned "crooked smile" from the book!) when she suggests to "just hang out". Lovely!!
Mrs.V: It was so sweet when she asks so awkwardly “just hang out – have fun” like a normal teenager, cute!But we miss the blood typing scene. Not alone was this scene quite funny, but I would have loved to see Edward carry Bella to the nurse.
Fanny: Yes! This is why I did the graphic. So you guys can at least... well it is for all the Twilight fans who missed it as much as I did...
Mrs.V: Oh Fanny, thank you so much ..uhmm I mean your drawings – really are the cup of a cupcake…
Fanny: You're welcome. But it's actually nothing, just... *shrugs*
Mrs.V: I would say this scene was rather important for the development of their relationship and it is definitely missing in the movie.
Fanny: *nods fiercly*
Mrs.V: But Fanny, I would say we stop here, OK?
Fanny: Oh noes! Just yet? But we...
Mrs.V: What about watching the movie from the beginning again without any distractions? We can go one next week... I must say I’m a wee bit exhausted…
Fanny: Ok, let's watch the movie! *jumps up and down* Great idea!
You can recover while I comment the best scenes for you, and... oh - speaking of comments! Do you think we'll get a lot of comments?
I love comments!! Oh, and Artsie will go green with envy...
I bet she will not have half as much comments over at Betti's blog, because that list you gave her - wow! Tough challenge and wicked things you... oh, sorry... you're tired, hu? Ok. I stop. Stoppididop! Mouth closed. Mh mh mh... see you next week, folks! *waves*
At the same time, somewhere else:
Strongly related... nerve wracking...