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Immortality Becomes You

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Dear Kathryn ,

Thanks for getting us started on this conversation, and sorry to take so long to respond! I’ve been wanting to re-read the book’s ending to refresh my memory before I started writing about the spin taken in the film. I agree with you completely – this is the movie that ignites my “Team Bella” instincts, for sure. Just as with the novel, I was delighted to see the newborn Ms. Swan living into her powers. But at the same time, this was where I thought the movie fell short. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Bella

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Team Bella

Dear Natalie,

So here we are, at the end of all things! The final installment of the The Twilight Saga and the end of the journey that started this blog. I’d like to start, however, with the beginning of Breaking Dawn, Part II: those amazing opening credits! Were you as mesmerized as I was? That dreamy northwest landscape that has been as much a part of these movies as the characters we love – drenched in blood red only to be frosted out in icy perfection! The overlay of natural world to Bella’s internal organs both crystalizing in the ice that has represented vampirism from the start! The fonts’ shift from red, formal serif to white, sans serif! And oh the fabulous layers of suggested meaning: the natural world is the human world, both soaked in the blood of life. The implications that Bella is giving up everything that is beautiful and living and growing and lush and changing about human life for some frozen perfection – beautiful but dead. And yet the subtle counter-implication that this transition is somehow natural. The frost of winter before a new, more vibrant life breaks forth. Read the rest of this entry »

Life after death

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Dear Natalie,

After the conclusion to last season, I am pretty psyched to be back in The Vampire Diaries world of teenage melodrama and supernatural antics. Bring on incoherent plots, strained believability, and over-the-top emotional angst! Starting with Elena’s big decision – to go through with her transition or not. I absolutely loved that the show went here at the end of last season. Not only was it a gutsy move to make with the female lead, but it seems to be the new trend in vampire fiction: don’t just love a vampire, be a vampire! Undoubtedly there will be great comparisons to make between Bella (the first to start this trend) and Elena when the last Twilight movie comes out in a month. One difference was apparent even last night: from very early on in Bella’s story she has wanted to end up a vampire, while Elena professed to want nothing less. So what did you make of all the talk of life and death and life after death? Read the rest of this entry »

This really is a family…as sure as the one I was born into

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Kathryn and Natalie both posted separate “takes” on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I. Below is Natalie’s post. You can read Kathryn’s post here. And check back soon for a conversation where they respond to each other.

Oh my, Kathryn – I cannot wait to hear what you thought of this film!

You might remember that while the rest of the Twilight fanbase HATED the final book, it was – and remains – my favourite. There is more than enough ink spilled (keys stroked?) on the conservative sexuality agenda buried (not that far beneath the surface) in the Twilight universe, and there is definitely plenty of evidence for that agenda in both book and film. But what continually intrigues me about the whole Twilight empire is how by the end of it all, we have this constant unraveling of the conservative themes through the strange – certainly abject – empowerment of the central figure, Bella. Read the rest of this entry »

Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies

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Kathryn and Natalie both posted separate takes on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I. Read Kathryn’s post below. You can read Natalie’s post here. And check back soon for a conversation between them.

Dear Natalie,

Well, here we are. Over two years after we started this blog around a conversation about the Twilight books and Breaking Dawn is finally in theaters. Not all of it, of course, but we are finally getting to the best part about the series and for my money this was hands down the best film and I thought it was nearly perfect. Perfect, that is, not as a film to be compared to all other films, but perfect as rendering the internal feeling of Meyer’s book better than Meyer did herself. I think I remember correctly that we both loved the final book best and I’ve been waiting, sometimes with kind patience sometimes with annoyed exasperation, to get through the other films to this one. Read the rest of this entry »

You’ve Been Marked

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Dear Kathryn,

Man oh man, I guess it was too much to hope ol’ Rose was going to be fine…the possibility not only of a sexy “friends with benefits” storyline, but also for Damon to find a genuine friend and a more grown up form of lover – I guess we had to know it was too good to be true.  I, however, am holding out hope (especially based on the previews for the next episode – January 27th! wtf!) that we’ll find some magic healing for what ails her (I’m tempted to cue the Marvin Gaye, but am thinking this might be more Bonnie’s forte).  I guess I’m not entirely convinced that the biter was Jules, though. I realize that’s the more obvious option – especially seeing as it seems almost certain not to be Tyler – but I wasn’t completely convinced that Jules even was a werewolf.  Something isn’t adding up – did you catch any clues I missed?  I’m loving the mystery! Read the rest of this entry »

Negotiating Her Own Conditions? Really?

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Hey Kathryn,

So as I write this, I know you are prepping yourself to head out to see Eclipse.  Tyler and I went to see it last night at the Drive-in with some friends (a setting that doubles any movie’s enjoyment level). With the third book being my least favourite of the series, I didn’t have the highest expectations for the film…which is possibly why it wasn’t that disappointing.  I mean, it’s a pretty bad movie.  But there were a few things to think on that made it worthwhile and fun for me. Read the rest of this entry »

New Moon: playing the parody card

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Dear N,

Thanks for your getting the conversation started. I finally saw New Moon – at one of 15 showings at a theater near Lincoln Square, each of which was sold out. Interestingly, I went to a matinee too (4:30 p.m.), but my theater was full of neither middle-aged women nor teenage girls (though there were representatives of both groups in attendance), but mostly couples our age. I thought this was really intriguing, since despite the whole romance angle, I would never bill this movie as a date movie. But there they were, all these people on dates. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 24, 2009 at 7:41 am

New Moon: Making Sense of Bella’s Inner Life

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Hey Kathryn,

Well, I’m hoping by now you’ve managed to see New Moon – I can’t wait to hear what you thought!

So let me preface all of this by saying that I really do love the Twilight series.  They’re fun and dumb and just a good laugh; escapism at its best.  And as we’ve noted in previous conversations, they’re doing something pretty interesting with teen sexuality that goes beyond a simple message of ‘true love waits’.  In fact, they’re even doing something more interesting with gender roles than some of the ranting against Bella’s pathetic neediness indicates at first glance.  But we can come back to those over-discussed topics later perhaps?  Because I’ve got some other thoughts to get out first. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 22, 2009 at 3:49 pm

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