Saturday, April 24, 2010

Book and Movie Review: The Twilight Saga

You may have noticed that my postings of late have been a little slack. My apologies for not sharing more with you sooner. I have been reading a new genre and playing with a new toy. (imagine sheepish look)

So I don't even know how or what made me pick up the Twilight series, I had of course, heard of it knew it was hugely popular, but romance and vampires have never been stories I have had an interest in, but after listening to the hubby librarian talk about how many people were checking out these books, I thought I might give them a try. I am a book daredevil, I'll try anything once. No matter the subject matter or genre. (in fairness I did try romance novels at a younger age and didn't care for them, so that is why I had some prejudice in that area). So I downloaded Twilight by Stephanie Meyers onto my nook and was instantly and totally consumed by the story and the characters! I mean ridiculously so. I have now read all four books and seen the movies Twilight and New Moon at leave seven times each. And so looking forward to the release of Eclipse this June! Edward Cullen on Imax! I digress...

Twilight, the book. Completely impressed. A well told story with conflict right from the start! I read it in two days, staying up until 4:30 am, I just couldn't put it down. I'm not sure I have enough praise for this book.
The movie was different. After watching it the first time I was a little disappointed with the amount of story from the book that was not included. It felt like you had to have read the book to understand what was happening and why and then there were was the dialog that wasn't even in the book.

However, after watching six more times, I can judge it on its on merits separate from the book. And I would encourage anyone having read the book to keep an open mind when watching the movie. The story is still there and just as exciting, just told in a slightly different way.

New Moon, the book for me was as exciting as Twilight, the story ran a little slower for me. Still a good story and allowed for the development of Jacob Blacks character, the movie in contrast I thought did a better job of sticking to the book and you didn't feel like you had to have read the book to understand the storyline.

Eclipse, I thought was back to the original tempo of the first book and exciting with plenty of conflict to keep you gripping the edge of the book. The battle with the New Borns made me hold my breath.

Breaking Dawn, I liked, but it got a little weird/slow for me in parts. I think there were some things that could have been left out. But overall truly compelling, especially when Bella gets her wish. You just want to cry and shout for joy at the same time. I am really looking forward to this movie!

Now the music, love it! I think Carter Burwell is fantastic in all of his work, but I am impressed with this score. Also, the use of popular songs was genius. I am now totally hooked on Muse! I've downloaded all their albums to my new Ipod touch!

Alexander Desplat also did a wonderful job with the score for New Moon, more edgy I think.

So speaking of the Ipod, that is my new toy and if it is possible to become co-dependant on an inanimate object, that is exactly what I am. It is never out of my sight. It is either plugged into my speakers at work, my laptop at home, or the clock radio/docking station next to my bed or strapped to my arm while I'm working out! Love the Nike/Ipod app!

Also, another cool think about the story is that is takes place in the pacific northwest, lots of knitted garments in the movie to inspire new projects!

Check out Stephanie Meyers

Thursday, April 15, 2010

What Day is it....?

I'm sorry for the absence lately dear reader. I am a little behind in just about everything including getting into the Twilight series, yeah I know, I know. But, I just started reading them and I haven't been doing much else the past week or so. Do not fret I'm on the fourth book, and things should return to normal soon.

In the mean time crank up Muse!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter, Happy Spring

Sorry I don't have pictures to share with you today. I had planned on it, but been in sort of a funk today. Did finish an adorable baby jacket and matching soakers, working on second pair of soakers. I love this yarn so much that I am planning a hat and booties to match. I may have to break the silence and show the pictures of these little cuties.

Today was beautiful and I should have been more productive but it was a day to sit and contemplate the birds singing in the trees and the new flowers and hosta burst from the ground.

I'll do better tomorrow for you dear reader.

Until then Happy Easter, Passover and Spring!