Today, Alison (from Alison Can Read) has stopped by with a guest post to help celebrate the 5th anniversary of the cinematic release of Twilight. Welcome to Treasured Tales, Alison. Thank you for the post. 😀
Hi everyone! I’m Alison from Alison Can Read, a young adult and manga books blog. Thanks so much to Alishia for asking me to write a guest post in honor of the fifth anniversary of the Twilight movie.
I’ve been an unabashed Twilight fan for just over five years. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I read all four books in October 2008. At the time I was vaguely aware that a movie was coming out but mostly because there were rumors that the Harry Potter movie had been delayed because of the Twilight movie. I was annoyed about that. I fell in love with the Twilight series the moment I read them and then waited with bated breath for 6 weeks for the movie to come out.
I adored the first Twilight movie. I saw it twice in the theaters and watched it on DVD multiple times. After a total of five Twilight movies, the first one is still my favorite. There’s a few reasons for that. First, I loved the edgy atmosphere that Catherine Hardwicke established for the film. It was a low budget movie and looked like it, but it had an energy that the later movies didn’t achieve. Also, I enjoyed watching the actors. They were young and mostly not famous. They all seemed like they were friends, they were having fun, and they were grateful to be there. As the group became more famous/infamous as the years went on, the collegial feeling amongst the actors seemed to go away. You can feel that even when they’re pretending to be other people. And of course, a significant reason that the first movie felt so fresh is that the hatred wasn’t as prominent. Plenty of people complained about the books and movies, but the popular consensus hadn’t yet reduced the word Twilight to a sneering joke.
The movie was far from perfect. Even I, a huge fan, laughed at the movie numerous times rather than with it. The acting was so so. Rob Pattinson hadn’t quite gotten an American accent figured out. The pacing wasn’t perfect. I forgive all of that. The fun and the wonder that I experienced watching the movie outweighed all its flaws. The subsequent movies were better shot, better plotted, better scripted, and better acted. Still, none of them have quite achieved the love I have for the first film. Congratulations to Twilight for reaching its fifth anniversary. It’s been quite a ride.
Thank you, Alison, for sharing your thoughts on Twilight. You can visit Alison’s blog by clicking on the icon below –