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Stealing Home Chapter 2 is up on fanfiction.net.  I hope you like it!


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I wrote a new one-shot baseball fic that will be a two-shot because I’m wordy (hush rameau).  I’m not planning on posting it here unless I get requests to do so but here’s a link to the first chapter.


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I liked this picture, what can I say? Obvious reasons. Take her out, insert me, happiness.

So, know that this is my initial blog post on this movie and I’ll either come back and edit, add or create a whole new blog after subsequent viewings.  I don’t think I wrote my Twilight blog for about 4 months after the movie which I had seen 20 odd times by then.  So, needless to say, I had a lot more to say then.  But we’ll go with what I feel right now and then expand as needed, okay?

So, my first initial reaction?  After I have a couple of kids with Rob I would gladly pop out a little one in honor of Chris Weitz.  Yep, he earned a child in my eyes.  Now, you don’t think this because you don’t watch football with me, but about a decade ago, when my teams were good, I used to promise players children if they would do something I appreciated.  Thankfully I was never held to said promises, because I would have a hundred or so kids by now, but you get my drift.  It’s a high honor that I bestow on the worthy.  Weitz is worthy.  He got it.

The last movie I broke down on various points so I think I’ll do that again.  It worked well for me last time.

If you didn't know, Paul is on the left. He is yummy. I approve of the shirtlessness, heartily.

The Aesthetics

  • How about that shit, Chris Weitz knows what a meadow is!  Flowers, lots of pretty multi-colored flowers surrounding our young lovers in Bella’s dream.  I’m quite glad he didn’t go with Hardwicke’s spot of grass with some dandelions stuck in it or whatever the hell that crap was.
  • Sparkling!  You could actually see the sparkles when Edward stepped into the light without the aid of high def TV that was required with the first movie.  Not to say the sparkling was magically cool, but at least it looked better.
  • Make-up.  So much better.  The vamps looked more natural, particularly Carlisle who I thought looked terrible in the first movie.
  • Hair.  Still not great, but somewhat better except in the case of Jasper.  His curly girly ‘do does not work for Jasper, at all.  Go straight and shaggy and maybe a little long and he’d be perfect.  Well, better anyway. hehe No, still not in love with Jackson Rathbone but I disliked him less this go-round.
  • Camera work.  One of the things that most drove me nuts in Twilight was that the camera work was shoddy at hell.  Take the pivotal non meadow scene where Edward is in the tree and telling Bella that he wants to eat her.  Half of those shots you’d see only part of Rob, if any of him, one shot you randomly see his body for no particular reason, other shots you have half his face…watch that scene again and tell me that’s not crappy.  I didn’t have a scene that stood out that way this time around, there was some cutting between Edward/Bella during the break up scene that I would rather have seen both their faces but it didn’t bug me.
  • Shirtlessness.  You can never really have too much male shirtlessness in a movie, at least in my book.  Did any of the wolves ever wear shirts?  Only Jacob I think.  Hilarious really.  No complaints though.  And you know I always like Rob to be undressed, so bonus points for that.

What? Like I wasn't going to use more Edward pics than anything else?


  • The newbie vamps?  No complaints whatsoever.  Aro was made of awesome, I really want him to have an expanded role in subsequent films even though he’s not even in the book Eclipse as I recall.  Damn, I have depressed myself.  Caius and Marcus, bit parts but well represented, still would prefer an older Caius but I thought the actor did a good job in limited role.  The other vamps were all good, particularly Dakota Fanning as Jane, but I love her so that was to be expected.  Felix was hot, Demetri would have been hotter with black hair but I still liked him, Alec was rather cute for a vamp, hehe.
  • The wolves?  Hello Paul.  It’s nice to meet you and your abs.  I wanted to lick him, sorry if that’s an overshare but it’s my blog and I’ll drool if I want to.  Liked the new Sam a lot.  Quil didn’t fit my image of him but liked all the rest.  Emily I expected to be prettier but she wasn’t bad.
  • Charlie Swan, again, was made of awesome.  I am rather in love with Billy Burke.  He just adds a layer to Charlie that the books did not, he’s funny and sarcastic and loving and sweet and really fatherly.  Probably too fatherly if we’re looking for being close to the book but it doesn’t matter.  He was very good, again.
  • Edward…what more can I say?  Rob is Edward in my book and I thought he nailed the tortured soul yet again.  He looked pained saying goodbye to Bella and so defeated when he thought she was dead that it took my breath away.  I didn’t cry but I came damn close.
  • Bella.  If you read my Twilight blog you know that I didn’t care for KStew’s Bella at all.  I may have used the word hate somewhere in there, it wouldn’t surprise me.  This time out?  I still don’t love her and I can still think of many other actresses I would rather be her but she was somewhat better.  I’m not sure if this is because Bella is numb for so much of the movie and that’s an emotion that KStew can actually do or if she’s learned a little.  I will say that I liked the way Bella kept pushing Jake away and felt that it was made clear that despite all the time she was spending with him, Edward was still everything to her.

    TL bulked up nicely but still doesn't entirely work for me. I do hate him less though. High praise! hehe

  • Jacob.  I was not overly happy that Taylor Lautner was returning as Jacob and though he won me over a little bit I still would rather they recast.  He’s still so damn short…in his brief scene with Rob I just felt like I was watching the child he actually is instead of the manchild he’s supposed to become.  And yes, his muscles are quite impressive, but he’s so short.  It kills me.  Beyond that, though, once he lost the wig he looked pretty good and the acting was fine.  I actually felt bad for him a time or two and anybody that knows me knows that I don’t feel bad for Jacob.  Not in the books anyway.
  • Alice.  Loved her.  I liked her in the first movie in her limited role but this time around she got a chance to shine a little and Ashley Greene took it.  She actually sounds like Alice, you know?  I loved her snark at Jacob, actually made me think of Rosalie in Breaking Dawn more than Alice but it worked.
  • Jasper.  I still don’t get the Jackson Rathbone love that I see in fandom but I will say that Jasper got to have a snarky line or two and I thought he delivered them well.  He still doesn’t look right but I liked the voice he used and enjoyed him in the voting scene because of it.
  • The rest of the Cullens?  Still can’t stand Nikki Reed as Rosalie but she might have had two lines in the movie so it’s not a deal breaker.  Loved the little Emmett we got, including a scene that reminded me of my fic Emmett and pleased me highly.  Carlisle and Esme were fine in their minimal scenes as well.

The Story

  • Very close to the book with a few deviations that worked.  This is spoilery so if you haven’t seen it yet, this is the portion of the blog you might want to skip by the way.
  • I liked that they made Victoria responsible for Harry Clearwater’s death.  That totally did not happen in the books but having her more or less frighten him to death while he was helping Charlie hunt the wolves was a pretty cool addition I thought.  Knowing that one of the wolves (Jacob?) thought they saved him adds weight down the road, should they decide to mine that, with resentment from the wolves to the vamps.
  • Loved that after the Cullens left Bella sat at their lunch table alone for the months they were gone up until Charlie threatened to send her to Jacksonville.  It was a nice touch that worked instead of the books version of her sitting with her old friends and not talking. Made a more powerful visual.
  • The humor.  Instead of B&E watching Romeo and Juliet alone at her house, having them do it in the classroom and seeing the teary reactions to the movie by Angela and much more hilariously Eric gave me a giggle.  Also, anytime you’re going to have the teacher call out Edward and have him recite some Shakespeare is made of win in my book.  Yum.
  • There were a couple quick cuts wherein we were in one place, like class, with Edward telling Bella a little about the Volturi and then all of a sudden we were at their house and he finished telling them about them.  It was alright, not too jarring but a little choppy for my taste.  Would rather he have done it all in once place.  I guess I could have put this in the few complaints I had but it didn’t take me out of the movie so I’ll leave it here.
  • The action.  SO good.  The Jacob/Paul fight scene was easily my favorite and you could almost feel the ground shaking the way it was shot.  Really good.  Also enjoyed the Volturi fight and of course the wolf/vamp hunting.  I have no complaints about the effects, that’s for sure.
  • The movie within the movie.  I enjoyed Bella’s outing with Jacob and Mike Newton.  Face Punch?  Awesome, totally want to see that cheesy ass movie. hehe
  • I did like the ending, cliffhanger or no, leaving it with Edward asking Bella to marry him if she wanted him to change her made me feel warm and happy inside!
  • Addition #1.  Major fail for me, I forgot to mention that I really LOVED the way that instead of the Bella voiceover chatting at us when Edward was gone, she was writing to Alice via email and reading it to us that way.  It felt so sad and lonely…awesome.


I needed more for the reunion, can't help it.


  • I don’t have a lot to bitch about this time out, which is a nice change, but of course I do have some issues.  Most of them are Jacob/Bella related because I’m an Edward girl, what can I say?  I didn’t care for the near kiss scene because their lips were actually touching, albeit barely.  I am not supposed to endure a B&J kiss until Eclipse and that’s going to be very difficult for me, so I didn’t approve.
  • Bella telling Jacob she loves him right in front of Edward.  Um…no.  First of all, she doesn’t utter those terrible words until Eclipse.  I should know because I’m doing my fic rectifying that shit.  Yes, she did follow it up by telling him that if he asks her to choose between him and Edward there is no choice, it’s always Edward, which pleased me.  But still.  No I love you, especially when they’re so stingy with giving me those three words between E&B.
  • The Edward/Bella talk when reunited.  One of my favorite scenes in the books and one of my least favorite in the movie because it was too damn short and Bella was too quick to accept it.  No, I’m not saying that we should have been left to wonder about whether she would take Edward back, but the self-doubt was not apparent then like it was during the break up.  Her belief that he couldn’t possibly love her carries into Eclipse and it’s pretty important.  It just felt like he said sorry, I lied and I love you, always, and she was on board.  I needed more from that scene.

Wow, so I think those are all my complaints and that’s not too bad at all, really.  The first two were to be expected as a B&E fan so not a surprise.  The movie felt like it was over too quickly despite its 2:10 minute running time and I felt like walking right back into the theater and seeing it again, so pretty good endorsement huh?  I’ll be seeing it at least once more this weekend and likely twice, so I’m sure I’ll have more to say when I’m not as swept up in subsequent viewings.

I was thrilled to discover that New Moon blew away the opening night record and bought in $26 million overnight.  That’s awesome.  And for going to a 9:40 AM movie, it was pretty damn crowded this morning as well.  Mostly adults, too, though there were some kids who were clearly skipping school.  Ahhh, good times.

Anyway, I give the movie and Chris Weitz a ringing endorsement, especially when compared to Twilight.  I wish he had been in charge of that one too because I bet we would have had a much better movie, budget woes or no.  That’s neither here nor there, I guess we’ll see what David Slade can do with Eclipse.  Here’s hoping BD finally gets it’s green light and I’d be more than okay with a Weitz revisit if they decided to go there.  I’ve rambled enough for now, I’ll add more later.

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New chapter is up at ff.net.  And yes, I will put it here, eventually!


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New chapter is up at ff.net.  I’ll get 16 and 17 loaded here sometime today as well, lazy I know!


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Creative license, putting a hot Rob pic on fanfic blog. So so pretty.

Well it’s been ages since my last Twific post but I haven’t stopped reading, despite my rather busy writing schedule.  I can’t say when the next post will happen now that TV and writing are taking precedence but I intend to keep posting these as long as I keep reading.  I’ve got some really good ones to recommend this time out, so happy reading!

High Anxiety by EdwardsBloodType.  I really, really love this story.  Bella moves to Forks to live with Charlie after some mysterious scandal drove her from living with her mom and Phil.  She takes meds to deal with anxiety attacks.  Edward lives down the street from her, he’s also on anxiety meds for an issue in his past that drove the family to move from Chicago.  He’s not allowed to touch a female, at all, and of course he and Bella want each other.  Talk about a slow burn romance!  Jasper likes Bella as well so there’s some infighting between the brothers.  Really good story, love their bonding in the treehouse over weed.

Landscapes by lambcullen.  Bella is a talented artist that Edward wants to come study at this art school he runs, The Dairy.  He’s an ass who has major issues after the death of his parents.  There’s a lot of hate and heat between the two that eventually boils over.  Edward also doesn’t get along with his sister, Alice (calls her Doom, hehe) but she and Bella bond.  It’s different, really well written and compelling.

The Boy By The Window by hopefulhappenings09.  Do you like your Edward manipulative and possibly psychotic?  Yeah, me too.  On occasion anyway.  Bella moves in next door to Edward, who is living alone after his parents death.  He watches her for a month and eventually draws her in, pretty much telling her she belongs to him.  But she draws him in as well and some of his barriers may be coming down at her hands.  Edward was once really close with Jasper but they had a falling out, Alice was caught in between.  Rose is knocked up with Emmett’s kid and yeah they’re all in high school.  This one is twisty and on edging on dark but quite interesting.

Clipped Wings & Inked Armor by hunterhunting.  Up to date link, another fic pulled and moved.  Another Tattward and Inkella story.  I don’t care for all the markings and piercings but the stories that come out are compelling.  Bella is haunted by the deaths of everyone she loved in a plane crash.  She meets Edward, a tattoo artist, and wants him to do a design on her back to represent said people.  She has a lot of demons over this situation and they fall but she won’t tell him everything…will it drive them apart?  He also has a lot of guilt over his parents murders.  Good story but if you can’t get past all the piercing/tatt stuff I understand, I like it despite that.

Secrets Don’t Keep Friends by KTBass.  Bella loves Jasper.  Jasper is with Alice despite some major feelings for Bella.  Alice knows that Bella loves Jasper but she ignores that because she is sure Jasper is right for her.  Edward arrives in town and he and Bella start to bond.  Jasper doesn’t like that and sets out to sabotage them.  Bella is torn between going with her old love and getting a chance with him vs. exploring something new with Edward.  A very good read.

Salacious Behavior & Earnest Speaking by ThisColony.  Bella’s been in a give and no take relationship with Jasper for years.  She meets Edward at the opening of one of Jasper’s club.  They want each other but she’s under Jasper’s thumb.  Jasper thinks he loves her but doesn’t know how to tell her that yet he sees other women.  They break up and she and Edward move forward but Jasper still wants her.  Very interesting dynamic between B&J here, twisted type relationship, Edward is the healthy choice but will she do what’s healthy?

To Desire by Erestellea.  Pretty much Twilight with advanced maturity.  Edward and Bella are making out in the gym a day or so into school.  Hasn’t been updated in awhile so not sure what the deal is but it’s a fun read.

Ethan Church by dryler.  Bella is asked to write the memoirs of a reclusive author, Ethan Church.  He’s dying and wants to tell his story.  While there she meets/sees a ghost that sounds like Edward.  But Ethan himself sounds like Edward.  Which one is Edward, are they both?  It’s intriguing and well written and somewhat confusing but really really good.  I have no answers yet but I love each new chapter she gives me.

Scotch, Gin & The New Girl by jandco.  This is a rameau rec but I had to re-rec it in case it got lost in our commentary on my last blog.  This is basically an ode to Cruel Intentions, a movie that I love beyond belief.  Rose bets Edward that he can’t land the new girl, Bella.  He bonds with her and wants her but he wants to win the bet as well.  Meanwhile Rose bets Bella that she will sleep with Edward, Bella wants to win that bet so he’s trying to get her into bed and she’s trying to avoid.  Very well written, push and pull.  Offputting beginning with Edward wanting to bed both Rose & Alice but get past that and you’ll love it.

Tie Me Down To This World by Struck Upon A Star.  This got mentioned in the comments on my last blog but needed a place here.  Alice & Jasper story.  Both of them are in the hospital, him badly burned, her hurt in a car accident with no memory of her life or anything about herself.  The bond through the walls of the hospital.  Much angst and heartbreak follow but it’s a beautiful story with the best love scene ever.  That’s enough, read it even if you’re primarily an E&B fan like I am, it’s worth it.

The Port Angeles Players by WriteOnTime.  Primarily a fluffy one.  Bella and Jasper are English teachers at the high school and get roped into trying out for a play.  Alice comes along and bonds with Jas.  Bella gets the lead and Edward is the male lead.  Instant sparks and mostly a fluffy love story.  Lighter fare after much heavy stuff.

Work In Progess by araeo.  Bella works at one of those Brazilian meat places as a bartender but has to step in one day as one of the sword brandishers.  Of course that’s when she meets Edward, and Emmett, who is dubbed Meat Sweats which is awesome.  Mostly a funny fic, some angst as Edward is a recovering alcoholic carrying a lot of guilt around but it’s not too heavy and has a lot of laughs.

Bad Habit by AmeryMarie.  Flips back and forth between present day and 5 years ago when Bella befriended Alice and met her manwhore brother, Edward.  They were told to stay away from each other but were drawn anyway.  Lots of fighting and a hidden relationship that apparently dragged on for a couple of years but may be on the verge of ending.  Angsty as hell but good.

The Caged Bird by Kristen Nicole.  I LOVE this fic!  LOVE!  Bella has been raised by ultra religious Renee and goes to a private school where she’s picked on.  The only thing she’s really allowed to do is work at the public library.  There she meets Edward, serving community service for lewd behavior.  hehe  He’s into her and vice versa but she’s innocent as the day with an inquisitive little mind.  The first time they do sexual stuff, for instance, when he orgasms she thinks she killed him because he lays there like the dead and when she finds out he’s alive she asks him what that white goo is.  It’s hysterical but sweet at the same time.

Faking It by spanglemaker9.  Bella’s band has won a reality show contest and they’re the darlings of the media.  Edward is a huge movie star with a bad reputation in need of a makeover.  Their managers get them to agree to be a fake couple to keep her in the limelight and fix his rep.  They fall for each other eventually but the public eye can be too much…mostly light but some angst.

Reluctance by eye ree.  Edward is a rather weird guy who wears a beanie and is really into the environment.  Bella sees him on Alice’s facebook and wants to meet him.  They hook up but he’s reluctant to open up to her, hence the title.  She pushes, he pulls back.  He nearly screws everything up and has to try to win her back because of course he loves her, he just doesn’t know how to show it.

The Coven by phoenixhunter47.  Different one.  Bella is going to Yale.  While there she starts researching secret societies and catches the attention of two of them.  The Volturi are who you think they are.  There’s another group the Cullens are in that seems to have the whole mating thing happening.  Bella and Edward are destined for each other but neither know it.  It’s complicated but very good.

Time And Again by ooohlalaaa  Another that flashes between past and present.  Bella is taken in as a foster kid by the Cullens.  She and Edward bond and hook up.  Alice is in love with Edward and sets out to keep them apart.  Bella and Jasper bond, he knows of her relationship with Edward.  Edward pushes her away and manwhores around.  He eventually leaves and we go to present day when Bella is getting ready to marry Jasper.  Alice reveals that she kept Edward and Bella apart, he’s around and wanting to stop the wedding, Bella can’t decide what to do, Jasper is scared as hell…much angst.

Bloodline by ooohlalaaa.  New take on vamps.  The kids are all at a school and it’s clear that Em and Alice and Rose are vamps but Edward has green eyes.  It seems vamps are sometimes born and not just made in this one.  The Cullen kids turned when it was there time and Edward turns in this after he and Bella fall in love.  She’s seemingly a normal kid but is she?  There’s a threat from the Volturi who don’t like kids with powers.  Very good one.

Mens Rae: A Guilty Mind by forbidden-fruit81.  Edward is a rich author and professor with a live-in girlfriend that he likes to fight with and screw.  One morning after that he wakes up to a dead Tanya.  He thinks he killed her when he choked her while doing her.  Jasper hires Bella to defend him.  He wont’ really defend himself, thinking he’s guilty.  He’s also instantly attracted to Bella and hates himself for that as he’s made his relationship with Tanya into something beautiful in retrospect when it was really rather poisonous.  Really well written and a good mystery.

The Tutor by ItzMegan73.  Bella’s a new kid at school and she’s assigned to tutor Edward in English.  Turns out he can’t read.  They have to hide their tutor/tutee relationship and of course they fall for each other.  Rose is out for sabotage since she’s into Edward.  Alice gets caught in between as she starts liking Bella.  Simple one but not a bad read.

Intersection by Lilybellis.  Bella has a bad past that includes dead little brothers and a sister and stepfather Phil.  Renee hates and blames her for their deaths and Bella pretty much does as well.  She moves to Seattle and meets Edward.  They bond but have to face her past demons in order to move forward.  They turn out to have a sweet connection from their youths.  Cute one.

The Screamers by KiyaRaven.  Edward is a big time rock star on the run from some fans.  He ducks down an alley and meets Bella, a homeless girl.  He ends up knocking her over and giving he a concussion so he takes her to his hotel to fix her up.  His sister/manager Alice is immediately taken by her and hires her as a PR rep as well as fake girlfriend.  She orders them to keep their hands off one another but they can’t.  Edward has an addictive personality, it was drugs and alcohol and sex, it becomes Bella.  Her past is a major issue for them to get over as well.  Hot times, some definite angst, fun inclusion of Robert Pattinson who happens to look like Edward and likes Bella…good read.

The Masque Of The Red Death by Jeesiechreesie.  Do you like your Edward dark?  Very dark?  Very very dark?  I do.  This Edward is an unapologetic killer who enjoys toying with his prey.  He wants Bella and he sets about courting her in his own sick way, starting with killing her mother and then anybody who treats her badly.  She becomes an outcast as everyone thinks she causes these deaths but she handles it pretty well.  It’s fascinating and dark and god help me but I like it too. hehe  Issues.

Elemental by TallulahBelle.  I adore this one.  All our vamps are witches instead.  Bella’s family hauls her back to Forks to live in this community with the rest of the witches.  They all have various affinities, Bella’s is earth and she’s quite powerful although she didn’t know she was a witch.  Something is coming and they need to unite to save the town.  Witches tend to imprint when they turn 18, guess who she imprints with?  Edward is the eventual leader of the witches, very powerful with Air and Water affinity.  Bella also has fire affinity so combined they have all 4.  Very interesting story, intriguing.  Now that they’ve imprinted, they need to be together but Edward was a dick to her pre-imprint so of course she has issues with their pairing but they can’t fight it, it physically tears them up to be apart.

Love Amongst The Ruins by theladyingrey42.  Bella starts working at a library in San Francisco.  Edward is there and they’re attracted to one another but he has a bad past with someone else at the library and can’t act on the attraction.  He’s also in bad physical pain due to an accident when he was a child.  Some real angst in this one but really well written and rather a beautiful love story.

How My Life Was Ruined In 14 Days by moon.witche.  Hilarious.  Bella has her whole life planned down to a T.  She sees The 40 Year Old Virgin and decides she needs to pencil in some sex into her plan so that she doesn’t die a virgin.  She decides to ask Edward to be her partner.  She’s very straight forward about it and he’s taken aback but agrees only if she will let him take her out on a date first.  That doesn’t fit into her plan but she wants the sex so she has to start altering her plan.  Only a few chapters in but it’s awesome and funny.

Tragic Turn by L is a dreamer.  Edward is in a band and one night on the way to a gig he stops to help a girl caught in the rain.  He’s intrigued by her right away and her perfume haunts him.  She goes to private school with his sister Alice and they start hanging out and formally meet.  Instant attraction.  Not really angsty or anything at this point, just a light romance but not too far in so not sure where it will go, Tragic Turn is the band name though and not necessarily indicative of the story at this point.

Alphabet Weekends by the-glory-days.  Edward and Bella have been best friends since the age of 4.  They live together and are bored so decide have sex every Saturday using letters of the alphabet.  Of course they’re in love with one another but don’t realize it until they start getting heavily involved in the sexing.  This one is pretty light and kinda fun.

Type O-Negative by quothme.  Fascinating.  Twilight with a snarky but clueless Bella.  Edward, Alice and Jasper are vamps that move to Forks.  Everyone obsesses over Edward including Bella though she denies it.  He has himself moved from her bio table and sits with Rose (human).  Bella thinks he’s obsessed with Rosalie but he’s really just avoiding her.  They get assigned a project and start spending time and he’s fighting the attraction to Bella but she doesn’t see it.  Good story, not updated in over a month though.

Just Wait by InstantKarmaGirl.  Excellent story.  Bella gets sent to live with Charlie after she steals a car in Arizona.  Turns out that Renee has been abusing her all her life and Charlie didn’t know.  As part of her sentence, she has to attend therapy run by Esme.  Edward and co are all there for various reasons and she and Edward are pair.  He stutters very badly and gets picked on at school.  It’s not said yet but heavily implied that there is abuse in his past as well.  Bella uses drugs and sex to escape, Edward uses music.  They’re starting to spend time together and forging what will likely be an interesting relationship.  Highly recommended.

Okay, I think that’s plenty for now!  I’m sure I’ll add more as we go, in fact I left some off because I couldn’t remember what they were and I didn’t want to reread them right now.  That’s right, I read way too much.  Happy reading and let me know what you think!

Emancipation Proclamation by kharizzmatik.  Link now updated to new location.  I spent 3 days lost in this fic, it’s long as hell and shows no sign of stopping 53 chapters in, so be warned that you need time to dedicate to this one.  But I liked it.  A lot.  Very different from any other fic I’ve read.  I will be honest and admit I read and rejected the description several times before I gave in and started it.  Basically, it’s 2005 and Bella is a slave sold to Carlisle, a powerful mafia figure.  I know, right?  Sounds ridiculous which is what kept me from starting it for so long.  But it works.  He takes her to his home on her 16th birthday, having purchased her from her owner/father, Charles Swan.  The 3 Cullen boys are his kids and of course she and Edward fall in love but it’s even more complicated than master/slave.  There’s ties to the kid’s past that have resulted in Edward’s mother’s being murdered when he was 8 and Bella’s DNA comes up as well (no they’re not related).  I don’t want to give too much away and the honest answer is that 53 chapters in the reader doesn’t know everything yet.  It’s a good story though.  Edward’s a total manwhore who reforms and Bella learns to speak up.  It did change my view of Carlisle for awhile, wasn’t sure if I could ever look at him as the kindly doctor man again after something he did to Bella but I’ve softened a little.  Would love to talk about this one with people who have had/will read it.

A Rough Start by ItzMegan73.  Edward, Jasper and Emmett work in a lumber mill (yeah no Rich Cullen boys here).  Edward finds out that he has a 5 year old son with ex-girlfriend Jessica, who has died.  He goes to get him and they try to forge a relationship.  Bella is a new kindergarten teacher who can’t understand why little Anthony keeps getting dropped off way before school starts.  She sends a letter home to Edward which pisses him off and needless to say they don’t get off on the right foot.  It’s only 12 chapters in and the relationship has progressed to friendship with interest.  It’s sweet, with Edward and his son trying to get to know one another and Bella having an effortless relationship with him.

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Okay, my latest fanfic is up and running over at ff.net.  It’s for the Darkward Vampfic contest.  Here’s a link!


I will add it under my fanfiction section after I see if it gets picked up for the competition.

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I’ve been promising it for awhile now and I’m finally ready to do another fanfiction blog.  My other blog is still amazingly popular (and I’m truly flattered that people are coming here to find fic to read) so I figured a second one would probably go over well as well.  I got a lot of these from the Twilight Indie award nominees.  Some of the fics I’ve read lately have taken a decidedly darker turn so there’s an interesting mix to be found here.  I will keep adding as I read more, meanwhile I hope everyone finds something to enjoy!

Bare by stella luna sky.  Bella is the new girl at school and Edward immediately insults her by telling her she’s not beautiful.  They start communicating via her notebook, him through pictures and her through words. Romance develops.

The Woods are Lovely, Dark & Deep by bananapancakes7.  I’m not quite sure where this one is going yet.  Bella comes to Forks and stays at an Inn where she meets Edward Masen.  He is staying in the room next to her and haunted by some kind of nightmares.  Both are human, at least right now, though the Cullens are vampires so I don’t know.  Bella and Edward are drawing closer together after a shaky start.

Boy In The Red Sweater by starrynytex.  Bella and Alice are best friends and social misfits at Forks High.  They bond over Bella’s writing and Alice’s art.  New boy Edward Cullen comes to the school and is immediately the new target of the “in” kids.  Bella feels bad for him and she and Alice set out to draw the wrath of Lauren and her minions to keep Edward from their torment.  He won’t talk to anybody and wears a red sweater to school every day.  She gets him to talk and a relationship evolves.  I really liked this one.  The kids are all pretty messed up in the head; Jasper is a raging psychopath, Alice is co-dependent and plenty of other stuff, Bella is messed up over her mom’s suicide, Edward is neurotic, Angela is a cutter…it’s not the lightest of reading but there is a lot of humor mixed in and the relationship does become rather beautiful.

Cowboys & Indians by minisinoo.  This one is specifically here for Rameau.  It’s only 10 chapters and it’s about Jasper and Leah becoming unlikely friends.  It’s very intellectual in the beginning and was far over my head, but I think she’ll like the bond between Jazz and Leah and their discussions over racism.  They go on a road trip with Edward and Seth and that’s pretty cute.

Primal Desires by Velvet Blood Roses.  Picks up after Italy in New Moon.  Bella returns home with Edward and they have a fight with Jake.  They make love and he changes her right then at her request.  Her death is faked and she and Edward move to London.  There’s a sequel as well.  It’s a light story, nothing overly complicated.

The Locker Next Door by UnoriginalScreename.  Bella has a blog and she uses it to rant about her bio partner who treats her badly.  She calls him “Norman”.  She tries to figure out just what’s wrong with him.  Easy read, just a blog and some fake messages.  One of her readers may just be “Norman” himself.

Not Her by Heaven’s Immortal.  Supposes that Edward does not save Bella from Tyler’s skidding van.  Instead he runs up and bites her while she’s wedged between her car and his.  It causes her to change and the Cullens have to take her in.  She’s none too happy about this forced change and she doesn’t know that Edward is the one that bit her, she blames Carlisle.  She and Edward eventually start to bond but she doesn’t know that he’s the one that caused her to “die.”  Interesting concept.

Prey by summer35.  What would a list of fanfics recommended by me be without having one that had a disturbing, dark Edward that I found inexplicably hot?  This one might even upset me more than The Blessing & The Curse.  Edward happens upon 8 year old Bella who has cut herself in the woods.  He immediately starts licking her wound and biting her.  The Cullens take him away before he can do too much damage.  Fast forward 9 years and she’s back in Forks after moving to Arizona with her mother.  She’s human but not all the way.  She has some vampire qualities and her blood still calls to Edward, but now it’s more sexual in nature.  She recognizes him and confronts him about what he did.  Somehow their blood bond could kill them both if she doesn’t change.  There is some confusion involving the Volturi and the wolves but the real story here is the draw between the two.  He’s forceful in his attention to her and I did see a comment or two about their first time being “rape”.  I disagree on that front but it’s not a pretty romance.  Very interesting though!

String Theory by Dooley.  An alternative Forks.  Bella and Jacob are brother and sister, more or less, due to Charlie and Renee taking in Jacob when Billy died when he was a kid.  Edward and Emmett are miserable foster kids.  Alice is a runaway taken in by the Whitlock family; she and Jasper are a couple.  Dr. Cullen comes to town and watches them all saying that something isn’t right.  Turns out they’re in an alternate dimension and he wants to restore things to the way they should be.  Emmett has dreams about Rosalie; Bella dreams about vampire Edward (and doesn’t even realize that he’s the Edward that is Jake’s friend).  It’s a little strange but different from anything else I’ve read.

Letters to Gramercy by OhMyWord.  Back to romance.  Bella goes to NY with Rose & Alice and while there she sits in a bar writing a letter to herself about wanting to change her life.  She’s in a lifeless relationship with Mike Newton and trying to work up the nerve to end it.  She runs into someone in the bar and loses the letter.  Edward finds it; it speaks to him and he writes her back.  They start corresponding via letter, then email, then webcam and finally meet in person.  Bella has some past hurts she can’t get over and she pushes him away (annoyingly, I wanted to smack her several times).  It was rather sweet most of the time though and as a web nerd, I just find romance via letter and email to be appealing.  Sue me!

Breaking by OhMyWord.  Way different tone from Gramercy.  Starts off with Bella and her boyfriend attempting suicide.  She didn’t go through with it, he did.  She’s in a mental hospital and Edward’s her doctor.  He’s drawn to her, inappropriately, and she is as well.

No Sleep For The Wicked by justaskalice.  Bella and Jake are in a four year relationship that’s gone stale, at least on her part.  She sees Edward one day in a coffee shop and he inspires her to begin writing again.  She then meets him through Rose and Emmett.  Her relationship with Jake ends and she and Edward get closer.

Once Upon A Time, In Therapy by AllyR.  The title tells you what it is.  Bella is an anorexic abuse victim at the hands of her boyfriend, Jake.  Her father makes her go to group therapy.  The other kids there are Alice, an upper taking shoplifter; Emmett, a roid rager; Jasper, an alcoholic suicide attempter; Rosalie, abused by her father and raped (much like Rose’s real story); and Edward, a coke addict and car thief.  The kids begin to bond through their mutual disdain for their counselor; minus Edward.  Bella eventually reaches him though and they start falling for one another.  It’s not a pretty story but it’s well written.  Jake’s a complete ass, so if you hate him, this is a pretty good one for that.  Edward gets to administer a beat down, it is lovely.

Same Time Next Year by socact.  A class trip before senior year.  Bella’s the new girl.  She and Edward are drawn to one another but don’t want to be.  Jasper makes Edward keep Bella occupied so he can make the moves on Alice and they end up spending the weekend together in the honeymoon cabin.  They eventually fall and come up with a pact to meet at the same time every year and spend the weekend together.  Chronicles at 10 year period of them being both romantically involved and broken up but still meeting up.  Rather romantic, I felt.

Over The Limit by socact.  Just 5 chapters so far.  Edward gets busted for speeding and ordered to an anger management class and community service.  Bella gets busted the same night for speeding and assaulting a police officer, who she freaked out on for no good reason.  They attend class and rub each other the wrong way right away but they have forced interaction.  Early but I like it.

Deconstructing Dracula by hmonster4.  Bella is working on her thesis on Dracula and her best friend, Rose, talks her into coming to London with her for 6 months.  Bella is fresh off a break up with Mike Newton so she goes.  There she meets Edward, a British rogue who enjoys playing games with her.  Their relationship is complicated by the fact that she looks just like a woman from his past.

Inked by ARenee363.  Edward is a tattoo artist.  Bella is a tattoo getter. Immediate attraction.  They enjoy exploring one anothers tattoos.  I’m not big on needles or pain or the thought of my Edward all covered with tats but this is pretty well written and there’s great chemistry.  And push and pull.

Penny For Your Thoughts by neverstopdreaming.  Bella is human but telepathic and can read minds.  She hears Edward’s desire to kill her and confronts him instead of running.  She can shield Edward from reading her thoughts.  They end up bonding and she ends up hanging out with the Cullens.  James happens upon her and senses her talent.  He challenges her and she uses her mind mojo to throw him across the room.  This makes him want her as a future vamp and ally.  Edward wants to protect her.

The Day The Earth Stood Still by Sare Liz.  Edward can hear Bella’s mind and he’s intrigued by her right away on her first day of school.  He even goes at night and listens to her dreams of him.  She’s not his singer but he finds that slipping into her mind when they’re close makes him not have any blood lust for her at all.  They communicate through her thoughts a lot.  Cute one.

Bright Like The Sun by dryler.  Pretty much Twilight without the vampires.  Edward is antisocial and has possible bad boy tendencies.  He saves Bella from Tyler’s van but breaks her arm in the process of saving her so he volunteers to drive her to and from school for 2 months.  They get to know each other.  They’re very snarky with one another.  No romance at this point but I enjoy the heck out of them.

Crush’n’Push by dariachenowith.  Ha, I found the stalker Edward one.  I forgot, it goes off the rails there at the end and she tries to do too much, but in the first half of the story Edward toys with Bella quite a bit but she gives as good as he does.  I recommend it for that alone.

Oh, Inverted World by DevilKalika.  Edward is a Catholic school virgin with a haunted past.  He meets Bella when his cousin, Alice, drags him shopping in Port Angeles.  She’s pretty much his perfect woman but he gets flustered when he tries to talk to her.  She makes the moves and he falls in line, but he’s afraid to open up about his past.  Very snarky and fun but also serious.  I really like it.

Stripped by punkfarie.  Bella’s dumped on her father, Charlie, when she can’t get over her boyfriend, Jacob’s, death.  She meets the Cullen kids and she and Edward start falling for each other.  Unfortunately, Charlie has a major hate-on for Edward because he thinks he abused one girlfriend and raped another.  Alice helps them to get together but when Charlie finds out he’ll rip them apart.

Stephenie Meyer and the Renegade Characters by browniechadowes.  Hilarious.  Basically she retells Twilight with snarky commentary from the characters themselves.  Bella can’t get over her insta-love with Edward and her complete lack of self.  Jessica is especially awesome in this one.  Love the Mike lines as well.  She did all 4 books, I’ve only read this one so far but it had me in tears.  Minus points for her having a Jacob jones though, there’s some blatant Jake loving in there that I could do without but it’s still funny as hell.  I have since read all the others and must recommend them all.  Particularly the Uterus of Steel, AKA Breaking Dawn parody.  Made of awesome.

Cullen Family Camping Trip by LeesaM.  This is another humorous one.  Charlie is going out of town so he requests that the Cullens let Bella go camping with them.  It’s rife with typical Bella clumsiness and issues, plus you get to enjoy the Cullens idea of what a human would do on a camping trip.  Rather cute, really.  She is doing a second one wherein Charlie signs Bella and the Cullens up to be camp couselors, it’s just started but in the same vein.

Living Backwards by caiobella27.  This one imagines Bella and Alice and Rose after college.  Bella gets drunk, falls, and wakes up back in 1999, a senior in high school.  She wasn’t friends with Rose and Alice then and sets about to become their friend and rectify some issues they have in the future.  Alice is in a bad business partnership with Tanya and Rose and Emmett took about a decade to get together.  Bella looks to step out of her bookworm self and become more a part of school and part of that is talking to and spending time with one bad boy Edward Cullen.   Cute one.

My Little Black Ache by istandcorrected.  Bella tried to commit suicide a year and half prior to when this story starts.  Nobody forgets this fact and she’s rather an outcast.  Jasper is her best friend and Rose and Emmett are close with her as well.  She goes to a party and drinks for the first time in a year or so and stumbles upon a fight between Mike Newton and Edward.  Attempting to stop it, she accidentally gets hit by Edward and a weird relationship starts to form.  Only 8 chapters so far but kinda interesting, some dark humor.

A Deeper Shade of Green by lola84.  Bella the Bitch meets Edward the Asshole.  She’s new at school and sets out to establish herself as the queen bee, don’t fuck with me sort of girl.  Jess and Lauren immediately become her little lackeys.  The Cullens move to the school and word spreads that Edward was a player in Alaska.  He and Bella collide in several of the same Twilight scenarios we’re all familiar with.  Bella’s haunted by a stalker ex and Edward just doesn’t know how to open up.

The List by Laura Cullen.  I’m not gonna lie, this one is pretty hot.  Before their wedding, Bella makes a list of various things that she’d like to do with Edward, sexually.  With a little assist from Alice, she finds Edward receptive to exploring prior to the wedding.  There’s an innocence but also a lot of hotness to the happenings that occur.  Goes right through the honeymoon and changing.

A Darker Shade of Twilight by VampGirl.  The title pretty much says it all.  Quite dark, pretty disturbing.  Imagines that James really did kidnap Renee and he kills her in front of Bella in the ballet studio.  Turns out he killed Charlie before leaving Forks as well.  Then he attacks her much like in Twilight but throws in a rape for good measure.  This fic actually made me cry, not during Bella’s attack but when Edward and co watched the video and you knew he was going to see that she’d been raped.  Really well written and quite traumatizing.  Jake’s a raving psycho as well, so it’s not a story for Jacob fans by any means.  It’s cliffhanger ending with a set up for a follow up story which could be interesting.   It’s pretty depressing but still well written and worth a read.  I’m going to have read a funny fic after this one though!

Son of a Preacher Man by LaViePastiche.  Different one.  Jasper is a player who likes to devirginize high school girls.  He gets a load of private school girl Bella at a bar and decides he wants to have her.  She has a crush on Edward Cullen, who is dating Jasper’s sister Rosalie.  Edward doesn’t know she’s alive until Jasper starts talking about her and he starts feeling protective.  Very good read.  Very different, lots of Jasper/Bella action and only baby steps with her and Edward.  I really do like it, you get all 3 views on what’s happening.

Eye Contact by silver sniper of night.  This one is so different and interesting.  I love it.  Bella is studying to work with children with Autism and interning at a school.  She goes into the music room and sees Edward playing.  She interrupts him and he actually hits her and runs away. Turns out he has Aspergers Syndrome.  He seeks her out to apologize and they begin bonding.  I feel like I’m learning a lot about Aspergers, especially as she writes a few chapters from Edward’s viewpoint and you get to see how his thoughts flow.  Really enjoyable.

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Edward & Bella

Edward & Bella

Whenever a well known book is made into a movie, there are legions of fans wanting certain aspects included.  We don’t all get our ways, of course, but we do go in with a preconceived notion of how things will be and when expectations are not fully met, it can and does leave a bad taste in our mouths.  I’ll admit that the first time I saw Twilight, I did have an adverse reaction.  Subsequent viewings have elevated the movie somewhat in my viewpoint but I’ve never let go of certain reactions.  I thought I’d go over here what I liked and what I didn’t.  The what I didn’t like stuff will be more heavily discussed here, but keep in mind I didn’t hate the movie by any means.  I have 3 different copies due to different extras and offers, so clearly I continue to be psychotically attached to any and all aspects of the Twilight world. I’ll break things down into casting, storyline and directing just to cover all the major bases.


I thought Robert Pattinson brought coolness and charm to Edward.

I thought Robert Pattinson brought coolness and charm to Edward.

For me, they got one lead role right and one lead role very wrong.  Can you guess which way I’m going here?  Probably if you’ve read any of my other blogs but we’ll flesh it out anyway.

Robert Pattinson as Edward worked for me on almost every level.  Looks, charm, sense of humor, an underlying self-loathing that was not obvious but was there if you looked at him.  I loved the little smirks he would throw in when he was amused by something.  As an Edward groupie, I was predisposed to either love or loathe the casting with no in-between, luckily I fell on the love side and honestly, the first time I saw the movie the only reason it worked for me at all was because of him.  That’s not to say that he was perfect, there were some missed beats and some strange expressions that could nearly throw me out of a scene but overall I thought he did a good job.  My mother saw the movie with me and she walked out of the theater saying that she thought the actor did a good job appearing as something other (she has not read the books) so that says something to me.  She also thought he was far too good for Bella, which leads me to….

The kiss was hot, Kristen Stewart as Bella was not.

The kiss was hot, Kristen Stewart as Bella was not.

Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan.  The first time I watched the movie, I couldn’t stand her as Bella and it took me a long time to figure out why.  I thought maybe it was a visceral “Don’t touch my man” thing or a she can’t act thing, which it kind of was the latter for me.  In subsequent viewings I was able to pinpoint it a little more accurately; Kristen played Bella as entirely too hard of a character.  I didn’t really get a sense of fragility or vulnerability from her at all.  Sure, she weighs like 2 pounds so she looks fragile, but the character’s inflections just had an edge to them that I didn’t feel Bella had at all.  I’ve seen interviews with Stewart wherein she talks about how strong Bella is and that one throws me for a loop too.  Maybe she gets stronger as the series goes, but in Twilight she didn’t strike me as particularly strong.  Trusting, fish out of water, stubborn and passionate maybe, but not strong.  Maybe I read that wrong, I don’t know.

I also felt the actress did not portray her love for Edward well enough.  That complete and utter desperation and dependence upon him did not come through at all.  I think she tried in the hospital scene but she wasn’t very good.  The two leads did show good chemistry in the bedroom kissing scene and at the prom, but again I didn’t feel her need to be with him.  I know it’s hard to portray that level of longing but I think it fell flat.

She just did not work for me, at all, as Rosalie.

She just did not work for me, at all, as Rosalie.

Another casting that I loathed was Nikki Reed at Rosalie.  This will sound pretty bitchy of me I suppose but over and over we were told that Rosalie was the epitome of beauty.  The most beautiful person they could find was Nikki Reed?  I know she has a history with Hardwicke and that’s what got her the role, but come on.  They could have found a gorgeous blond wearing a bitchface to plug into that role that would have been more effective.  I’m predisposed to hate Rosalie anyway but they could have cast someone that made her believable as some intimidating gorgeous force of nature who hates her life.

Jasper with that constipated look upon his face.

Jasper with that constipated look upon his face.

I wasn’t overly fond of the Jasper casting either; nothing against the actor but all he put into the role was a look of constipation.  I get that was supposed to be his discomfort and desire for blood but it just cracked me up.  I did like his bat handling skills in the baseball scene though, I bet that’s why he got the role.  He just didn’t look like Jasper to me.

The rest of the Cullens all worked for me to a point.  Esme was pleasant enough and so was Carlisle, though they were a lot older than the book made them out to be.  I can deal, they wanted them to look more like parental figures.  I did enjoy the bits of Alice we got to see and I found Emmett interesting.  Loved his friendly wave to Bella while holding the knife in the kitchen.  That is how I imagine Emmett behaving, so it worked for me.

Chief Swan was funnier and more lovable in the movie.

Chief Swan was funnier and more lovable in the movie.

My favorite casting had to be Billy Burke as Charlie Swan.  He’s the only one of the entire cast that actually improved upon the book character for me.  He was gruff but hilarious and I thought he did a great job of showing Charlie’s love for Bella coupled with his inability to express it.  He was given the funniest lines and expressions and he worked them.  Kudos to Billy Burke.

I save Jacob Black for last because he was such a minor role in this book and he had little screen time.  I thought Taylor Lautner looked stupid as hell with that hair and I’m glad that it gets cut off in New Moon cause that wig was just bad.  I am one of the people who thinks Jacob should have been recast for the next movie, for I fear they’ll have to spend all of their budget on making him look like he morphs into a real man.  The kid is barely taller than Kristen Stewart and midway through New Moon he’s supposed to look about 25, so I have real reservations about keeping him in the role.  I’ve seen interviews and I do like the actor and think he has charm, which could translate well on screen when he’s given something to do.  I just don’t know if he’s going to be believable or not.  I remain cautious on this one but I  would have recast him, seeing as he only had about 3 minutes of screen time in Twilight, but we’ll see.


I had two huge issues when it came to this movie.  The first was Kristen as Bella and the second is storyline related.  I understand that they couldn’t stick to the book 100% .  I can deal with that.  However, to me there are certain scenes that are sacred, one of them being my favorite in the entire series.  When you mess with those, well, I’m not going to be happy.  I did feel that Twilight stayed very true to the book, using most of the story lines, I just felt that the timing could have used a lot of work.  A lot of it.

Does that look like a meadow to you?

Does that look like a meadow to you?

The big one for me was the lack of the meadow scene.  That’s the scene that started the whole series, the scene Meyer dreamed about.  So to me, it should have been there in it’s entirety.  Firstly, it’s hot.  It’s a sexy little scene wherein Edward tests his ability to be close to Bella.  Secondly, it’s the scene where the trust is completely built and established.  She puts her life in his hands, he tells her just how much he wanted to attack her and why and she stays.  She chooses to stay right then and there despite knowing that her blood calls him more potently than any other.  I wanted desperately to watch him touch her face, to watch her feel that passion and desire she had for him.  I wanted to watch her touch his face as she’d longed to do since the first time she saw it and for him to feel the warmth of a humans touch.

Did I get any of that?  No!  What I got was her stomping past him at school and informing him that she knew what he was and then the terrible glittery chest scene.  I got the lion and the lamb line, sure, and I even liked how he had her caged between his arms and the tree for it, but it wasn’t enough for me at all.  The touching was kept to a minimum and the meadow consisted of them lying and looking at each other while he sparkled in bad CGI (Side note, it actually didn’t look as bad on my high def TV as it did in the theater, I don’t know if they improved it for the DVD or if my TV just rocks.)  They weren’t even holding hands!  It annoyed me greatly, as you can see.

Another big change that I didn’t appreciate was Edward just blurting out that he could read minds in the restaurant.  I get that it was supposed to be cute, him telling her what everyone was thinking; sex, money, cat; but it annoyed me because Bella figures that out on her own.  I liked that she was watching him closely enough to figure it out and I know that Edward liked that about her too.  Her perception when it came to him was part of her appeal.  I didn’t like how that was handled, nor could you really tell he was reading minds up til that point.  They showed him seeming to hear things a couple of times but that could have been written off to vampire hearing abilities if you hadn’t read the book.

I mentioned this a little already but I didn’t care for the way the vampire information was revealed either.  I liked that she told him in the car on the way home in the book and what it meant that she was actively choosing to ride with him knowing he was a vampire, not her going home and researching and then telling him in the woods outside of the school.  Little thing and I didn’t mind the scene overly much accept that it overlapped and became the meadow scene, but I just would have preferred it to be done as it was written.

Where is the love?

Where is the love?

Also, other than the lion and the lamb comment, we never ever heard either character say that they loved one another.  That was a huge deal and I really missed the scene where Edward spends the night for the first time and Bella sees him there in the morning and jumps into his lap, overjoyed that he’s still there.  He tells her she said she loved him in her sleep and she burrows into his neck and tells him again.  He tells her outside of the baseball game.  I know, I’m nitpicking a bit but this is a love story, we should be hearing some declarations of love.

I understood the need to ramp up the action in the movie so I didn’t necessarily mind the bad vamps hunting additions.  It was good to establish how different the Cullens were and to set up the future conflicts with James, Laurent and Victoria.  What I did mind was having Charlie and the cops hunting down the killers and figuring out that they were human.  One of the fun things about the books is that Charlie is entirely clueless up until Breaking Dawn.  His days are spent playing cards and rounding up the occasional truant, not tracking deadly vampires.  Are they gonna drag that all through the rest of the movies?  I like clueless Charlie!

I did enjoy the baseball scene and the final fight scene between Edward and James.  Aspects were cheesy of course but overall they were fun to watch and pretty well done.  One thing I didn’t like though was when Edward was sucking the venom out of Bella and Carlisle had to tell him to stop and that he was killing her.  One of the signs of his love for her is that despite how her blood tastes to him, he’s able to quit on his own.  It was a small but major thing to me that they had Carlisle saying that he was killing her.  They could have had her pass out and us still wondering if she was okay without that addition.


I gotta say, when they announced they were getting a new director for New Moon I was not in the least bit upset by that news.  I know that the budget on this film wasn’t huge but I thought the special effects and CGI could have been much better done.  I lay the casting snafus directly on Catherine Hardwicke, for every character she cast well was balanced out by one she didn’t I thought.  I blame her for the lack of a meadow scene and the lack of an I love you scene.  I blame her for not giving Kristen Stewart direction to act like she was swept away by love.  I also blame her for showing Bella to be entirely too comfortable in her own skin.  She quickly seemed to become a leader among her circle of friends, she didn’t feel like an outsider to me and I consider that hugely important to her character.  For someone who was so enamored by the books, I felt she really left a lot unaddressed or inadequately covered.

I did like the foreshadowing to the conflicts with the wolves, thought that was a good set up heading into New Moon.  That will be the hardest movie for me personally, as an Edward fan, but I have high hopes that it will be an improvement on Twilight.  They’ll have a bigger budget and hopefully a cast that is more comfortable with their characters.

Again, I would like to say that I didn’t hate this movie, I’m just overly critical because of how much I loved the book.  Had I seen it in a vacuum I don’t know if it would have worked better; I think I would have been confused about the mind reading and the overall state of their relationship but I can’t say that with any accuracy.  I was really left disappointed that some of my favorite scenes were not in the movie and were changed.  Some worked alright despite that, some didn’t.  It’s hard to see a movie made out of a book you’re passionate about I guess!

Anyway, I’m interested to hear what everyone else thought.  Was I too critical?  Are there things you would have changed that I didn’t address?  I’m really looking forward to hearing what my fellow Twilighters thought.  This will probably be my last Twilight blog until New Moon comes out; I think I’ve covered the stuff I wanted to discuss, but if you think of anything else you’d like to see me tackle let me know, god knows I’m always open to discussing this series!

PS.  For those of you that have the movie on DVD, I highly recommend watching the movie with the DVD commentary.  Rob is hilarious to listen to!

All pictures from TwilightPoison.com

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