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Are these Eurotrash? Or a Goth band on the way to a Eurovision contest? Well, that or vampires.

(For those of you who are wondering, we shall return to our regular drama programming on Monday, after a two-week hiatus by yours truly from any drama watching - A Man of Honor and Kim Tae Hee's jdrama are waiting).

I was in the mood for something cheesy and silly so, on an utter whim, I decided to watch New Moon.

Now, my whole Twilight history is as follows - I bought Twilight (the novel) before it got big, mainly because it had a pretty cover. I enjoyed it as a fun, romance-novel, brain-dead piece of candy. I barely made it through New Moon and never did read Eclipse or Breaking Dawn. Oh, and I saw Twilight the Movie, which was horrible ("this is the skin of a killer!" Our whole theater lost it).

Watching NM, I skipped all vampire-less scenes - I thus didn't have to deal with Bella moping or Jacob (sorry, nothing against the guy, but he's kinda boring).

You know what hit me this time around?

1. I am actually pleased that female-targeted movies/books are such a hit. These things are basically cleaner romance novels, minus shirtless hunk on the cover. I like seeing that succeed.

2. I know it's fashionable to view SMeyer as the Archenemy but I don't get it. Sure, the plot could be tighter (but once again, this is a romance novel, where any plot is incidental to romance. Complaining these books lack plot is like complaining space opera has a lot of battles. I think privileging a plot-driven narrative over an emotion-driven one is problematic tbh), but she is a self-made woman - how many of us can turn our fantasies into $$$?

3. Related to 2 - the fashionable complaint is that SMeyer is antifeminist and her books are going to ruin ruin RUIN teen girls! This is silly. It's like the argument conservatives like to make that videogame violence leads to murder in real life. Whatever you may think of Bella (I couldn't help but notice, Bella is in the position of power - poor sparkly Edward has no say in anything - she wants to be a vampire, so guess what happens? He literally cannot live without her awesomeness, etcetc. Sure, he's obsessive and posessive, but this is a trashy Gothic romance novel - it's par for the course), nobody is going to model her life and relationships on her (or any other heroine of a novel or even a series of novels) unless there is something else hugely problematic going on in their lives. I spent my childhood/teen years reading Victorian novels and ancient Roman and Greek works - I have not turned into a pagan nympho (from reading Apuleius) or a Victorian child-woman.

Anyway, enough comments...Have the funniest thing in the movie - Edward trying to off himself by sparkliness. Literally. Ah, a small, silly part of me revels in this romance-novel cornucopia.







So, yeah, my verdict on the series still stands - so very trashy but so very entertaining...

I think more romance novels should be adopted into things for my delectation. The movies of this have a huge advantage of not having to read about Edward Sparklepire's perfection on every page. Plus, since I skipped all emo Bella parts, I didn't have to watch how she throws an omg!can't!live!without!him party for herself.
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Are these Eurotrash? Or a Goth band on the way to a Eurovision contest? Well, that or vampires.

(For those of you who are wondering, we shall return to our regular drama programming on Monday, after a two-week hiatus by yours truly from any drama watching - A Man of Honor and Kim Tae Hee's jdrama are waiting).

I was in the mood for something cheesy and silly so, on an utter whim, I decided to watch New Moon.

Now, my whole Twilight history is as follows - I bought Twilight (the novel) before it got big, mainly because it had a pretty cover. I enjoyed it as a fun, romance-novel, brain-dead piece of candy. I barely made it through New Moon and never did read Eclipse or Breaking Dawn. Oh, and I saw Twilight the Movie, which was horrible ("this is the skin of a killer!" Our whole theater lost it).

Watching NM, I skipped all vampire-less scenes - I thus didn't have to deal with Bella moping or Jacob (sorry, nothing against the guy, but he's kinda boring).

You know what hit me this time around?

1. I am actually pleased that female-targeted movies/books are such a hit. These things are basically cleaner romance novels, minus shirtless hunk on the cover. I like seeing that succeed.

2. I know it's fashionable to view SMeyer as the Archenemy but I don't get it. Sure, the plot could be tighter (but once again, this is a romance novel, where any plot is incidental to romance. Complaining these books lack plot is like complaining space opera has a lot of battles. I think privileging a plot-driven narrative over an emotion-driven one is problematic tbh), but she is a self-made woman - how many of us can turn our fantasies into $$$?

3. Related to 2 - the fashionable complaint is that SMeyer is antifeminist and her books are going to ruin ruin RUIN teen girls! This is silly. It's like the argument conservatives like to make that videogame violence leads to murder in real life. Whatever you may think of Bella (I couldn't help but notice, Bella is in the position of power - poor sparkly Edward has no say in anything - she wants to be a vampire, so guess what happens? He literally cannot live without her awesomeness, etcetc. Sure, he's obsessive and posessive, but this is a trashy Gothic romance novel - it's par for the course), nobody is going to model her life and relationships on her (or any other heroine of a novel or even a series of novels) unless there is something else hugely problematic going on in their lives. I spent my childhood/teen years reading Victorian novels and ancient Roman and Greek works - I have not turned into a pagan nympho (from reading Apuleius) or a Victorian child-woman.

Anyway, enough comments...Have the funniest thing in the movie - Edward trying to off himself by sparkliness. Literally. Ah, a small, silly part of me revels in this romance-novel cornucopia.







So, yeah, my verdict on the series still stands - so very trashy but so very entertaining...

I think more romance novels should be adopted into things for my delectation. The movies of this have a huge advantage of not having to read about Edward Sparklepire's perfection on every page. Plus, since I skipped all emo Bella parts, I didn't have to watch how she throws an omg!can't!live!without!him party for herself.
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Are these Eurotrash? Or a Goth band on the way to a Eurovision contest? Well, that or vampires.

(For those of you who are wondering, we shall return to our regular drama programming on Monday, after a two-week hiatus by yours truly from any drama watching - A Man of Honor and Kim Tae Hee's jdrama are waiting).

I was in the mood for something cheesy and silly so, on an utter whim, I decided to watch New Moon.

Now, my whole Twilight history is as follows - I bought Twilight (the novel) before it got big, mainly because it had a pretty cover. I enjoyed it as a fun, romance-novel, brain-dead piece of candy. I barely made it through New Moon and never did read Eclipse or Breaking Dawn. Oh, and I saw Twilight the Movie, which was horrible ("this is the skin of a killer!" Our whole theater lost it).

Watching NM, I skipped all vampire-less scenes - I thus didn't have to deal with Bella moping or Jacob (sorry, nothing against the guy, but he's kinda boring).

You know what hit me this time around?

1. I am actually pleased that female-targeted movies/books are such a hit. These things are basically cleaner romance novels, minus shirtless hunk on the cover. I like seeing that succeed.

2. I know it's fashionable to view SMeyer as the Archenemy but I don't get it. Sure, the plot could be tighter (but once again, this is a romance novel, where any plot is incidental to romance. Complaining these books lack plot is like complaining space opera has a lot of battles. I think privileging a plot-driven narrative over an emotion-driven one is problematic tbh), but she is a self-made woman - how many of us can turn our fantasies into $$$?

3. Related to 2 - the fashionable complaint is that SMeyer is antifeminist and her books are going to ruin ruin RUIN teen girls! This is silly. It's like the argument conservatives like to make that videogame violence leads to murder in real life. Whatever you may think of Bella (I couldn't help but notice, Bella is in the position of power - poor sparkly Edward has no say in anything - she wants to be a vampire, so guess what happens? He literally cannot live without her awesomeness, etcetc. Sure, he's obsessive and posessive, but this is a trashy Gothic romance novel - it's par for the course), nobody is going to model her life and relationships on her (or any other heroine of a novel or even a series of novels) unless there is something else hugely problematic going on in their lives. I spent my childhood/teen years reading Victorian novels and ancient Roman and Greek works - I have not turned into a pagan nympho (from reading Apuleius) or a Victorian child-woman.

Anyway, enough comments...Have the funniest thing in the movie - Edward trying to off himself by sparkliness. Literally. Ah, a small, silly part of me revels in this romance-novel cornucopia.







So, yeah, my verdict on the series still stands - so very trashy but so very entertaining...

I think more romance novels should be adopted into things for my delectation. The movies of this have a huge advantage of not having to read about Edward Sparklepire's perfection on every page. Plus, since I skipped all emo Bella parts, I didn't have to watch how she throws an omg!can't!live!without!him party for herself.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
1. DRAMA/TV SHOW MEME

Day 01 - A drama that should have never been made.

This one is really hard - even the most abysmal drama usually has a few moments of fun and keeps hard-working actors employed. But I am going to go with Vampire Gigolo - a low-budget jdrama about a vampire who solves crimes and his schoolgirl assistant that doesn't even manage to be deliciously campy but is just dull. Alternatively (and I am going to get flack for this) but Liar Game - the characters are paper-thin, the plots idiotic, and the whole thing is useless. And it's two whole seasons of this - two seasons in which Matsuda Shota and Toda Erika, both of whom I adore and who could do much better, wasted their time instead of being in something awesome.

Day 01 - A show that should have never been canceled

Oh, this one is easy. Farscape. It's the best show I've ever seen and they had a promise from scifi through season 5 - so they set up basically a 2 season arc only for scifi to cancel it at the end of s4 for masterpieces like Tremors the Series. Luckily later they got a chance to wrap their story in a miniseries but when I think of how amazing that arc would have been over 22 eps I get a bit crazy. My husband still teases me about the screaming and rampage around our apartment I went on when s4 ended on that insane cliffhanger.

2. I have been slowly continuing with my watch of Easy Fortune Happy Life - am on ep 6. This drama makes me laugh like a maniac and I do believe this is the one should have been titled "Devil Beside You" instead of the Mike He vehicle. Da Feng (played by Lan Chen Long who does funny things to my insides) is a lot more of a devil than the poorly-socilized sweetie of DBY. Da Feng is a few steps away from a sociopath, unsurprisingly with his upbringing. But he is so entertaining and I love how the heroine basically awakens his conscience without trying, just by being her smart/naive, kind/practical combo. Heeeee.



Caps from a shirt that made me laugh like a hyena. Warning for shirtlessness )

3. I made a crack about Summer Desire being my Twilight but I got to thinking - while both drove the girls in their respective countries into a hormonal frenzy, there is a reason why, while I find SD a cheesy/trashy/delightful combo and not great art, it does not bother me the way Twilight does:

a. Neither Luo Xi nor Ou Chen have any desire to make a meal out of Xiamo. Whatever they may or may not do, they don't have any murderous urges around her, unlike Bella's supposed soulmate.

b. Bella is someone who needs to be saved from everything including walking, she spends all her time describing Edward's amazing beauty and lurve is everything to her - when Edward leaves her, she becomes suicidal. She has no purpose or personality outside of worshipping the guy of her dreams. Now take Xiamo - tough as nails survivor - love is second to family and independence, to her. As to suicide over a dude - hah! It's the guys who get suicidal when she leaves them, Xiamo just moves on.

c. Edward being possessive = awesomeness of supreme degree. Everyone should want a guy like that. But in SD, Ou Chen's possessiveness is viewed as a bad and unreasonable thing - and that is what leads to Xiamo dumping him in high school and to her family tragedy. When they hook up again as adults, the author goes out of her way to portray that his possessiveness is way tamped down and under control - that he has changed.

Anyway, SD is no modern masterpiece, but it does not give me heebie-jeebies, hooray.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
1. DRAMA/TV SHOW MEME

Day 01 - A drama that should have never been made.

This one is really hard - even the most abysmal drama usually has a few moments of fun and keeps hard-working actors employed. But I am going to go with Vampire Gigolo - a low-budget jdrama about a vampire who solves crimes and his schoolgirl assistant that doesn't even manage to be deliciously campy but is just dull. Alternatively (and I am going to get flack for this) but Liar Game - the characters are paper-thin, the plots idiotic, and the whole thing is useless. And it's two whole seasons of this - two seasons in which Matsuda Shota and Toda Erika, both of whom I adore and who could do much better, wasted their time instead of being in something awesome.

Day 01 - A show that should have never been canceled

Oh, this one is easy. Farscape. It's the best show I've ever seen and they had a promise from scifi through season 5 - so they set up basically a 2 season arc only for scifi to cancel it at the end of s4 for masterpieces like Tremors the Series. Luckily later they got a chance to wrap their story in a miniseries but when I think of how amazing that arc would have been over 22 eps I get a bit crazy. My husband still teases me about the screaming and rampage around our apartment I went on when s4 ended on that insane cliffhanger.

2. I have been slowly continuing with my watch of Easy Fortune Happy Life - am on ep 6. This drama makes me laugh like a maniac and I do believe this is the one should have been titled "Devil Beside You" instead of the Mike He vehicle. Da Feng (played by Lan Chen Long who does funny things to my insides) is a lot more of a devil than the poorly-socilized sweetie of DBY. Da Feng is a few steps away from a sociopath, unsurprisingly with his upbringing. But he is so entertaining and I love how the heroine basically awakens his conscience without trying, just by being her smart/naive, kind/practical combo. Heeeee.



Caps from a shirt that made me laugh like a hyena. Warning for shirtlessness )

3. I made a crack about Summer Desire being my Twilight but I got to thinking - while both drove the girls in their respective countries into a hormonal frenzy, there is a reason why, while I find SD a cheesy/trashy/delightful combo and not great art, it does not bother me the way Twilight does:

a. Neither Luo Xi nor Ou Chen have any desire to make a meal out of Xiamo. Whatever they may or may not do, they don't have any murderous urges around her, unlike Bella's supposed soulmate.

b. Bella is someone who needs to be saved from everything including walking, she spends all her time describing Edward's amazing beauty and lurve is everything to her - when Edward leaves her, she becomes suicidal. She has no purpose or personality outside of worshipping the guy of her dreams. Now take Xiamo - tough as nails survivor - love is second to family and independence, to her. As to suicide over a dude - hah! It's the guys who get suicidal when she leaves them, Xiamo just moves on.

c. Edward being possessive = awesomeness of supreme degree. Everyone should want a guy like that. But in SD, Ou Chen's possessiveness is viewed as a bad and unreasonable thing - and that is what leads to Xiamo dumping him in high school and to her family tragedy. When they hook up again as adults, the author goes out of her way to portray that his possessiveness is way tamped down and under control - that he has changed.

Anyway, SD is no modern masterpiece, but it does not give me heebie-jeebies, hooray.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
1. DRAMA/TV SHOW MEME

Day 01 - A drama that should have never been made.

This one is really hard - even the most abysmal drama usually has a few moments of fun and keeps hard-working actors employed. But I am going to go with Vampire Gigolo - a low-budget jdrama about a vampire who solves crimes and his schoolgirl assistant that doesn't even manage to be deliciously campy but is just dull. Alternatively (and I am going to get flack for this) but Liar Game - the characters are paper-thin, the plots idiotic, and the whole thing is useless. And it's two whole seasons of this - two seasons in which Matsuda Shota and Toda Erika, both of whom I adore and who could do much better, wasted their time instead of being in something awesome.

Day 01 - A show that should have never been canceled

Oh, this one is easy. Farscape. It's the best show I've ever seen and they had a promise from scifi through season 5 - so they set up basically a 2 season arc only for scifi to cancel it at the end of s4 for masterpieces like Tremors the Series. Luckily later they got a chance to wrap their story in a miniseries but when I think of how amazing that arc would have been over 22 eps I get a bit crazy. My husband still teases me about the screaming and rampage around our apartment I went on when s4 ended on that insane cliffhanger.

2. I have been slowly continuing with my watch of Easy Fortune Happy Life - am on ep 6. This drama makes me laugh like a maniac and I do believe this is the one should have been titled "Devil Beside You" instead of the Mike He vehicle. Da Feng (played by Lan Chen Long who does funny things to my insides) is a lot more of a devil than the poorly-socilized sweetie of DBY. Da Feng is a few steps away from a sociopath, unsurprisingly with his upbringing. But he is so entertaining and I love how the heroine basically awakens his conscience without trying, just by being her smart/naive, kind/practical combo. Heeeee.



Caps from a shirt that made me laugh like a hyena. Warning for shirtlessness )

3. I made a crack about Summer Desire being my Twilight but I got to thinking - while both drove the girls in their respective countries into a hormonal frenzy, there is a reason why, while I find SD a cheesy/trashy/delightful combo and not great art, it does not bother me the way Twilight does:

a. Neither Luo Xi nor Ou Chen have any desire to make a meal out of Xiamo. Whatever they may or may not do, they don't have any murderous urges around her, unlike Bella's supposed soulmate.

b. Bella is someone who needs to be saved from everything including walking, she spends all her time describing Edward's amazing beauty and lurve is everything to her - when Edward leaves her, she becomes suicidal. She has no purpose or personality outside of worshipping the guy of her dreams. Now take Xiamo - tough as nails survivor - love is second to family and independence, to her. As to suicide over a dude - hah! It's the guys who get suicidal when she leaves them, Xiamo just moves on.

c. Edward being possessive = awesomeness of supreme degree. Everyone should want a guy like that. But in SD, Ou Chen's possessiveness is viewed as a bad and unreasonable thing - and that is what leads to Xiamo dumping him in high school and to her family tragedy. When they hook up again as adults, the author goes out of her way to portray that his possessiveness is way tamped down and under control - that he has changed.

Anyway, SD is no modern masterpiece, but it does not give me heebie-jeebies, hooray.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Nine/Rose 'plus one' by shootmef)
I plan to see New Moon. Shoot me.

Mr. Mousie and I watched Doctor Who "The Waters of Mars" special and I am in the minority of not being wowed by it. I was actually bored by most of the episode *gasp* Mainly because I found the main dilemma really easily solvable - Doctor could have jjust detonated the whole thing himself and before that taken all the colonists into e.g. 28th century or something where it wouldn't make any difference - contemporary humanity would still think they are dead so everything would go as planned. And if he did it early enough, he could have saved most of them. Plus, with his little alteration, isn't the story going to be all about cool guy with a weird box saving them and their captain going crazy and shooting herself, and not the previous version of her being a hero blahblah so her suicide wouldn't fix anything. I know they wanted to make the Doctor dark but it didn't work for me The preview looked fantastic, though.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Nine/Rose 'plus one' by shootmef)
I plan to see New Moon. Shoot me.

Mr. Mousie and I watched Doctor Who "The Waters of Mars" special and I am in the minority of not being wowed by it. I was actually bored by most of the episode *gasp* Mainly because I found the main dilemma really easily solvable - Doctor could have jjust detonated the whole thing himself and before that taken all the colonists into e.g. 28th century or something where it wouldn't make any difference - contemporary humanity would still think they are dead so everything would go as planned. And if he did it early enough, he could have saved most of them. Plus, with his little alteration, isn't the story going to be all about cool guy with a weird box saving them and their captain going crazy and shooting herself, and not the previous version of her being a hero blahblah so her suicide wouldn't fix anything. I know they wanted to make the Doctor dark but it didn't work for me The preview looked fantastic, though.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: Nine/Rose 'plus one' by shootmef)
I plan to see New Moon. Shoot me.

Mr. Mousie and I watched Doctor Who "The Waters of Mars" special and I am in the minority of not being wowed by it. I was actually bored by most of the episode *gasp* Mainly because I found the main dilemma really easily solvable - Doctor could have jjust detonated the whole thing himself and before that taken all the colonists into e.g. 28th century or something where it wouldn't make any difference - contemporary humanity would still think they are dead so everything would go as planned. And if he did it early enough, he could have saved most of them. Plus, with his little alteration, isn't the story going to be all about cool guy with a weird box saving them and their captain going crazy and shooting herself, and not the previous version of her being a hero blahblah so her suicide wouldn't fix anything. I know they wanted to make the Doctor dark but it didn't work for me The preview looked fantastic, though.
dangermousie: (KHYD: kiss)
1. I have my hands on the Dollhouse Pilot. Am excited! Tahmoh and Eliza and, of course, Joss. How can it go wrong?

2. I forgot to mention that a couple weeks back, I checked out an ep of Legend of the Seeker, I think it was 1.08, the one with all the s&m (still way toned down from the book. I hated the book so much, not only did I not finish it, I threw it away instead of returning it and getting a refund, because I didn't want anyone else to stumble on it by mistake). While a vast improvement on the "novel", and with a male lead who is rather awesomely hot, the whole thing is just so...the dialogue, the plot, the acting! No. Just no. OK, I fully realize this is coming from the girl who tried watching a drama called Vampire Gigolo so I have no leg to stand on, but still...no.

3. Korea has clearly decided to branch out and adopt American TV:

Korean Gossip Girl:



Korean Twilight:



Korean Hugh Hefner's The Girls Next Door:



Awww, who am I kidding, it's Korea and they know what they do best:



Oh, how I love this scene!
dangermousie: (KHYD: kiss)
1. I have my hands on the Dollhouse Pilot. Am excited! Tahmoh and Eliza and, of course, Joss. How can it go wrong?

2. I forgot to mention that a couple weeks back, I checked out an ep of Legend of the Seeker, I think it was 1.08, the one with all the s&m (still way toned down from the book. I hated the book so much, not only did I not finish it, I threw it away instead of returning it and getting a refund, because I didn't want anyone else to stumble on it by mistake). While a vast improvement on the "novel", and with a male lead who is rather awesomely hot, the whole thing is just so...the dialogue, the plot, the acting! No. Just no. OK, I fully realize this is coming from the girl who tried watching a drama called Vampire Gigolo so I have no leg to stand on, but still...no.

3. Korea has clearly decided to branch out and adopt American TV:

Korean Gossip Girl:



Korean Twilight:



Korean Hugh Hefner's The Girls Next Door:



Awww, who am I kidding, it's Korea and they know what they do best:



Oh, how I love this scene!
dangermousie: (KHYD: kiss)
1. I have my hands on the Dollhouse Pilot. Am excited! Tahmoh and Eliza and, of course, Joss. How can it go wrong?

2. I forgot to mention that a couple weeks back, I checked out an ep of Legend of the Seeker, I think it was 1.08, the one with all the s&m (still way toned down from the book. I hated the book so much, not only did I not finish it, I threw it away instead of returning it and getting a refund, because I didn't want anyone else to stumble on it by mistake). While a vast improvement on the "novel", and with a male lead who is rather awesomely hot, the whole thing is just so...the dialogue, the plot, the acting! No. Just no. OK, I fully realize this is coming from the girl who tried watching a drama called Vampire Gigolo so I have no leg to stand on, but still...no.

3. Korea has clearly decided to branch out and adopt American TV:

Korean Gossip Girl:



Korean Twilight:



Korean Hugh Hefner's The Girls Next Door:



Awww, who am I kidding, it's Korea and they know what they do best:



Oh, how I love this scene!
dangermousie: (VK by alexandral)
I will never believe SMeyer didn't read L.J. Smith (an author of teen vamp/witch/etc books who wrote decade+ ago) and steal things from her. I am currently reading L.J. Smith's Vampire Diaries and the similarities are uncanny, and I am not just talking about the fact that both are 4-volume series. Let's see: we have a narrator girl in a small town, whom a lot of boys like. We have a mysterious new boy in her school who is a vampire who doesn't eat humans blah blah. I am too lazy to list the similarities but suffice it to say they are ample.

However, LJ Smith >>>>>>> SMeyer. Smith is a fun, pulpy read while SMeyer is that horrible one-night stand which makes you feel unclean afterwards. Shall I count in how many ways Smith's quartet is better?

1. I have no idea if Elena and Stefan engage in sex in any point during the books, but there is no half-vampire baby biting her way out of Elena's womb and named after a Loch Ness monster.

2. Elena is not my favorite heroine in the whole wide world, but I actually like her just fine. She has a personality!. And *gasp* female friendships. And a world that does not revolve 120% around Stefan. She does not get married out of high school, does not desire to be turned into a vamp, and also does not state every ten minutes how gorgeous her boyfriend is.

3. Stefan - a bit of an angsty vamp cliche but he actually has a personality. And I can see why Elena likes him - he is a very good guy. Oh, and he almost rips the necks off a bunch of people and certainly leaves them in need of long-term hospitalization. Plus, I can actually buy the love story. Most importantly, at no point does he sparkle.

4. Vampire Brady Bunch v. sibling vamps who hate each other and have killed each other in the past? I know who I prefer.

5. These books actually have *gasp* a plot and are not solely about marbley, sparkly perfection of vampiredom. In fact, a rather twisty plot. I approve.

6. Aaaaaangst. There are deaths and resurrections and a lot of torture. Yum.

7. Vampire Baseball? What's that?

*uses icon from another retelling of angsty high school vampire cliche that actually works*
dangermousie: (VK by alexandral)
I will never believe SMeyer didn't read L.J. Smith (an author of teen vamp/witch/etc books who wrote decade+ ago) and steal things from her. I am currently reading L.J. Smith's Vampire Diaries and the similarities are uncanny, and I am not just talking about the fact that both are 4-volume series. Let's see: we have a narrator girl in a small town, whom a lot of boys like. We have a mysterious new boy in her school who is a vampire who doesn't eat humans blah blah. I am too lazy to list the similarities but suffice it to say they are ample.

However, LJ Smith >>>>>>> SMeyer. Smith is a fun, pulpy read while SMeyer is that horrible one-night stand which makes you feel unclean afterwards. Shall I count in how many ways Smith's quartet is better?

1. I have no idea if Elena and Stefan engage in sex in any point during the books, but there is no half-vampire baby biting her way out of Elena's womb and named after a Loch Ness monster.

2. Elena is not my favorite heroine in the whole wide world, but I actually like her just fine. She has a personality!. And *gasp* female friendships. And a world that does not revolve 120% around Stefan. She does not get married out of high school, does not desire to be turned into a vamp, and also does not state every ten minutes how gorgeous her boyfriend is.

3. Stefan - a bit of an angsty vamp cliche but he actually has a personality. And I can see why Elena likes him - he is a very good guy. Oh, and he almost rips the necks off a bunch of people and certainly leaves them in need of long-term hospitalization. Plus, I can actually buy the love story. Most importantly, at no point does he sparkle.

4. Vampire Brady Bunch v. sibling vamps who hate each other and have killed each other in the past? I know who I prefer.

5. These books actually have *gasp* a plot and are not solely about marbley, sparkly perfection of vampiredom. In fact, a rather twisty plot. I approve.

6. Aaaaaangst. There are deaths and resurrections and a lot of torture. Yum.

7. Vampire Baseball? What's that?

*uses icon from another retelling of angsty high school vampire cliche that actually works*
dangermousie: (VK by alexandral)
I will never believe SMeyer didn't read L.J. Smith (an author of teen vamp/witch/etc books who wrote decade+ ago) and steal things from her. I am currently reading L.J. Smith's Vampire Diaries and the similarities are uncanny, and I am not just talking about the fact that both are 4-volume series. Let's see: we have a narrator girl in a small town, whom a lot of boys like. We have a mysterious new boy in her school who is a vampire who doesn't eat humans blah blah. I am too lazy to list the similarities but suffice it to say they are ample.

However, LJ Smith >>>>>>> SMeyer. Smith is a fun, pulpy read while SMeyer is that horrible one-night stand which makes you feel unclean afterwards. Shall I count in how many ways Smith's quartet is better?

1. I have no idea if Elena and Stefan engage in sex in any point during the books, but there is no half-vampire baby biting her way out of Elena's womb and named after a Loch Ness monster.

2. Elena is not my favorite heroine in the whole wide world, but I actually like her just fine. She has a personality!. And *gasp* female friendships. And a world that does not revolve 120% around Stefan. She does not get married out of high school, does not desire to be turned into a vamp, and also does not state every ten minutes how gorgeous her boyfriend is.

3. Stefan - a bit of an angsty vamp cliche but he actually has a personality. And I can see why Elena likes him - he is a very good guy. Oh, and he almost rips the necks off a bunch of people and certainly leaves them in need of long-term hospitalization. Plus, I can actually buy the love story. Most importantly, at no point does he sparkle.

4. Vampire Brady Bunch v. sibling vamps who hate each other and have killed each other in the past? I know who I prefer.

5. These books actually have *gasp* a plot and are not solely about marbley, sparkly perfection of vampiredom. In fact, a rather twisty plot. I approve.

6. Aaaaaangst. There are deaths and resurrections and a lot of torture. Yum.

7. Vampire Baseball? What's that?

*uses icon from another retelling of angsty high school vampire cliche that actually works*

Heeee!

Nov. 23rd, 2008 04:23 pm
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I am sure a lot of you had already seen this, but these quotes from Robert Pattison who plays Edward-the-sparkly-wonder in Twilight about his character makes me LOL and LOL:

When you read the book, it’s like, “Edward Cullen was so beautiful I creamed myself.” I mean, every line is like that. He’s the most ridiculous person who’s so amazing at everything. I think a lot of actors tried to play that aspect. I just couldn’t do that. And the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that’s how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself. Plus, he’s a 108-year-old virgin so he’s obviously got some issues there.

And

When I read it ... I was convinced that Stephenie was convinced that she was Bella, and ... it was like it was a book that wasn't supposed to be published, like reading her — her sort of sexual fantasy about some — especially when she says that it was based on a dream, and it's like, "Oh, then I had a dream about this really sexy guy" and she just writes this book about it, and there's some things about Edward that are just so specific that ... I was just convinced that this woman is mad, she's completely mad, and she's in love with her own fictional creation. And I sometimes ... feel uncomfortable reading this thing, and I think a lot of people feel the same way, that it's kind of voyeuristic ... It creates this sick pleasure in a lot of ways.

Heeee!

Nov. 23rd, 2008 04:23 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
I am sure a lot of you had already seen this, but these quotes from Robert Pattison who plays Edward-the-sparkly-wonder in Twilight about his character makes me LOL and LOL:

When you read the book, it’s like, “Edward Cullen was so beautiful I creamed myself.” I mean, every line is like that. He’s the most ridiculous person who’s so amazing at everything. I think a lot of actors tried to play that aspect. I just couldn’t do that. And the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that’s how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself. Plus, he’s a 108-year-old virgin so he’s obviously got some issues there.

And

When I read it ... I was convinced that Stephenie was convinced that she was Bella, and ... it was like it was a book that wasn't supposed to be published, like reading her — her sort of sexual fantasy about some — especially when she says that it was based on a dream, and it's like, "Oh, then I had a dream about this really sexy guy" and she just writes this book about it, and there's some things about Edward that are just so specific that ... I was just convinced that this woman is mad, she's completely mad, and she's in love with her own fictional creation. And I sometimes ... feel uncomfortable reading this thing, and I think a lot of people feel the same way, that it's kind of voyeuristic ... It creates this sick pleasure in a lot of ways.

Heeee!

Nov. 23rd, 2008 04:23 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
I am sure a lot of you had already seen this, but these quotes from Robert Pattison who plays Edward-the-sparkly-wonder in Twilight about his character makes me LOL and LOL:

When you read the book, it’s like, “Edward Cullen was so beautiful I creamed myself.” I mean, every line is like that. He’s the most ridiculous person who’s so amazing at everything. I think a lot of actors tried to play that aspect. I just couldn’t do that. And the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that’s how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself. Plus, he’s a 108-year-old virgin so he’s obviously got some issues there.

And

When I read it ... I was convinced that Stephenie was convinced that she was Bella, and ... it was like it was a book that wasn't supposed to be published, like reading her — her sort of sexual fantasy about some — especially when she says that it was based on a dream, and it's like, "Oh, then I had a dream about this really sexy guy" and she just writes this book about it, and there's some things about Edward that are just so specific that ... I was just convinced that this woman is mad, she's completely mad, and she's in love with her own fictional creation. And I sometimes ... feel uncomfortable reading this thing, and I think a lot of people feel the same way, that it's kind of voyeuristic ... It creates this sick pleasure in a lot of ways.
dangermousie: (Default)


You know, it's like amazing, that we silly women have still not become extinct. But thank God for big strong men who are awesome and not like us because they, like, can walk without tripping. Oh, and Oh my Gawd, Edward is like so hot and like won't want to make out with you like icky uncute rapists.

Yup, saw world's most unsubtle metaphor for sexual abstinence, aka Twilight. Heeee! [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl and I went to see it tonight and had a blast. We talked and laughed through the whole movie (we sat by ourselves so weren't bugging anyone) and it was glorious. The whole audience was laughing throughout however.

Bella Sue (whom everyone falls in love with on sight) is even more blank on screen than on page - she is a total affectless robotic blank with no personality. I bet Edward cannot read her thoughts because she has none. Edward is not exactly a charmer either, but at least he has a personality. An awkward, dweeby one, but still...

Oh, and yup, he does sparkle. Looking like a cheap gigolo.

This movie is love. I could go on and on and on but [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl and I already spent hours mocking it.

P.S. I will never believe Edward is straight. Not with that much product in his hair and with his phobia of sex. But I feel horrible for him, being stuck with a blank robot girl for all eternity. Poor thing.
dangermousie: (Default)


You know, it's like amazing, that we silly women have still not become extinct. But thank God for big strong men who are awesome and not like us because they, like, can walk without tripping. Oh, and Oh my Gawd, Edward is like so hot and like won't want to make out with you like icky uncute rapists.

Yup, saw world's most unsubtle metaphor for sexual abstinence, aka Twilight. Heeee! [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl and I went to see it tonight and had a blast. We talked and laughed through the whole movie (we sat by ourselves so weren't bugging anyone) and it was glorious. The whole audience was laughing throughout however.

Bella Sue (whom everyone falls in love with on sight) is even more blank on screen than on page - she is a total affectless robotic blank with no personality. I bet Edward cannot read her thoughts because she has none. Edward is not exactly a charmer either, but at least he has a personality. An awkward, dweeby one, but still...

Oh, and yup, he does sparkle. Looking like a cheap gigolo.

This movie is love. I could go on and on and on but [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl and I already spent hours mocking it.

P.S. I will never believe Edward is straight. Not with that much product in his hair and with his phobia of sex. But I feel horrible for him, being stuck with a blank robot girl for all eternity. Poor thing.

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