The Reluctant Twilighter

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Those Twihards Are… Amazing? November 15, 2009

So is everyone on New Moon overload yet?  I know I am.  I’m took a little break from all of the videos, pictures, interviews, etc today.  Instead I’m working on getting through reading Twilight and New Moon before Thursday.  That’s right,  THERE’S ONLY FIVE MORE DAYS!!!  SQUEEEEEEEE!!!!!

There was some struggle over whether or not I really wanted to read New Moon before I saw the movie, but in the end I decided it was for the best.  Here’s my thought.  The downside, of course, is that with the book fresh in my mind I will no doubt recognize the inconsistencies in the movie and be more susceptible to disappointment.  However,  last year after watching the movie, and then trying to read the book, I was horrified to realize that my own personal Bella and Edward (along with every other character and location) from my head had been replaced with those from the movie.  I don’t like that.  Especially Jasper.  I think I may have actually cried a little bit when I realized I had lost “my” Jasper.  I got him back eventually, after a LOT of concentration and mind control.  So I’m hoping to have one last time with my New Moon before everything gets replaced.  And that’s why I’m reading New Moon.

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Yes, please!

But that’s not really what I wanted to talk about tonight.  As I am writing this, there is currently a large group of Twihards camped out in LA for the New Moon premiere.  Let’s just make sure we’re all on the same page here.  Fans started lining up yesterday morning.  The premiere is on Monday.  That is E-A-R-L-Y.   These people are lined up block after block after block, just check out this video from www.hisgoldeneyes.com.

My first instinct when I heard about all this was to shout out “NERD ALERT!!”  It’s an old standby of mine, I use it on everyone, including myself.  You have to admit, waiting in line for days for a movie premiere (especially a movie about vampires and werewolves) is a pretty nerdy thing to do.  One can only imagine the nerdfest that is happening right now.  I’m thinking… intense Edward vs. Jacob debates, soundtrack sing-alongs, and possibly some inappropriate uses of life-size Edward Cullen cardboard cutouts.  At least that’s what I’d do if I were there.

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Go easy on him girls!

All that being said though, I will say I’m pretty impressed.  I don’t know the logistics of camping out on the LA streets for four days, but I’m guessing it’s rough.  The first few hours might be fun, and the payoff in the end might be worth it, but I’m sure it gets old real fast.  Hopefully everyone has read UC’s tips, but even LA gets cold at night, and sleeping in camping chairs can’t be comfortable.  The great thing is, the cast is getting wind of it and some of them are actually going out to visit the fans.  So far Alex Meraz (Paul) and Boo Boo Stewart (Seth) have already been out.  So nice, right?

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In conclusion, my hat is off to all you ladies (and unicorns).  I hope come Monday, your persistence and dedication pays off, resulting in lots of hugs and kisses from Rob (or Taylor, if he’s your guy.)  You have my respect… but I’m only admitting that here, in the real world I will make fun of you lots and lots.  Sorry!  And for the rest of you, I wish you a great week of counting down to the best night of our lives.  Peace out!

*Pic from BooBoo’s Twitter.

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Kristen Stewart Lovefest! November 7, 2009

Finally! I was feeling bad for taking so long on this Kstew Lovefest, but then all these articles came out this week which made me love her even more.  And THEN the press junket in LA came along last night and now there’s all sorts of interview videos out there that have only increased my love even more!  My Kstew love-tank is the fullest it’s ever been, therefore this is the perfect time to write all about how much I love her.  And this time around, I’m not saying a single mean thing.  Not one.  All love this time Kristen, I promise.  ALL. LOVE.

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First, I want to share what her fellow cast members have been saying about her.  Vanity Fair has been releasing interviews from various cast members throughout the last couple of weeks, most of them ending with a “Describe the following people in one word” section.  Here are the words that Kristen’s peers chose for her:

 

Kellan Lutz: “Adventurous”

Peter Facinelli: “Sweet.”

Chaske Spencer: “Fighter.”

Kiowa Gordon: “Edgy.”

Alex Meraz: “Badass.”

 

Adventurous, sweet, fighter, edgy, and badass?  This sounds like my kind of girl!  In a recent video interview with Ben Lyons for E!, Billy Burke was asked whether or not he feels protective of little Kristen:  “No. She can handle herself.  I’m scared of her actually.”   Awesome.  And of course, we want to know what Rob has to say about her, right?  Right.  (Regardless of whether you are Team Robsten or Team Nonsten, you can’t deny that he probably knows her better than most.)  Some of my favorite quotes from him:

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Look at those shoes!!

 

“Kristen doesn’t take any slack.  She sticks to her guns — and that’s difficult to do.”

 

“She’ll decide on someone a lot quicker. She has a lot more self-esteem than I do, so she’s like, ‘You’re an idiot and I don’t want to talk to you,’ and I’m like, ‘I’m an idiot too!’ So I’ll talk to an idiot for like three days before deciding.”  (Side note:  Hey Rob, if Kristen doesn’t talk to idiots, and she talks to you, then you couldn’t be an idiot, correct?  Except that I kind of feel like you’re an idiot for not realizing that.   J/K, idiot free!  No one is an idiot!  Unless, of course, Kristen says you are.)

 

“Kristen was very different from how I expected the girl who played Bella would be. I was kind of intimidated.”

 

“She’s a unique girl.  You really don’t meet many people like Kristen.”

 

When Rob talks about Kristen it makes me jealous that I’m not friends with her.  Lately I have had the extreme misfortune of dealing with some sensitive, passive-aggressive, fake-ass babies in the forms of grown women (coworkers), and Kristen sounds like the perfect antidote.
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True Love Waits October 19, 2009

Tonight is a momentous night.  Right about this time, exactly one month from today, we’ll all be waiting around various theaters across the world, waiting for the biggest moment of our lives.  And to mark this night, I have decided to cut myself off from any more New Moon footage from now on.  If I haven’t seen it already, I’m not watchin’ it.  Seriously.  This is it.

This includes the footage to be shown on the Scream Awards (airing October 27th) featuring the wolf pack.  Footage that apparently contains improved, “more realistic” wolves.  The same footage that was featured on Entertainment Tonight this evening.  The same footage that you can download on iTunes for free RIGHT NOW.  I would love nothing more than to pull up iTunes and watch these fancypants CGI wolves at this very moment.  I downloaded the clip already, it’s ready to go.  I was about to watch it, and then I realized something.  Watching these scenes will be so much more awesome if I’m seeing them for the first time in the theater.  On the BIG screen.  I’m sure these wolves would be pretty sweet on any screen no matter what size… but I want to be dazzled.

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My anticipation for midnight November 19th IS. GROWING. BY. THE. MINUTE.  The temptation is so high to just go and find every little clip and picture I can.  But I must be strong!  I know the payoff will be high.  I already feel like I’ve seen so much at this point.  Summit has been so kind to show us Bella’s birthday (inlcuding Jasper’s new, yet still ridiculous wig), motorcycles, new creepy Laurent, cliff-diving, shirtless Jacob, hell, they’ve even shown us shirtless Edward!!!  (The most highly-anticipated in the movie for sure.  Well, by me at least.)  I just want to save something for the big day.  For my big day.  I’m doing the right thing.  Right guys?  RIGHT?!?!

Now, I don’t want anyone reading this to think that they have to follow me in this.  I will not judge you.  This is a personal choice that I’m making for me, you all do as you see fit.  Chacun a son gout. (“To each his own” in French.  I know, fancy, right?)  Go ahead, right now, and check out those wolves.  Here’s the link. Let me know what you think.  If I can’t watch it myself, I can at least hear all about it!  Apparently Bella kicks some Quileute ass.

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And so,  believing that true love waits, I make a commitment to God, myself, my family, my friends, my reader(s), Stephenie Meyer, Chris Weitz, Kristen Stewart, Moon and UC, Johnny Flynn (because he cares), and Edward Cullen (duh, because he’s the biggest supporter of True Love Waits ever) to a month of purity including New Moon abstinence from this day until the day I enter into the Cinebarre on November 19th.

On a completely different note, I reached 500 hits today!  I know that’s not really a lot compared to a lot of blogs out there, but it’s strange for me.  As someone who previously kept her Twilight thoughts to herself, it’s a big deal.  Of course I do realize that if I hadn’t written about Kristen that one time, so long ago, I wouldn’t be anywhere near 500, but whatever.  I’ll take what I can get.  The searches for her are at least getting nicer. Mostly just “Kristen Stewart,” instead of “Kristen Stewart is not nice.”  Maybe the world of Twilighters is starting to take the hint.  So we’re all in agreement?  We’re cool with Kristen?  Okay then.  I think this calls for a big, giant, Kstew lovefest.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate 500 views, can you?

Come back soon for Kstew Lovefest!!

 

Two Thumbs Up! Wayyyyy up! October 14, 2009

Okay, I’m back.  I told you I would be!  Where do I even start?  This is why I’ve been gone for so long… with just about 36 days before New Moon, there’s just too much going on and I’m overwhelmed!  Today we’ll just check in and make sure that we’re all up to date, shall we?

 

First off, the New Moon soundtrack got released early!  It was supposed come out next Friday, but Summit announced yesterday that they had decided to bump it up to THIS Friday.  Woot!  Woot!  They said that it was due to “overwhelming demand,” but I think we can all assume that it’s actually because it got leaked onto the internet.  I know I stumbled upon it as early as last Sunday available for my listening pleasure… although I’m proud to say that I managed to resist.  Sometimes I like to deprive myself of things just for fun.  But you can listen to most of it now legally on the New Moon myspace page.

 

So…what do we think of the album?  I’ve been waiting for this one  for a looooong time.  Lykke Li, Bon Iver, and Muse have been 3 of my favorites this year, so hearing that they were going to be on the soundtrack was super exciting.  And they did not disappoint, for sure.  Lykke Li’s track, “Possibility,” is one of my favorites so far.  As I’m listening to hen these songs, I can’t help but try to figure out which ones will be played during which scenes (and failing miserably, I’m sure.)  But this song, I don’t picture any one particular scene, I just see Bella’s face.  Poor, poor Bella.  And it breaks my heart.  Ohhh, I CANNOT WAIT for this movie!!

 

Of course I love Muse’s song.  “I Belong To You” was a track off their latest album, but it’s been remixed a little and now sounds even better.  Good ol’ Muse.  They never fail to create really weird, kickass music.  I also really like Anya Marina’s “Satellite Heart.”  I don’t know who she is, but her voice is cool and I’m excited to find out more about her.  Another favorite of mine is the last song on the album, a piano piece called “New Moon (The Meadow)” by Alexandre Desplat.  IT’S BEAUTIFUL.  It’s what Bella’s lullaby should have been instead of that crap that Carter Burwell came up with last time around that doesn’t sound anything like a lullaby.  And I know I said Death Cab’s song was boring, but it’s starting to grown on me.

 

I’ll stop now and let you decide for yourself, there’s lots of songs to love (15 to be exact, isn’t that great?), but my official take is two big thumbs wayyyyy up.  Good job everybody.  Here’s hoping that a good soundtrack = goooood movie!

 

Happy listening!  Come back soon for more news!!  (Soon like, tomorrow.  Not soon like, weeks.  I mean it.)

 

Big Time Stuff September 12, 2009

I remembered that this blog came about originally because I used to email a friend with all the latest and greatest Twilight news.  She was a busy lady, who still is, so I feel the need today to make sure everyone is well-informed on the events of this weekend.  Big time stuff coming up.

First, the Video Music Awards is airing on Sunday night on MTV.  This. is. big.  BIG! TIME! STUFF!  Ashley Greene will be fashion correspondent on the red carpet.  Muse will be performing a song from their new album.  (As we all know, Muse is one of Stephenie Meyer’s favorite bands who inspired her while she was writing the Twilight series.  Plus, they kick ass.)  Death Cab for Cutie will be premiering their song, “Meet Me On The Equinox” on MTV.com.  Why does this matter to me, you ask?  Because this song was written exclusively for the New Moon soundtrack!  These Northwest boys apparently LOVE Twilight…well, not really I don’t think.  But they were kind enough to help Chris Weitz out and make a song.  Looks like the entire soundtrack is going to be pretty awesome, I heard Bon Iver is contributing as well.  I can’t wait.  BTW, you can already pre-order the soundtrack.  Done and done.

Hometown Heroes!!

Hometown Heroes!!

Furthermore, on this same awards show, Rob, Kristen, and Taylor will be presenting a third New Moon trailer.  A trailer that leaked onto the internet today but was snatched up by Summit before I had a chance to watch it.  Now I want to take this time to talk to everyone about a situation that could possibly arise on Sunday night.  Last year, the VMA’s were hosted by a Mr. Russell Brand.  His hosting did not go over very well, both in the Twilight world and in the regular, non-Twilight one (does such a world exist?) as well.  This is because he made some not-so-nice jokes about the Jonas brothers and their purity rings, called George Bush a retarded cowboy, and much more devastating, interrupted the cast of Twilight while they were trying to introduce a performance by Paramore.  He jumped in with his crazy antics, completely cutting off Rob’s lines, not allowing him to speak at all.  Thus causing chaos in the Twilight world.  War was declared on poor Russell and I’m actually pretty surprised that they asked him to come back this year.  Pleasantly surprised, that is.  I love Russell Brand.  I think he is hilarious.  I read his book, it was really interesting.  I watched his comedy special, and I laughed HARD.  He has a great website with lots of funny videos and posts.  (JUST ADDED! Go check out his website! Today he posted a video today where he sings a little song to a picture of Rob!) Now, there is a possibility that Russell could F things up again, and I hope that if that happens you all can forgive him.  He really means well, he just has a problem controlling himself sometimes.  So give him a break, okay?  The best we can hope for is that they chain him up backstage when it’s time for the Twilight kids to do their thing.  At the very least, turn off his mic when the trailer starts.

Give him a chance.  He's actually quite nice.

Give him a chance. He's actually quite nice.

Another important event this weekend is Bella’s birthday, (Sunday, September 13th) which means Stephenie Meyer Day in Forks!  The real town of Forks has chosen this day each year to honor Stephenie and all the attention that her books have brought to their little town.  Exciting activities include: a tour of Forks High School, a character look-alike contest, a car-decorating contest, a bonfire at First Beach, and cake!!  WOOT!  WOOT!  Try not to go too crazy, kids.

Let's get this party started!

Let's get this party started!

Even if you can’t make it to Forks, at least do a little something for Bella on her birthday.  Sing a birthday song, eat a cupcake, whatever you gotta do.  The first time I ever went to Forks and La Push was a year ago, on the day after Stephenie Meyer Day.  The entire town was still decorated for Bella’s birthday.   Banners and balloons in every store window.  I was so embarrassed to be there and declared it the nerdiest thing I had ever done.  Little did I know that a year later I’d be doing this…

Anyways, I hope you all enjoy the events of this weekend, I know for sure I will!

 

Happy Birthday To Me September 5, 2009

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I celebrated my twenty-eighth birthday on Thursday.  I received many well-wishes, cards, sweet treats and presents…including a 3D poster of our dear Edward and Bella.  From a 33-year-old man.  He’s read Twilight, claimed he hated it, likes to make fun of me for my Twilight obsession.  If only he knew I have this little bloggy-blog!  Anyways, what’s funny about this present is that I would never, EVER go into Fred Meyer like he did and purchase this Twilight poster.  I might walk down the aisle where this poster is located, maybe glance quickly at it, definitely not stop or go anywhere near it, and most certainly not pick it up!  No way in hell would I actually buy it.  And here he is, actually taking it to the cash register and purchasing it with real money.  Apparently the male cashier he bought it from even tried to engage him in a Twilight conversation, but he was not having that.  Perhaps as a payback, the cashier didn’t give him a bag (neither paper nor plastic, that’s how we roll in Seattle) to carry it out in!  He had to walk out to his car proudly displaying his Twilight purchase.  All adding up to an incredibly embarrassing event.  That’s true friendship right there.  My poster is now proudly hanging in my house, until, of course, a visitor comes around…at which point I will take it down and hide it in my closet.

On another birthday note, another present I received was a brand new laptop that I just happen to be using at this very moment!  What does this mean to me, you ask?  Well, it means that you’re all in luck because now I have the capability to post much more often.  I know I make a lot of empty promises on this blog, but hopefully that all will change now that I have 24-hour access to the world wide web.  So hold onto your butts, and get ready to have the time of your life.  See you soon!

-TRT

 

True Blood=Southern Fun September 2, 2009

My new favorite!

My new favorite!

I was talking to a friend of mine last week about how I was interested in watching the tv series Deadwood.  I had heard it was good and wanted to try it out.  He looked at me and said, “That’s a western, right?  So the vampires in that show are like, cowboy vampires?”  No, dear friend, contrary to popular belief, I don’t only like things that involve vampires.   However, as I mentioned in the last post, I have jumped on the bandwagon yet again, this time with the HBO series True Blood.  If you are not familiar with the show, it’s about vampires.  First, let’s be clear, it is NOT like Twilight.  Second…It. Is. Awesome.

Lot's of cheesy jokes on this show...

Lot's of cheesy jokes on this show...

The story of True Blood centers around Miss Sookie Stackhouse, a young woman who lives in a small Louisiana town with her grandmother and is a waitress at the local bar.  Oh…and she can read minds.  But what’s this?  She meets someone (someone she’s very attracted to) whose mind is closed to her!  Sound kind of familiar?  This special someone is Bill Compton (a.k.a. Vampire Bill) who is a vampire looking to “mainstream” into regular human society.  You see, the major difference between Twilight and True Blood is that in True Blood, the human world is actually aware of the fact that vampires exist.  After creation of a synthetic blood drink that vampires are able to live off of instead of humans, the vampires believed they would be able to “come out of the coffin” and all would be well in the world.  Of course this isn’t the case, religious groups are in an uproar, prejudice runs rampant, and quite a few vampires just aren’t satisfied with a blood substitute, instead preferring the real thing…humans.

There are many other differences, of course.  These vampires don’t really have special powers other than heightened senses, super-strength, and speed.  They cannot go out in the sunlight (no sparkle-sparkle), they sleep during the day,  and they actually have fangs.  Sigh.  I have a problem with the fangs.  They look pretty cool when they pop out, if a vampire gets excited or hungry, but once a vampire tries to talk with those fangs in their mouth, it sounds kind of stupid.  Like a kid who’s got their retainer in for the night.  Not cool.

Another  interesting difference is Sookie’s mind reading.  For her, this ability has caused nothing but pain and isolation her entire life.  She is unable to get past a first date with anyone, since being able to hear young men’s thoughts are quite appalling to Miss Sookie.  She spends a lot of effort trying to block out everyone’s thoughts, so when she meets Vampire Bill, she is not so much curious (like Edward was with Bella), but more relieved.  She is finally able to relax around someone and enjoy herself.

Bill says RELAX

Bill says RELAX

There are some similarities though.  Like Twilight, a world with vampires means you have to be open to the possibility that other mythical creatures could exist too.  (I won’t go into that, I don’t want to ruin it for anyone.)  Sookie and Bill, like Bella and Edward have some obstacles to overcome being a vampire/human couple.  (“We can never eat breakfast together, oh no!”  Um, yes, you can Sookie, just wake up really early.  Duh.)  And I see a lot of similarities in Bella and Sookie, besides that they seem to be very attracted/attractive to vampires.  They are both very brave, stubborn, young women who stick up for themselves and I like that.

So despite my original concerns with the story, mostly the cheesiness of it and the fact that I don’t find Vampire Bill attractive AT ALL (He’s old!), it has become my new favorite show.  It’s funny, scary (especially Season 2, eep!),  the ensemble cast is great, and there are lots of mysteries and surprises.  All adding up to a very fun show.  I recommend it to you all.  Check it out if you get the chance, and let me know what you think!

P.S. A word of warning, True Blood is intended for adults.  Violence, profanity, and graphic sex are around every corner so be careful!