The Reluctant Twilighter

I can't believe I have a Twilight blog…

I’m A Lame-O But I Don’t Care December 6, 2009

Hello internet world!  I’m back… sort of.  This is actually one of those lame-ass posts where I’m only here to say that I’ll be back soon but not really post anything of real substance.  I don’t really have an excuse for my absence, except maybe that I was otherwise occupied with New Moon.  I was originally going to review it on it here, but then I realized that the three of you who read this already know what I think.  Whether it be at the MLS Cup Final game in the bitter Seattle cold, or secretly at a dining room table during a friend’s birthday party, we have discussed this movie in great detail and I don’t think I need to repeat myself.  Basically, I loved it.  A billion times better than Twilight, I’m totally in love with Kristen Stewart and think she did an amazing job, and Chris Weitz is my hero.  Of course I have some issues, but they can be overlooked and overall I am happy.

Speaking of being happy, words cannot describe how HAPPY I am to tell you that tomorrow I will, once again, be attending a show featuring Mr. Johnny Flynn!!!  He’s apparently in town to record his second album (which I’m also dying about, btw) and since his (and Rob’s) good friend Marcus Foster is doing a show, I guess he decided to join along!  Everyone wins!!!  Especially me, because I. CAN’T. WAIT.  You all know by now how I feel about Johnny, he’s the music love of my life and to get to see him again this year is totally unexpected.  Dreams really do come true guys, sometimes twice!

So I will come back soon with a full report on my Britpack-filled evening, it is sure to be lots of good times.  Until then… just… um… well, just keep on doing whatever you’re doing.  Keep on keepin’ on!  Later!

 

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!

 

I’m No Hater: Kristen Stewart Edition June 29, 2009

"I'm really not an a-hole, I swear..."

"I'm really not an a-hole, I swear..."

Today I wanted to write something nice…in defense of our dear friend Kristen Stewart.  She gets a bad rap sometimes, and I am here to declare that I am, in fact, NOT a Kristen Stewart hater.  A lot of people I know are, for various reasons, but I’ve decided I’m not one of them.  At least not anymore…mere months ago I had the same feelings you might be feeling about her right now, but I’ve changed my mind and I’m asking you to give her a chance.  Let’s jump in, shall we?

(NOTE:  I decided the original draft that I wrote for this topic was not nice enough, so I had to kind of start over.  I hope my love for her comes across a little better this time around.)

I’m going to start with her acting, because that’s what she does for a living.  Or at least that’s what she’s getting paid for…oops, wait, I’m supposed to be nice here.  (Sorry Kristen, but this is the part of you that I’m still not sold on.)  I’ll admit I don’t have much to go on.  I saw Panic Room a long time ago, the only thing I remember about her is that she had short hair like a boy and asthma.  Obviously I’ve seen Twilight and I also saw Adventureland, and I’m sorry to say I’m just not impressed.  She’s always making that same face, the same f-ing, fluttering-eyelid face in every scene and it drives me nuts.  But let’s stop right there.  Really, is this her fault?  If she’s filming a scene and the director says, “Cut!  Perfect!  That was great, Kristen!” when it was, in fact, NOT AT ALL great, who is to blame?  I say the blame goes to the director.  (Catherine Hardwicke, I’m talking to you.)  I’m really hoping that now with Weitz in her corner, she hits it out of the park in New Moon.  It’s my favorite book and I would LOVE to see Kristen do an awesome job.  I have high hopes.  I’ll get back to you on that in November.

Moving on, next on our list of reasons people seem to dislike her is her extremely odd behaviour in any interview, public appearance, behind the scenes featurette, etc.  This was my major issue originally because I thought she was thinking she was better than everybody else, and I was not down with that.  But I think it’s just that her discomfort in interviews unfortunately often comes across as arrogance.  It’s amazing how feeling shy and awkward look exactly the same as bitchy, don’t you think?  For awhile I thought she was ungrateful, but the more I see of her, the more I’m convinced that she really is thankful for playing Bella and for the dedicated fans.  And let’s be honest, if you were in her position, do you think you’d be all poised and confident?  I sure know I wouldn’t.  If anything, it’s kind of a relief to see her (and Rob, by the way) not really sure what to do with all this fame.   If you think about it, being completely comfortable with all this attention from the media and those wacky fans would be SO weird.  I know she doesn’t smile much, but I really think most of the time she’s just kind of in a bewildered sort-of daze.  Also remember that she’s only nineteen!  This is a lot to take in at her age.

Of course my favorite awkward-Kristen moment is at the recent 2009 MTVkristen-at-podium Movie Awards.  This was the turning point for me. She wins Best Female Performance, give a touchingly gracious speech, and then is so overwhelmed with gratitude that she DROPS HER GOLDEN POPCORN!!!  So. awesome.  But the best part comes next, when she says, “So I was just about as awkward as you  thought I was going to be!  Bye!”  And then runs off stage.  You guys, she knows!  She’s in on it!  She understands that we all think she’s a weirdo!  That makes it all okay!  Poor girl.  I wore a pair of Converse with a dress that next day as a sign of solidarity.  (BTW,  if wearing Chuck Taylors with dresses is wrong then I don’t want to be right.  I’m just saying…)

I’m not going to talk about any of the druggie pictures, you can make up your own minds about that.  And I’m not going to talk about all the “Rob and Kristen are in love” rumors either.  If that’s really true and that’s what he wants, then so be it.  (But for the record,  I don’t think it’s true.)  So why else do I love Kristen Stewart, you ask?  Well, here’s a couple more reasons:

Look at how pretty she is!

Look at how pretty she is!

I LOVE her style.  She’s young, she takes risks, and I like it. Her dress at the Twilight premiere was beautiful.  I’m pretty impressed with her choices at every premiere or event.  (I just went to Google and did an image search of  “Kristen Stewart fashion” just to make sure that last statement was really true.  It is.  Oh, and PS, amongst these pictures I saw a few of her smiling.  So there.)

I also really enjoyed her contributions to the commentary on the Twilight dvd.  Once I learned how to tune out Catherine’s whining, I found Kristen very charming.  She was joking, laughing, embarrassed at herself, making fun of Rob…not at all like the person I thought she was.  I think this is one of the few times we get a chance to see (or hear, I guess) what she’s really like.  When she’s not surrounded by cameras or screaming girls.

The point of these ramblings is to basically ask that if you are a Kristen-hater, take a minute or two and put yourself in her position.  It’s not easy being Bella, so try and give her a break.  I don’t think she’s the jerkface you may think she is.  And if you already love Kristen, well done!  I’m very happy to make the switch over to Team Kristen and I look forward to a long and happy life together with you all.  Once again, thanks for reading!

**This post is dedicated to one friend in particular, you know who you are, so I hope you were paying attention!

UPDATE:  I wrote this quite a long time ago, if you want my more updated opinion on Kristen, go here!