The Reluctant Twilighter

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUTTONS!!! January 8, 2010

Ladies and gentleman, today is a very important day.  Today is the birthday of my dear friend Buttons!!  Buttons is not her real name, of course.  Every time I try to text her name the autotype function on my cell phone decides that I’m trying to talk sewing instead, hence a nickname was born.  I don’t really use this nickname much, but since this blog is all about anonymity, we’re going to use it today.

Let me tell you a little bit about my friend Buttons.  I have known Buttons for almost 15 years and she is the nicest, most caring, compassionate girl on the planet.  She is beautiful, hilarious, fun, affectionate, dedicated, hard-working, incredibly intelligent and an amazing listener.  One of the things I enjoy the most about Buttons is that she is the least judgmental person I know.  I can tell her anything, no matter how nerdy, gross, embarrassing, whatever and I know that she will never turn her back on me, will always be my best friend, and will probably even love me more for whatever I tell her.  My other favorite part about Buttons is her ability to obsess over something.  I love this because she’s exactly the same as me.  A lot of you may be the same way as well.  Once we get started on something, there’s no stopping us.  Through the years we’ve gone through all sorts of obsessions, from Green Day to NSync to Russell Crowe to Harry Potter and now Twilight.  Sharing these obsessions with her is the BEST and she is the reason I started this blog.  I still remember the day she told me over the phone that she had finally read Twilight and loved it.  It was so exciting to know that she was going to be with me on this.  Since then we’ve had an email Midnight Sun Book Club, smoked cigarettes (my first) while listening to Johnny Flynn (hoping that Rob would walk by at that very moment, being within 100 miles of Vancouver at the time), created our own unconventional “teams” (Team Six Pack, Team Green Sweater, Team Port Angeles, Team Creeper, and my favorite, Team Mike Newton’s Mom), taken a day trip to Forks (discussing every possible aspect of all four Twilight books along the way), and answered the age old question “If you were dying of cancer and could get a wish granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, what would your Twilight wish be?”

I can’t say it enough Buttons, I love you so much and am so thankful you are my friend.  SO!  What would you like for your birthday???  I have some ideas, I couldn’t pick just one, so you’re getting them all!  First, of course, just some nice pictures of Rob.  I know you like smiley, giggly, Rob, so I tried to pick out ones that best represent that side of him for you.  Like this one:

Also know you like babies, so I thought  you might enjoy this:

I’m actually kind of hoping you don’t like that because I think it’s weird and creepy.  Here, this is better:

Now since I’ve been gone for such a long time from this blog because I’m such a jerkface blogger, you may have missed out on some recent Twilight gems.  Which works well for me, because I this way I can call them “gifts” for you.  You like Disney movies, right?  Go here. (I know, I know, I still haven’t figured out how to put videos in here.  Jerkface blogger, I get it!)  Next, you need to see this. It’s a little boring at first, but then it gets real good and fun.  Now, what’s that Buttons?  For your birthday you want nothing more than a new Johnny Flynn song??  As you wish, my darling.  He just posted a new one on his myspace page for your birthday listening enjoyment.  I had to “do” a few “favors” for Johnny in order to get him to share this with us, I hope it’s worth it.  (j/k, even if you don’t like the song, it was totally worth it.)

And if that wasn’t enough, I have one last present for you.  Even though we’re besties and more importantly Twilight besties, I can’t remember if you are on Team Robsten or Team Nonsten.  But since you’re so sweet I’m going to assume it’s Robsten and therefore I have the best present ever for you.  Apparently, over the New Years holiday, Rob and Kristen were spotted on the Isle of Wight in England together.  It started with a couple pictures from a preteen girl:

And then another picture appeared that apparently shows Rob, Kristen, and the majority of the Britpack:

Here’s one without the writing if you want it:

I have no doubts that that’s Rob and Kristen, (and Tom Sturridge in the back to the right), but I’m not convinced about the rest.  They’re all so bundled up, looking like a hobo gang it’s hard to tell.  That’s not really the point though, is it?  The point is that Rob and Kristen are vacationing together, which to me, means they are in fact, a couple.  I know I’ve been very hesitant to believe in any of this without REAL proof, but I think we have it now.  I don’t know anyone else who vacations halfway across the world with their non-boyfriend buddy for the holidays, do you?  No, no, I didn’t think so.  So there you have it.  I’m officially declaring them a couple and officially declaring myself on Team Robsten.  BTW, there have been lots of other reports about this, like which bar/pub/beer garden they were at on New Year’s Eve, and about TomStu’s grandmother owning a house on this Isle of Wight, but it’s all hearsay and we’re better than that.

So I guess that just about does it…  One more time Buttons, I love you so much and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

PS I realize you may not read this until maybe tomorrow or even the next day or even the day after that.  But know that I did officially finish it on your birthday, so it still counts.  I LOVE YOU!  And so does Rob!

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New Moon Mania!!! November 16, 2009

HOLY HELL!  New Moon Mania is now in full force, people!  The premiere was tonight in Westwood, CA and a billion trillion fans and celebrities were there.  I caught a little bit of the livefeed on the red carpet.  Anya Marina (from the soundtrack) was doing the red carpet coverage, and she’s an idiot.  Her voice was annoying and she spent a LOT of time talking about herself.  Twitter was much more entertaining, especially with the LTR girls there.  Pretty much everyone looked beautiful, even Rob!  Surprised?  No, no, of course not.

Kristen was… well, she was gorgeous.  Her dress was amazing, take a look, I picked the extra big size for you:

I think I’m in love!  I can’t wait to see her tonight on Conan O’Brien, word from the east coast Twitterers is she did a good job.  It’s so cool to see the difference between Kristen now and Kristen one year ago.  LOVE. IT.  Go here if you want to take a look at everyone in more detail.  My other favorites were Anna Kendrick (Jessica) and Dakota Fanning (Jane.)  My least favorites were sadly, Stephenie Meyer and Christian Serratos (Angela.)  Major fails, sorry ladies!

I'm sorry!

So currently there is a show on my television right now called “Love Bites.”  It’s on MTV.  Basically, the entire premise of this half-hour show is debating whether or not Rob and Kristen are dating.  GROSS!  Why, MTV, WHY?!?!  You guys suck.  One minute you’re talking about the media invading their lives, the next minute you’re interviewing some a-hole paparazzi who swears he saw them making out or something.  Nice life MTV.  I hate you.  Changing the channel now.  I guess I can endure a few minutes of Jay Leno to see what’s going on with Mr. Taylor Lautner tonight.

We also have this.  People Magazine just named Rob the sexiest man alive.  Well, maybe.  That’s the word on the internet street, at least, but I couldn’t find anything official.  Sooo…. congratulations?  I guess?  Who cares.  I guess it’s kind of a big deal since that title usually goes to older men… nope, still don’t care.

Fact or Fake?

Ooh!  Taylor’s on!  He looks the same every day.  Girls are screaming.  He brought his grandma.  Awww… and now they’re showing an embarrassing clip from his past.  He hung out with old people in Vancouver to escape the crazy fans.  His laugh makes me cringe.  It’s kind of nerdy.  Sorry.  Oh crap!  Now they’re showing an exclusive clip from the movie!  I getter get out of here!  That’s it for tonight, I hope you all enjoy your week!  Thanks for reading!

PS:  This doesn’t have much to do with anything, but Jamie Campbell Bower (Caius) tweeted this today: “I like Johnny Flynn’s new EP.  Named Sweet William.  Pretty Pretty Pretty. x”  I smiled so big when I read this.  Why?  Because he has over sixty thousand followers and he can get the JF-word out much, much, more effectively than I can.  Thanks Jamie!  I heart you now.

PPS:  I saw the movie “Pirate Radio” yesterday.  It was awesome.  So fun and funny.  It stars a young actor named Tom Sturridge, who just happens to be a good friend of Rob.  After all this New Moon business dies down, I will discuss my theories on how these two friends (along with 3-4 other young British boys) are either a) clones or b) robots.  Stay tuned.

PPPS:  THREE MORE DAYS!!!  WEEEEEEE!!!!  Okay, now I really gots to go, we’re having a huge windstorm here in Seattle and my power is going to go out any second!  Yipes!

 

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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Really? September 6, 2009

Here's one...

Here's one...

I’ve been noticing an interesting trend happening on my little blog.  In the last two and a half months, I’ve posted 17 or 18 times, but by FAR the most popular is the one I wrote about Kristen Stewart.  WordPress allows me to see which posts are the most popular, and this one takes the cake.  Every day I get hits on this post, even today!  Yesterday’s total was 11.  That’s odd, considering it’s over two months old.   If I had to guess, I would think that a post about Rob would be more popular, but apparently I don’t know anything about what the Twihards are interested in.

Another feature of WordPress that I personally enjoy is that you can see exactly what phrases are searched that lead to hits.  The girls over at LTT share theirs with people every once in awhile, always resulting in a hilarious post.  And I have to say, sometimes the ones on mine can be pretty funny:

Here's two...

Here's two...

“Kristen Stewart odd behaviour”

“Kristen Stewart is not nice”

“Kristen Stewart arrogant”

“Kristen Steward”

“reluctant it girl Kristen Stewart”

“every pair of converse that Kristen Stewart owns”

“mtv podium”

Three...

Three...

I’m sure I’ve probably Googled some funny things in my life, especially taken out of context, but really?  Who is searching for “Kristen Stewart is not nice” on the internet?  I’m betting it’s a bitter preteen girl who is not happy about the latest Robsten rumor and is trying to justify her hatred of poor Kristen by finding some example of her being “not nice.”  Hopefully once these people read that post, they have a change of heart, because if you recall, I believe I solidly proved that Kristen Stewart IS nice.  These people better be switching over to Team Kristen…I think I might actually be single-handedly converting every Kristen-hater on the planet.

This leads me to believe that maybe I’m going about this blog all wrong.  That’s why I’ve decided to change the focus from all things Twilight-related to ONLY Kristen Stewart-related subjects.  Any news, gossip, appearances, paparazzi photos, etc will be found here for your reading pleasure…okay…maybe not.  I like Kristen, but not that much.  For now I will continue on with a wide variety of subjects, some involving Kstew and some not.  But just for the sake of getting more readers, don’t be surprised if throughout my posts from now on, you randomly find phrases like “every pair of converse that Kristen Stewart owns” inserted for no reason.  Just go with it.  : )

And four.

And four.

P.S. I spent a lot of time on Google today to find every pair of Converse that Kristen Stewart owns…grand total is….drumroll please….4.  4 pairs of Converse.  Now you know.

 

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!

 

Twilight in the Workplace June 24, 2009

Hello again!  Sorry for the long time between posts, it’s been an unusually rough week at work.  Amidst all the hustle and bustle though, Twilight still crept its way into the workplace over and over.  On my drive home today I was struck with the realization of how often Twilight and Twilight-related subjects are discussed, even in a busy doctor’s office. 

 

A good friend came to stay at my house for a night this weekend.  Within the first five minutes of her arrival, I confessed to her that I had started a Twilight blog.  She still wanted to be my friend, so we went out to dinner.  While we were waiting to be called to our table, we went to the bookstore next door.  We laughed at the amusing Twilight merchandise.  We spent the majority of dinner discussing Twilight (very philosophical stuff, I assure you.)  After coming home for the night, we then watched some of the extras on the Twilight DVD.  I actually made my mom drive over to give me back my copy so we could watch it.  My point is, all of this seems perfectly normal to me.  This is where I expect Twilight to show up in my life.  But at work?  Really?  Let me explain what I’m talking about…

 

-3 different people rushed into my office this week on seperate occasions to ask me about the Robert Pattinson/Kristen Stewart rumors.  “But I saw the cover of OK! magazine!  They said it’s official!!”  “Don’t believe any of that.   There have been no official announcements.  I will announce to you if they actually announce anything, I promise.”  (For some reason these magazines have not looked up the definition of official.  I think they’re confused about what exactly it means.) 

 

-My boss needed to borrow Eclipse because she’s reading the series again.  That led to a discussion of which books were our favorites, which led to her explaining she liked the ones that have more Quileute interactions, which led to me glaring at her saying, “Oh yeah, I forgot.  You’re Team Jacob.”  (She’s dead to me now.)

 

-The clinice nurse needed to borrow my copy of New Moon because her mom is almost finished with Twilight.  Let me point out that her mother is an elderly Armenian woman.   I think that’s funny. 

 

-One of our doctors told me that she was watching “one of those entertainment news shows” and they had a feature discussing how Twilight has influenced fashion.  She saw the styles and immediately thought they all looked like me!  (I took it as a compliment, but I’m not sure if she meant it to be one.)

 

-A different doctor recently went on vacation and brought back a box of those Sweethearts with the Twilight sayings on them for me.  She’s never read Twilight, but she saw the picture of Edward on the box and “just had to get them for me.”  Which was so sweet of her, because I would never, EVER walk up to a counter with a box of Twilight Sweethearts.  That’s just too embarrassing for words.  I can’t imagine the look she must of gotten from the cashier; a successful, intelligent,  middle-aged woman buying candy with a picture of a sexy vampire on the box.  Ha!

 

-Every once in awhile we’ll get a patient who walks through our doors with one of the books (or a Forks shirt) and I just about go crazy.  Somehow I manage NOT to jump over the counter and squeal at them like a little girl, but the temptation is definitely there.  Instead I run through the halls, squealing to anyone that will listen, “Guys!  Guys!  Did you see!?!?!  Did you see that girl who had an Edward Cullen totebag?!?!  Did anyone ask her which book is her favorite??”

 

-The Monday after the MTV Movie Awards aired the New Moon trailer, there were quite a few people who either didn’t realize a trailer was going to be shown or had forgotten.  Either way, they hadn’t seen it yet and I ended up reenacting the trailer for them in the break room quite a few times throughout the week.  I don’t want to brag, but I must say I got pretty good at it.

 

-It is understood throughout the clinic that when “my boyfriend” is discussed, we’re talking about Rob.  Even the losers who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon (yet) know.  They’ve been thoroughly educated on this matter.  “Oh, I saw your boyfriend on TV last night…”  I love it.

 

In all seriousness, I think Twilight has actually helped us to become a closer group of coworkers, and I’m forever grateful to Stephenie Meyer for that.  There are people at work that I didn’t think I really had anything in common with, but now I can gush over Edward or discuss imprinting with them.  I’m so happy that I don’t have to leave my obsession at home when I come to work every day!  

 

Speaking of work, it’s going to be another hectic day tomorrow, full of Robsten debates and New Moon countdowns (oh, and helping patients I suppose) so I must head for bed now.  Thanks for visiting!!