Thursday, September 04, 2008

Twilight



Read the script over the weekend. I’m sure the target audience will be more than satisfied, but it’s a bit bland for us non-Twilighters.

I was expecting something with a lot more bite. There’s a heavy chunk of script that involves Bella and Edward just feeling each other out. Does he hate her? Maybe she should hate him back? He smiled at me! What does that mean? Does my hair smell? Standard teen stuff.

“Twilight” isn’t trying to be “Romeo and Juliet” -- or Buffy and Angel for that matter. There’s not a lot of plot and cheesy dialogue runs rampant. The story works because of Bella. She’s at an awkward age and her vulnerability comes through. The idea of a magical protector coming to her rescue and also desiring her, is the sort of wish fulfillment that probably appeals to most fans of the books.

I know “Moonlight” got the axe last season, but I think there’s a big audience for a teen vampire show. “TruBlood” looks too weird to fit the bill.

2 comments:

Kristin said...

I haven't read the book. But on the Internet there seems to be two camps: totally hatred of the book or total adoration. I think the same will be true for the film. I'm guessing it will get low or okay reviews from the press and high marks from the loyal viewers. Kinda like all those people who gushed over "Titanic" and somehow got it the Academy Award based on sheer numbers of fans alone.

"Titanic" was a schmaltz fest. I'm sure this will be the same...just with vampires and werewolves. But some people really like that kind of thing. Which doesn't bother me at all.

screamwriter said...

You're right. When done well, cheese sells.

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