I’ve been enjoying some R&R over the last few days and even went to see two new movies: Twilight and Australia. Maybe I was just full up on being critical of story because of my own work, but I really enjoyed both flicks. I’ll share some of my thoughts about them here–then let you in on some exciting novel-adaptation news.
My daughter has long been a Twilight fan and finally twisted both of my arms and got me to read the series. I was as curious as she about how well the book would be translated to film, especially after the early panning began. We arrived at the theater with low expectations. The meager budget was evident in a lack of special effects, and the producers really could’ve learned a thing or two by studying some Spiderman flicks (the scene involving Edward climbing a tree has become a family joke).
What made Twilight such a compelling book for teen girls, IMO, was the hero. [Read more…]