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One Twi-Mom’s Tribute to the ‘Twilight’ Saga

Yesterday I watched the final installment of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire-human-werewolf love saga with my friends. Okay, I’ll admit I sneaked a peek the morning before at my favorite cineplex that was having a “Mother’s Morning Out” matinee showing. I couldn’t help it. I’m what they call a Twi-Mom, a well known segment of the fan base and a group that Taylor Lautner once described laughingly as “very dangerous,” in an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

While teenage girls and moms remain the most loyal fan base of the movies and books, we aren’t alone.  Men, including my dad and husband, enjoy the films, as does Mark Kermode, English film critic with The Observer. His Nov. 10th column, “Move over Luke Skywalker…I’m a Twilight man,” sets the record straight. He noted, “The idea that you have to be a teenage girl to ‘get’ Twilight is equally off the money – and I say that as a stuffy, bespectacled greying man rapidly approaching his 50th birthday who is looking forward to the arrival of Breaking Dawn: Part 2 this week with as much excitement as I await Steven Spielberg’s reportedly awards-worthy Lincoln. Maybe even more…”

So, as I say goodbye to the “Twilight Saga,” I want to share five things I will miss most:

1.The story. There’s nothing quite like first love, forbidden love, conflicted love. And to have all three rolled into one story, with elements of the supernatural and fantasy, how can you not be hooked? Thanks, Stephenie, for envisioning a world where a teenage girl dared to fall in love with a young vampire, while being drawn to a lifelong friend, who happens to be a werewolf.

2. The incredible supporting cast.  Many movies are made more memorable with a strong supporting cast (“When Harry Met Sally” and “Moonstruck” come to mind). “Twilight” is no different, benefiting from an amazing ensemble cast of both the Cullen clan and Quileute tribe of werewolves. Three of my favorite secondary characters include Alice, played by Ashley Greene, Carlisle played by Peter Facinelli, and, of course, Bella’s gruff and tough dad, Charlie, portrayed by Billy Burke. Who can forget the first time Charlie meets Edward while cleaning his rifle at the kitchen table?

Meyer and Rosenberg.

3. The collaboration between Meyer and the screenwriter, Melissa Rosenberg. Both obviously shared the same vision to stay true to the books and I love that we had continuity of writing throughout the film franchise. The fact that Stephenie was credited as a producer in the last film is evidence that Summit knew what it was doing. I adored the final scenes of Breaking Dawn: Part 2  showing excerpts from Twilight the book, interspersed with shots of all the cast members, reminding us that these stories first began as words on a page. Well done!

4. The Volturi. Every good story needs a good villain, and the power-hungry, cultured ruling vampire coven fits the bill. Aro, played brilliantly by Michael Sheen, as well as Caius and Marcus, were a perfect counterpoint to Bella, Edward and Jacob. And who wasn’t rooting for Jane’s demise in the final fighting scene?

My friends celebrate after watching Breaking Dawn, Part I.

5.Finally, experiencing “Twilight” with my girlfriends. Our tradition of movie-watching together was a given after I read the books and watched the first film. I christened the experience on my blog after attending the 2009 premiere of “New Moon.”

While there will be other films to enjoy with my friends, none will likely hold the same anticipation and appeal that our “Twilight” outings inspired. I applaud the cast, the filmmakers at Summit Entertainment and most of all, Stephenie Meyer. Thank you. What a fun, unforgettable ride!

Five Movies that Inspired My Blogging

Given my blog’s focus on storytelling and writing, films are often a source of inspiration for my posts. After all, every memorable movie began with words on a page.  Some of the films that made it onto my blog since I launched it in 2009 include:
  • Casablanca – The holiday post titled, “Ways to nurture your writing spirit,” included the joy of listening to dialogue from this 1942 classic, which remains my all-time favorite film. I loved the Epstein brothers’ remarkable screenplay and the chemistry between not only Bogart and Berman but also between Bogie and Captain Renault played by Claude Rains. 
  • Water for Elephants – On day one of the blogathon last year I reviewed this film based on Sara Gruen’s bestselling drama. The story’s backdrop is a struggling circus in Depression-era America.  
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2earned an entire post last July where I discussed the lasting legacy of J.K. Rowling’s body of work. Through her seven-part fantasy series, Rowling made reading cool for millions of kids. 
  • Twilight Saga – A self-professed Twilight Mom, I shared the fun of heading to my local Cineplex with my girlfriends for the opening night of the film’s New Moon premiere. The post talks about the generational pull of the Stephenie Meyer series and how Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg translated the book to screen.
  •  The Avengers – I am adding this action flick to today’s blog. My husband and I saw it Saturday night, and he pretty much summed it all up when he said not even half way through the movie, “This is the best action movie I will ever see!” 

It didn’t surprise us that the film shot past even the Harry Potter finale in terms of opening night ticket sales. It’s not just the effects and the pace of this Marvel Studios’ tour de force; it was the genuine comedic moments and bantering among the characters. Director Joss Whedon (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angelfame) had an incredible lineup of star power at his command starting with Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. Downey practically stole the show with his comedic and deadpan one liners.  Case in point is this testosterone-laced exchange between him and Steve Rogers (Caption America):

Steve Rogers: “Big man in a suit of armor. Take that off, what are you?”

Tony Stark: “Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.”

Chris Evans continued his clean-cut All-American image as Captain America, while Chris Hemsworth was an eye-candy favorite as the demigod Thor out to contain Loki, his vengeance-obsessed adoptive brother set to destroy Earth. Scarlett Johansson, who played Black Widow, had some great action scenes, as did Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. The movie wouldn’t have been the same without Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. One of my favorite characters, however, was Mark Ruffalo, who alternated between a low-key but brilliant Dr. Bruce Banner and a crazed Hulk. I will never forget him smacking Loki around like a rag doll at one of the movie’s funniest and most satisfying moments (prompting spontaneous applause from moviegoers).
Of course, those who love these movies have been anticipating an Avengers “dream team” on screen for some time now. It couldn’t have come soon enough for this fan.