Thursday, December 17, 2009

Eclipse Discussion: Chapter One, Ultimatum

Welcome to the first official chapter of our Eclipse discussion series! Chapter One is up, and you can start to see the lines drawn for Team Edward and Team Jacob. It's so hard not to jump ahead and bring up things in later chapters!

As a recap, Chapter one begins with a note, passed between Jacob and Bella as they both try to deal with the consequences of the resolution of New Moon. Charlie lifts Bella's grounding punishment, with some caveats, he wants her to see her school friends and Jacob, and not be so wrapped up in Edward. Bella and Edward are applying to colleges all over the nation, and we see the tension that is created with the love triangle start to emerge.


Kerry: Ok, so chapter one, how was it to read again?
Sabrina: It was... frustrating.
Kerry: why do you say that?
Sabrina: Well, it bothers me to think of poor little broken-hearted Jacob, pining away...
Amber: I almost hate to move away from New Moon
Sabrina: oh? why?
Kerry: awww poor puppy
Amber: for one thing, I don't want to go back into Jacob's pain right now
Sabrina: No really! I mean, I wonder if he's thinking that he might have to kill her!
Amber: the note kills me
Sabrina: I'm sorry Team Bella!
Amber: the crossed out lines and the eventual statement of the truth
Sabrina: Yeah, me too. He can't even be mean to her in a note. He just can't.
Amber: that they do miss each other, but it just doesn't change anything
Kerry: the notes are very telling. I love that he just crosses out the thoughts, but not enough to actually obscure the previous thoughts
Sabrina: That is particularly odd. It's like, he wants her to know what he's thinking, but he also wants her to know that he doesn't want to say it.
Amber: I think this was more a case of he wanted to get it over with... he just wanted to get an answer written out and send it back to her
Kerry: but why not simply use a different piece of paper, or tearing off the other parts?
Amber: like he said, the more he thinks about her, the more it hurts
Sabrina: I just think he didn't have it in him to ignore such a desperate plea.
Amber: because, he's a teenage boy, he could be very tired from running around in wolf form, and it's just more effort to change pieces of paper. Maybe he wanted her to know, maybe he didn't. I think it's more likely a device that SM put there for the reader, to let us know Jacob's state of mind
Sabrina: Oh, I get... you are saying he was so impatient to get it over with that he really didn't bother to really erase what he said?
Kerry: Jacob is definitely torn in his loyalties here. He has an obligation to his people and specifically to the rest of the pack. And he's loyal to Bella.
Sabrina: Well, he's sorta loyal to Bella. I mean, at this point, I think he's trying to let it go.
Amber: I don't think he's trying to let go

Read the rest after the jump

"The Runaways" Trailer!

I have to say, this looks amazing! I can't wait to see both Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in this. The Runaways will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and open in theaters in March!

People Magazine's Best of 2009

Of course our Twi-guys make this list! People magazine complied a list of 'mosts'...

Most Wanted in 2010? Taylor Lautner! (I wonder if this has anything to do with his birthday...hmm)
My favorite? The "Second Most Wanted Vampire" Awarded to Paul (Stefan Salvatore) Wesley, with our dimplicious Kellan as the runner up. Cracked me up that they just assumed the MOST wanted would be Edward.


See all the bests at People.com

Gorgeous Nikki Reed Photoshoot Outtakes

Yay for Nikki pics! Still too rare for my taste. Check these out from Hellin Kay, and more at ROB & krisTEN Lovers, and Twifans!


Nikki! Do more of these!!






Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Busking for Change, Help Sam With a Worthy Cause!


On December 18th, Sam Bradley will be "busking for change" in Vancouver, in support of the charity, WarChild. WarChild is a Canadian charitable organization providing humanitarian assistance to children around the world affected by wars.

His original goal was to raise $400. Thanks to all of his fans, he's already tripled that! However, a worthy cause can never get enough funding, so click here to add your contribution!

Time Magazine's "People Who Mattered" List


It's the end of the year, so these type of lists are flying like crazy. There will be more, trust. On THIS list, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart ranked #15. Not too shabby, I guess. I'm not sure I understand the ranking but it's interesting to see them fall just above Alex Rodriguez and just behind Sarah Palin and President Obama. Topping the list as Person of the Year is U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, I get that, but I'm really puzzled as to why the Gosselins ranked so high.

Don't explain it to me, please.

See the full list at Time Magazine.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Twi-Theories Tuesdays: Vampire Physiology

This post will contain book spoilers for the entire series, including the Midnight Sun draft. Go Read.

In my plea for ideas last week, the lovely RaShell came through f0r me with an excellent question about the physiology of our favorite vampires. I dug into some correspondence with Stephenie Meyer available at the Lexicon and TwilightMoms, as well as diving back into the series again (I LOVE when I have a good excuse to do that!).

So how does the whole thing work? I'm going to ask you to accept a certain about of "magic", because, after all, we're dealing with a fantasy world of undead, please don't go overboard with the logical stuff. I'm also only going to deal with vampires as they exist in the Twilight universe.

Thanks to Alice, not to mention Bella's first hand account of her transformation, we know that, once bitten, the venom in a vampire's saliva begins to slowly move through the body. As it moves, it both heals any damage done, and begins changing the body into the cold, hard, unliving body of a vampire. Eventually the venom reaches the heart, allowing it to flow to the entire body, before stilling the heart and leaving the newborn vampire "alive". The transformation takes approximately 3 days, but can be shortened by getting as much venom into the system as possible and as close to the heart as possible. Edward's bright idea of collecting his own venom into a cardiac syringe allowed him to get the venom directly into Bella's heart, allowing the venom to move through her body immediately.

The newborn vampire brings us to the basic thing for vampire physiology: Blood. Blood is everything for a vampire. Literally. Yes, yes, without it, us humans are pretty screwed, but that's not the point here. There's a significant point made that a newborn vampire is extremely strong, as a result of the remnants of their own human blood being in their system. Over time, this strength fades into the "normal" superhuman strength. (Can you imagine what Emmett was capable of as a newborn vampire??)

The blood doesn't just keep them alive, it literally powers everything. The strength, the speed, the heightened senses, even the mental abilities. According to Q&A's with Stephenie Meyer, if you could cut into a freshly fed vampire, they would bleed, but otherwise not. This tells me that they drink the blood of their victim, whether human or animal, and it's absorbed into their body. They don't have the digestive system as we do, to put it as delicately as possible. The blood is simply absorbed and burned as they go about their lives, just like we do with food, the calories powering our bodies, giving us strength and stamina. They don't necessarily need to eat as often, though Edward mentions that the more often he feeds, the easier it is to curb his bloodlust.

Now for the fun part! Let's talk bodily fluids! From the books, we now there are a few. Vampires retain a few basic bodily fluids. According to Stephenie Meyer, all are composed basically of venom. Saliva is the first, and the strongest composition of venom, since that's the direct application of it for the purposes of incapacitating their victims and beginning the conversion process. In the Midnight Sun draft as well as Bella's experiences in Breaking Dawn, we can gather that 'saliva' isn't entirely pure venom, as when the bloodlust strikes, there's a definite pooling of venom in their mouths, the vampire version of drooling, essentially. I have always taken from these accounts that the 'regular' saliva of a vampire is fairly diluted venom. After all, Edward made no move to stop Bella from taking a bite of that slice of pizza after he did. Perhaps it would have been a problem if she'd had a split lip or a cold sore, but then, Edward would have noticed that.

In Breaking Dawn, we know that the fluid in their eyes is essentially venom also. Vampires are incapable of tears, but there is some fluid in the eye, enough to dissolve contact lenses in a matter of hours. We also become more aware that there is no 'waste' fluid to deal with.

And finally, the part I know you all REALLY want to know about....the one remaining body function. I assume we all took health class in middle school and/or had the birds and bees discussion with mom and dad, and I don't need to have a basic discussion of how babies are made. Thanks to Bella's deliriously happy state, a few destroyed pillows and a broken headboard, we're left to assume (darn fade-t0-black!) that the mechanics of sex are the same. Remember back when I said that blood powers everything? Ahem. Yes. Not much different than a human male, right? Except, that I'd bet that those lovely vampire boys have a bit more control...as in 'on command'.

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Sorry, I'm back. Where was I? Oh, right, 'on command'. (Focus, ladies!) I'm sure at some point, instinct and desire take over and after a thoroughly satisfying and furniture destroying experience, another bodily fluid makes its appearance. Is it venomous? Probably, at least in that diluted state, but not enough to kill the little pieces of DNA required to make baby half-vampires. Here's part of where I'm asking you to accept a little magic. I'm sure many of you can come up with logical reasons why Edward's lil swimmers shouldn't be swimming anymore, but they do. Deal with it. Perhaps it's a blood thing, perhaps it's because sperm are produced constantly, as opposed to a pre-established number and cycle, like women. Perhaps it's a statement on the differences in the sexes. Either way, vampires pro-creating with humans isn't a new concept, perhaps because, regardless of the audience or story, a little vampire sexing is a good thing.

So, there we are, Kerry's Basic Vampire Physiology Course 101. I hope I answered your question, RaShell, if not, I could talk about Edward's...physiology a lot more, I'm sure.

If you missed it, last Thursday Amber and I, along with our guest blogger, Sabrina, began a chapter by chapter discussion on Eclipse. Last week we discussed the preface, and this week we will dive in to chapter 1. Some of the future Twi-Theories may tie into events that happen in the book, but I'm also interested in other points you'd like to see discussed. Feel free to continue the discussion and suggest in the comments. Thank you!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

One year blog anniversary giveaway!

We're celebrating the first anniversary of the blog by giving one lucky reader a prize package full of New Moon goodies!
The package includes:
  • New Moon cup, exclusively available at AMC
  • New Moon cup, exclusively available at Burger King
  • US Weekly Sexy Stars of Twilight - New Moon
  • A complete set of New Moon Sweethearts
  • Handmade Twilight Saga bracelet from a local EoA girl, Jamie
Since we're celebrating one year, we want to know what your favorite post has been. To enter, choose your favorite post and tell us about it in the comments.

To help us celebrate, be sure to join the new Eyes of Amber facebook group. We're hoping to get some good discussions going on over there!

Also, a little teaser for the Sam Bradley fans...we have some cool Sam giveaways* coming up!

Get your entries in by midnight on Monday, December 21 to enter. Good luck!

**Note from Kerry: Not actually giving away Sam, sorry....

Rob Tops the IMDB Starmeter for 2009

And we're not surprised by this, either.

IMDB posted their top 25 'most searched for' stars today. Six Twilight stars made the list, including Nikki Reed at 15, Ashley Greene at #11, Dakota Fanning at #8, Taylor Lautner at #5, and Kristen Stewart at #2! Topping this list, of course, is Robert Pattinson.

So I look him up.... a lot.

From IMDB:

1. Robert Pattinson

(Last year: #33)

The man once best known as doomed Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire rocketed into the stratosphere as moody-sexy vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight films, and developed a fervent following of both fans and photographers who couldn't get enough of his sparkly skin, wayward hair, and magnetic screen presence. With the third Twilight film coming this summer, expect no downward turn in his popularity.

Let's keep him there!

E! Brings Us "The 10 Vampires We Love"

Like we even need to guess who is number one...

Edward Cullen tops the list of loved vampires, beating out Angel, the True Blood boys, and Amber's favorite vampy bad boy, Damon. And for a bonus, little Alice Cullen made the list, too!







Thanks to RPLife.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

One year...

This was my first post, one year ago today...
This is my new blog devoted to all things Twilight. I chose Eyes of Amber for the name because, well first of all, my name is Amber, but it's also the color of Edward's eyes when he is well fed. I thought it was a nice fit for a Twilight blog.

I was originally an Edward girl, but the more times I read the books and see the movies, I still love Edward dearly, but I have to say I've become more of a Cullen girl, finding so much to love about all members of the family. I'm on my fourth reading of Twilight, I've read New Moon and Eclipse three times and I'm also reading Breaking Dawn for the third time. I've seen the movie three times. All of this since having been introduced to the series only 13 months ago, and I even had a baby during that time!

I will be doing a lot of opinion pieces and general gushing I'm sure, but I'll also be posting updates on the series, the movies, and anything else Twilight related.
It's been a wild year! I've meet so many wonderful people, including the wonderful backbone to EoA, my blogging partner Kerry. I cannot say thank you enough to the wonderful people who have helped me out in so many ways. There have been a thousand times I would have shut this site down if it weren't for my stat counter, but I'm glad I stuck it out. The Twilight community is a wonderful place to be! Thanks so much for everyone who shows up and reads and comments.

And just to show you how much we appreciate you, one lucky reader will be winning a wonderful prize package! Check in tomorrow for all the details! It's going to be exciting! This is only one of the items you can win...

***Kerry here** I may not have been around for the whole year, but I'm still very happy with how the blog has grown. I've met the BEST people since getting involved in the Twilight blog community, especially our dear Amber! I totally blame her for my growing Sam crush, too. You're going to love the giveaway prizes, so hang in there for the post!

You never know what you'll find on twitter!

Muse sent out this picture on their twitter account. That's lead singer Matthew Bellamy with our very own Mrs. Meyer!
Thanks to Team-Twilight.

Muse will be the musical guest this Saturday on SNL with host James Franco. I'm guessing one of their songs will be I Belong To You (New Moon)...what do you think?

Taylor on SNL

There were those who doubted he could do it...but Taylor proved them all wrong. (Just like we knew he would. Go Taylor!)
His monologue included a fantastic display of his martial arts skills as he demonstrated what he wished he'd done when Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech.
The shining moment of the night had to be the debate between Team Edward and Team Jacob. There were some seriously wonderful lines in this one. "Notebooks are for notes, not for kissing." My absolute favorite was, "If those abs are real then the dude that plays Jacob deserves an Oscar."I lost count of the wig changes and I'm too tired to actually try to figure it all out now. This was one of my favorites and the vintage "Book It" shirt was awesome!
Taylor's performance was fantastic! He certainly made his fans proud.
He was a great host, much funnier than a lot of people were suspecting, and he did it all with his shirt on!Thanks to Twilight Poison for these wonderful screencaps. More to come tomorrow! You can read a recap of the show at Twilight Examiner.
You can now watch the show at NBC here. It will be available until February 28.