Saturday, January 23, 2010

Twilight Graphic Novel


This last week, Stephenie Meyer announced that volume 1 of Twilight will be released in graphic novel format on March 16, 2010. This will be approximately the first half of the book. All the pretty pictures mean it takes more space, so the book will be released in two volumes.

From the press release on Stephenie's site:
Twilight: The Graphic Novel contains selected text from Meyer's original novel with illustrations by Korean artist Young Kim. A rare fusion of Asian and Western comic techniques is reflected in this black-and-white graphic novel with color interspersed throughout. Meyer consulted throughout the artistic process and had input on every panel.

"I've enjoyed working on this new interpretation of Twilight," said Meyer. "Young has done an incredible job transforming the words that I have written into beautiful images. The characters and settings are very close to what I was imagining while writing the series."


Much to the dismay many of my male friends, I've never really been into graphic novels. However, my Twilight habit has broadened my horizons in many ways. I've seen movies and heard music I would have never experienced prior to reading and seeing Twilight. It stands to reason it wouldn't stop there. The glimpses I've seen of the artwork is beautiful, so I can't wait to see the entire thing.

The graphic novel is available for pre-order at Amazon. The first printing is limited to 350,000 copies, so reserve your copy now.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Rob's appearance on Hope for Haiti telethon

Tonight was the Hope for Haiti telethon and it was an incredibly moving and beautiful two hours. The stories were heartbreaking and inspiring. The Haitian people are so full of life and faith, I was truly amazed.

Of course, we were proud to be Rob fans tonight. He looked wonderful and did a great job.

The transcript of Rob's segment from MTV

"Underneath a flattened university, Maxine Fallon waited. She was crouched in a fetal position and could barely move. In the darkness and during the hectic sounds of the day, through the pain, the hunger and thrist, she prayed that someone would find her. And on the sixth day her prayers were answered, she was found because of a text message from the rubble sent rescuers to her side. Unlike any other event in history, our world has been connected to this tragedy because of technology. Twitter updates, Facebook pages with pictures of the missing and text messages for help. This technology is working right now to connect us, too. At hopeforhaitinow.org, you can donate and you can instantly interact with people in Haiti and anywhere in the globe. Join with those watching and see what they're saying about something we all care deeply about — helping the Haitian people get back on their feet. Please go to hopeforhaitinow.org. Thank you." 

Taylor Lautner and Anna Kendrick were there in the phone bank. It was a good night to be a Twilight fan.


For the record, I'm a huge fan of the beard. However, one of the best tweets of the night came from IrishTwiSisters 
We love Rob, We are proud of Rob but tonight is NOT ABOUT ROB. The night is about #HopeForHaiti donate here --> HopeForHaitiNow.org

The need is still great and will continue to be so for a long time to come. Please donate anything that you can. Every little bit helps. If every on of our twitter followers donated just $5 that would be $7,000. Twilight fans have already made a big difference. Thinking of Rob, The Fandom Gives Back and MsKathy have worked so hard to support this cause. Let's keep helping and do what we can.

Thanks to Twilight Poison and ROBsessed.

Eclipse Discussion - Chapter 6: Switzerland

This post will contain book spoilers for Eclipse through chapter 7. Go read.

This week's discussion format will be quite a bit different. Unfortunately, life sometimes rears it's ugly head and we have to deal with all those pesky non-Twilight details of life. Amber, Sabrina and I were unable to meet this week for our chat discussion, and Sabrina is still tied up with some family matters. Hurry back to us when you can, Sabrina!

So, today I will be summarizing Chapter 6, with some of my own commentary. Amber will be adding her thoughts as well, and we'd love to hear from you in the comments. We're starting to really get into the heart of the book, and I'm pretty sure you all have something to say about some of the events in this chapter!

We left Bella last week just as she was leaving Jacob and La Push after an impulsive decision to visit. She is now on her way to help her friend Angela with her graduation announcements. As soon as she crosses the boundary line, what appears in her rearview mirror? A shiny silver Volvo with a very shiny, very angry-looking Edward. Oh, Edward.

I remember the first time I read this book, I was nearly as irritated at Edward for this stunt as I was for disabling her truck. Don't get me wrong, I completely understand his good intentions. He feels completely and utterly responsible for her safety. He's still dealing with his guilt over leaving her and when she goes to the reservation, he can't protect her, nor can Alice see her. This makes him more than a little jumpy. Also, despite the fact that he's 107 years old, he's a noob at this whole relationship thing, so he's not making some great choices as to how to handle these issues with Bella. I'm ecstatic that she didn't stop. It might have been motivate out of not wanting to deal with his anger, but I really think it was the best way she could have done it. She's raw from her visit with Jake, and Edward is in the midst of a temper tantrum. It's not a good time for a discussion.

Bella's time with Angela is so good for her. She's in this world of the supernatural, and for a few hours, she just gets to be a normal teenage girl. Angela's "normal" view of the world to, provides us with the concept we've all been thinking though: Edward is jealous. Just like any other human boyfriend would be when his girl spends time with another guy, no matter the nature of the relationship. I'll tell you now, Sabrina, Amber and I have gone on several long tangents in our discussions. How much of Edward's issues are really due to plain old jealousy versus what I said above? I suspect it's a mixture of both. I tend to lean more towards the protective aspect being the majority of it, with a good dose of jealousy making it worse. After all, Edward still questions whether he's good for Bella, to have her move on was part of his goal with her. But, he still loves her irrevocably. It's why he's back, and it's why he's afraid that she will leave him.

This is confirmed to a degree when Bella finally gets home that night. Sure enough, Edward is waiting for her in her room, still quite upset over the events of the morning, I think, though, that anger has given way to worry and fear. I'm generalizing here, so bear with me. Fear and insecurity are not emotions men are comfortable expressing. For centuries it has been frowned upon for a man to show fear. They are taught to suppress those feelings and be strong and brave. The rightness or wrongness of that is a subject for another article, and, frankly, another blog, but I think that's what Edward is dealing with, especially if you consider the period in which he was born. So that fear and insecurity comes out as anger, because anger is an allowable emotion.

I get so proud of Bella for her statement here. She does come out an ask him what his motivations are. He confirms it is indeed solely about her safety. I think, at this moment, he truly believes that, but maybe Bella's words have made him think about it, at least. My pride in Bella is in accepting that, and not dragging out the argument. And then her statement of truth:

"But I want you to know something -- when it comes to all this enemies nonsense, I'm out. I am a neutral country. I am Switzerland. I refuse to be affected by territorial disputes between mythical creatures."

You go, Bella. Take that all you "Bella is a wimp and a doormat" haters!

Since Edward missed his hunting trip, a new trip is scheduled for the following weekend with the rest of the Cullen men. Thursday night, when Bella is leaving work, Alice is there to pick her up. She explains that Edward and the guys left early and that the two of them, and Rosalie and Esme were going to have a good old-fashioned girls-night-in slumber party.

Bella believes that almost as much as we do, and Alice fesses up that Edward bribed her with a new Porsche to keep Bella at the house and under surveillance for the weekend. Bella is understandably upset but agrees to play along anyway. Another bad choice by Edward? Maybe. Okay maybe a lot, but we do understand a bit more of where he is coming from. Is Bella right to be upset? Of course she is. Edward may even have a point, and an understandable position regarding keeping Bella safe, but the implications of these actions aren't good for their relationship.

Bella calls Jacob (include requisite snide comments from Jacob here) to cancel their plans for the weekend, and leaves an angry voicemail for Edward. It's then that she asks to go to bed, thinking she'd have to camp on Edwards couch or floor. But, of course Edward wouldn't make her sleep on the couch. He's provided a gigantic bed for Bella's comfort. This fills our little fangirl hearts with gleeful anticipation, but all it does for Bella is tick her off even more. In a fit of spite, Bella hauls the covers off the bed and sleeps on the couch anyway. Yes, spite. It really was nice of Edward to get the bed for her to sleep on, so she would be comfortable staying there, even if the reasons she's staying there are a little shady. But Bella loathes him spending money on her, and she thinks a bed is unnecessary (Oh Bella...), so she's a bit piqued and rebellious. The chapter closes with a knock on the door. It's Rosalie, of all people, and she's asking to speak with Bella alone.

DUN DUN DUN!!!

That sums up chapter 6. Next week we'll discuss Chapter 7: Unhappy Ending. In the meantime, leave your thoughts on this chapter in the comments. What do you think of Edward's reaction to Bella's visit? Is he worried? Jealous? Both? What other mistakes is he making? Could Bella have handled any of this situation better?

We're also exploring some options for future discussion. A few have asked about opening up the discussion so that our readers can participate directly in the conversations. We will be considering that over the next little while and will let you know.

Also, please do not forget to tune into the Haiti Relief Telethon tonight. It will be on most major networks in the United States, and many other countries are also broadcasting it. Check your local listings for channels and times. Any donation you can make will go a long way, even if it's just a few dollars. Several members of the Twilight crew will be participating, including Rob, who will be hosting from London. Anna Kendrick and Tinsel Korey have also agreed to assist.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Robert Pattinson in Talks for "Water for Elephants"


Okay Rob fans, we have a lot to look forward to in the next couple years. In March we'll get Rob in Remember Me, and June will bring us Rob as Edward again in Eclipse. Consider those warm-ups, because we're going to get dazzled by a lot of Rob (literally and figuratively) in Bel Ami, Unbound Captives and Breaking Dawn. Cue swooning.

Today it was announced that Rob is currently in talks for a movie called "Water for Elephants". This is an adaptation of the novel by Sara Gruen. The story is a romantic drama/love triangle set in the 1930s.

From DeadLine.com:
Pattinson is in talks to play Jacob, (*snicker*) a 21 year old who joins a second-rate traveling circus after he’s traumatized by the car crash death of both parents. He left just before he was to take his veterinary medicine exams at an Ivy League school, and finds his place in the circus by caring for the menagerie of mangy animals. He falls in love with Marlena, the show’s star performer (Witherspoon), and that's courting danger since she's married to the paranoid schizophrenic animal trainer who runs the show. That is the role that Penn is circling. Deals still have to be made, and putting three pricey stars in a period adult drama is a challenging proposition.

I'm very excited about this prospect. Not only is it a great story, getting to work with two Oscar winners is an amazing opportunity for Rob. Also, I have been dying to see him in 1930s costume since the Twilight flashbacks!

Details on New Moon Distribution

The New Moon DVD release is just a couple months away. After the impressively successful sales of Twilight on DVD ($9.2 million in 2009), Summit is revising their distribution plan for New Moon.

There will be no single-disc DVD version for retail sale. This version, with limited special features, will only be available for rental.

There will not be unique versions for various retails outlets. (i.e. Target's 3-disc + iTunes copy). All retailers will get the same package.

Summit is hoping the wider demographic for New Moon will open up their Blu-Ray market. Twilight on Blu-Ray Disc only comprised 3% of their sales.

See more at the Twilight Examiner.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Rob Pattinson to Appear on Haiti Telethon

As rescue and recovery efforts continue in Haiti, more and more humanitarian aid is getting organized to assist the Haitian people in coping with this devestating tragedy. In case you've been living under a rock, Haiti was hit by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake last week. The devastation and loss of life has been overwhelming, and Haiti is pretty ill-equipped to deal with the aftermath.
Rescue, medical, and other volunteers have arrived from around the world to help, but more is always needed.

George Clooney has been organizing a star-studded telethon to raise money and awareness for assisting the relief efforts.

From Mark Malkin at E!:
Robert Pattinson is on board. I just got word that the Twilight star has signed on for Friday's Hope for Haiti telethon. As of right now, it looks like Rob will be the sole presenter in London with performances by Jay-Z and Bono. (Gozde: Robert Pattinson asks me for money I'll give it to him. He asks me for my kidney and first born...I'll give it to him :)) Stateside performers—some announced and others not—will include: Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Shakira and Bruce Springsteen are among those who will perform live during the two-hour benefit, which will air on all the major television networks (including our very own E!). Other mega-celebs who will present and/or help in the phone banks are Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brad Pitt, Anna Kendrick, Sandra Bullock, Zac Efron, Bradley Cooper, Renee Zellweger, Chris Pine, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Colin Farrell, Jon Hamm, Gabby Sidibe and Emily Blunt, among many others. No word yet on Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, but as I was the first to tell you Hollywood's hottest vampire movie trio is a very wanted group for the telethon because of the impact they would have with young people.
Be sure to watch on Friday and help with whatever you can. Even $5 can be a big help to causes like this. Also, get out and donate blood, especially if you have a rare blood type or universal donor. Blood is always needed, no matter what's going on in the world, and situations like this make the demand higher.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Few Twi-Stars Doll Up for the Golden Globes

I wasn't able to watch the broadcast last night, so I've been diligently watching Youtube this morning. How cute was Taylor in his shiny tuxedo?? I wanted to pat him on the head and give him a cookie. Sorry, Team Taylor ladies, but he was just 'ring-bearer' cute to me last night, as snazzy as he looked.

Here's a little Taylor on the red carpet:



And this video is even funnier if you read Letters to Twilight.



And here is Taylor presenting the clip from 500 Days of Summer. Great job Taylor!



Our dear Anna Kendrick didn't win her nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, but we're still proud of her for getting nominated and wish her luck next week at the SAG awards. Plus, she looks AMAZING last night.

A few other of our favorite people turned up at the after-party.