Saturday, January 30, 2010

Saturday Randomness: Special Agent Unicorn

This is what I get for missing NCIS this week. It's one of my favorite shows, but I missed it this time around.

I know a few unicorns, male readers and fans of Twilight. The single ones joke about reading Twilight to have an inside track with the ladies. Even the young son of a friend of mine says he read Twilight at school so that the girls would notice. My husband concedes that it's probably not a bad strategy.

Apparently, Tony DiNozzo agrees:

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Eclipse Discussion - Chapter 7: Unhappy Ending

Another week, another seven days ticked away on the countdown. Are you anxious like me for movie goodies? Is it June yet?

Like last week, Sabrina is still tied up with some family matters, so we were unable to have our formal discussion.

Chapter 7 is nearly entirely Rosalie's show. Leave it to Rosalie to grab the spotlight for a while, right?

I'm actually glad for this chapter, without it Rosalie is just a grouchy background character, who apparently hates Bella for no reason. We'll leave that spot to Lauren, while we get to know Rosalie better.

We begin with Rosalie asking to come in to talk to Bella. Bella nervously lets her in, because, honestly, would you say no? I love the change in Rosalie's demeanor now. I think her actions in New Moon really were something of a wake up call for her. While her opinions on Bella's choices may not have changed, she is at least trying to recognize what Bella is to her brother.

The story Rosalie tells is both shocking and enlightening. The biggest thing it tells us is why Rosalie struggles the most with being a vampire. Edward explains in Twilight that vampires are essential frozen at the time they are created. They change very little, in personality, in emotional state.

Rosalie had everything she thought she wanted. The only thing she was missing, she assumed was an inevitability. She was beautiful, people adored her, she had a fiance who publicly showered her with attention. The big house and perfect beautiful children were on the way.

You see in the thread of the story that she was noticing the little details. Royce King didn't gaze at her lovingly, or do the small romantic gestures. Everything was a show for the public. She wasn't ready to accept that though. To be honest, her upbringing did not prepare her to think that way, much less to act on it. She was groomed, literally, from childhood to make and impression, and be the trophy.

The rude awakening to Royce's true nature is appalling. In it's most watered down description, it would be devastating to anyone. Rosalie was coddled and cared for her entire life, and that was ripped from her by someone she trusted. That he carried it as far as he did, shows the depth of the monsters he and his friends were.

I can only empathize with what it must be like to be in that situation. I can imagine, that even if her physical injuries had been repairable by human medicine, that would be nothing compared to the psychological damage that was done. The body heals far faster than the mind does.

Carlisle recognized the situation and wanted to save her. And he did, physically. The vampire venom repaired her broken bones and damaged body. However, vampire venom does nothing to heal the mind. The devastation, the fear, the anger, they are all still there.

Rosalie is a strong woman though. She did embrace her new life enough to follow Carlisle's example, and never taste of human blood. She sought to not be the monster in the situation. I think we can all excuse her act of revenge. If I were her, and found myself with superhuman strength and speed, I would most certainly use it to exact revenge on the ones that hurt me. To top it off, pure style points to Rosalie for haunting Royce in a wedding gown.

But after that, what happens? Her life is turned upside down. She will never have children, the one thing that was out of her reach still in her human life. The jealousy of those with the possibility forever frozen within her. And she has to find her place in a family wholly different from her previous one. And Edward, who can see right through her.

I find one thing interesting. Edward objected to Rosalie's creation, namely for the upheaval changing her would bring to their lives. Rosalie was too well known in the area, they'd need to leave. Rosalie's objections to Bella, particularly if you read Midnight Sun, are very similar. Edward and Rosalie are probably more alike than either of them would care to admit.

Rosalie admits to her jealousy of Bella, probably a difficult thing to do. I find it hilarious that all Bella can focus on at that is the reference to the Denali Clan and "all those females". I can't blame her, that would probably shake my self-esteem, too. Even with the knowledge that Edward hadn't been interested.

Rosalie pleads her case for Bella's life. I think this shows the most compassion from Rosalie, if she didn't care at all, she wouldn't bother. And I don't think she's wanting to separate her brother from the woman he loves, she just doesn't want to see the waste of life, as she sees it. What I admire the most about Rosalie here, is the strength she has to say her peace and at least promise to be civil. They may not ever be close friends, but steps were made. I think that Rosalie's at least accepted that Bella will likely still choose to become a vampire, and knows that if they are to spend eternity together, they had best make nice.

The chapter wraps on a lighter note, with Jacob showing up unexpectedly at the school and helping Bella "escape." This is important as well, as it shows Bella asserting her own will. That despite Edward's misguided attempts to keep her away, she is her own person, and will make her own choices.

I'm hoping to have a group discussion set up for next week, something all of you can participate in as well. There will be an announcement as soon as I get it all figured out. Stay Tuned!

In the meantime, leave your thought on Rosalie's story in the comments. We'll see you next week!

Gratuitous Rob Por Pic Spam

These were circulating twitter yesterday, and I would be remiss in my duties as a rabid fan blogger if I didn't post them.

Outtakes from the Entertainment Weekly shoot:

I'm already ded.

Admit it, you turned your head sideways, too.

This is the stare that creates tabloid fodder.

This might be my favorite of the lot.

No, Rob. You play Edward Cullen, not Dracula.

Flying is closer.

Everyone says James Dean, this looks more Elvisy.

This is just scary. And hot.

No, no, wait. This might be my favorite.

Well, hello, Rob's jaw. How are you today?

It's Air-Guitar-Ninja-Rob!

Aww, blowing a kiss to us all. Isn't he sweet?

Nope. THIS is my.ahem...favorite. Excuse me...


Oh yeah, Kristen and Taylor were there, too!

Someone just told a bad joke. Was it Rob? Or the photographer?

Okay, as soon as I compose myself. I'll be back with the Eclipse Discussion. Enjoy!


I have absolutely nothing PG-13 to say about this picture.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Where's the Cast Wednesday

Since we're anxiously waiting for Eclipse promotions to start, and Breaking Dawn filming is still a long way off, we figured we'd take a day of the week to catch up with the cast and see what they've been up to lately.

It's great to see everyone in the cast working on various other projects. We're all so attached to our Twi-Cast folks, and we can't help but feel a little bit of pride when they get the recognition they deserve.Italic
First off, we're so thrilled for Anna Kendrick for being nominated for so many awards this year for her work in Up In The Air. Golden Globes, SAG, and we're crossing our fingers for the Oscar nomination news next week. The saying "It's an honor just to be nominated." is true, the recognition even that far is wonderful, and will do great things for her career in the future. Not to mention, she looked amazing at the SAG awards.

Kellan Lutz signed on for a new movie. Unfortunately it's NOT Conan the Barbarian, so we'll have to wait for greased-up-muscles Kellan. Kellan will be in Love, Wedding, Marriage playing the husband to Mandy Moore's character, a marriage counselor trying to save her parents' marriage. How cute will they be together??

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning were the belles of the ball at the Sundance Film Festival. The Runaways premiered there, and they were there for the event, along with their onscreen personas Joan Jett and Cherrie Curry.

Kristen was also opening her other movie: Welcome to the Rileys.

And of course, they can't help asking about the Twilight movies, so Kristen had some things to say about Breaking Dawn.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Twi-Theories Tuesday: Imprinting on Twilight

This post contains book and movie spoilers for the entire series. Go read and watch.

Welcome back to Twi-Theories Tuesdays! I know it seems like it has be 47 years since the last one of these.

Yesterday marked an important day for me. A year ago, yesterday, my husband took me and a friend out to a movie based on some books he'd been reading for the past few weeks. A lot of you know already that my husband is what we call a 'unicorn' around here. One of those rare, mythical creatures; male fans of Twilight. He had been insisting for several weeks that I would love the books, but I kept putting off reading them.

Two hours and two minutes later, I was hooked on Twilight. Bioward had smirked his way into my heart. I knew the movie only told a fraction of the story, but I was consummed by the relationship between Bella and Edward. The next day, I started reading. It took me less than a week to finish it entirely, and then I started over. Soon, I was browsing blogs and forums, discovered fanfiction, and the rest is history.

I was thinking about that yesterday, and realized it tied in well to the Theory I wanted to bring to you today. We've been enjoying our Eclipse Discussion, and Eclipse brings us a concept that a few people have expressed some issues with: Imprinting.

In case you've been living under a Twilight rock, imprinting is essentially how the werewolves find their mates. It's love at first sight on steroids. Jacob describes it as "gravity moves". Suddenly, the earth is not what's anchoring you to this world, it is this person. The running theory among the fictional Quileutes is that it's intended to match the werewolf with the most genetically matched person, to ensure the continuation of the gene, and create more and stronger werewolves. It's a likely theory, nature is pretty big on procreation and survival.

Because of some of the nuances of imprinting, the concept has a few people a little squicked out. I want to point out three things about imprinting that are important, and I hope it alleviates some of the squickiness.

1. Imprinting is not an "easy out", but it does make somethings easier. Just because the lucky werewolf has found the girl of his dreams, it doesn't mean he's absolved from all the niceties of relationships. Communication is still key, refraining from phasing all over their face is still important. There are still consequences of your actions. The biggest example is Sam and Emily. Sam is reminded constantly, of his slip with Emily, the scars on her face haunting him daily. Also, he doesn't just forget about Leah. Do his feelings change? Yes, Emily is now the center of his universe, but that doesn't mean he doesn't still care for Leah, at least in a more platonic way. It doesn't mean that he's immune to the guilt of knowing the he hurt her, damaged her even. And with Leah's transformation into a werewolf herself, he knows exactly how much. Due penance?

2. Imprinting does not take away choice. At least, not for the target of the imprint. The werewolf is more or less compelled to be absolutely devoted to their imprintee, but nothing has changed for the girl. (The matter of Leah and imprinting is a subject for another Twi-Theory). Her center of gravity is still in the same place. In Eclipse, Jacob says that Emily was quite upset with Sam over the imprinting at first. After all, Leah is her cousin, as close as a sister. But, as Jacob adds, it is difficult to resist that level of commitment. I can say, for my own marriage, our love for each other fuels even more love. One of the things I love about my husband is how much he loves me, it makes me love him even more, and the cycle builds. And that's without the benefit of magical imprinting. I can only imagine how much more intense it would be with that. However, the young woman does still have a choice, she can walk away at anytime (though, the dog might still follow her home).

3. Imprinting is more about devotion and commitment than sex. Yes, I know the theory is that the purpose is for continuing the gene, and that implies sex. It's just that the sex is "eventually" not "right now". Which is good, considering the mechanics of imprinting. This is the part that seems to really bring on the squick. Imprinting happens the first time the werewolf sees nature's intended target, after they have made their first transformation. Jared didn't imprint on Kim until after he had made his transformation, even though he'd known her all his life.

The magic of imprinting does not have a minimum age limit for the target though. Quil imprints on his Claire while she is only two years old. Jacob goes one better and imprints on a minutes-old newborn. Before we call Chris Hansen though, lets go back to something else Jacob says.

"You become whatever she needs you to be, whether that's a protector, or a lover, or a friend, or a brother. Quil will be the best, kindest big brother any kid ever had. . . . then, when she's older. . . .he'll be more understanding, trustworthy, and reliable than anyone else she knows. . . . when she's grown up, they'll be as happy as Emily and Sam."

The key is "whatever she needs you to be", and also ties in to the point about choice. A two year old or a newborn doesn't need a lover. They just need someone to love and protect them. Edward could vouch for the purity of Jacob's thoughts regarding Renesmee, after all, even if he wasn't entirely happy with the situation at first. In fact, instead of Quil and Jacob creeping us out, it's amazing what Claire and Renesmee will have. Those two little girls will always have those young men in their lives, and when they grow up, and are ready to change the relationship into something romantic, they have the benefit of having their men being entirely devoted to them, as long as they can remember. Always having been there for them, whenever they needed them, in whatever capacity.

Okay, now I'm just jealous.

I told you the story of my start in Twilight because, in some ways a lot of us have "imprinted" on Twilight. We read the books over and over. We watch the movies repeatedly. We dive into fan-fiction because we just can't get enough. How many times have you mused about how much Twilight impacts your life now. My gravity has certainly shifted. And it does become whatever I want it to be. Romance, laughter, tears. The community of bloggers and writers provide even more. I have to remind myself that there are other books out there worthy of reading.

Some people call this obsessed, but now I have another word for it. I'm just imprinted. Now, excuse me, Edward and I have some celebrating to do.


Eclipse - Fan Fiction Feature

Instead of posting a teaser for the chapter we'll be discussing this week, I'm featuring one of my favorite pieces of fan fiction. I certainly love the stories that create a different world for Bella and Edward, like Some Life In Me, currently being written by our own Kerry. (I highly recommend you check this one out.) My favorites though are the stories that fill in the blanks. The ones that give us a scene we missed in the original books because they were all from Bella's (or Jacob's) point of view.

So today I bring you a missing scene from Chapter 6 of Eclipse written by the very talented tara sue me. Here is an excerpt from Edward and the Bed.
But my brothers stood before me grinning like two idiots. Nope. They’d never leave me alone; the truth it was.
I rolled my eyes. “When we go hunting next weekend, I’m going to have Bella stay with Alice and Rosalie. I thought she might appreciate a bed to sleep on instead of the couch.” I waved towards the leather couch by the window.
Jasper crossed his arms. “Right. You expect us to believe you’re going to leave Bella here with Alice and Rosalie?”
I shrugged. “Better than her running down to La Push and hanging out with the dogs.”
You can read the rest of the one-shot here. It's rated M for subject matter, but it's not beyond PG-13 at all. Obviously Edward's brothers suspect a different motive for his purchase. I laugh every time I read this. I love it. Let me know what you think!