Thursday, March 18, 2010

Amazon offering free OnDemand version of New Moon!

Still trying to decide which version of the New Moon DVD to order? Worried that you're going to have to wait if you pre-order one now? Amazon has that covered for you.
If you pre-order the 2-Disc Special Edition or Blu-ray from them, you'll receive a free On-Demand rental. That means you can watch it at 12:01 or any time within the first 30 days of release. The dvd also qualifies for free super saver shipping on orders over $25. A perfect time to pick up some extra Twilight goodies! You can also find both of these items and much more in our Amazon store by clicking here or visiting the store in the right sidebar.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Atlanta Convention Rundown & Giveaway Details...

As most of you know, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend one of Creation Entertainment’s Official Twilight Tours earlier this month in Atlanta. This was my first convention and an absolutely wonderful experience. There was way too much going on over the course of the weekend to put it all into one post, but I wanted to give you a general overview of what it was like.

Heather and I arrived and got checked into the hotel just before registration opened. By the time we made it down we had unfortunately missed the opening by The Hillywood Show, but we made it in time for the Twilight Lexicon panel "The Real Forks." This was such a fun and informative look at Forks and Lori Joffs is wonderful!

Next up was the Yes/No trivia. If you were following Heather’s tweets, you know that I did not do well here. I got out on the second question. Everyone that I have talked to since has also gotten the question wrong so I don’t feel too bad. I’m not telling you what it was now, I’m keeping it in my pocket for something else coming up. The winners received a $250 gift certificate, a professional makeover and a spot in the vampire court at the Volturi Ball.

One of the treats of being at these conventions is getting to see clips of interviews with cast that aren’t there. The questions for these interviews actually come from audiences so they aren’t necessarily the same ones that you hear every reporter ask. We got to watch a clip that featured Rob, Kristen, Dakota, the Cullens, the Volturi and the wolf pack!

The highlight of the day was definitely Peter Facinelli’s Q&A. I’ve already written one post about it with more to come. We went form there to our photo ops with Peter then back for autographs. Meeting Peter was definitely a great experience. He hosted a Karaoke concert that night with Michael Welch, but I hadn’t slept since Wednesday night so we had dinner and called it a night. Sounds like it was a lot of fun though!

Saturday opened with The Hillywood Show’s New Moon parody which Heather had never seen. It was really cool to see it on the big screen. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it right now. That’s definitely something else I came away from this weekend with…a new appreciation of The Hillywood show and an unexpected crush on Drew Lorentz. (Yes, I love Jasper, so it really shouldn’t be all that surprising.)

Next up was another Twilight Lexicon panel. This one was Tales From the Red Carpet and was hosted by Jen. Jen has been on the red carpet at Twilight and Remember Me so she had some wonderful stories and experiences to share.

Then we jumped right in to the celebrity Q&A’s. First up for the day was Daniel Cudmore (Felix). I’m looking very forward to bringing you some details from this one. Daniel is hilarious and amazing and so entertaining. We had photo ops with him as well so we missed most of the Twilight Moms Panel that followed.

Next up was wolf pack favorite Gil Birmingham (Billy Black). He was certainly popular with the crowd.

Following him was another Volturi member Christopher Heyerdahl (Marcus). He was another huge surprise for me.

We took a break for lunch and came back for the last Q&A of the day, Michael Welch (Mike Newton). The Hillywood show followed with their Twilight Parody. We wrapped the day up with autographs and then headed off for dinner. Of course, the Volturi Vampire Ball was held that night.

Because of an early flight back on Sunday, we were unable to attend any of the events that day. So we missed Q&A’s with Kiowa Gordon (Embry Call), Tinsel Korey (Emily), and Gil Birmingham. We also missed panels with Twilight Lexicon and The Official Twilight Facebook page. There were more New Moon interviews, auctions and a costume competition as well. I’m hoping for a more cooperative airline schedule the next time I go.

If you ever have a chance to attend one of  Creation Entertainment’s Twilight conventions, you should definitely go. Speaking of that…we are offering two lucky readers just that…

Creation Entertainment has graciously supplied us with 2 Gold Weekend Passes for the Houston Twilight Convention, April 9-11 and one of you guys will be winning them!

**Kerry** We will be selecting the winner of the contest by Tweetaway. If you would like your name in the "hat", send a tweet to @EyesofAmberBlog saying "Houston TwiTour Gold" between now and March 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. The winner will be announced at 12:00pm March 26, 2010. Please note that the prize is only tickets into the convention. Travel and accommodations are up to the winner.

**Amber** We're not the only ones giving away tickets! You can enter to win 2 gold weekend passes over at Twilightish as well!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Eclipse Discussion: Chapter 13: Newborn

 What is it about Jasper that we all love so much? Is it his southern charm? Does his mood control extend out of the pages to us? Jackson's dimples?

Undoubtedly, a good portion of it is the dimples, but long before Jackson Rathbone was ever cast in the role of Jasper Whitlock, I think many had a soft spot in their hearts for the Major, including Stephenie Meyer. We get bare bones histories from Esme and Emmett. A bit more from Carlisle, Rosalie and Alice. Even Edward's history isn't all that detailed. Jasper's is so detailed and rich. Perhaps it is because the rest (even Alice, thanks to her visions) followed Carlisle's compassionate lifestyle for most of their life, and therefore it's just less exciting. (Though, I wouldn't mind hearing more about Edward's Avenging Angel days!)

As he shows his scars to Bella, his story takes us back in time to the American Civil War. Behind the scenes of the human war, was an even darker battle. Like the humans, the vampires were fighting for territory and assets and control. Only in their case, the assets were human lives. The ability to control a region, to have all that blood at their disposal, to use without attracting notice.

The powerful vampires began creating new vampires in the dozens. Huge numbers for the limited society. Newborn vampires were volitile and strong. They were easy to create and point in a direction and say, "Kill and the blood is yours," and no significant loss if they were destroyed.

From the beginning, Jasper was 'raised' to have no regard for human life. Humans were either food, or tools to create an army. There was no need for him to exercise much  control over his bloodlust, only enough to maintain the secret, and to fulfill his mission. Edward often comments on how permanent and unchanging vampires are, even psychologically. No wonder Jasper struggles so much with his control. Jasper is probably the finest example, even more so than Bella's stellar capabilities, of how a choice to hold yourself to a standard is more powerful, and more character defining than simply excusing behavior based on ignorance or poor examples.

There was a sliver of hope in Jasper though. He was dissatisfied with the bloodthirsty existence, even if he had no idea how to change that. He left his 'army' in the company of friends, but soon parted ways with them, as even then he hadn't found contentment. He wandered alone for a short time, until he found himself in a little diner in Philadelphia.

What a balm Alice must have been for him. With his abilities to sense emotions, how amazing must it have been to have been greeted by her. She was probably already radiating happiness and joy and love, since she knew he was for her already. How soothing that must have been to the years of hate and violence he had endured.

One of my favorite parts of the book:

" 'You've kept me waiting a long time,' she said."
I didn't realize Alice had come to stand behind me again. 
"And you ducked your head, like a good Southern gentleman, and said, 'I'm sorry, ma'am.' " Alice laughed at the memory..
Jasper smiled down at her. "You held out your hand, and I took it without stopping to make sense of what I was doing. For the first time in almost a century, I felt hope."

I think we all might have fallen for Jasper a little in that moment.

The story was told to Bella to impart to her the seriousness of what was happening in Seattle, and the consequences it could bring down on them all. She does understand. After all, Bella is terrified of the Volturi, she doesn't see them as the governing body of vampires that the Cullens do. However, she brings attention to the piece of happiness in that horrific story. That through all that, Jasper met the love of his existence.

Once the idea of an army is planted, Alice sees a bit more clearly into the future. They still don't know who is behind it all, but it becomes more clear that the army is a direct threat to the Cullens, after all, they are a fairly large coven. The Voluri are not above using whatever means necessary to deal with threats to their power, or to obtain things they want, so it seems a plausible option, especially with how they are side-stepping Alice's abilities.

The Cullens realize that they will need help, and they call their 'cousins' in Alaska, Tanya, Kate, Irina, Carmen and Eleazar. However, they are thwarted when it's discovered that Irina had a serious bond with the nomad vampire Laurent, and wants retribution on the werewolves in exchange for their help. Despite the natural animosity with the wolves, Carlisle and the rest would never agree to such a thing, more so because of Bella's bond with them..

Because of this, the Cullens are on their own. A prospect that will most likely cost the life of at least one of them.

Please leave your thoughts on Jasper in the comments. As always, I love getting feedback from our readers.

Happy Birthday, Kellan!

Happy Birthday to Kellan Lutz. I hear everyone at the Los Angeles Twi-Tour sang to him.

For those wondering...Mr. Lutz is 25 today.