Thursday, July 22, 2010

Total eclipse of the heart

It's been a few weeks since Eclipse came out and poor Bill didn't get to see it until last night. I allowed him to drag me there... okay, okay I wanted to see it too.

I've read the first two books and half of Eclipse, but it didn't take a literary genius to figure out where she was going with the rest of the book and the series, so the movie didn't surprise me. I've ranted enough about how I think Stephanie Meyer is a hack writer but still manages to not take away from enjoying the story. I still enjoy her characters even though it is a ridiculous love triangle. Pretty much any book/movie with vampires is watchable and enjoyable for me.

I enjoyed the movie despite the things that irritated me as a writer, and the weird vampire shattering. It was interesting and fun and creepy in all of the right ways. The stand-out for me was Taylor Lautner, though. I think he does a great job of coming off as passionate, tortured, brooding and cheeky. Plus, those dimples are adorable. 

What I do wonder is why there are so many people obsessed with it. I can see the allure of a vampire loving an ordinary girl and doing anything for her - and then tossing in a hot werewolf doesn't hurt things. That would certainly appeal to a younger group of girls who have never experienced love. Bill thinks a lot of women get wrapped up in the fantasy because many of them haven't read a lot of fantasy novels and this one has mythical creatures and love. So how does that obsession take hold for so many people? Not just girls and women.

For those of you that are OBSESSED... (and you know who you are...ahem...liz, jenn, marianne, mary...etc...) please tell me why you love it so much. I would love to know how you connect to the story on a personal level.


  1. Not obsessed, just a fan! I agree her writing sucks donkey balls, but her story is a good one!

  2. I think it's a fad thing that rose quickly and will also drop out of interest just as fast but it's good cheesy fun to watch with your girlfriends and laugh at the lame acting and high school-ish lines. Good escapism

  3. I read the first book, and HAD to know how she was going to end the story.
    I agree, I think her writing sucks, especially if you've read other "fantasy" books like Harry Potter. Rowling is a great writer.
    I think it's definitely good escapism. I have been somewhat disappointed in all of the movies. I think they are cheesy. Eclipse was WAY better than the first movie.
    Mom just came in....she said, "It's an easy read. It doesn't tax your brain."
    Maybe all of us moms just read it because all of our brains are so fried, we can't even begin to read something hard. Ha!
    Oh, and you're not missing much on the fourth novel. I thought it was the worst.

  4. I couldn't get past her hack writing to even care about the story. I didn't feel Bella was that sympathetic of a character for me to give a crap about. Edward is possessive and creepy.

    Oh wait, this was about why people are obsessed, wasn't it? Oops.

  5. I'm a sucker for a hot werewolf/guy with amazing abs always being shirtless.... *sigh*
    On a more less (?) embarrassing level, I agree with Beth and that it was a super easy read, a good escape for a few hours, and I did really enjoy the romantic 'he'll always love me for all eternity' aspect of it. What can I say? I may be hard on the outside, but I'm a romantic at heart.