trinsy: (sparkles)
Day 21: How has the HP fandom connected you to other fandoms, interests, or people?

It hasn’t, really. I mean, I don’t hugely participate in fandom anyway, I’m really more of a lurker. I guess it made me aware of fandom and fanfiction and all of that, so I guess I could say it’s connected me to all fandoms I’ve sort of been involved in. But it’s not like I’ve directly discovered any other specific fandoms because of HP fandom.

Wait! I just realized that isn’t true. Mugglenet was where I first heard about Twilight. Which actually turned out to be a good thing, because it was part of the reason I checked it out before it got really insane, so when everyone I knew started getting into it, I’d already read it and could tell them plainly that yes, I had read it, and no, actually, I thought it was crap and hey, maybe teen romance novels shouldn’t a) be marketed as vampire stories when they’re actually not; b) glorify and romanticize emotional abuse and domestic violence; and c) contain incredibly disturbing rape metaphors. You know, maybe.

But that’s also what got me following Cleolinda, so I guess it wasn’t all negative. Also, I love every single member of that film series’ cast, and I can never understand why they chose to be associated with such a shit story. (Really, Dakota Fanning? Really?)

[Man, sometimes I remember what I used to think Twilight was back when the only thing I knew about it was that the three main characters were named Edward, Bella, and Jacob, and there was maybe some sort of love triangle going on, and I get sad that it’s not that awesome. I don’t totally remember what I thought it was, but based on the names I assumed it was set in Victorian England, and for some reason I thought it had something to do with social rules and expectations, a kind of Jane Austen-esque thing. I always wish I could remember more precisely what I thought it was, because whatever it was, it was awesome, and I know I would actually like to read that series.]
trinsy: (ha!)
So I randomly decided to go see Twilight with a bunch of my friends at 10:00 last night.  I am exhausted now, but it was so worth it!  Most of the people I went with love the book, but Amy wasn't there so I was able to be honest about how much I hate the books, so it was all okay.  The only other lolfan was my roommate, who only knows what I've told her about the books, and thus thinks they're ridiculous.  I sat next to her and we snarked through most of it (it was a virtually empty theatre, so we weren't disturbing anyone [except during the scene in Bella's bedroom A FEW DAYS AFTER THEY'VE FINALLY STARTED TALKING TO EACH OTHER, when Edward casually tells her that he's been sneaking into her room for TWO MONTHS ... at which point I gave a small scream, and my Twihard friend I was sitting next to snapped at me, but I didn't care because HE WAS SNEAKING INTO HER ROOM AND LURKING IN THE CORNER FOR TWO MONTHS, TWO MONTHS OH MY GOD!]).  It was fun.

All my Twihard friends were disappointed, but ... the film was EVERYTHING I hoped for!  RPATTZ, I LOVE YOU!  BE MORE AWESOME!

Seriously, afterward everyone went on and on about how he wasn't pretty enough or charming enough or romantic enough or [adjective] enough, but ... Robert Pattinson is MY Edward!  He played the creepy, semi-psychopathic, bipolar, socially awkward thing PERFECTLY!  Seriously, "Spunk", be my best friend!  We will snark at the Twihards and harass Rupert as he struggles through the books, and you can tell me all about how you got pissed one night after being stalked by fangirls all day and leaked Midnight Sun (this is my pet theory), and IT WILL BE AWESOME!

Also, I don't know if Kristen Stewart is just a bad actress, or if she got what RPattz got out of the book and actually meant to play Bella as sort of blah and void of personality, but either way, she is MY Bella, except about 500% less angsty and bitchy and annoying, and I love her for that!  Oh Kristen!  Oh Robert!  You are both so lovely!  Don't EVER change!

I seriously love this film, guys.  I mean, as a film it's quite poor.  (The cuts are so abrupt and painful!  The special effects are sloppy!  The soundtrack is so over the top it's hilarious!)  But it is exactly what I wanted from film!Twilight, and I fully intend to go back for more!
trinsy: (sparkles)
So I was reading [livejournal.com profile] xlormp, and all the people on Team Christopher (and I am included on that team; Christopher actually makes me question my sexuality) got me thinking about all the Jacob/Bella shippers, and how stupid they are because if Bella hadn’t ended up with Edward, that would have rendered the entire first book completely pointless. I mean, even more pointless, since it was pretty much pointless anyway. But as far as I could tell, if it did have a point, it was basically, “OMG, EDWARD/BELLA 4EVER!!!!!111!!!!” So if, after all that, Bella ended up with Jacob, that would be stupid.

But then I started thinking about it more, and actually, I kind of wish Bella had ended up with … well, not necessarily Jacob (who is pretty awesome in New Moon, but then goes all Edward “I-will-get-myself-killed-because-my-life-is-meaningless-without-Bella’s-love-even-though-she-is-a-whiney-angsty-bitch-and-I-could-do-so-much-better” Cullen in Eclipse, which is way creepy, and also like Edward, he may or may not watch Bella while she sleeps. Also, domestic violence FTW [though that’s also one of Edward’s many negatives, so it doesn’t actually stop Jacob from being a better {though still bad} choice]), but someone other than Edward. Because even though from a narrative point of view, that would make the entire first book pointless, from a reality point of view … that’s life. I mean, how many people actually end up with the person they were in love with at seventeen? How many people’s “first love” ends up being “the love of their life”? How many people marry their high school sweetheart? And how many of those actually work out? So actually, I think it would kind of be brilliant if Bella didn’t end up with Edward.

But of course, that would never ever happen because reality does not exist in Stephenie Meyer’s world, clearly. And I mean realistic characters with realistic emotions. Obviously I expect vampires, and werewolves (exploding werewolves, lol!), and whatever. My favorite genre is fantasy, people. I get all that. But what makes good fantasy is an element of reality – the believability of it, if you will – and Twilight doesn’t have that. Twilight really doesn’t have anything – plot, realistic characters, good technical writing style, good examples of healthy relationships – except some unexplainable addicting quality I really can’t explain. I mean, I know this series is horrible, and I still kept having to slap myself to keep from getting sucked in to New Moon. Why is this, people??? Can someone explain it to me? Please?

On a related note, I’m super excited to go see the film with Amy soon. I could use some amusement in my life right now.
trinsy: (bovvered)
 So I started reading [livejournal.com profile] xlormp last month, which is unquestionably brilliant and proves just how incredibly dull and stupid and poorly written Twilight is while being several million times more entertaining than the actual book upon which it is based (the book written with words, printed on paper, and bound together with ... book binding stuff [read [livejournal.com profile] xlormp  and you'll understand]).  Anyway, today the first chapter of the New Moon parody was posted.  I've never read New Moon, because Twilight was so boring and unintriguing and pointless and predictable and stupid, and so little actually ever happened in it, that I actually had negative desire to find out what, if indeed anything, happened to bitchy Bella and eerie Edward next.  But the first chapter of the [livejournal.com profile] xlormp  version of New Moon is so funny, it actually kind of did make me want to read the original, just so I could laugh at the stupidity some more.  So I downloaded the first part of the New Moon audiobook this afternoon.

That was a mistake.  An hour and a half later, I finally came to my senses and turned it off.  Seriously, for being so stupid and boring, those books are scarily addictive. (I have to say, I did love when Bella said something like, "I'm not very interesting."  I was like, "Oh, sweetie, I couldn't agree more!")  I suspect the tallybonkers are behind it, to be honest.  Maybe the brains of idiots taste better.  I mean, they were after Frig. (Seriously, just read [livejournal.com profile] xlormp  already!)

But seriously, Edward and Bella are ridiculous!  I loved when Edward was going on and on for way too long to properly hold my attention (learn some pacing, Stephanie, seriously!) about how he went all suicidal back in the first book, and Bella freaked out, and he said something like, "Well I wasn't going to live without you," and then rolled his eyes or something.  Umm, okay, you creepy idiot!  Sorry I didn't realize how stupid it is to not let my entire life be defined and wrapped up in another person. (But actually, if you ever do reconsider the suicide thing, I'm more than happy to assist you.  Just throwing that out there.) And then Bella angsted forever about how much she hates gifts and the fact that people, you know, actually love and care about her and want to celebrate her life.  Wow, I never realized before how much being cared about sucks!  Thank god I have Twilight to put my life into proper perspective!

[Now if you excuse me, I'm going to go slit my wrists and paint black tears on my cheeks.  I just realized I have too many friends and, indeed, birthday and Christmas gifts from said friends, to be properly happy with my life.]
trinsy: (bovvered)
Okay, so I finished Twilight. Yet another six hours straight through, which still disturbs me. Fortunately I was expecting it this time, and I managed to retain most of my faculties and realize that nothing was happening while it didn’t happen, rather than coming out of a stupor and realizing how much I hated the book only after iTunes turned it off. That helped a lot. It still took me an hour to realize why it was making me so angry, but I was at least able to recognize the most disturbing part as being disturbing while it was happening.


How I think the story ends: Breaking Dawn is released in August, amidst feverish excitement from fans, and enjoys several weeks atop the bestseller list. Those dissatisfied with the ending write lots of fanfiction. Those depressed that it’s over write lengthy entries in their blogs about how excited they are for the film, and how they’ve already preordered the still unwritten Midnight Sun. December is filled with squeeing fangirls at various premieres, and there’s an upswing of Robert Pattinson icons on LJ. Fan reactions to the film range from adoration to fury, depending on the quality of the film and the anal-retentiveness of the fan. I go to see the film with Amy because no one else will go see a movie about vampires with her. I enjoy it more than the book because, since film is a visual medium, I don’t have to spend a lot time in Bella’s whiney, angsty, bitchy mind; however, I am still disturbed by the same things that disturbed me in the book. The film produces yet another generation of idiot fangirls fantasizing about being stalked and controlled by their boyfriends. I am furious. Feminism weeps. Stephenie Meyer’s writing improves over time, and each book she writes uses fewer flowery adjectives and features characters that are less Mary-Sue-ish than the previous one. She enjoys moderate success, though none of her other books become as wildly popular as the Twilight series. After a year or two, most of the fanbase outgrows the series and moves on. All is right with the world.
trinsy: (inverse brain and mouth)
So I just finished Part 1 of the Twilight audiobook.  I've been listening to it for almost six hours straight, which is ... kind of frightening, actually.  I just got inexplicably sucked in.  I thought the slightly annoying narrator would help with that, but it wasn't enough.  I'm not sure what chapter I'm on anymore because I didn't take notes today, but I will say that in the 7 1/2 hours of Part 1, nothing happens.  That is why me getting sucked in is so frightening.  I couldn't stop listening, and then it ended and I realised that nothing had happened at all.  I mean, obviously stuff happened: Edward "came out" as it were; Bella's blood smelled nice; Bella and Edward angsted.  But from a narrative point of view, nothing happened.  I am halfway through the book, and now that I've stopped listening, I know I could walk away now and never ever care what happens to any of them.  And I'm actually rather scared to listen to the second half, because I'm frightened that a book that is so stupid and should be so boring can suck me in so completely.

Also, Twilight wins the "Cheesiest Line Ever" award for this bit (about 90-95% accurate, as I'm transcribing from an audiobook):

“‘Aren’t you hungry?’
"'No.' I didn’t feel like mentioning that my stomach was already full … of butterflies.”


I laughed so much at that, I had to pause the audiobook because I couldn't hear it.  Also, I'm amazed that so many people can take seriously a book that actually uses the phrase "alabaster brow" in a serious sentence.  But mostly I'm frightened that it's slowly sucking my brain cells, and I'm powerless to stop it because it's so inexplicably addicting!  Seriously, if iTunes hadn't stopped it automatically, I think I would have just kept listening into the night because I couldn't stop it!  I'm scared, frankly.
trinsy: (inverse brain and mouth)
Okay, so I downloaded the audiobook of Twilight this afternoon and listened to first four chapters.  And honestly?  I kind of hate it.  It's so, so angsty.  It's so stupidly angsty.  And Bella is kind of a bitch.  And Edward is really boring.  He's too pretty and perfect, and he's way too mysterious.  He's so mysterious, I'm not even curious about him.  He's so mysterious that he's come right back around to boring.

Anyway, I'm still going to listen to it, at least until the part with the vampires, because maybe it gets better?  I don't know, but I feel like I should at least give it that chance.  I had to find a way to keep myself sane, though, so I took notes while I listened.

trinsy: (arm yourself)
So I keep going back and forth on whether or not I should bother reading Twilight.  I keep hearing people talk about it, and the thing is, if everyone either loved or hated it, I would be more likely to read it because I think really good things provoke more extreme emotions (as do really bad things; more on that later).  But the responses from people whose opinions I value are just sort of ... mediocre.  Like, I've heard the plot is good but the writing isn't that great.  And I've heard that Edward is supposed to be basically perfect (physically anyway), which already annoys me because that's so ... fanfic.  And not good fanfic.

Anyway, one of my RL!friends has started reading the series, and she loves it, and was like, "OMG, you totally need to read it, it's fantastic!"  Of course, I wanted to be like, "What do you know?  You've never read Pride and Prejudice.  You've never even read Harry Potter!"  Not like P&P is the end all, be all, or even like I've read a ton of Jane Austen myself.  Okay, so I've only read P&P and Emma.  Whatever.  I still know more about literature than this girl.  More importantly, she's never read HP, which is the same genre (that's right, isn't it?), so I don't really trust her judgment about Fantasy, to be honest.

My main concern with Twilight is that it all sounds too much to me like the new Eragon.  Remember how a few years back everyone was calling Eragon "The New Harry Potter", and Christopher Paolini was going around doing a ton of book signings, and everyone was squeeing over the film coming out and stuff?  Yeah, that's what Twilight is like now.  It's like Twilight is Eragon for girls.  And that's really why I can't decide whether or not to read it.  Because I read Eragon because everyone was into it, and it turned out to be crap.  Utter crap.  And granted, Stephenie Meyer isn't sixteen, which is definitely hugely in her favor, but I don't want to waste my time reading her books if they're crap.

Plus, I've heard Twilight is more a romance series, and I don't really care about romance that much.  I mean, I'm a shipper as much as the next fan, but I prefer shipping on the side.  One of the reasons I love Harry Potter so much is because it managed to be interesting for three books without romance.  And then it managed to be interesting for four books more without romance ever playing the central role.  In fact, the most romance-centric HP book (HBP) is my least favourite, and a huge reason it's my least favourite is because it's so romance-centric.  I don't read Harry Potter for the romance.  I don't read anything for the romance.  That's why I haven't read a lot of Jane Austen.  That's why my favourite book by L. M. Montgomery is A Tangled Web.  That's why I read mostly Fantasy and Sci-Fi and Mystery, because those genres generally don't center on romance.  I enjoy romance subplots, but if the romance is what makes the story interesting, then I don't care about the story very much.  So I don't think I'll care very much about Twilight if it's mostly romance.

*sigh* I guess I should just suck it up and read the first book and decide for myself.  That's what I had to do with Eragon in the end, and more importantly, that's what I had to do with Harry Potter, and obviously Harry Potter completely changed my life.  Not that expect Twilight to change my life like that, because I think HP is the kind of thing that really only comes once a generation, if that.  But you know what I mean.

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