Will Ferrell’s Take On The Twilight Saga

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For those who live under a rock, or far more likely, just don’t give a toss about Twilight, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson broke up recently.  In a really messy, public way.  Why?  Because she’s a dirty home-wrecking ho-bag.

So what does this mean for The Twilight Saga?  Sure, K-Stew was already severely disliked for her terrible acting ability, but how can we have empathy for an actress who metaphorically shot herself in the foot when she slept with a man twice her age; a man who was also the director of her last film (Snow White and The Huntsman, don’t watch it, it was very ‘meh’), and, oh yeah, a man who had a wife and kids.

Nice one, K-Stew and Rupert Sanders.

Ideally of course, if the real-life counterparts of Edward and Bella were going to break up, it would have been before the second film, New Moon.  So does this mean that the Twilight Saga is, to coin a phase, up shit creek without a paddle?  Or, do we want to be honest with ourselves here, and admit that perhaps Kristen Stewart ruined the saga as soon as she stepped onscreen (refer to comment about horrendous acting skills)?

And, more importantly, what will happen with the image of K-Stew and R-Pattz?

Well, all these issues and more were addressed by comedian Will Ferrell, who was on the Conan O’Brien show, promoting his new film, The Campaign.  Let’s be honest, Will Ferrell treats the situation in the best way possible: if you’re going to be a dirty home-wrecking ho, who can’t act to save yourself, and cheat on your boyfriend, then we’re all going to point at you, laugh and call you a stupid tosspot.

Enjoy!

When Bad Reporting Goes Viral

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Here at Set In Motion we love our fictional characters like nobody’s business.  But, more importantly, we love the authors who created the characters out of their brains with no help whatsoever, and then presented to them packaged nicely for our imaginations.

However, on top of that, we also appreciate a little bit of naughty fanfiction.  Seeing Edward being evil to Bella, because he has a bet to get her into bed?  Hilarious.  Probably not the most original stuff out there, but fun nonetheless.  And of course, the whole point of fanfiction, is that fans appreciate the original novel so much that they want to continue, or change, the story.

Perfectly reasonable (cause we can’t get ourselves enough of Edward.  Plus, when Bella isn’t being whiny and helpless, she’s so much more entertaining).

What we don’t like though?

When authors claim credit, money and fame off an idea that they essentially stole.  And what’s worse, when the general public don’t even realise it because reporters are too idiotic to understand the point of proper research.

This is the case with “50 Shades of Grey” a novel about “dashing but disturbed” entrepreneur Christian Grey, and young student, Anastasia Steele.  Basically, because Christian had a troubled upbringing he’s into erotic, sadistic sex.   Fun times.

And because Christian is deliciously handsome and rich, Anastasia goes for it.

THIS is the description, in short, that major publications like The Age and The New York Times have given this book, which is now part of a trilogy.  Ironically this book has also been described by both newspapers as “Twilight for Adults”.

Why ironic?  Because this book IS Twilight.  In fact, the author, E. L. James, must of liked Twilight so much that she essentially ripped off the characters and created her own storyline for them.  And this isn’t just Edward and Bella we’re talking about here, it’s the whole Forks cast, down to James being pegged as the baddie from the start.

As you can tell, I, amongst others, have a real problem with this.  For two main reasons.  The first one is the terrible reporting that has been going on here.  Clearly the journalists of both publications have not bothered to read the book, otherwise they might have noticed the similarities between the characters in Fifty Shades and in Twilight.  (As one Twilight fan pointed out, Christian has chaotic, bronze-coloured hair.  Who else do we know with strikingly unique hair like that? Um…)  Instead they have just decided to go with the hysteria of the moment that has seemed to overtake women on the Upper-East Side and run with it.

On top of that, it’s ethically inappropriate journalism.  In all honesty, I have read the books (the free, online version that is), the story isn’t that great.  Fanfiction usually isn’t.  Entertaining, yes.  But well-written or thought-provoking?  Definitely not.  These articles being written aren’t book reviews, and they aren’t particularly news-worthy, but they are, in essence, bad PR for a book that honestly doesn’t need it.

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, is it OK to steal a person’s character for your own gain?  While Christian Grey might not be called Edward Cullen in the published version, it is quite apparent who he is.  So is it fair that E. L. James (who it should be noted, has made no effort to let people know that her book started off as fan fiction) has essentially stolen Stephenie Meyer’s work to make money herself? I don’t think so.

Sure, she didn’t rip off the storyline of Twilight, but that doesn’t necessarily give her the right to steal the characters.  A well-known case happened a few years ago, when an unknown author tried to use J. D. Salinger’s famous character Holden Caulfield in his own spun-off series.

J. D. Salinger being the cranky bum he was, sued the guy’s pants off and won.  Hells no did he have any right to steal his character after all.

However, a counter-argument could be that many books these days are quite similar if you start to blur the lines.  Twilight, The Hunger Games, Vampire Diaries, The Time-Traveler’s Wife and now 50 Shades of Grey all have many similarities.  But is there a difference between similar story lines, and stolen characters?

On top of that, E L James is making a fortune out of this book.  When the original, Master of the Universe, is still free on the internet if you know where to look.

What do you think of this issue?  Do you think its fair for E L James to get money for these books without acknowledging how the story started?  Could Stephenie Meyer sue? Is it ethically right for journalists to write about a book when they know nothing about the book itself?  Let me know!

PS.  Here’s some articles that have been printed about 50 Shades of Grey.  In particular, check out the video courtesy of KimTheFanGirl

http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/46602040

The Age article (posted today-12/03/12)

http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/books/online-erotic-tales-hit-the-spot-20120311-1usot.html

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

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As we all know (even those crazy fools who aren’t fans know), the first half of the last book of the Twilight series hit screens around the world as pre-teens screamed their little hearts out.

Might I add that here at Set In Motion we do not condone pre-teen heart screaming of any kind, but we do approve of Robert Pattinson on the big screen.  And so, like the dutiful fan girl that I am, I went to see The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.  So what did I think?

Now, like almost ALL books, the film adaptation doesn’t compare, and sadly I found that this was the case, once again, with Twilight.  However, it should definitely be noted that there were aspects that I enjoyed immensely, and while I didn’t get as excited as I did for the original Twilight (although saying that, I WAS 17 when the first film came out and got excited relatively easily…although saying that, I still do), I didn’t think it was the worst of the movie adaptations so far.  We did, after all, get to FINALLY see that sex scene that we’ve all been waiting for, not to mention Bella’s wedding dress, Isle Esme and the procreation of Edward and Bella.  Oh, and Stephenie Meyer dropped in for an appearance as well.

To get a feel of what is what like to be there in the flesh, check out Kim’s post HERE where she reports live with all the latest rumours surrounding the film.

So overall, what was my opinion of this film?  Drum roll please…

The Good

  • Bella’s dress.  There were aspects of it that I found a bit “meh” but I thought the back was stunning, and unlike the ring (don’t get me started) it seemed true to the book and the era that it was meant to be imitating.
  • Speaking of, this film stayed true to the book.  Hallejuah!  Sure, there were aspects that were missing, but considering the size of the book, even split into two films they couldn’t have covered everything.  And what they made sure to cover they covered well (anyone else reminiscing that dream that Bella had?)
  • The honeymoon.  Um, did anyone else decide then and there in the movie theatre that they were going to toss all morals aside and marry a fabulously rich husband, receding hairline or no, just so they could have their own island off the coast of Brazil?  No-one?  Huh, that must of just been me.  That house!  That view!  That waterfall!  Thank you for that, producers of Breaking Dawn, because on the slightest off-chance that I wasn’t already pining for Edward Cullen (ha!) you had to add “has connections to awesome private island”  to the list.  And people wonder why we fall for vampires…
  • The CGI.  OK, it sounds a bit ridiculous, but I was actually a little scared of the werewolves in this instalment.  I know, I know, they aren’t real and even if they were, as if the vampires wouldn’t defeat them.  But there was something a little bit terrifying about them, wasn’t there?  Particularly when werewolf Sam decided to really show his power.  Eek!
  • The makeup.  They made Bella look sick, they made her look glowing and happy on her wedding day (hard feat when it comes to Kristen Stewart) and they made her look, literally, flawless when she transitioned.  Amazing stuff make-up guys.  Come hang out at my house please?
  • While Bella was pregnant.  I thought this bit was, while the most painful to watch, incredibly well done.  In the book Stephenie Meyer definitely conveys how unhealthy and sickly Bella is during her pregnancy, but some things do not compare.  That scene where Bella goes to have a bath and we see how truly skinny she was?  And the look on Edward’s face?  Actually heart-breaking, and horrifying, all in the one moment.
  • That little bit at the end.  Because in case you thought everything was perfect, this scene reminded you that the Volturi will be back in town.  And they want the shiny new aspects of the Cullen Family.
  • Edward Cullen.  Because, four movies on, millions of annoying screaming fans, and countless mocking later, we still love him.  Because at the end of the day, he is the man of everyone’s dreams, isn’t he?

The Bad:

  • The hair.  It doesn’t seem like a bit deal, but it was.  What on earth was going on with Alice’s, Jasper’s, Rosalie’s and especially, Carlisle’s hair this instalment?  To quote one fan girl, it looked like something had died atop of Carlisle’s hair.  And somehow they had managed to make Rosalie look unattractive, which is saying a fair bit since the last time I checked, Nikki Reed was a stunner.  Anyone else agree?
  • That werewolf scene.  Honestly, my girlfriends and I did come to the conclusion that not much could be done about this scene, but the whole werewolves and voices over the top thing just didn’t really work.
  • The acting.  Sorry K-Stew but I’m never going to like your acting.  Sure, you did emancipated, anaemic and dying really well, but you didn’t even crack a smile when you walked down the aisle and saw Edward Cullen looking back at you.  And for that reason, and reason alone, I was never going to like your acting style.  Sorry.
  • The dialogue.  Some parts of it were good, and I appreciated that they tried to keep it light because the storyline could have very quickly spiralled into doom and gloom, but overall I thought that parts of the dialogue were forced, and that the humorous one-liners were much too obvious.  Melissa Rosenberg strikes again.
  • THAT sex scene.  Yes, it was good, but there was so much hype over it that I expected it to be better.  So sue me.  OK, honestly it might just be because I’ve read too much Twilight fan fiction.

What’s Next?

Considering this is part one, which means that we can assume there is going to be a part two, we have to ask ourselves, what next? Sure, we could deduce that it will be the second half the book, but where is the fun in that?  Now that we’ve seen Bella look absolutely flawless (not to mention terrifying with those red eyes of hers), will we also get to see her hunt, and do other, funner, vampire things?

What about Jacob and baby Reneesme?  Can they make their relationship likeable, rather than creepy?  And how do they plan on ageing Nessie so quickly?  Although that could be one of the reasons why they decided to wait a whole twelve months between instalments…

Personally, I’m looking forward to the Volturi returning, and us finding out the full extent of Jane and Alec’s wicked talents.  Plus, I want to see Bella more assertive, all the other vampires and their fun special skills…and, not to mention, the first time Bella and Edward see their cottage.

Overall, Breaking Dawn wasn’t the first film of the year I’ve seen, not even the worst of the month, but unfortunately it won’t make my top five.  What did you think?  Let me know what your favourite, and least favourite bits were, whether your Team Edward or Team Jacob and how you felt about all the crucial moments, like the Honeymoon, the Wedding and the Transformation.

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No Edward Cullen? No Way!

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As everyone on the face on the Earth (pretty much) knows, The Twilight Saga has finished its fun.  In the book form of course. Edward and Bella lived happily ever after.  Bella is a kick-arse vampire with a cool super power and even Jacob has niftily been taken care of since he has fallen in love with Bella and Edward’s spawn, Renesmee.  Sounds weird, but makes sense in the storyline.

WELL, Twihards we could be wrong.  Why you ask?  Because Stephenie Meyer is actually considering writing a spin-off of Twilight.

I know-spin-offs never work.  No matter how successful the series.  Even worse?  The series would be based around Jacob’s and Renesmee’s relationship.

Thoughts?  Personally, if there isn’t Edward Cullen then I really don’t want to have anything to do with it…And while I know that Team Jacob would see the appeal…doesn’t it seem weird to have a romance between Edward and Bella’s baby? (No matter how old she is).

Of course, since we’re living in the 21st Century, everyone is keen for Taylor Lautner’s opinion and whether he would reprise the role.  His response?

“Breaking news to me here…That would be interesting. Stephenie comes up with the craziest things. I’m sure she could go on. That’s a crazy thought.”

So basically that gets us nowhere.

What do you guys think?  Do you think a spin-off of Twilight is a good idea?  Would you read it?

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Bad Idea?

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What EXACTLY did Katherine mean by that in last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, The Sacrifice?  Did she just want to stir up trouble (which she does oh so well)?  Did she mean about Stefan pretty much comdemning him to spend time with Katherine for who knows how long?  Or, and this is what I think is the case…did she mean it was a bad idea to allow Damon to effectively take his place by Elena’s side?

Well this episode had its highlights, including the chemistry that sparks between Damon and Elena and Elijah ripping out two vampires hearts (they really don’t seem that invincible anymore do they?).  However, it was clearly a bridge episode…leaving us salivating for next week’s episode, and the final before the mid season break.

The Sacrifice dealt with a whole bunch of relationship issues; Bonnie and Jeremy, forbidden but they both want it, compared to Bonnie and Luka- a fellow witch who is using her but might see his downfall when he grows feelings for her…

Katherine and Stefan; they are sharing a tomb together, should make for an interesting time together…will Stefan realise he has feelings for her, or will they just kill each other (hmm…).

Caroline, Tyler and Matt; one awkward love triangle, of sorts.  Caroline, now a vampire, left Matt because she didn’t want him to be hurt.  Now she’s helping Tyler before he begins the most painful night of his life (and goodness, they really do mean it’s a curse don’t they?) and Matt feels bad because he’s alienated both of them…and then he realises Tyler’s being hanging out with Caroline.

So does Matt have a point?  Will we see a non-platonic relationship bloom between the wolf and the vampire?

Finally, Damon and Elena.  You’re all thinking it.  What will happen without Stefan (sorta) in the picture?

Aside from the relationship statuses, we saw Elena try to play the hero, which ultimately means she tried (and thankfully failed) to  make herself a painful and final sacrifice.  Quite obviously, this doesn’t mesh well with anyone else.  Personally, I’m over it.  I can see where she is coming from, but it feels like Bella and Twilight all over again; she’s human but she wants to make a difference…we get it.  That difference might just not be a good thing.

On a final, yet not entirely necessary note, how nice was it to see Alaric in the buff? Matt Davis is getting less airtime,  but when he was on and really counted.

Thoughts?

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