Film Review: Austenland

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A romantic comedy based around the writings of Jane Austen, dashing men and all is bound to be a success?  Right?  No.  Wrong.  Very wrong.  This film was terrible.  So if you were planning on seeing it, or have already seen it and enjoyed it, then please, do not read on.  Because it’s about to get seriously panned.

Jane Hayes (Keri Russell) is a mid-thirties woman who has always dreamed about finding ‘Mr Darcy’.  See, she’s an Austen fan.  A massive Austen fan.  She’s got the books, she’s got the crush on Colin Firth (who doesn’t?) and she memorised the first three chapters of Pride and Prejudice when she was 13.  So when she has the opportunity to visit Austenland in England, she jumps at the chance.

Austenland is set in the English countryside, where young, single women pretend to be from the 18th century and find their ‘dream man’. English manor, pantaloons, bonnets and all.  Only, there’s two catches.  The first one is that depending on how much you spend, the better your experience, and ‘dream man’ will be.  And considering Jane has the cheap option, her fairytale story isn’t going to be great.  Secondly, the ‘dream men’ are actually hired actors.  So they propose and they fall in love with you…but they are being paid to do so.  Not all that romantic.

Luckily for Jane, she meets the lovely Martin (Bret McKenzie), a servant at Austenland and they begin a romance – a true, lovely romance that’s completely real because obviously since he isn’t wearing a dashing suit, then he can’t be her ‘dream man’.  On the flip side, ‘Mr Darcy’ aka Henry Nobley, who Jane thinks is her suitor, is so amazingly perfect that it has to be a set up.

Only, wait MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT/TWIST, Martin was paid to be her lover, since she did get the cheap option and only deserves a servant as her ‘dream man’, and Henry was just there for the sake of being there – AND ACTUALLY FALLS IN LOVE WITH JANE.

That’s pretty much the entire story.  I’d apologise for the spoiler alert, but honestly, it’s apparent that that’s what’s going to happen about 10 minutes into the film.

So, what was so bad about this film?

First, there was no chemistry whatsoever with any of the cast.  The Martin/Jane/Henry love triangle would have been a whole lot better if any of the actors were actually attracted to each other.  So that was a bust.

Second, the storyline was a shocker, even with the help of Jane Austen beyond the grave (in which I’m sure she is turning).  There were perhaps two references to any of Austen’s books, and the rest of the time it was simply girls paying to do needlepoint and ogle at paid actors.  They could have gotten that for a lot less by watching any film.

Third, what was with the whole ‘Mr Darcy’ thing?  I’m sorry, but it just happened that Henry Nobley was playing himself, and Henry Nobley is in fact an attractive thirty-something English male who has an affinity for being aloof, dashing and standoffish at parties?  I’m sorry, but even if it were meant to be comical, it’s been done before.  Bridget Jones’ Diary anyone?  At least in that circumstance, Helen Fielding makes it obvious that it’s a ridiculous coincidence.  In Austenland, it’s all ‘isn’t this destiny’?

Fourthly, the writing is terrible.  They’ve got the typical sidekick in the form of Jennifer Coolidge, who plays the same character she always plays – a loud, uncouth American who has a heart of gold, but sadly not the brains to match.  And while she has lines that are obviously thrown in for comedic effect, they’re awful.  I’m sorry, but putting on a shocking British accent and routinely saying ‘Tally Ho’ is not funny.

Lastly, I was disappointed that Bret McKenzie got roped into this.  Seriously, you’re better than this!  Not only did you create and star in Flight of the Concords, but you’ve also got an Oscar under your belt.  Did you really want to star in a film where you play a character that’s playing a Kiwi actor whose playing an 19th century English servant while playing a 19th century love interest?  Does that really sound like a great idea?

Also.  Stephenie Meyer produced this film.  I should have known better.

Where do you stand on sub-par chick flicks?  Horrific?  Can be made up with a good cast?  To be avoided at all costs?  Let me know!

Film Review: The Host

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After two hours, and $15 later, the only good thing to come out of the Host was the stark reminder that I should never, ever go near a Stephenie Meyer anything again in my life and even a very good-looking boy can’t save some absolute shockers.

The Host, based on the sci-fi novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer, a.k.a. that book that wasn’t Twilight, is based in the future where Earth has been overtaken by a parasitic alien race, known as ‘Souls’.  The aliens, which are inserted into the brains of humans, eventually overtaking the body from the previous owner, have embodied almost all humans, save for a remaining few.

Enter Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), a teenage girl trying to survive from being captured alongside her younger brother, Jamie, and the conveniently attractive, Jared (Max Irons).  Unfortunately for her, she’s captured and a Soul, Wanderer, is inserted into her.  Which would be all well and good for Wanderer, except that Melanie is refusing to leave her body (go with it) and as a result a weird twosome is happening within.

Through Melanie’s coaxing, and to get away from the pain-in-the-arse Seeker (Diane Kruger), Wanderer tracks down a group of humans (real ones) that include Jared and Jamie, and the (far less attractive, but a lot nicer) Ian (Jared Abel).  Cue weird love square between three bodies later, and you have 90% of the rest of the film.

So let’s start with the good, since, quite frankly, there wasn’t much of it.  First things first, special mention to Diane Kruger’s g-string.  Not entirely sure if that was on purpose, but it’s nice to see that her costume goes all the way up into her arse.  Even though her acting was sub-par, I do give her points for withholding expressions of discomfort, which, as far as I could tell, she surely must have been feeling.

Secondly, the main love interest, Jared, played by Max Irons, was super attractive.  Of course he couldn’t act in the slightest, and the entire extent of what my knowledge of him is that he’s the son of Jeremy Irons, but at least he was something nice to look at.  Which, it turns out, was almost a necessity to sit through this film.

Thirdly, at times Saoirse Ronan convincingly played Melanie/Wanderer.  I say at times, because there were particular moments where she looked downright ridiculous, such as when she was talking to herself while sitting on a cliff edge (sadly these moments were not singular).  However, she did do a fantastic portrayal of someone who wasn’t always in control, both mentally and physically, and in that regard I think she did a far better job than many actresses would have in the role.

Now onto the bad.  Where shall I start?

The very, very worst aspect of this film was the atrocious and downright shocking writing (courtesy of the director of this film, Andrew Niccol).  While in theory the concept had the potential to be really awesome, because it brings into play sci-fi, free will, love, lack of control, and the steps we’ll take to retain our identity, in practice it was awful.

Firstly, the whole ‘star-crossed lovers’ aspect of it.  I’m not going to dive too deeply into the way that the two main characters were cool with hooking up with the same girl at the same time, particularly since she’s going through a fair bit (body invasion, mind control and so forth).  I’m also not going to draw attention to the fact that Melanie and Jared apparently had sex pretty much straight away (which wouldn’t usually be an issue, but it is a film targeted for young teenage girls). Or that the other love interest is literally trying to kill her one minute, and then attempts get into her pants the next. Instead I’m going to draw attention to some of the worst lines I’ve ever had the horror to listen to.  Remember, this is a ‘serious film’.

The universe is going to be a much darker place without you in it, Wanda

I love you with everything that I am capable of

I’m in two minds

To emphasis, this last line was repeated twice, just in case you missed the excellent wit of Niccol’s writing the first time around.

Put simply, the writing of this film was terrible because it stopped being a sci-fi and tried very hard to be a soppy romance to cater to the ready-made audience from the Twilight Saga.  Only thing is, that’s not what the book was.  And trying to downplay the sci-fi and amp up the sexy times, in what is very much a sci-fi book (it’s about MIND INVASION for crying out loud), results in a film that just comes across as contrite, silly and very jumbled.  Doesn’t matter how good looking the love interest is.

Secondly, the direction.   Everything from the ridiculous over-simplification of props (the mega-supermarket is simply titled STORE), the cliche futuristic costumes (picture lots of white and shiny, shiny silver) and the endless imagery of the desert.  Now don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate great scenery, but can I appreciate the same mountain scape on an endless loop?  No.  And the cherry on top of the awful, awful cake that was The Host, was the over-use of cross-fades.

From what I’ve gathered from every other film that has ever used this tactic, the cross-fade is used as a subtle and subliminal cinematic technique to link two seemingly unconnected images in the audiences’ mind, perhaps to suggest a distinctive or important part of the plot, or to create a smooth transition between scenes.  In the Host?  Well, let me try and use an example.  Have you ever seen that episode of The Simpsons, when Homer tries to make a movie about Flanders to bring in the ladies, and every five seconds there is a ‘star transition’?  Let’s just say, Niccol’s techniques about as subtle as that.

Thirdly, the ending.  For anyone who is still reading and actually still wants to see the film (in which case, I am also going to assume you’re one of those people who search basements in the dark when they hear a weird noise…stupid and set out to create the worst possible outcome), I won’t give away the ending.  I’ll just say that it’s cliche, everyone gets their way (which is ridiculous because, as previously mentioned, it is a film about MIND INVASION) and includes an actress that looks scarily like a younger version of Stephenie Meyer.

In short, this film was terrible.  Easily the worst film I’ve seen of 2013.  It brings absolutely nothing to the table, except for being so bad it was literally laughable.  If you’re a 16 year old girl, sure you’ll probably enjoy it.  If you are the other 99% of the population, I would suggest staying as far away as is humanly possible from this film, and if you do by chance stumble across it,  return home immediately to a hearty dose of Kubrick, which is not only cinematic gold, but also, if chosen with care, will help you relieve your anger over having wasted two hours of your life watching this film.

Have you seen The Host?  Am I perhaps being unnecessary harsh or are you as traumatised by the experience?  Let me know!

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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50 Shades of Grey-(image taken from http://www.readreactreview.com)

Book Review: The Hunger Games

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OK, first things first, I apologise for the lack of posts in the past few weeks.  I moved house, and then I went overseas.  Just for future reference, don’t try to do the both of those in the same time period.  Secondly, I realise that I’m about a million years behind The Hunger Games obsession, but in my defence I tended to shy away from it after Stephenie Meyer suggested it.  Weird, considering I like Twilight, but there are only so many love triangles a girl can take.

Moving on.  So, I finally decided to read it.  And surprise, surprise I found it amazing.  For those who haven’t heard of it, or choose to ignore the blurb which woefully describes the storyline, The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins surrounds a teenage girl Katniss who lives in a futuristic world.

Set in what was once the United States, the country is divided into twelve districts, with the ruling state, The Capitol, controlling them all.  Each year, The Capitol demands that two children, aged between 12-18, one boy and one girl, compete in The Hunger Games; a competition where only one person can come out alive.

After taking her sister’s position in The Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta,the other District Twelve contender, is taken to The Capitol, where she and Peeta are paraded throughout the city in a bid to win sponsors; viewers who pay for items when they are particularly needed in The Arena.  As a means to attract more sponsors, Katniss and Peeta start a love affair, a romance which Katniss believes to be entirely fake.

 

What I liked about this book was that it had all the usual airs of longing, romance, cute boys etc etc, but unlike other similar novels, the protagonist of the story is a strong female who decides to choose her own fate.  While originally the idea of a book where children are forced to kill off one another repelled me, in the end I found myself more and more drawn into the storyline.

Of course on top of that the idea of a pretend romance that isn’t really pretend is always interesting.  Right from the beginning it’s clear to everyone but Katniss that Peeta has feelings for her, yet it isn’t so apparent to her, or the reader, whether she has feelings for him too.  Plus, there is the matter of her best friend and hunting partner back in District Twelve, Gale.

Cue second and third books.

 

What wasn’t particularly great about this book was the writing, which at times was a bit clunky and simple, and, occasionally, Katniss’ character.  While I did say she was a strong individual, she also has the problem of being cold, even to the reader (and considering it’s written in first-person perspective, this is saying something), and she lacks the ability to make up her mind about her feelings. Which is pretty dang frustrating really.

 

Overall, I thought it was an interesting and compelling book to read; I did spend half the night reading it after all, and I’ve already started on the second book.  I’m also excited interested in the upcoming film which even stars Australian hottie Liam Hemsworth.  Definitely worth a look I’d say.

What did you think?  Have you read the Hunger Games?  Did you like it?

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The Hunger Games

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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The Host

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Although it technically isn’t a part of The Twilight Saga, I still think it’s important to note that Stephenie Meyer’s other bestselling book, The Host, will be hitting our silver screens in the future.

For those who haven’t read The Host I definitely suggest giving it a try.  It’s very different from Twilight but still has the common thread of a romance, which keeps all us hopeful romantics something to sigh about.

The Host is set in the future where the world’s human population is mostly controlled by aliens.  Wait a moment.  Please hear me out.  Basically, these aliens are like “parasites” and they can latch onto any creature’s brain and take over their body.  When this happens the actual person within the body becomes erased and eventually disappears altogether.  These aliens, called “Souls”, believe they are helping the world because they are passive and loving towards each other.

The main character in this book is a human called Melanie Stryder who has been overtaken by the Soul, Wanderer.  Wanderer’s job is to find out, through Melanie’s memories, where other “rogue” humans are hiding so that they can be converted too.  However, Melanie has an incredibly strong mind and refuses to leave, and eventually Melanie/Wanderer leave civilisation and find the other rogue humans.  By this stage though, Wanderer doesn’t know whether she cares for humans or not, and she may not even have the chance to leave.

Ok?  So now that we’re up to date with the storyline (and for the record this was the bare minimum so get on it and please read it ASAP and then tell me everything you loved about it), we can get to the nitty-gritty.  THERE’S GOING TO BE A FILM!

Now, before anyone complains about the quality of the Twilight Sage (shame on you for insulting our beloved Robert Pattinson), first hear me out.  They’ve already decided on a scriptwriter, Andrew Niccol, and they have cast Melanie.  They’ve gone for Saoirse Ronan.

Personally, even though I haven’t seen her work I think that she’ll do a terrific job.  Not only is she relatively new to the scene and therefore we can actually believe she is Melanie, but she has acting chops.  She’s been in Atonement, Hanna and The Lovely Bones (and if anyone has read or seen The Lovely Bones you’d understand how hard a role that would have been to play) and has been nominated for an Oscar.  And if that STILL doesn’t sell her for you, just check out the picture below.  Not only is she beautiful and fits the image of Melanie, but she also has that slight other-worldy look about her.  Can totally see her being overtaken by an alien, can’t you?

Another bonus (hopefully, fingers crossed) is that Stephenie Meyer wants to work really closely with this film.  Which would be awesome because it’d be interesting to see inside the mind of Meyer once again…

Thoughts?  Are you excited for The Host?  Do you think that Ronan is a good choice for Melanie?

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Melanie Stryder?-(image takne from http://www.images.starpulse.com)

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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Taylor Lautner-(image taken from http://www.4.bp.blogspot.com)

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