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More great moments in Sparkle Motion
You know what? I have a handful of Twilight links that are so awesome, they deserve their own mini-spam. Also, it's Saturday and it's raining and I don't really care.

Empire magazine scans. I swoon, I die:
"When you read the book," says Pattinson, looking appropriately pallid and interesting even without makeup, "it's like, 'Edward Cullen was so beautiful I creamed myself.' I mean, every line is like that. He's the most ridiculous person who's so amazing at everything. I think a lot of actors tried to play that aspect. I just couldn't do that. And the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that's how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself. Plus, he's a 108-year-old virgin so he's obviously got some issues there."
Let me just say, if you've read the Midnight Sun sample, virgin who scrapbooks "manic-depressive who hates himself" is absolutely spot-on.

The 2009 Twilight movie calendar! (Going by this picture, Jasper's weapon of choice in the Mexican Vampire Wars was a pimp cane.)

The Top Five Girliest Vampire Movies: I am going to out myself as a heretic by declaring here, now and forever, that I love the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. Yes, THE MOVIE. Yes, WITH KRISTY SWANSON. (What? Kristy Swanson gets a lifetime pass from me for "EAT THE COOKIE, MOTHER!!!") It's dumb in a smart way, if that makes any sense, even if that "smart" is still a lot broader than the TV show. And it appeals to my sense of the absurd, I think.

10 Questions for Stephenie Meyer. You know what I would actually like to do? Keep an eye on author questionnaires like this and compile a list of generic versions ("How do you feel about being compared to [author]?"). And I think we all, as writers, should sit down and try to answer them. I mean, "How do you feel about the attention / comparisons / criticism now that you've been published," those questions are less important for most of us to worry about, unless you just want to stand in front of a mirror with your hairbrush-microphone pretending you're on the Today show or something. (Look, I don't judge.) But you need to be able to answer questions like "What are the themes of this book?" and "How did you come up with these characters?" once you're a few drafts in. It might even be a good exercise to help you articulate where you're really going with the thing, once that you've let it have an unfettered, unedited chance to grow. I mean, I can look at my Black Ribbon drafts and already articulate at least two major themes, while Stephenie Meyer's always like, "I don't write books with messages, it's just about 'the ride,'" and yet--you know, a book can have a theme, it can have something it's about, for God's sake, and her books are pretty obviously about love conquering all or whatever, it's okay to say that. She's even said that choice and free will are important in the books (although I tend to feel like the opposite is true, given the imprinting and all, although the Midnight Sun chapter online does show how she meant that from Edward's point of view), so, you know--say that. Why did you choose to write from this or that character's POV? What was your inspiration? What does the title mean? Be able to articulate these things, y'all.

(And suggest some good Questions Writers Should Be Able to Answer in the comments, if you want. Maybe we can really compile a list.)

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If Buffy was never turned into a series, it'd still be an awesome movie. Frankly, the only unrealistic part about it was the principal at the end. Everything else was awesome.

Plus, I love how Merrick was an immortal Watcher and guided tons of Slayers over the years. Kinda wish Merrick was more canon in the series. 'Ripper' Giles verus a four hundred year old Watcher would be awesome.

Man, I loved Merrick so much.

That needs to be an LJ meme SO MUCH.

Also, GOD, do I love hearing RPattz talk about Edward. He gets him better than Smeyer ever has, which is just sad.

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What, the questions thing? Go for it, because I definitely want more questions to ask myself to make sure I suck less.

And I love how perfectly he gets Edward. I mean, on one hand it's great, because he is, after all, the one playing him, but on another... he knows, man. He knows. And now he's trapped.

One of the captions on the Empire scans says "14 year old Bella Swann"

WOT WOT. I do love RPattz take on Edward. "Obviously there are some issues."

Yeah, that's just bad fact-checking there. She's 17 and the movie isn't changing that.

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Seriously. I just fell completely in love with the guy now.

"EAT THE COOKIE, MOTHER!" is one of my favourite movie lines ever. I whip it out at odd moments. Unfortunately, I'm apparently the only person I know who watched Flowers in the Attic, so everyone assumes I'm using the word "mother" in the Shaft sense of the word (which has led to my husband using the line back at me, only telling me to "eat the cookie, motherfucker!" to the embarrassment of all involved).

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Yeah, I was definitely thinking the first two questions (the third one is really good, too). So many writers fall down on the genre question--they're so busy claiming they didn't mean to write that genre that they don't stop to think, you know, "But I did, so why did I do that? Why was I drawn to those elements?"

And also the first question, because whenever I have to fill out a user profile, like on Facebook, I go completely stupid as to who my favorite authors actually are. Because I'm a dingbat.

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I had no idea who he was really. *is not a Potter fan* But my loling at the books and the fandom has lead me to believe he should get work for the rest of his life because of his snarking.

It's like hes going "Does no one realise I am doing this for the money??? Wow. I thought it was so obvious. Better say some more sarcastic shit in the press so they get it."

And we love you for it. Keep up the good work so we can love you some more.

I...I almost want to see the movie now. Pattinson's explanations as to his approach to Edward was just fascinating. I want to see him do it - I haven't even read the books.

Maybe I'll just hold off until his next movie. I just want to support him as a person and as an actor for being that awesome, amazing, and brilliant.

I kind of love Robert Pattinson now.

Also, I loved the Buffy movie. It scared the crap out of me when I was younger. Also, Luke Perry.

Oh, poor R-Pattz. I really do think he realized how awful these books are after signing on, and is now just trying to make the best of a...sparkly situation.

My question for Smeyer: Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?

I think you know what I mean.

Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically.

I just watched the Buffy movie yesterday! It was randomly available through HBO On Demand, and I had forgotten how enjoyable it was. I remember reading an interview with Joss about how it wasn't his vision, and that the production was a mess, but I still think the germ of his concept came through. Such as.

It also has the Divinyls on the soundtrack, which makes it okay by me regardless.

that's how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself

He couldn't be any sparklier if he... um... was....

*stares at February*

I thought Twilight vamps could see themselves in mirrors? Or do they actually have a weakness and it turns out to be combs?

Maybe they find themselves so utterly beautiful, that they avoid mirrors, lest they masturbate to death.

The things I would do to Robert Pattinson now, based on that quote.

My question would be how she feels about the no edit clause, and if she feels it hurts some authors work?

But who am I kidding, like she ever used an editor.

I did like the Buffy movie too, it was a lot of fun. Kristy Swanson does always have a little piece of my heart too. You just brought back some Flowers in the Attic memories for me! (Those books were ridiculous and full of crazy and yet still A HUNDRED times better than Twilight.)