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SO I SAW BREAKING DAWN
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cleolinda
...and it was pretty much what I expected, everything a Breaking Dawn movie had to be and could not help but be, etc. Given that 1) the book is what it is and 2) the filmmakers have always been under order to be scrupulously faithful to it, it's... it just is, okay? It is a filmed experience of the book, which says pretty much everything you need to know about it. Also, maybe I just feel such monumental pity for the kid that I didn't even think Taylor Lautner was bad. The imprinting itself was somehow as tasteful as Melissa Rosenberg could think to write it, and my audience was, as Twilight audiences in Birmingham have always somehow been, worshipfully quiet, so I didn't get the enjoyment of listening to the entire theater freak out. The closest they got was some knowing "Ohhhhh, here we go"-type laughter right as Jacob approached the baby. They didn't even have an audible reaction to the vampire caesarean.

Also, stay for an extra scene in the middle of the credits, because Aro is my spirit guide.



@cleolinda: All right. Time to chagrin my dazzle. Pray for me. #leavingthehouseomg #breakingdawn #sparklemas

@ladonnapietra: @cleolinda And yea, though you walk through the valley of the reflection of sparkles...

@particle_person: @cleolinda Best wishes! May you not see anything unseeable or hear the unhearable!

@cleolinda: Oh, I've seen leaked stuff. It's too late for that.

@particle_person: I meant the audience, actually. ;-)

@cleolinda: HAAAAAAAA

@cleolinda: Well, my purse and I got the front row, at least.


Well, my purse and I got the front row, at least. on Twitpic


@cleolinda: (I will not be live tweeting. The lights haven't even gone down yet, we've got a few minutes to kill.)

@cleolinda: Wtf? RT @alierakieron: My SiL had someone faint on top of her at last night's show. Usher said it was the second one of the night.


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@cleolinda: Well, that happened. You guys, I think I can do this. #thatofwhichwedonotspeak #breakingdawn #sparklemas



So I'm going to be writing as fast as I can for the next couple of days, because I think I can do this, possibly, in a semi-timely fashion--I basically sat there thinking a Fifteen Minutes the whole time, although, fuck my life, I forgot to bring any paper for notes. Well, I may be seeing it again tomorrow, so. I have thought of--I won't say a "gimmick," exactly, but a unifying, running joke, like the Viking saga in Eclipse, that will probably help me through a lot of it. You don't have to have one, but it helps you approach a scene you get stuck on from a different perspective. AND GOD KNOWS I WILL NEED IT.

Jesus, my head hurts.

SPARKLE OUT.



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That's a really good point about Edward's outburst. I gave him too much credit and assumed that he was pretty cheesed off that Bella had gone behind his back to make this decision without even seeking a balance with him -- granted, Edward was all gung ho about getting rid of it out of concern for Bella in the first place but was definitely ignoring what SHE wanted. I guess I was also hoping that they were finally pointing out how Bella being determined and keeping her mind set once a choice is made can make her selfishness blatantly obvious.

I WILL say that I am very, very happy they took out the part where Edward asked Jacob to tell Bella that THEY could have kids if that's what she really wanted. Whoever wrote the script did a nice job of taking that the hell out, and I have to say that the imprinting scene was written in such a way that I was more comfortable with it than anything else in the film.

Also LOL GROWL!SPEAK. I can't believe they held that wolf tension for all of a minute and a half before Jacob was like WHELP, NEVER MIND, GOIN' BACK TO THE CULLENS.

Lastly, I cried so hard at her farewell to her father. :( I couldn't help but think how incredibly cruel it was that she would watch him grow old and die while she remained young forever. That's sick. Her father needs her and the obvious effort to shove Sue in as a distraction was a nice attempt but also kind of insulting to the father/daughter relationship. For fuck's sake, at this point I'm willing to say that a Bella/Charlie relationship is more healthy than any other goddamn relationship in the whole series.

I totally teared up when Bella said goodbye to Charlie. UGH.

That she couldn't even give an honest answer to his plea(!) that she come home to see him when she could was the nail in the coffin for me. That she had a hard time letting go of him just drove the pain home. Yes, I know parents have to let their children go on their own but think of his situation: he only got Bella for certain days/weeks out of the year, and he even took her to California when she got sick of Forks. When she agreed to live with him, she not only stayed just a little over a year but they experienced (1) her abrupt, cruel departure from him in the first book; (2) her catatonic and manic stages in the second, plus her running off AGAIN; (3) I can't remember what was the situation in Eclipse, it was probably a little better/healthier but just the whole plan she had to leave mortality and her family all behind made Charlie's attempts to keep her close/make sure her relationship with Edward was carefully monitored shows he was paying damn close attention to her dedication to her boyfriend, not to MENTION it made his concern all for naught since she was pretty much planning to throw it all away; (4) just... don't get me started on the last book. ._.

A part of me hopes Bella ends up changing him tbh.

Edited at 2011-11-19 11:50 pm (UTC)

In Eclipse, she threatens to move out of his house a couple of times if he doesn't back off re: Edward. Not quite as cruel, but still really manipulative and sketchy behavior.

Ffs that IS bad.

ETA: Seriously, the least she could do is change him so he gets to be part of her new family. It could be as creepy!awesome as Lestat changing his mother in The Vampire Lestat. Though that's YMMV.

Edited at 2011-11-20 03:20 am (UTC)

A part of me hopes Bella ends up changing him tbh.

Oh my God, what a great idea!!!

I KNOW JDFSKLFD I'm seriously going to make that my head canon for this series. Bella gives her dad a step by step "this is my life now" talk to her dad (FINALLY opening up the way she rarely could when she was mortal), does a baw heartfelt confession about how she never wants to lose him and bam!, Charlie's here to fuckin' stay.

I read a great short fic (a drabble, maybe?) titled something like "A Quiet Man", which tells it all from Charlie's point of view... how he waits, and hopes, and gives everything he can to his daughter, never asking for anything. And at the end, she just walks right back out of his life forever.

Stories that are All About X (and their Perfect Romance with Y) tend to get reaaaaally icky and/or scary if examined from any other perspective. Like, if anyone else in them is an actual person with feelings and stuff.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'd really like to see that. I like Movie!Charlie, who doesn't laugh when Bella comes home with a broken hand.

Movie!Charlie is really what made me like the character, so when book!Charlie grates on my nerves or does some SUPER UNCOOL SHIT (like congratulate Jacob for forcing a kiss onto his daughter) I just pretend it's because he's pissed that the Mariners lost and isn't really in a right state of mind.

I, too, would like to read that fic, though it'd probably make me baw :c

Oh man, I'd love to read that. I should go searching for it.

The series would have been a great horror story if told from Charlie's POV, how his daughter is just slipping away and getting weirder and weirder, all these secrets and strange things until finally you see her after almost two months of being separated and she looks like a fucking statue. THAT WOULD BE AMAZINGLY HORRIBLE.

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