Reviews of children's and young adult books old and new

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Giggle Fest 2010

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

These are a few of my observations about seeing the movie Eclipse, an odd post for a book blog I know but, it was a very funny experience.

I went to go see this movie last night at 6:30 thinking I would have to brave a theater full of screaming tweens and teens. There were certainly a lot of adolescents having a hard time controlling themselves whenever Jacob walked on the screen without his shirt on (which was most of the time he was in the movie) but there were an equal number of young women in their 20's and 30's. As it turns out the older crowd was worse than the youngsters. Most of the cheering and yelling things like 'good Lord' and 'mmm-hmmm' at the screen came from the 20 and 30 year-olds. One woman actually got up out of her seat and yelled 'yes!' at the top of her lungs when Bella and Jacob kissed. I must say this was one of the most amusing experiences of my life.

When I read the books I remember having a running commentary in my head similar to the one that was going on in the theater. Basically I questioned what was wrong with Bella that she could not make up her mind between two completely different 'men' and shocked by her antics with both of them. It seemed to me that most of my fellow viewers had not read the books though so, they were completely surprised by how the story unfolds. It was so fun to watch and listen to these people react to the plot of Eclipse because that is something you do not generally have while reading. In book clubs you can talk about it later but it is not the same thing as being with a large group while they experience a story for the first time. Knowing what was coming next it was fun to anticipate the reaction of the audience and then get to participate in their shock, surprise, joy, and frustration.

In addition to the commentary and shouting there was a lot, and I mean a lot, of giggling. That is not something I experienced while reading the book. I remember rolling my eyes a fair amount at some of the cheesier parts but to see them acted out on the big screen brought on giggles from everyone. With the possible exception of the two men that were taken to see this movie, they did not giggle but groaned very loudly, which unfortunately for them only made the giggling worse.

What does this have to do with the book or the movie as a whole? I am not entirely sure. I can say though, that the movie does follow capture the essence of the book and that the back story scenes are wonderful. I was disappointed that the character of Jacob doesn't get more depth in the movie but then again he must have spent all his time in the gym to look like he did for his time on camera. Overall if you like the books or the other two movies you will enjoy this movie, but go prepared for all kinds of audience participation.

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