Friday, May 29, 2009

Wandering in the Meyer...because you can never read just one.

"Stephanie Meyer gives a kind of supernatural context to people's real feelings, which sums up what we all go through."
-- Chris Weitz, director TWILIGHT: NEW MOON


A funny thing happened to me recently...I know some of you will relate.

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It all started when I heard Radiohead's 15 Step recently...and recalled the credit roll at the end of movie TWILIGHT. When I first saw the film last fall, I had noted it as one of the cooler, sexier credit rolls in a while. This was back when I was more of a "uh Twilight, what's that?" type person. Somehow it had stayed with me. Music does that to you.*

Meanwhile, about a month ago I lucked upon the entire Meyer 4-book saga, fresh paperback copies, at a stoop sale up my block and nabbed them for a shockingly low $10. They've been sitting on my shelf ever since, staring blackly at me with apples, tulips...

So I watched the film again, out of curiosity mostly...but also figuring to see if I could read one of the books. Maybe I'd give the rest to my little sister or something if I didn't enjoy it.



That was a week ago. And now? See comic strip above, panels 6 and on! I'm midway through BREAKING DAWN and can barely restrain myself from staying up all night on reading jags. And a new young "Twihard" has been made, overnight...

It was inevitable I suppose. I recall losing myself to the thrall of Anne Rice's tortured Louis and ecstatic, devilish Lestat at a very early age. To films THE HUNGER, NEAR DARK, Coppola's DRACULA, DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS, the Rice films. And again to Buffy, her Angel and her unique talents in the late 90s, when I realized how good TV could be. Then just a year ago, to Sookie Stackhouse and her violent, brooding, sexy world, made even more lethal through the Alan Ball filter.

All credit to Catherine Hardwicke and her team for reeling me in here -- I never would have made it to pick up TWILIGHT the novel, if they hadn't made such a dreamy, soulful, sexy film with perfectly cast leads. The second time seeing this movie I really appreciated what a great job they did. It worries and saddens me that Hardwicke has moved on, and it looks like men will be helming the rest of the series (though the producers have yet to decide who will direct the fourth film). We'll see if they can keep it real, with the right blend of sensuality, emotional intelligence and horror.

With the TWILIGHT film series in full swing, TRUE BLOOD just weeks away and my season 1 rewatch coming any day now, my mind is marinating... in Vampires. Mind-readers. Wolves, shapeshifters, dogs. Magic, immortality, mythical creatures, soulmates. Abstinent, turn-of-the-century, modest vampires... Over-sexed, murderous vampires. And virgins...lots of godamned virgins. The metaphors and myths are swirling in my head till I'm dizzy with 'em.

OK, TWILIGHT SAGA. I'm totally hooked and there's no stopping me now. Love to all the die-hard fan(girls) of both shows -- thanks to them I get more than my share of in depth info. For TRUE BLOOD that includes every promo on HBO a day after it first airs... casting news (and the accompanying spoiilers I don't listen to)... everything else from celeb playlists on iTunes to interviews and whatnot. For TWILIGHT, since I'm jumping right in mid-stream, it means scripts, photos, lots of catch-up news, that leaked draft of Meyer's possible 5th novel**, and so much more. Thank you fandom!


"Vampires are a timeless powerful archetype that can tap into people's psyches... Sexuality is a window into someone's soul... But TRUE BLOOD is fun. It's popcorn TV — it's like a ride. SIX FEET UNDER was all about repression, and this show seemed to me to be about abandon. It's escapist — totally escapist."
-- Alan Ball



I've found some fansites I wanted to mention here, listed below, for both my beloved stories of intense, smart, unusual human women and the vamps who love them. If any of you have other sites you want to mention that you use to stay connected to these two shows (especially on livejournal) -- leave a comment, would you.


TRUE BLOOD

For official transmedia fun-and-games: Blood Copy (now Gawker-ized, which is sort of hilarious)
For news: Loving True Blood In Dallas, True Blood Net, The Vault
For community: The True Blood Blue Whale forum (Should I be checking out HBO.com forums too? Any of you guys enjoy it there?)


THE TWILIGHT SAGA

Fansites:

Right now my favorite blog is What The Forks, they have the right attitude about our guilty, guilty pleasure. And the infamous and useful Spoiler TV seems to have more than enough video and links to keep an adult n00b like me happy (if you haven't seen these ET clips, you should! Lots of peeks at scenes filming in VC). I can tell from their coverage of the NEW MOON Italy shoot, and the clip and trailer premieres happening this weekend, that I will also be combing these sites for the latest info: TwiFans, Twilight Examiner, Twilight Poison, Twilight Moms.

Seriously: only fansites would take photos from set less than 24 hours old, and do this with them (spoiler warning for NEW MOON).

One other special mention to the dedicated fan who put this list together regarding all the music in the film -- music that I adored and have on endless replay in my iTouch this week. Delicious.

Journalists:

Thompson on Hollywood has been keeping her professional eye on the films since the buzz started last year, and much like her reaction to MAD MEN's Jon Hamm, she knows a star when she sees one in Rob Pattinson. The Hero Complex has exhaustive geek coverage, complete with pre-requisite "We are so above this madness" anti-fangirl stance. EW and Rotten Tomatoes are covering the more OMGfansquee angle, while trying to remain professional. Giggle.

RT has an excellent TWILIGHT DVD Release Guide that helped me to figure out I *had* to have the 3-disk Target version, FTW.

Thanks to EW's sneak peek at Hardwicke's Director Notebook, I now know that the beloved Meadow scene was shot in the magical little forest next to the Los Feliz golf course in Los Angeles... an area I have hiked many a morning while living in LA. Awwww...


Let's party, bloodsuckers and fangbangers.



"I've read them all. Breaking Dawn? I finished that in two days. I have to tell you, every time I finished one of them, a little piece of me died. I’d become invested in that world. I really felt sad. After the fourth one, I was like, ‘What am I going to do with my life?'"
-- Edi Gathegi, actor (Vampire Laurent)



(*A couple of my other favorite end credit music segueways, off the top of my head: The Pixies in FIGHT CLUB, Prodigy in THE MATRIX. Music is pure emotion.)

(**Anyone know what's up with that possible 5th Meyer novel? Any news since the leak and Meyer's announcement...is that the final word?)

(comic courtesy TwiFans)

4 comments:

Carli said...

I find it interesting that it's the movie that got you interested in the books. I would think the other way around. Guess you just got behind. We have a group of...I'd say girls, but we range from 20-27...young women that are pretty much obsessed with everything Twilight. And I absolutely can't wait for the new season of True Blood. Bring it.

Oh, and the soundtrack for Twilight is awesome. Wish the Radiohead track would've been included, though.

ProgGrrl said...

Oh wow, YES, the use of music in this film is absolute perfection. I've had the excellent soundtrack and Carter Burwell's gorgeous, ethereal score on endless replay this week. Great stuff.

I have both the Radiohead track, and an alt version of the Mute Math track, that I decided to buy separately to make my OST complete. Ping me if you want them!

Carli said...

Oh, I have both too. I just wanted them on one disc LOL

Melissa said...

I actually half run a True Blood site its kinda a newspaper type and then theres another one I am apart of becuz I do the events when i can...if u go here for that its www.stephenmoyeronline.com

the one I half run is...

http://trueblood.stephenmoyeronline.com/