The Book vs the Movie: Twilight


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Book written by Stephanie Meyer, 2006

Movie directed by Catherine Hardwicke, 2008

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Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear.

The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 3 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 2.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: The writing style, more information, characters better portrayed (I mean, except Bella, who annoys me).

Things the Movie Did Better: The setting. The casting of Jacob and Alice. I honestly didn’t really care for the movie all that much. The baseball game scene was pretty cool, though. But Kristen Stewart seemed really awkward in this role, like she was really hesitating before saying or doing everything.

Verdict?: The book.

Why?: While Twilight is far from being my favorite book, I still admittedly enjoyed it. Meyer is a great storyteller, even though some of the themes present in the books are a bit questionable.

Should the movie be re-made?: Undecided.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!




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