Saturday, June 15, 2013

Twilight - C. Hardwicke 2008


Youth literature has come a long way since I was a teenager (and yet, that seems so recent..!). These days, you can get fiery, independent heroines in action-packed, thought-compelling plots, such as 'The Hunger Games', 'Cathy's Book', 'Uglies' or sadly overlooked 'Kiki Strike'.

In the light of the above, I'm even more befuddled as to the success of 'Twilight' :
And old-fashioned love-story of pining-ly chaste teenage love, with a suitably helpless heroine and a prince in shining armour, the Cro-Magnon view of male vs female sexuality, to boot.

... And don't come claiming any common points with Jane Austen!
In Austen, the plot serves mainly as an excuse for the social criticism in the subtext - Plus, her heroines are never anywhere near as passive as poor Bella (and that's despite the early 19th century context!).

Of the film, as opposed to the book, there is not much to be said.
When everyone in the audience has read and loved the book, it takes a confident director to dare put her own stamp on the film.
Hardwicke, clearly, is not one of those.



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