Sunday, August 8, 2010

Total Eclipse of the Heart

Six reasons why you should definitely see Eclipse
(over and over and over again):

1) Fight scenes that define the epic of epic epicness

2) Well-executed history of Jasper, Rosalie, and the Quileutes

3) Fabulously delivered lines (“I kissed Bella... And she broke her hand... Punching my face")

4) Edward

5) Edward

6) Edward

I mean, the way he looks at Bella—like he’d “take a bullet” for her, says things like “I promise to love you every moment of forever”, and well, he freaking sparkles. And it’s Robert Pattinson, for gosh sakes! How can you not like Edward?!

PS – if you’re Team He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, you may want to stop reading… uh, now.

Okay – drool factor in check, there are seriously a whole bunch more reasons you should see Eclipse. And knowing the general public, you’ve probably already seen it twenty times and perhaps concur with me on why you should indulge viewing number twenty-one.

I saw the movie with one of my besties who deems me (and rightfully so) a “book snob”. Yes—I’m that girl. The one who reads all the books and finds everything wrong with the movie. Twilight totally reflected the pathetic amount of money spent on making the film. I read every Nicholas Sparks book the day they hit the bookstores, but A Walk to Remember ruined me from seeing any of his movies ever again. (I heard they're better, but whatev) And as much as I heart Ron Weasley, at the end of The Goblet of Fire I screamed at my television, “How could you not put in SPEW?!”

I’ve always convinced myself that movies based on books suck because seriously? How can they possibly squeeze eight hundred pages of fabulousness into a two and a half hour movie? And then they tried to squeeze four Traveling Pants into two?! Really? Really?

Yet as I watched the third installment of the Twilight saga, an emphatic epiphany eclipsed my “snobbishness”. Maybe it was the suspenseful Riley conversion opening the movie, maybe it was the fact that I haven’t read Eclipse in well over a year, maybe it was because Edward appeared in this one a whole lot more than in New Moon, or maybe it was because Kristen Stewart’s acting improves a half-notch with each film. I don’t know, but the movie shredded any preconceived negative expectations. Yeah, it has its flaws. There were parts they left out, the whole Bree Tanner cameo makes a lot more sense if you read Meyers’ novella, Edward’s not shirtless, and the new Victoria—who casted her?

But I truly believe what sold me on this movie—in 124 minutes, director David Slade and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg capture the essence of Eclipse. The movie covered all major plot points and sprinkled in minor stuff with pure brilliance. Shoot. I didn’t even care that Eric didn’t get the limelight as valedictorian. Jessica’s speech was hi-lar-i-ous! And when Edward addressed He-Who-Shall-Not-be-Named’s half-nakedness with “Doesn’t he own a shirt?” I snorted and added another notch to top fifteen hundred reasons why Edward will always be my man.

Fact: through fantastically executed action scenes, brilliantly weaved scripting, and well-quipped dialogue, the Eclipse movie did what, in my opinion, many book-made-movies fail to do. It stayed true to the story and brought the book to life in such a way that I want to see it fifty times over. Eclipse totally overshadowed my formerly hardened heart.

PS—I refused to squander my money on the first two, but will I buy this movie once it hits the DVD racks?


Right now, I’m currently working on one of the few things I don’t particularly care for in my writing journey—the dreaded S-word—my synopsis. Unlike a query letter, a synopsis tells beginning, middle, end. It highlights major characters and delves into biggie plot points. Length? Good question. Every agent and publisher differs on what they want, but most accept a two-pager. Great. I have that. Until someone wants me to boil down the gist of my novel into one page.

One page.

A 440-page novel reduced to one page.

Well. Sucks to be me.

To me (and this is why I have a problem with books becoming movies) everything’s important. Everything. So how do I tell you everything about my book in one page?!

But as I think about Eclipse, I realize I don’t need to. I don’t need to chronicle everything. Through carefully-crafted wording, explosive verbs, and ohmygosh I must know what happens next sentences, in one page I can hopefully convey the essence of my story in a way that makes people want to read my book, like, RIGHT NOW.

I’m inspired. Renewed.

And I’m going to condense that synopsis TODAY into something totally wow-ful.

Hmmm. It looks like Twilight 3 eclipsed my hardened heart twice.

A five-star for sure.

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoy your blog but after reading this one I wonder how your husband feels about your obsession with Edward.


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