Hi all! Welcome to my second book to movie adaptation review, where today I’m going to be talking about Twilight! Just so you know, it’s likely I’ll be posting one of these every week now – with a possible bonus of those coming out in theaters (MISS PEREGRINE’S ANYONE?!).
This is actually the first time I’ve ever watched Twilight – and I was really looking forward to it. I finished the book for the first time last week, and I adored it. You can read my full book review here!
But it might not surprise you if I said I didn’t expect to enjoy the entire franchise – books and movies. After all, the whole thing appears to have bad review after bad review…and when I read the book, this shocked me for the first time. Although the writing is simple, it’s not bad. Although the book is cheesy, it kept me hooked. Although Bella is whiny, I think she has a good reason to be. And finally, although the romance is ever-lingering, I felt like it wasn’t as instant as I expected it to be.
However, watching the movie…kind of made me understand why so many people dislike Twilight.
I felt none of the emotional connection to Bella like I did in the book. The love was totally unrealistic, instant and so, so cheesy. I found myself wanting to see inside her head, watch her battle with her demons..instead of just seeing from the outside the bare bones of their love. Not much of the movie actually hit home with me…because I just wanted the book to be read out, instead.
I think you can probably see – I’m disappointed. Because just like with The 5th Wave, I felt like this movie was missing a lot that the book had. It’s simply impossible to compress the book into a 2 hour movie.
What did you think? Did you like the movie or the book more and why?
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽