The Twilight movie will be in theaters on the 21st, next Friday, and I’m thinking of going to the midnight showing. One might wonder, why would I not see it? Well, I’ve told everyone since the prospect of a Twilight film was ever mentioned that I would not under any circumstance see it. I hate the idea of the movie characters overriding my mental images of the characters and otherwise forever altering my memories of a beloved book. In the same way I make an effort to read the book before seeing the movie.
Some examples of this are the Harry Potter movies, Eragon, and the Golden Compass. The making of Harry Potter was a special case where the film company was held accountable by millions of ardent fans and the author J.K. Rowling worked closely with writers, directors and actors throughout production. Those movies were so very magical and the characters precise that it synced perfectly with what my imagination had come up with.
On the other hand, I heard from friends how unlike the book and poor quality the movie Eragon was. I’d rather not sully my impressions with a half-rate film, so I don’t plan on ever seeing it, and I don’t think I’ll be scarred for life. The movie The Golden Compass was also very different from the book. I saw that movie last New Years Eve, and I had read the book about four years before that. I was able to separate the two into completely separate stories in my mind and could then enjoy the rich graphics and vibrant characters.
So, the question in my mind remains, can I keep the movie and the book as two individual experiences? This is all probably bordering on fanatical book loyalty, do other book fans feel the same way? Feel free to weigh in on the discussion.
Interesting tidbit from someone in the industry from a Los Angeles Times interview with MTV’s Larry Carroll by Denise Martin:
Why do you think the books are such a huge hit?
I can totally see why they’re such a big hit and why people love ‘em so much. The target audience is obviously a little different than me. I’m in my early 30s guy. But I think the appeal is in the strength of Stephenie Meyer’s voice and the confidence in her tale. I love the way she says, ‘This is my story and I’m going to tell it this way.’ There’s no bending to commercial considerations. Bella and Edward don’t have to have sex in the first book. A vampire story doesn’t need to have blood and guts all over it. She took something that’s been around for awhile and created something very different.