Wednesday, November 26, 2008

At the movies with the Roo-girl

It was inevitable, of course, that the Roo-girl would go to the movie that everyone is talking about.

After all, it was based on the book from the series that she adores.

And so it came to pass Tuesday night that she purchased the coveted movie ticket and entered the land of her obsession.

She went with her girlfriend, but before she left, she promised that the two of us will go together this weekend. She's so cute. Leave it to my daughter to manipulate her world so she gets to see the movie twice.

And what did my little "Twilighter" think of the movie?

"Here's the thing, Mom," she explained in the car on the way home. "It was a good movie ... IF ..."

If what?

"If you forget that it was supposed to be based on a book. If you watch it like a movie and disconnect it from the original story, then you can think of it as a cool vampire story."

Ah, says the smart mom. So it was a good movie, but it was a disappointing adaptation of the book?

"Exactly. There was so much wrong with it. So much they left out."

Yes, thinks the smart mom. Because it's hard to cram almost 500 pages of book into two hours of movie.

"And Bella? She was ALL wrong."

Oh, asks the smart mom, she didn't feel like the real Bella to you? (Excuse me, but did we just call a character in a book the "real" anything? Sigh.)

"No. She was too loud. Too outgoing. And she had curly hair. Bella blow dries her hair every day. It's straight."

Um, says the smart mom, trying very very hard not to burst out laughing, so Bella blow dries her hair every day??

"Yes, and that girl was a lousy actress."

I see, says the smart mom, and what about ...

"Edward? He was terrible ... he was the worst actor in the whole thing. But they got his skin right."

Er, puzzled the smart mom, but did he sparkle (which is what vampires do in the sunlight)? Did he DAZZLE you?

"Oh, yeah, but it was more like shimmering. It was good."

And, asked the smart mom, are you going to finish book 4 now?

"Funny you should say that, cuz now that I've seen the movie, I told my friend that I had to go straight home and reread the books now. After seeing the movie, I feel so dirty ..."

God, I love that kid.


LceeL said...

She is so pretty. And she is smart. Wise, I think, might be a good choice of words, too. You've done a wonderful job with her. And you are, rightfully and obviously, so proud. I don't blame you one bit.

Melissa said...

That's funny. My now nine year old felt the same way about the third Harry Potter movie. I had read him the book, and near the end of the movie, he jumped up in his chair and started throwing a fit (was about four at the time) and saying "this isn't the book! they left too much out!" It took about an hour to calm him down he was so upset.

Rachel said...

Do you know how much I adore that kid.
I hope Princess can be as well spoken and level headed as Roo Girl is.

MWAH! to y'all!!!

Crazy Mo said...

I haven't seen the movie yet (I'm only half-way through the book), but now that I've read Roo's critique, I'm not sure I want to. Besides, I'm still holding a grudge that Twilight pre-empted the next HP movie. Grrr!

Kaytabug said...

LMAO! I love her too!!! What an awesome exchange the two of you had!!! Now I don't want to see it. I really hate it when movies don't capture the essence of the book. I was seriously disappointed in HP5. After watching it the first time I was actually livid at the shitty job they did adapting it.

Eternal Sunshine said...

So everyone has said that I NEED to read the books before seeing the movie, but if I'm understanding this, Roo girl thinks it would be best to watch the movie and forget there ever was a book...

Hmmm. I'm so conflicted!

nikki said...

I love how adult her assessment of the movie was. The kid (not that she's much of a kid now) cracks me up.

Mr Lady said...

You done right with that one, Janet.

Janet said...

Roo's right :-)

Simply Jenn said...

This is just adorable! She "feels dirty". HAHAHA! I'm so sorry she was violated by the film. (BTW the 4th book isn't too bad at the end)

maggie's mind said...

That is awesome. I haven't gotten into the whole Twilight thing, but so very often the books are better than the movie and by far. Go Roo Girl!

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

That's really interesting, because I thought Pattinson nailed it - and I was so anti-Pattinson going into the movie. I see her trouble with Stewart - she wasn't perfect, but could anyone really get that role perfectly? I doubt it. I'm just hoping when they do New Moon, the money will be no object & they can do it justice. Tell her to see it again. It's better the 2nd time.

Immoral Matriarch said...

You're all nuts. But she's SO gorgeous. Damn. I have *my* shotgun out.

Tami W. said...

My 16 year old niece was the first in line to see Twilight last Thursday at midnight...and she had the same reaction. She was so disappointed in the movie. I thought she was just trying to be an elitist book snob but if your daughter feels the same way then apparently I need to skip the movie and simply read the trilogy.

Shereejb said...

I don't think I've ever seen a movie that comes close to the book. The people in them become the pure product of our imaginations. Wow. I'm getting deep.

Hi Janet, I just wanted to tell you that I just stumbled into your blog from somewhere out there and had fun. My best friend's name is Janet. Your daughter is beautiful and smart. What an winning combination.I'll be back.

Momisodes said...

"But they got his skin right" - I love it :)
I love that she wants to reread them all, too.

I still haven't read the first one!

Rachael said...

What a great kid. Seriously, ya done good!

Janet said...

Good girl to separate the book from the movie. Because you hvae to. Like Melissa's son, I threw fits about the 3rd, 4th and 5th Potter movies.
I read a review that the director wished she could have had a better budget for special effects to make Edward's skin sparkle better. She thought he just looked sweaty. So apparently it worked better than she thought.
I never entertained thoughts of going to the movie. I haven't seen the 2nd and 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean yet. These things must be done properly and in order.

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