I'm not just worried about the movie, I don't even know if I'm sold on seeing it... ever. Call me a purist, but books always win out in the end.
I seem to be one of the only fans that feels this way, but I don't agree with any of the casting that they did outside of Victoria, Emmett, and Esme. Yeah, the guy who plays Edward is nice too look at, but again, I don't think he's the same Edward from the books. In photos or still-shots Pattinson looks almost there. And yet, in the scenes in which he's walking and talking he feels like less than he should be. And I thought Bella was supposed to be smaller than Edward. Maybe it's my fault that I can't see Kristen Stewart as Bella. I'm pretty hard to please and for me she's too tall and way too skinny. Bella seemed (these may not be the best descriptors) sweet and soft. I would have been much happier with that actress that Stephenie originally wanted to play her way back when casting the movie was a fun pasttime on her website (if you know her name, let me know). And let us not forget Rosalie or Carlisle. I just don't see them as the dye-job types, which is how they physically look in every movie clip I've seen. I would much prefer those actors that kept popping up in fans' icons way before the movie was actually cast.
Case in point: http://www.freewebs.com/the-cullen-clan-/CullenFam03.jpg
Well, maybe subtract the Hanson brother out of that mix.
I guess this movie was bound to be a disappointment for me. I get it about books not equaling screenplays. I understand that things get lost in translation. And yet, almost everything that I've seen from the movie looks cheesy and forced. Edward and Bella jumping from tree-top to tree-top? Could this be the same Edward that's worried about Bella's safety? Yeah, that sounds like something he'd do. Or what about when Bella is giving Edward her vampire theory? Am I alone in thinking that the dialogue sounds forced and not at all intimate and embarassing for Bella like it was in the book?
I realize that this has turned into a rant, and that I've yet to even introduce myself. Plain and simple, I loved Twilight
because it felt like everything that was happening to Bella was happening to me. It made me feel like I was seventeen again (only WAY better than when I was actually 17). And I know what's going to happen. The same thing that happened to Blood and Chocolate
(another great read by the by). It only comforts me so much to know that Stephenie was there, because as much as they might have asked for her input, the people that financed, wrote, and directed the movie were not obligated in any way to her, or us, for that matter. They bought the rights and can therefore make any sort of outrageous changes that they want as long as the have a little sub-title somewhere in the credits that says: Based on the novel Twilight
by Stephenie Meyer
P.S. Several hours later: Please don't misunderstand me. I have nothing against these actors. Pattinson was awesome as Cedric Diggory and Kristen Stewart was in another excellent-book-made-into-lifetime-movie called Speak
that was actually very good. That's really the whole reason that I know who she is. I just don't think that they are right for the parts.