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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Twillight Saga... or Port Charles

I have many friends, whom I love dearly, that are huge fans of the Twillight Saga.  With so much excitement over the latest installment that starts playing in theatres tomorrow, I figured I'd see what all the fuss is about.  So, I finally watched the first two Twillight movies.  Sorry to say, I was not at all impressed.

The first problem was the supposed deep love between Edward and Bella.  When did this happen?  They had very few words and a few relatively meaningless encounters.  They didn't give the viewer anything of substance in order to establigh this undying love.  It was kind of like falling in love with a guy who works the drive in window at McDonald's.

But let's pretend that we do have enough of a plotline to establish that these two are in love.  What about the one dimensional characters?  I am not sure if it was the actors, directors, or the way it was writtien, but there was no passion to these characters.  The words and emotion did not match.  They proclaimed their love with as much feeling as you might say, "Would you like fries with that?"

Another thing that did not escape me is the similarities between these first two movies and the now defunct soap opera "Port Charles".  To give a basic rundown of the vampire story of both....

A young innocent girl comes to town to live with her father.  She meets a nice young man whom she is friends with and he is in love with her.  She meets a vampire and is drawn in to his mysterious demeanor.  They fall in love madly and deeply.  She turns away from all her friends and wants to be turned into a vampire.  He wants her to marry him.  Her best guy friend who also is in love with her, tries his best to make her see that the vampire is no good for her.  She doesn't listen. 

Did anyone else notice the similarity?  Sure, there are a lot more elements involved in the Port Charles storyline.  And Michael Easton and Kelly Monaco put a TON of passion into those characters. 

I did not read the books at all, so I can't comment on that. 

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