As many of you may know, or not know, I love to watch movies. All types of movies. Well no that’s a lie I hate horror films, but even those scares movies gave me many life lessons that will stick with me forever. Now just because I don’t want this to be about 20 pages longs This particular blog is going to be broken down into three separate posts. This one is going to be what my top 11 movies taught me.
Pretty Woman taught me that all you have to do is be a hooker and you can find prince charming and fall in love. I mean really what am I still doing in school (just kidding). But really Julia Roberts was a street walker who dropped out of school and she still manage to snag Richard Gere.
Titanic taught me that if you really love someone then you should let them freeze to death in the middle of the ocean right after you sleep with him. I mean really Rose had the chance to get on a life boat but she chose to stay with Jack. Romantic I know, but it would be more romantic if too would of died along with him. But no, she got on the door or whatever the thing was and she lived.
Talking about movies that had Leonardo Dicaprio in it. Romeo and Juliet taught me that you should just defy your family’s wishes and go off with someone you love and just die. I mean I know that it’s one of the greatest love story’s in history, but really thing about it, was it really a love story? I mean think about it. It’s about a thirteen year old female, Juliet, and a seventeen year old male, Romeo. I mean they were children. Hormone crazed children who just defied their parent’s wishes and in the end many, many people died. None of that seemed romantic to me.
The Notebook taught me that I will never look as hot as Rachael McAdam’s did kissing in the rain. I have tried the whole kissing in the rain thing expecting that it would of been similar to the scene in The Notebook, but boy was I wrong. It was nothing like it. It was cold and wet and I couldn’t breath and makeup was running all down my face. It was horrible.
Atonement taught me that you could be a best selling author if you just send an innocent boy to jail because you thought that you saw something that really wasn’t true. Also, if you ruin something you can always rewrite the mistake and sell it.
Pirates of the Caribbean taught me that I should go the Caribbean more because there are very hot pirates there.
Saved! taught me that if you wanted to “save” your boyfriend from eternal damnation all you have to do is sleep with them and become pregnant. I mean that fixes things every time.
Easy A taught me that acting like a slut is just worse as actually being one. Also, it taught me that if you really want to help someone who’s not cool or being bullied you just go around school telling people that you slept with them; even if you didn’t.
Harry Potter taught me that I wasn’t cool enough to get accepted into Hogwarts.
The Mummy taught me that, “no harm comes from reading a book.” Yeah and then a mummy comes to life and then tries to kill the whole world. So remember…. ” You mustn’t read from the BOOK!!!!” (Just Kidding… I do not advocate for people not to read…Reading= fun)
Lastly, in light of the upcoming election, The Hunger Games taught me that the government has all the power. And we as citizens don’t really.
You sit down curled up by the fireplace on a frosty winter’s eve within your hands you have an untold adventure that you are about to take voyage on. You open the book, close your eyes and take into the fresh smell of the unknown that has yet to be discovered. You start to read and within your head you start to see a silent movie. You are fully emerged into the book and forget about everything that is around you. It is just you, the characters, and this new journey that you have created. The characters are exactly how you imagine them out to be and nothing has changed. For the next couple of hours you have control over what and when things happened within this mini movie. No time constriction, no movie budget, no overpaid actors; just you, the novel, and your mind’s eye.
Now the same setting, you sit down by the fireplace on a frosty winter’s eve but this time within your hands you now hold a movie. This movie happens to be the same movie of your favorite novel. You’ve read this novel many, many times and already know what will make it a great movie. You pop the movie into the Blu-ray player and press play. Opening credits are over and the movie has started. Then boom you then see an overly paid actress that doesn’t look anything like what the main character is supposes to look like. Throughout the next two hours you sit there watching Hollywood’s take on a great novel. Mind you they are messing it up, horribly. After the fake happily ever after and the credits start to roll in with a top 40 pop song that has nothing to do with the movie or the book for that matter plays making you forget about how disappointed you are on how they made this great novel into something that would be “sell-able” to American’s youth, you start to think: why and what was the point?
How many times have you’ve been excited to see a movie of a book that you just finished reading? Now, how many times can you say that after you’ve seen that movie you were just disappointed in how much they changed and left out? For me, that happens a lot. I have gotten into this horrible habit where I read a book, fall in love with said book, then a couple of months the movie comes out, get really excited about seeing it, go see it, and just sit in the theater making a mental list on what they change and what was not right and what they should have done to make the movie even better. Exhausting to say the least, I know. It has gotten so bad my friends just won’t go to the movies with me if it is based on a book. I understand that in making a movie there is a time constriction and money issues and they can’t afford to put in all the small details that the novel has but really you can at least get the characters right. For example, in the novel Dear John, by Nicholas Sparks, Savannah was supposed to be a brunette, and Amanda Seyfried is defiantly not a brunette. But hey, I guess they put that little change in to get more guys to watch the movie because we girls had Channing Tatum to distract us from the many, many things that they changed from the novel. Now I know you may be thinking: hey, you go to the movies to enjoy what is playing not to give a critical review on how precise the movie is and really how many of us actually read the book.
But that is just it. Why would you see a movie that is based on a book if you never read the book? I remember I was waiting in line to go see The Help in theater and overheard some girls who could not be older than fifteen talking about the book. One girl asked whether the other actually read the book and the other just laughed and said: no why would they read the book, it was too long and plus they can just see the movie and the movies are just like the books. It took all I had to not turn around and tell the two girls that the books are nothing like the movies. That they book are better and explain the characters better than a movie could ever do in the two hours which they run for. After the movie I overheard the same two girls complaining on how the movie was just bad and confusing. This time I just laughed because I know that they missed out of something amazing just because they did not take the time out from they’re oh so busy life to actually pick up a book and read. It’s so sad how some people think that just because a book is also a movie means that it just going to just like it. But hey, that is enough on what I think on that matter. I want to hear from you…
Warning: Within this post it gives away what happens within the whole book. If you have not read the book yet and are unaware of what happened you many not want to read this post.
I know that it’s too early to be thinking about, well in fact obsessing over, what the movie Breaking Dawn would be like. If you are a die-hard twilight fan like me I bet you are doing the same. BD is the final book of the twilight series and there are so many important details and events that take place. That if one thing is left out of the movie that would be a huge disgrace to the novel itself. Obviously that is a lot of pressure on the director. Within the book, Stephenie went into great details about Bella and Edward’s wedding. She made it feel like you were there standing in the Cullen’s house watching the wedding yourself and taking in all the scent that Bella is taking in. Then, Stephenie did the honeymoon scene it was beautiful and very “tasteful”. We all know that Bella and Edward were very intimate during their time on Isle Esme but Stephenie also didn’t go into all the smutty details that she could have gone into leaving a lot to my imagination. In a movie; however, you take away the element of imagining things for yourself. The director shows you what he feels that things should look like. I just hope that his vision is somewhat like my own.
In addition, within BD there were a lot of shocking surprises. For one, who ever knew that a vampire could procreate with a human! Being immortal means giving up all human rights of bearing children, right? Well Stephenie didn’t think so. BD went from being a story full of love and happiness to one that is full of sorrow and anguish. That twist is very rare because pregnancies are supposed to be joyful and happy. Bella loved the baby so much that she was going to carry out this pregnancy even though it was clearly killing her; with the only hope is to keep her heart beating long enough so that being turned into a vampire would save her. Edward was put in so much pain. He loved Bella so much that he would truly do and go through ANYTHING. Stephenie wrote the chapters following the honeymoon so sad and in so much detail. I really hope the director and actors both portray the sadness and agony to give justices of the book. I mean not to do it or make it less sad is really bad.
After the wedding and mostly throughout the book BD is supposed to be sad and depressing. I mean she’s carrying a baby that is breaking every bone in her body and trying to kill her. Even after the birth of their child then the Volturi is coming to MURDER the entire Cullen family. There is nothing happy and joyful about that. So this movie shouldn’t be all sunshine and butterflies all the time. Now they do have to cut down on some scene and make them less graphic to keep this movie PG-13. For instance, chapter 18, the birth, was by the most graphic thing that Stephenie ever written. With Bella’s bones creaking and the throwing up blood eww just thinking about it now makes me sick to my stomach. However Edward, who was hard-pressed about not changing Bella, now was trying to get as much of his venom in her heart as possible to save her. This book is filled with love, friendship, sorrow, happiness, and so much more. I just hope that this upcoming movie gives the justice that the book deserves.