The Twilight Saga: New Moon – The Non-Fans Won’t Get It

2nd Installment

The question, I think, is why “New Moon” can get away with the disjointed subplots and cheesy dialogues and yet able to make tons of girls in the theatre we visited swooning all the way from opening to the end credits – literally so.  Some guys would play along and ‘swooned’ ahead of the girls causing lots of giggles from the audience.  We love the crowd at Cineleisure.  Movie distributors seem to know that this second installment of the Twilight Saga would be a hit in this small island of ours.  Multiple theatres are playing “New Moon” simultaneously to meet the demand.  Cynthia and I  forcefully brought our buddy TK to watch “New Moon”.  He has not watched the first episode and at the end of the show, he said to us, “There won’t be a third for me”.  And we had a good laugh.

The answer, I think, is fantasy.  It is fantasy beyond the beautiful cold-blooded vampires that shimmer under bright daylight (?!) and the over-sized hot-blooded werewolves (?!) that transform from human form at will (and back with the pants on); it is a fantasy beyond the teenage flirtation of lips licking, body hugging, almost kissing, countless promises of the forever-and-ever; it is simply a fantasy of a regular girl becoming the object of great desire and a man’s desire to protect the vulnerable girl at all cost.  Who wouldn’t want to be Bella?  Who wouldn’t want to protect Bella?  And hence, the ticket sales.

To say that Cynthia adores the Twilight Saga with a capital A is an understatement.  It is almost illegal for me to raise the question on what she sees in the pale withering malnutritional vampire played by Robert Pattinson who was named as one of the “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2008 by People magazine (?!).  Equally illegal for me to ask why she has so fallen in love with the werewolf played by Taylor Lautner – like I suppose many of the fans of the saga – who mind you has a stunningly solid body at the age of 17 and a beautiful smile.  The filmmakers seem to play that to its fullest.  Every time Taylor takes off his shirt, all the girls simply melt and swoon and cry for more.

Right.

I for one am not complaining watching Kristen Stewart playing the role of Bella.  I am a big fan of her since the days of “Panic Room”.  Nor any complain with some of the vampire girls like Ashley Greene (plays the role of Alice) and the brief appearance of Dakota Fanning, which I hope I can see more in later episodes.  My only complain is the weak soundtrack compares to the first episode.  There were Muse’s “Supermassive Black Hole”, Paramore’s “Decode”, and Linkin Park’s “Leave Out All The Rest”.  What does the soundtrack of “New Moon” have?  Terribly depressing, terribly boring.  I really hope that they can make a better soundtrack for the next installment.

By the way, “Twilight” the first episode will be on Star Movies tonight.  “Haven’t you watched that on TV recently?” I asked over breakfast.  “It doesn’t matter.  It’s Twilight!” Cynthia answered.

10 thoughts on “The Twilight Saga: New Moon – The Non-Fans Won’t Get It”

  1. Well, believe me, the movie is a lot more sophisticated than the books. I was on the plane back to Singapore earlier this year and I watched Twilight twice there and then!!

    But fool is me to go read the book. It’s the worst teenage fantasy book I’ve ever read since school days.

    1. Heyzanie – Thanks for the heads up! While we enjoy watching the saga on big screen, I think I shall give the book a pass. What a good fortune for the book author for the jump in readership don’t you think?

      1. Absolutely! The ‘Collection Set’ with postcards is now selling at about S$150. Mine is a mix of paperback and hardcovers so they are way cheaper.

        Thinking of selling them away once I finished the 4th book this weekend. Any homo raging girls you know would want to buy from me??

          1. Heyzanie – Ha ha ha … when I read your 1st comment on my phone this morning, I was like … huh? Then I thought must be some shorthand that I am not aware of 🙂 But I understood your comment nonetheless.

            Now, if I have female friends who are hormone raging …

            Still don’t have those heart throb dreams by the way … lol.

            PS. Just eBay the books?

  2. Heyzanie – Hey, worth a try but depends on your website’s hit rate. eBay or resell it somewhere else would be a more focused effort.

    Why no reply option? Well, I set it as 5-level replies. As you can see, the width of the comment gets smaller and smaller as the level goes deeper. But worries not. We can start from level 1 again … lol.

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