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This is my first draft, so I apologize for any mistakes. I wrote this for my Journalism class.

The movie poster for Twilight.

The movie poster for Twilight.

Twilight the Movie

Directed by the same person as The Nativity Story, and based on the novel of the same name, Twilight was released in theaters November 21st . This highly anticipated film grossed $35.7 million just on its opening day.

The movie begins with a forest overflowing with greenery. A deer in the background is hunted down by an unidentifiable predator. Then the true story begins when seventeen-year-old Isabella “Bella” Swan moves from sunny Phoenix, Arizona to rainy and dismal Forks, Washington to live with her father. There she makes new friends and adapts to her new life. She soon becomes fascinated by the mysterious Cullen family, especially Edward Cullen. When it becomes apparent that Edward has superhuman abilities, which occur under bizarre circumstances, Bella is led by her desire to find the truth about Edward. The truth leads her to something unexpected and supernatural; the Cullens are, in fact, vampires. Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson): Say it, say it out loud. Isabella Swan (Kristin Stewart): Vampire…

Soon Bella finds herself falling in love with Edward, despite knowing his bloodthirsty nature. Edward Cullen, “Aren’t you afraid?” Isabella Swan, “I’m only afraid of losing you.” Bella’s life changes drastically when a sadistic vampire, intent on her destruction, begins to stalk her.

After reading the whole Twilight Saga, I myself eagerly wanted to watch this romance film, especially after watching many trailers of the movie and learning the cast of the characters. Bella Swan is played by Kristin Stewart, and the epitome of perfection, Edward Cullen, is played by Robert Pattinson.

I had very high expectations for this movie, especially when many people that I knew watched this movie. They all declared it so brilliant, that they had to keep on watching it again. As for me personally, I almost could not finish the film.

The actors in the movie did not do a very good job of portraying the romance between the two main characters. While the development of the relationship went as it might have in the book, the action itself seemed a little stiff and unrealistic. The interaction between Stewart and Pattinson seemed staged and not as natural as it could have been, which really threw me off. Because the acting seemed unrealistic, it made the romance in the movie seem a bit ridiculous.

The screenplay for this movie differs slightly from the plot of the book, as expected. There are many instances where Bella met people differently then she does in the book. The characters of the book also have a larger role in the movie, giving people who have not yet read the book more of a chance to learn about the basis of the side characters.

Even though the romantic aspect of the story did not measure up to my expectations, I did enjoy the action sequences in the film. The special effects were slightly unsettling to me at first, but after a while, they became an integral part of the story.

But alas, the action parts of the film were not enough for me to recommend this movie to others. The only time one should watch this movie is only if a person has already read the book and is mentally prepared for unsatisfactory acting with theĀ  characters acting out of character. Another time one should watch this movie is if a person has nothing to do and is bored out of their mind. Even then, please do not waste your money by going to the theaters. But if you absolutely must watch this film then sneak into the theater… And be sure to bring a pillow.

My rating: 4/10

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Journalism I

Word Count: 534

Draft #2

Book cover of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

Book cover of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

Twilight the Book Review

“About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was part of him- and I didn’t know how potent that part might be- that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”(p. 195) Told from a first person point of view, Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer, depicts of a 17-year-old Isabella “Bella” Swan who moves from sunny Phoenix, Arizona to rainy and dismal Forks, Washington to live with her father.

The klutzy and average looking Bella soon makes new friends and adapts to life in Forks. While she isn’t entirely discontent with the circumstances, Bella soon learns of the enigmatic nature of the Cullen family. She becomes obsessed with finding out why Edward Cullen seems to be so repulsed by her, and why, despite their beauty, the family seems to be outcasts. After various hints from Edward and undergoing seemingly bizarre circumstances, Bella finds out that the Cullen family are actually vampires.” ‘Go on,’ he said. ‘About vampires.’ I realized I was whispering. […]” (p.184).

Bella Swan is a very caring, pure-hearted girl who puts other’s well-being before her own. Though she knows Edward is a vampire, she sees more than just his handsome face, but into his heart and mind. She is also very perceptive because she cares deeply about the people she loves, thus, letting her see things about the Cullen family that normal humans can’t perceive.

Edward, on the other hand is very fond of Bella, but doesn’t really desire to be close to her. The reason for this is because he is afraid to lose control of the beast inside of him that thirsts for Bella’s blood above anyone else’s. Even so, he is the perfect hero; handsome, considerate, with some handy supernatural powers. His only flaw is that he would want to leave Bella in order to protect her, even though that is the last thing she wants.

At first, it seems as if the book is just about a stereotypical young girl’s life. Yet if you read deeper into the book, it is very well written to the point that it becomes more than trivial problems. Instead, you ache with Bella and muse over her agonies. In another instance, every inch of your body screams for Bella to run away from the evil, sadistic vampire that stalks her. You become engrossed in the book, only to step back and ask yourself, why is this plot so mesmerizing?

This book is well-suited for people who like a story that focuses on feeling. While there is a general plot to this story, most of it more or less is built on the development of the emotion of each of the characters in the book. It also tells of the epic story of star crossed lovers. It’s interesting because the reader can clearly see the protagonists’ relationship blossom, as they try to learn about each other and to help each other throughout the novel. While this is mainly a romance novel, there is also some action aspects in it, and the discovery of a new world, one that is thought to be only supernatural.

This is for my Journalism Portfolio evaluation. I will put my reflection and analysis here later too. :3

Reflection and Analysis:

My 2nd article is a book review on Twilight by Stephenie Meyers. Though this article is shorter, it also has more elements of a review to it. I made some adjustments to the second quote because it seemed too vague. There is also some awkward wording in it, but that has been changed so the review reads more smoothly.

I choose to write a book review on Twilight because this book is very popular right now. When I first got the book, I was very much into the book. And because I liked it, I decided to write a review on the book. It didn’t really turn out the way I thought it would, with many positive comments. Instead, I mention many parts of the book that aren’t as ideal. This made me realize that the book wasn’t as good as I initially thought it was.

My own opinions on this book:

I really fell in love with the book. I remember when I first got the book, I read it over 10 times straight… Totally obsessed. But lately, when I wrote the review, I realized it WASN’T that good. One thing that outĀ  me off was how PERFECT they’re relationship was… Very unrealistic. So while this book is an okay read just to pass the time, it’s not really a awesome book. I don’t think it’ll ever be a classic, like Lord of the Rings, and such.

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