windemere: (twilight)
This is probably not something you want to read if you're a fan and loved the movie. Just a warning.


I don't, really, have a problem with any of the other Twilight films. They did what they could with their source material and, despite Kristen Stewart not being even remotely my favourite actress, they were entertaining. That's all I really want in a movie.

So, naturally, I kind of had 'expectations' for BD2. None of which I felt were really met. Except, strangely, I didn't mind Kristen Stewart at all.

I wasn't spoiled for the end. I mean, there's a fight sequence as part of the trailer, so obviously there was going to be a fight. I don't know if they were trying to fool the audience or not. If they were trying to make you think the fight was real, they really shouldn't have started off with such an obvious move. Because it took me less than 5 seconds to go 'yeah, this isn't real'. It took me slightly longer to figure out it was a vision, but that's not really important. Before anyone even moves it's obviously fake. Because had it been real, every single fan of the books would have been pissed that they had changed anything! How more obvious can you be?

If it wasn't supposed to be a fool, then good, it wasn't. It was sort of fun, although even as a vision the fight was really too easy. Though full points for Marcus' 'Finally' line, because that part made me laugh.

Stepping back from the fight scene, I really felt that the movie went much too quickly. Some people have said to me that it feels so much longer than 2 hours. It really didn't. It didn't even feel like 2 hours. I felt the opening credits did nothing for me and just seemed to be filling time they should have spent on developing all the new characters a bit more. I liked the end credits, however, as it was a nice nod (apparently my point about LeFevre not getting credited is moot, as I've been told she was. I missed it however, which may be telling). However, with the long end credits (a la ROTK) the beginning ones felt even more like time filler. In a 2 hour movie, you shouldn't have time filler.

I also felt that certain scenes, like the opening scenes after Bella wakes up, really could have used some more dialogue and the rest of the Cullens. It's actually a nice sequence in the books, and they didn't draw upon that at all. There are also a few decidedly quick cuts across scenes which showed a poor lack of editing, that was not there in BD1. Many times it felt rushed towards the end. The book does not, despite the back part being shorter than the first section of the wedding/baby/Jacob's POV. Words take time to read, even for short scenes in a book. It feels slower and more fleshed out. This is hard to get in movies, as visual is naturally quicker, but they didn't seem to try very hard.

I liked Mackenzie, except I really think she was too old by the end. Or maybe just that she looks too old (I can't remember how old the actress was during filming). Nessie is supposed to take 7 years to reach maturity! Not 7 months. I just didn't buy it by the end, and it bugged me. I hate things that bug me, they make it very hard to enjoy a film.

However, bonus points for Alice and Jasper being quite book-true. Also, Bella going at Jacob for imprinting, because that never ceases to be funny. I did like the Charlie parts, even though that glade where Jacob shifts is starting to look worryingly familiar and over-used as a shooting spot. I loved Jenks, but would have loved to see more of that part (again). They managed to get quite a lot from the books in, but by the end when the Volturi's necklace shows up it just felt like the makers were trying to just get a check-list of stuff in without considering if it was important/focused on enough.

Lastly, I loved Benjamin, as I did in the book. Gareth and Kate could have their own show. I will never stop loving Marcus because it's Chris. I was a little bit more taken with Caius this time, but that's because of Jamie (also, CoB trailer? Not in England!). The cottage was cute. Jacob doesn't bug me anymore (he didn't last film either). And, finally, Carlisle and Esme are SO ADORABLE together it's faintly ridiculous.

In other words, it wasn't quite a waste of £6.80. I did have much higher hopes for a finale, though.



More importantly, I've just learned that Mockingjay will be two movies, as you do, because thank you HP you just had to start that didn't you? I'm already worried now I'm going to feel cheated by at least one part of it.
windemere: (dreamcatcher)
Well, how about 'Summer has Spluttered'? No? Doesn't have the same ring? Well, fine, but it's true anyways.

Today it is sunny. Over twenty degrees. It is the first true, honest day of SUMMER that we have had since May 28th. Since it's July 22nd, I want all of you to think about that for a moment.

But, since it is nice outside, I can move on to other things.

Back into research and paper writing mode, which I dislike. I was so happy in May when I thought that that was it until the thesis! Ha! Should know Ross better by now. This paper doesn't have to be long, but it is the least interesting topic ever (research methods in humanities). Not finding much in the way of sources either, and even less for examples. Not fun! Will have to plow on starting tomorrow. And also get back to my ethics forms. At least I managed to email the people I was supposed to email last week. Even heard back from one of them. Things are progressing.

Writing on the fic front is not going well. I hit 5500, and I know I will get to 10k before the end of the month. Unfortunately, I still have 7 chapters left to write, so the number of words doesn't matter. The fact that it is almost physically painful to write is what matters. I only write fic when my characters are talking to me. Right now, they aren't even whispering, so writing conversation is just a lesson in agony. And it ends up sounding horrible. This fic will suck. Which annoys me, because I try to put my all into my work. But this year, I don't have time. Last fic for quite a while I think! How depressing.

Also, will be going to London August 2nd. Yes, that's right, I'm braving the Olympics. I have decided not to care if a)my train is delayed, b)the Tube isn't running or c)it rains. Just going to go, soak in the madness and enjoy.
windemere: (Default)
You meet the nicest people in fandom.

A few years ago, when I got into reading (and writing) DW fic, there was an author that I absolutely adored. She just wrote the best Ten/Rose H/C fics around; they were detailed, well researched, and had just the right amount of angst without being heavy on the romance side. So, naturally, I paid attention when she posted things.

A year ago (just about), she began to write Twilight fic. At the time I realised this, I was still in the 'why the hell would I read those books?' phase. Catherine was the person that tipped the scale and made me read them. I realised that if a wonderful writer such as her thought they were worth it, I should make the attempt. Of course, any Twilight fic she's ever written I love ten times more than anything Meyer ever wrote, but that goes without saying. I have enjoyed a whole string of her well written stories - now for Twilight - in the last twelve months.

I am a good little fanfic reader. I like to leave reviews. I used to review all of her DW fics, and when I started to review her Twilight stories, she remembered me, and we got to chating back and forth on FF.net's private message service. And, the biggest surprise of all, when I started to write my own Twilight fics, she not only read them but left the loveliest reviews imaginable! In fact, Catherine has inspired more than one of my stories.

Recently we have discovered we have a great deal more in common. She works as in child psychology and did her PhD on learning disabilities in education. Naturally, my Phd topic interests her and we're having some lovely (max character count used) chats at FF.net, in amongst the reviews to each other's stories! What a wonderful friendship to find online with a person I will never meet, and maybe even never talk to on email, but we make it work. Heaven help the day FF.net disappears*!

*[For multiple reasons]

Grateful for: baking, the 1950s and online friendships. Happy Leap Day! I like this one.
windemere: (Carlisle)
I know the vast majority of you do not like Twilight. That's perfectly alright, because the video below does not require you to like it. In fact, it might be funnier if you don't!

Bella and Edward's Wedding Video:

Making It

Jan. 12th, 2012 09:03 pm
windemere: (Carlisle)
Exposure: When Edward accidentally reveals himself in front of Charlie in order to save Bella's life, her father starts to question everything he's ever noticed about the Cullens.

This is now my most review story ever on FF.net.

Who knew in 2004 when I finished Twin Spirits that it would take until 2012 and a story about a book that hadn't even been written to top the review count?

The fact that it's this particular Twilight story doesn't surprise me. I've figured out the fic fandom crowd now; they're sort of predictable on FF.net.

To bed on a happy note. Also, I'm nearing the end of 1493 finally! I've only been reading it since September! Funny, it's ending pretty much how I thought it would. ;) Haha. Now I can start Pride & Prejudice this week, as part of my 'read a classic every few weeks' resolution. Pride & Prejudice while in Kent. That sounds like a lovely weekend, doesn't it? Austen, museums, history, supper at King Charles' and Kent. That sounds about perfect actually.

I am so ready to get out of Leicester for a bit.
windemere: (Default)
Finally. I did manage to write 2000 words today that aren't awful -

STOP SLAMMING THE DAMN DOORS PEOPLE!!!

- but it was meant to be 3000. I sort of ran out of steam on constructivist theory, which, can you blame me? I can make it up later, or simply add something else to that section. There is research I did for this paper that so far isn't planned to be part of it. I might add it in later. Fixing the damn thing will be December 26-January 1st problem.

Preliminary plan to make a weekend trip down to Gillingham (Kent) in January to spend a few days at a nice B&B, visit a dear friend of my parents, and tour two museums that have been on my To Visit list for a while. Obviously, January is not ideal, but I'll take what I can get. It is, however, cheaper. Then it will be Germany and hockey! [And more museums].

So, the latest one was 13,000 and change. There was also the 6,000 one on the weekend. Everytime I think I know my daily word limit, Twilight surprises me. I think I'm starting to understand why the books are so long. SM probably couldn't stop. For which I can sympathise. Unfortunately, unlike SM, I'm not making money off of this and so would prefer it fill up less of my time. The world has definitely tilted if I write more than I read. It's not right.

The good weekend approacheth, but I have to get through the next 3 days first. Bugger that.

Oh, the Aunt deigned to email again, with a subject line instead of a body message, followed by a one line dig about Kindle. It's heartless, but after I get my Christmas presents from her, I'm not talking to her until Easter. Because I am just that much of a hypocrit. Thank you very much.
windemere: (Default)
My favourite Doctor Who fanfic author OF ALL TIME, just posted a review to my newest Twilight story. Let me quote her for you:

'I like this version of Bella's birthday so much better than SM's! You did a great job with it, making it much more believable for the characters and situation than the original was.'

I've had a truly shitty day, but God does that make up for it. And I don't care one bit that it's for a Twilight story, because she just loved what I wrote. I love ego boosts, but also to know that people enjoy my work just that much.

Clearly I've upped my game for Book 3.
windemere: (Default)
Has had my morning hilarity care of Peter Wingfield. The mental image of him sitting in an exam hall giggling will probably keep me going until my day ends at 7 tonight. Thank you Twitter! My life is so much more entertaining now that I can follow people I like.

Last night the 'ex' and I went to see Dave Gorman on stage. God that man made me laugh. He's clearly got his audience figured out. And the fact that he's WWW obsessed makes me want to figure out how to get a crack line about him into my thesis. We shall see. I was laughing so hard I was in tears for an hour.

Managed to cross about 6 books off my reading list on the basis of 'not relevant'. I feel so much better about my workload now and can actually take Sunday off! Which I'll need, because I have another 10 essays to mark starting on Monday. But...money!

I quite literally have 6 hours today of thingthingthingthingthing. Barely have time to run between! It's like being a student again OMG!

In other news, I'm going to have to cave and see Breaking Dawn again. Someone mentioned a scene to me yesterday and I responded 'wait, what happened?'. I really wish that I had an eidetic memory. It would also make this blasted reading easier! I was half way through a journal article yesterday before I realised I'd read it already! *headdesk*

I keep getting the nicest reviews on FF.net, which makes me paranoid and now I'm waiting for the stereotypical 'What the F*** is wrong with you? You suck!' one to balance them out. Oh Twilight fandom; if nothing else, you are a daily amusement.

Right, library. Office. Fair. Meeting. Seminar....dinner. Remember to eat dinner.
windemere: (Carlisle)
*headdesk*

Moving onwards. I haven't done this since I started posting any of it, but all of my Twilight Fic can be found at FF.net, as per usual. There was an unexpected 'addition' yesterday when I suddenly got struck by 5 ficlet ideas in the space of 30 minutes; all missing BD scenes from the movie.

Hey Muse? Can I get some of that for Sanctuary? Or Doctor Who? Or ANYTHING ELSE?

Also, this post was entirely an excuse to use the icon. Sad Amy; very, very sad.

On a completely unrelated note, the generator stopped. That's probably bad, but it is quiet outside my window for the first time since I moved in 54 days ago. And it's LOVELY!
windemere: (Kristen: this is my life)
I'm still pissed about the lack of car. I wanted The Car! Not 'trying on shoes'; CAR. Not new black Volvo; NEW BLACK MERCEDES.

And I'd completely forgotten (probably intentionally) that I spent the first 5 minutes of the film going 'oh God damn it Edward, don't tell her. She doesn't care one way or another so don't ruin my happy mood!' And then there was a flashback and I was okay. Because, clearly, I'm a sucker for flashbacks.

I'm...going to go watch Top Gear and ignore that the movie is already up on for free.
windemere: (characters no plot)
This is not the post you don't want to read. That one will come tomorrow, or perhaps Saturday, depending on whether I go see Wuthering Heights Friday night with Cintia or not. [Yes, there's irony in my movie-watching week; go away.] That post will be entirely behind an LJ cut and the warning will be in the subject line. So you can just scroll on down your f-list and ignore it, okay? See, I don't have to torture other people with my obsessions.

This is the post with PG warnings, instead of R. ;)

It's 23,000 words and I may have titled it 'North of 39', because to me, that's hilarious and to other poeple it will make no sense. But we all know how much I like to come up with convoluted reasonings for things in my head. This reasoning has a whole bloody story attached to it. See, East of Albuquerque was funny, if slightly inaccurate. North of 39 though, I managed. Mostly because everything north of NYC is north of the 39th parallel. Including Forks.

Yeah, the next one might be titled 'West of Rome', at least until I can remember how to do directional titles in Latin. Of course, then it'll still be called 'West of Rome' just...in Latin.

The last one is totally 'South of Zero', but only because I think IT'S FUNNY. And Rio's not on an interesting parallel. I wonder about the longitude though...I should look that up.

And yes, I've totally planned out 3 sequals to a book I never wanted to write. On the upshot it's AU, so Bella has a backbone, Edward isn't an ass for an entire book, Jacob doesn't get a go, and there's no baby. I guess Jacob will just have to get it on with Leah instead. Yeah, that could be fun.

Kill me.

Please?
windemere: (Default)
This may be one of the more amusing images I've ever seen. Especially considering he really should be picking off the groom instead!
windemere: (Default)
Just had a 3 hour conversation with one of my flatmates about everything under the sun. However, at least an hour of it was about Twilight (which she started!), so I am feeling stupidly giddy. I have someone to see the movie with! I don't have to be the poor sod in the back row embarrased to be seen. Also, she agrees with me on many of the points of contention, but still loves the books anyways.

And there was LOTR, the Hobbit (in which I made a geeky fool out of myself), Harry Potter (she's 22 so...), travel, formal wear, previous degrees and goggling of the footie players outside who couldn't kick a ball straight if they tried.
windemere: (Sisters of the Dark)
Hello Muse,

It's November and I therefore understand that you are chomping at the bit to write. I get that you're used to it and probably mad at me that you aren't being allowed 50,000 words to play with. I do understand.

But we had this conversation already this year. Actually we've had it twice and for exactly the same reason. So I don't really want to have it a third time. But since there are 4500 words sitting on my hard-drive right now that could constitute Part 1 of another multi-chapter Twilight fic, I feel I need to re-express myself.

I'm Not Interested..

You once destroyed a dissertation. You will NOT cost me my thesis. Understood?

And don't even think about Breaking Dawn next week. It ain't happening.

Not giving up,
Amy

ETA: Why do I always have to eat my words?

18 days...

Nov. 1st, 2011 12:17 pm
windemere: (fall leaves)
Until Children in Need!!!!! I am going to really regret not having a tv lisence that day.

Okay, so that first line was to get you to read this entry. The real purpose is to announce that I have totally found my first dance wedding song (though still not my husband, alas). And it is Christina Perri, who I feel has a brilliant voice for this.

The song is 'A Thousand Years' and I'd happily share the music video for it with you...except that it's Twilight. In other words, it's actually a Twilight song and the video is therefore riddled with Breaking Dawn clips. Instead, you get the lyrics video which, unfortunately for you, is also Twilight themed, but doesn't include a single movie clip. It took me half the video to figure out the [book] references, because I was too busy reading the words. So it should be rather safe.

It's just the perfect song! [Yes, it's also perfect for Edward/Bella]. It has just the right pace for a first dance too. I would totally play the instrumental version for the aisle walk too.
windemere: (Default)
One of the other new students on a PhD degree is from the Pacific Northwest. Honestly, she's from Tacoma, but she says 'I'm from the Pacific Northwest' instead. Every time she says it I have to try really very hard to not laugh. And I did not ask her on day one 'You're not from Forks, are you?' so at least I'm not that far gone. But I might have thought about it...briefly. Yeah, I think it's a hell of a lot funnier than it is. But I haven't slept enough in two weeks and my head is pounding right now. So give me a break. But it's a little bit funny, right?

Her name is Kirstin and I just about called her Kristen yesterday.

Okay, so maybe I am that far gone.
windemere: (Default)
Title: East of Albuquerque
Fandom(s): Twilight
Pairing(s): Edward/Bella
Word Count: 43,000
Rating/Warnings: Rated K+, for kissing. Warning: TWILIGHT
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] cliodna_bright
Summary: One small change in fate and Bella is left trapped in the Phoenix airport, unable to evade Jasper and save her mother. One split second and the entire story unravels. Trying to stay one step ahead of James, Edward and Bella are on the run. But as they race to New York and then west to avoid the tracker, Edward discovers there are other dangers to worry about. Victoria has disappeared and Alice and Jasper have their own problems in Phoenix. And then Bella falls ill. It's a mad dash across America, but there's a fight coming, and only one coven can win.

Author's notes: Dedication: Normally this would be to a person, like my beta reader. But since this story came about in a very off-the-wall way, I have to dedicate it to Studio (c) who makes blue liquid pens, since it is thanks to them that this thing ever got from my head to the paper.
This takes a fairly massive step sideways near the end of Twilight. But it’s not an unlooked for sidestep and it comes back around to canon by Prom. More background can be found at E of A Notes.

Story is up at the Het_Big_Bang website here and also at the usual place here. And up on AO3 (a href="http://archiveofourown.org/works/260306">here. Yes Kate, I have an AO3 account now! And there's nothing on it but Twilight! ::epic fail::

And there is artwork. And it is AWESOME! HERE Please tell [livejournal.com profile] wickedlywitchy how amazing she is?

And, because I am already hated by all my friends, here's the other one that I didn't write for HBB: Ten Weeks of Summer
windemere: (Carlisle)
'How strange, I really went to Italy. Did you know I'd never been farther east than Albuquerque?’ – Bella, New Moon

This story came about in one of those truly backward ways. It did not start out as a cross-country road trip with the trio of Edward, Bella and Carlisle. It started only as a ‘what if’ to the question of ‘what would have happened if Bella hadn’t ditched Jasper and Alice in Phoenix?’ The idea intrigued me. I had no notion of where it would go.

I’ll admit; I was just as shocked as the reader when Edward announced that Rosalie and Emmett had a loft in New York. From there, though, I was left with the question: how to get Bella back to Forks before Charlie threw a fit? And then she caught the flu. I didn’t really mean for that to happen. I mean, yes, I adore h/c stories and I write quite a few of them, but I swear I had no intention of landing her in a hospital in Montana. Even though you’ll probably tell me that throwing Carlisle on the plane from Phoenix was a complete set-up. It wasn’t. That’s canon, of a sort.

I took out Emmett for obvious reasons. James was lethal and leaving him to just Jasper and Alice seemed unfair. Likewise, letting Edward run off with Bella on his own seemed equally as stupid. If James caught up before anyone else, Edward would have been left to fight him on his own. [Of course, he manages that quite well in Twilight, but it never hurts to have help.]
I may have taken liberties with the car trip. Specifically the travel time between Cleveland and Chicago. It should not have taken Carlisle as long to drive that stretch as it did. Of course, to make up for it, I got them across North Dakota and most of Montana in about five seconds.

Montana just...happened. I knew they needed a delay before they hit Spokane. The rainstorm wrote itself and then obviously there had to be an accident. And then, clearly, there had to be a hospital involved, because why else would they need another 12 hours to get to Washington? What else was I supposed to do, I ask you? And then, suddenly, I had the perfect set-up for a few well-placed (and completely silly) lines about Edward and his medical degrees that I’d had rolling around in my brain for a few months. Perhaps my brain helpfully wrote a 43,000 word story just so I could use them.

I knew I wanted the story to end at Prom. I knew I had to get it there, but I didn’t want to just skip everything in between like Stephenie did. But obviously Bella needed to spend some quality time with the other Cullens too (except Rosalie) and become a true part of the family. So, yes, the shopping trip was contrived. It’s possibly the only part of this story that was done intentionally to get the plot to the next step. But it was pretty damn fun to research Seattle shopping malls and hotels. And the information is all accurate. From the mall, to the hotel, to the film that Alice and Bella see. And it’s all accurate for the spring of 2005 specifically. [Did you also know there is currently an exhibit on at the Seattle Art Gallery on the Quileute’s?]

The title was the very last thing to occur to me. For 43,000 words this story was named ‘Cross-country’ in my documents folder. I always planned on changing it, but couldn’t figure out a good name that didn’t really give the plot away. Then, out of the blue (like the whole story) I remembered that this was Twilight and that Bella had therefore never been further east than New Mexico (according to the book) and that suddenly taking a trip from Washington to Phoenix to DC to New York and then driving all the way back to Forks would be something rather significant for her. The title embodies the fact that this is new and an adventure for Bella. It implies travel and that most of the story takes place east of Albuquerque. The town in Montana, which is never named but is actually a real town called Livingston, is only about half way across the state and therefore only just west of the city of Albuquerque [Specifically, it is 3.8 degrees west]. So I fudged that one a bit; sue me.

I adored writing this story. Every second of it made me smile and feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It made my hand hurt like hell, because 35,000 words of it were done in pen rather than on the laptop. It’s so worth the carpal tunnel I will no doubt develop in a few years. [Though I can probably blame that on my doctoral thesis.] I just enjoyed writing this, and I don’t feel that way about most of my stories. I write them because I have to, not because I want to. It’s a fine distinction that many writers never get, but I know exactly how it feels. This was writing for joy, each and every word.

I hope you got as much pleasure out of reading it as I did out of writing it.

Eldanna, 2011

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