RTW: He Works Out

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This Week’s Topic:

What movie have you seen that actually (gasp!) improved on the book?

It didn’t take me long to think about this. See, I’m not a huge Twilight fan. I read all the books like everyone else, but mostly because of my long-standing fascination with vampires (I read Interview With a Vampire in High School, so see, I already liked vampires, neener neener). I have a low tolerance for mushy romance stuff and actually skipped through most of that in these books.

The movies? Not a whole lot better. But I would say New Moon was a definite improvement on the book. For two reasons:

1) We didn’t have to hear Bella’s thoughts as she held her torso because it felt like there was a gaping hole there since Edward left. Instead, we had to watch it, which was still painful, but luckily shorter than pages of description.

2) Jacob Black. Shirtless. ‘Nuff said.

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

20 thoughts on “RTW: He Works Out

  1. I’ve never read any of the TWILIGHT books, nor have I seen the movies, so I’m afraid I can’t really comment on your choice. Movie editing is such a hit-and-miss thing. Sometimes (in fact, often) the stuff they edit from the book is stuff you wanted to see, and then they add stuff that makes you think “what??!” But sometimes they get it right, and it works! :)

  2. I’m not a fan of Twilight at all but I think I could cope with the films a lot better than the books. Especially Eclipse. I like that they put an action/fighting scene in so we’re not in Bella’s head all the time. The films at least showed what was happening outside her whining.

    1. Anything that spares us pages and pages of moping is a good thing! There is such a thing as capturing teen angst too realistically (parts of Harry Potter) as well as to an unrealistic degree (the aforementioned suicidal pining)

  3. Kris, I completely agree with you — I have read all the Twilight books and seen the movies. I neither love or hate them — they are what they are. But I think New Moon (the movie) does a lot with the plot of the book and I think that’s partly to do/almost entirely to do with imagery. New Moon is able to use the werewolves/transitioning to their advantage, as well as film in Italy and with the Volturi. Sort of along the same premise as shiny things being distracting, I guess… :)

  4. I actually loved New Moon, both movie and book. I like the romance and mushy stuff and cried like crazy when Edward left. No joke and I’m not ashamed to admit it. However, I have to agree with you on two points:

    Taylor Lautner’s abs. Duh. And I read and loved Anne Rice in high school too (neener neener, haha)!

    1. Yay for Anne Rice! Although, Interview is the only book of hers I’ve read. I kinda have reading ADD and tend to hop authors. I rarely read multiple books in a row from one author.

      Thanks for the comment!

  5. I picked Twilight the first movie as my pick – I think it’s a really well directed, stylish movie and it improves on areas of the books, for me. More Shirtless Jacob in the later movies like you say: ALSO GOOD!

    1. I haven’t seen the original Twilight movie in so long, I forget what it’s like. But I love the soundtrack–for all the movies in fact. So good.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Ha, I saw this movie without seeing Twilight and was slightly confused. And I haven’t read New Moon, but I can’t imagine Jacob worked out that much in the book!

    1. If I remember correctly, he was on the Werewolf Workout Plan. Crazy magical werewolf gene = instant six pack. Or something like that.

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

  7. Oh! You know what, I really did like New Moon the movie more than the book. They did a great job of condensing the tortured romantic conflict so it was actually really interesting. And Taylor’s abs didn’t hurt!!

    1. I really think it used all the strengths of the book, and minimized the weaknesses. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit, but didn’t really like Twilight much.

      Thanks for visiting my blog!

  8. I’ve read all four books, but I’ve only seen the first movie. When the others came out, I couldn’t convince myself that they were worth seeing. Maybe I’ll rent New Moon sometime…

  9. I, too, am Team Abs. Thank you for resurfacing from Google Images with that glorious picture :)

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