Twilight, the first film in the series is now 12! It’s amazing to think how excited fans were for the release of the film, and 12 years later, fans are still excited to pick up Midnight Sun and read from Edward’s perspective.
With one of the greatest followings in literary and cinematic history, we celebrate Twilight's anniversary by looking at some of the most relatable, funniest, and most cringe-worthy fan stories! Read on for some quality nostalgia and a bit of a good laugh.
This past weekend, I turned 21-years-old. To celebrate I forced several my closest friends to crowd into my apartment, watch me play Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Golden Deer gang squad up), and sit through the movies that I have spent the past year carefully selecting just for this occasion.
The favorite of the night? Twilight: New Moon.
And what turns thirteen-years-old on September 6th? Twilight: New Moon.
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Time to party, folks.
Now, the movie adaptation of New Moon didn’t come out until November of 2009, but I’m not going to reread one of those cinderblock sized Twilight books just for a ‘heeheehaha’ gag article.
I did my time, and I ain’t going back in.
Speaking of my time, it was in middle school. Every November, a new Twilight movie would be released. And, baby, ‘obsessed’ wouldn’t even begin to describe my friends and I.
We had the neon clip-ins from Hot Topic, knee high converse with zippers down the back, and #TeamEdward shirts that were all black with glittery silver font.
I wasn’t emo. I was scene. So, obviously, Twilight appealed to me.
Some girls I probably would’ve gotten along with/Image via Cinelinx
And though it was a phase that took up about four years of my life, it was still a phase. I’ve seen the first film many times since said phase, college kids today enjoy reliving that vampire laden pre-pubescent nostalgia, but my memories of New Moon had all but faded away.
Until this weekend.
New Moon opens on Bella Swan’s 18th birthday. We learn through her Sylvia Plath poem of a nightmare that she is now officially one year older than the age Edward Cullen was when he was turned into a vampire, the age he will remain for the rest of his time on earth.
Technically, Edward is well over one hundred years old, but Bella worries that once her body ages past the point of Edward’s he won’t be attracted to her anymore. So, she has decided to alter her mortal life state for this guy she met in science class last year, and become a vampire.
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Edward’s not into the idea. In fact, (after an incredibly awkward birthday at the Cullen’s) Edward dumps Bella’s dumb ass HARD.
He claims that his family is moving, because townsfolk are becoming suspicious of the lack of aging going on over in the Cullen house. Which, yeah, they probably would be.
Bella, however, sees through his very fair reasoning. She knows that Edward is just leaving to protect her from the greatest threat to her life. Him.
Anyways, Edward leaves Forks and Bella sits in her room alone for, like, five months.
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Eventually Bella’s father, Charlie, begs his daughter to end her melodramatic sobfest and go outside. And when she does, she realizes that she can conjure hallucinations of her lost love if she puts herself in dangerous situations.
So she puts herself in more dangerous situations, of course. One of such activities is cliff diving with her new rebound, Jacob.
However, Alice (Edward’s psychic sister) has a vision of Bella falling into the sea, and assumes the worst. She returns to Forks in order to check on Bella, and while the two are catching up Edward calls the Swan’s landline only for Jacob to pick up the phone.
Jacob then proceeds to tell Edward that Bella is f–king dead.
So Edward decides to go to Rome during what looks like a giant Handmaid’s Tale festival, walk his glittering naked body into the sunlight, revealing his vampire status. This is a crime that in the vampire world is punishable only by death, which is convenient because the vampire police headquarters is stationed right next door.
How anyone on God’s green earth is #TeamJacob is beyond me.
The festival that probably isn’t a real festival/Image via Italy Guides
Anyways, Bella and Alice fly to Rome via hard-cut, and rent a zippy Italian sports car (when in Rome, amiright ladies?) in order to reach Edward before he can pull a Romeo and off himself in the name of love. Take a shot every time I say ‘rome.’
It’s also worth noting that in the opening sequence of this film Bella wakes up with a copy of Romeo and Juliet in her bed, and the following scene shows Edward reciting a stanza of the famous Shakespeare play from memory. I just don’t want you to think that any of the allusions in New Moon are subtle or nuanced in any way. They aren’t. They beat you over the head with any and all references to outside works in order to prove that, yes, Stephanie Meyer has read a book before.
Moving on, Bella is running through this festival trying to save her ex-boyfriend. He’s stripping down, about to walk into the sunlight, and a child is watching him do it for whatever reason, when Bella is able to run in a stop him at the very last moment.
Then the rest of the film is plot set up for the next book in the series, and it’s all happily ever after or whatever.
What stuck out to me in these final moments of New Moon, are Edward’s incredibly pale nipples. I get what they were going for, but Jesus Christ. Edward shirtless looks like when they pulled E.T. out of that river, like a dehydrated used napkin.
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In retrospect, it was a choice.
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JT LeRoy is making headlines again, but this time it’s because the film of the same name based on this literary debacle has finally gained distribution after its breakout premiere at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival.
Let’s back up. In 2000 came Sarah, a fictional novel that was written and based on the life of JT LeRoy. The next years came a collection of linked stories, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. According to Vanity Fair, “[t]he books were mostly well reviewed, and even critics who didn’t care for the prose, or found the disturbing subject matter overwrought as art, paid obeisance to the horrible contours of the life”. Who can blame them?
JT LeRoy purported to be the son of a drug addict mother, who had his first sexual experience as early as five. He was raped, beaten, addicted to heroin, and homeless by the time he was thirteen. “He was H.I.V.-positive. He cut himself. He burned himself. He associated love with brutality and exploitation, could only feel human connection through physical pain,” Vanity Fair writes.
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While the books were fiction, the trauma certainly wasn’t. The public wanted to see this person who wrote down his pain and soon enough they did. At least, it seemed that way.
JT LeRoy came on the literary scene with his red fedora, big sunglasses and a blond wig. The Guardian recalls how “Everybody on stage seemed to be in awe of LeRoy. He was chronically shy, it was explained, hence the disguise. When a question was addressed to him, he answered in a nervous mumble, barely audible or decipherable. He would then whisper into the ear of Argento or Emily Frasier, and they would speak for him: “JT says …'”
He became a sensation, riding the line between mainstream and cult status. The Guardian also noted how “[s]oon he had amassed an impressive following: Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Nancy Sinatra, Matthew Modine, Gus Van Sant, Rufus Wainwright, Shirley Manson, Jeremy Renner, Rosario Dawson, John Waters, Michael Stipe, Carrie Fisher, Winona Ryder, Courtney Love, Billy Corgan, Tom Waits. LeRoy achieved what many artists dream of: cult status combined with mainstream celebrity.”
With friends in high places and a face that everyone couldn’t get enough of it, a film was put into the works. Asia Argento adapted The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things into a film. It starred Argento himself as well as Peter Fonda, Marlyn Manson, Michael Pitt, and Dylan and Cole Sprouse.
Here’s the problem: Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy is a pseudonym for Laura Albert. The JT LeRoy who had been walking around? That’s Savannah Knoop, Albert’s boyfriend’s half-sister.
This reveal came as a shock. Certainly Albert didn’t intend for it to go this far, author’s use pseudonyms all the time (Looking at your Richard Bachman, or should I say… Stephen King!), but contracts were written with JT LeRoy’s name and that meant legal trouble for Ms. Albert.
So that was that, until it wasn’t.
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In 2008 came Savannah Knoop’s memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy in which she recounted her story about the whole debacle. Come 2016, the Hollywood Reporter wrote that, “Kristen Stewart, James Franco and Helena Bonham Carter are circling the biopic JT Leroy, a Hollywood-set transgender story.”
Well, Kristen Stewart won out.
In 2018 Vanity Fair reported that the film would be a “….coming-of-age love story, as Savannah—while in disguise as JT—falls for an actress named Eva Avalon (Diane Kruger). Boundaries are blurred on different levels as the two have a fling, and Savannah finds herself pulled between her affection for Eva—who does not know her true identity—and a boyfriend in San Francisco, who does.”
That sounds might interesting! So interesting it got Kristen Stewart to join the project. For those unaware, Kristen Stewart, fresh from her Twilight days, has been focusing on getting indie projects off the ground. This got her attention, and she ended up in a staring role “as Savannah Knoop, the artist who helped author Laura Albert (played in the movie by Laura Dern) dupe the public into believing the myth of JT LeRoy.”
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The film was a highlight at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, and has been duly awarded distribution. Deadline broke the news, saying, “Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group is near to closing a U.S. rights to the Justin Kelly-directed drama. UPHE Content Group will set a U.S. theatrical release for the film and also gets in the deal some international rights that include Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and South Africa.”
Will you check this film out when it comes to a theater near you?
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If you are loyal Bookstrs, you must have already known that our Twilight-girl Kristen Stewart is currently working on her directional debut The Chronology of Water which is based on American writer Lidia Yuknavitch’s same name memoir. Recently, in her interview for Mastermind Magazine, Stewart honestly shared her thoughts about sexual ambiguity and her favorite line from the screenplay writing.
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The Chronology of Water is Stewart’s first try in directing a long movie after her directing music video “Down Side of Me” and short film Come Swim. Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water tells a her personal story of being a sports girl exploring her ambiguity in sex, gender, and sexuality with both men and women after she is kicked off the Olympic swimming team because of her alcohol addiction. She’s a writer and teacher in college now, and she thinks that the wild journey of her young, chaotic, and powerful explosion of sexuality makes her alive. After reading the book, Kristen Stewart once claimed that:
She [Yuknavitch]’s in my blood and I knew that before I met her. As soon as I met her it was like we started this race without any sense of competition. The Chronology of Water is the story of a lifelong swimmer-turned-artist, and explores the issues of sexuality, grief, and addiction. If that doesn’t sound like a perfect fit for Kristen Stewart, then we don’t know what is. I’m making the movie this summer but other than that, my only goal is just to finish the screenplay and hire a really spectacular actor: I’m going to write the best fucking female role. I’m going to write a role that I want so badly but that I’m not going to play.
As a high-profile LGBTQ Hollywood actress, this twenty-eight-year-old celebrity has led a controversial personal life, Stewart herself is also exploring her sexuality on the road, fearlessly and wildly. So far, she had dated a male actor and a male director, female artists, and since 2016 she has been in the relationship with New Zealand model Stella Maxwell. In 2017 her hosting Saturday Night Live, Stewart said “I’m like, so gay, dude;” and in 2017 interview with Guardian, she claimed that “you’re not confused if you’re bisexual. It’s not confusing at all. For me, it’s quite the opposite.” According to People, in her recent shooting/interview with Mastermind Magazine, she keeps saying that:
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Yeah, ambiguity is my favorite thing ever. In terms of sexuality? For sure. And also in making films, if you perfectly answer every question, you don’t allow for people to have their own experience and really indulge a thought. I feel the same way about how we f**k each other. You don’t want to know everything all the time.
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As a director now, Stewart especially cares about the perspective of female and the female body exploration:
Right now, I’m so aware of the fact that we’ve watched, cinematically, men and their way into their bodies and do physical things that feel fundamental to this male perspective. In every coming of age story we see about a young girl, even if it’s the truest, most sincere thing, what’s lacking is the physical honesty of actual female experience and the way we discover our bodies. It’s like we’re scared of using certain words.
In the magazine, she also shared her screenplay writing for the film:
My favorite line in this movie I’m currently writing is, ‘I thought about Sienna Torres and her shoving her hand into my wide-open c*nt about as wide as a mouth saying motherf*cker.’ That’s not something people would be comfortable hearing, up until right now, but I think it’s the perfect time. There’s nothing dirty about it, but I’m definitely going to be vulgar, and I’m definitely going to be completely unabashedly open about the fact that we’re entirely sexual beings.
Though some people think that she is reckless and vulgar, Stewart keeps camping the issue of gender fluidity/ambiguity up－in this case, for a certain point, I’m totally a big fan of her. American queer theorist Judith Halberstam once in her book The Queer Art of Failure argued that ‘a sense of failure can become a subversive power against the prevailing mainstream of normality, fabricating a queer aesthetic that is not based on normal identification.’ In other words, maybe for some traditional feminists, Kristen Stewart is not a good gender-equality advocate; yet it is Stewart’s assertion that she’s “definitely going to be vulgar” that somehow gives a fierce punch on the face to steady patriarchy.
I’m ready to read Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir, and I’m looking forward to Kristen Stewart’s film adaptation.
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