Things are getting more intense once again in the Twilight fandom. Girls are screaming for each and every one of the characters in the Twilight Books... or is it girls screaming for the characters in the movies?
This is a rant. So beware. I'm not as formal in this "opinionated article", but I hope I wasn't rude. You can tell me if I was rude if you comment :) I'm sorry if I come off as a little harsh.
When books are being translated into film, there are bound to be changes. Character development, plot, emotional journey, etc.
What I'm trying to establish is that THE MOVIE CHARACTERS ARE NOT THE CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK. They're different. Not every side of the characters' complex figure has been portrayed in the movies. The characters in the books are the blueprints... but in the movies, they haven't built the full model of the characters... there are holes in the model. Missing pieces.
I see comments about "I love you ________! _______ is so hot!" They are implying they love the character because the actor is good looking. I'm going to be straight up, because I've been filtering my comments, but... doesn't that seem just a tad bit shallow? To disregard who the person is and just go with looks? The books... that's the source. Everything we see in stores now, the merchandise, the movies, the magazines, all came from one thing... the books. They're the rock thrown in the pond, and the merchandise/movies are the ripples, the aftermath of the rock being thrown. Without the books, there wouldn't be anything. So wouldn't it make sense to read the books to come to a full conclusion of which characters you liked better?
And I find comments like this disturbing, from both sides:
1) __________ is UGLY! What's wrong with you?
2) What's wrong with your eyes? Can't you see he's ugly?
3) Your so stupid to like him better than _________.
This is not how people should treat one another for their opinions. Especially when the accuser is accusing the person based on their own opinion. It's hypocritical and unnecessary! It's okay to have different opinions. Everyone is different and everyone has different preferences. Even if people have a different opinion than you, it's still fun to discuss. You can learn stuff from each other. You learn from your mistakes and you learn from people. It builds character. Debating is also dangerous. Just be respectful. I know debates can get heated, I've been in a could of debates myself, but respect goes a long way. If you respect others, they will respect you.
Another thing... why on earth does it matter who has the better body? It's not on the outside that matters. Sure, it doesn't hurt that the outside looks nice, but it's what's on the inside that truly counts. Skin tone fades, abs fades, outer appearance fades. "Time passes..." The physical features are worn out throughout life. We grow weak and we eventually are worn out.
But the inside, that's what truly matters....
A person's soul, a person's heart... that's what truly matters.
People tend to forget that. Before all this hype, it wasn't about who was hotter. People actually analyzed the characters and all their traits. Their flaws, their strengths. Now... the extent of a character's "qualities" are "he's so hot" and "he's so fit" and "his hair is so hot" and "he's just sooooo sexy!"
The definition of "hot" when Twilight first came out was... the reader's imagination. They imagined their unique character that they fell in love with. The character didn't have a face that the actors now helm. Just the reader's imagination. I'd like to point out that I don't have a problem with the casting really, but sometimes, it's nice to think back on who your favorite character was before he had a face. Before the movies came out and before the series were corrupted and is now just this moneymaker.
If you recently became a fan of the series because of the movies, I highly recommend reading the books. Because the movies can be deceiving. Don't get me wrong, I love certain aspects of the movies, but sometimes, the viewer can be led astray with the characters. The books are a fast read. If you like the movies, you'll probably like the books as well. Maybe even better :)
So please... differentiate the actors and the characters they play. Rob is not Edward. Kristen is not Bella. Taylor is not Jacob. They may share qualities, but they are not their characters. They were hired to be a part of the telling of a beloved story that a lot of people found intriguing. I'm glad a lot of people have accepted the actors to helm their beloved characters. Granted there are a lot of haters, but love speaks louder than hate.
Separate them from the characters because they aren't them. I urge you to read the books if you haven't. And I urge you to be respectful. That's probably the most important thing. Why get into a fight when the characters are fictional? It's understandable that the characters are vividly described to some people, but at the end of the day, it's a book and the characters are just figments of the imagination. You open the book, you enter into another world, you close it, and you're back to the modern world. You can learn from the characters and their good qualities and bring them to life. That's the thing about imagination and learning... they're compatible. :)
So be respectful, be open-minded, be safe ♥
That is all. :)
Comments are much appreciated :) Thanks for taking the time to read :)