Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Anyone Watch This?

This was on this past weekend, 
and while feeding the baby 
I watched a few minutes and it intrigued me for the first time
So
we ordered it from Netflix.

I liked.
but
 I always like those teen type movies

Waiting for the 2nd one to come


What do you think?
Have you given in and watched this saga?

(or have I ruined your image of me?)


45 comments:

  1. Ruined! I think I must de-friend you now! :-) Have not seen any of the movies, tried to read the first book, could not get through it. Maybe I expected to much, it was all the rage with the baseball moms when I lived in GA. Everyone was reading it and talking about it so I though I must really be missing something. I think this is one of those love it or hate it type things...I hated it! (I'm very picky, if the boys and Kent like something and want me to see it, they don't tell me anything other than "you should go see it/read it" for fear if they praise it too highly I will expect too much and be disappointed!

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    1. That's funny Megan! I had no expectations, except it was a vampire movie and I didn't think I'd like it...so maybe my expectations were the opposite of yours and that made it good for me? hahah, who knows!

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  2. I love the twilight movies and am waiting for the last one to go to DVD. I have to watch it alone though as DH doesn't want to see it.

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    1. OH, gosh, I must clarify, my husband is NOT watching these!

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  3. While in "theory" I don't like the whole "sensation over the vampire thing"... I actually did like these movies when I watched them with Cheyanne (we did a marathon). When I sat down and thought about it I realized that what teenagers (esp. girls) seem to be most drawn to... and probably don't even know it... is that the love he has for her is so much a "traditional" type of love. He's chaste and puts himself aside and his own strong desires for her good. He even denies what he is most strongly drawn to because he knows that he loves her MORE than this. Girls go ga-ga over this because I think they really desire this kind of love for themselves. Someone who will love them better than they even love themselves and put their good and their well being before their own. Loved that.

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    1. Marijanna--that is exactly what I thought!!! I caught part of one of them, where SHE is trying to go further and he wanted to wait til they were married!!! Don't know which one that is yet...I love how both of the guys love and protect her above all else. No matter what.

      I think you are right, too bad they don't make more movies like that.

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  4. Oh... and with the whole "carrying the baby" thing. It was very "pro-life" that she would put her own well being aside for the sake of her child. Loved that too.

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    1. Oh, that's good to know....I don't think that one is out in DVD yet though, is it? Maybe that's the last one, I don't know, I just know there were 4 that I reserved via Netflix and I've gotten and watched one.

      Waiting to hear news from you!!

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  5. I have seen the movies or read the books, and my image of you is not ruined at all! For them to be that popular, though, they must have something that appeals to people of all ages.

    Are you going to read the books?

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    1. Shelly--this is one of those "weird" things, I can not read fiction!!!!! I just can't, I sit there thinking I'm wasting my time!!!

      I have a pile of books, I'm trying to get at that are all about ADD....and then I'm moving onto teaching kids about "you know what" kind of books.

      (Hey, "Jamie" means "Truthful one" I need the truth!!)

      You know what's even weirder? I love fiction movies....true movies are good sometimes, but now always...

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    2. "I'm wasting my time." lol. You're funny.

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  6. Both my daughter and I read all the books, although I read them first to preview. We own all the movies except the last one. Love them, even though Laura will get mad at me! Not exceptional writing by any means, but still love them.

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    1. So did you see the last one at the theater? Is it even out in video yet?

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  7. IMO (and you did ask!) Twilight is all a part of the culture of death. So many television shows and films have death as the core of the story. It is no wonder by the time they are teens children are desensitized to it. Hollywood glorifies death and then we wonder why shootings and suicides are so high.

    I wouldn't watch them for a million dollars. I'm not judging, you asked ;-)

    I should also say there are so many good, good programs to watch. They are just a little harder to find. If you are liking Downton, try Cranford, and Larkrise to Candleford.

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    1. I thought that Barbara, which is why I have not watched til now. I was pleasantly surprised it's not about that really. I'm not going to talk you into it or anything, after all, I don't have a million dollars.

      This is not a program, it's a movie...I don't want another show to watch, Downton keeps me busy now....but when that's over, I'll have to check those out!

      (you are right, I asked for it)

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    2. I just have to add, my daughters and I had a very serious conversation over whether Breaking Dawn was a pro-life movie. Bella does fight tooth and nail to save her baby while everyone is saying "kill the fetus." So I would say I agree with Barbabra and not...
      Larkrise is good, but it gets a bit women's lib there with the mom always hating her life. But it is still really good!

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    3. Since I admit I have never read the books or seen the films, I can't say for certain, but I feel it's not the message that is "culture of death" as much as the fact that they ARE vampires (ie dead).

      And I have no doubt, Jamie, that you can separate stories, characters from reality. But children and teenagers can not reliably do so. I would confidently say rarely do. And so many children are reading these books. I have a dear friend who teaches sixth grade in a Catholic school and she regularly sends the books home from school.

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    4. I agree, and I think these kind of movies give a fascination that teens/kids do not need. Can't believe these are sent home from any school, let alone Catholic. I couldn't help but think about the Goth type kids and how this would promote that with their very white looks and darker features/lips, etc....

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  8. I read the books, and will eventually watch all the movies. I like the story - it's an easy interesting read. But my hubby has pretty much ruined it for me because he can't stand Bella at all. He's always like, why would Edward and Jacob fight over that??

    I'm Team Jacob by the way....swoon!

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    1. That's because your husband is into blondes, right?

      I think I'm team Jacob too...but I haven't seen the movies yet where it's more about him...I think she's more team Edward, because she's that "different loner type" personality, and that fits better with Edward. I kind of told my husband a little of the story and to say it outloud...to a guy, well...he's never going to watch them. Ever. I must clarify that.

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  9. I have seen all but the latest. The first part of Breaking Dawn I was glad for the skip button on my DVD. The honeymoon was a little more than I needed to see, so SKIP. But, I think of Twilight a bit like candy. I liked it at first but now we watch it mainly for giggles. It is such a fun movie to make fun of! You should check out the Bad Lip Reading Channel on You Tube. They do a great bad lip reading of Twilight.
    I have let my teens see the movies but we discuss it very seriously. When my older two read the books (after I did) we had very serious discussions about how Bella was NOT a good role model and discussed the things that we all saw as serious character flaws on her part and the things that she did that were not ok.
    Oh and my husband actually read Twilight (not the others) to see what all the fuss was about. He watched the movie, begrudgingly I might add, but he never will again, lol. I can't even get him to watch Pride and Prejudice or Downton Abbey!
    We are Team Jacob around here. You should hear my husband go off on that subject. He can't figure out why anyone would be Team Edward. "Why would anyone want to cuddle with a marble statue?" Poor man, living in a house with a wife and three teenaged daughters... the conversations he is subjected to!

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    1. Nice to know about that honeymoon thing...I thought the same thing as you wrote about when I'd let my girls (if ever) watch these...that they would have to be at least 16 and we'd have to talk about it. (and I've only seen the first one so far--nothing bad in that one, just that she is more willing than he)

      My hubby won't watch those movies either...and if he did, he would not want me to tell anyone (not that he did, cuz he didn't)

      I know, about that Team Jacob thing, I think they are both very cute, but, warm VS cold--warm, always warm.

      Now, since you've read the books....I did see that she must become a vampire in the end..why? Why in the end? After he saved her, etc...

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  10. I read the books when I was nursing Ava..when she was first born. I was down in the bsmt bedroom and I got scared. The coyotes were howling one night.
    The books are geared towards the teen audience and the whole love thing.
    I only saw some of the first movie because I did read the books. The book is better then the movie.

    I did not let or will let Colette read that series. I did let her read the Hunger Games and watch that show. That might have been worse?????

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    1. I hadn't seen or read the Hunger Games series. So I have no idea if it was appropriate for her age group. I did let my kids water and read the Harry Potter series though.

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    2. Christine--I did not like Hunger Games at all...I think it was the hype, I expected it to be great and it was just a movie. Nothing special. (kind of like Megan said up top)

      Maybe the books were scary but the movie (the first one) was not...maybe the others are?

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    3. Arley--You gave in to the Harry Potter Craze? (haha, just kidding) NO interest here on that one, my kiddos are into The Hobbit stuff and Star Wars...

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    4. The Hunger Games trilogy was much better than the movie. The movie was a huge disappointment for me.

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    5. Hunger games, the book was very good and when you know that the author wrote after flipping the channels between the news and reality TV it takes in a new meaning in regards to our culture. I would say Hunger Games over Twilight Amy day.

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  11. I have never understood what people see in that series. It seems kind of silly, if you as me. I know it's catered to teens, and I have, at one point, read the first page or two of the first book, but I just couldn't get into it like I can with Nicolas Sparks books.

    I do however love the Game of Throne series. I am deep into the third book and can't wait for the new season to start!

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    1. Never heard of Game of Throne...I do not like fiction...Christine might like that though! I think, because when I was a lot younger, like in the 80's, I watched The Lost Boys--not a good movie, I thought The Twilight movies would be like that, but it wasn't at all. It was more of a romance movie.

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  12. I've personally never read the books or seen the movies, but I did read these two articles last year and after reading this had no desire to see the movies. This website is usually pretty reliable, but like I said never read any of the stories so I don't know how accurate these two articles are. Let me know what you think. http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/twilight-pro-chastity-pro-life and http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/parents-beware-twilight-breaking-dawn-features-disturbing-treatment-of-abor/

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    1. Kari--interesting read, thanks for the link. I've only seen the first MOVIE. I don't like fiction books, so I won't read the books. I just know that in the movie, at least the first, it was not like what they described in the book, the book gave much more details, that kind of get lost in the movie. I do know though, after reading those quotes, I'm not going to let my girls read the books!! I don't think they are promoting the movie as a "pro-life" movie, or as a "chaste" movie, so I didn't expect anything. I DO think a person could take away the good and explain it like Marijanna did with her step daughter and like Amy did with her girls. (with the movies)

      I watched this movie--I must clarify, not my girls and my girls will not watch this movie for many years.

      Thanks again for the link, made me happy I don't read fiction!

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  13. I'll weigh in. My mind's a bit fuzzy so hopefully it doesn't get all jumbled. ;)

    First, Twilight. The books are so much better (rarely is a movie better or as good as for me). It's very light reading for me and I really didn't not get all flustered and "deep" into it. I treated it like it was - fluff. Would I let young girls read/watch it? No. The first book may seem innocent enough, but the storyline progresses and there's a lot of sex stuff in there (much implied but a number of more obvious scenes). Also, Bella is not a great role model and if my girls are older and do choose to read this, that's definitely something to talk about. As far as Team anything, that gets a little nuts though I do prefer Jacob in the books. In the movies though, the actor is just way too young that it feels weird considering it at all!

    Next up, the Hunger Games. I really liked these books. The movie was bleh. While there is a bit of a love triangle in the books, to me it was very peripheral except for a few insightful kind of moments, to the overall storyline of people vs government - of people waking up to the fact that they can change, that the government does not have to force them to live oppressive lives, yada, yada, and that's what really drew me in.

    The last series, Game of Thrones. I am really torn about this one. The storyline is really addicting and I like the made up world. There are certainly interesting and thought provoking issues. However, some stuff goes on that bothers me, and I feel more and more like I should not watch or read it (it's an HBO show if that gives any insight). This is definitely adults only! As far as book or show, I feel they actually do a good job with the show in relation to the books. But, Jamie Jo, based on what I've come to know about you, I do not think you'd appreciate this kind of show.

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    1. Nicole--first, I never thought, ever that this post would have so much discussion. I didn't know it was controversial...I guess the books are and not the movie so much?

      2nd, You must know me pretty darn good Nicole, because I think you are right, that show (I never even heard of before this post) Game of Thrones, does not interest me in the least.

      Also, I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't care for the Hunger Games movie. Thought I was losing my movie critique touch--haha!

      Oh, gosh and that "team guy" stuff, I was teaming for Bella, not for me...was I? maybe I was teaming for me when I was a teen? I don't know, but you are right, they are wayyyyyy tooo young for this ol' lady. The two guys seem to have maybe grown up through the movies though, from first movie to the last movie...they are men all of a sudden. (with big muscles on the wolfe guy)

      Great discussions....glad I had this though, I know this is NOT for my girls for many many years!

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    2. Oh yes, lots of controversy with all the series! And personally, while I do not mind "fluff" now and again (I enjoy some teenage angst now and again, haha), I am overwhelmed by the lack of good writing out there for the kids. It's been a real eye opener (and will be, I think!) now that my oldest is starting into chapter books.

      As for the team stuff, it always seemed to me who YOU liked, versus who you wanted Bella with (though masked to be Bella's choice, if that makes sense). They both certainly grew up through the movie series but Jacob's character was a number of years younger whereas Edward's is at least closer in age (yikes, 6 years younger exactly - we share a birthday. I looked it up real quick.).

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    3. I know, I had to take out my Honey for a Child's Heart book, to bring to the library tomorrow...last time we were there, (Jedi and I on our mommy date) there were a ton, I mean a TON of witch and witchcraft books, for that 10 ish age!!!! I need a list of books, that stupid Dewy Decimal system is just, well, stupid.

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    4. OH, yeah, and I suppose who YOU like is who Bella should like too, right? I like them both and I get it, why she likes both of them.

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    5. I know. I feel like I need a day at the library by myself. I have started checking out books but I find I have no time to read them! I too have seen a lot of witchcraft books. It's actually hard for me. Growing up I was an avid reader. I would read anything and had no one influencing what I read so I read way more than I should, at a way earlier age than appropriate. I find myself struggling to find balance now and to learn to walk away from books that appeal but I know weakens me. Hopefully my kids will do better than I!

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  14. Aaaah, literature! It loves to open the door to controversy! LOL I have a read a couple of the books and I've seen the first movie. I enjoyed them, but I am an adult. I know that many Catholic's are opposed to reading them b/c of the vampire thing. I tell ya...that sort of controversy (similar to Harry Potter) leaves me feeling conflicted. Recently, our Catholic School PTO president wanted all Harry Potter books removed from the school's library, but the Principal said "no". She felt it should be left up to the parents. Now, I'm highly doubtful that "Twilight" books are in the school library, but maybe I should check! LOL Happy Weekend, Jamie!!!!

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    1. Always controversy. I think, as an adult, it's a choice and yes, I probably would be better off reading, say a book on praying for the holy souls in purgatory or increasing my prayer life or whatever. It's a long journey and I'm still gullible to fluff now and then. ;) I do think it's easier for us adults to differentiate but I also think that we could do something better with our time (and yet, I will be the first to plead guilty). Oh what a fun discussion!

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    2. You are right Nicole, I think maybe that's why I don't like reading fiction...but for some weird reason, I don't mind watching movies!!

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    3. A movie lasts 2 hours...an average book is maybe 8 hours. You're being efficient with your time. ;-)

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    4. yay! Thanks Elizabeth--you're right!

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  15. Jamie, this is funny, because when I had my heart attack, my husband's aunts (my aunt-in-laws?)took our room while I was in the hospital and Dennis slept on the couch. I guess my sister and Mom were doing laundry in my room or something and found the "Vampire Diaries" book in my room. I realize this isn't the same show (or is it? There are too many vampire stuff out), and anyway, they assumed the book to be mine, even though it belonged to my husband's aunt. They were concerned to say in the least that I was reading these books! I was able to straighten it out and assure them that those were not my books, so that made them feel better I guess.

    So why the stress about me reading those books? I guess maybe because they felt that anything to do with vampires, whether it be books or TV (or witches, for that matter), is something we were trained to stay away from. It's just too easy to get sucked in and view things from a perspective that is generally dark.

    Anyway, that is just my own opinion, but of course we don't think any differently from you! You are still the same sweet Jamie Jo and one who obviously loves God.

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  16. I liked all the Twilight movies (never read the book..and wait, I never saw the last one yet..lol). I don't mind them, and my husband actually watched with me. I did like the whole aspect of him not letting her go all the way, and how she fought for her baby. With that being said, I do feel the whole underworld and vampire undertones are not something I'd like my kids to see/read. That's just me. But, on the other hand, all my kids liked Harry Potter. The whole aspect of his mother's sacrifice and good against evil...that was fine by me. Hunger Games..no. My kids would be very upset by seeing children killed (we edited parts in Harry Potter when children were killed or killing was talked about). But, my husband and I watch movies that we wouldn't even consider letting our kids watch..so maybe we aren't the best examples ;) I will say our movie choices have gotten better in our 13 (almost 14) years of marriage. Love the Hobbit and Tolkien too. I think, as an adult, you have a better solid formation as a Catholic, and can discern when enough is enough. Yes we have to guard our sense, but I see Twilight as mere fluff also. If anything, one might start laughing as opposed to be offended. If that makes any sense.

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