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Stephenie Meyer Vs. Trashy Articles By Grown Men

January 12th, 2010 at 11:02 am by Kaleb Nation

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There was an article up on The Awful Truth that I had speared on Twitter a few days ago, because I’m beginning to get annoyed at the constant inclusion of those three same words in every article about Stephenie Meyer. Ted Casablanca’s blog for E! Online included these little gems of journalistic genius:

Jeez, is it actually harder for a devout Mormon to whore out her creative baby than, say, a reported Protestant like J.K. Rowling, who certainly had no difficulties milking the Harry Potter flicks for all they were worth?

Oh, and Steph, just some more food for thought: If you put the kibosh on an extra Twilight film, Twi-hards are going to have your rich little booty for din-din! Trust us, you’ll be skinned alive, diced, fried and then flambéed alive.

din-din1Did you say something? Sorry, couldn’t hear you over the, like omigawd, Hannah Montana music pounding in the background. It’s a shame it also took a co-writer to produce those two abysmal paragraphs, not to mention their many relatives in the rest of the article.

For one thing, I don’t think the fans are going to hate Stephenie just because she doesn’t split the movie into two films. It would be one issue if she wanted them to combine the last two books into one, but as the final book is only ONE book, Twilighters possessing any maturity greater than that of a five year old can hardly expect to DESERVE two movies of it. So I don’t know where he’s getting the idea that the fans are gonna have Stephenie ‘skinned alive, diced, fried, and then flambéed alive’.

Smeyer, thankfully, posted a note on her website this morning to dispel these rumors:

Just a quick note on the subject of the Breaking Dawn film: there is no drama over whether the book should be one movie or two. My personal feeling is that it would be very difficult to cram the whole story into one movie (as I’ve said in many interviews previous to this), but if a great way of doing that surfaces, I’m all for it. Two or one, whichever way fits the story best is fine by me, and everyone I’ve spoken with at Summit seems to feel the same way. We’re all excited to move forward on this, and we are slowly and surely getting there. I know people are anxious for news, and so sometimes gossip get fabricated to stir things up, but there’s no basis to this particular story.

Steph

I think The Awful Truth is in need of a new ‘Deep Twi’ insider source who can actually dig up facts other than those including the words “Mormon”, “Housewife” and ‘din-din”.


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21 Responses

  1. Emily

    Lol Kaleb… You're hilarious! I think I should stop laughing like this in public… The many people in the food court are staring at me. My embarrassment = your fault. Worry not, I still love you. XD

  2. CrystalHeart

    You are absolutely right.

  3. Krystina

    haha thanks Kaleb. I read that article and I also thought it was ridiculous. I mean honestly, the twilighters love Stephenie and we would NEVER eat her alive over not splitting the book into two movies. We got over her not releasing another Twilight book, I don't think something like the movies could make us hate her. js

  4. Thasanee

    I knew that article was dumb because I specifically remember her saying that BD couldn't possibly be made into one movie. I think there might have been a “kind” of twi-hard that would have gone ballistic but honestly, I just want to see the movie made!

  5. Wendy

    That writer should be fired for their lack of good research!! If they had bothered to do even a modicum research at all they would have known that SM was supportive of two films for the last book. And do they not realize that SM has no control over how the script is produced? If you are writing about entertainment topics should you have a basic understanding of how the business works?? Or maybe they do and they were trying to stir the proverbial pot a bit. Too bad they look like an idiot now!

  6. Sara

    I have given up on stephanie. Her books have not been translated correctly into the movie form ( i get that you can't get every thing in) as they have moved away from the core E/B story and she hasn't done anything. Especially if you read the leaked Eclipse script. I don't care if they make BD into a movie at all much less 2. But it is curious to me that if Summit wants 2 movies, and Stephanie..per her post wants 2 movies..what is the hold up? I don't mean to sound harsh–just really disappointed with this whole thing.

  7. Natalie in Kansas City

    Kaleb. Ted has already responded to Meyer's update. I still think he needs some clarification that Meyer has always said she thought it'd be best to make two movies. Maybe someone should email him some past interviews where she's stated it.

    However, I think he may be onto something about the scriptwriter. Let's face it – Melissa is just not good enough for the caliber of film the fans wanted after Twilight. Most everyone who's read the Eclipse (I haven't and won't) script is very disappointed and while New Moon was better than Twilight, the script was still poor and lacking dialogue. A lot was left out (in just a few more minutes added to the film, the bedroom scene at the end, Bella's realization that Edward does really love her (on the way to his house for the Vote) and the vote could have easily been added in, therefore adding much more depth. They had the budget and I'm sure they could have pulled off a few more minutes (these are things I missed, personally). So, again, maybe Ted is right about the scriptwriter. Though, I don't know if Meyer would have much of a say in it…

    I think an entirely different screenwriter needs to be hired. But, to be fair to everyone who adores Melissa, a co-writer would be a happy-medium. I think of it this way: Even doctor's ask for help when they need it. As a professional, it's hard to reach out b/c, well, you are a professional and you feel that you should know what you're doing. But, responsible professionals also ask for help. Melissa needs to swallow her pride and do just that (or Summit needs to step in for her). She's just not cutting it. BD is NOT just about the birth and the fight. We don't need just a good director who can pull off CGI and directing the cast. It's about so much more. I want to see Edward and Bella have more than a ten-second conversation and as of yet, Melissa hasn't delivered. I hope she's reading.

  8. Vanessa Phillips

    Can i just say that JK wasnt the one who decided the movie should be split in two, if im correct (but dont hold me to it) it was WB who decided because everything in the last HP book could not be crammed into one film without cutting out important information taht HAS to be in the movie for it to clear everything up and make sense… so JK isnt milking it for what its worthm shes just trying to make sure all the imortant deatils are covered

    As for the breaking dawn thing, i think they may be able to squeeze it into one film, but if they have to put it into two, im sure the fans would like that…but personally it doesnt matter to me

  9. kay

    lulz. it's like you don't know your own fanbase at all.

    the twitlighters would PWN Smeyer regardless of what choice was made.

    Fandom!Fail

  10. Bellemeow

    She writes BOOKS not MOVIES. They are such different mediums and and should be treated that way. I do not think anyone should or would hate her for having opinions and making choices that would better serve her ideas, characters and stories in a different medium.

    And what the heck does being Mormon have to do with it?? I can see the point of the comparison to JK Rowling, as far as the book-to-movie conversions, but why bring up the Mormon/Protestant thing?…
    I am so sick of people judging one another by religion. Err…

    Ok. Done.

  11. Allan_Hatai

    Yeah, being LDS (Mormon), I kind of resent that remark. And can I just say that in my opinion that journalist needs to stop showing his opinion in his work? Journalists shouldn't take sides in their writing. I feel really bad saying this but he is kind of a jerk. It just saddens me that people actually read that stuff and believe it. People should just leave Stephanie Meyer alone.

  12. lofern

    Ted C – let's just say I'm not a fan. Given the speculation he indulges in as a matter of course, I could write most of his articles myself. Funny story – a woman where I work got totally offended when I said that Ted speculates rather than delivering any real facts … she barely speaks to me now. Not so much of a loss, I say. :-)

  13. Wendilynn

    Well, I guess Ted has shown that he's really not much better then the Enquirer. But, I have to say that he's probably just needs some publicity and lets face it.. putting “twilight” or “stephenie meyer” into any article is going to guarantee a bunch of hits. I do want to agree with Natilie. I can't stand Melissa's total ineptitude as the twilight scriptwriter. She does not understand her source material at all. I personally thought Chris did a good job bringing a difficult movie to the screen, but there are some nuances in New Moon that were missed completely or changed. Melissa may be great is writing for a serial killer, but she is missing the boat on what makes Twilight so special. And unlike Twilight, melissa cannot blame a pending writers strike on why she couldn't do a good job. And sadly, changing directors each time means that they are dropping the ball as well. Everyone focuses on the vampire/werewolves angle and completely overlook the love story that is what drives this story. Although I will say that I think Chris probably understood it better than anyone else so far. I would love to see him come back for Breaking Dawn.

  14. Animalover95

    Yeah, that part of the article that you posted was pretty much just the author comparing Stephenie Meyer to JK. Rowling. Both authors are great but wrote totally different stories, it's like comparing apples to oranges! And then to bring the two author's religion into it, that was just low, even for (what is this guy?) a tabloid writer!

  15. Natalie in Kansas City

    Wendilynn: Right on!

    I think sites like this one need to use their voice (say in a post) to ask for Melissa to, at the very least, get help with BD. Explain what we want to see (less fight stuff, more love, more dialogue), and how this will benefit fans, herself, Summit, etc. How they've missed what we've wanted all along, is beyond me. All they had to do was hire someone to research what parts of the books fans are discussing on forums. What's being discussed the most, in a postive way, needs to be what's written in the script played out.

    I've been on many forums and it's the love, the intimacy, the conversations, etc., that are being discussed. The fights – hardly AT ALL. And, it's clearly obvious that teenage – older adult women who are the biggest fan base and who are going into the theaters time and time again. Who cares about pleasing men. They either like it, or come along with their girlfriends just to be nice. CGI is nice and having good fight scenes are nice, to a point. Obviously, I want to see good CGI. But, over-playing the Bella-Jacob-Edward love triangle and focusing so MUCH on the fights, which I hear, from cast, that that's what Eclipse is all about, is betraying fans. It's just not what the majority of fans want to see. Bottom line. It's become about what Melissa wants to see. It's become HER story. Not Meyer's. Honestly, I can't even see how Meyer is pleased at all. Unless she's a simple person just happy to see her story made onto the big screen, whether it's well done or not.

  16. Wendilynn

    That they are focusing on the action is disappointing, if that is what they are going for. What I find everyone talking about is the dependability of the men of Twilight. Men in our media these days are portrayed as pimps. Not stable, very selfish and only in it for what they can get. And frankly women are portrayed much the same way. In Twilight we get men who once they love, they are willing to do whatever is necessary for that relationship. The level of sacrifice demonstrated by our beloved vampires and werewolves of Forks, Wa are what draw women to these books. Here we find men willing to do what it takes, easy or hard just because they love that person. You don't find that celebrated in too many other things and in bringing these stories to the movie screen I think Summit has missed a real opportunity to give us something we don't get normally. There are plenty of movies with good fight scenes. There aren't many with a dedicated love story where you'd actually trust the guy to stick around.

  17. Sem1995

    He needs to learn a couple of things…. >:(

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  19. Dania

    its annoying isn't it, anyone who isn't a Twilight fan should shut his mouth instead of mouthing meaningless stuff about it, i do think the book is goin to be split into two movies though, for one thing that its too long to be fitted into two hours or anything near that, if they could make it into one movie without ignoring important events, then its cool, that will save me months of count-downs and waiting =]

  20. Brogue

    This is ridiculous! Stephenie Meyer has very little say about what goes on in the movies! I don't care if it's split into two movies or not, but I've just read that someone here has given up on Stephenie Meyer because she's done nothing to make th emovies more like the books! She can't help that. The writers of books that have been turned into films don't usually have much of a say in what goes on in them.

  21. Brogue

    This is ridiculous! Stephenie Meyer has very little say about what goes on in the movies! I don't care if it's split into two movies or not, but I've just read that someone here has given up on Stephenie Meyer because she's done nothing to make th emovies more like the books! She can't help that. The writers of books that have been turned into films don't usually have much of a say in what goes on in them.

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