It’s impossible to not get caught up in the excitement this week as finally, this Friday, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 hits theaters and fans get to see what they have anxiously waited for over the past three years: the wedding of Edward and Bella, and the drama that comes along with being pregnant with a half human/half vampire child.
Ever since the last installment of Stephenie Meyer’s insanely popular series hit the shelves on August 2, 2008, readers have scratched their heads wondering how the movie would adapt not the wedding (which I have to admit in the trailer looks stunning), but the bed shattering, feather scattering wedding night, as well as birth scene to end all birth scenes.
I have admittedly been very, very hard on the movies so far. But I’m not alone. It’s not the story. The screenwriters have literally lifted the dialogue from the books and put them on film. There’s not much they have had to do. No, it’s the awkwardness of the actors delivering the dialogue that was meant for books and with their lack of real acting chops and inability to lift the story from the books and bring it to life. It’s painful and as such, they’ve become somewhat of a tradition among my friends and I. We go, we laugh, we get hissed at by prepubescent girls – it’s great fun.
I will also admit however, that while yes, I laugh at the movies, I have every one on DVD and have been known to watch them without laughing. So there, I am a walking contradiction. I’m not afraid to admit I have a love/hate relationship with the series. But there’s an easy answer why. Why I stayed up for a week straight to devour every book, one after the other, and why I have waited in line to see the movies on the day they come out ever since the first film. And it’s not Edward’s hair or Jacob’s abs or the killer soundtracks, cause really, they are good you have to admit. Nope, it’s none of that. It’s much simpler. Are you ready?
The answer is love. Plain and simple.
When it boils right down to it I am in love with love. “Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love” (Sex and the City, “An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux,” 2004).
So, thankfully the movie has birthed (pun intended) a song that is fitting to the theme of the kind of eternal love that really only a vampire relationship would allow. The whole neither one of you would ever die thing being key to that arc. The simply beautiful “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri is not high energy as you may be used to hearing from me, but its simple and sweet, and the video is a great combination of just enough movie cheese and crystalline vocals to make it worth watching.