Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Eclipse: To Reread or Not To Reread - THAT Is The Question.
So depending on when you are reading this, Eclipse is only 40-something days away from lighting up a movie screen with Twilighty splendor, and I have a problem: I don't know if I absolutely positively MUST reread Eclipse before going to see the movie or if I definitely, no matter what, shouldn't pick up good ol' Book Three at any time between now and June 30th (which is just around the corner - SQUEEEEE!!!).
Understand that I have been...remiss in my Twilight reading cycle. It's been a while since I picked up any of the books. For a while, I had been reading a few chapters most nights before going to sleep, but lately I've been so exhausted that I just crash when my head hits the pillow and don't need to lull myself off to sleep with literary crack. And due to my Twilighty and bloggy OCD tendencies, my copy of Eclipse is filled with tons of tiny little post-its, slivers of paper, and other assorted place markers. Because during my last read-through, I stuck a little bookmark in there every time I came across something that I wanted to get back to later/discuss/blog about. And there were a LOT of passages like that... Most of them shared a common theme and could easily be collected and put into a post titled something along the lines of "Bella Is A Whiny Ungrateful Bitch Who Is Unworthy of Edward's Eternal Devotion" aka "Why The Fuck Is She So Upset About The Prospect of Marrying The Hottest Guy In The Universe?!" Yup, I may have been away from the book for a while, but to the best of my recollection, that sums it up nicely.
So I am not sure if I want to immerse myself back into "Book Bella" or if I should just wait and see what Eclipse Movie Bella brings to the table. Because Movie Bella [MB hereafter] is not entirely like Book Bella ["BB"]. MB is waaaay less whiny. Kristen Stewart said somewhere when talking about Eclipse that "Bella really knows what she wants in Eclipse." Which kinda surprised me because BB spends a whoooooole lotta time agonizing over Jacob as I recall (something that continues almost entirely unabated right up until that little half-breed gnaws it's way out of what's left of BB's uterus). I swear the last time I started reading Twilight from the start I stopped to take a quick look at the cover to make sure I wasn't reading a parody of some sort. As much as I adore the Saga, I had so many "Really?! WTF REALLY?!?" moments when I read Eclipse that it's hard to believe that my panties had room to get any more bunched up throughout Breaking Dawn (lo and behold, they did, but that's another story... not to mention the seething, hissing phone calls to Jenny Jerkface, who I called all sort of terrible names for forcing me into this delicious yet terrible and very real addiction).
So I am torn... Reread the book, or just go into the movie without having the book fresh on my mind??? I'm a little behind already, but there's still time to catch up with The Danger Magnet's pre-movie book discussion! Or to just tear though it on my own in under 24 hours like I did the first time around... Let me know what your movie/book-y pre-gaming plans are in the comments! Because Jenny Jerkface wants to borrow my copy of Eclipse and I can't seem to relinquish it at the moment...