I thought that my week had been busy, but this weekend I have been going nonstop. I spent almost nine hours yesterday at a speech meet, and immediately afterward, I took Z and her pal to an early evening showing of Breaking Dawn.
If you've followed my blog through the years, you know that I am definitely a Twilight fan. I'm not one to shriek uncontrollably at Jacob un-shirting, mind you, but I do so love the story. When the first movie came out, I saw it four times, in all of its campy, romantic, blue-and-purple glory. I truly loved New Moon, and though I balked at Bella's awful wig and eyebrows and fumed over Victoria's replacement in Eclipse, I enjoyed that movie, too. As a die-hard fan of the books, I knew that the movies could never really measure up, but I appreciated that the filmmakers always seemed to respect the books enough to never really take the plots in another direction (unlike the fiends who defaced Percy Jackson).
Breaking Dawn, for me, marks a shift in the whole series. The book was different from the others. It was kind of nutty at times, actually, and it seemed hurried to me -- too much, too soon, and too much happening in a single book all at once. Edward sort of receded for much of the story, and I felt disconnected from Bella for much of it. As far as the whole Renesmee thing, that was just awkwardly handled. Overall, while I was still happy to be reading the book, spending time with these much-loved characters, and watching their story play out, I did wonder why Stephenie Meyer decided to end the series as she did. How could the person who wrote a book-length exposition for the series bring it all to a climax and see it through to its resolution so quickly?
So when the movie came out, I thought, well, my expectations are already low, so at least I won't be disappointed. And I wasn't! Actually, I was rather impressed with how much the crazy was tempered in this film, and how much what once seemed too far-fetched and rushed seemed almost plausible and thoughtfully handled. It's the same story, yet it is presented differently, somehow. I think the visual interpretation of the story really makes a world of difference. Now I'm thinking that maybe I'll need to see it again. ;) I'm so predictable.
This week I also have two challenges up at Two Peas in a Bucket. The first is a journaling challenge that focuses on gratitude. 'Tis the season, after all, to count your blessings!
The second challenge is part of the Two Peas Garden Girl online crop that has been going on this weekend. The challenges will remain open all this week, however, so there is still time to get in on the fun! My challenge is to create a holiday-themed card for any November or December holiday.
This challenge runs until midnight CST on Sunday, November 27. On Monday, a winner will be announced on the Garden Girl message board. I'm told that there will be a fabulous prize involved.
Hopefully you will be able to play along with one or both of the challenges! There are also a few more to check out on Two Peas. I love challenges. They're so great for jump-starting that mojo, especially at a time of year when life gets pretty hectic.
I hope you had a happy Sunday! Have a great week.