'Tis the season of Top 10 lists! I don't always agree but these lists do sift through the media overload. My favorite is Matt Goldberg's Top 10 Movie Posters and the least is the silly MTV's playlist of Top Twilight Moments of 2010. Both inspired me to come up with my own list of Twilight Highlights of the year in the media, music and literature which I hope you find unique, thoughtful, and varied. Bella's birthday is September 13 and so is mine, therefore, my list has 13 items. Please enjoy and comment with your top moments!
Honorable Mention: "Robert is Bothered" segments on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
13. Eclipse Press Junket as reported on Collider.com: There was a lot of press on June 12 at the Twi-Convention in L.A. and one site let us see the complete video of the interviews, with transcript. In a year when several well-established media outlets constantly misquoted and took out of context the words of the big three, I was delighted to find a site that didn't value slick over truth.
Watch Robert Pattinson interview: Which includes my top RPatzz quote of the year:
Q: Do you believe in having a soul, like Edward does?
Robert: Yeah, definitely. I can’t remember who said it, but a soul and a heaven must exist because good people aren’t rewarded enough on Earth. I always liked that idea, if that makes sense.
Watch Taylor Lautner interview: Always such an exemplary young man. He won't speak ill of anyone, not even the paparazzi. Why they keep boxing him in on the highway is beyond me because Taylor doesn't do anything even remotely scandalous.
Watch Kristen Stewart interview: Nobody knows Bella better than Kristen.
Enjoy Collider.com's content while you're there. It's a unique site that's truly about all aspects of filmmaking and marketing that avoids glib gossip but doesn't take itself too seriously. Steve Weintraub ( @colliderfrosty) and Matt Goldberg ( @mattgoldberg) are interesting follows on Twitter, too, being film critics/reporters that still actually 'go to the movies.' Go figure.
12. Giveaway Contests on KalebNation and TwiFans: Kaleb Nation (twilightguy.com) was the first of 14 fan sites to give away a pretty extensive Twilight prize pack from Summit Entertainment. It was a random, enter as many times as you like contest on YouTube that turned
into a Twilighters lightning chatroom. It was pretty darn fun with a total 31,590 comments. TwiFans celebrated their second birthday by giving away an Eclipse Blu-ray signed by Director David Slade. Entrants took pictures of themselves with TwiFans.com on their computer in the background. The photos were cute and I finally got to see what my FanFiction.net pen pal Mrs. Cope looks like. By the way, Mrs. Cope and LauraEmily 18 are frequent entrants and winners in the Twilight Novel Novice challenges. Voting is open now for the "We're Not Vegetarians" challenge.
11. The Oprah Winfrey Show: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Dakota Fanning all on one show! For the most part, Oprah shows why she's the queen of talk and puts her young guests at ease. Rob and Taylor surprise fans at home and Kristen gives Bella's moonstone ring to a fan who was inspired by Bella to just be who she is. My favorite moment, though, is when Oprah crosses over the pre-arranged boundary and asks Rob about the rumors of him and Kristen dating. For just a second, he gets that twinkle in his eye my grandmother and uncle have when they're about to say something clever. I can't find the video for this segment on Oprah so here's YouTube:
Ask a goofy question, get a goofy answer seems to have become Rob's new strategy. Am I crazy but did Rob seem to 'suddenly' relax and get really good at interviews sometime around February this year? Tell me if you noticed the same.
10. Moviefone Twilight Night: Coinciding with the June lunar eclipse, 12 cities had showings of Twlight and/or New Moon in area parks with live appearances by the cast of Eclipse. More and more municipalities (Denver and Portland, to name two) are having free outdoor movie showings of family-friendly fare all summer long. With the disappearance of drive-ins, it's a new outdoor venue, a great evening picnic with your entire neighborhood. The Moviefone Twilight Night coverage video is an interesting view, with interviews from several sources and behind-the-scenes footage.
9. Stephenie Meyer Fan Mini-Junket: Instead of doing the normal press for the film release of Eclipse and answering the same broad questions, Ms. Meyer chose four fan sites out of a hat and met with them. Finally, the readers get to hear intelligent, in-depth questions that we've all been dying to ask. Here are the links to the four fan sites:
- Twilight Series Theories (twilightseriestheories.com)
- Twilight Source (twilightsource.com)
- Twifans (www.twifans.com)
- Letters To Twilight (letterstotwilight.wordpress.com)
Photo is courtesy of Twilight Series Theories which included the Stephenie Meyer interviews in their podcast, which is great to listen to when you're driving across Nebraska. Listen on Mevio or subscribe on iTunes.
8. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: Stephenie Meyer gives us a world that's very different than the one that Bella is in from the perspective of newborn vampire. I hoped she had as much fun writing about the newborn army ripping apart a ferrie as I did reading it. The final wordless exchange between Bree and Edward is priceless. It's definitely a must read for understanding all that's going in the Eclipse film. The book also raised $1.5 million for the American Red Cross International Relief Fund. Read more and see the Bree Tanner playlist on StephenieMeyer.com.
7. "A Twilight Seduction: What Men Can Learn from Edward": Devra Maza's exquisite essay in The Huffington Post explains why Twilight has "so strongly tapped into the sexual psyche of so many women" and any man hoping to inspire that kind "rapacious passion" ought to be studying the novels like a textbook. The comments below the essay from Maza and others are also worth reading.
6. Robert Pattinson brings his parents to The Tonight Show: I am Team Coco but this appearance is one of the cutest, classiest things I have ever seen. In usual anachronistic, Rob looks smart in a suit that hints at a different era but reads e-mails from his dad on his smartphone. Of course he was destined to play a character that is somehow 1918 and 2010, 17 and 109 at the same time. Johnny Carson's philosophy was that you make your guests look good. David Letterman proved this year in his interview with Kristen Stewart that he is not Carson's heir.
5. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack: This will be a future blog post unto itself. This is the best of the three outstanding Twilight soundtracks, all produced by the genius Alexandra Patsavas and Chop Shop Records. My iTunes playlist is in movie order. I love starting with those first few pounding downbeats of "Chop 'n Change" by the Black Keys. The simple piano of "Bella's Theme" in Howard Shore's score morphs into Emily Haine's lovely vocals in Metric's "Eclipse I'm Yours." Other standouts for me are Muse's Edward/Mormon love anthem "Love is Forever" and Sia's ethereal "My Love." I'll be giving away all three soundtracks later this month in honor of the soundtrack's Grammy nomination. Follow this blog or @twilidiot for details to come.
4. Bella Bracelet from Bella Twilight Shop: The minute I read about the bracelet in Eclipse, I wanted one. I had to wait a while for one with just the right wolf to finally appear. Heather's Twilight and Hunger Games inspired jewelry is representative of how Twilight has inspired so much creativity in the fans in terms of art, crafts, music and writing. Read more on what this bracelet means to me.
When I first picked up "twilight & history" by Nancy R. Reagin, I knew that it followed the story of Twilight and delved into the histories of the different characters. That was about all I knew, and I hoped that I wasn't about to embark on a dry and dreary tale. I mean really, there's been so much written about Twilight already, I hoped that this book would put a new spin on the saga I love so much. And boy did it ever!
So many of the academic books written about The Twilight Saga seem to be really reaching, as if the contributors hadn't read Twilight before they were asked to write a chapter. Some are just full of jargon and unreadable. The authors of Twilight and History, though, are thoughtful and passionate. To see what I mean, you can read the introduction, "Frozen in Time" and first chapter, "An Old-Fashioned Gentleman"? Edward's Imaginary History" and peruse the Table of Contents for free on Amazon. Use the "Click to Look Inside" feature.
"There are still so many beautiful things to be said in C major."
- Sergei Prokofiev
It is rare to find a film score piano reduction that sounds like the original and doesn't require you to have a Rachmaninoffian hand span. This songbook is a notable exception. "Compromise/Bella's Theme" and "Jacob's Theme," both in the key of C, sound just like the piano originals in the score and can be played by an early intermediate pianist, but have enough syncopation to keep more advanced players on their toes. I'm currently working on Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" (not key of C, dang B-sharps!) and this makes a nice warm-up. To order online, try sheetmusicplus.com. Flat $2.99 shipping and they always send you a coupon for your next order. Click on the scan above for a larger image.
1. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse movie in IMAX and then on Blu-ray: Duh! I saw it five times in the theaters and then Steve Weintraub at Collider selected me to write the "Twilight Super Fan The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Blu-ray Review." Definitely the highlight of my year.
BTW, I'm giving away some of my Eclipse stuff in a "name the PIP documentary" contest here.
What are your Twilight Highlights of 2010? Please comment below.