11.21.2008

We'll Always Have Paris... Right?

Years ago I surprised my husband with a trip to Paris. We were stationed in England at the time and he was just coming off a 5 month deployment. When he arrived home, there was literally just enough time for him to shower before we had to leave for the train station. It was a trip without kids and to say I was excited would be putting it lightly.

Well... it was a horrible trip-the worst we have ever taken in our 18 years.


Why was it horrible you ask? Because my expectation were so high that no one, not even my husband (not even Matthew McConaughey), could live up to them.


Before the trip I spent countless nights imagining the passion and romance that we would experience in Paris. I dreamt of walking hand in hand down the Champs Elysees and gazing each others eyes over pastries at a sidewalk cafe. I swooned at the thought of going to The Louvre only to have me admiring all of the gorgeous paintings whilst my husband would not be able to take his eyes off of me amid all of the priceless art. I wanted long walks with soft whispers, passionate nights with no rest and declarations of undying love thrown at my feet by the man that I loved...

Yeah... none of that happened. It was a terrible trip full of fighting, squabbling, haggling and pouting. The best part was the train ride home with Paris in the rear view mirror. To this day neither my husband or I would ever want to return to Paris... not even in the spring time.

Last night I felt a let down very close to that one so many years ago.

Yesterday my good friend Lori emailed me and jokingly said "Let's go see the movie Twilight at 12:01 tonight!"

I called her up and with youthful excitement that laughed in the face of my normal 11pm bedtime I said "YES YES YES!"

I purchased tickets on-line and waited in anticipation of being able to see the book that I fell so completely and utterly in love with a few weeks ago that I went out and bought the other 3 books in the series and read them all in record time. My children were neglected, the bills went unpaid, the phone went unanswered and I couldn't even stop myself to eat thanks to Edward Cullen... a vampire. Swoon.


I picked Lori up at 11 p.m. on the dot and we sped to the theater giggling the entire way. We both wanted exactly what we got out of the book and that was pure and unadulterated passion. A passion so intense that we would contemplate leaving our husbands if a vampire showed up on our doorstop. Mercy.

The movie was good, but it was not great. It was not earth shattered like I had anticipated it to be, so I was left feeling jipped. If you have NOT read the Twilight book, DO NOT GO SEE THIS MOVIE. You will be scratching your head and wondering how they got from point A to point B.


The only thing that saved this movie was the fact that Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson) did not disappoint me in the least. Hello... come to mama.

A quick message to directors and screen writers out there... if you are adapting a movie from a book that is so popular that 36 year old housewives hide in the bathroom to read and reread it (oh yeah, and little teeny boppers profess their dying devotion to the hero-who is a monster-but doesn't want to be one-so he is a tortured soul... hello! Every girls dream!) do not stray to far from the book. Do not add little things that did not happen and do not leave out other things that are important.

Lori and I did agree that if they were to make this movie to our satisfaction it would have to be two days long. So true, so true.

I really felt sorry for the teeny bopper boyfriend that was sitting in front of us with his girlfriend and 350 of her closest friends. The poor guy had no idea what he was getting into.

Now, just because I was disappointed in this movie, does not mean that I am not going to see it again. I will probably be there tomorrow... and on Tuesday... and maybe even next Thursday.

For reasons left unsaid...




17 comments:

The Heckathorns said...
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The Heckathorns said...

I just bought the book online...waiting for it to arrive. :) You aren't the only one that has said to read the book before seeing it! (Yes and it only came out last night! LOL!) I'm thinking i'll see it a couple weeks from now...wait till the crowds die a bit! Robert Pattinson is dreamy! :)

TRO said...

Women are so strange . . .

Anonymous said...

The movies are never as good as the books! Some examples: the notebook, message in a bottle, ummm...cat in the hat? :) I'm always disappointed after I read an awesome book and then see the movie. Yuck! You're right the directors need to figure things out and stop adding dumb stuff.
Love you
Claire
ps...should Colleen read it? keep her mind off things.

Anonymous said...

Well, now I am having 2nd thoughts about seeing it this weekend....I too have read all the books with my 17yr old daughter....wow....and yes I would leave my hubby in a heartbeat for a vampire...jk...but have thought about it:) Anyway, thanks for your honest thoughts about the movie. So, how is your book coming along? Will it be just as HOT as Twilight?:) Have a great day!

Cheryl said...

Man, oh man, my sister and I have already bought the tickets for tomorrow night. We're so looking forward to seeing it! Oh well, at least you set our expectations. (And yes, I did read the books in the bathroom while I was hiding/neglecting my kiddos :)

Brenda said...

You are so crazy:) It's nice to know there's a mom outhere with an odd obsession. LIke me with bono:)

Stacie.Make.Do. said...

It still freaks me out that Cedric Diggory is a vampire.

Kaley said...

I too was disappointed! I thought they could have done a better job at keeping the story line close to the books.

I very much agree on Robert Pattinson, I would leave my hubby in one second, no contemplating. :)

Owens Family Adventures said...

I saw it today. Can I just say that the 16 year old inside of me swooned when "the kiss" happened. Come to mama indeed!
:) dawn

byronfrombyron said...

Why do think comic book geeks always complain about adaptations done of the stuff we love? The rip parts out, throw irrelevant crap in, and leave nice gaping holes that weren't in the comics. Road to Perdition and 300 are the best adaptations we've gotten so far, and both were done very close to the books. Welcome to being a geek.

Kasia said...

This is how I felt about the Harry Potter movies. Especially from #3 on.

Except I wouldn't re-watch them on a bet most days.

And if that picture is at all indicative, Cedric Diggory needs a calorie flood...yeesh...

Kelli said...

I love the Twilight books, and for that reason I am almost hesitant to see the movie. In my opinion, Robert Pattison is no Edward. He seems so dark and sad; Edward is sad, but he is also the most confident person ever. In addition, Robert Pattison is cute, but Edward is supposed to be impossibly, ethereally beautiful! I am going in with low expectations of the movie. Thanks for the warning!

momto5minnies said...

(((SIGH))) I figured as much ;)

I am taking my 13 year old and her 3 friends to see it on Monday night.

CJ said...

My hubby and I went on a date last night, which hasn't happened in years. Well the dinner happened but not the movie. All showings of TWILIGHT were sold-out. After reading all the comments maybe it was a good thing. It soulds like I should go to THIS movie with a friend instead of my hubby.

Books are ALWAYS better than the movie! I only have a few pages left of NEW MOON so I'm off...

beckygiggles said...

LOL! I, too, neglected my husband and children until I had consumed the whole series. And I do recommend seeing it with a girlfriend and not a hubby. Hubbies don't generally get the gorgeous, tortured soul, vampires are hot vibe.

David L Alexander said...

So goes another excuse for good girls to fall for bad boys -- in this case, his willingness to forgo biting into your neck and sucking your blood. What a keeper (yawn!).