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Twilight: Better as a Movie or as a Book?

When a book has a large, passionate fan base, adapting it to film can be a tricky task. Certain scenes are usually cut from the book, making it nearly impossible to please everyone.

Twilight has been an interesting case. Fans have been ringing in across the Web (including here) now that the movie has hit theaters. It seems like some people who weren't that into the book actually thought the movie was pretty good, though of course there are plenty of fans of the book who were disappointed with the film version.

So tell me: Which did you prefer?

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Allytta Allytta 8 years
i enjoyed reading the book, but as for 22 year old is too sweet and teenage oriented... too cheesy that's the word. but it explained more. but the movie was more detailed - like the James episodes. The actual fight is only 2 pages in the book. WTF?
Red77 Red77 8 years
I am really curious as to why some of the commenters here think the books are horribly written. Mechanics? Plot? I am very curious? She looooooves ending sentences with prepositions, which grates my nerves on the mechanics side, but I think she does an excellent job developing the characters even though New Moon did drag a bit. I understand she needed to develop Jacob, but at least the last 175 pages or so redeemed the book.
angelinemarie angelinemarie 8 years
i like them both but like i didnt like how they left stuff out and changed things in the movie but it was still really good. rob pattinson is gorgeous! and the books are so addictive, i can never put them down!
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
Definitely better as a book but I really liked the movie too :D
filigal-xoxo filigal-xoxo 8 years
this is the best book ever written!! love both tHe bOOk and the mOvie =] xx
Wicked Wicked 8 years
I agree with you Alyssa. Edward and Bella's connection is much stronger in the book. In the movie, it seems like they rushed into a relationship and it wasn't very believable that they were in seemed more like lust. I still thought the movie was relatively good, though.
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 8 years
the book was way better even though the movie was a bit cheesy, i pardon them cause of their low budget. Robert made this movie worth watching.
Alyssa07 Alyssa07 8 years
I've seen the movie and read the book and I like both, but I like the book better because the relationship between the two characters is deeper and stronger in the book, atleast to me. But I think the reason I really liked both the book and the movie is because I'm a hopeless romantic, and I love cheesy love stories lol. I love my disney princess movies, The Notebook, Tristan and Isolde, Romeo and Juliet...need I go on. All of these stories are unrealistic, but the idea of them, that we'll all find our own Edward is great.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I haven't seen the movie, but I just finished the about a day. I was almost instantly hooked.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
neither. Both stunk.
laurelm laurelm 8 years
ugh the movie was awful, so cheesy. the books are way better. I hope the next movie is better.
blackbutterfly72 blackbutterfly72 8 years
I loved the books alot more than the movie, but I did like the movie because I wasn't expecting it to be like the book. Like many others I hope New Moon is better on film.
gabitzgabitz gabitzgabitz 8 years
it sucks to read your comments and know that Bella is super weak and dependant in the books... i've always hated that... damn!
gabitzgabitz gabitzgabitz 8 years
well, i just watched the movie and had no expectations whatsoever... i just thought it was the IT movie right now so i watched just so i could getinto conversations with a fundamented point of view... BUUUUUUUT i'm a sucker for love stories, so i just loved the movie. Everything about it was cute and believable and i don't know... i can't wait to read the books!
Im-Just-Me Im-Just-Me 8 years
I enjoyed both...IMHO the books are always better than the movies and of course it's always better to get lost in your own imagination, having said that I like the fact that in the movie Bella came across a little stronger and not as weak and gushy like in the book...
heartcandy heartcandy 8 years
the relationship was very codependent I agree with you CYL. But to be fair alot of media don't portray ideal relationships between men and women. I love Sex in the City but Charlotte and her views on relationships where a bit dated. Bella was flawed and very human in the books and while she didn't always handle everyhting well, she was only what 17? Im 21 and I still wonder why was I that stupid with that particular boy. This being said I still loved the books and at least they werent as poorly written as the Gossip Girl books.
dlmslp dlmslp 8 years
the movie doesn't come close to the feelings fans have with the book. however, if you are a fan of the series and were disappointed like i was in the movie, then try seeing it again. i saw it again today and liked it much better. i have calmed down over my two major gripes being lack of character development and buildup to the love story. i still wish there had been more of each to convert skeptics and nonreaders who think this is just a series for silly teenage girls, but i was much more accepting the second time around.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
emalove emalove 8 years
Book, hands down. I did love the movie though...but it just couldn't compare to the book.
kayedizzle kayedizzle 8 years
I agree that books are more often than not better than their movie counterparts. Something about having the freedom to pick and choose how everything looks in your head definitely makes reading the books a more interesting endeavor. As for Twilight (and Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, for that matter), I have only seen the movies and I think they're great. A part of me is hesitant to read the novels... so I don't think I ever will. I enjoy these series as films and I'd rather not confuse my brain. Ha ha.
CYL CYL 8 years
Book was horribly written..even for a fairly tale, fluffy romantic fun book. Not sure if I will watch the movie since I must be the only person who bought the book read it and wanted to refund it for my money back...though the movie could be better since I don't have to hear Bella's annoying thoughts about how perfect Edward is and how unworthy and plain she is. Confidence issues much? Co-Dependence issues between the characters...kind of turned me off. THEIR relationship does NOT represent what an ideal man and woman relationship should be to me. But that's just me :P
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 8 years
im not an obsessed freak about this whole thing....umm i just started reading the book so i have no vote rlly...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i never read the book before the movie and i thought that the movie was AMAZING but now i read twilight in about 4 hours, and i had to rush out to get new moon which i also read in about 3.5 i'm hooked to the book as well. i've even told my fiance that he has to find a bookstore that's open today to get eclipse and the 4th book, and then i'll have to wait for the 5th that's kind of in the works (if stephanie decides to finish it after it's been leaked)
MissLuluP MissLuluP 8 years
Movie, because in the book i didn´t like that Bella did tell Edward so often how much she´s into him. Hope the strong character of Bella in the first Movie hold on and she is like that in the second etc. This mourning in the second was a little bit to annoying.
Sarana Sarana 8 years
For Twilight neither but in general the book is always better than the film. For example The Kite Runner film was a huge disapointment after reading the book.
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