Unless you’re a frequent reader of young adult novels, you might not have heard of Twilight just yet, but the way things are going it will be tough to remain ignorant much longer. This is the first in a series of novels written by Stephenie Meyer (who just may be on the verge of becoming the next J.K. Rowling) about a group of vampires, and a seventeen year old girl who falls in love with one of them. Summit Entertainment (Step Up, American Pie, The Hottie and the Nottie) are turning the books into a movie franchise, and they are hoping it will be huge.
The first teaser trailer for Twilight has just hit the web (it will play in front of Speed Racer, apparently) and after watching it I found myself still wondering what all the excitement is about. Isn’t this basically just The Lost Boys but with a girl as the main character? Sure, vampire movies are bound to have some overlap, but I’m not sensing anything even remotely intriguing here. Director Catherine Hardwicke previously did Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown, which might lead you to believe she has a good understanding of youth culture. On the other hand, she also directed The Nativity Story. The screenplay was written by Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, The O.C., Step Up) and stars Kristen Stewart (Into The Wild, Undertow) and Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory from the Harry Potter movies). Does anyone else see potential in this trailer? Has anyone out there read the books?