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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 4, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Reading “Eclipse” on the run . . .

Quick post today, as I have to head out of here for four movie screenings in a row (three for the upcoming Seattle International Film Festival — “Hidden Diary,” “I Am Love,” and “Holy Rollers,” if you’re interested — followed by “Iron Man 2”). So, realizing that the next “Twilight” movie is mere weeks away, and that the book is well over 600 pages (and that — sorry, fans — Stephenie Meyer is most definitely not my favorite writer), I thought I’d better start plodding along with reading “Eclipse.” I started reading it during my daily treadmill workout (a New Year’s resolution thing — I hate it, but I do it) a few days ago, and think I may have hit on something: Meyer’s prose works much, much better when you’re breathing heavily and kind of sweaty. Try it. I may never be able to read a “Twilight” book while seated again.
Anyway, progress report: 200+ pages in and really not much has happened, except that Bella has had numerous long, dreary conversations with Jacob about how much he hates Edward, and with Edward about . . . well, not much except that he’s trying to protect her from some mysterious menace that’s terrorizing Seattle (hey, the Seattle Times got mentioned!) and that he is NOT going to bite her until she graduates from high school, a responsible position that I hope all teenage vampires embrace. There’s some talk about how Jacob is very hot, in that high-burning werewolf way, and that Edward is very cold in that icy vampire way, which makes me think that if somehow Bella could keep both of them around she wouldn’t need an oven or a fridge. And I keep getting stuck on Meyer’s habit of having everyone, during one-on-one conversations, constantly repeat the other person’s name even though there’s no one else around — just this morning Bella said “Jacob” or “Jake” five times on one page in a single, private conversation with him — which makes me think of (how’s this for name dropping?) Tom Cruise, who when I interviewed him a couple of years ago managed to put “Moira” into nearly every sentence, because I imagine he’s learned that makes the conversation seem more intimate. And didn’t Tom Cruise play a vampire once? Is this a vampire thing? Am I digressing? Indeed I am, which can happen when you slip into “Twilight” land. Anyway, I’m off to four movies, none of them set in Forks. See you later.

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