Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bitten by the Twilight bug? Perhaps...

I’m not a Twi-hard. Never have been and I probably never will be.

I didn’t see "Twilight" until god-knows-how-long after it came out. And I had to watch the second flick ("New Moon") alone, on my couch, in the middle of the afternoon two Thursdays ago because I had told a work friend I’d go see the third one with her that night!

Don’t get me wrong. I liked the first two installments of "The Twilight Saga" just fine. But it didn’t get me all in a tizzy like it does for most tweens (and heck, middle-aged women) across the country. I wasn’t bitten by the Twilight bug.

But after seeing "Eclipse" (in IMAX!) two weeks ago—which I agree with critics and fans was the best installment so far—I’m slowly starting to come around, and thinking of jumping on the bandwagon that the rest of the world has been riding for two years.

I have also found myself gravitating toward any Kristen Stewart-related news that pops up on my Yahoo! page.

While I was once put off by her awkwardness, I now find it kind of endearing; and hopefully the mark of someone who won’t let massive fame give her a big head. I could certainly take a few tips from her this-is-me, I-don’t-care-what-anybody-thinks attitude.

I’ve also realized how beautiful she is—and I kind of hate it. Oh, just kidding. But I wish my eyes looked as enchanting and smoldering as hers always do.

And perhaps most importantly, I’ve found myself envying the gorgeous dresses she’s been donning on the red carpet (or black carpet, as the case may be) at premieres.

Since I haven’t been following her every move over the past couple years, I could be wrong about this, but it seems to me that Kristen (or her stylist) has been making better fashion choices recently.

I especially like it when I see her depart from her typical dark numbers and go for something brighter or with a pop of color.

And seeing her unabashedly flaunting her pale legs in micro-minis makes me feel not so bad about showing off my own pasty stems this summer, too.

Here’s a look at some of my favorite Kristen Stewart fashions as of late:

So there you have it. It seems Twilight-mania has got its fangs into me after all, if only just a little.

And I guess I have a new girl crush, too.

Whose your girl crush of the moment? (I’m pretty much always crushing on Drew, Reese, ScarJo, Zooey, SJP… you know, the usual.)

(Oh, and if I had to pick a Twilight boy crush, it’s definitely hard to choose but I think I’m leaning toward Team Jacob. Let the fighting in the comments begin!)

Photos via: Eclipse poster, image 2, collage images: 3, 4, 5, image 6, image 7


maggisaar said...

No! No! Bad! Stay away from those terrible stories and poorly written words. Come back to the land of well made movies, actors who don't sputter out their lines like a talking dog, and actual, positive role models for young women!

I can't stop people from liking Twilight, but...just don't go nutty for it. You're far to beautiful, smart, sweet and aware to be sucked into that level of 'entertainment'.


I hate Twilight so much. I'm sorry. It can't be stopped, this hate.

My girl crushes are Monica Belluci and Eva Greene. Two most beautiful women on this planet.


I'll go now.

<3 Mags

Katy Mary said...

I actually read all the books but never caught the bug! I didn't watch the first movie until the second one was out and the second only because I was bored. I hated both. I heard good things about the third though so we shall see!

linda said...

i'm also team jacob. =)

Carissa said...

@maggi- LOL. LOVE your comment. don't worry though, I won't go too nutty! I promise! (though my colleagues at work were sure talking about Twilight a lot at the office today while I tried to layout the paper! still, I resist falling into utter ridiculousness :)

oh and I adore your girl crushes. such fabulous picks!

Erin said...

I really enjoyed Eclipse. I must confess to finding Edward a bit dreamy... And I think Jacob is adorable and those abs are very distracting!

It's not high quality writing or film-making, but Twilight is a guilty pleasure of mine.

My girl crush is Audrey Hepburn. I will love her always. So classically beautiful, elegant, graceful...

And in the modern world, I love Kate Winslet. She's stunning. And such a great actress.

Carissa said...

ooh, good picks, Erin! I love Kate Winslet, too! she really is stunning but I love how REAL she is most of all.

Phoenix said...

LOL Poor Maggi. She's trying to save the whole world...

As a vampire lover who was totally down with the female empowerment that came from Buffy, I have to say that I find Twilight lacking quite a bit in the "Bella is useful" department. Edward is fine and all, but I can't really fall too hard for a story if the female heroine is less heroine and more... scenery.

That being said, I get the appeal. It's a guilty pleasure, like People magazine or peanut butter chocolate covered pretzels. So as long as you don't go off and buy yourself a life-sized Edward cardboard cut out (yes, they exist) then I think you'll be just fine :)

PS Kristin Stewart is totally hot. Eliza Dushku from Buffy is slightly hotter ;)

Shoshanah said...

I'm Team Edward all the way! And I'm sure you've heard it, but if you liked the movie you should really read the books. Even though parts can be a little cheesy, the books are still so much better than the movies

Carissa said...

don't worry Tracy, there are absolutely positively no Edward cardboard cut outs in my future!! haha

rachel said...

girl crushes are so cute/funny... if I have to admit one of mine, I'd say Charlotte Gainsbourg :)

Hope you're having a great start to your week, Carissa!

alli/hooray said...

you summarized this so well. I avoided twilight as long as I could but once I read the books I became an instant fan.

If I had to pick a girl crush, I'd say Marion Cotillard at the moment. she's adorable!