BOM: Stripped, Marcia Colette

January 25, 2010 at 2:31 pm (Book of the Month Club, Marcia Colette) (, , , , )

“Stripped” by Marcia Colette

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, ltd
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1-60504-640-2
Publication Date: August 4, 2009

Someone wants their perfect weapon back, only she’s not coming quietly.

Alexa Wells wants her life back. She’s just not sure what that life was. The memories inside her head—a stripper’s—aren’t hers, and before she humiliates herself onstage one more time, she sets out to collect the scattered pieces of her mind. The trail leads to Boston, charges of identity theft and murder, and the real bombshell: a forgotten werewolf lover who insists she’s a werewolf hybrid.

The main character in this Stripped is someone you have to work at relating to. She is a complex animal for sure. I sat there stunned during some scenes wondering how she could behave the way she did, but then upon greater reflection I realized that I was looking through my eyes at her and not through her eyes. With that epiphany in mind, looking at the reflection in the mirror, I see, an average looking woman, with average capabilities. Other than her skin color I have no clue as to the culture she was raised with. Delve further. Concentrate. Dig deeper. There, just beyond the surface, undiscovered memories, containing a foggy notion of incredible power rippling just beneath that latte colored skin.

I stood there in the mist straining to see, to get my bearings, wondering which direction the road of this author’s mind would lead. With every turning of a page, I went in a direction that was different than the direction my mind was trying to lead. From the relationship with close family/friends to the sensually deprived relationship of her lover, I followed Alexa’s twisting and turning through the pages, being caught off guard and by surprise at every turn. This book was entertaining and refreshing, I love being wrong with my theory on how the story will end up. And man, was I wrong!

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Release Day and CONTEST!

August 4, 2009 at 5:00 am (Marcia Colette, New Releases) (, )

It’s here!  It’s here!  I’m talking about the release day for STRIPPED.  I’m so thrilled to finally see this book come to light because I’ve been wondering for the longest time how Alexa, my hybrid-werewolf heroine, met up with her full-blooded mate Matthieu York.  And in case you’re wondering what I mean by that, Half Breed takes place four years later, even though it was my first book published.

So, I leave you with a blurb, a book trailer to entice and entertain, and the chance to win a FREE copy.  You have until 12:01 am EST on Friday to leave a comment in the comment section and I’ll choose one winner later that day.  Since this is an ebook, international entires are welcomed.  Enjoy!  😀

 STRIPPED
Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60504-640-2

 Someone wants their perfect weapon back, only she’s not coming quietly.Alexa Wells wants her life back. She’s just not sure what that life was. The memories inside her head—a stripper’s—aren’t hers, and before she humiliates herself onstage one more time, she sets out to collect the scattered pieces of her mind. The trail leads to Boston, charges of identity theft and murder, and the real bombshell: a forgotten werewolf lover who insists she’s a werewolf hybrid.

Matt York doesn’t care that she looks at him like he’s been smoking crack between court cases. Now that he has her back he’s not about to let her go it alone, even if she can easily kick ass and take names all by herself. Amnesia only scratches the surface of her problems, and like it or not, she’s stuck with him.

She’s also stuck with Robert Gamboldt, a venture capitalist who’s not above murdering his way to the top. He’s not about to lose his prize possession without playing dirty. It’s a simple enough offer. Be his personal assassin, or go to jail.

With options like that, it’s enough to make a hybrid go full-blood.

Read the first chapter here.

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Upcoming 2009 Movies

July 13, 2009 at 8:00 am (Marcia Colette) ()

I’m such a movie whore.  🙂  One of my favorite pastimes other than writing is going to the movies.   Although, Drag Me to Hell had pretty much stunted my activites for the moment.  Sorry, Sam Raimi (I love you, man!), but I wish I had waited for this to come out to DVD…or TV.  Smart movie, but dumb characters.  I give that one a C-/D+ at most.

But enough about that.   I want to talk about what the rest of the year has in store for us.   Though I have my eye on some of these, there are those that will have to prove themselves before I care. 

Blood: The Last Vampire.  Now, if you’re a fan of anime, like I am, then you know there’s a good chance you’re going to fork up the money to see this one.  It was released on Friday, but to no fanfare.  If they’re going to take the time to turn a classic anime movie into a theatrical remake, shouldn’t they have put the marketing behind it?  That doesn’t bode well in my book.  After all, the same thing happened with Blood and Chocolate and we wall saw how that turned out–or not. 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  I stopped reading HP after the fifth book.  Not because it didn’t intrigue me, but rather, I had gotten busy with other things and just now started reading it.  However, since I hadn’t gotten that far into it yet, I decided to put it down again and wait to to see the movie.  This time, I want to experience the fun having not read the book ahead of time to see whether or not I still enjoy it. 

Orphan.  Not on your life.  I pretty much know the details of this movie without having to see it, so why bother?  An weird orphan child is adopted and placed in the household of a nice family, only to discover that she’s a evil little bitch who should be locked away in time-out for the rest of her life.   Can we say The Omen?  How about The Bad Seed?  The Good Son?  How is this movie any different? 

Thirst.  I don’t know if this will be opened widely or will it just be thrust into an independent theatre and forgotten about.  That tends to happen a lot with foreign movies (i.e. Blood: The Last Vampire).  However…I LOVE the premise of this.  A priest who becomes a vampire?  Okay, so like we might have seen a priest become a demon (i.e. The Exorcist), but this is a vampire and it’s an entire movie about it.   Not some scenes where he’s sitting in an insane asylum looking a bit crazed in the eye.  Even better, it’s an ASIAN vampire movie, meaning we get to experience another culture’s interpretation of a classic monster with a romantic undertone.  If you don’t believe me, just check out the trailer here.  You can bet I’ll be in the audience and happily reading subtitles that I hate so much.  😉

9:  Yes, that’s the title.  But since Tim Burton is doing this movie, who cares what it’s called?  😀  I like Tim Burton that I’d pay money to see his movies even if they let him direct the last episode of Guiding Light.  Yeah, Mr. Edward Scissorhands, you can count me in for this one. 

The Wolfman:  You think I’m not going to see this?  Benicio Del Toro?  Anthony Hopkins?  Need I say more?  If I could reserve my seat now, I would. 

Twilight Saga: New Moon:  From what I understand, Edward spends some time away from Bella in this second installment.  If that’s the case, then I might go see it.  Don’t ask me to read the book.  I’m sorry, guys, but that’s asking too much.

Sherlock Holmes:  After Robert Downey Jr.’s wonderful performance in Iron Man, how could I possibly miss this?  Granted, it’s not exactly “otherworldly” as we know it, but it’s Robert Downey Jr.  Yeah, I’m in.

So what movies are you looking forward to seeing (or not)  this year?

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The Truth Is Out There

June 23, 2009 at 8:00 am (Marcia Colette) (, )

A few weeks back, my friend Magaly Guerrero wrote a great blog about Paganism in fiction and asked the question whether or not this was a good idea and why.  Personally, I think it’s a great idea because it opens up her world to those who may not know about her beliefs and/or encourage people to research what Paganism is truly about while dispelling many rumors. 

During an Heart of Carolina meeting where I was a co-panelist with the very cool Jenna Black, I had read my original pitch as an example of what to do when you’re sitting in front of an editor or agent.  She wanted (like any interested agent or editor) more about my werecheetah world.  I told her I had done a lot of research about cheetahs and tried to incorporate as much as I could into my world building.

What all this boils down to is how much reality do you like in your fiction?  A lot or a little? 

For me, I like it when an author gets as close to reality as possible.  While I may not know much about dragons, if the story is good enough, it’ll make me curious about their history and any other legends that might be associated with them.  Had it not been for a dragon book that I really liked, I might not have cared. 

In STRIPPED, I had incorporated a few Pagan beliefs to fulfill part of the plot.  However, I was careful to take only tiny liberties here and there without going overboard.  In the end, I want readers to think that my witchy world is real and not something from a horror movie.  After all, we know how believable everything is on the big screen right?  *eye roll*  That’s probably why, as Magaly said in her blog, many “believe that Paganism is something otherworldly, unnatural and often scary.”  I’d feel really bad if readers got that type of impression from reading my book.  The last thing I want to do is slander some else’s beliefs for the sake of making a buck.  In fact, I’m hoping it’ll make readers seek out the truth for themselves and make up their own minds based on fact.  Not fiction.

So how much reality do you like in your fiction?  A little or a lot and why?

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ConCarolinas Recap

June 3, 2009 at 1:30 pm (Marcia Colette) ()

hotel view

I hope nobody mines me bumping my nose in here, but I just had to share my excitement for a little-known convention I attended this past weekend called ConCarolinas.

By the first day, I knew I’d be here again next year. This is without a doubt, one of the best mini-cons I’ve ever attended. Then again, I could be biased because of the fabulous view from my hotel room. Isn’t it gorgeous? Too bad I couldn’t say the same for the drag-your-ass internet service. *sigh*

I arrived around 6pm because the urban fantasy panel wasn’t until 10pm. Everyone was very helpful at the registration desk, in terms of getting my situated. Not to mention, they also had a goodie bag of sweets waiting for me, which I immediately chomped down. Anyway, the urban fantasy panel included myself, Dorian Wallace of Amira Press, and J.F. Lewis of Pocket Books. I don’t know about them, but I had a blast on that panel, talking about urban fantasy, what it meant and how we chose it. At least, I think that was a question. *shrug* Either way, we put a lot of information out there for other writers, including our methods for slogging through our dreaded middles.

Saturday was a full day for me, but the of the best highlights not on the schedule was meeting authors and publisher of Amira Press. Sabrina Luna, Dorian Wallace, Crymsym Hart, and Dahlia Rose are the best! I had the chance to pick up a few of their books while I was there, so I’m definitely going to get my reading on. And if you’ve never heard of Amira Press, I highly advise keeping an eye on them. I’ve been watching them grow for more than a year now and so far so good. Not to mention, their books have gotten some pretty good reviews in Romantic Times.

I can’t possibly forget the wonderful Kalayna Price who arrived on Saturday afternoon wime and kalaynath friends Darlene and Tori in tow. All three of them rock! I’m thrilled for Kalayna and the way her career is turning out. Urban Fantasy lovers, keep your eye on this fabu author. Trust me, you won’t regret it. I finally had a chance to give her my much awaited congratulatory hug. It would’ve been better had it not been for my sore boobs, but that’s a mother-to-be’s ever-changing body for you. 😉 

The Marketing Your Book panel and What Color Are Your Characters were two awesome panels. David B. Coe has a great write up on Magical Words regarding panels and is a very wise and personable author, too. As for what I thought, the marketing panel was very informative with the biggest piece of advice being to have a book out at least once a year once you become published. That’s the best marketing plan ever, IMHO. We also shared the panel with the amazing Misty Massey who’s such a sweet person. I’m still kicking myself for missing her belly dancing class. Baby tummy or not, count me in if it has anything to do with dancing. I’ll manage just fine. 🙂

In What Color Are Your Characters, I finally got to talk about something that’s very near and dear and private to me, as you can probably tell. I write what I know, which is why I write African American and biracial heroines. With the shifts that are happening in writing these days, perhaps it’ll open the doors a tad wider for more multicultural heroes and heroines in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. Fingers crossed. 🙂 We also talked about book covers with non-Caucasian characters and James Maxey brought up a very good question. What was the last book you read that had an AA character on the cover. Mine didn’t count, unless you weren’t me. 😆

Next up was the Where Have All of the Vampires Gone and The Horror, The Horror. I almost missed the vampire panel because I had fallen asleep. What can I say? I had split my time between Amira Press and crew and Kalayna and crew (Tori and Darlene). Before I knew it, it was 8pm and my panel was at 9pm. So, I sat on the panel is a slight daze, still trying to wake from my much-needed nap. Anyway, I think it went over great. With such wonderful co-panelists (J.L. Lewis, Faith Hunter, Tony Ruggiero, Crymsym Hart, and more), how could it not be? By the time The Horror The Horror rolled around, I was awake and ready to vent a few of my frustrations with horror movies past and present. In fact, I think we wall had a great time doing just that.

ConCarolinas is without a doubt one of the best mini-cons I’ve ever attended. My only regret is that I didn’t get a chance to meet Christina Stiles. Fingers cross we can rectify that in 2010. 😉 I think it’s safe to say that about half the people came in costume, which made it all the more fabulous. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be a tie between the zombies and the steampunkers. Although, there were some fabulous vampires there too.

I can’t possibly forget about the writer’s track either. The programming folks did an impressive job with setting up the panel topics. I didn’t expect much since this was a small conference, so needless to say, it was a wonderful surprise and made me all the more honored to be a part of it. If you’re looking for a cheap conference–$35 if you register early (I think)–and has a great writer’s track that concentrates on a little bit of everything from writing to the business of publishing, then this is the way to go.

ConCarolinas 2010, count me in! :mrgreen:

~ Marcia Colette
www.marciacolette.com

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When I Become My Ideas

May 12, 2009 at 7:00 am (Marcia Colette) ()

I have my lovely co-blogger Michele Hauf to thank for topic, though she probably doesn’t realize it.  I’m in deadline hell, so coming up with a subject that doesn’t involve edits or revisions is like asking me to speak Russian backwards. 

Anyway…

Writers are always asked where their ideas come from.  I’m one of those writers where I can honestly say my ideas come from everywhere.  However, I can be more specific than that.

First, let me preface this by saying I’m at the end of my first trimester.  :mrgreen:  When that home pregnancy test read positive, I started doing a lot of research (and happy dancing) about pregnancy, from what to expect with my week-by-week progress to what I needed to be on the lookout for when it came to miscarriage.  From multiple births–I was on fertility drugs for my last attempt–to weird morning sickness signs.  I had no idea that nosebleeds was one of them as well as someone reporting itchy feet on a message board. 

There’s also the process by which this came about.  You see, doing the deed–though fun–wasn’t going to work in my special case.  😀  I needed a little help from a reproductive endocrinologist.  I *heart* my RE.  I had to have surgery back in October to get my body ready and suffer through an endless waiting period in November while everything healed up.

My journey started the first week of December 2008.  That means I have six months of paranormal romances and urban fantasy ideas collecting in my brain.  Every time that extra line didn’t show up on my pregnancy test, it spurred a new plot in my head.  What better way to stave off the disappointment? 

So what does all of this mean?  My paranormal ideas come from everyday life, but only those events that have a huge impact on me.  Whenever someone says I should write about so-and-so and this-and-that, I pretty much nod my head and smile.  That’s my polite way of saying, not gonna happen.  Not only that,  but I always suggest they write that story since they know it best.  Now that my stomach is about to do some shapeshifting of its own, that means I’ll have seven months to come up with some even crazier ideas before I realize my writing time has been cut to nothingness.  Fingers crossed that my experiences don’t turn into horror stories.  😉

Would you like to see a story based on a particular event in your life?  And if so, what would it be?  Trust me.  We’ll find a way to make it a paranormal.  😈

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My Convention Schedule Has Arrived

April 23, 2009 at 6:00 am (General, Marcia Colette)

This is a reprint from my personal blog, but I thought this was a good discussion to open up here too.

Unless you’re attending RavenCon this weekend, this might not make any sense.  Nevertheless, I’m completely stoked!  This is what my convention schedule looks like… 

Twice-Told Tales                  Friday        5:00 PM      Potomac
Urban Fantasy 101              Friday       10:00 PM    Potomac
OMG! Worst Book Evar!!     Saturday   9:00 AM     Rappahanock
Love at First Bite                  Saturday  10:00 PM    Potomac

I almost did back flips across my couch when I saw Urban Fantasy 101 on my schedule.  It was my number one pick, so it was nice to get it.  What is UF?  How does it differ from horror?  I have my own theories about this, so I’m crossing my fingers that everyone is receptive.  Nothing controversial or anything, but just 30 years of watching horror movies and an early reader/lover of Laurell K. Hamilton (among others), I’ve seen this genre mold itself into something new and different with every new UF writer out there.  That’s a good thing.  🙂 

Twice-Told Tales will be fun too.  It’s about pretty much what all books are today.  Retold tales.  How many vampire stories are out there?  Werewolves?  That’s what this panel is about. 

OMG! Worst Book Evah!!  I could speak a long time about this topic, so had better arrive with only a few titles and why those books didn’t work for me.  Let’s just hope the authors of some of my least favorite books aren’t sitting in the audience.  People don’t respond well to “I love you, but I don’t love your work.”  😉

Love at First Bite is probably a no-brainer.  Vampires, baby.  We’re going to be talking about True Blood, Twilight, and hopefully Moonlight.  I’ll bring up Moonlight, if nobody else does.  And what about Kindred: The Embraced?  Anyone remember that one?  Anyway, this panel is going to rock.

This is one conference I’m seriously thinking about returning to next year if RT is out of my price again.  Speaking of which, if you’re headed to or are at the Romantic Times Booklover’s Convention this week, say hello to my co-bloggers who I know will be attending.  We’ll all have to compare notes when we get back. 😉

So if you were going to be on a convention/conference panel–as a reader or writer makes no difference–what would you want to talk about?

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RITA Finalists and Double SOLD News

March 27, 2009 at 6:00 am (General, Marcia Colette) (, )

I had completely forgotten to mention this, so I’m hijacking the blog again.  🙂 

 A huge congrats to all of the RITA finalists!  In case some of you don’t know, the RITA is the highest award an author can receive in the world of romance writing.  Since we slant toward paranormal here, this is the list of the paranormal/sci-fi romance finalists:

Dragon Wytchby Yasmine Galenorn
Mine to Possess
by Nalini Singh
Moonstruck by Susan Grant
Seducing Mr. Darcyby Gwyn Cready
The Darkest Nightby Gena Showalter
The Healer by Sharon Sala
The Undead Next Doorby Kerrelyn Sparks
Thunder Moonby Lori Handeland

With a list like this, I’d have a hard time choosing a winner.  In reality, how can you go wrong?  What I wouldn’t give to be at the RWA National Conferencein DC this year to hear the whistles and wild applause when the winner is announced.  Maybe we should start a running pool on the blog.  😆

In other news…

I thought for sure my editor didn’t like the second book in my werecheetah world.  Like maybe I went a little too far with the wise woman and root woman lore.  Or worse, she didn’t like any of my “big reveal” moments.  Heck, perhaps I had too many redheads in the book.  Little did I know.  She liked it so much that it earned me a spot in the upcoming Bad Kitty anthology. 

Woohoooooooo!  That’s right baby.  Two contracts from Parker Publishing, and there’s more exciting things to come too!  At least from the business prospective.  Love on the Prowl will be released in September 2009 while the anthology is slated for 2010. 

Here’s a quickie blurb for Love on the Prowl:

In the small town of Seclusion, Tennessee, a faceless monster is feeding on the residents and they’ve taken root woman Donna Tucker’s uncle. Werecheetah Kyle Innes will help her find him, but his price? Her uncle’s head on a platter for destroying his family.

As for my part in the Bad Kitty anthology, my secondary character from Love on the Prowl, a chameleon shapeshifter, will meet the very bad kitty of her dreams. 

Moments like these make me love this writing thing even more.  😀

Any personal favorites you’d love to see on the list of RITA noms?

Marcia Colette

www.marciacolette.com

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The State of YA Paranormal Affairs

March 26, 2009 at 6:00 am (General, Marcia Colette) ()

I’ve gone to a few other places to confirm this, but from my understanding YA paranormal has plateaued and its taking a nose-dive into oblivion.  So if you have something that’s YA and paranormal, chances are an editor won’t want it.  My question to those editors is have you asked your YA readers what they wanted yet?  Has anyone done a survey or are you basing this on sales?  A drop in sales could also be due to a drop in the economy and more parents going to the library instead of the bookstore.  But then again, everyone has had this “jump to conclusions” thing going when it comes to the economy lately.  Case in point: the stock market.  I can sneeze and you’ll see pharmaceutical stocks rise.
 
Anyway…
 
About two years ago, I attended this fabulous little conference called Celebrate Romance, which is geared toward readers.  I sat in a room with a bunch of lovely ladies when the question of what they wanted to see more of came up.  You wouldn’t believe the anger that came out of these devoted fans.  They hated the state of affairs when it came to their needs and wants from their favorite authors.  They were even more appalled to find out that publishers had a say in it because it was their money on the line.  What can I say?  Unfortunately, that’s the way this business works.
 
My thoughts about this whole YA paranormal being no more?  Whatever.  The way I look at it, where one teenage crowd leaves, another one enters.  They’re not like adults who are set in their ways and won’t read something just because it has a paranormal element to it.  Think about all of those kids who grew up with Harry Potter.  Now, think about all of those kids coming into their own without a “Harry Potter” for their generation.  Do you think that’s enough reason to say that YA paranormal is out the door?  Perhaps it’s because there’s a huge surge of submissions right now from the whole Twilight thing and that’s why publishers pulling the reigns on it.  After all, many of the contracted YA books today won’t start their shelf life until 2010 if not later.  Call me optimistic, but I doubt the downfall last.  Kids will always identify with kids trying to get their footing in this thing called life whether it’s paranormal or not.
 
So, if you’re working on a paranormal YA right now, take your time with polishing it.  To me thatmakes better sense than to just stop writing them all together.  If you’re reading a paranormal YA–I’m hooked on Darren Shan’s Cirque Du Freak series, although that may be more like middle grade–then maybe it’s a good time to contact the publisher of your beloved story and tell them not to cut you off.
 
How do you feel about the state of YA Paranormal Affairs?  Also, what would you really like to see more of in terms of paranormal?

 

Marcia Colette

www.marciacolette.com

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Twilight

February 20, 2009 at 6:00 am (Marcia Colette)

Let me preface this by saying, I picked up the book, read the first dozen pages or so, and dropped it on the floor.  That was about a year ago.  For that reason, I never bothered to see the movie until now.  Well, that and the fact that it hit my $1.50 movie theater. 

After seeing Twilight the movie, I think I’ll dig out my copy again.  However, I’ll be skimming everything that happened before Bella confronted Edward in the woods.  With that being said, I felt it best to break up this review to give you my honest opinion, which is probably worth about $0.015 in your book.  😉

Pre-Vampire Reveal (D+)

This first half bothered the heck out of me.  If Edward had stared me (or my sixteen-year-old niece) down like that, I would’ve been like, “What the hell are you looking at?”  I could be wrong or maybe it’s because I grew up in a school where it was eat or be eaten or mind your business.  But then again, I grew up in upstate NY and not the Northwest.  What do I know about teenage life out there?  Perhaps kids like Bella aren’t as direct in the little town of Forks, Washington.  So, I’ll be nice and chalk this flub up to regional/cultural differences.

Still, Edward freaked me out.  I find nothing intriguing or lovable about a guy who stalks his love interest, but then, he turns around and says stupid stuff like “If you’re smart, you wouldn’t be following me around.”  What the f***?!  Jackass, you’re the one who’s following her!  Did you get hit with the stupid stick?  Can we say walking contradiction?  For those of you who read the book, please fill me in on what the heck he was thinking when he came up that line.

When Bella sees her friend from childhood, Jacob, and says, “Are you stalking me?”  I gagged on my popcorn.  Bella wouldn’t know a stalker if he floated outside her window every time she opened the curtains.  But then again, maybe teenage girls are into that stuff and think it’s sexy.  *shrug*

There was another TSTL moment (dark alley, alone at night), but I think I’ve said enough about the first half of the movie.  As you can see, I didn’t like it.  Bella’s father was the only bright, steady light throughout the movie, which is why I’m not giving it an F.  Not because he was an adult, but because he kept it real.  In a way, he made it easy for those who interacted with him to keep it real, too.

Until now, I hadn’t bought in to the love between Edward and Bella.  IMHO, Bella looked at Edward like he was a novelty item.  In turn, Edward saw her as a chew toy (no pun intended).  He’d play with her a bit, then grunt and walk off with an attitude, leaving her forgotten.  I don’t call that romance.  I call that teenage hormones.  After almost 100  years, I thought Edward should’ve had a handle on that by now.  Or are those frozen in time just like the rest of him?  Not to mention, he and Bella seemed to have fallen in love in one afternoon.  Is this realistically possible?    

Also, vampires without fangs?  Did I miss something? 

Post-Vampire Reveal (A-)

Things picked up and a huge way.  We got to hang out with Bella and Edward without the drama.  And yes, to me, Edward came off as a drama queen in that first half.  Bella seemed so mixed up and confused at times that I wondered how she even functioned in everyday life.  For some reason, I felt like the actors’ emotions were forced as much as their lines.  By the time we get to this point, everyone seems to have relaxed into their character and are able to let things flow naturally, especially Bella and Edward. 

I LOVE the Cullen family!  The baseball game scene got a huge thumbs-up and called out to the tomboy in me.  😀  I thought it was great that the Cullens pitched in to protect Bella because they considered her part of them.  Who wouldn’t want a cool bunch of relatives like that?  😉  I thought it was both cute and hilarious they were making lunch for her with large pieces of pork frying in a pan without knowing the kid was a vegetarian. 

Also, I thought it was very noble for Edward to tell Bella he wanted to “officially” meet her father.  Given the small town, I thought they would’ve known each other before then.  But hey.  He’s an old kid.  Maybe they did things like that back in the day. 

I hated what Bella did and said to her dad, but I understood why.  Although, had I been James, the bad guy, I still would’ve went after her father because he’s still her flesh and blood.  Just because you tell off a family member, that doesn’t always mean you cut ties with them.  Blood is thicker than water, so the kill–or threat of–would’ve been worth it.  But then again, Dad wasn’t James’s primary target.  Bella was.

Also, I got a much better sense of Bella and Edward’s love for each other.  With her life was in danger, seeing Edward struggle with leaving her in his brother and sister’s hands was thoroughly refreshing.  It was also nice to see him struggle to get her seat-belted into the car to get her to safety.  Those were points where I really started to buy into their romance. 

Edward redeemed himself big-time  with me when refused to bite Bella.  He loved her enough that he wanted her to enjoy her teenage life more than he enjoyed his.  After all, he was sort of dying when he was seventeen.  That has major suckage written all over it.  Not every story has to end on a good note with a bite to the throat to solidify a relationship. 

Side note: AWESOME soundtrack!

So there you have it.  My review of Twilight.  My friend, Kathy Calarco is in the middle of taking a Fiction to Film class and she clued me into something I had completely forgotten about the two entertainment industries.  She said so much money is shoveled into a movie that the writers can’t afford to have the story appeal to just the fans of the book.  They have to appeal to everyone.  As a non-reader of the book, the last half of the movie appealed to me so much that I’ll be dusting off my copy of the Twilight…assuming I can find it.  And since a second movie is in the works, I’m planning to see it, though I can’t promise it won’t be at the discount theater.  At $6.50 for a matinee showing, nomovie is worth that.  😆 

What did you think of the movie?  What about the book?  What about the hype?

~Marcia Colette

www.marciacolette.com

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