It’s hard being a fangirl of a book. Books are a whole other breed and I have to say that the Twilight series is probably my first foray into that kind of fandom. See, with TV or movies you have actors and stars and visuals assigned to you. There’s no arguing about what Buffy or Spike should look like because we started with Sarah Michelle Gellar and James Marsters. Even with comic books, you have the drawings. Now, you can argue who’s best suited for the live-action role of a certain character (as I have done many a time with Mark as we talked about the hypothetical casting of the Endless) but you still have a visual reference point.
The characters in books, though, lie in the mind of the reader. Sure the author provides the descriptive details, but every individual turns them into their own image in their head. I, for example, have a very strong image of Jacob in mind. It’s changed and warped as I’ve talked to other people. For example, I was at a concert and a guy walked by (I said to a friend, “Hey, did you see that guy?” and she looked at me and replied, “You mean Jacob?” “Oh my god,” I told her. “You’re totally right!”) and now he’s totally Jacob in my mind. Someone else might look at him, though, and tell me I’m crazy. I think a person’s images of some characters are stronger than others. I think I have a decent mental image of Edward, but my image of Esme may be more easily influenced.
So, again, being a fangirl of Twilight is HARD and I think that’s because of the inherent nature of “fandom”. We talk about it; we argue about it; we put images and music to it. The words take on a life of their own and a fan’s nature is to make that as tangible as possible. It’s pretty simple, but it makes things like movie deals all the more difficult. Since I first finished Twilight and discovered the fan community surrounding it I have had numerous incarnations of the characters to choose from. Even Stephenie Meyer threw her own choices into the ring. This is all fantastic because, when it was still just words, it brought the series to life that much more. Now that this movie thing seems to be really taking off, though, I think all these character picks are starting to backfire.
Basically, this is my long-winded way of saying I really don’t think I’m happy about the casting for Edward and Bella so far. I don’t like the girl from her pictures – I don’t think she has THAT quality. And while I love Harry Potter, and I like Robert Pattinson as much as I’ve seen him, he just doesn’t look like Edward. Now I’m holding my breath and hoping that after the casting for Jacob is complete I’ll still want to go see the movie.