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19 November 2008 @ 12:54
Is it sad that, despite the fact that Bella in Twilight completely lacks agency, is a truly horrific role model for girls and women, and Edward is a seriously creepy stalker, I still want the film to be a huge hit just to prove to Hollywood that a blockbuster written and directed by women, about a lead female character, with a primarily female audience, can be a massive financial success without it being considered a fluke?
rarelylynne on 20th November 2008 22:59 (UTC)
Sorry, as much as I feel the dilemma, I *can't* hope for it to do well, based on what I've heard about it. Disclosure: I'm waiting to read the book. I fear that it will anger me when I do.

I want *good* movies directed and written by women to succeed. Mediocre films by women that succeed just get the studios to demand more mediocrity because they only care about what sells.

ljc: evernighttaraljc on 21st November 2008 03:35 (UTC)
Oh, I've read the book. And I've no doubt that the film will be much better, not saddled with the pedestrian (and purple) prose of the actual books. Also, the kid playing Edward is so entertaining in interviews, I can't help but adore him. And they'll probably make 2-3 films if this one is successful, becasue it was shot for less than $40 million, and it it grosses that in its opening week-end, then the studio would be morons not to start prepro on a sequel. And the films have the potential to be so MUCH better than the source material, that I sort of have hope that there will be a chick-led box office bonanza that will pave the way for other small female-driven and female directed genre pics to get greenlit and distributed.