I agree D.
I would like to make a few points though we are all trying to compare two different mediums, film versus the printed word... that's like comparing apples and oranges, both are fruit but significantly different.
Just like the movies and books are both are entertaining but significantly different.
The movies provide a visual experience allowing us to connect with the characters in a physical manifestation. The acting in these movies in my opinion was not weak but the scripts are, because they were held back by a 2 hour time limitation had very small budgets, very short filming schedules, their popularity was not anticipated because the books were considered teen fluff, and were not considered to be widely read except by a very dedicated core of fans, and much of what our imaginations supplied while reading could not be incorporated within a film.
So if you look at other successful book to movie franchises that rely heavily on special effects and makeup like The Lord of the Rings or the Harry Potter movies they are generally significantly longer in length 2 hours plus, have huge budgets $100 million plus, each took a significantly longer time to film 6 months or more, both of them also take license with their source but material, and both were widely anticipated by a world wide audience of all ages.
All that consider the Twilight movies are exceptional in that most people who love the books now equate the actors with those characters, and despite weak scripts, poor marketing targeting only the teen market, they have been financially successful if not critically acclaimed. The stars of Twilight have become widely identifiable and become hot commodities to other film makers, while the same cannot necessarily be said for the stars of the other two franchises.
So once again I say Apples and Oranges, both have given me hours a entertainment and delightful experiences in 2 uniquely different mediums.
D said:The books hold greater details which I enjoy but I really enjoyed the movies as well! The movies keep getting better and better. I saw the movies before I read the books so it was nice to have a visual in my mind while reading the books.
I watched the first Twilight movie (before I started reading the books) and I thought the movie was really lame.. like I just wanted those hours and minutes of my life back (it was that bad) but after reading the books, I became addicted to all things "twilight", movies included. Watching the movie first (before the books) helped to give me visual images of the characters, and i was able to connect better with the story, cause the books are way more descriptive. So i guess the books make the movies less lame ?? If you get my meaning.
I can understand why people who haven't read the books think Twilight Movies are really bad, but once you read the books, I believe it gives you a better understanding of the characters and what they are thinking and feeling in the movie.
All in all, I love the books better, because they helped me to love the movies :)