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“robert pattinson, kristen stewart & taylor lautner – In their own words” Review (eBook)

 
robert pattinson, kristen stewart & taylor lautner - In Their Words Review (eBook)
robert pattinson, kristen stewart & taylor lautner - In Their Words Review (eBook)
robert pattinson, kristen stewart & taylor lautner - In Their Words Review (eBook)

 
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Final Score
 
 
 
 
 
2/ 5


User Rating
1 total rating

 

We liked?


  • Interviews with the main cast
  • Twilight franchise information all in one spot

Not so much?


  • Poor grammar and formatting
  • Timeline & context is difficult to understand
  • Unrelated pictures to interview
  • Opinion presented as fact
  • Specific internet search would provide more information


Final Fiendish Findings?

As an adult, who is more than a casual fan of the franchise and genre in general, it did nothing for me. It’s obvious that this eBook really is the result of someone putting the name “Twilight” on a package of hot dogs because it will sell them. This publication brought nothing new to desk and even lacked a sense of semblance or even creativity – taking all similar interview questions and piecing them together to analyze and present an opinion piece of the topic would have been more interesting. As a casual fan or even a fanboy (or fangirl) of the series that just can’t seem to get enough of the monotonous questioning and want to analyze the dialect, cadence and difference responses, this may be just for you. In the end of my experience, I’m really left off no better than when I began.

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Posted October 21, 2012 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

There some things in the world that don’t make sense – they just exist to make you happy. Twilight is my happy place. It’s found its niche – both with the teenagers of the world as well as the other half of the obsessors, us Twimoms. It’s the latter category into which I fall. The Twilight phenomena has taken on a life of its own, which anyone, including the actors, can tell you. So with my happy place in mind that I read, In their own words, by Talia Soghomonian, from the eBook People.

Taken from the official description,

“The eBook contains more than 30 interviews with the cast from 2008 until now and runs over more than 300 pages on the Kindle. In addition, the eBook includes more than 100 images that are combined with audio quotes taken from interviews conducted with the stars.”

The book focuses on the famous trio, Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, by presenting the results of 11 different interviewers in a chronological fashion, starting in 2008 with the first release of Twilight through to 2011, at the end of the filming. The book contains six extras, including a little bibliography about the author Stephanie Meyer, a filmography of each of the three actors, 33 facts about the franchise, a soundtrack list for each movie, the fashion breakdown for each of the three characters (both onscreen and offscreen) and an added section entitled “Kristengate: The Cheating Scandel”.

Being and adult fan of the franchise I understand that these books are not the world’s greatest novel. I also understand that there is a lot of fan fiction, a lot of fan websites, a lot of hoopla going on surrounding this spectacle. It truly was an unexpected overnight sensation. I get that, which is why I go out of my way to avoid such sites and publications. I avoid fan fiction like the plague – I’m a bit of a purist that way – but I will admit to reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I will note that I also read it before I knew it was fan fiction. But in general, what I hope for is that when people write, they are either writing because they love it (opinion) and post it on their blog with the intent to have interaction with people who share similar interests or they are writing to make money. If your writing falls into the latter category I have a whole different level of expectations. I’m probably a bit more old school (maybe even on a Jurassic level) and understand with the arrival of the internet almost everything is at the touch of your fingertips and all grammar and formal education falls by the wayside. I’m not expecting perfection by any means – but I expect the bar, that is set by primary education and businesses in the professional realm, to be met.

Within the first few pages of In their own words, a concept I absolutely loved by the way, I was crestfallen. I initially felt the ebook was a form of fanfiction and that the author just compiled a bunch of interviews and facts off the internet. I don’t think I’m so far off – the only difference is that I believe she, along with 10 other acquaintances, actually interviewed the three movie stars. That alone is a great concept but the execution of this whole project has left me wanting. The formatting on my first generation Nook was off; the whole page was shifted to far to the right. The ePub file has the same results on the Kindle Fire so I ended up reading it in PDF on the Fire. This meant, of course, that the audio quotes weren’t included while I was reading.

The tone was set for me during the introduction titled, “Welcome to the Twilight Zone”. Cute concept but the opening paragraph, meant to set the tone for the book, cause me to cringe.

"robert pattinson, kristen stewart & taylor lautner - In Their Own Words" Review (eBook)

I get that it’s not a big grammatical faux pas but as a fan of the franchise, there is a BIG difference in the ambiguity that the sentence “the love story between a vampire and his high school sweetheart” leaves. To a reader unfamiliar with the story, this could read that Twilight is the story about a vampire’s sweetheart that he had when he was in high school and this is their story, rather than the truth, which is the sweetheart of the vampire is of high school age. Obviously the target audience for the ebook are fans of the franchise but as an author presenting non-fictional information, I would think that an ambiguity would be omitted. But maybe I took English 101 too seriously.

The second chapter, ‘Vampires: A Cultural Phenomenon” gave me such a pang of pain, both as a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy as well a fan of vampire culture & appreciation. When I read, “Dracula’s name remains synonymous with Bela Lugosi,” and that “the most famous Dracula remains Christopher Lee, (insert cringe)” I was nearly undone.

"robert pattinson, kristen stewart & taylor lautner - In Their Own Words" Review (eBook)

I just watched Nosferatu (1922) over the summer with my teenager in hopes of explaining that his summer reading, the original Dracula by Bram Stoker (in all its 1897 glory), spawned a whole different concept of vampires. I adored Francis Ford Coppola’s movie as well as Ann Rice’s Interview with a Vampire, both written and cinematic presence. It became painfully clear to me with my admiration of these movies (and subsequent hoopla surrounding them) not only did I grow up in the 90’s but that I was a fan of vampires in pop culture before it was cool to do so. So I take personal opinion (Christopher Lee as the most famous Dracula, really?) presented as fact personally.

Debatable research aside, the heart of the book are the interviews. Even here I find I have issues. Poor formatting (questions on one page, answers on the next) and there is no context surrounding the interviews – there literally are no dates listed and/or where it was published. You are given a vague awareness in the general concept of time when the interview occurred (e.g. in 2010 during the promotion of Eclipse) but was it while filming something else? What happened in their lives to help make this interview more relevant or interesting? The photos used the beginning of each interview aren’t even related to interview itself.

"robert pattinson, kristen stewart & taylor lautner - In Their Own Words" Review (eBook)

Here we are discussing Eclipse, which was released in 2010, but the picture shows Robert Pattinson at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009 for a completely different movie, much less genre. Not knowing that much detail about either movie, a quick IMDB search shows that neither Nick Osborne (nor Robert Pattinson, for that matter) were listed as Executive Producers for Eclipse or Inglourious Basterds (both of which I saw). Instead they collaborated together on Remember Me (which, incidentally, I didn’t see). A completely different movie that was not mentioned.

I often wondered if the interviews were edited – some of the actor’s responses didn’t match the questions and I found it hard to believe that anyone, short of presidential candidates, wouldn’t answer the questions directly – despite the obvious superficial, primary education level and repeatedly reworded questions. It was clear that Taylor Lautner is charismatic and enjoyed speaking with everyone – but in the published format even his answers seemed cryptic.

And the rest of the book continuous in a similar vein; a basic opinion of surface-level research, often with misleading and typo filled narrative. Two of the thirty-three facts about Twilight involve listing the official websites and the Amazon page for official merchandise. Again, who is the audience for this eBook? I expected more out of the fashion section of the eBook, especially from a former “fashion-conscious journalist”.

"robert pattinson, kristen stewart & taylor lautner - In Their Own Words" Review (eBook)

Zero pictures are presented in the eBook. None. A brief analysis that reads, “On the red carpet, she goes for a classic, elegant look – Nicole Miller, Chanel, Mario Schwab, Doo Ri.”

"robert pattinson, kristen stewart & taylor lautner - In Their Own Words" Review (eBook)

A quick Google finds her wearing Chanel –

"robert pattinson, kristen stewart & taylor lautner - In Their Own Words" Review (eBook)

– and oh look! It happens to be the same dress Kristen Stewart wears on the cover of the eBook. So even if I wanted to emulate Kristen’s look exactly (down to the specific designer) I’d still have to do some research on my own.

The whole, “Kristengate: The Cheating Scandel” was like the icing on the cake for me. Personally, I don’t care about the actors’ personal lives, though I understand that there are those that do. I do know that the gossip columns were all aflutter over the photographic evidence of the adulterous affair. I actually didn’t see the pictures so I Google image searched them. I found like two. Yes, such a major scandal akin to the impeachment of a United States Presidential affair, provided less than a handful of pictures on the internet. But it did provide this gem.

"robert pattinson, kristen stewart & taylor lautner - In Their Own Words" Review (eBook)

And really puts it all in perspective. Let’s also note that this eBook was originally published in October of 2011 and was just edited and republished in September of 2012 – most likely to include this additional feature. The only problem is that now the eBook completely dates itself – just a month after it’s re-release. There was a point in the book, during an interview with Rob that alluded to a bit of foreshadowing, where he said he would forgive someone who made a mistake that was caught by the every-surrounding paparazzi and was made public. A few quick searches in the PDF didn’t find it – and my lack of caring on the whole situation prevents me from searching further.

The best thing for me out of this was the press package that involved the audio from the actors. There were questions not in the eBook but should have been to make it less mundane. Since I missed them being interspersed throughout the eBook, I listened to them individually.

For the Team Edward Fans:

Question: Love plays such a major part of these films, and so many fans want what happens on the screen to happen in your real life. How do you separate falling in love in real life with the women that you’re cast opposite?

Robert Patterson, “In Their Words” Audio by Games_Fiends

For Team Jacob Fans:

Question: Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Taylor Lautner, “In Their Words” – Guilty Pleasures by Games_Fiends

Question: Music is so important to these films. What’s on your iPod?

Taylor Lautner, “In Their Words” – What’s on Your iPod by Games_Fiends

In the end of my experience, I’m really left off no better than when I began. It’s obvious to me that this eBook really is the result of someone putting the name “Twilight” on a package of hot dogs because it will sell them. As an adult, who is more than a casual fan of the franchise and genre in general, it did nothing for me. I wasn’t so into the movies and actors that I needed to read interviews, either from popular publications or from more obscure publishers, such as the Interview People and even the eBook People (four publications to date). This publication brought nothing new to desk and even lacked a sense of semblance or even creativity – taking all similar interview questions and piecing them together to analyze and present an opinion piece of the topic would have been more interesting. It’s worthy of a poorly written blog but not the $5.99 price tag, though a casual fan or even a fanboy (or fangirl) of the series that just can’t seem to get enough of the monotonous questioning and want to analyze the dialect, cadence and difference responses, this may be just for you, even maybe worth an upgrade to the $7.99 epub-enhanced format with audio.


Hanna

 
I grew up the lone girl a then-considered nerdy household, which involved Atari, Super NES and PC Gaming. I love all things pop culture, including the geekier realm of Star Wars, Science Fiction and yes, all things vampires. I found my love match with @TroyBenedict and I'm now a Haus Frau and mother of three boys, all of whom find MineCraft to be a gift from the Gods. I'm the Community Manager of the team - for a good times follow us on Twitter at @GamesFiends.com, on our Facebook & Google+ Pages as well as Pinterest and YouTube,