“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder…”
I know many readers do not like Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga books. Even famous authors have damned her work. I have chosen to ignore those opinions because I enjoyed the books when I first read them and I consumed the books. Admittedly, I didn’t become a fan until after I had seen the first film. I think the portrayal of the characters by two brilliant actors helped me to envision what was happening in the books a lot better than if I had read them prior to the film being released. That said, some believe that the film is nothing like the book but I disagree with that as well.
If you look beyond the books, there is a lot of rich literacy held within. These words from Shakespeare for instance have a lot more significance once you’ve read the first book. And Shakespeare has always been one of my favourites so I was delighted to see his words featured in the book and the film:
These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which, as they kiss, consume. The sweetest honey
Is loathsome in his own deliciousness
And in the taste confounds the appetite.
Therefore love moderately. Long love doth so.
Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.
There is also some beautiful music and lyrics included in the soundtrack such as “Let Me Sign” sung by Robert Pattinson
Let Me Sign
She was standing there by the broken tree
Her hands were all twisted she was pointing at me
I was damned by the light coming out of her eyes
She spoke with a voice that disrupted the sky
She said ‘ Come on over to the bitter shade,
I will wrap you in my arms and you’ll know you’ve been saved’
Let me sign, let me sign, can’t fight the devil so just let me sign.
I am glad to return to loving Shakespeare all over again and having a different perspective on an actor as famous as Robert Pattinson (he was always a musician, even before he became an actor).
Here’s the link to the official video of the song if you’re interested.
Stay safe out there my friends, keep writing and I’ll see you in tomorrow’s post!