WNYC Has Audio of the Melissa Rosenberg, Stephen King, et al Panel at the 2010 Ner Yorker Festival

At the annual New Yorker festival this year, Stephen King, Melissa Rosenberg and others had a panel on writing and in particular vampires. WNYC, the local NPR station, now has the audio file up that has only been available in abridged format before today.

They also provide a brief summary here.

TY to Twilight News Site for the  heads up


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  2. They keep talking about “True Blood,” which is surprising. These are writers. I would have expected them to refer to the Sookie Stackhouse books, not the knock-off TV show.

  3. I also don’t agree with Melissa Rosenberg that her Twilight movies made Bella “stronger.” They eliminated her job, her education (and how hard she worked to pass/study), her fascination with reading, her talent at cooking and taking care of her father, and her outside relationships with friends (particularly Angela) — she’s much more self-sufficient in the books and much less reactionary, I think. I like the more well-rounded book Bella and find her to be a much stronger character.

    • I agree completely, honestly I can see how people think shes a doormat from the movie character. In the book she is strong, independent, and very loving. These are the reasons behind everything she does. She also argues with Edward pretty often in the books, lol 🙂

  4. That’s a great argument, Moonbeam!

  5. Thanks L&L for the mention!

    Very well said, Moonbeam.

    I agree that having your lead be as active as possible in a screenplay is generally a good thing.

    But I, like others, question whether Bella is so fundamentally flawed, as Rosenberg seems to suggest. Again and again. “As strong as I *could* make her.” Sigh.

    I live in hope that when the Twilight films are rebooted in a few years — told from Edward’s/the vampire’s “Midnight Sun” point of view, perhaps? — that we get a screenwriter who actually admires, truly likes, and honestly enjoys Bella Swan, rather than one who seems frequently embarrassed by her association with the character.

    Please, Stephenie, for “The Host” films, please ensure that the screenwriter really, genuinely, and truly loves Wanderer, or the friction of their dislike will just keep coming out in hundreds of ways. “Avatar” times 8(?) planets! Can’t wait!

    • I think the issue with Rosemberg that she like many people think that stronger = bitchier and that is how she depicted Bella leaving Edward on the school to hop on Jacob’s bike and things like that. I personally hope for a miniseries or a TV series in a few years so they can show all of shades of the characters (and the damn blood test scene). I really want a place were the books can breathe and show all the reasons we fell in love with them.

    • I totally agree with Moonbeam and James, Bella was a strong young women and so much about her independence, inner strength and determination were left out of the films. She was thoughtful, loving and kind. I think that MR left all that out and made her look superficial at times.
      I’m not a big fan of MR as the screenwriter for the Twilight films.
      Ahhh yes James, The Host, that has to not only be cast right but it has to have a screenwriter that cares about these characters, truly cares that they make the same impression on the viewers of the movie as Stephenie did with the readers of the book.

      • Thanks, Marianne. [Spoiler alert for The Host:]

        The theme of The Host balances on the issue that Wanderer is exceptionally kind — very turn-the-other-cheek — so although she is being terribly abused, she’s actually an incredible person, and way beyond her current circumstances. When we finally get to her ice planet story, and we fully realize exactly who she is and what she’s accomplished, it’s a revelatory experience. Sometimes power has nothing to do with anger, aggression, or even strength. And that is an overwhelmingly beautiful thought.

        I hope the screenwriter fully understands that.

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