New Moon, Reviewed by Two

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Well, we couldn’t make it to the midnight premiere showing (Thursday night), since getting home at 3:00 on a school night isn’t allowed (much to Peaches’ chagrin), but we did see New Moon last night, on opening day. Luckily, I had purchased the tickets online ( about a week before, as all showings were sold out!

In the lobby beforehand, they were selling Team Edward and Team Jacob shirts. I asked The Peach which one she would get, and she said sternly, “Mom.” (As in, “It’s obvious, Mom. Team Edward.”)

My thoughts on the film: It was OK. If you hadn’t read the book, you might’ve thought it was stupid, because there were a lot of details left out (as with any long book made into a movie, but especially with The Twilight Saga). I thought Rob’s acting had improved quite a bit, as had Taylor Lautner’s. Kristen Stewart, not so much. (They’re just young kids, I know).

WhitePineLane: There were a few parts I really didn’t care for, like the way they portrayed the first three months after Edward left [oops, spoiler alert too late!] They showed Bella curled up on a chair staring out her window, with the season changing outside, and put “October,” “November,” “December” up on the screen as the camera did a 360° around her.

Peaches: Yeah, it was like a Power Point!

Mom [laughing]: Oh! I’m putting that in the post!

Peach: No, Mom, no! What if the cast reads it, and they’ll be all: Oh no you di’n’t!

Peaches thought another cool part was when the wolf pack killed Lauren T. (as she calls Laurent). She: “It was like: ‘Hiiiii-YAH!’  And the wolves were like… GIANT!  I hadn’t gotten that from the book!”

We disagreed regarding the difference between the book and the movie. I say Bella did not see Edward when she did dangerous things in the book; she only heard him. Peach thinks she heard him and saw him. Will have to re-read. This is definitely a series that makes me want to re-read (which is rare).

Eclipse Walking out, we saw this (left), and now we are psyched for June!

The Twilight Saga… in Chocolate

Peaches and her pile o' cakes!

The cake decorator herself!

Silly says: PopStarPeaches celebrated her birthday on Wednesday, November 11th. Although today, Saturday November 14th, she had her party. She invited 3 of her friends. Besides that, this post is about the cake that she made. Her party was Twilight themed. Her cake had the 4 Twilight series books, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. They were stacked in a pile. (As I like to call it, a cake pile.) PopStarPeaches decorated the cake on the top with the cover of Twilight, as shown here.

PopStarPeaches and her friends ate the Twilight cake (the top book), but the other cakes, not yet! [Note: As of November 20th, there’s still one cake-book left!!]
The pile o' books

WhitePineLane’s Edit: Peaches designed this cake herself, as she does every year, and this year she made it and decorated it by herself. Didn’t she do a fabulous job?

Today’s Hot Topic: Hot Topic

Hot-Topic-logoThe Peach and I were at MOA (Mall of America for those of you not from the Land of 10,000 Lakes) yesterday. As we were leaving a birthday party at American Girl, we happened to notice a Hot Topic store. I had remembered that Fred Figglehorn (Lucas Cruikshank) makes appearances at Hot Topic stores, but had never actually seen one, so we went in.

First, let’s note that there are probably not two more disparate places at MOA than American Girl and Hot Topic! The music was LOUD and metal (punk? I’m 47 – I don’t know what you’d call it anymore) and the sales guys were pierced. This was no well-lighted Justice, with cute Miranda Cosgove vids playing on big screens as moms and tweens shopped. However, the first thing we spied were Fred shirts on the wall… way better Fred shirts than he has on his own website. Second, a big display of Harry Potter merch, and third… Twiliiiiiiiiight! Ahhhh.

New MoonListening to the lovely music (I joked with Peach that we should get the CD…) we tried to pick our favorite Fred shirt. The sales people we actually very helpful and polite, but they didn’t have the size we needed in any of the Fred shirts. Oh well, no matter. We moved on to the incredible array of Twilight merch.

We’ll do a separate post on our latest obsession, but suffice it to say, they had lots of great Twilight stuff, even some exclusive items, and Peach was torn. Only allowed to get one thing, she ended up choosing their exclusive New Moon tee. Exciting!

We began to walk toward the back of the store, and very quickly realized the key thing you’ll want to know here: Anything a tweener would want or be interested in is in the very front corner of the store. Which is a good thing. Overall, I’d give the store high marks for having really exciting exclusive character items, and I would definitely go there again. They make it easy for you by keeping the more mainstream, younger kid items in the very front of the store. But beyond that front corner, it’s not a store for tweeners. It’s a store for punkers with copious body piercings and strange leather and fishnet outfits. Thank goodness I’m a few years away from dealing with anything like that yet! *sigh of relief*

Peaches says: The people had creepy mohawks that were dyed different colors. The store was creepy, with long necklaces and other gangsta-type stuff. I would go back there, but only for Fred stuff, Harry Potter stuff, and Twilight stuff. I loved the Twilight stuff! The music was kinda creepy too.

Mom: You said “creepy” already twice!

Peach: But that’s the description of the store!

Our conclusion: Some great stuff for tweeners, as long as you stay in the front, and you’re in and out as quickly as possible!

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