New Moon Mania: a review looking at its popularity
by Lucie Rutter
It seems everyone is completely crazy for Vampires right now, and I am no exception. Once upon a time Vampires were viewed as the villains of the story, which is a far cry from how we see them now. Fangs are officially in fashion and girls all over the world want a Vampire boyfriend to brighten up their love lives.
With popular television series True Blood and The Vampire Diaries the craze is bigger than ever. It is, however, New Moon that everyone is fanatical about at the moment, after a year long wait since the first instalment it is finally here, and it does not disappoint.
New Moon is the second instalment from the Twilight saga, based on the series by Stephanie Meyer. The films tell the story of Bella (Kristen Stewart) a normal, teenage girl who moves to the overcast town of Forks, Washington, expecting a dreary life in the rain but instead she falls in love with the extraordinary Edward Cullen and her life becomes far from dreary.
Twilight, the first movie in the series, shows the budding romance between Bella and Edward (Robert Pattinson) as Bella discovers Edward is no normal student, he is a vampire and part of him thirsts for Bella’s blood.
Bella is a clumsy damsel in distress who appears to be a magnet for trouble and Edward is her ice cold white Knight. It is a romance that every girl dreams of and Stewart and Pattinson portray the forbidden love in a way that grips the audience, keeping us wanting more.
The romance continues in New Moon but the passion heightens as the pair fall more deeply in love (who wouldn’t fall in love with Edward?!) But on Bella’s birthday she gets a cut at the Cullen house and finds herself facing a family of very thirsty Vampires. Edward suddenly realises the risk he has taken by inviting Bella into his life and the family leave in order to save Bella from any other danger.
With Edward gone Bella is lifeless and morose until she finds friendship in the form of Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), whom she describes as her own personal Sun and he begins to bring Bella back to life. Bella is finally waking up from her comatose state and is happy to have some stability in her life, then she realises that Jacob has a secret of his own and nothing in Forks is as it seems.
New Moon captures the audience from the start, with excellent performances from all the cast, picturesque scenery and a love that one can only dream of, you are swept into the story effortlessly and left wanting more.
New Moon brings not only the beautiful Edward Cullen but new heartthrob Jacob and his pack of muscled friends who remain topless throughout the film, much to the delight of the audience. The second instalment has everything you expect and more, it is five stars worth of action and romance and has left every teenage girl hoping to get a Werewolf or a Vampire in their stocking this Christmas.