What's Hott This Month (And Nott Till July)
By Libby, age 14, Wisconsin
November is a big month for entertainment. For country lovers, the new Taylor Swift album comes out. Several new novels are coming out, including the much anticipated Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling. But the thing I'm looking forward to the most is the release of Twilight, the movie based on Stephenie Meyer's book. If you haven't read Twilight I highly recommend it. If you don't know what it's about you can search through the previous articles in the Entertainment section of SDM. There are several about Twilight.
Something I do, and my friends make fun of me for, is to mark everything in my assignment notebook. I like to keep track of when things are coming out, like books and movies, as well as things like when my friend's birthday is or if I have a doctor's appointment. Back in August, when I was skimming through November, I noticed something that bugged me. On November 21st, I wrote "release of the Twilight movie". But something else caught my eye. Directly underneath it, crossed out in black pen, was "release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince". For those of you who have been following updates on either movie, you probably already know about the change in release dates. It has affected my November, and I'm sure it has yours.
Harry Potter. He was my obsession long before Edward Cullen existed. In August, with only three months left until the movie's release, I was more excited than ever. But after signing onto the internet site I found out that the release date was being pushed back. Not only was it being pushed back, but they pushed the movie back until July 2009. A movie that I could have only been waiting a few days for (based on its original November release date) I now must wait an extra eight months for. Someone might ask, why would they bother pushing the movie back? Was it unfinished? Had something unfortunate happened during the filming or editing process that caused the movie to be pushed back more than half a year? None of these things made sense because all of them were incorrect. Warner Brothers had openly stated that they moved the movie release date because movies sell more tickets in the summer than they do in the fall.
Now for Twilight. Yes, I am excited to be seeing the movie. I'm fascinated by the love story between Edward and Bella, and excited to see it brought to life. The release date was set for December 12th, at the time only four months away ... I could wait. When the release date was changed to November 21st, I was ecstatic. Not only would I be seeing the movie three weeks earlier, but I wouldn't have to wait outside in the freezing cold and snow. The reason they moved the movie? Since Harry Potter had given up its November spot, Twilight filled the opening it had left behind.
It all comes back to the battle between Harry Potter and Twilight. Was I more excited that I'd be seeing Twilight three weeks earlier or angry for having to wait an extra eight months to see Harry Potter? I don't know why this upsets me so much. Personally, I was looking forward to seeing the competition between Twilight and Harry Potter at the box office. I was eager to see who could make more money. There's an impatient part of me that is very upset with both of them, yet a very patient part of me that could care less. The only thing I know is where I'll be this month on the 13th, and in July on the 17th!