Before I saw Beautiful Creatures in theaters I assumed it was another Twilight knock-off designed to distract young girls as they began their treacherous journey through puberty. It had all the same elements: star-crossed lovers, supernatural forces and high school students who take the news that they’re dating a non-mortal surprisingly well. And I’m not the only one. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich say that they’ve heard the comparison since the very beginning of the movie-makin’ process.
Ehrenreich: What comparisons do you think were given? “Twilight.” It just was that it was this kind of, “They’re trying to capitalize on ‘Twilight.’” I didn’t see the “Twilight” movies, I have no point of view on the “Twilight” movies, but it didn’t sound like it. If they had said, “Oh, its a rip-off of ‘Citizen Kane,’” you still don’t want to do a rip-off of anything.
But then I saw it in theaters and completely changed my mind. Don’t get me wrong. Beautiful Creatures has plenty of flaws, but it’s infinitely more entertaining than Twilight. I would be lying to you if I told you that I did not rush home after watching the movie and google the plot for the sequel. I had to know what happens next.
I did not feel the same way after seeing the atrocity that was Breaking Dawn – Part 2: Our Movies Make Millions, But We’re Not Going to Spend that Money on Graphics. I hated it. The plot, the acting, the messages, the special effects. Nothing impressed me and nothing intrigued me. Also Renesmee haunts my dreams. So fuck her and her offensively fake face. I hope she gets eaten by a werewolf.
Unfortunately for Beautiful Creatures, it’s getting labeled as the new Twilight. And I wanted to correct that misconception today. So with no further ado, let’s discuss the differences between the two stories. If you struggle with reading comprehension and general internet use, the following paragraphs will contain spoilers. So if you don’t want to be spoiled, go somewhere else. Like 1974 or some other time in history before the Internet existed.