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By Robert T. Trate     December 30, 2012
Source: Warner Brothers Pictures

As it comes with any trailer or property I have my own opinions. Some of which I do share with you here on Mania. Around the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I witnessed the trailer for Beautiful Creatures for the first time and I wish it was the last. Here is the very first TV Spot from Warner Brothers. Now the film does fall into Mania’s genre. However, I wanted to know what you thought of Beautiful Creatures. Obviously, it is trying to be the next Twilight, however much like Eragon it won’t be the next Harry Potter. Are there fans of the book series here on Mania?

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: A supernatural love story set in the South, "Beautiful Creatures" tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. Oscar(R) nominee Richard LaGravenese ("The Fisher King,""P.S. I Love You") directs from his adaptation of the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich ("Tetro"), newcomer Alice Englert, Academy Award(R) winner Jeremy Irons ("Reversal of Fortune") Oscar(R) nominee Viola Davis ("The Help," "Doubt"), Emmy Rossum (TV's "Shameless") and Academy Award(R) winner Emma Thompson ("Howard's End," "Sense and Sensibility").

Beautiful Creatures arrives February 13th 2013. 


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Wiseguy 12/30/2012 4:29:12 PM

Let the Twilight comparisons begin. This I think can be compared as opposed to Warm Bodies which seems much more light hearted

StarlightGuard 12/30/2012 4:39:33 PM

Why is it in the post-Twilight world everyone keeps saying Oh It's The Next Twilight. Those are loaded statements and really should be discontinued. When these are created, people don't say "I Want To Rip This Off, So I Must Be Like It."

I will say this though, the marketing super geniuses  see something and they're the ones that do the rip offs. I continually see copies of Romeo and Juliet, and other books, that are deliberately copying the black-red-white color scheme of the Twilight novels. Then there's the copycats of the 40 Shades of Gray that mimic their style.

There may be similarities in stories, but to say It's The Next This\That\The Other says more about the person saying it than the actual product.

Now I saw The Hobbit and I walked out on this trailer, as nature called. When I got back in it was probably half way over, and I thought I was watching a preview for the CW network. And It's true we have too much homogenization is our movies and music, that much I'll offer up as evidence.

I have no clue about this movie, no clue about the book, but if it looks interesting I'll check it out.

Wiseguy 12/30/2012 4:51:33 PM

You don't think comparisons are apt here?

You don't think they (these creative people) do copy from others intentionally or subconciously?

And what exactly does it say about the person that says this is the next whatever? I'm curiuous


StarlightGuard 12/30/2012 5:14:30 PM

goddamn it I responded with a big ass paragraph and it didn't take

here's the gist of that (hopefully)

How do you quantify someone copying something subconsciously? You have to know you're copying it to do it. If it's subconsciously then it's like a post-hypnotic suggestion. You're doing it, but you don't know or believe you're doing it. Conscious copying is the dangerous thing, subconscious is a lot trickier.

I can't speak for the similarities as I said I left the theater to use the restroom. I've seen the book at Wal-Mart but only noticed it. I'll pick it up and look at it next time if I can remember to do so.

People always seem to say OH IT'S THE NEXT THIS OR THAT in part because they had feelings (good or bad) about the previous matter, so they've got to project those feelings onto the new matter. And those feelings will cloud what the new series is about. I come into each new book, movie, etc saying let's see what's going on here. I don't say 'I hope it's like this," or "i'm gonna be pissed if it's like that." 

I also have a serious distaste for any news organization in any form that has an opinion formed within its material. Even more so when it goes out of its way to praise or damn.  Just give me what I need to know, not what you think of it. I stick with Cnn's Headline News because I get the details and the outcome, not how Robin Meade wants you to think of it.

I really wish comparisons would stop, because we need to stop focusing on what it is and not what we think it is. Consider Life and Times of Igor, wise, and if it gets published or made some other way people are going to dredge up the cgi Igor movie and Hotel Transylvania because of the characters and situations. I deliberately try to avoid copying or acting like anything else, but that won't keep people from saying "oh you stole that idea."

Also, my general theory of the current world situation and such says "Everyone Reacts, But No One Thinks." Think, goddamn it. Too many people on here just react.

And we still need maelstrom back, because that man could think. And he liked Twilight. So did our fair Jarrod.

Wiseguy 12/30/2012 5:32:27 PM

Well being that practically nothing is original nowadays I think comparisons are apt. Everyone is influenced by everything they've read, seen or heard so yeah there's a lot of copying regardless of whether or not is intentional.

Comparison is a quick way to summarize what a project may be or appears to be about. Yeah it can be taken as a negative as the case with Twilight here with most but it doesn't have to be. It doesn't cloud my judgement. You want to stop comparisons, are you innocent of this? be truthful. You're better off wishing for world peace. The moment you see a commercial, trailer or read synopsis the first thing one's mind does is search its database to see if it rings familiar

hanso 12/30/2012 6:37:55 PM

 Starlight says he wants to respond but cant cause the site wont let him.  Not sure what his response is, he just asked to tell u he wanted to respond.

karas1 12/30/2012 6:57:45 PM

 "The next fill-in-the-blank" refers to when somebody deliberately tries to mimic something that is popular in order to "cash in" on the popular property's success. 

This isn't necessarily bad.  West Side Story is a deliberate update of Romeo and Juliet.  They kept the plot but the 20th century update and the wonderful music make them a different experience.  Both are well worth seeing and both add signifigantly to our culture.

Stargate Universe deliberately aped the style and tone of the Battlestar Galactica update becaause it was popular.  It was all style but with none of the substance that BSG had.  It took SGU a season and a half to start telling new and interesting stories with their borrowed style and by that time it was just too late.  The audience that enjoyed the prior incarnations of Stargate were turned off by the radically different tone of SGU and BSG fans wanted some substance to go with the style and most of the audience was gone.

Twilight is very popular and made a lot of money.  Why wouldn't somebody try to attract  that audience by presenting material that is similar?  It's completely possible to create something which is enough like Twilight to cater to the same (large) audience but at the same time have something new and interesting enough to say to be worth reading/viewing.

Of course it's easier to just blantaly rip off something popular in quest of a few quick bucks.  That's the difference between art and product.

StarlightGuard 12/31/2012 7:30:20 AM

Let's try these simple words to see if I'm being stopped by a spam blocker.

StarlightGuard 12/31/2012 7:31:24 AM

okay, that took, now I have to figure out what could be stopping me.

almostunbiased 1/2/2013 8:32:34 AM

It's happened to me too Starlight.  Gets annoying, not sure why but sometimes you just can't post on a certain thread even after you already have.  Ticks me off big time especially if I am trying to prove a point.

As for your arguement, I see both sides.  People do and will always compare things, and yea I also hate it when I see someone compare something that I don't think fits, but then I guess I am also cmparing when I am judging their comparison.  Its a two edged knife.  Anyway, I do really think that hollywood and probably authors see something and think oooo I want to make a book or movie like that right now as it is big and it will make money.  I think there has always been copying like that in hollywood especially.  That's why it always seems like when a movie comes out that several more just like it soon follow.

But I agree with Karas, sometimes someone sees something and they are inspired and something wonderful is created, even though it might be similar to something else that already exists.

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