Mob Attacks Robert Pattinson!

Again today, there’s another mob seeking to burn Robert Pattinson at the stake for not meeting some parts of the public’s expectations.

Why do I care? 
I’m not really sure. I’m not that much older than him, and I’ve only stumbled onto his career because of my daughter’s love for Harry Potter and now Twilight. Still, in trying to track the success of the Twilight series, I’ve started watching his career hit these extravagant heights.

Now, in a blog post at RobertPattinsonWho.com, people are questioning whether he’s becoming a Hollywood snob or not. The basis of this suspicion is the fact that he recently opted out of photos with fans at an event and that he didn’t respond to the media at another.

I ask you…
Have you seen the crazy, screaming, drooling teenage mobs following him around lately? All over YouTube you can find videos of him stopping on the streets for snapshots with fans, signing autographs, and chatting. And now, when he decides to opt out once, the pitchforks and torches appear!

It’s ridiculous. I don’t know the actor. So, I can’t say if he’s really a rude person or not. But I have a hunch that he’s tired. Hell, I would be. And if he’s going to do a movie for each of the Twilight books, then he’s in this for another three years. I say, “Good for him! He should be pacing himself.”

Besides, from everything I have seen, he seems to be a somewhat shy guy. He does look uncomfortable at times in photos and on video, keeping his head down. On a different level, the music he sings carries a very soothing, casual, blues-type tone. I know that the art may not necessarily reflect the artist. But if it does, then he’s probably a more reserved person.

Either way
He’s just a guy. One whose career has hit a high point in a very public forum. Before long, someone else will take the spotlight. If he’s smart, he will enjoy this without getting too caught up in all the American craziness. I love our country, but sometimes we lose all sight of the fact that celebrities are just people.

Fame is a mean spirited bitch that will surely backhand him at times. This is just one example, and I don’t envy him that. Here’s to hoping that people treat him (and all celebrities) with the same respect and boundaries that they’d like to have. After all, we don’t exactly have to fight off mobs to go buy a coffee in the morning or take a walk in the park.

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Robert Pattinson’s New Haircut!

To the dismay of many, Rob Pattinson, star of the new movie Twilight, cut his famous hair. According to People Style Watch, he’s donning a new crew cut.  I looked at the photos and while his beautiful hair is gone, it’s not like he shaved his head. Still, the poll on the site indicates that a significant number of people “hate it”. 

Honestly, what does it matter to us? I don’t quite understand that. Yes, the fact that he cut the hair is news, only because it’s such a famous style. But can we really give the poor guy a break? It will be long enough for the next movie, New Moon.

What if people were taking polls online about how your new hairstyle was horrid? Let’s give Rob Pattinson credit for having the balls to cut his hair in the face of so many squeeling teens and the backlash that’s sure to come. He’s just as good looking either way.

E-Books Take Off

E-Books Take Off
By
Angela Cameron

Do you have an e-book reader?

Perhaps you should. According to a New York Times article by Brad Stone and Motoko Rich, these new e-book devices are quickly growing in demand. The Kindle, for example, has seen exponential sales growth since Oprah endorsed it and is now on backorder through February.

Publishers are getting on board with the idea, too. With the increase in sales of e-book readers, e-books have taken off. As the article cites, “At Harlequin Enterprises, the Toronto-based publisher of bodice-ripping romances, Malle Vallik, director for digital content and interactivity, said she expected sales of digital versions of the company’s books someday to match or potentially outstrip sales in print.” And most other publishers are finding the same facts true of their sales. Even authors who have resisted having their works available in digital formats are beginning to convert.

New publishers have launched to meet this demand and gained more momentum than many e-publishers of the past. One of these is Ravenous Romance, who launched on December 1st of this year. Their offerings include erotic romance in both digital and audio formats, with quality new novels and short stories offered on a daily basis. The launch has garnered international media attention and attracted bestselling authors from other genres.

In addition, publishers have seen significant growth, tripling and sometimes quadrupling last year’s sales of e-books. The combination of digital readers taking off and the slow economy seem to have pushed the format toward the forefront. In the future, readers can expect their favorite authors and publishers to be available digitally, if not pushing the format. So, if you don’t have that reader, now might be the time to start looking for one.

View the NYT article Here

Twilight: New Moon, New Jacob…Same Edward

So, I saw the Twilight movie with my daughter opening weekend after hearing about it repeatedly from my daughter and cousin. Then I bought the soundtrack because I loved the songs. The songs made me want to read the book, which I did. Now, I’m becoming a “Twilight Mom”. I’m a bit obsessed with the phenomena. I’m astounded by how well received the books are. And I watched the movie again last weekend.

I saw today that the second movie, New Moon, will be out November 20, 2009. However, the director has changed.

Twilight - Edward Cullen

Twilight - Edward Cullen

Not only is it a guy now, but the director of American Pie? He may be a fine director, but it still leaves me wondering what the hiring crew over at Summit is thinking. The first movie is so pretty, which is generally a girl’s perspective. Of course, there were things that I didn’t like in the movie. Too many plot elements and subplots were left out. And they made Emmett a little strange. Still, I liked the overall feel of the movie. Especially the soundtrack (which I think I mentioned already :o)

At least Edward Cullen will still be played by the very qualified (and very easy on the eyes) Robert Pattinson. And Bella will still be played by the capable and beautiful Kristen Stewart. There is some talk that Jacob will be replaced. Let’s hope that he’s not. Taylor Lautner did a great job. Do the suits at Summit understand that teen girls grow very infatuated with these characters and identify them with the actors portraying them, even when they try not to? If they replace Taylor, no one will feel the same about Jacob and the next actor won’t get a fair chance at success.

Fingers crossed. Here’s to hoping that they can work things out and that the sequel will be even better than the first. This Twilight Mom is looking forward to it.

For More Info: http://blogs.reuters.com/fanfare/2008/12/17/twilight-sequel-already-feels-the-bite-of-fans/