Stephenie Meyer more interesting than Robert Pattinson?

Despite all the hype over the actors in the Twilight movies, it seems fans rate them fairly low in importance. There are many movies where the opposite may be true, not least those with stars like Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt.

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Twilight-characters-win-over-actorsIn a poll on the fan website Team Twilight the overwhelming majority say it’s the Twilight characters they enjoy rather than the actors playing the parts. So far the poll has recorded over 3,000 votes which is many more than most public opinion polls. That level of response is also important in the context of a fan website as the result is so clear.

Bella, Jacob and Edward are the leads in the stories yet author Stephenie Meyer has clearly grabbed readers with their rich portrayals in the books while, it seems, the actors have not achieved the same appeal. As well as the leads the books also explode with other wonderful characters, from Victoria to the Voltari, not forgetting the vampire families and Jacob’s fascinating heritage.

Twilight-Taylor-Kristen-RobertOn the evidence of the two movies so far – Twilight and New Moon – it seems Taylor Lautner is doing the better job in his portrayal of Jacob. Kristen Stewart as Bella and Robert Pattinson as Edward have their fans but also a far greater level of criticism from many quarters, from fans to international movie critics.

The three leads are already signed for Breaking Dawn but maybe the suggestion of a new director will help raise their game. While they are good actors they are definitely not – yet – great. Perhaps Ashley Greene or Rachelle Lefevre will go on to become “better” actresses than Kristen. Time will tell but for now, Meyer’s characters win the popularity contest.

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