The OC Connection

Posted in F.AN.GS (Fun and Games) with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by awesometeenmag

With time on her hands, a need to occupy herself until 11:59PM on Nov. 19 and an apathy for work that develops whenever it rains here in Atlanta (which is about as often as it rains in Forks), A has been checking back in with her old friends in Newport. (For those of you who have moved beyond 2004, that’s where The OC takes place.) And in reconnecting with Ryan, Seth (sigh), Marissa and Summer, she’s discovered some crazy Twi-connections. Despite the fact that Forks is the wettest place in the continental U.S. and it never rains in Southern California.

We all know that Cam, Jackson and Nikki appeared on the show (though I stopped watching when Marissa died, so I haven’t actually seen most of those eps. Luckily, my friend Netflix will be sending them to me soon.), but the OC Connection goes much MUCH deeper. 

 

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Ryan, I don't recommend pissing off James.

 

Exhibit A: The co-executive producer of The OC is no stranger to producing for network television. She’s also no stranger to Twihards. Ladies and gentlemen of the proverbial jury, may I present Twilight Saga screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg.

Exhibit B: Death Cab for Cutie penned “Meet Me on the Equinox” to perfectly portray (that was a lot of alliteration, nice work, A!) the heartbreaking breakup (spoiler alert? meh…) of Edward and Bella. But who was the original Death Cab fan? Seth Cohen! If it wasn’t for him, dare we say Death Cab wouldn’t be the household name it is today.

Exhibit C: Ok, so this one isn’t exactly Twilight-related, but it’s connected. Both Paul Wesley and Kayla Ewell of The Vampire Diaries appeared on The OC. The fact that Paul showed up in Orange County in 2003 and is now on the Vamp Diaries 6 years later proves he may actually be 17 forever. Good casting, CW!

And finally, and in what might be the most convincing connection of all, Exhibit D: Rachel Bilson who played Summer broke up with Adam Brody who played Seth (why on earth would you break up with Seth Cohen in real life?? Seriously!) and got engaged to Hayden Christensen, whom for the record, A does not find attractive. At all. That said, he’s how she pictured Edward while reading the books. And oddly, she still pictures EC that way despite her intense sexual attraction to Rob. It’s kind of sad, really. Point being, he’s the final connection in the OC/Twilight web. It’s like 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon, but without Kevin Bacon. But if you give me a few minutes, I’ll find a way to tie him in, too.

Can you think of any more OC connections? Post them in the comments!

Oh! Oh! Kevin Bacon was in Footloose, which is being remade with Chace Crawford. Chace Crawford stars on Gossip Girl which was created by Josh Schwartz who created The OC! And how is that related to Twilight you ask? Umm, did you NOT just read this post?!

Knock Off the Knock Offs!

Posted in Forks Online, Rant with tags , , , on October 8, 2009 by awesometeenmag

We’re as protective of our online Twilight community as Edward ever was over Bella, so when we heard about this, we knew we couldn’t ignore it. Check out the situation on ROBsessed and join us boycotting anyone selling, advertising, or having anything to do with this copycat operation behind the “ROBsessed” DVD. 

Let’s stand up to the Volturi, er, DVD makers together! Back off, a-holes! You don’t wanna mess with the online Twi community. We’re a pretty loyal breed.

Stranger Than Fiction

Posted in Uncategorized on September 25, 2009 by awesometeenmag

(SPOLER ALERT: Don’t read this if you haven’t read Breaking Dawn. In fact, don’t read ATWIM if you haven’t read Breaking Dawn. We can’t be pussyfooting around your slow reading!)

Psst! Hey! Over here! Remember us, dear reader(s)? It’s been a while. We suck. The real-life workload has been intense, so we at ATWIM have been on an accidental leave of absence from all things Twi-writing. But guess who’s back in the mother-Cullen house? This lady! (Co-Creator A.) 

In our time apart, one thing has become abundantly clear. Over and over again. OK! Magazine likes to make stuff up. Now, I’m not saying OK! isn’t a reliable source…for who wore it best opinions and hot handbag trend suggestions. What I am saying is that they love themselves a good Robsten story. And by good, I mean fake.

For instance, this week’s issue features a cover photo of RPattz and KStew looking googley eyed at one another with the headline “WEDDING OF THE YEAR!” Now granted, Rob and Kris are indeed looking googley eyed at one another (though the photo is from the premiere of Twilight), but the headline is clearly referring to Bella and Edward, not Kristen and Rob. 

The story inside does an interesting job of weaving real-life RPattz and KStew stories with storylines from the Twilight books. This brings up an interesting point:

As many of you know, in real life, I am indeed a journalist. Recently at a bar, a ridiculously drunken fellow sat down next to me and attempted to make slurry small talk. Upon hearing what I did for a living, he asked me who my literary influences were (though not quite so eloquently). I asked if he meant journalistically and he said, “no, like, fiction writers.” I explained that while I am an avid reader (reading the Twilight saga about a thousand times qualifies me as avid, no?), that I didn’t think it was wise for a journalist to allow her fact-based writing to be influenced by fiction writers. The drunkard then proceeded to give ME a look of distain and a judgemental sigh! (BTW, he also didn’t consider Steph Meyer one of the literary greats. Seriously, who was this dude?!)

Anyhoo, I chalked it up to a drunkass nobody being dumb. Turns out, he was right! And OK! Magazine proves it: Journalists SHOULD be influenced by fiction writers! This entire cover story is not only influenced by Stephenie Meyers’ words, it quotes them!

Let me break you off a piece…

So Will Robsten’s nuptials also mimic Edward and Bella’s? As human-undead weddings go, Breaking Dawn‘s is fairly traditional. Bella…wears a turn-of-the-20th-century satin dress (white, of course) with “a long line of pearl buttons up the back” and frets she’ll trip over the lengthy train. Her hair is adorned with a pair of Grandma Swan’s ornate silver, sapphire-studded combs. The bride, who enlists Alice Cullen as a bridesmaid to help with all the planning, walks down the aisle to the stately tunes of Wagner’s wedding march, and there are lots and lots of flowers—a “profusion of white blossoms that hung in garlands.”

I could go on. 

Anyway, the article then goes on to inform us that a source says KStew’s “best friends” Nikki Reed and Dakota Fanning would be bridesmaids and that she’s be more likely to “wear a white sundress and kick off her shoes on a remote beach to say ‘I do.'”

This isn’t the first time the CLEARLY misinformed OK! has suggested Kristen will wear a sundress somewhere. Seriously, have you seen the child? Does she look like she wears sundresses???

 

what a pretty lady!

what a pretty lady!

Luckily, according to the article, “Rob is so in love with her, he would let her do whatever she wants.” Well at least they got that part right. He’s been very understanding about the hairstyle.

PS The sidebar that runs with the article suggests that fans should be on “bumpwatch” since Edward and Bella have a baby, and that Rob and Kris (whose mothers are named Clare and Jules) will name their baby Jules. Seems like sound journalism to us. And that drunk guy at the bar!

 

 

Twi Style

Posted in Twi Style with tags , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2009 by awesometeenmag

It’s no secret that A is a little obsessed with the off-camera wardrobe of our fav Twi-stars. Between all the plaid shirts, the skinny jeans and the v-neck tees, it’s enough to make a gal go crazy…or go shopping! (Amazingly, that sentence applies to both the guys and girls in the cast!)

This weekend, with the first paycheck from a new job burning a hole in her brand new saddlebag-style pocketbook, A hit the mall for some serious fall wardrobe shopping. And our friends in Vancouver were on her mind. (PS this is A writing this post…I’m just gonna go ahead and revert to first person. I’m confusing myself in the third.)

Anyhoo, I headed to the mall for some Twi Style shopping. First stop: Bloomies. I’ve had my eye on this red BCBGeneration dress for two months, ever since I noticed it in an issue of Lucky Magazine. It’s so KStew. I mean, it’s great for attending events for work. Ahem. 

my new dress is a combo of this look...

my new dress is a combo of this look...

...aaaand this one.

...aaaand this one.

Anyhoo, I had the salespeople on high alert to call me the minute it came in. And call they did. I ran in, tried it on, convinced myself it was as fab as I’d been dreaming it would be and made the purchase.

Rob? Ready to walk the carpet with me? Get your hand out of your hair!

Rob? Ready to walk the carpet with me? Get your hand out of your hair!

With my red carpet look in hand, I headed to Forever 21, a veritable Twilight cast member closet-full of hipster wanna-be duds. I was scouring the racks for the perfect plaid shirt—I’ve only ever found one I liked well enough to buy and it’s a men’s shirt. I like to tell people that Rob left if on my floor when he slept over. (Ok, I don’t really tell people that. Often.)—when I spotted the ultimate hipster wanna-be t-shirt. Black. V-neck. Questionable design on the front. It was as though Nikki Reed herself had handpicked this shirt for me. So I bought it. 

At $16.95, it was a little pricey for a cotton Forever 21 tee, but hey, what are you gonna do? When Nikki Reed says jump, I say how high? And I also ask her if this is part of the patented Nikki Reed and Elizabeth Reaser training technique. I digress. 

As I made the purchase, I sent a quick email to a friend asking if I was too old to wear the shirt. (Editor’s note: I’m nearing the end of my 20s. You’re shocked, aren’t you? I know, I have such a youthful glow!) Sadly, said friend was at work and didn’t respond until long after I’d left the mall. Her response: “umm, yeah. Maybe a little. Hope you didn’t buy it!”

Too late! Ok, reader(s), so here it is: the shirt. Tell me what you think…and keep in mind that Forever 21 has a pretty strict no refund policy.

Nikki can I borrow this? Thanks, heart you, mean it! Hate your wig, mean it!

Nikki can I borrow this? Thanks, heart you, mean it! Hate your wig, mean it!

I think it’s fun and will look great with the skinny jeans I ordered from Neimans online (if they fit) and a pair of ankle boots. But then again, I thought KStew looked fab at Comic-Con. KIDDING!! 😉

National Dog Day!

Posted in Small Bites, Team Jacob with tags , , , on August 26, 2009 by awesometeenmag

It’s National Dog Day today! So don’t forget to hug your favorite werewolf! Or at least offer them breakfast in a homemade dog bowl!

 

Hug me, it's Dog Day!

Hug me, it's Dog Day!

A (Bobby) Long Night

Posted in Mix Tape with tags , , , , , on August 21, 2009 by awesometeenmag

So we here at ATWIM have to confess something: while we actively follow the RPattz Music Possee—the holy trinity that is Bobby Long, Sam Bradley and Marcus Foster—on Twitter, we haven’t heard a ton of their music. Sure, sure, we support those crazy Brits in all their magical, musical endeavors. We just haven’t been lucky enough to see/hear them play.

Until last night.

After a couple weeks of emailing with his manager and grinding our teeth in giddy excitement, we got to see Bobby Long play at one of our fave ATL hipster joints. To be honest, we didn’t know what to expect. M has pretty snooty musical taste (or so she’d have you believe, but she does have a Paula Abdul record…and the New Kids greatest hits CD. That is, if A ever gave it back to her). And A was just excited to be that close to someone whose lips have most likely been on the same frothy pint glass as Rob’s. It’s like we were kissing him by association. (Not a stretch at all!)

Anyhoo, after a slight snafu about press passes at the door (editor’s note: Bobby’s show was well worth the $15 we weren’t supposed to pay, so we let it slide!), we entered the world of Bobby Long fandom. Which oddly included an eclectic group of rowdy Twi-moms, randy girl-on-girl couples and too-cool-for-school hipsters. Way to bridge the gaps, Bobby!

A spent the evening running around with her camera to add to her growing portfolio of too-many-Twi-photos. M hung with one of our fave boys, BJW, who had no idea what he was getting himself into, but agreed that Bobby put on a good show. 

We’re planning to run an actual review on the ATMusic site, but we’ll say this: British boys with plaid shirts, sultry voices and a guitar are really freaking hard to resist! And Bobby was no exception. He made the blues hot! And man did the crowd LOVE him! (Not that we blame them.) They knew every word to every song, cheered (inappropriately loud at times) every time he tried to speak, and steadfastly refused to move from their prime viewing locations in order to facilitate A’s shooting. (Thanks surly hipster girl for eventually sharing your wall space with me!)

Though we’re still thrilled that we got so close to someone who’s so close to RPattz, we gotta say: Bobby totally holds his own with talent (and hotness). And on that note, we’re gonna post some pics from last night. We’ll be joining you in staring at them while we listen to “Who Have You Been Loving” on repeat. 

PS A’s Photoshop isn’t working, so there’s no watermark on these. If you want to use them, fine, just give us a shout-out and post our link 🙂 Thanks!!

 

That boy can wail!

That boy can wail!

A kept trying to get a shot of him sexily swigging his beer. He moves fast.

A kept trying to get a shot of him sexily swigging his beer. He moves fast.

 

AND he plays harmonica??

AND he plays harmonica??

 

Rob? Is that you?

Rob? Is that you?

Aww, Tube Top is totally smitten. HANDS OFF, LADY!!

Aww, Tube Top is totally smitten. HANDS OFF, LADY!!

 

rockin' out in the red

rockin' out in the red

Finally he smiles!

Finally he smiles!

Love Letter to Letters to Twilight

Posted in Rant with tags , , , , , , , on August 17, 2009 by awesometeenmag

Good morning, Twi-hards! It’s been a while since our last post…turns out A isn’t as good at multi-tasking as she might have thought she’d be. Anyhoo, today we received the best motivation ever to be the best Twi-site we can be: our good friends at Letters to Twilight got the ultimate Twi-shout out. In her first post in months, Stephenie Meyer herself called out LTT and thanked UC and Moon for the laughs. Ummm, really? REALLY??? How freaking amazing is that?!!

Seriously. Let’s talk about this. THE Stephenie Meyer. The one who wrote Twilight. The one who dreamt of Edward and Bella and thus gave us all a reason to live and blog! THAT Stephenie Meyer called out LTT!! A was so excited when she read the post that she screamed. Loudly. (Sorry, neighbors!)

Because we at ATWIM wanna be just like LTT when we grow up (blog-wise…age-wise we’re already a wee bit past that possibility), we thought we’d compile a list of shout-outs we’d settle for. Kind of like, if the Queen of England shouted out LTT (as the queen is prone to do), we’d settle for a high-five from Prince Harry. Or even Charles. Ears and all…

1. Melissa Rosenberg, screenwriter, The Twilight Saga movies. She may not have written the concepts, but she does a damn good job of translating them to the big screen. (That “spider monkey” line wasn’t hers, so she remains in our good graces. Cathy Hardwicke on the other hand, well you know how we feel about her). We’re thinking maybe Mel would like to write our names into Breaking Dawn. Maybe some of those random vamps could get new names. We’d be happy with Zafrin-A and Senna-M. Ok that one was a stretch.

2.  Solomon Trimble, the exotic-looking but confused girl who thinks she’s Sam Uley. Ohh, Solomon. We feel your pain. You were namelessly cast in Twilight, decided you must be Sam Uley (though again, it’s never mentioned onscreen), and ran with it. A quick viewing of your IMDB profile shows that you’ve got nothing else on the books right now. Well, how about this: next time you’re out and about promoting your supposed appearance in Twilight or Quileute dance ceremonies or what have you, what say you throw us a mention? It could def increase your 15 minutes. If only on our site.

 

My sister, Sam.

My sister, Sam.

 

 

3. Seth Meyer, webmaster of StephenieMeyer.com/brother to Steph. This wouldn’t have to be anything major. We know Seth’s a busy guy, what with updating the site and being the name-spiration for Seth Clearwater. But what about just a little mention? Something to the effect of “those girls from Awesome Twilight Musings need to stop emailing me about mentioning them on this site” would be fine by us. (PS A has a crush on SNL’s Seth Meyers, so if he mistakes this post to be about him, we’d be fine with that.)

4. 100 Monkeys. Though most of the time, we aren’t entirely sure what you’re singing, we like to think that if you threw the words “ATWIM,” “ATM,” “M” or “A” in one of those jumble-y songs of yours, we’d catch it. Just do something so we know to listen for it. Like make a crazy face or wear a crazy hat. Ohhhhh wait…

 

Dance, Monkey!

Dance, Monkey!

5. Kellan Lutz. Kellan, you know how much A loves you. You must. She talks about it enough. So help a sister out and give her a little name drop. We heard you had a meeting with Summit this weekend. Was it about those racy running photos? Perhaps you should issue a public apology, explaining that the reason you were so, um, visible, was because you were thinking of A. Or had left your boxer briefs on her bedroom floor that morning. Or, if you’d prefer to shout her out in a less public forum, a name-drop in the throes of passion would be fine. As long as she’s in the room to hear it.

 

Come and get it, A!

Come and get it, A!