Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Vs. Fifty Shades of Grey
We’re rounding out the first round of matches in the Best Worst Picture Bracket Game. I’m still not entirely sure what it means to be the best Worst Picture winner, but I guess we’ll find out when the winner is crowned. As we go into the weekend, we’re matching up two movies based on books every woman I know over 30 has read. Probably more than once.
We had another close match yesterday. The winner in our twin-themed bracket was determined by a single vote. That one vote put I Know Who Killed Me into the next round vanquishing both Jack and Jill from the contest. That means Lindsay Lohan’s bizarre entry in the torture porn genre will face off against the winner of today’s bracket in round two.
Both of today’s movies are adaptations of wildly popular books. Literary critics were dismissive of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series of young adult novels. But they found E. L. James’ Fifty Shades books even more offensive. The two series have a connection in that James originally wrote Fifty Shades as Twilight fan fiction. The author was frustrated with the lack of hardcore vampire sex in a series of books aimed at tween girls but read and obsessed over by their moms. So she set out to rectify the situation with her own erotica.
Seeing as how the popular novels failed to win over critics, it’s no surprise the big screen adaptations weren’t critical darlings. Also no surprise that fans of the book didn’t give a hoot about the reviews. While most critics panned Twilight and Fifty Shades, they generally acknowledged that the movies improved on the source material.
The Razzies had spent years poking at the Twilight movies without actually giving them any awards. In 2013, that changed when the final movie in the series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, won seven awards out of eleven nominations. Those awards included: Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Supporting Actor, Worst Screen Couple, Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, Worst Director and Worst Screen Ensemble.
We haven’t actually covered the 2015 Razzies yet, but the big winner was Fifty Shades of Grey. It received a total of six nominations along with Jupiter Ascending, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Pixels. As you can see, the Razzies spread the love. In fact, Fifty Shades shared its Worst Picture Award with Fantastic Four in one of those ties it loves so much.
Since we’re going to be talking about the 2015 Razzies next week, I’ll cut this one short. Don’t want to spoil things too much.
Which popular literary adaptation do you want to see take on I Know Who Killed Me in the next round?