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Best Worst Picture Bracket Game: Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Vs. Fifty Shades of Grey

Twilight Vs Fifty Shades

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.

Best Worst Picture

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?

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Posted on June 17, 2016, in Awards, bracket game, Movies, Razzies and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 48 Comments.

  1. I voted for 50 Shades of Grey because it is actually a dangerously inaccurate depiction of BDSM and related sexual proclivities. Vampires, on the other hand, are fictional, so the only danger in Twilight is developing bad taste in movies, which is a problem 50 Shades also shares.

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    • I would like to think that an actual vampire might watch Twilight and think, “We sparkle?” Inspired by the movie, he reluctantly exposes himself to sunlight and burns to a crisp.

      Thank you Stephenie Meyer.

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      • Obviously, I am mostly voting for the movies that I am assuming are the worse of the two.

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        • I guessed as much. I’m not sure 50 Shades is the lesser evil here. Twilight has that creepy CGI baby. Sheesh! That thing gave me nightmares. And if anyone starts allowing their daughters to be imprinted upon, I shudder at the implications.

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        • Good point. I guess I still think that people are more likely to model 50 Shades in a dangerous way than they are to do the same because of that relationship in Twilight.

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        • Understand that while I have seen bits and pieces of Twilight, I haven’t watched more than the trailer for 50 Shades. From what I hear, the movie toned down the content from the book and added some humor. The director wanted to depart from the source material more than she did, but she fought with the author and lost. Which is part of why the sequel was delayed and will be directed by someone else.

          A certain someone who lives in my house has read the book I don’t know how many times. It’s on her Kindle and there was probably a good year where whenever she was not visible, I would find her hiding somewhere huddled up with it. I always knew what she was reading. She saw the movie and didn’t care for it. Her explanation was that it was one thing to read about what is in the book and another to actually see it.

          I’m not sure there is any legitimate reason to be concerned about people modeling 50 Shades. But then, I haven’t seen the movie or read the book and I have no intention of doing either. So who cares what I think?

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        • I think both are pretty problematic in their own ways.

          Full disclosure: I’ve never watched the movies, but I work in a library, so I feel duty-bound to familiarize myself with any new book that is a big hit with our patrons. (I also almost always regret having done so.) Therefore, I tried to read both Twilight and Fifty Shades. I didn’t get very far with either one, though.

          Granted, I’m not a big romance fan, anyway, but I thought both were were badly written but also had some disturbing messages about relationships. The imprinting in the Twilight books really freaked me out.

          I don’t have a problem with BDSM itself, but I agree with Daffy that the 50 Shades series misrepresents it. In addition, I think it also fetishizes/glamorizes emotional abuse and unhealthy behaviors in relationships, which I think Twilight does too but it seems to glamorize different ones.. While everyone else was freaking out about the BDSM sex scenes, I was just like, “Has anyone noticed how many times they have arguments where she tells him directly not to do something because she doesn’t like it or because it makes her very uncomfortable and he willfully disrespects her wishes and then guilt trips her into thinking she needs to accept it because he’s a special snowflake?”

          For what it’s worth, my favorite thing about the Fifty Shades movie is how visibly uncomfortable the stars were in pretty much every single interview and photo shoot they were in together. 😀

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    • The Meanest Lines From the Fifty Shades Darker Reviews

      http://www.vulture.com/2017/02/the-meanest-lines-from-the-fifty-shades-darker-reviews.html

      “Has there ever been a film in which the hero has so much sex without properly taking off his trousers?”

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    • I’ve read the simple description of the “Fifty Shades” saga of them being tawdry harlequin romance novels if written by a 14 year old (in this case, E.L. James), who has no real experience or context of BDSM.

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    • @50shadesabuse
      The original campaign to raise awareness that the 50 Shades of Grey series romanticises domestic abuse. Tweets by Natalie Collins & Emma Tofi.

      http://50shadesisdomesticabuse.webs.com/

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  2. I have no interest in viewing the “Twilight” series or what is and what becomes of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, but I voted for “Fifty Shades of Grey” simply because I’ve a least spent some time thinking about the book and the first film (too bad that it gets that key element of BDSM wrong though, which is a point Daffy brought up and one of the major complaints I have heard from other sources as well. When the key element of a story is mishandled, that’s never good).

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  3. Voting for Breaking Dawn on the basis that, since Fifty Shades started as a Twilight fanfic, the Twilight franchise is responsible for both.

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    • I can’t believe that women line up to watch and read a story about a man who repeatedly sexually abuses and sexually assaults a woman, and she likes it.

      It’s literally a story about a woman who is so stupid and awkward she literally knows nothing about the world. Then she sales herself to a man and allows him to sexually torture her, for HIS pleasure.

      She falls in love with him, while he remains cold AND abusive towards her!

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      • I don’t really understand it either, especially since it isn’t sexy and romantic, which is what I thought women liked. Then again, the day I figure out women is the day I reach the highest point of enlightenment (i.e. not happening:-).

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        • From what I’ve gathered (at least going from my good friend, Google), EL James, the woman behind “Fifty Shades…” is really as much of a hack of a writer (if not worst) as “Twilight’s” Stephanie Meyer. And according to the director of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, Sam Taylor-Johnson, EL James was incredibly difficult to deal with (she was/is basically, a huge control freak, who doesn’t want to compromise).

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        • I’m sure that E. L James had a great Idea but the execution was poor due to the repetitive referencing to “inner goddess/subconscious” coupled with juvenile writing. And the book is so hard to translate into screen because now that it has gone mainstream they have to water it down from BDSM to just romance.

          This whole franchise just looks like Bella and Edward without the vampires and with some handcuffs and some butt spanking thrown in.

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        • http://forum.earwolf.com/topic/21061-50-shades-of-grey-2015/page__view__findpost__p__237894

          A friend of mine worked on the film and I got to read the original STJ script it was fantastic it really elevated the book made it smarter sexier and less creepy, but E L James put her foot down and vetoed almost all the changes, even to the point of the last scene where Anna leaves him Sam wanted the last word to be red her safe word assuming that the audience would be smart enough to put it together, instead EL insisted on her saying stop because its the last word in the book. Dakota Johnson was really good in the film while Jamie Dornan was a monotone robot. It would have been interesting to see how the film would’ve turned out if Charlie Hunnam hadn’t dropped out and Sam had been allowed to do what she’d wanted.

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        • I’m guessing that the “Fifty Shades” franchise appeals to women’s fantasy that they could somehow “change” a man for the better. It kind of goes all the way back to “Beauty and the Beast” if that makes sense.

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        • Yeah, many women do like to direct & inspire change in a man, although I hardly find that concept very romantic either.

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        • The problem with these movies is they don’t work for either audience. For the normal audience, they don’t work since they are literally movies about a woman enjoying mental and sexual abuse. For the Perverted Audience, it STILL doesn’t work because the sex is so softcore you could fall asleep through those scenes.

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        • Right, because there are people who are slaves & slave masters, and I get the feeling that this film franchise doesn’t go all the way with that. It’s sounds all too in-between and broad to me.

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      • Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) : 50 Things wrong about this movie

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2322441/board/thread/265282456?d=265282456#265282456

        Bad writing
        Bad acting
        Terribly bland and generic characters
        Unoriginal and unengaging story
        Worse than smut written by a third-grader
        The characters names are stupid
        The characters are stupid
        The plot is stupid
        Inaccurate portrayal of BDSM
        Makes all BDSM relationships seem abusive
        Makes all people who practice BDSM look bad
        Teaches women to be compliant and men to be violent if they don’t get what they want.
        Literally the worst dialogue ever
        The unsafest, most dubiously consented to sex I’ve ever read
        50 Shades of Grey has gotten more attention then Boko Haram, Charlie Hebdo, and Ferguson combined.
        The relationship between Ana and Christian is abusive.
        The relationship between Ana and Christian is creepy.
        The relationship between Ana and Christian is wrong.
        Christian is a manipulative bastard.
        Ana is foolish and unrealistically perfect.
        Makes abusive relationships look glamorous.
        Romanticizes violence and domestic abuse.
        Romanticizes emotional and physical manipulation.
        Romanticizes pain and non-consensual sex.
        Christian is a stalker. Stalking is not romantic.
        Teaches girls that the best thing you can do in life is find a man.
        Teachers guys the best thing you can do in life is find an obedient woman.
        Makes all doms look mean.
        Makes all subs look like cowards.
        The movie has been advertised on every available surface aside from my ass cheeks, yet people are still giving gay people hell about holding hands in public.
        Christian kidnaps Ana.
        Christian undresses Ana.
        Christian puts Ana in bed.
        Christian gets in the bed with a semi-undressed Ana.
        Christian gets Ana perfectly fitted clothes by measuring her while she’s unconscious.
        Jokes about rape.
        Makes men look like saints for not raping a woman.
        Makes women look like idiots because Ana just blatantly accepts whatever lie is shoved in her face.
        Christian is possessive.
        Christian is jealous of Ana’s (possible) love interest after only knowing her for five minutes.
        Ana and Christian have no chemistry. They are bland.
        Unsafe sex.
        E.L. James attempts to justify Christian’s stalking by making him save Ana from being sexually assaulted. So see, stalking is okay!
        Ana doesn’t want to be in the relationship.
        Christian manipulates her into staying.
        50 Shades of Grey is going to be shown in theaters. People are going to go to this and think abusive relationships are romantic.
        50 Shades of Grey is going to make a beep ton of money.
        50 Shades of Grey is has already made a beep ton of money.
        50 Shades of Grey will keep making money and promoting abuse.
        50 Shades is abuse, but the E.L. James tries to make it look romantic by using glamorous tricks and diversions. The readers and fans are just like Ana because they are captivated by the romantic and fantasty world of Christian Grey. Also like Ana, they don’t realize how deep and bad they’re in until it’s too late.
        In closing, the fans are Ana, and E.L. James is Christian Grey.

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        • In a nutshell, the “hero” is a psycho stalker (he does something a**holey because he’s so damaged from his sad childhood, then she saves him with true love. Happy ending. Repeat, repeat, repeat.) and the “heroine” is a clumsy oaf that has no confidence at all and the personality of moist moss.

          She’s a 21-year-old college graduate who does not have an email address, is baffled by how to use a laptop, and has never even masturbated. She’s written as hopelessly insecure and immature. It’s like she’s a child in an adult body, and this damaged creeper is just a total predator.

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      • Sam Taylor-Johnson Wouldn’t Have Directed Fifty Shades of Grey If She Could Do It All Over Again

        http://www.vulture.com/2017/06/sam-taylor-johnson-hates-fifty-shades-of-grey.html

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  4. 10 Terrible Movies That Earned Tons Of Money At The Box Office

    http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2016/10-terrible-movies-that-earned-tons-of-money-at-the-box-office/2/

    The Twilight Saga

    Box Office: $3.3 billion RT Score: 39% avg

    The Twilight Saga New Moon (2009)

    Sometimes it’s hard to believe that an absurdly inconsistent franchise, which revolves around a love triangle containing some of the most boring characters in film history, along with some cheap visual effects, made more than $3 billion at the box office with only five movies. We’ve included the entire Twilight Saga because we couldn’t choose just one – they are all equally terrible.

    Why it’s terrible: The entire Twilight Saga essentially revolves around a love triangle involving three main characters named Edward, Bella and Jacob.

    Edward is a good-looking dude who has quite the dominant behavior toward his girlfriend. Bella is the annoying girlfriend of Edward, who makes boring faces and talks shit. Jacob is a werewolf who is fortunately walking around with blue balls because he has a crush on a newborn baby.

    They split the last part into two movies, trying to follow in footsteps of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, and cash in as much as they could before the franchise ends. The only difference that “Breaking Dawn – Part 2” had from the previous film was the final 10-minute battle scene, otherwise both the movies had the same useless dialogue and boring romance.

    However, stupid romance, a lousy script, talentless actors, cheap CGI, bad cinematography, and effortless direction could not help this franchise top our list. There’s one only movie that is even worse than those in the Twilight Saga, and still made a tremendous amount of money.

    Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

    Box Office: $571 million RT Score: 25%

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    “Fifty Shades of Grey” was adapted from a book that was based on the fan-fiction of the Twilight Saga (seriously). The story follows a virgin woman named Anastasia Steele, who goes to interview, in the place of her friend, a very good-looking and successful businessman named Christian Grey. Here’s the “twist”: Christian Grey loves BDSM.

    Why it’s terrible: The characters in this movie look very similar to the characters of the Twilight Saga, for obvious reasons. Christian Grey is an attractive man who wants to have entire control over his girlfriend, similar to Edward with Bella.

    Anastasia Steele is an extremely conservative women who goes after her boyfriend no matter how badly he behaves with her. She can’t be happy without him and can’t decide what she even wants, similar to Bella.

    The plot of this movie is so poor that it’s hard to understand how it managed to pass for a film. The two people coincidentally met each other, one a virgin in her mid-20s and the other a BDSM lover. The person who loves BDSM almost pressures the other to engage in this activity, and surprisingly, the other person who never had sex once in her entire life agrees to it.

    Anastasia Steele decided to lose her virginity the moment a billionaire offered to take it. This has to be one of the worst portrayals of a woman in a movie that made more $500 million.

    But feminists can’t blame men for it, because the story is inspired by a book written by a woman, the script was written by a woman, and even the film is directed by a woman. And guess what? The majority of audience was, in fact, women. If women have imaginations like this about themselves, then why blame men for everything?

    Even if this was just a cheap erotic movie targeted toward sex addicts, it would have been fine and nobody would’ve judged it for that. But it tried so hard to convince you that it’s the best romantic movie you’ll ever watch, despite the fact that the lead actors have zero chemistry whatsoever. It’s not only the worst film that earned tons of money at the box office, but also one of the worst films ever made in Hollywood.

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  5. NEW: FULL Trailer for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sequel ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ + Posters

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  6. ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Was Supposed To Be As Successful As ‘Twilight,’ So What Happened?

    http://uproxx.com/movies/fifty-shades-darker-box-office/

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  7. This is a long video (half an hour), but I cannot endorse it enough. Make a cuppa, press play and watch this guy highlight just how abusive Christian Grey is, how insulting the story is to anyone who knows real BDSM and what an appalling writer EL James is. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 (NSFW, obviously!)

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