The Trailer Park: Invasion of the ‘Tween Romance

Although the young adult genre is nothing new and the ‘tween age group has been identified as a real demographic since about the late 1980s, not until Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ books did these pre-adolescent kids start demonstrating their buying power as a cultural force. Today’s trailers provide further evidence of Meyer’s effect on modern culture and film entertainment in general.

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’

Although I’ve seen them on store shelves, I’m not very familiar with this book series, of which there are six. I must admit this trailer has piqued my curiosity, though. From ‘The Karate Kid‘ director Harald Zwart, the film looks visually elaborate and exciting. It feels a bit like a teen version of ‘Constantine‘, which also makes me somewhat hesitant. Still, it seems decent enough. I’ll give it watch on Blu-ray for sure.

‘Beautiful Creatures’

Best known for his screenwriting talents, Richard LaGravenese makes his fifth full-length feature based on this best-selling ‘tween fantasy. I must say, the movie doesn’t seem all that terrible, but from what we can gather here, the supernatural romance sure promises to be the height of melodrama. Although it’s unclear how much of this story includes witchcraft or just some made-up new-age malarkey, it all looks downright silly. I have a suspicion that the movie will largely go unnoticed in theaters.

‘The Host’

I’m starting to get the impression that Stephenie Meyer has set out to destroy everything that is good and fun in life. First, she single-handedly ruined the vampire genre with legions of lovelorn sparkly bloodsuckers. Now, she attempts to extinguish science fiction with this mawkish alien invasion pile of crap. My only hope is that her ridiculous religious worldview doesn’t seep into this movie like it did in the ‘Twilight’ series. And by the way, what the hell is Andrew Niccol doing directing this drivel?

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