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Why Kristen Stewart Sould Star In If I Stay

The Twilight Connection to If I Stay

If I Stay is a teen fiction novel that has been making the rounds amongst young adult readers since its publication in 2009. Word of mouth began to make Gayle Forman‘s novel popular sometime last fall and this interest began to spread throughout the Twilight fandom. So what does the book If I Stay have to do with Twilight or Kristen Stewart? Nothing implicitly, except that the book has been well received by Twilight fans of Stephenie Meyer‘s writing style, as well as fans of the Bella Swan type of character and narrator as executed by Kristen Stewart.

Catherine Hardwicke to Direct If I Stay

Now in 2010 there is a substantial connection being formed between If I Stay and Twilight. Catherine Hardwicke, Director of Twilight, will be piloting If I Stay’s adaptation from book to film as director of the movie. With Hardwicke on board, many fans of both If I Stay and Twilight are wondering if there’s a chance Kristen Stewart may be at all interested in the project. There has been no public mention on Kristen’s part (or her people’s) about this happening but the idea is alive and well within the respective fandoms. Read on to find out a bit more about If I Stay and why Kristen would be amazing in this new film project coming in 2011…

The Story of If I Stay

If I Stay tells the story of 17-year-old Mia who’s life is thrown into disarray when she suddenly loses her family in a tragic car accident. Her life is so beautifully serene and put together that the juxtaposition of this Christmas-time tragedy strikes hard. The story is visceral as Mia watches her own body being taken away from the scene of the wreckage as her presence enters a kind of out-of-body experience. We instantly care about what happens to Mia, and how she will pull through this ordeal. While Mia survives the accident that claims the lives of her loved ones, she is left in a kind of limbo state of consciousness where her body, mind, and soul are ultimately trying to decide where to go. While her body enters a coma, the rest of her struggles to piece together what happened and decide whether to go back to life without her family, or leave the world and join them.

Throughout this story we get to know Mia’s boyfriend Adam, and the close bond they have forged through their shared love for music. It is music that ties them together, and what describes so many of the emotional and dramatic moments in this book when words cannot fully speak for themselves. It is simply put – a beautiful story about the choices we make for ourselves, whether we choose to stay or go, and how those decisions affect the rest of our lives. Forman’s writing flips between past and present so that we get to know Mia before the accident as well as her altered state of being after the crash.

Kristen Stewart as Mia

It is through Twilight fans on Twitter that I came to read If I Stay by recommendation and I instantly fell in love with the story’s simplistic beauty. The story is somewhat ordinary in terms of subject matter, but it is executed in a way that is extraordinary. Mia pulled at my heartstrings with her loving nature, passion for music, and drive to succeed in life. You will probably have to read the story for yourself to understand why Kristen would be a wonderful match for the character of Mia, but here’s some of my insights into why she should play this role:

Mia is described as being musically driven – a cellist – with hopes of attending Julliard. Music is her life and it inhabits everything she does. Her boyfriend, Adam, has his own band which unites them in a similar devotion to all things musical. Mia is presented to the reader as a quiet, strong, loving, and devoted individual. She cares for the people in her lives deeply, and is passionate about her musical aspirations. What stands out the most about her character is her unwavering strength in the face of tragedy.

I think Kristen has the right kind of emotional sensibilities to step into Mia‘s shoes and embody her complicated state of being. Kristen, to me, seems like a complex person who has undoubtedly dealt with pressure and adversity. It is her relentless strength and stability in who she is that would make her the perfect Mia. Kristen handles the difficult aspects of her life with poise and grace, and it is this same kind of approach to life that Mia has in If I Stay. The way Kristen described bringing a bit of herself to the role of Bella in Twilight is the same kind of experience I could imagine taking place with If I Stay. Kristen could become Mia flawlessly and bring that strong sense of self, love for others, and quiet understanding to the role.

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This song by Ivana XL kind of reminds me of If I Stay, check it out below:

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To read more about If I Stay, check out author Gayle Forman‘s website:

Amazon.com also has reader reviews and more info on the book:

IMDB has the film details for If I Stay:

[Book covers belong to Gayle Forman | 2nd Kristen photo belongs to twilightfan_14]

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July 29, 2010 Posted by | KStew, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

On The Road – A Preview Of Kristen Stewart’s Next Movie

I finally finished Jack Kerouac‘s On The Road after an intense two weeks of nightly reading – and I’m really sad it’s over! This is such an amazing book and now having read it through, I can’t wait to see how they adapt it to film for Kristen Stewart‘s next movie!

On The Road has been given a lot of critical acclaim over the years as one of the formative books in defining the “beat” generation of the 50’s, but I think it also says a lot about the real nature of living itself, or what it means to truly be alive. It’s a book that pulls you along on a chaotic ride with Dean Moriarty and Sal Paradise as they navigate the open road of the United States in search of “it” – that feeling you get when you’re really living your life.

On The Road has the potential to be an amazing movie because the story is so rich and delves into so many subplots and side stories. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on who these characters are and what they’re doing with their lives – they surprise you. In the most general of descriptions, On The Road follows a group of close friends, particularly Dean and Sal, as they take road trips cross-country.

The adventures of Dean and Sal are chaotic, unpredictable, and engaging. These characters may be from the 50’s, but they’re young and carefree which is something all of us can identify with at some point in our lives. They hit jazz clubs, they meet girls, they fall in love, they move on, they meet strangers, they find work, they change cities – and do it all over again just because they can.

On The Road (2011) will be directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) and executive-produced by Francis Ford Coppola (Lost In Translation). Here are some of the characters from On The Road who you’ll be seeing in the 2011 movie and the respective actors who will be playing them:

Dean MoriartyGarrett Hedlund

Dean Moriarty is the instigator of all of the road trips and the one who often pushes his friend Sal to find adventure with him. The two have a complicated friendship but both remain connected in their drive to experience life to the utmost extent. Dean is flamboyant, all-energy, charismatic, the life of the party, and fearless. He is the love interest of Kristen Stewart‘s character – Marylou as well as husband to Kirsten Dunst‘s character – Camille.

Garrett Hedlund, 25, has been in movies such as Troy, Friday Night Lights, Eragon, and Georgia Rule. He recently wrapped filming on TRON: Legacy which was filmed locally here in Vancouver, BC.

Sal Paradise – Sam Riley

Sal Paradise is the character we follow predominantly throughout On The Road. It is his story about the journeys he makes and we initially start out on a road trip he is taking alone to meet his friends in Denver, Colorado. On The Road starts with Sal leaving behind his home in New York to go on the road. Sal is a good guy who seems pretty low-key, but chaos ensues every time he’s reunited with Dean Moriarty when they go on wild adventures together. Although Marylou (Kristen Stewart) is Dean’s love interest, Sal also experiences fleeting moments of longing for her and the two form a close connection in the story.

Sam Riley, 30, has had roles on both Law & Order: CI and Law & Order: SVU. He’s been in films such as Control, Franklyn, and 13.

Marylou – Kristen Stewart

Marylou is the love interest of Dean Moriarty in On The Road. She also forms a friendship with Sal Paradise and the two consider becoming an item at one point in the story. Marylou is driven by passion and ends up on the road with Dean and Sal in search of a similar kind of experience of life. Her character goes with the flow of things and we find her seemlessly intertwined with the lives of Dean and Sal. She is characterized as being extremely beautiful, sultry, provocative and carefree. A lot of things about Marylou are left up to the reader’s imagination so I can’t wait to see what Kristen brings to this role in terms of creative freedom.

Kristen Stewart, 20, is best known for her portrayal of Bella Swan in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. She has acted in many critically acclaimed movie such as Speak, The Cake Eaters, and Into The Wild. Kristen most recently starred in The Runaways alongside Dakota Fanning.

Camille – Kirsten Dunst


Camille
is one of Dean Moriarty‘s girlfriends in On The Road, and later on, his wife. She is a constant presence throughout the story, but her character remains separate from life on the road. Camille is steady and happy in one place while Dean cannot fight off the constant urge to be on the move and on the road. They have a turbulent relationship due to their different personalities.

Kirsten Dunst, 28, has been in films such as Bring It On, Spiderman, Mona Lisa Smile, Wimbledon, and Elizabethtown. She garnered teenage popularity with her portrayal of head cheerleader Torrence Shipman in the teen smash-hit Bring It On. She also became widely recognized from her role as Mary-Jane Watson in the Spiderman films.

To read more about On The Road and Kristen Stewart’s involvement in the project, check out my article on Suite101.com:

For more information and discussions about On The Road the movie, check out the IMDB page:

July 28, 2010 Posted by | KStew, On The Road | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Runaways DVD Special Features

The Runaways is just one of those movies you can watch over and over and over again. Having already seen it in the theatre twice, I was still out at HMV buying my copy of The Runaways dvd on Tuesday. Even if you’ve watched the film a few times already, there are some amazing moments in The Runaways worth revisiting.

Runaways Moments Worth Revisiting:

When watching my Runaways dvd for the first time, so many cool things came back to me that I’d forgotten about from the movie theatre. There’s a lot of little moments in the movie that really make it as good as it is – be it transitions, a telling close up shot, or a brief moment of dialogue. I love that transition from Cherie (Dakota Fanning) making a wish in front of her birthday cake before pinching out the lone candle, to Rodney Bingenheimer‘s dark and sultry club with Gary Glitter’s “Do You Wanna Touch Me” blaring in the background.

There’s the telling shot of Joan (Kristen Stewart) walking out of the guitar lesson with MC5’s “It’s A Man’s World” trailing her footsteps. Then there are moments on the road as The Runaways are touring where we see Cherie’s face through a rain-spattered car window passing in the night. Her face is impassive and flickering street lights illuminate her unchanging expression.We see shots of Joan throughout the film trying to keep a strong exterior for her band mates as they struggle with Kim Fowley, the dark side of life on the road, and the pressures of being overnight stars within the music industry.

I love all of Joan’s scenes: the water gun, the headliner’s dressing room, “I Love Playing With Fire,” “Old Smoky,” the recording studio blow up, The Runaways song writing process and later on, her initial formative stages in creating Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The story really comes together with all of the smaller details put together. The Runaways is definitely a film that pays attention to the little things to get the realism of the film just right. I found that while watching the dvd, the fantastic portrayals of Joan and Cherie by Kristen and Dakota came to life even more with every little nuance they perfected for their respective roles.

Runaways DVD Special Features:

There’s some great behind the scenes footage, particularly of a live set for the Japan concert in which a corset-clad Cherie performs “Cherry Bomb” for the screaming masses.

There’s also a segment on the making of The Runaways with interview clips with Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Cherie Currie, Floria Sigismondi, and various other people involved in the film’s production. Cherie Currie and Joan Jett were on hand to help their movie star selves get into character and aided them in preparing for live performances of The Runaways songs.

Some Runaways Dvd Fun Facts:

  • Kristen learned all of the songs she would be performing in the film even if the studio version of a song was going to be used for a certain scene. She wanted to look, feel, and play the part of Joan in every sense.
  • Dakota likened her closeness with Kristen to the relationship between Joan and Cherie. She noted that her and Kristen had grown close through The Runaways experience just as Joan and Cherie had with the formation of the original band. In an interview clip on The Runaways dvd she says Kristen is her best friend.
  • Dakota Fanning’s favourite Runaways song is “Cherry Bomb” as she got to experience first hand what it’s like to perform the song many times within the movie.
  • Kristen Stewart’s favourite Runaways song is “Love Is Pain.” Kristen sings some lines from this song in the latter half of the movie while smoking a cigarette in a bathtub of murky water.
  • Joan Jett was on set every day to coach Kristen in becoming her character. Kristen says that Joan is the coolest person she’s ever met.
  • Various filmmakers from The Runaways attest to Kristen’s dedication to the project and her serious approach towards paying tribute to Joan and her music rather than simply playing the character.

There’s also a Runaways audio commentary with Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart, and Dakota Fanning that I haven’t checked out yet but I’m sure will be well worth it. Just thought I would share some cool things on the dvd if you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet.

July 26, 2010 Posted by | The Runaways | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

KStew’s iPod: Even More Music For Kristen Stewart Fans

Here’s the next dose of music for Kristen Stewart fans. I’ve got a couple of artists in here that Kristen listens to including Florence and the Machine, Morrissey, Interpol, and The Smiths.

The other tracks are my picks for songs you might like if you love any of those. All of these songs are worth a listen and are from some very talented artists. Just to clarify, these compilations are inspired by KStew and are not her actual playlists — enjoy!

Even More Music For KStew Fans

  1. Morrissey – I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
  2. Lou Reed – Satellite Of Love (from Adventureland)
  3. Florence And The Machine – Hurricane Drunk
  4. Jens Lekman – Your Arms Around Me (from Whip It!)
  5. Rooney – Can’t Get Enough
  6. Bell XI – How Your Heart Is Wired
  7. The Smiths – Still III
  8. Interpol – Pace Is The Trick
  9. Band Of Skulls – Cold Fame
  10. Florence And The Machine – Howl
  11. The Smiths – Vicar In A Tutu
  12. Interpol – NYC
  13. Hot Hot Heat – Harmonicas And Tambourines

Check out previous music posts for Twilight and Kristen tunes:

[Photo via GeekSugar]

July 20, 2010 Posted by | KStew | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Twilight Connection Links For Blog, Suite101, Twitter And Flickr

Hey all!

This is just a quick post to let you know what goes on here at my Twilight Connection blog and where else you can read my writing. My name is Amy and I am a prospective grad school student for 2011 in the field of Media/Communications. I’m based out of Vancouver and love to get involved in all things “Twilight” here.

I live to write and love to share writing with others. All written content you find on Twilight Connection has been written by me unless otherwise specified or sourced, same goes for photos. My content is Twilight based/related as well as Kristen Stewart focused (because she is amazing).

I followed the filming of New Moon and Eclipse when they were in town but didn’t start up my blog until 2010. Hopefully you can get some Breaking Dawn info here in the fall! In the meantime, I plan to post my set photos from New Moon and Eclipse on here in the near future as well as stories from my trip to Forks, WA.

In preparation for grad school I also do freelance writing for various companies, one of those being Suite101 which you may have heard of. You can find some Twilight and Kristen related content on my Suite 101 page too. I cannot duplicate content that I write for Suite101 on my Twilight Connection blog so the content differs between my blog and Suite.

Thanks everyone so much for all of your support and for reading my blog, tweets, articles, etc. It’s nice to get feedback to become a better writer and it’s awesome to interact with other Twilight fans.

Here’s where you can find Amy:

Twilight Connection – Twilight Blog <– you’re here.

Suite101 – Contributing Writer

Twitter – @theamytweets

Flickr – New Moon and Eclipse Set Photos

IMDB – My article posted on Kristen Stewart and On The Road pages. <– thanks for sharing on there!

July 20, 2010 Posted by | Twilight, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment