A long time ago when I learned that Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak had been made into a movie I added the title to my neverending Netflix queue, bumping the film down on the list as new movies came out that I wanted to see. It finally came to pass that Speak made it to the top of my queue and it arrived at my house today.
I pop in the DVD, and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but Kristen Stewart playing virtually the same character and acting in some of the very same scenes in Speak that I recall from Twilight. Now, Speak is one of the most beloved books to me, and was THE book that turned me on to YA lit when I first read it back in the fledgling years of this decade, and I want to note that I mean no disservice to this book, which changed my life. Rather, I just think it's beyond eerie how many similarities there are between Kristen Stewart as Melinda and as Bella - from the actual scenes to the solemn face to the broken, stuttery, hesitant delivery, I half expected R. Patts himself to show up and save the day.
1. Miranda/Bella heads off awkwardly and reluctantly to her first day at a new school
2. Miranda/Bella meets and makes pseudo-friends with a girl who talks and talks and talks
3. Miranda/Bella walks to the school building, only to be caught off guard by a camera-wielding classmate
4. Miranda/Bella arrives at science class, and teacher assigns her to dreamy lab partner (who might I add looks familiar, even though I never really watched Will & Grace)
5. Miranda/Bella exists at school, but does not really participate, playing a tertiary role in the story of her own life
From there the stories pretty much quickly diverge, but let me tell you, there was some whacked out deja vu happening as these scenes flashed before my eyes.