In a recent interview with Huffington Post, Kristen Stewart described her latest movie project as "a love story of epic, epic, epic proportion." What kind of love story was Kristen Stewart talking about? A remake of Titanic? An update of It's a Wonderful Life? Another Romeo and Juliet?
Nope! The 23-year-old former Twilight star revealed that in fact, what she was talking about, was the upcoming remake of George Orwell's dystopian classic, 1984. Equals is said to be a futuristic, "romantic" adaptation of Orwell's literary masterpiece. It will be directed by Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), and Stewart's co-star will be Warm Bodies thesp Nicholas Hoult.
Now, I'm certainly not against updates of classic literature. Look at 1995's Clueless, for example, based on Jane Austen's Emma. Awesome stuff. But 1984? This is Orwell's chilling, totalitarian hellscape we're talking about. Sure, the protagonist Winston Smith has sex with a woman named Julia, but it isn't garden variety "love", per se - and it also ends very, very bleakly. Their affair comes about not so much because they are attracted to one another as because they hate the society in which they live. They are using each other as a way to rebel against the Party.
However, TheAtlantic have jumped to KStew's defence and are arguing that perhaps the Twilight actress actually has a point. They say:
Since Winston was doomed as soon as he began to keep a diary at the beginning of the book, the love affair is essentially gratuitous.
Meaning, the love affair isn't uncalled for. The source continues:
Orwell just lets it spin out the better to crush his characters... It seems to me that Kristen Stewart is on the side of the resistance.
Winston, at the end, abandons Julia for Big Brother. But does that mean that the relationship with Julia never existed? Sure, it's an unusual "love story" that ends in betrayal from both sides. But where some would argue that love isn't the focus of the novel, that love isn't a solid concept for the repressed members of the totalitarian regime, Kristen's perspective is that love goes about and beyond. If it isn't a love story between Winston and Julia in a dystopian setting, then there can be no real importance to their betrayal of each other and no real importance to Winston's parting feelings of love.
And they say romance is dead!!
What do you guys think? Has Kristen got a point that Orwell's 1949 novel is in fact "a love story of epic, epic, epic proportion"? Or does her opinion make you extremely worried indeed about the movie adaptation, Equals? Let me know in the comment section below - and remember - Big Brother is watching you...