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Beautiful Creatures' stars say their movie does not languish in Twilight zone

Published on Feb 13, 2013 3:42 PM
An image still from the movie Beautiful Creatures starring Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes (left) and Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan Wate. -- PHOTO: SHAW

Beautiful Creatures' leading stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich initially rejected the movie, thinking that it was simply going to be "another Twilight".

They are now the first to protest that it has little in common with that billion-dollar franchise which, like their film, is based on a series of supernatural- romance novels for young adults.

What they cannot deny is that Beautiful Creatures, which opens in Singapore today, would probably never have been made were it not for those box office-busting bloodsuckers who, along with the money-spinning child wizards of the Harry Potter films, have minted new interest in the young-adult genre.

"Twilight opened up this genre and got an audience for it, which hadn't really existed in such a huge way before. That's why there are comparisons," says Englert, 18, who plays a teenage witch or "caster" shunned by her new classmates when she moves to a town in South Carolina. Ehrenreich's character is irresistibly drawn to hers.

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