Saturday, March 31, 2012

Hunger Games, the movie

Last Sunday, I talked my husband into taking me to see The Hunger Games. I don't think he really expected to enjoy it, and he even fought me at first after we left the theater when I tried to talk about it, and discuss how I thought it transferred onto the big screen from the pages of the book. However, when we sat down to dinner, and on the way home, he would randomly ask a question here or there, until I got him into a full out discussion. And now? He wants to read the books. So, how does this phenomenon of a movie relate to the book? Is it any good?

Absolutely. This is one of the best book to movie adaptations I've ever seen. I saw the Twilight movies, and I've seen the Harry Potter movies. I also, as mentioned in a previous post, have a love for classic lit books that are being turned into movies and mini-series. And Hunger Games blows them all out of the water.

Now, don't get me wrong, there are some differences, and there are some small things I got nit picky with, but none of it was truly consequential, like other fans have done with the Twilight movies or the Harry Potter movies. And that I think is where the true difference lies... Hunger Games the movie was very very close to the book.

I also think that the movie was shot and directed beautifully, although in the opening scene in the arena, the camera is very jumpy/shaky to the point my husband had to close his eyes, that was part of the experience for me. I saw the scene as if I was seeing it through Katniss' eyes.

My husband as I mentioned has not yet read the book, and with the exclusion of the scene where Thresh and Katniss meet face to face in the arena (that scene could've used a bit more dialogue between those two, in my opinion), my husband was able to follow the story completely. I was a little worried how they'd translate Katniss' thoughts about the various things around her into monologue or dialogue in order to explain some things (Tracker Jackers for example), but they took you to what the people of Panem would've been seeing. I also like that it does cut back to District 12 at certain moments so you can see/feel what Gale is feeling, and what Katniss' mom and sister are feeling as well. The romances were played up a bit more in the movie than in the book, but that's ok, because it helped the story in the film.

All in all, this film is AMAZING. Everyone should see it, and everyone should read the books. I would not recommend this movie for anyone under 13, as the rating suggests, unless they were like me, and at 13, very mature about death, and blood. I cannot wait for the sequels, and as I mentioned in my Catching Fire review, I'm working on the third book now, so, I'm almost finished with the reading part of this series.

~♥~
Lady D

Catching Fire

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok, so, Catching Fire picks up with Katniss and Peeta back in District 12. They are living in the Victor's Village, and just trying to live their lives as the Star-Crossed lovers still, to the best of their ability, when it's time for the Victor's Tour. They are going to tour all the districts, and show the country how wonderfully in love they are... and they better, because President Snow has come to see Katniss, and threaten everyone she knows and loves if she doesn't.

SPOILER WARNING!!!

Well, Peeta ends up doing a public proposal, and he and Katniss are still majorly playing up the Star-Crossed lovers bit, but President Snow says it's not enough. And then the time comes for the Quarter Quell. And the shocker? The reaping is going to come from the districts' previous victors. Katniss is going to have to go back into the arena.

SPOILER OVER!

The rest of the book really covers what happens in the games, and I can't give too much away without a horribly massive massive spoiler fest. So, I'll leave it like this: The country is in major unrest, and not happy with this Quarter Quell games. What is going to happen? Will the country Catch Fire? Will the rebellion happen? And what about Peeta and Katniss? Will they get their Happily Ever After? I guess I'm just going to have to read Mockingjay and find out...

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I'm going to write a post shortly... either later today, or tonight, about The Hunger Games movie! So stay tuned!!!!

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Lady D

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

SEMI-SPOILERS CONTAINED HEREIN! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!

This is the story of Katniss Everdeen. She lives in a new world called Panem that was created from the ashes of the former continent of North America. Due to a rebellion that once happened in Panem, the country's government has decided to punish the people by forcing the 12 remaining districts to offer up "tribute" one male and female between the ages of 12 and 18 for the annual "Hunger Games" which is an arena battle to the death. The boy tribute from District 12 is Peeta Mellark.

At the very beginning of the story, Katniss was not supposed to be tribute. Her sister, who is in the drawing for the first time, with only one slip in there gets picked. Katniss, who cannot bear to see her sister go, volunteers as tribute. The rest of the story follows the journey to the Hunger Games, and the Hunger Games themselves.

A romance seems to begin to blossom between Peeta and Katniss, and the Gamemakers even announce that a new rule was introduced, and that if the male and female pair from any give district is still in the games, they will both be able to be crowned Victors. At the end however, the Gamemakers renounce this rule, hoping for a massively amazing ending. Katniss comes up with a plan to thwart them however, and therefore she and Peeta are both named Victor.

Now there is massive danger for Katniss and Peeta since the government is not happy with this fit of rebellion. Katniss is going to have to start watching her every move and thought and word in hopes that she does not provoke the government into taking action against her. This is where book one leaves off, and I almost screamed in frustration. I will not be able to get book two for a little while, and I'm itching to read it.

All in all this book is amazing. It was super hard to put down, and I hung on to every word. It's packed with action, and a little bit of romance, and it's just an all around amazing book. I think that everyone needs to read this book at least once in their lives, and it will in truth teach you a little bit about yourself that you may have not known.

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~♥~
Lady D

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hunted

Hunted (Brides of the Kindred, #2)Hunted by Evangeline Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm really really really starting to get into Evangeline Anderson's series. I loved the first book, and where this one started out slow, it picked up, and has me on the edge of my seat for the next one.

This is Sophie and Sylvan's book. Sophie had some pretty heavy stuff happen to her in the past that leads her to be afraid of Sylvan, and of Sylvan's fangs. The first part of the book, after Sylvan's shuttle crashes while trying to get Sophie back to Earth after the mating ceremony was kind of slow for me. I mean, we get a lot of back story on the two characters, which is nice, and some pretty hot scenes between Sylvan and Sophie, but other than that, this part of the book is pretty bland.

It isn't, in my opinion, until after Sylvan and Sophie find their way back from this disaster that the book starts getting good. Sylvan starts distancing himself from Sophie, and Sophie doesn't know how to feel about it. Plus, the Scourge seem to think that Sophie is the fulfillment to their prophecy, so, they're gunning for her as well.

All in all, this book was written really well, and about half way through, picked up to the point that I couldn't put it down. If you decide to pick this book up, be sure to read the first one first, and stick with it, even though it may get slow with times. In this book, we get further glimpses at Kat, Deep, and Lock, who are the subjects of Ms. Anderson's next book, which I can't wait to read. This book kind of ends on a cliffhanger that starts the next book, so, have it ready.

As always, Ms. Anderson's scenes are scorching hot, and if you're not alone, and able to relieve some of your tension, you may find yourself very frustrated while reading this book. I will also warn that Ms. Anderson covers a pretty heavy subject in this book, which she does give a disclaimer about in the start. DO NOT SKIP THE DISCLAIMER!

This book is wonderful, and anyone who picks it up won't be sorry! I can't wait to continue this wonderful series! :)

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~♥~
Lady D

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Fun extras post

Well, this post is going to be a fun extras post. I've been working on a post in my head for a while about movies and books, books and movies. I also just found a super awesome little quiz on my favorite authors' website, which I will post at the end of this entry. :) So, let's get started.

Well, I recently got into a chick flick mode, and so I pulled all the stops. I watched Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and North & South. I am a total romance freak. I love Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, and Charlotte Bronte. I love classic literature that has since been turned into movies.

The Pride & Prejudice I watch is the Kiera Knightly version, mainly because 1- I haven't seen the Colin Firth version, and 2- I really don't like Colin Firth. The persuasion I watch is the Ciaran Hinds version, Jane Eyre? The newest, with Mia Wasikowska. Wuthering Heights is the Tom Hardy version, because, Tom Hardy as Heathcliff? Can you say Yum?! North & South is the one with Daniela Denby-Ashe.

So, my next question is, do you like movies made from books? What books and movies do you like or dislike? What books would you like to see made into movies? I can't wait for the next classic novel they turn into a film!

Okay, now for the super fun quiz! Now, if you haven't read the Kate Daniels' series, by Ilona Andrews, this quiz won't mean much to you. Also, if you HAVEN'T read Kate Daniels, you really need to. Seriously. Now. Go get it. NOW! ;)

Order

Order

You are a Knight of the Order of Merciful Aid. You're disciplined, competent, and organized. You serve a higher purpose and you tend to take a rational approach to most problems. Your mission is simply to protect mankind, even if it means protecting it from itself. You are lethal, honorable, and unfortunately, convinced that you are always right. The Order of Merciful Aid offers exactly what it promises: merciful aid on the edge of the sword or by the burn of a bullet. Powerful and disciplined, the Order is a nation-wide organization, which consists of elite warriors and scholars. More about the Order and other factions: http://kate.ilona-andrews.com/category/factions/

Which Faction do you belong to?



I'd like to know what you guys got on your quiz! :) Leave me a comment, letting me know what faction you got!

~♥~
Lady D