Unless you live under a rock you have hear that the most popular and talked about YA book series right now is called The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It’s a three part book series, it consists of “The Hunger Games”, “Catching Fire”, and “Mockingjay”.
A couple months ago I had many friends come to me and go on and on about how unbelievable these books are, this made me definitely consider reading it but what really made up my mind was seeing the movie trailer for the first on screen installation of the series (midnight showing is TONIGHT YAY!). As lame as it sounds I am always one to see the movie instead of read the book he movie is based on, mainly because I am a super slow reader (I blame it on ADD). Twilight was the first series I had read before the movies came out…and yes I am a “Twi-hard”. Anyways every time I would see The Hunger Games trailer it would give me chills all over, it had an affect on me that’s for sure!
The day I bought my Kindle Fire, I immediately purchased the first Hunger Games book and read a couple hundred pages in the first hour I had it! I read the first book in three days (which btw is a record for me). I read the second in 5 days, and took my sweet time with the last, feeling very sad about it all coming to an end.
Hunger Games is a story that revolves around the main character, Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl who lives with and takes care of her little sister and her mother. It takes place in the ruins of North America, now called Panem. In the middle of Panem is the Capitol where the President and all the wealthy glamorous people live. The rest of Panem is cut into 12 districts, each known for their specific specialty (Masonry, Coal Mining, Fishing, Transportation, Lumber, Textiles, Grain, Livestock, Agriculture, Power, Technology, and Luxury). Katniss is from District 12. Her father died a few years prior to the beginning of the first book and she is considered the head of the household, taking care of her little sister Prim, and their mother.
Every year, one boy and one girl between ages 12 and 18 is selected from each of the twelve districts as tributes, who prepare for a week and then go into an outdoor arena to fight to the death. The event is nationally televised as mandatory viewing for all citizens and the last living tribute is declared the winner. Prim, Katniss’ little sister who is just 12 years old is chosen as the female tribute for district 12 which results in Katniss volunteering to take her place. Peeta Melark, a baker’s son is chosen as the male tribute. Katniss, Peeta, Gale (Katniss’ best guy friend and hunting partner) have quite the love triangle not much different from the Edward, Jacob, Bella triangle..minus all that supernatural stuff. You might ask yourself how they can make 3 books out of this story when the first book already has them in The Games, I thought this too but you will be PLEASANTLY surprised.
After reading this series, which btw was the fastest I have ever read anything, I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of these books sooner. I am so anxious to spread the word about them! Please read these books! If you like action/suspense movies that keep you on the edge of your seat, these books will do that. If any of you have read the books let’s talk about it! What were your favorite parts? What are you most looking forward to seeing in the movie?!
Happy reading guys!! I’ll see you tonight at the midnight showing!! =D
Rating: on a scale of 1-10…I give these books a 20!!
Now what kind of female blogger would I be if I didn’t share my thoughts on the latest big screen Twilight adaption: Breaking Dawn Part 1?! Well I don’t know exactly but I intend to give you guys a full report! And if you don’t like Twilight..you clearly didn’t read the books.
FOREWARNED: SPOILERS AHEAD..OBVIOUSLY
As you may or may not know, each installment of the Twilight movies has it’s own director. Twilight was directed by Catherine Hardwicke who also directed Thirteen and Lords of Dowgtown. The second Twilight movie New Moon was directed by Chris Weitz who also directed American Pie. The third Twilight movie Eclipse was directed by David Slade who also directed Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night. Last but not least Writer Stephanie Meyer chose Bill Condonto finish up the Saga with Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2. Bill also directed Dreamgirls. I would have to say that Breaking Dawn Part 1 was everything I wanted it to be…aside from the barely there sex scene lol.
BELLA – I did find it hilarious watching Bella throw herself at Edward. And when he swore he would never hurt/screw her again, I got just as annoyed with him in the movie as I did when reading that part. That was what I liked most about this movie, I could literally remember reading every scene in the movie in the book. Taking straight from the book is something that in my opinion the other movies lacked entirely. And let’s talk about how disgusting they made K Stew look!! Ew! Most of the scenes with 2lb K Stew had me looking away. I researched this because I thought there was no way that could’ve been real. I mean the way her body looked is the way anorexic’s bodies look when they’re on their death bed. In an interview director of the film Bill Condon revealed that the filmmakers looked to Lola Visual Effects, the company who made muscular Chris Evans look like a tiny little boy in this summer’s “Captain America.” Kristen said that the transformation scared her more than anything else because she had no control over Bella in that aspect and didn’t get to see the outcome until the movies premiere. When Rob was asked about the transformation he said “There are scenes were Bella looks like an alien. When the baby eats her from inside, she looks so thin and ghastly.” and “Kristen had to wear this horrible makeup and when I’d see her come on set, I’d ask the crew: ‘’Are you sure we’re filming Twilight? Isn’t it supposed to be harmless and PG-13?”. Aw how cute.
JACOB – I will admit that Jacob wasn’t near as irritating to me this time around..(usually his nasal voice and pig nose is enough to drive me mad). I liked him better in this movie most likely because he was on the Cullens side and helped Edward protect Bella and the unborn vamp-human fetus.
EDWARD – It’s hard to explain how I feel about Edward in any of the movies. I am definitely a member of his team ;)..however I find that even though he is super duper sexy, the character of Edward gets on my nerves a bit. Mostly because he is so damn old fashioned…and…he is always staring off into the distance, talk about a block of ice..hah. How terrible of him to withhold sex from his new bride tisk tisk Edward.
CULLENS – Rosalie is still a bitch, in this movie she’s a baby-loving bitch. Alice is as adorable as ever, telling the future and all, until Bella becomes preggers and blocks her visions. Emmet is big and buff and not a big role player in this movie and neither is Jasper really. Esme and Carlisle are awesome to their new daughter in law, putting their lives on the line to protect hers and her baby’s, love the
WEREWOLVES – sucked as usual. BLECH! Can’t stand them. I have to say the funniest scene in the whole movie was when Jacob became Alpha, and all of the werewolves were having a serious back and forth conversation…soooo lame. I have to say it was a very satisfying scene when they were all at the cullens, ready to rip the vamps apart (not that they could have..!) but once they learned that Jacob had imprinted on baby Renesme they couldn’t go near them! Ha ha stupid werewolves. Apparently it is their code to live by (no harming imprintees, that is).
BIRTHING SCENE – aka let down. The birthing scene was a huge let down because it was filmed from Bella’s point of view..basically showing us, the audience next to nothing. It still managed to be pretty disgusting, but not disgusting enough by my standards..I mean come on! The screenwriter of this movie worked on Dexter, you’d think there’d be a little more blood and guts!
THE END – Watching Edward pound on Bella’s dead body trying to bring her back was really really sad, as was Jacob crying on the front lawn :(. I predicted the movie would end on Bella opening her red vampire eyes, and I was right! I was so sad to see it end! The credits were awesome too. What a great song to end the movie with (Endtapes by Joy Formidable). and HEY! Make sure you stay after the credits for a vulturi-ish surprise!!
I feel like they were able to fit a lot in this movie. I do however need to grab the book and refresh for the next movie..i can’t quite remember everything. I think overall this movie was great! Aside from Twilight’s usual cheesiness and the lack of vampire sex, this movie was everything I wanted it to be.
So readers, what do you think? Was this a HUGE disappointment? Or right on the money?
- ‘Breaking Dawn’ Box Office: Fifth Biggest Debut Of All Time (moviesblog.mtv.com)
- “Breaking Dawn” a.) breaks records; b.) breaks even; c.) breaks the hearts of studio executives? (timesunion.com)
- Breaking Dawn Premiere Becomes 10th Highest Global Film Launch (mashable.com)
- ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn ‘ barely misses franchise record (cnn.com)
- Did Breaking Dawn Scare Off Dudes? (eonline.com)