Film Friday: The Hunger Games

Friday, August 31, 2012

I recently saw The Hunger Games movie as the dvd was released last week. OH MY. It was even better than I remembered *fangirls*. My expectations were blown away in the movie theatre, but they were shocked again by the details I saw when I watched it for the second time at home.

Sure, there were a few details that bothered me, such as the Mockingjay pin. Katniss didn't find it in the Hob, it was given to her by the Mayor's daughter when she visited Katniss before being taken to the Capitol. Their was no mention of her, but I can understand the reasons behind it. Overall, it was probably the best book to movie adaptation I have ever seen!

I love the original Hunger Games book, because it set the scene and introduced you to the characters and the horrors of the Hunger Games. However, the second book, Catching Fire, has always been my favourite. I think it was a more in depth look at the world and the relationships between characters, because the basics had already been written. Hopefully they do the movie sequel justice, and it can live up to the sky-high expectations after seeing the Hunger Games!

Josh Hutcherson was the best shock for me. When he was cast, I was completely against the idea of him playing my beloved Peeta. After seeing the movie, he was my favourite cast member! The acting he did was SO Peeta, it was great!

Jennifer Lawrence was another reason I was skeptical. How could a 20-something actress be good enough to play 16 year old Katniss Everdeen. Yet again, I was proven wrong. She was definitely a fantastic actress, really capturing the essence of Katniss. If she doesn't win movie awards for her role, I will be shocked.

Liam Hemsworth... He was a great background actor, if that makes sense? He kind of set up the scene for other people to shine by being low key about his role. Although he wasn't how I pictured him, I thought he did a good job as Gale.

Overall, five stars for an incredible adaptations which exceeded my expectations!

Film Friday: The Mortal Instruments

Friday, August 24, 2012

So, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has just begun filming in Toronto. I have to say, I keep reading all of the news for the movie, but I am extremely reluctant to actually watch it.

Cassandra Clare posted some pictures of filming on her tumblr account. Clare said it looks like they're getting ready to go to Magnus' party. The details always bother me, for some reason, and it bothers me that Clary is wearing leather pants instead of the skirt she wore in book...ahh well, I should probably just get over it.

Here is a picture of "Jace"- Jamie Campbell Bower

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Review: Underworld by Meg Cabot

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.

Not this time.

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.

But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.

And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape.

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. 

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

My Favourite Series and Why You Should Read Them: Part 2

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

I'm sure most book bloggers will tell you to read Harry Potter. That is just because the series is SO good. I don't think I can put into words why you should read Harry Potter, you just should.

For most people around my age, the Harry Potter books and movies have become a sort of necessity. A lot of teenagers have grown up reading the books, and eventually watching the movies. In a way, for those who have grown up reading about this boy who was growing up at the same time, Harry has almost become a friend. But it is not just for teenagers. One great aspect of the series is that it can appeal to any age group.

I have been asked why I like these books, and my answer: When they came out, there was just nothing like them. The story was SO original, and completely stole you into a world you didn't want to escape.

I have had a few Harry Potter quizzes with my uncle...which just shows how obsessed I am (and perhaps a bit of my nerdery).