Monthly Archives: November 2014

What Do You Do After Reading Hunger Games?

Last week, I finished The Hunger Games Series for third time. And now, I am beginning a new series, The Last Dragon Chronicles. But there’s a problem. After reading Hunger Games, I have becomed attached to the books and the characters and the story. So…what do I do? What do you do after reading The Hunger Games.

There really aren’t any books like The Hunger Games. The combination of an action packed storyline, unbelievable characters, and brilliant writing makes it one of the best series ever written.

There are no characters like Katniss Everdeen. No characters as brave. Or as lifelike. Or as easy to love as Katniss. There are few characters I have ever becomes attached too like I am attached to Katniss. Maybe Harry Potter. Maybe Percy Jackson. Maybe the characters of Fablehaven. Maybe. But even those characters pale in comparison to the Girl on Fire.

While there are plenty of dystopian fantasies on the market now, none have the plot or the action or the the themes of The Hunger Games. While set in the future, the series is really written in respect to war and tyranny in general. And that gives it a very interesting application to modern life. People connect to those themes in ways they don’t to other ones.

In short, there is nothing likes Hunger Games. Few books even comes close by my standards. Even Harry Potter, widely regarded as one of the best series ever written, is nothing compared to the Hunger Games. So, there isn’t really anything to do after you read the series. Once you’ve read it once, you have forever been touched by it. And books are never really the same after that. There is no way to get over reading the Hunger Games. Few if any books can really fill the void created by a loss of the THG novels.

It will take me weeks to get over not reading them. But, in just a year, I will be sitting there reading them again. Because, while the books are over, the story of Katniss Everdeen and Panem are not over. There is still a movie to be made. So, if you find yourself in this situation, you have two options:

1. reread the books for the remainder of your life

2. Admit that few things will ever be able to match THG and read something else. And then, every year, November 1-20 re read the series.

 

Also…for those fans of, The Hanging Tree, here is the mp3 file:

MOCKINGJAY!!!

I went and saw Mockingjay today … and it was great!!

While not as good as the first two films, it wasn’t because of how it was done, but because of what the actual content was. The first two films, were all about Katniss and Peeta surviving the games, but Mockingjay Part 1 is more about the beginnings of the revolution and how Katniss and District 13 get the Districts to rebel against the capitol. There is little action but plenty of significant scenes that will play big roles in the final movie.

Knowing what the is movie would contain, I was expecting the movie be fairly different from the book, specifically because of how little actually goes on; but I was surprised to find that the majority of the movie was almost exactly like the book. The main differences are: the very first scene, which does not take place in District 12; Katniss’s conditions for becoming the Mockingjay, which did not include the famous I Kill Snow condition; and the presence of Effie Trinket in the movie. But otherwise, the movie and book were very similar.

I was happy to see some scenes from Snow and the other rebelling districts since Katniss is sidelined not doing much for chunks of the movie, and was very pleased to see the actual rescue mission to get to Peeta. My real questions though stem from the point of Snow’s and Katniss’s conversation: if Snow really knew they were in the tribute center, why was it not guarded? In the book, it was made to seem that the rescue went off without error or issue, but the escape seemed a little easy. I attributed that to Beetee. But the movie changed that all up.

And of course, the biggest question that we can answer here is WHERE IS THE CUT?!?! As I previously states I believed that movie would end as Katniss gets shot in District 2. Turns out, I was off by about thirty minutes. The movie ends several minutes after Peeta attacks Katniss due to the hijacking. While not my choice, I think that it was good place to cut the movie; nice and dramatic.

I will be working on a complete set of reviews of The Hunger Game’s Movies and Books, and hope to have them completed by the end of the month.

Five Kingdoms: The Rogue Knight

Last year, Brandon Mull released the first book in his new series, The Five Kingdoms. It was entitled Sky Raiders and quickly rose to be a New York Times Bestseller.

This month, November 18 to be exact, the second book in the series, The Rogue Knight, releases. Here is the amazon summary of the book:

Cole Randolph never meant to come to The Outskirts, but when his friends were kidnapped on Halloween he had to try and save them. Now he’s trapped in a world that lies between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death.

Cole’s hunt for his lost friends has led him to the kingdom of Elloweer. Accompanied by new friends Mira, Twitch, and Jace, Cole teams up with the resistance movement and joins the search for Mira’s sister Honor.

But Elloweer has grown unstable. A mysterious enemy is wiping out towns, leaving no witnesses or survivors. And an infamous rebel known throughout the kingdom as the “Rogue Knight” is upsetting the balance of power.

With enemies in pursuit, Cole and Mira must resort to a fascinating new kind of magic to protect themselves. Every move is filled with danger as Cole and his friends try to outwit the High King, who will stop at nothing to regain what he has lost.
I found the first book to be a promising start to a new series and am excited to see where Brandon Mull takes next in the Five Kingdoms.

Also, for those of you who don’t know yet, Brandon Mull is releasing a second Fablehaven Series, Dragonwatch, which is set to be released in two years. According to his twitter account, the new series will still follow Kendra, Seth, and the Knights of the Dawn, but there will be new antagonists. Rumor has it that the series will also focus on the Dragon Sanctuaries (which is probably true considering the title of the series).

Tour dates for The Rogue Knight have been announced and can be located on Mull’s site: http://brandonmull.com/site/tour.

November 7, 2014

Mockingjay Part 1

With tomorrow being November 1, it will be exactly 20 days until the long awaited release of the new Mockingjay movie. After viewing many of the trailers, I have come to this single conclusion…it is going to be one epic movie.

From what it appears, there is going to be some intense action scenes and a well placed cut for the end of the movie. If I had to choose a place is would say the movie is going to get cut … **SPOILER****SPOILER** …right around the battle at district two where Katniss gets herself shot. **SPOILER****SPOILER** I think that that would be a natural stopping point for this movie since it is the final district battle before the epic siege of the capitol. And we all know that will be in the final movie.

I believe that this movie may cement The Hunger Games Movies as some of the greatest film works ever, right up there with Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars. But that may have to wait until the final movie. Regardless, this is going to be a great movie, and epic prequel to the epic finale of on elf the greatest literary series of our day.

For those of you who have not see the trailers; here they are:
Also; here are some artwork for the movie and the official movie poster: