Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kyendwarrior's review: Mockingjay the Movie


I was a bit hesitant to see this movie because I really didn't like Mockingjay... or the entire Hunger Games series for that matter.  I felt it was overrated (eh, I still think this...) and at the end, it ran out of steam.  Not to mention, it was devoured by the love triangle, and there were so many unnecessary deaths.  (I have a more detailed rant on the Hunger Games here.)

But this movie BLEW me away.

I think this was the first time where I thought the YA movie was so much better than the YA book. The movie was able to bring back the heart of the story: standing up for what you believe in (to say it in a very broad manner...).  I felt the book (s) lost that message, but this movie totally and completely brought it back.

As for the actors... I'm not a huge fan of Jennifer Lawrence, but she was AMAZING as Katniss in this movie. She gave life to Katniss.   In the previous movies, I didn't think she was anything incredible, but she nailed Katniss in this one. Josh Hutcherson wasn't really on screen most of the time, but when he was, he was pretty awesome as well; I noticed Liam Hemsworth improved a LOT.  Apart from the main ones, the only other noteworthy actor I thought was Donald Sutherland, the evil President Snow. DANG. He KILLED it (pun totally intended).

Watching the movie, I realized how much the book(s) suffered because of Katniss' limited point of view.  I personally love and prefer first person POV.  I have nothing against third person point of view, but it's just a random personal preference.  (Anyways, digressing...) Because of her first POV,  we didn't really get details about the rebellions and the other movements.  There would be one sentence descriptions telling us that there had been a rebellion- but that's if we got lucky.  Most of the time, I was lost swirling through Katniss' scattered thoughts and the terrible love triangle. But in the movie, it included scenes from the actual rebellions and also a lot of the behind the scenes action that Katniss in the book couldn't have possibly seen.  It gave me chills to watch those scenes unfold and to see the passion of these people fighting for justice.

Lastly, there was NO focus on the love triangle.  If there was even the slightest bit of focus, it would mostly be about her relationship with Gale as a friend.  Actually, anything that had to do with relationships in the movie was nothing of the romantic sort (well... except for literally ONE scene).  I loved how the movie explored and emphasized her relationship with the people she was standing for.  This was what the books had lost- and this was what the movie brought back.

I totally recommend people to see the movie.  I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that the second part keeps the messages and heart of the first one. All in all, this one movie (well, 2 part-movie) was able to say what three books couldn't.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Prompt of the week!

Hi everyone!:)
Hope you all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Recently Mockingjay came out, and I know a lot of you guys went to see it.  :)
So, the prompt for this week is to write a review about Mockingjay (the movie).  How was it? What did you like about it? Hate about it? How did it compare to the book?

It doesn't have to be long, and I would love for you guys to answer this before next Thursday, so we could discuss it at our first meeting in December! :)

Thank you so much!
Happy early Thanksgiving! ;)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Best Character Death EVER

Here lies Brom
Who was
A Rider bonded to the dragon Saphira
Son of Holcomb and Nelda
Beloved of Selena
Father of Eragon Shadeslayer
Founder of the Varden
And Bane of the Forsworn.
May his name live on in glory.
Stydja unin mor'ranr.

This was what was written on Brom's tombstone made out of diamond because Saphira, Eragon's DRAGON, made it out of her fire and Eragon, his magic. What made this death so amazing was that Eragon got to learn the significance of who Brom was years later. Brom....SPOILER!!!!!!!!...was Eragon's father.
A time came when Eragon found out that Brom was his Father. This part was gut-renching to read and made me took me a while to get through to reading the while section. I didn't cry for Brom's death...I cried when Eragon found out who Brom was and what his life was like. When I realized who BROM really was...I finally understood the meaning of his death and how much it would effect the main character and me later on. This book character death...other than Snape in Harry Potter, was truly was the mark or line where I set all my standards to. If I ever read a death in a has to move me like Brom's death...or it won't really effect me and truly, I wont look at it with another glance. 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Mighty Pen's Take: Best/Worst Character Death


My favorite character death is from The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. The third book ended with the first fictional character's demise that made me cry.

One of the main reasons I love The Bartimaeus Trilogy (besides the semi-informal writing style, inexcusably large vocabulary, and snark) is the character growth. All three of the main characters - Nathaniel, Bartimaeus, and Kitty - start out with major character flaws. Nathaniel himself even becomes more detestable. A lot. But in the end, all three of the characters grow into admirable people (or djinn, in Bartimaeus's case), and their character arcs end on a very satisfying note because they all reach a place where they are better than they used to be.

That doesn't mean that when Nathaniel died, it wasn't fricking heartbreaking. Even more so because it made sense for his character. Nathaniel started the book as the villain both in Kitty and Bartimaeus's eyes, but he starts to realize his mistakes. By the end of the book he changes into a hero, and Stroud makes it clear by showing us: Nathaniel gives his life to save the city from the evil djinn, and he values Bartimaeus's life enough to save it, too. The character who was self-centered and who hated all djinn now commits an entirely selfless act, and considers Bartimaeus a friend.

It makes me feel physically ill when I think about it. Nathaniel isn't even my favorite character, not even close. Point to Jonathan Stroud.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SleepingKitty's Take: Best Character Death Scene


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Character: literally everyone from The Book Thief. If I'm going by whose death made me cry the most, Rudy.

Okay I seriously don't even want to talk about The Book Thief. If I even tried to remember how I felt reading it (which I don't want to remember to be honest; it was too sad), I wouldn't be able to write a comprehensible sentence about it, let alone a long answer. My answer would be composed of a series of over-the-top sad faces that wouldn't even begin to encompass how emotionally jarring the book was. Especially the ending. Like I understand why they had to die, but why did they have to die???

Oh no I'm in the process of remembering.

-fade to black-

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kyendwarrior's take: Best character death scene

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Luke from the Percy Jackson series!

  It was emotionally jarring (I was sobbing by the end and almost couldn't enjoy Percabeth's kiss!), and the twist was so unexpected. I loved how Luke was so human. Usually villains are very cardboard.  They are told to us as evil, and that's how they act: evil.   But Luke was different.  Even before his ultimate sacrifice, he was constantly going back and forth between evil and good.  He wasn't purely evil or purely good, and I loved how that complexity gave depth to his character.

The scene itself was so good! Because he had constantly been conflicted about the whole affair, until he made the choice to be the hero, I honestly thought he was going to be the first person in the history of the world to go against the prophecy of the fates (and that NEVER happens).  But in the end, he did the right thing (and tore my heart right out, but ya know, saving the world is more important than my bleeding heart D:) .  What really got me was that it was ultimately Annabeth's promise that brought him back.  The love he had for her (brotherly- I think) was enough for him to pick a sure side and stick with it- even if it meant his own death.  You can't get more heroic than that.

*goes off into a corner to sob D:*

Monday, April 7, 2014

Topic of the Week: Favorite/Best Character death scene

There were so many pictures I could have used for this post, but at the risk of spoilers I shall refrain...

So this week's topic is, you guessed it, your favorite character death.  A bit morbid, I know, but nonetheless interesting right? It'll make you dig down deep into your innermost soul and cause you to remember those painful, painful memories again...

But have fun with it! xD

Describe your favorite book character death scene (book to movie/ TV show counts too!). Why is it your favorite?  Was it a villain or a hero?

I know these posts will include spoilers, so read at your own risk!

And make sure you mention to highlight the text and also to link back to this post!


Deadline: This Sunday! (subject to changing)