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Hunger Games Quiz

10 Apr

This is a reposting from my HG Trilogy heart throb quiz as it appeared on Forever Young Adult.

How will we sustain our Hunger Games TEABS until Fall 2013 when Catching Fire is released? With a quiz, naturally, to determine your favorite HG heartthrob. So, gear up, Tributes, and find out who will be your number one weakness in the cornucopia of love.

1. On your first date with your new beau, you end up having one too many strawberry daiquiris and reveal too much about yourself, namely that your first romantic high school experience was with:

A. The boy next door. Your parents were devastated when the two of you broke up. You still see him at family reunions because, as your parents say, he’s bound to be part of this family…eventually.

B. That hot senior guy. Your parents did not approve. At first it was a thrill, but after six months, you still couldn’t tell if he was that into you. After you broke up, he refused to speak to you until the day before you left for college, only to say, “You’re the only one I ever loved.”

C. The lead in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He took you to the most outrageous parties and was forever surrounded by an entourage of fascinating people. When you pointed him out to your parents, your dad said, “the one with the makeup?”

D. The tattooed line-cook at the pit barbeque where you worked part-time. Because of the age difference, your parents never knew about him. You were together for all the wrong reasons. The only way to quit him was to quit your job. Now, you can’t eat barbeque beans without tasting regret.

 

2. It’s your second date with your new beau. Instead of meeting you for drinks, he’s picking you up at your house. Once there, you’re surprised to discover that he drives:

A. A Toyota Camry, safe and dependable. He claims the John Mayer CD was in there already when he bought the car, but you don’t believe him.

B. A Jeep Wrangler with no doors. When you ask about a seatbelt, he throws you a rope and says, “Strap yourself in.” His music might be bluegrass, if you could hear above the wind.

C. A silver Mercedes with heated seats. His soundtrack—Madonna, the Immaculate Collection.

D. A Boston Whaler blasting Aerosmith’s Sweet Emotion. He knows all the words.

 

3. You’ve come down with a cold. L Your new beau drops in to check on you. To make you feel better, he:

A. Cooks you homemade chicken noodle soup which he feeds to you with a toddler spoon to make the experience last longer.

B. Pours you a shot of Jack Daniels and drops a BC tablet into it. When you complain about the taste, he reminds you of all those in the world who’ve got it worse than you.

C. Doesn’t do well with germs, so he wears a face mask, but stays to watch a marathon of America’s Next Top Model.

D. Rubs your feet, then puts up his feet and says, “me next.”

 

4. You’ve had a rough couple weeks at work and have just met your big deadline. It’s time to relax. Your beaufriend surprises you with:

A. A weekend reservation at the local bed & breakfast because why would you want to leave town when everything you could possibly want is right here?

B. A plastic tarp and some iodine tablets. The two of you will be roughing it in the woods.

C. A plane ticket to meet him in Paris for Fashion Week where he speaks only in French.

D. A road trip to a clothes-optional beach in Florida where he introduces you to his sister, who oddly enough looks a lot like you.

 

5. Things are getting serious. It’s time to meet his family, including his mother. She can’t help but compare you to his ex. According to her, his last girlfriend:

A. “came from a very good family.”

B. “was a crazy, hot mess.”

C. “was model-gorgeous, but looks don’t matter much these days, do they?”

D. “was a mermaid.”

 

6. You decide to sleep over at his house. In the middle of the night, the smoke alarm goes off. Fire! As you’re both running for the door, he turns back to grab something. On the lawn you realize it’s:

A. A pastry knife.

B. A shotgun.

C. A value-pack of feather hair extensions.

D. A trident.

 

7. You and beau are at the beach. A pretty girl walks by and you catch him checking her out. He knows he’s busted and says to you:

A. “Your face is much more beautiful.”

B. “She looks like a lot of work.”

C. “That swimsuit was horrendous.”

D. “If only she had a tail.”

 

8. The two of you have been spending a lot of time together, so much that you’ve neglected your besties. Girls night in! Your phone rings. When they see his name on your caller ID, they say:

A. “that guy is so obsessed with you.”

B. “If things don’t work out, feel free to send him my way.”

C. “Invite him over!”

D. “Is he the one with the fin fetish?”

 

9. You got into a fight with a co-worker who is a backstabbing B. To make you feel better, he:

A. Listens to your second-by-second replay, sympathizes with you 100%, then takes you to see The Vow and sneaks in a pint of ice cream, which he ends up finishing because it’s just so unfair!

B. Makes a target with her face on it and lets you shoot his gun.

C. Designs you a new outfit to wear at the next company event.

D. Cooks you seafood paella, dims the lights and puts on Marvin Gaye’s greatest hits.

 

10. You can’t believe it’s been five weeks already! When he says “I love you,” you:

A. Feel the stirrings of a panic attack.

B. Wonder if it’s because you said it first.

C. Figure it was because you said Versace is uninspiring.

D. Assume he must be trying to get in your pants; it works.

 

Now for the results…

Mostly A’s: Team Peeta

Like the pocket of bread he’s named for, this sensitive type is not afraid to open up and spill his guts. He will keep your secrets in his doughy center and accept you as you are, so long as you remain faithful and true. But beware his passive aggressive tendencies. They can be murderous.

Mostly B’s: Team Gale

The strong, silent type. You often wonder what he’s thinking, but then he tells you, and you wish he hadn’t. He wants what he wants when he wants it, but you’re okay with that. You like a good project, and you’re confident that given enough time, you will wear down his rough edges. Keep your prescription for happy pills filled; you’re going to need them.

Mostly C’s: Team Cinna

This cosmopolitan trendsetter is confident in many social circles. Not many can pull off gold eyeliner, but he can. He knows all the hot places to go for dining and dancing, and has an open invite to the best parties in town. Your friends will love him. Your mother too. He can tell you if that dress makes you look fat or fabulous, but when it comes to gutting squirrels, you’re on your own.

Mostly D’s: Team Finnick

This is a bad boy of the best kind. You realize that this relationship might not last, but it’s the ride, not the destination, that matters. The only thing that wanders more than his hands, is his eyes, but you know that his heart belongs to you. You can introduce him to your parents, but not your little sister. Like you, she has a sweet tooth.

HUNGER GAMES Movie Review

23 Mar

Deep breaths.

I just returned from the Hunger Games movie premiere with my head full of thoughts and my heart full of feelings, but as it is 4am, there is only time to explore so many, so here is the distilled version of my Hunger Games movie experience.
 
Overall, I’m satisfied with the choices director Gary Ross made. One of my biggest fears going into the movie is that they would try to either glamorize or minimize what I believe to be the story’s most important themes–violence, oppression, and greed.

They did not.

From the reaping in District 12 to the opulence of the Capitol to the carnage of the arena, the story felt honest. The fight scenes weren’t tricked out with special effects or slow motion or made to be longer than would seem natural. In fact, many of the deaths happened so fast, especially in the cornucopia scene, that one hardly had time to process what was going on, similar to how it might feel if you were actually in the arena. The Capitol citizens were despicable. The gamemakers were as well.

The movie inspired many emotions, including unease, anger and sympathy, not just for the most beloved characters, but for all the tributes forced to enter into the Hunger Games, which I think is Suzanne Collins’ intention.

The documentary style of filming, as well as the absence of a peppy soundtrack, added to the austerity of the film. There was a lot of silence throughout, or a simple backdrop of forest sounds that allowed for thoughtful moments and space for reflection. The settings were authentic. They really nailed the Seam, the District 12 square, the Capitol and its lavishly dressed audiences, the arena, even the modes of transportation. The extras were some of the best I’ve ever seen. Give them all a raise!

I felt each of the principal actors held their own. There could have been a little more chemistry between Katniss and Peeta, but their connection was tender and heartfelt in the cave, rather than completely staged for the Capitol audience, and I appreciated that.

Some of my favorite bits:

Prim–outstanding in every way.

Effie Trinket twirling her hand in that glass bowl right before she pulls Prim’s name.

District 12’s solemn salute to Katniss after she volunteers.

Peeta greeting the Capitol for the first time with genuine excitement.

Rue in the rafters of the training center.

Katniss throwing Peeta up against a wall after he confesses his love for her on stage.

Caeser Flickerman–yesss!

Rue and Katniss cuddled up together in the tree.

District 11’s riot after Rue’s death.

Gale’s attempts at not noticing Katniss and Peeta kissing in the cave.

Cato’s last monologue at the top of the cornucopia.

Seneca Crane and the bowl of berries.

Prim atop Gale’s shoulders when Katniss and Peeta return home, as well as the look on Peeta’s face at the realization that Katniss is conflicted in her feelings.

Overall, I feel J-Law did Katniss justice. In quiet moments she evoked a lot of emotion while leaving room for viewers to have their own thoughts and feelings on the matter, though I did wonder how that might work for people who haven’t read the book. Josh Hutcherson also did well as Peeta, though I’m hoping for Catching Fire there will be more opportunities for him to take the lead. Liam Hemsworth as Gale didn’t get enough screen time for my taste, but in his brief scenes, he did inspire the brooding mystique that surrounds Gale in the book.

My biggest complaint, Buttercup is a tabby cat with eyes the color of rotting squash and they put a black and white kitty in there. What the Buttercup?

But in the end, this fan is pleased.

Are you?

HUNGER PAINS by Harvard Lampoon

12 Feb

Check out the book trailer for HUNGER PAINS by Harvard Lampoon, the creators of NIGHTLIGHT, a TWILIGHT parody.

My fav lines: “I volunteer as tribute…No, wait, I’m just kidding. Psyche!” and “You know I’m going to kill you next week.”

All I gotta say, is they need to make this movie. Hilarious! And now, the book’s synopsis:

WINNING MEANS WEALTH, FAME, AND A LIFE OF THERAPY LOSING MEANS DEATH, BUT ALSO FAME! THIS IS THE HUNGER PAINS

When Kantkiss Neverclean replaces her sister as a contestant on the Hunger Games—the second-highest-rated reality TV show in Peaceland, behind Extreme Home Makeover—she has no idea what to expect. Having lived her entire life in the telemarketing district’s worst neighborhood, the Crack, Kantkiss feels unprepared to fight to the death while simultaneously winking and looking adorable for the cameras. But when her survival rests on choosing between the dreamy hunk from home, Carol Handsomestein, or the doughy klutz, Pita Malarkey, Kantkiss discovers that the toughest conflicts may not be found on the battlefield but in her own heart . . . which is unfortunately on a battlefield.

The book is out now. This is one for reading aloud on road trips with friends.

What the Buttercup?

21 Dec

Here is my article from Forever Young Adult, reposted here.

An actor I think could maybe, possibly pull off Buttercup. He's an unknown but is getting a lot of buzz on the blogsphere.

In the midst of Katniss’ full-body wax , Gale’s bedroom eyes, Cato’s massacre of a defenseless Contempo mannequin and Seneca Crane’s full frontal Brazilian, it’s possible to forget about the less flashy characters who made Hunger Games the masterpiece that it is. But, tributes, I am here to remind you, that before there was a PeeNis or a KatAle, before Effie’s restraining order against Haymitch, even before the Greasy Sae vs. District 13 Health Department scandal, there was a lone survivor, a humble foot soldier of the revolution, with a chewed-off ear and eyes the color of rotting squash. That’s right.

Buttercup Everdeen.

In Hunger Games, while Katniss was off fighting in the arena, Buttercup was doing what he does best—trapping mice and eating lizards. He did this without comment or complaint, without fanfare or glory, without sponsors or parachutes, without the help of a lovesick baker or a hive of venomous tracker jackers. For Buttercup, survival didn’t win you any special privileges; it didn’t guarantee you a mate in life, or fortune and fame; it didn’t earn you the attention of a blood-drinking psychopath. It allowed you to live another day. Period. Truckers truck and Buttercups prevail.

In Catching Fire, when Katniss and the Everdeen family high-tailed it out of the Seam, Buttercup stayed true to his roots. He didn’t sell out to the glitz and glamour of Victory Village with its climate control and chlorinated municipal water. He knew all along that there was no such thing as a free ride. He didn’t trust President Snow or his blood-money “gifts.” Buttercup smelled a rat because smelling rats is Buttercup’s J-O-B.

In Mockingjay, Gale was quick to take credit for the rescue of .oo1% of District 12’s population. But was it an accident that the entirety of Peeta’s family didn’t survive? Buttercup was there. He saw it all. It must have been another accident that found Buttercup so conveniently left outside during the bomb raid of District 13.

Coincidence?

But Buttercup prevailed. And went on to entertain an entire bunker of stir-crazy civilians, allowing for the single best scene of normalcy and innocent fun in the trilogy. Can anyone say, Academy Award?

And at the end of it all, when Gale shipped off to District 4, when Katniss’ mother decided never to return to District 12 again. When all of those whom Katniss held most dear were gone, who, like a cat, came back?

Buttercup.

If Katniss has nine lives, then Buttercup has ten.

If Gale can trap a rabbit in a snare, then Buttercup can trap two rabbits with his bare paws with a patch over one eye and a peg leg from a cat fight in District 2 over a feline who really wasn’t worth it and ended up giving him a strange rash, but damn she sure did look pretty after a few pints.

Peeta can bake croissants, but have you ever tried Buttercup’s catnip soufflé?

So, Lionsgate, you can imagine my disappointment when you never publicized who would be playing the role of Buttercup in the movie adaptation. My frustration was further exacerbated when his sweet, snarly mug was not featured prominently in the movie trailer. I can only hope that the rumors aren’t true.

You didn’t…kill Buttercup?

Because Buttercup won’t die. Remember the haunting on the set of Three Men and a Baby? That was because the family’s beloved dog, Rudolph, was not featured in the film. And Rudolph was a golden retriever who lived inside the house. Buttercup is a rat-eviscerating, bomb-dodging, assassination-plot-uncovering, bada$$ kitty.

You may try your Hollywood revisionist history on the HG movie, but in the hearts and minds of us fans, Buttercup will live forever. For-Ehh-Ver.

And all you tributes out there, who love that rascally rogue as I do, raise your glasses, because Buttercup Everdeen, this one’s for you.

Team Buttercup For-eva!!!

Hunger Games Trailer, More Please

14 Nov

I’ve just watched the Hunger Games trailer for the 12th time and I feel compelled to blog about it. But before I do, I need to give a little background about my book-to-movie philosophy.

I Love Them.

The only thing I love more than books, is movies, and if more movies were as good of stories as books (generally), then I wouldn’t have to read any more. I’m kidding (mostly) but seriously, if filmmakers take a book I love and make a movie out of it, I’m super psyched. A lot of people complain about the way a character looks or who’s playing who or how scenes were cut or abbreviated, but for me, I go into the movie knowing all of the backstory, so other than huge plot game changers, I am on board. Because it’s not a book anymore, it’s a movie and movies are a whole nother animal.

I will further say that I believe that movies can sometimes be BETTER than the books, because of pared down scenes/better dialogue/clearer character motivations and enhancements to plot (not to mention special effects and the visual/auditory thrill of a movie).

HUNGER GAMES is my favorite book and I’ve read it (with II and III) several times now. It was so important to me that my husband read it (he is a non-fiction type), that I read it OUT LOUD to him. That’s how much I love, love, love the HUNGER GAMES.

So, what do I think about the trailer?

I loved it.

I think it’s going to be the BEST MOVIE EVER. As I was watching it on repeat, I kept noticing the little details:

Effie Trinket’s hand in the glass bowl and the way she twirls her wrist with that extra flourish before drawing Prim’s name.

The look exchanged between Peeta and Katniss on the stage at the Reaping.

Peeta’s face as they are first arriving by train to the Capitol.

Rue peeking from behind the wall in the training station.

Katniss running to the cornucopia.

The haunting music and percussion.

And all of this is BEFORE the games even start. The trailer was 2:35 long and it felt like 10 seconds. What I am going to do until March 23? I’ll have to keep watching this stinking trailer!

How do I love thee, Suzanne Collins

10 Oct

How do I love thee, Suzanne Collins? Let me count the ways.

I love thee for the micro tension thy weave into every line

for characters both dark and light

for a heroine complex in her flaws and grace.

I love thee, Suzanne Collis, for thy setting descriptions

for the psychology of a soldier’s mind

themes of war and sacrifice

for parallels to our own gluttonous society

for including the fallout of a revolution.

I love thee, Suzanne Collins, for keeping your promises to the reader

for ending chapters with arrows through vital organs

high stakes of survival, never forgotten,

for twisting your plot and killing your darlings

for breaking your heroine and leaving her broken.

I love thine ending lines.

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