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Happy Hunger Games!

I am stoked! As you can see, I reserved tickets already for Friday night to watch THE movie event of the year, The Hunger Games. Indeed, the world will be watching. I erased certain parts coz you know, someone might claim it before I do (LOL). I can’t contain the excitement I’m feeling now and I am ecstatic about the 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (15 reviews) which really says a lot. But to anyone who will be able to watch earlier, since the movie will start screening Wednesday night (21st), I can’t tell you how jealous I am. Still, it’s great I was able to get reservations coz they are selling like hotcakes!

If you search my blog, you will know I am a huge fan of the novels having read the first book around August of 2010 and then gobbled the series soon after. When the trailer first came out, I can’t explain it. You know that feeling when a novel you loved is turned into a visual piece and they exceeded what you’ve imagined it would be? That’s exactly how I felt. I wanna see Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Haymitch, Prim, all the tributes, Cinna, Effie in big screen action! I wanna see the Capitol, Districts, the food, muttations, jabberjays, tracker jackers and most of all, the blood! (hehe)

With that I leave you with this countdown – goosebumps!

What do you think of The Hunger Games cast?

Last month we discovered that Jennifer Lawrence, Academy Award nominee for her performance in Winter’s Bone, was signed on to play Katniss Everdeen in the big screen adapation of The Hunger Games books. Being the newbie that she is, I wasn’t sure what to react. But judging by her looks and that acting nod, I think she can pull this off just fine. I’m so excited to see her in action! I’m curious on how she’ll portray the character. I can already imagine the arena and her standing amidst the other tributes, with Peeta, with Haymitch. Oh, I can’t wait! But since I haven’t watched Winter’s Bone yet, I guess I have to check her out first in the upcoming X-men First Class wherein she plays Raven Darkholme or as they call her, Mystique. So I’ll know what kind of actress she is.

Then the news came out just this week, after tons of speculation, Lionsgate announced that 2 more main characters were already cast. Peeta Mellark will be played by Josh Hutcherson (top) and Gale Hawthorne, by Liam Hemsworth (bottom).

I was a little disappointed to Peeta’s casting (no offense to Josh), I can’t picture him playing my favorite character! Josh Hutcherson starred, if you didn’t know, in Zathura, RV, Journey to the Center of the Earth and recently in the critically acclaimed, The Kids are All Right. With regards to Liam Hemsworth, I’m not jumping up and down about it but I guess he’s okay. I think you know him already as Miley Cyrus’s arm candy for a while after co-starring in The Last Song. It’s almost like the roles should’ve been switched or I don’t know just replace both, hehe.

This is just the casting so we have more news to expect as production starts. The movie is tentatively set to be released in March 2012.  A lot of things can happen until then, let’s wait and see.

Mockingjay Marks the Last of the Games

I’m awestruck at the turn of events as the story of The Hunger Games trilogy came to a close. Lost for words; not due to lack of it but of over pouring. Wow, I can’t imagine how it must’ve felt to live in a world like theirs. It is a terrifying feeling reading towards the end as one by one, things go wrong, characters die then something surprises you and throws you off-balance. Read on if you want to find out.

Part I, The Ashes, centres on the aftermath of the Quarter Quell and the stirring of the revolution. I was a bit shaken when I finished Catching Fire, everything was open-ended. And as the story materialized about how it was planned all along, how District 13 was just not a mere remnant of the Dark Days, how Katniss will be the face of the rebellion (whether she likes it or not). Things seem hopeful – difficult but determined. I was scared mostly for Peeta who was left in the Capitol and suddenly was asking for a ceasefire. It was obvious things were wrong if not worse. But by the time Part II, The Assault, came and his rescue successful, I thought the situation will be steady to say the least. But we all know what happened, Peeta’s not himself anymore which is a downplay. But more importantly, in this final battle both sides lose.

In the chaos that followed, it all resulted to one thing: more lives lost. Prim, Finnick, Boggs, the list goes on and on. Every one of those deaths was abrupt but it certainly leaves a blow. Whether it’s more fuel to continue the force or a question of conscience, I sympathize with Katniss for every decision she had to make. But I guess the biggest shock of all is Katniss releasing her bow on Coin rather than on Snow. But wrong as it may seem, I’m with her. Coin was not much different to Snow, after all it’s her ‘hunger games’ that’s everyone is playing this time around and Katniss is just a piece in it. I don’t think she even decided up until she was aiming for the rose on Snow’s heart. What I don’t get is why she said yes to the Hunger Games involving the children of Capitol as suggested by Coin just because of some twisted sense of principle to preserve more lives. I know she said because of Prim but is it? But since Coin is dead, I’m glad it didn’t push through.

And after all the confusion, we get to the heart of the story. Gale or Peeta? Gale managed to get a job in District 2, while Peeta alongside Katniss and Haymitch went back home to District 12. Team Peeta won if you want me to be straightforward. Of course I’m happy but I don’t think it’s even about winning. I agree to what Katniss said that she doesn’t need more fire like Gale, she needs the dandelion in the spring and only Peeta can give that. I’m in love with those last lines when Peeta asked: “You love me. Real or not real?” And Katniss said: “Real.” They had kids by the way.

Hats off to Suzanne Collins for the gripping finale and for the trilogy that captured many, including me.

Let the Games begin!

..The Hunger Games that is. I love it when I experiment on a book and it turns out really good. I don’t exactly have a lot on my plate right now but I do read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner online when I get the chance. I decided to pick up a copy and when I checked the back for the premise, I guess it intruiged me. Set in the future in the ruins of North America, an annual fight to death on national TV is held, hence the title. The story revolves around Katniss and her inclusion in the games, how she survives it or not, is the thrill of it all.

It has a well-paced plot I must say and a very easy read, exciting even. It’s also nice that there’s a bit of romance going on especially towards the end. It leaves you hanging though so you have no choice but to get the 2nd book, Catching Fire. Mockingjay, the final installment has just been made available at local bookstores. I’m very eager to gobble up its entirety soon. And I’ll be happy to give an update by then. Anyways, it is much recommended. 🙂

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