Posts Tagged ‘reader opinions’
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
The “what should I read next” question is one I get asked almost more than any other. And I feel honored each and every time it’s asked—partly that you all would even care what I think, and partly that you’d trust my (admittedly) random recommendations. *sheepish grin* ;0)
Because honestly? It makes my book-adoring heart super-duper fluttery to be invited into your book-reading/enjoying/recommending world.
So here. This is for you —>
*hands you a thank-you latte*
But let’s face it…sometimes my recommendations are slim for your particular genre of interest. Or sometimes you’ve “read ALL the stories and want more.”
And I’m like, “Ummmmm, let me get back to you.” (Then I run off and ask my other book blogger friends. *smirk*)
I have a search engine for you (just clickety-click the link) —>
It’s kind of an ingenious idea really. Just type in the title of a book you like and it’ll pop out 50 (or so) other peer-based suggestions. I’ve been playing around with it using “The Hunger Games” (cuz I know that’s the first thing we’ll all head for ;0)), “Thirteen Reasons Why,” and “The Help.” And seeing as I’ve been in a bit of a book slump lately, I’m rather excited about it.
Way cool, right?
Soooooo………….what kind of book are YOU looking for? (And do you have any recommends for me? *she asks in a hopeful voice*)
Also, how goes your week?
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Okay, so if you’ve not seen THE HUNGER GAMES movie yet, you may want to skip reading this post as well as the comments section below since they’re likely to contain spoilers (or perhaps you’ll want to read them for the sake of seeing what you’re in for?). It’s up to you. :0) Also, for those of you who loved the books, but haven’t yet seen the movie—I hate to mention that your rabid-fan status may be slipping. Because, well, it’s been a WEEK since it hit theaters. *ahem*
So? What did you think of THE HUNGER GAMES movie? Loved? Confused? Too gory? Exceeded your expectations? Frustrated? Did it stick to the book enough? Did the theme(s)/struggles/issues presented in the book come through? And what about the characters—were they as you imagined?
Here are my own personal (quickly jotted) notes:
IMMEDIATE EMOTIONAL REACTION
- Annoyed (I think the Rabid-fan Opening Night Movie Rule should be that you can scream all you want beforehand—yay for anticipation!—but once the movie starts, do NOT drown out said movie with your half-crazed screams or I may eat your face off. Just a thought.)
- A sense of disgust and horror at the violence–I didn’t want to think about the fact that these were children killing each other (and in my opinion, such a realization/reaction is one of the main purposes of the book series–to expose our own irony and shallowness)
- Katniss—perfect (really, all around SO well done, and I especially appreciated how “normal” they made her)
- Gale—he brought the book character to life for me
- Peeta—totally enjoyed, although I found myself missing some of the interactions that established his and Katniss’ relationship in the book
- Haymitch—liked him, but then my sister mentioned she wished he’d been more “Dr. House”-like (from the show HOUSE), and well, now I have to agree darnit *shakes fist at sister*
- Effie—exactly as I imagined her
- Cinna—okay, so there wasn’t quite enough face-time/subtle defiance/interaction for me to fall for him like I did in the books, but I still hearted him
- Rue—perfect actor and perfectly played (although I wanted her and Katniss to start talking about their districts!)
I specifically liked how they used the special effects (seemingly sparingly) to allow for a raw feel, interrupted by “glossy” aspects at the appropriate times (especially anything to do with the evil Capitol). I was surprised there wasn’t more goo-gore hallucinations from the tracker-jackers though. Not that I minded. Also, I confess that the wolves in the book creeped me out WAY more. Oh, but the scenes showing the operators controlling the arena were very awesome. Totally made that aspect of the book more real for me.
I was actually pretty impressed with the way they cut the scenes. I wondered how they’d keep a PG-13 rating with all the violence and such, but (in my humble opinion) they managed it.
I praised the screenwriters and director the whole way through. Way to keep close to the story without boring or ignoring us. Thank you Hunger Games movie people.
Realizing that, as I sat watching a giant screen showing youth fight to the death in the arena, I wasn’t so different from the Capitol citizens (oh Suzanne Collins, how brilliant/convicting/subtle you are).
And now it’s the Preciouses’ turns. What’d you guys think? We wants to know!
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