Alyn, Jes, Ryan and Elsa are Nowhere. A concrete cube in the middle of a dense forest. Imprisoned inside are one hundred teenagers from all over the country. They’re all criminals. But none of them remember committing any crimes. Who has put them there. What do their captors want? And how will they ever break free . . . ?VIEW STORY »
Exciting news guys! It’s my second blogaversary today! (Kay technically tomorrow, I just got a bit excited) Thank you to everyone who’s been following and reading my reviews and apologies for the sparse posting recently. Two years later here are my blog stats:
Posts: 309 (Well 310 now!)
Total followers: 355
Page views: 120,396 (Say whaaaaaaat? :O )
To say thank you, I’ve teamed up with Cara from Cara’s Bookish Charms to offer THREE lucky people the chance to win one of the THREE PRIZES on offer. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that three of my favourite book series are: The Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games series and The Mortal Instruments series, so *drumroll*, I’ve got one product related to each of those to give away! *SQUEAL* Here’s what’s on offer:VIEW STORY »
Within minutes of finishing Catching Fire I grabbed my copy of Mockingjay eager for more. However, I’m sorry to say that I was bitterly disappointed by the final novel in The Hunger Games trilogy. I’m a sucker for a good love story so after Catching Fire I was looking for many more romantic moments leading up to the end of Mockingjay, but I did not find them. Instead I was presented with a story miles away from its two predecessors. The atmosphere was completely different with characters separated and all over the place as well as numerous new additions. Some people see this book as a brilliant ending to the series, but for some reason, I just don’t see it that way and after reading this book my Hunger Games high has most certainly been subdued.
Seen by many to be the most anticipated movie of 2012, I had very high expectations of ‘The Hunger Games’. This new book to screen adaptation has been dubbed as the new ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight’, but I disagree strongly with this and The Hunger Games is a phenomenon in its own right and with a novel as unique as this, there’s no reason to compare it to those gone before it. VIEW STORY »
So here we are, 2012 is finally here, and since the world hasn’t ended, let’s have a look at this year’s upcoming movies. This is just a list of movies that I’m most excited about, of course there are hundreds of other films being released, but these are the big dogs.
After the hugely successful transition of Lord of the Rings from book to Screen, I’ve got extremely high expectations for Tolkein’s other book, ‘The Hobbit’. However, the wait is long as the first half of this two-part film doesn’t hit screens until the very end of 2012 – but be patient, it’s going to be worth it!
Synopsis: Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug.
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis
Release Date: 14.12.12
Synopsis: Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki & his various membered army.
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson
Release Date: 04.05.12
3. The Hunger Games
I absolutely loved the book ‘The Hunger Games’ and sincerely hope that they’ve translated this brilliantly thought out plot line to screen well. This is definitely one of my favourite novels and if you haven’t already read it then you definitely should!
Synopsis: Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.
Directed by: Gary Ross
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks
Release Date: 23.03.12
4. The Amazing Spider-Man
Initially, I was quite annoyed to find out that the remake of my favourite super-hero movie was to be done without Tobey Maguire. However, as time has gone on, I’ve come around to Andy Garfield and decided that he’s a talented actor, and whilst a bit weedy for the role of this superhero, he’ll do nicely.
Synopsis: Teenager Peter Parker grapples with both human problems and amazing super-human crises.
Directed by: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan
Release Date: 04.07.12
I was slightly disappointed after the last James Bond movie, so I sincerely hope that Skyfall meets up to expectations and puts Bond back on track. The inclusion of Ralph Fiennes to that cast is also sure to make an impact.
Synopsis: Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes
Release Date: 26.10.12
Synopsis: When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.
Directed by: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley, Charles Dance
Release Date: 20.01.12
Synopsis: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Idris Elba
Release Date: 01.06.12
8. The Woman In Black
I’ve heard that the theatre production of this is absolutely terrifying and as a big horror movie fan I’m intrigued to see how this play turns out on screen. It will also be interesting to see Daniel Radcliffe in a completely different genre to Harry Potter, but I have a feeling that he’ll be brilliant.
Synopsis: A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.
Directed by: James Watkins
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer, Sophie Stuckey
Release Date: 10.02.12
9. Snow White and the Huntsman
So 2011 was the year of superheroes and it looks like 2012 is all set up for fairy tales with not one but two adaptions of Snow White being released. I am absolutely enchanted by the teaser trailer and it looks like exactly the sort of movie I’d like. This version of snow white looks hardcore and slightly gothic with some scenes reminding me of Lord of the Rings. Definitely one of the movies I’m most excited for!
Synopsis: The queen learns that Snow White is to become the Fairest in the land. However, if she consumes Snow White’s heart then she will live forever. The Queen recruits a Huntsman; however, he takes pity on Snow White and she starts a rebellion to bring down Ravenna.
Directed by: Rupert Sanders
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Ian McShane
Release Date: 01.06.12
10. Mirror Mirror
… The second of the snow white adaptions and to be honest, it just looks like a bit of joke. This is defined as a ‘comedy fantasy’, but to be honest, I don’t like the sound of the classic Snow White being made a mockery of. Anticipating this film’s premiere, but not too happy about it.
Synopsis: An enchantress schemes for the attention of a prince. When Snow White’s beauty wins the heart of the prince that she desperately pursues, the Queen banishes her. Rescued by a band of highway robbers, Snow White grows into an indomitable young woman determined to take back her realm from the treacherous Queen.
Directed by: Tarsem Singh
Starring: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, and Sean Bean
Release Date: 16.03.12
Of course, there are many many other movies being released in 2012, some of which may be unheard of at this point in time and may surprise us all in the coming year. Some of the movies listed here may disappoint, either way, it looks like it’s going to be an exciting year of cinema so .. keep watching!
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Article first published as Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins on Blogcritics.
The Hunger Games is genuinely one of the best books I have ever read. I literally could not put it down once I started reading it; there was just too much suspense and surprise from the onset. There are so many things about this book that just shouldn’t work, but somehow they do.Initially I thought that this was an action book but as the story progressed it started to turn into a romance novel. I was also under the impression that the story was set in a time or place completely different to our world now but I soon realised that in fact it was set in modern times complete with television sets and advanced science technology. There is such a juxtaposition of the world where the main character Katniss lives and ‘The Capitol’ where the rich people live. There should be an awful clash as Collins tries to mix two very different sorts of environments together but in fact there is an explosion of brilliant literature.
Katniss’ world reminds me of one similar to Robin Hood’s, where people hunt with arrows and kept under strict control by the Capitol. However the Capitol seems very much like the centre of a busy city, like London, with stylists and televisions and posh hotel suites. Suzanne Collins has created a twist on the popular reality TV show ‘Big Brother’ where contestants are placed inside a locked arena. The difference is twenty-four contestants go in, but only one can make it out alive. There is so much attention to detail and each and every one of the main characters are explained in full, details which many other authors would have skimmed over. What makes this book really interesting for the reader is that Collins seems to include us in it. The ‘Hunger Games’ are broadcast on screens everywhere for the general public to see and we feel like we are the ones at home watching it and cheering on for different players.
Katniss is a brilliant character as she is very aware of what the audience wants to see and makes sure that she gives it to them (and us). This is one of the most sophisticated and engaging novels I have ever read and I am sure that it will appeal to people of all ages, not just teenagers. The suspense is continuous throughout the book, right until the very end, and it leaves the reader wanting to know more about Katniss and her story. There is even the suggestion of a love triangle between her and two other characters.
The reader assumes that at the end of The Hunger Games the worst is over for our protagonist but in actual fact it may be just beginning. Katniss has done something that no one else has ever dared to do, and has made the Capitol look like fools. This book definitely leaves you begging for more and excited for the next two books that make up this trilogy.
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