The Hunger Games Tag Part 1

My first blog post of 2015!! (Happy New Year, by the way.) A Hunger Games Tag. I actually got this one off Google+ as a 30 Day Challenge, but since I’m never going to have the commitment to do it once a day for 30 days, I decided I would do it on here in two with 15 questions each. Enjoy, and may the odds be ever in your favour.

There are spoilers by the way, please don’t read until you’ve read it.

1. Favourite character?
Katniss is honestly one of the strongest and most relatable characters in modern fiction. Her, hands down.

2. Least favourite character?
President Snow, probably because he’s a tyrannical, sadistic dictator who smells like blood. That’s enough to be in my least favourite character list.

3. A character you hate that everyone loves
Oh no, don’t kill me entire Hunger Games fandom! Probably Prim, and I know she’s only twelve, and I also love Willow Shields, but I just feel like she’s such a burden to Katniss and everyone, and such a damsel in distress. Example: going back into a bomb area for the cat. Please, that was one of the stupidest decisions in the series.

4. A character you love that everyone hates
Well I wouldn’t say that I love her but I don’t hate her either: Coin. I think she was made out to be an antagonist a bit more than necessary. I mean, Snow was an evil sadistic tyrant. Coin was kind of just your every day backstabbing politician, other than the indirectly killing Prim thing hopefully.

5. Favourite battle scene
Cato vs. Peeta and Katniss at the end of the first book.

6. Favourite funny scene
I don’t think it’s really meant to be a funny one but in Catching Fire when Johanna was in the elevator with Haymitch, Katniss and Peeta. Especially in the movie.

7. Scene when you cried
FINNICK. DIED. If you did not cry I don’t know who you think you are?

8. Which character are you most similar to
I’d like to think I have the sass, straightforwardness and probably bluntness, of Johanna.

9. Favourite quote
Not the deepest, but “Stupid people are dangerous” from Katniss. Probably the truest thing she said.

10. Peeta or Gale
Peeta, and I know people say he is a damsel in distress, but it’s better than Gale who just left and was really a total jerk in Mockingjay. Peeta was always there for her. But I’m really Team Katniss.

11. What do you hate about the series most?
That it ended.

12. Who do you wish hadn’t died the most?
FINNICK. I can live with Prim, not FINNICK.

13. Who do you wish had died?
Gale. Only because I can’t think of anyone else.

14. Favourite tribute other than Peeta and Katniss?
Finnick or Johanna, I can’t choose one.

15. Least favourite tribute?
Um. Probably Marvel, just because he caused the first major death in the series (Rue) and I just remember hating him so much.

That’s it for the first half! I’ll post more tomorrow. Feel free to completely the tag in the comments!

Jess, proudly bookworm.

Book Review: The Host

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Okay. I’m going to start off being honest. After reading Twilight, I did not want Stephenie Meyer to ruin the genre of science fiction for me, as well as fantasy. So I’m going to try and judge this book completely separately from the disappointment we like to call the Twilight Saga. 

The whole idea behind The Host was about a world in which alien parasites called “souls” take over the mind of the human but leave the body intact. One called Melanie is captured by the “souls” and infiltrated by one called Wanderer. However, Melanie doesn’t fade away like she is supposed to, and stays in the back of her mind, sarcasm and all. Melanie persuades Wanderer to find the remaining human resistance and in particular, Jared, Melanie’s 9-years-older-while-she-is-underage boyfriend: (Stephenie Meyer really loves all these pedophilic relationships). Cut a long story short, they find Jared, her brother and some others, but he ends up being rather bitter about the fact that Melanie is in fact a soul, but the soul is in fact Melanie. In fact, he gets so angry about it that he becomes violent and angry for a while, and wants to kill her. (Well, Meyer also loves abusive relationships!)

Even having finished the book, I’m not sure what the actual point of the adventure was – to save the human race? To simply find the people she loved? To find out whether she was human or parasite? It’s really unclear. The book also showed some really screwed up and/or unrealistic concepts, like, the whole abusive relationship idea, and expecting anyone to accept having an alien in their midst that could potentially bring the whole of the alien police force (called Seekers, does Stephenie Meyer have anything to do except try to one-up J.K. Rowling?) on them. It was also one of the most tedious books, seeing as about 3/4 was entirely devoted to Wanderer/Melanie/whatever the hell it was trying to convince the humans of her trustworthiness.

And let’s face it, if you find an alien on your doorstep that has basically possessed your girlfriend/sister/niece/cousin, it’s probably going to be the most unanimous decision to shoot it. Especially when Wanderer didn’t even tell the humans that Melanie was conscious until later.

There were even more similarities to Twilight, like the love triangle between a weak-minded girl (although I found Melanie much more tolerable than Bella AND Wanderer), the abusive guy who can’t seem to understand the principle of an actual relationship e.g. not consciously hurting the other person, and the actual sensible choice who does seem to understand the principle. (Ian is another guy in the resistance who falls in love with Wanderer, which is a bit weird seeing a she is an alien.) Team Ian/Jacob all the way.

For a second The Host had almost redeemed itself with the themes in the book, like what it means to be human, the true benefit of humanity, the morality of alien occupation. Until I remembered that that was basically every movie about Artificial Intelligence. Ever. So not impressive after all.

Even though I found most of the characters unlikable, I thought the characters well developed and not  one-dimensional, so that was a positive. It was also quite an original idea, just unnecessarily long and should have been constricted.

So I’m probably going to give that one a 2 out of 5 star rating. Just because it’s basically Twilight revamped as a sci-fi novel, with aliens instead of vampires and werewolves. Sorry all you Twihards!

If you disagree, please just leave a comment below, it’s a public forum and I don’t count criticism as hate.

Jess, proudly bookworm.

My Favourite Book-Movie Adaptations

My Favourite Book-Movie Adaptations on PhotoPeach

So, you know how whenever a movie adaptation of a super famous book comes out, sometimes it disappoints the fans? *cough cough* Percy Jackson *cough cough*.

Well, this is a list that I made of my favourite movies and books that stuck mainly to the book and didn’t digress too much, while still being amazing movies, are interesting and inspire people who haven’t read the book to read the book.

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The movie was exactly like the book, I love how Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss, Josh Hutcherson does Peeta, Sam Claflin does Finnick, Liam Hemsworth does Gale, Jena Malone does Johanna, Elizabeth Banks does Effie, Donald Sutherland does President Snow, Woody Harrelson does Haymitch, etc. You get it, I loved this movie and have watched it so many times. 10/10.

2. Divergent
I honestly think that they nailed casting. Shailene Woodley is perfect as Tris and, although I never liked the character Tobias to begin with, I thought that Theo James was pretty good at the positive ideas I had originally thought about Tobias’ good side.

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
This basically means the whole Harry Potter movie series, the only reason I didn’t put them all on was because of how boring it would have been to sit through all 8 movie posters. This is a classic example of awesome British film and acting and directing and producing and cinematography and so many things, I just can’t believe it got like 12 Academy Award nominations. And zero wins. Great call, Academy. Great call.

4. The Help
I already mentioned this book in my previous post (a book tag), but for those who can’t be bothered to flick back, it’s about black housemaids in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, when racial segregation was terrible. It’s about the maids (or the help) who write a book with a young white lady, about their lives and try and make a difference. It’s actually incredibly inspirational and a great book. As for what I loved about the movie, first, the costumes, 1960s wardrobe nailed, costume designers. Second, I reckon that all the casting was amazing, particularly Emma Stone as Skeeter, the white lady who writes the book, and Octavia Spencer as Minny, one of the sassy maids, and Viola Davis as Aibileen, the main character in the novel.

5. Mockingjay Part 1
Okay, okay. I know that this movie technically hasn’t come out yet. But fast-forwarding to November 21, it’s gonna be good. Very good. If it’s as good as Catching Fire and The Hunger Games, it’s going to be one of the best-selling box office successes ever. And if you haven’t seen the trailer now, see it.

6. The Maze Runner
I literally went to see this movie yesterday, not having read the book. So good was the plot in the movie, that I was driven to read the book between 7:00pm yesterday and 6:00pm today. And it’s quite big! Honestly, I thought that The Maze Runner movie adaptation, although it left out the telepathy thing, reasonably enough, it would have been hard to shoot, was overall true to the plot and the original idea was left intact, luckily. Also, Kaya Scodelario and Dylan O’Brien as Teresa and Thomas are great together!

7. The Devil Wears Prada
This is a great movie and book, and although there have been some minor glitches in the editing process and things I would have like to see kept, Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway are overall so funny and perfect in their roles that I reckon this movie makes it into my 7 best book-to-movie adaptations!! I would definitely recommend the read!

My First Tag!!! The Everything Books Tag

So. Now for Round 1 of my Power Blogging Session: The Everything Books Tag. I made it up, if you want to do it for yourself, feel free to in the comments section at the bottom of the post. So here we go!

1. Harry Potter or Twilight? 

I’m gonna have to say Harry Potter. Why? Trying not to offend anyone, I could go on about it for ages, but basically I reckon that the idea is a bit cliche, the whole girl meets cute vampire and werewolf thing. Not so with Harry Potter! And I also really loved the plot, J.K Rowling has to be one of the best and most original writers of all time! Not to mention the fact that it’s the most best-selling series. Ever. That’s a clear winner for me.

2. The Hunger Games or Divergent?

This one’s a lot harder. But I have to say that, while I really loved the dystopian setting and the whole “factions” idea in Divergent, I preferred The Hunger Games trilogy. That’s probably because of the main characters. I don’t know why, but Katniss’ strength and determination but also compassion (e.g. Rue and Prim) and ability to deal with conflict aka leadership, appealed to me a lot more than Tris’ kind of, don’t kill me for this, I suppose stubborn attitude? Also, I really liked the Hunger Games’ male characters more than Tobias. Both Gale AND Peeta, although I am Team Peeta all the way.

3. E-books or paperbacks?

Paperbacks. I just like having the physical book and having a physical bookshelf, although e-books can be convenient… and cheap.

4. What’s the most recent book that you finished?

The Help. It’s a really good book (also with an award winning movie with Emma Stone and a couple of others) that is about African-American maids in the 1960s, and you’d be surprised at some of the terrible things they had to put up with, like separate toilets in the garage to avoid “Negro diseases”, atrocious pay, not allowed to share public libraries, pools, bus seats, and more, just to name a few. Anyway, it’s about this white girl (Emma Stone) who tries to write a book with testimonies from the maids, called the ‘help’, and has to overcome all of society’s expectations for her etc. It’s really good, especially if you love lots of strong…and sassy female characters that try and make a difference, and do, with a historical and political message!

5. When and where do you usually read?

After school in my room or on the train, sometimes in the library at lunch.

6. What are your 5 favourite series/books of all time?

In no particular order: 1. The Hunger Games Trilogy 2. Harry Potter Series 3. Divergent 4. The Maze Runner Trilogy 5. The Help

7. What are you reading now?

Kill Me Softly, by Sarah Cross. It’s about fractured fairytales, the main character is sort of like Sleeping Beauty. It’s pretty good, but not the best book ever.

8. Why do you love reading?

Because stories make me feel like a different world and sometimes make me think differently about things. I also love thinking through the eyes of other people and see different places, sometimes go on adventures or do stuff I could never to in real life.

So this is my first tag!!! I hope you enjoyed it – if you want to do it yourself please post it below 🙂

Jess, proudly bookworm.

Hello Everyone!

Needless to say, I haven’t really posted in a while. A long while. In fact, Christmas last year was my last post. I know that this isn’t a really good excuse, but I have been so busy. A new school, and high school is more intense than I thought it would be, homework, friends and all, and I guess I forgot about blogging!!!  So to compensate, I am going to power blog and review all the best books/series that I have read since December. I also plan to do some tags and stuff to mix it up 🙂

Hopefully the rest of this year will have a bit more blogging in it!

Jess, proudly bookworm.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 2013

Hi elves and bookworms. It is now 8 days until Christmas and all my Christmas celebrations are ready. I have a massive Christmas tree in my front room, stockings on the candelabra in the dining room and there are already about 10 presents under the Christmas tree. We have Christmas music and are getting ready for Christmas shopping tomorrow.

I have made a PhotoPeach to show some things that represent Christmas for me.

 

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas on PhotoPeach

Jess, proudly bookworm.

Have a great Christmas everyone!

SBChallenge Nominations – Best Student Blog

Hi bookworms!

For the Student Blogging Challenge this week, I have to nominate a blog for the student blog category. I have chosen to nominate my friend Charlotte’s, aka “Squiddles”. Her blog is called: “Little Miss Blogger – A quirky girl’s life”.

I think that this is a good idea for a nomination because she is a regular blogger who makes her posts interesting and informative to read, also with some interaction and engagement with the readers, eg: asking questions, adding surveys, putting humour into posts, making them not too long and boring etc. She also uses excellent grammar and makes her posts quirky and original. She writes posts from things about the future, to why she loves books, to posting stories, to cybersafety, to risks and witty anecdotes.

She also has an easily seen theme which is not too crowded or bright and is easy to navigate through. Charlotte has a reasonable amount of widgets like Revolver, a pet, links, pages and the Student Blogging Challenge badge. I think that Charlotte’s blog is one that is easily read and commented because her posts are interesting and random but still fairly reasonable. She would definitely be a good student blogger of the year.

Jess, proudly bookworm.

Joke: Deaf Dog

Q: What do you call a dog wearing ear muffs?

A: Anything you like – he can’t hear you.

Such a funny joke!

Jess, proudly bookworm. dog

100WC: Remembering

No. It couldn’t be happening. I watched as my brother; my world fell and the black silence of the thought filled my heart. I remembered the times and happiness that we had together. All gone. Nothing happening ever anymore. My little brother, killed because of my recklessness. He lay at the base of the riverbank, somewhere. Maybe he was sinking now! But it didn’t matter where he was going or how long it took because I killed him. He would never see the light again. All because I couldn’t be bothered to go with him. And I paid the price.

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