Thursday, September 23, 2010

It's Friiiiiiiiiday!!!!





It's Friday again and time for Follow My Book Blog Friday!! It is hosted by Parajunkee @ www.parajunkee.com. This weeks question is: What is your favorite book cover?


This is truly a hard question because there are so many beautiful covers. Currently I would have to say that The Iron Daughter by Julia Kagawa is my favorite! It is pinkish/purple and so beautiful. I love the swirls and how some of the pages have the swirl design on them. The entire series is so beautiful lined up together!! What's your favorite book cover?

I am a bit late when it comes to the whole Wesley Scroggins controversy that took place sometime last week. I first heard about it on Twitter from some of my fellow bloggers and it was somewhere around 1:00AM and I was so tired, but after I read the article I was completely awake and angry, but mostly empowered. 

First let me say how proud I am of the book blogging community and how amazing so many of you out there are. I've read many blogs responding to the remarks that Wesley Scroggins made and everyone has remained so positive and uplifting when faced with someone who is ignorant and made false comments against Laurie Anderson. You are a graceful community that held your held up high with poise and you deserve recognition. 

I have not personally read Speak, but after everything I have read about it and this situation I can say that the book is about teaching girls (or anyone) to stand up for their right to speak up. Many people can relate to having been molested, raped, or sexually harassed and having to hold that burdensome secret deep within. As I look back in my childhood I wish I had been taught about molestation and rape. Instead it was something swept under the rug and brushed to the side. 

I remember a kid in my P.E. class that would grab me in inappropriate places during activities such as swimming and would sometimes make appearances in the girl's locker room. When I told my P.E. teacher about it, it was brushed aside, when I told my mom about it and she raised hell at the principle, he was pulled into a room with me and I was forced to sit beside of the guy and talk about it. It was as if I was being interrogated. Instead of this guy getting moved to another class or yet, punished, I was made to be humiliated. After the session, the guy got his friend's on it and I was made to be a laughing stock and even called names such as "whore" and "slut", etc. It took an extreme amount of hell raising on my mom's part for the school to really listen and only when the police became involved did the principle actually take action. (I am not comparing this to rape. I only mean to state that I personally have gone through similar situations that would have been easier if I were empowered to speak up and those in authority would have listened.)


Our children need to know what can happen to them and what they need to do if something DOES happen to them and it WILL happen if we do not educate. So many women that I have met have gone through similar situations and some still struggle to this day. Why wouldn't we want to protect our youth from the pain that the rest of us have gone through? As adults we need to LISTEN and watch for the signs of molestation, rape, and harassment.

I am empowered to stand up against so many things now, so thank you for that Mr. Scroggins, You have showed me that I need to stand up and fight the banning of books and censorship, and most importantly teach our youth to SPEAK UP.



Film & Literature

I always knew that film scripts and storyboards held some weight in the literature world, but I never took it very seriously. I absolutely love movies and I've always been aware of the amount of writing involved in a script, but it didn't occur to me how a film is so much like a book. Rather, I knew subconsciously and have missed out on a depth to the media that I have come to realize I have taken for granted. What brought it on? 


Well, I began a Film & Literature class this semester. I registered for a Literature class that was just a general survey of literature and when I showed up for class the teacher passed out a syllabus that said Film & Lit at the top. I find out that the class I registered for was full and the college decided to put me in the next thing that had the word literature in it. On the first day of class we watched an indie film called The Butterfly Circus and the other students were so dramatic and over the top that I didn't think I was going to be able to handle it. No other lit classes were available so I decided to stick it out and I'm glad I did!!


I am beginning to learn a lot more about the storytelling process and how so many little things in a story can change an entire movie/book. It really applies to any type of storytelling, not only movies and books but short stories and anything else that uses a storyboard. 


So with that being said I plan to document a couple of things here that I have learned and will learn in the next couple of months in regards to literature in film.


First up: Casablanca



Friday, September 17, 2010

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


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For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along. 
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. 
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
I didn't like this book at first. It took me until about Chapter 17 to really start to like the characters and the book has 30 chapters total. The part that turned me off about the characters at first is how it was so "secretive" about Patch being a fallen angel, but it was so obvious. I really love the cover, but I think it gives way too much away about Patch. Obviously we knew he was going to end up being an angel or a fallen angel just by the look of the cover and the "subtle" hints about him being a fallen angel were not very subtle. When the moment came for Nora to find out that he was a fallen angel it was anti-climatic and fell flat for me. 

With that being said, I loved Patch from Chapter 17 forward. He was more mysterious once we found out what he was and even more dangerous and sexy when Nora touched his scars and was able to see more about Patch. I became interested in the lore behind Fitzpatrick's ideas about where Patch came from and even more interested in The Book of Enoch and the other angels. The end of the book was action packed and kept my heart thumping. I wasn't sure how the book was going to end and I liked that.

My only complaints is that up until Chapter 17 the story was dragging its feet, but after that it really opened up and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book, Crescendo

I give this book four out of five stars, from Chapter 17 to Chapter 30. 


Thursday, September 9, 2010

I'm still alive.

So this is an update. Essentially after reading The Hunger Games I took a break away from reading to gather my spirit again. It was one of those reads that kind of made everything else seem mediocre when I tried to get into a book. I knew that the books I were reading were indeed NOT mediocre, but because of reading The Hunger Games I was left with a sort of reading "high" if you will. I didn't want to write a review right away and give something a score that it didn't actually deserve. 


In the meantime, if there are any gamers out there, Final Fantasy XIV Open Beta was released Labor Day weekend and it took me two or three days to get the thing to install due to issues with the patch and having problems figuring out what to do in order to get it installed. For those of you wondering what Final Fantasy XIV is, it is a Massively Multiplayer Online game in which you level up your character by doing quests and other things and meet other players and team up with them to kick some booty!  I have spent a few hours after work just getting familiar with the game and I cannot wait until release! Lookie, here is a few screen shots of my character! 







Isn't she cuuuuuuute? She is a cat girl with pink hair and ears and tail. I love her. Anyways, outside of playing the game I have been reading my next book in line for review which is Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and that review will be coming up soon. And other than that I have been going to classes which consist of Literature: Themes in Film and Culture and Spanish. The Lit class is basically a smörgåsbord of literature in film as well as studying the themes of film and the themes of literature in culture. I mean it's basically the motherload! And Spanish is, well, Spanish. By the end of the class I hope to read a middle grade book in Spanish. :D :D :D :D 

Well, that's enough of my ranting. =] Hope everyone is having a great week and I'll be posting more now that I'm recovered from The Hunger Games. lol. 



Friday, September 3, 2010

The Hunger Games Art



I have been looking at a lot of things about The Hunger Games series and just loading myself up on non-spoiler content to do me until I am able to get Catching Fire next weekend. I found some pretty sweet art of some of the characters and wanted to share them. Most of this work came from a page that had a collaboration of pictures all from various artists, but they did not have the artists names on a majority of them so I am not sure who did most of them. If any of this is your art work, please comment or email me. 


Rue



Katniss and Peeta








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This is how I pictured Katniss to look, dead on!



The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 

The Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins

Author's Site:Suzanne Collins

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? 

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. 

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Admittedly I thought the hype around this book was ridiculous. There are so many reviews ranting and raving about how great it was and something about a love triangle and something else about how unfair it was. Until I finally read it, I had no idea. Until I read it I thought everyone was going insane like everyone did over Twilight. Now I know why!! I originally saw this book back in 2008 and never picked it up and boy am I sorry that I didn't. I am glad I have picked it up now, but boy did I miss out for the past two years. I just got the book last weekend and I began reading it on Sunday as part of the September book challenge that I am doing and I finished it on Tuesday night, Mind you I take college courses and work a full-time job. This book took up every moment I could get my hands on!! 


I cried, I laughed, I smiled, I got angry. This book is so full of emotions and Suzanne does a wonderful job bringing those emotions out of her audience. The entire situation that the tributes are in is absolutely horrifying and thought provoking. I have been thinking of our society and how close we are to becoming just like the society portayed in the book. I can't imagine but can imagine it happening at the same time. I can't imagine it because it's such a terrible thing and it's an idea that just isn't right. I can imagine it happening because of how we are so enthralled on reality TV shows. Our society loves drama and action. We could actually already be considered to be a part of a less severe version of The Hunger Games. We all seek to be successful so that we can at least feed our families and survive which is not easy as is. We buy lottery tickets, audition for American Idol, Survivor, The Real World, and many other reality TV shows in hopes of gaining fame and fortune. Even though our society does not have literal shows of killing the other players, don't the reality TV stars do everything and stop at nothing short of killing to win? And we sit and root for certain players and hope others lose and even can vote on who wins! The Hunger Games is not entirely impossible which makes the read even more terrifying and sad, down right sad.


Katniss for some may seem self-centered. I have read other reviews and yes, some of them say she is, but I find her to be a survivor. She does what she has to do to survive. In fact, not once does she kill just to participate in the games. She only kills in defense of her or Peeta's life. If I were in that situation I would hope that I would have the courage to do the same thing instead of going on a wild rampage like everyone did at the beginning of the games. A lot of people pick Team Peeta or Team Gale and at this point I can't say which side I am on. I have only read the first book so I will save that choice until I have read Catching Fire and then Mockingjay. Oh how I can't wait to read both of them!! 


I could go on and on about this book, but I don't want to write a novel review, so I'm going to finish by saying the story is brilliant, Suzanna's writing shows us the world and the life just like it were real and the action is AMAZING. I was never bored, in fact, I forgot I was reading for 90% of the book. Which, by the way, is the most amazing feeling that one can get while reading in my opinion. I felt like I was watching a movie or that I was going through these situations with Katniss. Ahhhh, so refreshing!


I give this book FIVE out of FIVE book geeks. It is a must read 100% hands down. Don't be turned off by the hype like I was at first.