Hunger Games Movie = EPIC!

I saw the Hunger Games movie yesterday, and I’m happy to say that I enjoyed the movie nearly as much as I love the books. You don’t have to read the books first in order to get what’s going on, but it does help you get more of the back story. Since the author Suzanne Collins worked on the screenplay herself; it does capture the essence of the book very well. Fans of the novel won’t be disappointed. I would highly suggest reading the book first, and that’s not just because I’m a librarian. ;)

For those (like, 2 of you) who don’t know, The Hunger Games is set in a future of 12 Districts ruled by the Panem government, which is based in the bright and shiny Capitol. Every year two teens are selected from each District to participate in a televised death match called the Hunger Games. 24 teens enter, one teen wins. This is to remind the Districts why the Capitol is in charge. It takes reality TV to a whole new level of scary.

It’s violent. It’s frightening. It will make you cry. It’s also a story full of hope, romance, strength, and rebellion. There really is something for everyone.

The look of the Capitol was just how I pictured it in my head. They did a fabulous job with the costuming. I didn’t feel like Effie was nearly absurd enough, and President Snow should have been a bit of a snappier dresser. The movie used plenty of shaky cam to make sure it got the PG-13 rating.

Last weekend, it raked in over $155 million. It ranks third all-time for opening weekend gross profits. I’m happy to have contributed my 10 bucks.

I can’t wait to see what they do with Catching Fire.

Let the Hunger Games Begin!

It is almost here!!! The premier of the Hunger Games movie!!! Will it live up to the hype?? Sometimes when a book you love becomes a movie it is a letdown. This one looks like it will be good though. It seems like these books were meant to be movies, with the stark contrasts of the different characters, the pageantry of the games, and the electrifying plot.

If you want to learn more about the movie go to:
http://hungergamesmovie.org/

If you want to find out what district you are from take this quiz:
http://www.foreveryoungadult.com/2010/07/12/pop-quiz-find-your-hunger-games-district/

And if you are still looking for more…. Here is an interview with Suzanne Collins in which she gives her opinion of the film:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/01/hunger-games-movie-_n_1313219.html

May the odds be ever in your favor!!!!

Something to Read While You´re Waiting for the Games

The Hunger Games are coming! Or is coming. The movie, I mean. And here are some books inspired by the book and the movie.

A Hunger Games cookbook? Is that a good idea?

No matter. Enjoy this feast.

 

The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy

 

 

 

The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

The Hunger Games Companion: The Unauthorized Guide to the Series

 

 

 

The Hunger Games Companion: The Unauthorized Guide to the Series by Lois Gresh

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

The Hunger Games: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion

 

 

 

The Hunger Games: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan

 

 

 

 

 

    

The Hunger Games Tribute Guide

 

 

 

The Hunger Games Tribute Guide by Emily Seife

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

Stars in the Arena: Meet the Hotties of the Hunger Games

 

 

 

Stars in the Arena: Meet the Hotties of the Hunger Games by Mel Williams

 

 

 

 

 

    

Beyond District 12: The Stars of the Hunger Games

 

 

 

Beyond District 12: The Stars of the Hunger Games by Clarissa Shields

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Guide to the Games: The World of the Hunger Games

 

 

 

Guide to the Games: The World of the Hunger Games by Stephanie Carkson

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook

 

 

 

The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines

 

 

 

 

 

     

The World of the Hunger Games

 

 

 

The World of the Hunger Games by Kate Egan

Teens Top Ten

Have you ever wanted to know what the top teen book is? YALSA`s Teen Top Ten contest is the place to go to nominate your favorite teen book and see what is most popular. To see the nominations and vote for your favorite go to the Teen Top Ten site between August 24th and September 18th to vote. The winners will be announced in a live webcast during Teen Read Week, which is October 18th-24th.

There are some great books on the list! Do you like vampires? If you do check out Untamed by P.C. and Kristen Cast, a mother-daughter writing team. If you’re looking for something that is a little more realistic, but still has some adventure check out Paper Towns by John Green. There are also classic favorites like Breaking Dawn and The Hunger Games on the list.

Tell your friends and vote yourself because the more people that vote the more accurate the winner will be. You can find all these books at your local library branch. Although many of them are hot items that you might have to request.

The nominees with their IMCPL call numbers are:

Graceling

Graceling by Kristin Cashore TEEN FIC CAS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untamed

Untamed by Kristen and P.C. Cast TEEN FIC CAS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City of Ashes

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare TEEN FIC CLA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins TEEN FIC COL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truancy

Truancy by Fukui Isama TEEN FIC FUK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truancy: Origins

Truancy: Origins by Fukui Isama TEEN FIC FUK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman jFIC GAI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper Towns

Paper Towns by John Green TEEN FIC GRE

 

 

 

 

 

Runemarks

Runemarks by Joanne Harris TEEN FIC HAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Identical

Identical by Ellen Hopkins TEEN FIC HOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart TEEN FIC LOC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daughter of the Flames

Daughter of the Flames by Zoë Marriott TEEN FIC MAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wake

Wake by Lisa McMann TEEN FIC MCM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer TEEN FIC MEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloodline

Bloodline by Katy Moran TEEN FIC MOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness TEEN FIC NES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evermore

Evermore by Alyson Noël TEEN FIC NOE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geek Charming

Geek Charming by Robin Palmer TEEN FIC PAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melting Stones

Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce jFIC PIE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living Dead Girl

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott TEEN FIC SCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eternal

Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith TEEN FIC SMI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flygirl

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith TEEN FIC SMI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wherever Nina Lies

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten TEEN FIC WEI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impossible

Impossible by Nancy Werlin TEEN FIC WER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Absolutely Maybe

Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee TEEN FIC YEE