Catching Fire Review!

I was lucky enough to nab awesome seats at the 8pm November 21st premiere of Catching Fire. As promised, here is my review (I’m going to steer clear of major spoilers).

And the review is……






Pause for suspense…..






You heard me right. That sentence is my response because there are no words good enough for this movie. Honestly, most book to movie transitions have some pretty searing problems that non-fans will tend to steer clear of the franchise. However, Catching Fire shows that it does not have to be the case. There are plenty of nods to Gary Ross’s Hunger Games film through some interesting and gritty cinematography in the districts but high style in the extreme while in the capitol.

There is also PLENTY for the book lovers to enjoy. In fact, there were somethings I was SURE they were going to cut out that they ended up leaving in. Also, there were some quick, subtle nods to themes in the source material (think blood and roses). The movie is not just for book fans though. It flows easily enough that everyone will be able to understand what is going on and be truly influenced by the emotions. I cried about half a dozen times myself (then again that victory tour scene from district 11 always gets to me). The casting of new characters was EXTRAORDINARY. If we’re all going to be truthful here, I could definitely see Jena Malone as Johanna Mason (super angry and boisterous but just a lost little girl). The same goes for Sam Claflin as Finnick–all fun and games until it comes to a certain pair of ladies. As always, Jennifer Lawrence was incredible. Then, Josh Hutcherson has stepped up (I think age might have helped a little) to the point where his character’s inner conflict of loving Katniss but knowing it is mostly an act on her side is truly visible this time around.

Overall, just watch it. Really. Seriously. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!



Hunger Games Readalikes: Divergent

One of the most popular Hunger Games readalikes over the past few years is Divergent by Veronica Roth. It is set in a dystopian future with several major divisions in society. They are referred to as factions and specifically dictate a person’s role in society and where they live, which is very similar to the idea of the districts. The book is also similar to The Hunger Games in that it has a strong female protagonist. Beatrice (Tris for short) Prior uses her personal strength and courage to completely break from her family and her upbringing to join a new faction when it is time for her to officially become part of society as an adult. This move proves to be even more difficult than she expected when the training she receives puts her body through the ringer. Those who enjoy the fighting and intensity of The Hunger Games will definitely like this portion of the book.

Overall, Divergent is a great look at the life of a strong female protagonist in a dystopian authoritarian future. The book itself is the first story in a trilogy. The second book is Insurgent, and the third book is Allegiant. The third book was only released a few weeks ago on October 22, 2013. ALSO, the Divergent movie will be released in March 2014. The first full trailer was shown just last week (it can be seen here)!



Bring It to Life (BITL)!

Take your own aptitude test. In Divergent, young adults must first take an aptitude test before officially declaring themselves on Choosing Day when they select a faction for their future. There are several aptitude tests online that anyone can take to see where they would find themselves in the world of Divergent—Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave), or Erudite (intelligent).

Here are a few aptitude test options online:



Divergent Facebook Page Aptitude Test


Awesomesauce Update!

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to give a heads up on the current blogging plan. It’s reading week and I have a ridiculous amount of work to catch up on. This means that I won’t be posting any blogs this week.


I feel that the other three weeks of this month would be perfect to honor The Hunger Games. Since Catching Fire is being released on November 22nd, the blogs will embrace the predominant topics of the trilogy and will cover read-alikes.


I have tickets for the 8pm premiere of Catching Fire on November 21st! Therefore, I will be doing a review as soon as I get back home to let everyone know how it is.

(I mean come on. The source material is amazing so at the very least it will be good if not GREAT.)


Check back next week for The Hunger Games Celebration!

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