When I was first told about The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins I felt iffy about reading it. Youth novels are not my thing as they usually seem to incorporate a sappy love story between teenagers that seems unrealistic at best. I began to question my reluctance to read it when I found that it was on hold at the library and there were already five people ahead of me on the list to check it out. Hmmmm….it was certainly popular, but I knew that doesn’t mean it’s a good book or a well written one. When I finally got my hands on it I read it….in two days. Honestly, I think that if I didn’t have work and classes I probably would have read it in half the time, but the point is that it’s good. Written in a very simplistic yet captivating style, the novel takes us to the future where an authoritarian government controls what are called the 12 Districts. If you like futuristic sci-fi then you will love this book. I won’t tell you anymore for fear of ruining the course of the story, but trust me this is a good read. Enjoy!
I couldn’t help but smile at the sight of this beaten up, duct taped book – and it’s not because I am an avid Stephen King fan. I think anyone who loves to read knows what it is like to develop a relationship with a beloved, favorite novel. Sure it’s replaceable, sure you could just pay to get a brand new one, but there’s something about those worn pages, dog-eared corners, and favorite passages that have been underlined and read again and again. As a result, the binding falls apart, the cover becomes torn, but aren’t these all simply signs of a much loved book? My Sherlock Holmes novels have literally been lugged halfway around the world and then lugged back. And when it comes down to it, I can’t bear to leave them behind. I can’t explain why I love them, or why they are such a comfort, except to say that there really is nothing like a good book – especially if you’ve had it for a long time.
I Am Number Four the movie (click on the link to watch the trailer) is due to come out tomorrow. Although for my taste the film looks like it might be lackluster at best, I have heard great things about the novel by the same name written by authors James Frey and Jobie Hughes. James Frey is mostly famous for his novel A Million Little Pieces which tells the interesting tale of a young drug abuser. But let us not get sidetracked……suffice to say that I Am Number Four seems to bear many similarities to the Twilight novels minus the vampires. I suppose if you have a preference for teenage aliens over teenage vampires then this book is for you. I will probably end up watching the movie at some point although I don’t plan on paying ten dollars to see it in IMAX. Share your opinions as I’d love to hear what you have to say about either one. Enjoy!
I’m not sure where Canadian taste lies on the grand spectrum of television shows, but Americans seem to have an ongoing interest in watching some of the worst reality television ever forced upon mankind. If you are a die – hard fan of Jersey Shore I’m not judging – trust me, I’ve watched some awful television in my day. But I love how the above picture captures my sentiments in regards to this show; basically I feel more stupid after watching an episode – as if indeed, somewhere in the world, a book has committed suicide.
How many people have actually read the classic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley? I could probably count on one hand how many people I know personally who have read it. And yet, just mention the name Frankenstein and people are familiar with at least some aspect of the story (don’t forget, however, that Frankenstein is NOT the name of the monster but the name of the doctor who created him). So what is it exactly that fascinates people about this tale? According to the article It Lives!, no matter how old the story gets people still remain intrigued by it. I guess we just can’t seem to get enough of big, hulking monsters.