The Hunger Games: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)Title: 
The Hunger Games

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Suzanne Collins

Published by: Scholastic

Publication Date: September 14th 2008

Pages: 374

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Dystopian/Adventure/Science Fiction

Book Blurb:  

Winning means fame and fortune.
Losing means certain death.
The Hunger Games have begun….

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, the shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh 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 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 weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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Review:
Can’t believe I have only just read this book, even after all the teasing from my friends about how I won’t see the films till I’ve read the book, but haven’t read the book. Anyway I finished the book a few days ago and wow. It was better than I expected, even after all the dystopia’s out at the moment that seem all a little too similar, no matter how good.
I loved how the book was written in Katniss’ Point of view because she is such an interesting and brave character from a devastating background. Suzanne has developed her so well and shown that she’s not all perfect which I love in any lead because it makes them all the more relatable and lets you empathise with them and their predicaments.
The description in the games and of the dress are also so beautiful and enthralling. At some parts I felt as though I was watching like one of the Panem citizens watching it live. There were parts that actually felt quite stressful due to the pressure that was on this amazing female lead and the descriptions of the events.
I also like how, although you have the love triangle and love interests, it isn’t such a big focus like it is in some books and instead you have a strong female lead that doesn’t constantly need all the relationship dramas that some have.
Suzanne Collins should be so proud that she has written such a strong willed, independent and brave female lead that many young girls can look up to instead of the usual celebrities making young girls care about looks instead of personality.
Truly inspirational character and an amazing action packed book. A perfect read for any time.
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Book Adaptation: Maze Runner Review

O.K, so before I start, I have gone against all I stand for in life, if by that I mean my rule of never watching the film before the book. It’s true, I did it, and I have no regrets. This film was… It is beyond words. I thought the film was amazing. Before watching it, I wasn’t really sure about reading it. A friend had read Maze Runner and said it was O.K. Not Mortal Instruments good but still very good. So I went to watch it with her, and now I am reading the book. I am only twenty pages in but it’s already suspense-filled.

To start off with my first book adaptation review, I will start with the opening scene. Woah! The cinema was packed with noise of, mainly, boys messing around. (We were two of around ten girls in a male packed cinema due to the themes of the book and film). As soon as it started, there was silence. Not a word, then you see Thomas in the box. It was a beautiful scene in the sense of the setting and all the props and visual effects. They were so real!

The friend I went with told me that this film was very accurate with the book, with the exception of the usual few things

Overall, this film was gripping, suspense-filled and I cannot wait to get back to reading the book!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Glass

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

 

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published by: McElldrey Books

Publication date: March 24 2009

Pages: 576

Genres: Teen Fiction/Fantasy

Summary: With two of the Mortal Instruments now in Valentine’s hands, the world of the Shadowhunters teeters on the brink of civil war. Jace and the Lightwoods are recalled to Idris, the Shadowhunters’ remote and hidden home country, where a search has begun for the last of the Instruments, the Mortal Glass. Clary finds herself caught up in the chaos as the delicate social order of the Nephilim begins to shatter, pitting Downworlder against Downworlder and Shadowhunters against each other. When the City of Glass falls under attack, can Downworlders and Nephilim fight together to defeat Valentine, or will their longstanding hatred destroy them all? And when Clary discovers the unbelievable truth about her own past, can she find Jace before it’s too late?
Review:

City of Glass was the original finale for the mortal instruments series, but being so popular, fans begged Cassandra Clare to continue. This book contains many great plot twists capturing the reader. As soon as you start reading, it is impossible to stop. This book also contains great Clace (Clary and Jace) moments, as well as a huge twist that will leave you wondering ‘what’s next?’ You also see great evolution in our main characters: Clary Fray, Jace Morgenstern, Simon Lewis, Isabelle and Alec Lightwood and the high warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane. The book is constantly filled with suspense, no matter what’s going on, there is always something big going on with some of the characters. After reading the first two books, I couldn’t stop myself from reading the third.
It’s probably just me but in this book I sort of did want to see Clary show a bit of a dark side, maybe join Valentine, but then that i just me. Anyway, if you’re thinking about taking a break after City of Ashes, don’t bother. Personally this was one of my favourite installments.

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horrowitz

Title: Stormbreaker

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Alex Rider

Published by: Walker Books

Publication Date: 4th September 2000

Pages: 249

Genres: Teen/Adventure/Spy/Thriller/Mystery

Book Blurb:  When his uncle dies in suspicious circumstances, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down.

Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in gruelling SAS training exercises. Then, armed with his own special set of secret gadgets, he’s off on his first mission to Cornwall, where Middle-Eastern multi-billionaire Herod Sayle is producing his state-of-the-art Stormbreaker computers. Sayle has offered to give one free to every school in the country – but there’s more to the gift than meets the eye.

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Review:
I used to be so jealous of Alex Rider, not because he’s lost people, that would be sad. But because he is a spy. For around four years of my life I have wanted to be a spy for the MI6 so one day my dad bought me and my twin the box set of these books. The first book was stunning. Yes it included lots of action though Anthony Horrowitz managed to get the balance right creating a realistic thriller. It focuses on Alex Rider and his experiences. His emotions are shown really well considering the way he was feeling was polar opposites.  Jack Starbright is Alex’s American housekeeper become guardian who I adore and you will see how awesome she is as you go along through the series.
Stormbreaker has been through many different covers though I have chosen the newest edition which I (after lots of sitting around flicking through tabs.) have decided is my favourite. It’s simplistic colouring, I thing, is very spy like.
A movie was made for this book, though it was an O.K film, like most book adaptations, they changed too many things. One of the smallest was Alex Rider’s hair colour, the biggest being…
If you want to carry on reading my rant on the movie then please make sure you have at least read this book. You do not need to read the whole series..

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Why Do Directors Change Our Books? – Rants in My Pants

WARNING: Contains a mild swear word. (At least I think it's a swear word, any way, WARNING, WARNING.)

Why do directors change our books

This constantly irritates me when directors and screen play writers decide to change books for their adaptations onto screen. We have seen this happen in City of Bones and I am number four. Both books which went south very quickly. I’m not saying the movies weren’t good but it is difficult for someone who has read the book to watch the movie and not complain about every little detail they changed. But these weren’t little details, no no, these were huge details that I feel ruined the movies.

It’s no wonder authors are wary about selling rights to movie companies. Look at John green for example, the movie ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ almost didn’t even get made.

About two weeks after the book came out, my brother and I were [in Los Angeles] for a tour event and Wyck [Godfrey] came backstage and said, ‘We’re going to make a movie where the girl has tubes in her nose in almost every frame of the movie, and where the lead romantic male is an amputee, and it’s going to be a movie about people but it will be a movie about people who aren’t defined by their disability. They are going to be complex, rich characters and we think we can make a really faithful adaptation of your book.’

And so they managed to connvice John Green of the movie

But overall, authors have to be incredibly persistent in getting their movies to be accurate. But why should authors have to fight for their stories to remain as they had originally written? It is their story. To be honest with you i don’t know why authors don’t make sure contracts let them have the final say in the screenplay to make sure they are accurate. I am sure any author would want to make sure they had this say, so why don’t they?

The sequel to the worldwide phenomenon ‘The Mortal Instruments’ ‘City of Ashes’ was delayed in filming due to the lack of blockbuster opening. Cassandra Clare responded, saying:

The draft screenplay she saw was “very far from the book” and that the original schedule would not have allowed time for changes, and she thought the delay could be good.

In fact I feel sorry for her because we all also wonder, what was going on with Clary’s hair? When someone says they have natural red hair it means they have ginger hair, so why was Clary’s hair a brownish red? Not even a brownish ginger but it was clear it had been dyed. Has every one heard how Harald Zwart won’t be directing the equel if it ever gets made as he would like to ‘have a change’. We all know what that means. He messed up and is too embarrassed to own up to his own crappy work. You too D.J Caruso, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

But at the same time, congratulations Josh Boone, you have made an amazing book adaptation and you should be proud that you stand about all the other crappy directors.

To sum up everything, I would become a director for the pure reason of making sure my beloved books were Not Changed under any circumstances. Every director who has messed up these adaptations should be sued for vandalising these pieces of art.

Thank you for reading and have a nice day. xxx

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Divergent Series: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergnt coverTitle: Divergent

Review:  Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Veronica Roth

Published by: Katherine Tegan Books
Publication date: April 25 2011
Pages: 487
Genres: Young Adult Fiction/ Adventure/ Dystopian Fantasy
Summary: For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead…A debut novel that will leave you breathless.

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Review:

The funny thing is, I accidentally read the first chapter of Insurgent thinking it was the first book in this trilogy, luckily I didn’t understand much of it so it didn’t give too much away. After that it took me around two years to buy the next book, after encouragement from a friends who had read books one and two and was about to buy the final one, Allegiant. This book was… well it was good, but something about it just didn’t quite capture me like some other books have. It didn’t have any humour which made it quite a heavy read. The story follows a girl called Tris who, when taking her aptitude test, a test that determines character, finds herself \divergent, not fitting in with any group. It was an extremely thrilling novel, although I do wonder whether it isn’t a little too like the hunger games. The end of the story is also quite low key if that makes sense. It makes you want to read on to the next book, but you wouldn’t die waiting to read it if that makes any sense at all.