What’s the good word, friends? Hopefully you’ve all had an especially hungryweekend (Get it? Hungry, as in the games!).
One of the things I love most about fandoms is how over the top people can get. I remember when Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan came out there were about a million pics circulating around the internets of people going all out with their Leviathan cosplay. In keeping with that same spirit of fandom shenanigans, and all the Hunger Game mania that has taken over the internets, I thought it would be fun to drop some HG inspired dishes for you all from FictionalFood.net. That’s right folks, these foodies are coming straight from the Hunger Games universe to your computer machines.
District 11 Bread — These are totally something I could see coming out of District 11. Plus, it made my heart hurt when Katniss got these in the book.
Peeta’s Burnt Nut and Raisin Bread — I thought this was a pretty sweet thing as it totally goes with the storie lines of the books and the movie. I know they don’t say what kind of bread it was in the movie, but I think we all know this was it.
There are sooo many more delicious foods out there but I’m going to leave it there for tonight. Before I finish though, I want to say a great big old thank you to the folks who started following my bloggity blog–Laura, Natashatynan, Jenn, and Sue. I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my blog.
First off, I want to say thanks to my new followers Uroboros, and Em. These folks have everything from book reviews to the finer points of dysopian fiction so just go on ahead and give those links le click.
As to the post, I’ve been hearing some mixed reviews from folks on the new movie. For example, a friend of ours who came with us to see it said she felt straight up robbed when it was over. Of course, she did read the books this week so maybe the book’s story line was fresh in her mind? Who knows.
If you read my review of it from yesterday then you already know where I stand on the deal. Now I want to know what YOU think. Was it bomb.com or did it just bomb? Let me know!
Also, I think you should check out this article about a theater in Utah that was putting on some cosplay amazingness for their patrons. This is so awesome!
I just got home from The Hunger Games and I’m telling you it was so legit! Overall I think this movie was great, but as it’s late (or early, I guess) I’m going to lay it out real simple style with a few goods and a few bads.
Costumes: Sooooo well done. Effie Trinket was totally on point with her over-the-top style, and Cinna had the crisp look I pictured from the books. And when the kids from District 12 came out on Reaping Day–get out of town! The grittiness of their skin and hair coupled with the total “Sunday Best” vibe of their clothes made it feel so authentic.
Setting: Another A+ for me on this one. The opening scene had a real Appalachian vibe which was exactly how I pictured things in the book. The Capitol was more of the same with its lavish meals, stylish decorating, and cutting-edge tech. Then the Arena! Could they have done it any better? It totally had a nature vibe to it until the sky turned into a plasma screen TV and fireballs shot out of nowhere.
Sticking to the book: This was mostly good. I totally get how they had to drop away from the first person perspective in the books and I think they did a great job using the varied perspective to give the non-fanboys in the audience some details about the world Hunger Games universe. The little anchorman scenes where Caesar Flickerman drops the knowledge about stuff like tracker jackers are a legit example of what I mean. Also, the opening scene in the cornucopia was SO GOOD! Except for one thing–why was the cornucopia this polished steel monster instead of gold and hear to climb?
Characters: Lord knows I’m not all for people starving themselves, but I when I pictured the kids from the books I saw them as straight up gaunt, know what I mean? I thought that everybody in District 12 looked waaaaaay too well-fed. Then there were the other tributes–“fox face,” who had a much too round face to be even close to foxy, and Thresh, the other tribute from District 11 who was much smaller than anything I pictured. I remember reading the book and thinking he was going to be like a dark-skinned version of Lenny from Of Mice and Men.
Relationships: I thought they could have done a better job letting us know how much Rue meant to Katniss. Maybe they should have mentioned how much Rue reminded her of Prim? I don’t know. Just a thought. Also, I think they could have shown how much of the whole star-crossed lover thing was thanks to Haymich and Cinna. Sure, Peeta did his part in it, but I always felt that Haymich was the source for a lot of that tension building up.
Timeline: I get that they needed to give ample time to the games, but I really felt like they could have given us more time in the Capitol of Katniss and Peeta. I thought they missed so much by leaving out how close they got, you know? Without more time in the Capitol I thought the scene in the arena where Katniss gets all compassionate for Peeta’s super jacked leg was sort of lame. I was like, “Where did that come from?” I know they tried to establish the relationship with the flashbacks to the bakery, but I think they could have done a better job of it.
Seeing as it’s 3:45 AM, that’s all I’ve got for now. I’ve got to hit the sack (it’s not going to hit itself, is it?) and I don’t do well without enough sleep. I’m definitely going to be talking about this movie in the weeks to come so more later.
Okay people, don’t get jelly on me, but I am going to the midnight showing of the Hunger Games tonight. That’s right, dude! I’m so super stoked that I could punch President Snow right in the face. Me, the wifey, and two of our friends bought our tickets last week. I guess you could say we didn’t like the odds of trying to get tickets on the night of the premier (AMIRITE?).
There’s one other slice of Hunger Games awesomeness I want to share with you guys. I know that soundtracks can be a little, “Meh” sometimes, but the Hunger Games soundtrack has got a track from Neko Case on it. Some of you probably don’t know who Neko is–being from Tacoma doesn’t do much for putting a body on the map–but trust me when I say she has some serious talent. Here’s a link to her last.fm page where you can peep a few of her songs. I recommend the song Deep Red Bells as a starter.
Now that I’ve worked all the fanboy shenanigans out of my system I want to tap out a few words about writing. For the past few days my writing has been on some next level suckiness, but I finally started pulling out of the funk yesterday after working through a few writing prompts. I’m not usually too pumped on writing prompts as a way to generate actual stories, but they’re definitely useful when it comes to juicing my brain grapes. I used one of the prompts to write a scene starring my book’s protagonist (not something I’m going to include in the draft, but still pretty fun to write) and then kicked down almost 1,000 words of chapter eight. It felt good, dude. Real good.
I am so super stoked for the Hunger Games movie! My wife and I are planning on hitting the midnight showing (duh, right?) and maybe getting dressed up for it. I’m thinking a spandex body suit might do the trick but I’ve got to figure out how to light it on fire without dying and/or getting kicked out of the theater.
Like a lot of writers I know, I am especially interested in what was going on in the mind of writer when they create their work. So with that in mind I figured I’d post this interesting pair of interviews with Suzanne Collins where she lays out some general details on how the Hunger Games came to be. Enjoy!