To Read Or Not To Read: New In! – I

Being the avid reader that I am, I love buying books, and series of books in particular. Wait… Make that series with awesome cover art. I know, I know, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but damn… I just can’t resist beautiful covers! And it’s even more awesome when you find a beautiful edition of something that you’ve wanted to read for ages :) So a while ago, I decided to finally get these:

Pretties!

But wait… There’s more:

Ooh! This makes me feel like a kid in a candy store :)

It’s very rare that I read a book because I liked a particular movie adaptation, but this is one of those cases. I’ve watched The Night Watch a lot of times, and I’ve read the first book way back when it came out, but after seeing the movie again not too long ago I decided I really needed to read the books. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten to the “reading” part yet (my to-read stack is too damn big these days), but I’m totally looking forward to it. However, now that there’s a fifth book in the making I guess I don’t have to rush things… There’s little I can stand less than having to wait for a new book in a series!

Now, for the ones of you wondering about the books… Basically, they’re fantasy/science fiction, but in a crazy Russian way. I don’t read much of either genre at all, but I don’t think there’s anything like this series. I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m not even going to try and explain what in hell they’re about. I’m not even sure if I could! I might give it a shot after I finish reading, but I’m not going to promise anything ;)

So… Have you read the Watch series or seen the movie? What did you think?

Thanks for reading!

Love,

ML-X

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The Hunger Games Dilemma: Final

Like I’ve already mentioned in Part II of the great Hunger Games dilemma, I went to see the movie. And oh boy… I don’t remember the last time I left a movie with such mixed feelings!

Let’s start with something positive! There were some things I really liked about the movie; the casting was pretty well done! There was one exception, but you’ll have to read on to find that one ;) My favourite “side” character in the books was Cinna, who’s portrayed in the movie by the amazing Lenny Kravitz! So that was very pleasing. Another thing that I liked, were the special effects. They were done very well, and I loved the “extra” peek in the Game Maker’s office; this wasn’t really mentioned in the book as such.

The movie was quite like the book, meaning that they didn’t screw up the storyline or whatever to make it more appropriate for a movie. They did a pretty good job on that, especially considering that quite a large portion of the book is basically Katniss’ thinking.

And now… What I didn’t like. The last thing I stated as positive, works against the movie as well, at least in my opinion. For anyone who hasn’t seen the movie yet; I must warn you, this might be a bit of a spoiler! At a certain point, there’s Rue, and Katniss has a great fondness of her. However, if you haven’t read the book (like for example my best friend, who came along to the movie), it’s a bit of a “what the fuck-moment”; aren’t they supposed to kill each other off? What’s so special about that kid? Of course, if you’ve read the book you’ll know that Katniss has a weak spot for Rue because she’s the same age as her sister Primrose, but the thing is, a lot of people haven’t.

There were a lot more things that were hard to understand if you didn’t read the book; at one point, my best friend asked me why the people looked so weird. After the movie, I had to explain him the whole background story on the different districts and the Capitol. Another thing I was missing, was the story of the Mockingjay Pin. Why the fuck was that changed up in the first place? Katniss didn’t get it off the market, for crying out loud. I really dislike the way they’ve made it into something that’s pretty much meaningless!

Another disappointment, which is a bit more personal I think, was President Snow. When I read the books, I imagined him to be a bald, creepy looking motherfucker. A little like Baraka from Mortal Kombat (google it!). In the movie though, he reminded me of Santa Claus. And we all know Santa Claus isn’t really evil! So this was a bad casting, if you ask me.

Considering that the movie was over two hours long, I think there might have been room for some more “depth” in the story. For example, another one of the things I liked in the book, was the way it fucked my mind the whole time because I was wondering if Peeta was for real or not. In the movie, this isn’t shown at all, and I’m really wondering how they’ll explain this (and the earlier mentioned Mockinjay thing) in the sequel (which I’m guessing will come) because it’s been a very important storyline in the books.

All in all, I was really disappointed. Maybe I had set the bar too high, I don’t know, but at one point I was glancing at my watch to see if it was almost done. I used to check the time when I was reading the books too, but only to see how much more I could read and still manage to get a bit of sleep because I had to work the next day. I know it’s really hard to make a screen adaptation worth seeing, but I believe they could’ve done a lot better.

I’ve already made up my mind; I’m not going to see any sequel. What did you think of the movie? Am I completely wrong here? Or did it really suck?

Thanks for reading!

Love,

ML-X