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Hunger Games Fandom Is Odd

13 Aug

So I guess I want to go left or right then, yes?

Look, I like The Hunger Games.  It’s a great series.  It is not about a happy place.  There is no reason to fantasize about actually going there.  Why would you ever want to do that?  Do you really want to live in a world where you might have to eat your cat?  Or kill your sister?  Or be killed by your lover?  The whole point of the series is how inhumane and awful the whole of Panem is.

Maybe this sign is a warning.  “Turn Back” it says.

Also, which direction to Camp Half-Blood?

Perks of Being a Reader

1 Jul

Finished reading The Perks Of Being A Wallflower the other day.  Absolutely fantastic book.  I wanted to turn around and read it again right away.  It is just so full of delicious quotes and fantastic everythings.  Would that I could write as well as “Charlie.”  It felt a bit Good Will Hunting-ish near the end, but it still worked for me.  We’ll see how the movie plays out.

The trailer for the movie is better after having read the book, but it’s a good trailer either way.  It looks amazingly accurate to the book, which I think is impressive since the book is all letters (like, the kind you send in the mail) and it’s hard to do a movie that way.  Then again it’s written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, the author of the book, so it will be hard to find fault in the adaptation.  Plus it has Hermione and Percy Jackson in it, both looking nothing like Hermione or Percy Jackson, so that’s good.

Only thing is… this comes out in a few months!  Why is there only one trailer?

Wicked Short Review

18 Jun

Finally finished reading Wicked.  I know I’m years later than everyone else.  I loved parts of it, but I couldn’t stand the main character by the end of it, and since it ends stuck in her head, I was glad when it was over.  I’m even more glad that I’m now reading “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” because it’s brilliant so far and I’m loving it.

How many times have I had that “you can’t have good without evil” conversation?  It always goes the same way.  You’d think in a book as long as Wicked, with as much treatise on the nature and origin of evil, this would have come up:

You can, by the way, have good without evil.  There is no reason it can’t exist on its own.  If you’re thinking that you wouldn’t be able to recognize it without something to compare it to, well, if that’s true… so what?

If the basis is that there are these two forces, good and evil, and one can’t exist without the other, well, it’s a simple thought exercise.  What if there were no evil, only good, and “good” was simply synonymous with “the way things are.”  That wouldn’t be so bad, would it?  Then instead of “good” and “bad” there would just be “good” and “better” and “really good” and things like that.

I’m all for it.

Interesting.

26 May

I did this a few times, getting more or less the same result, give or take 15%.  One of the times I got to read a bit from The Wizard of Oz, which I was thinking it’s about time to reread anyway (once I finish with Wicked).  So that was neat.

ereader test
Source: Staples eReader Department

#PercyJackson

3 May

**Update: Nice ending, Percy.  Sorry about the girl though.  I mean, I guess Percy is happy about it, so that’s ok.  But you know me.  I hate when pretty girls turn into trees.  And I was wondering if the immortals were ever going to evolve.  I mean, they were originally conceived to reflect the weaknesses and foibles of humanity, but if humanity has evolved, the Olympians should too… and we have evolved, right?

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I’m not quite done with the series yet (about to start the fifth and final book) but i’ve enjoyed them all so far.

While Annabeth is neat, and who wouldn’t love a grey-eyed daughter of Athena? (and heck, I’m more-or-less a son of Athena, so I would know,) I’m pretty sure Rachel is where it’s at.  My vote would of course be for the three of them to go poly and live together in a half-blood/mortal love triangle.  Maybe that can be a third series of books, about the three of them and their children.

If two half-bloods have kids, are they quarter-bloods?