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Hunger Games News!

We have a trailer!  After all those teaser posters and the poster that burst into flames online we have an actual trailer!  I have to admit that I have been skeptical about this movie.  I did not know if they would do the book justice.  This trailer has given me hope.  watch and see what I mean:



It is pretty awesome.  And speaking of pretty, did you know that they are going to be releasing a Hunger Games nail polish collection?  I suppose it does tie into the image consciousness of the society of Hunger Games, but I just cannot see Katniss wearing a nail polish called “Catnip.”

I however, would totally rock “Fire in Flight.”  If you want to check out the full article, and see the release date, then check out the link below.

That is all for this Hunger Games filled news break.  We will get back to your regularly scheduled blog content now!


Hunger Games Casting!

I was not living under a rock this week, and therefore heard all about the final decisions that have been made for the parts of Peeta and Gale.  I had not known that Katniss had been cast, so I figured I would include her in this post as well for everyone who was under the rock with me when she was cast.


Our Katniss is: Jennifer Lawrence



Our Peeta is: Josh Hutcherson



Our Gale is: Liam Hemsworth



Interesting choices.  I do not know much about any of them in terms of acting, so I will leave it for you to debate.  Do you think these actors have what it takes to survive the Hunger Games?

Eclipse Trailer: It’s Here!

Check out the just released Eclipse trailer:

Eclipse hits theatres on June 30th.

Harry Potter News

Having been thinking popular series lately (Twilight anyone?) I think it’s high time we talk about perhaps my favorite series, Harry Potter for a few minutes.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (the movie) was released on DVD/blueray disc recently and it includes a sneak preview of the next movie installment in the series.

They have released the first picture still from the next Harry Potter movie, The Deathly Hollows Part I which will hit movie theatres next November. (fan squee: “I love Ron! I love Hermione! Oh! Harry’s there too! Cool”…I’ve always been an unabashedly vocal Ron/Hermoine shipper. I remember when Harry/Hermoine vs. Ron/Hermoine was the hotly debated couple in the literary world….circa before Jacob vs. Edward–Vampire vs. Wolf) 

Back on Topic: Yes, they are in fact dividing The Deathly Hollows into not one, but TWO movies. Part II is slated for release the following summer, in 2011.

First, let me give you a little  disclaimer, I have patently disliked the Harry Potter movies. To me the movies all too often were too dense and stifled with some many details I felt like I couldn’t enjoy the whimsy, wonder, and yes, danger of the books properly. I felt they suffered from “too much stuff” syndrome and that equaled BORING for me. (Furthermore, I blame the movies for turning friends of mine who had never read Harry Potter off to the books because they thought the movies were really dull. And vowed never to read the books.) I’m all for a movie adaptation being true to the book, but at 400, 500 pages I think it’s insane to think that everything will be included. So shouldn’t they stop trying? What do you guys think? Do any fans of the Harry Potter movies want to come to their defense? Am I horribly wrong? Opinions please! 

However, despite the fact that the only movie version of Harry Potter I’ve enjoyed has been The Prisoner of Azkaban (I appreciated it’s dark tone.) I’m excited for The Deathly Hallows.  I have great hope for the film version, because if the teaser trailer is any indicator it’s going dark. I LOVED The Deathly Hallows (it may in fact be my favorite book in the series) and I think by separating the long book into two movies there is a better chance of including all the important stuff. Because remember, this is the book where basically EVERYTHING happens, just the battle scene could easily take up 30 minutes (ask Lord of the Rings.) I just hope it sidesteps the “bogged down in the details” curse of the last couple of movies.

Thoughts? Concerns? Opinions on the Harry/Hermoine vs. Ron/Hermoine couplings?

Elizabeth Bennett and the Undead

Anyone ever read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Graham-Smith? As a huge fan of Jane Austen, and specifically Pride and Prejudice I was always kind of intrigued by this “re-imagining” of Elizabeth Bennett’s regency England backdrop with ZOMBIES (yes, that’s right, Mr. Darcy and THE UNDEAD.)  Last week news broke that Natalie Portman signed on to star and produce a film version of the book and today David O Russo was attached to direct. I think this could be good. While Kiera Knightly was perfectly cast as Elizabeth Bennett in the most recent Pride and Prejudice I can also see Natalie Portman making a spirited E.B.

Beautiful Creatures Movie on the Horizon

If you happen to glance over at my “currently reading” sidebar you will notice that it lists Beautiful Creatures. I have been hearing about this book for what feels like a year (it probably is close to a year–I swear it was on so many book lists as a book to watch in 2009 I think it’s cover is permanently imprinted into my mind.)  It was release December 1st (to much advanced acclaim) and I decided I had waited long enough and went out and bought it last weekend. It’s described as a gothic southern supernatural romance (seriously; could there be a book with a description that appeals to me anymore than that? It’s got the supernatural romance I love/crave and for some strange reason I’ve always been attracted to dark gothic tales). I’m only on page 55 (blame it on The Hunger Games, which I’m simultaneously listening to in the car) but I’m loving it.  After I’m done anyone who wants to borrow it is certainly welcome.

The book is going to be part of a five book series so comparison to Harry Potter and Twilight abound. And like those two highly successful book series, Beautiful Creatures will be made into a movie.  It does seem curious to me that they have already begun work on a film version of the book before its even been released. MTV ponder this concept. The screenwriter, Richard LaGravenese, describes his attraction to the project explaining “I liked that this book has all the basic elements of a classic first love story with a supernatural layer over it. So the first time they hear the words ‘boyfriend’ and ‘girlfriend,’ they accidentally overhear each other telepathically. Their first kiss comes after he saves her life, and their first date is part of a bigger adventure that leads to the unraveling of the mysterious curse that haunts her family.”

I’ll keep you updated as to how I’m enjoying the book and I will also provide a final judgement on book to movie idea; what I’ve read so far would translate really well into movie form. We’ll see where we go from here.

In other YA book to movie news, Lauren Kate’s Fallen (also recently released and part of a planned series, three books in this case) has been picked up by Disney. Am I sensing a trend here? Can we call it the Twilight ripple effect? (=supernatural [vampires, fallen angels, demons, forbidden love]+series (3, 4, 5 books) =movie franchise). It reminds me of the Harry Potter whiplash of a few years ago, where practically every book released seemed to have some Harry Potter’esque element to it (magic, magic school, wizards, etc.) Has anyone read Fallen yet? Would it make a good movie? Should I add it to my “to be read” (TBR) list?

While we’re talking series…what’s everyone’s favorite(s)? Harry Potter? Twilight?   Gossip Girl? Percy Jackson? (there’s a movie coming out President’s Day 2010) 

John Green’s Hysterical Review of Twilight/New Moon

Since so many Tucker Free Library teens seem to be fans of Stephenie Myer’s Twilight series I thought you’d enjoy this.

I’m a big fan of John Green. Has anyone read any of his books? I loved Looking for Alaska and I’m planning on reading Paper Towns. Or listening to it, as it’s available for download at the New Hampshire Audiobook library.