In Their Shoes: Katniss Everdeen

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In Their Shoes  is a new feature that lets us step into our favorite stories. I’ll be replacing the character, or stepping into their shoes if you will, and sharing MY thoughts (note not sharing what I think is going on in the characters head, but instead showing you all how I would react). To make it better, I thought I would do it in tweet form. Just for kicks. So here we go.

Up this month is Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.

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Bookish News: TFiOS Trailer, Potter Buzz, Plutarch Heavensby

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Bookish News is a feature in which I scour the farthest corners in the virtual land known as the internet in hopes of learning what’s happening in the book world.

The Fault in Our Stars Trailer

For those of you that have read John Green’s latest novel, here is the trailer of the movie adaptation. I have to say that I had hesitations at first but after watching the trailer I am oh so excited. I love how the two main characters are so ‘real’ looking and not especially glamorized.

 

 

J.K. Rowling Drops a Bomb on Potter Fans

Saturday J.K. Rowling gave all her Potter fans a heart attack by claiming that she regrets having Ron and Hermione end up together. She went further to say that Harry and Hermione should have actually ended up together, claiming, that it made more sense. What’s even more interesting is Emma Watson was the one interviewing J.K. Rowling and she agreed with her, going on to say that she thought fans would always wonder if Ron could truly make Hermione happy.

Apparently when Rowling first started the series she envisioned Ron and Hermione together but as the series developed she forced the two together instead of letting the series take its natural course.

Twitter exploded with emotions as people immediately started taking sides and starting a war among those loyal to Ron and Harry. In my opinion it doesn’t matter. The books are written, its done, the end. She wrote Ron, Hermione and Harry so brilliantly that each one seemed real. Ron in particular seems to represent the everyday man, not the smartest or bravest, but loyal and to me he was the most inspiring.

It changes nothing, except adding to Rowling’s brilliance. If her forced writing is that believable than her capabilities are far more than we ever imagined.

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Plutarch Heavensby Needs Replacing

Sunday was a very tragic day indeed, and not just for Bronco fans. Phillip Seymour Hoffman passed way due to over dosing on heroin. Needless to say he was an extremely talented actor that influenced film and helped shape what it is today. For those of you that don’t know he played Plutarch Heavensby, the new game maker, in the movie Catching Fire. I think the majority opinion of fans of Suzanne Collins series is that he gave an excellent performance and exceeded all expectations of that character.

The question is now, what happens to the Mockingjay movies? They have all ready started filming, so did they get enough of Hoffman to make the movie work or will they have to erase what they have done and replace him. And if so, who will they replace him with? Besides all that though, Hoffman will be sorely missed.

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Are you excited about The Fault in Our Stars movie? Do you think Hermione should have ended up with Harry? Who do you think they should cast as Plutarch Heanvensby? Share below and happy reading!

100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader

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So while on pinterest (when I should have been reading) I came across this really awesome link, 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader. When I clicked on it, (I, being conceited) I figured that I would recognize all the names on the list; but I am ashamed to say that I have only read a fraction. Now of course there are a couple of names on the list that have been on my get-to-eventually list for a while but there were books I’ve never heard of: Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis and The Sweet In-Between by Sheri Reynolds being included in that list.

The books I have read on this list:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
  • Island of Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Six! Six out of 100 books, I mean thats-thats- I don’t know what percent (I’m a reader not a mathematician) but I know its low! Now I can vouch for all six I have read, not only were they excellent reads but they also displayed a great amount of girl power.

I do have a few additions:

  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke- This follows the point of view of Meggie, a 12-year-old girl who has inherited her father’s gift, the things she reads aloud become real. Sure Meggie is a little troublesome but she is clever and brave enough to go against a real story book villain. Meggie definitely earned her spot on the list.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling- Yes, we follow the point of Harry Potter who is not of the female gender but that does not mean that there is no girl power demonstrations throughout this novel. Ginny, Hermione and Professor McGonagall are all excellent examples of turning the conventional role of females upside down. Most of all is Lilly Potter, Harry’s mother. I think the reader forgets that the reason Harry can defeat Voldemort is because she sacrificed herself for him, with Lily there would have been no Harry Potter. (In more ways than one 🙂 )
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson– I was very surprised not to find this one on the list as Lisbeth Salander is basically the poster child of a feminist.

So after discovering that there are many books I still have yet to read, I decided to formally accept challenges. I will be adding challenges to the menu above and along with all the other books I have decided to review I will also be doing any and all challenges I find. 40 books that you won’t be able to put down will be added to the challenges category as well as this one.

If you have any challenges you can recommend please throw them my way. Also if you have any books you would add to this list or any you would take off comment below, let your voice be heard!

In the meantime check out some of these great reviews!