Friday, March 30, 2012


My thoughts?

I was wondering how they would handle all the violence in the book, but it was okay. I liked Haymitch better in the movie than in the book. I really liked the movie. Katniss's outfit from the opening ceremonies is sooooooo cool!!!!

And her interview dresses are so beautiful. I wish I could find a picture of her twirling in it... ah, well, just go watch the movie! I think my jaw actually dropped a few times when I saw her girl on fire outfits, particularly the one where she started twirling.

And her last interview dress is pretty... so fairytale... so innocent... just like Cinna wanted. Wish I could find a better picture. Again, watch the movie to see it!

However, as much I hate to say it, as I was so looking forward to this movie... I was a bit disappointed. Just a little. The book was better. I really enjoyed the movie and all, and I want to get the DVD when it comes out. But the book had certain advantages over the movie, because the book could tell us what she was thinking and little things like that. And being able to know what she was thinking definitely helps the book.

Who is my favorite character in the Hunger Games? Actually, I like Clove, the career tribute. I'm not exactly sure why.

The girl who played her, Isabella, Fuhrman, learned to throw knives. She says, "I will say I do know how to throw a knife properly now, which is kind of creepy and a skill I probably won't use, but it's just fun to say, you know? 'What'd you learn this summer?' 'Oh, I learned to throw knives.' Just casually." (Myself, I think it would be fun to learn knife throwing.)

I really liked the bit in the movie, after Katniss shoots an arrow at the Gamemaker's pig, where Haymitch comes in and gives her a thumbs up for it. I liked Haymitch more in the movie than in the books. I also liked the bit where, at the training center, Cato's knife goes missing and he throws a fit. Then we see little Rue in the ceiling, holding it and smiling.

And the bit where Katniss is up a tree and the careers are shooting arrows at her, and none of them quite know how to shoot a bow. They can fight with swords and throw knives, yet their trainers completely forgot to teach them to use a bow. Oops.

And now, quotes!

Katniss Everdeen: Don't cry. Don't.

Effie Trinket: Two hundred miles per hour and you can barely feel a thing. I think it's one of the wonderful things about this opportunity, that even though you're here and even though it's just for a little while, you get to enjoy all of this.

Peeta Mellark: Okay. So, when do we start?
Haymitch Abernathy:Woh. Woh. You're so eager. Most of you aren't in such a hurry.
Peeta Mellark: Yeah, I wanna know what the plan is. You're our mentor, you're supposed to...
Haymitch Abernathy: Mentor?
Peeta Mellark: Yeah. Our mentor, you're supposed to tell us how to get sponsors and give us advice.
Haymitch Abernathy: Oh. Okay. Um...embrace the probability of your imminent death. And know, in your heart, that there's nothing I can do to save you.

Haymitch Abernathy: No, that's a good way to get killed.
[Katniss comes up behind them]
Katniss Everdeen: What's a good way to get killed?
Haymitch Abernathy: Oh, joy! Why don't you join us? I was just giving some life saving advice.
Katniss Everdeen: Like what?
Peeta Mellark: Oh, I was just asking about how to find shelter.
Haymitch Abernathy: Which would come in handy if in fact you were still alive.

Cinna: That was one of the bravest things I've ever seen, for your sister. My name is Cinna.
Katniss Everdeen: Katniss.
Cinna: I'm sorry that this happened to you and I'm here to help you in any way that I can. Katniss Everdeen: Most people just congratulate me.

Caesar Flickerman: Now see that! I love that! Two young people, holding their hands up, saying; 'I'm proud I come from district 12. We will not be overlooked.' Now I love that!

Katniss Everdeen: Thank you for your consideration.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Guess who is absolutely ECSTATIC????

I am. Guess why.

Two reasons? Number one. (Drumroll please...)


Of course, I won't be there at midnight. I wish.

And guess what number two is?


The best picture of her is during the interview, but you'll have to see it for yourselves in the movie!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

More Writing Quotes

Okay, after posting that quote this morning, I decided to find some more quotes about writing! (Your quote, by the way, gave me the idea, Sprinkles.) Hope these make someone either smile or learn something.

I try to leave out the parts that people skip. ~Elmore Leonard

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison

So very true. That is, I believe, one of the reasons I write.

When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can. ~Samuel Lover, Handy Andy, 1842

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one. ~Baltasar Gracián

The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes. ~Agatha Christie

An old racetrack joke reminds you that your program contains all the winners' names. I stare at my typewriter keys with the same thought. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

The land of literature is a fairy land to those who view it at a distance, but, like all other landscapes, the charm fades on a nearer approach, and the thorns and briars become visible.
~Washington Irving

The pen is mighter than the sword. But a well aimed typewriter can also do the trick. - I have no idea who said this, though thanks to Sprinkles for telling me about it!
Here's a random quote I couldn't resist sharing with everyone.

“Don’t just make ‘em swim a river! Throw a few crocodiles in there! Put rapids above and a thundering cataract below, enemies behind and danger on the other side…” (Anonymous)