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Which Avenger are you?

The family made it to the theater last weekend to watch the comic-book-based adventure “The Avengers,” and it was a blast. Violent – yes – but in more of that comic book kind of way. Lots of alpha males, special effects galore, and school-yard humor made it a fun family outing for my teens.

I really enjoyed the “new” superheroes I got to meet. Hawkeye and Black Widow were two who were new to me. I loved how Black Widow held her own in a room full of testosterone-driven egomaniacs. And her superpower was subtle, but cool! Which got me thinking…

Which superhero would you want to be? (You can pick anyone, not just those featured in the movie) Would you want the ability to fly, super strength, genius brainpower, indestructibility, or something else?

Me? Well, what I need is the ability to be in two places at the same time. But Black Widow’s power could be cool…(I don’t want to spoil it, though).

PS. if you do go to see The Avengers, be sure and stay until the very end of the credits. There’s two bonus scenes, one toward the beginning of the credits, and one at the end.

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The Hunger Games are Coming

Cover of "The Hunger Games"

Cover of The Hunger Games

Did you see it? The flames? The arrow? The trees?

Are you thinking “What the heck is she talking about?” 🙂

I’m talking about The Hunger Games teaser that debuted last night at the end of the MTV VMAs. Based on the book by the same name, it features a female lead named Katniss. But before I say any more, how about a peek at the teaser?

CLICK HERE FOR THE TRAILER

Like Twilight, The Hunger Games is another Young Adult book series trying to cross over to film. Instead of discussing the book or even the movie, per se, I’m curious about your reaction to this teaser. If you’ve read the books, did it make you excited for the movie? What struck you about the clip?

If you haven’t read the book, did it pique your interest? It’s pretty hard to tell what the book or the movie is about, so let me help you out. From goodreads.com:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Personally, I was hoping for a little more than trees on fire. I’m guessing fans of the book would probably have liked to have seen the “love interests” – Peeta and/or Gale. (I use “love interests” very liberally. The Hunger Games is not really a love story, in my opinion. But that’s a discussion for another day 🙂 ) Me? I might’ve shown Kat volunteering to take her sister’s place in the deadly games and then a shot of the dangerous foes she has to face. Something just a little more telling about the actual plot.

More will come, I’m sure. This wasn’t an actual movie trailer, only a teaser. A few seconds meant to whet the movie appetite.

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Happy Monday,

Robin

ps. if you’d like to read my review of The Hunger Games, click HERE

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Which First? The Book or the Movie?

With the release of the movie, Water for Elephants, I was faced with the new-age chicken-and-egg question: Do I read the book or watch the movie first?

Over the years, I’ve seen many movies made from books I’ve read. The first one I think I can remember is Shirley Temple’s version of The Little Princess. I’d read the book, and I remember picking out the differences, especially the ending. There have been many more books I’d read made into movies since then – Patriot Games, The Bourne Identity, The Da Vinci Code and Twilight, just to name a few. What I’ve learned is that movie versions of books can be very entertaining, but should be viewed as separate entities. They are not, nor can they be, twins. In some cases, a book and its movie counterpart can be seen as siblings, in others, it’s hard to tell if the two are related at all. But that doesn’t mean each isn’t entertaining.

There have been cases where I saw the movie before reading the book – most notably for me, the first three Harry Potter movies. I wasn’t particularly interested in reading the HP books at first (probably because my kids were too young to appreciate them at the time), but I did enjoy the movies. After seeing the third movie (which I loved – don’t hate me), I read the fourth book. I then went back and read the first three, and have picked up the remaining books of the series when they came out – before the movies. Again, I enjoyed both print and film versions, even though they were different, and am looking forward to the movie conclusion to that series.

So, what to do about Water for Elephants? I had the book (thanks, Jenn!), but didn’t have a lot of time to read it before our family movie night on Saturday. I did get a few chapters in, though, and got a feel for the voice and the story, which I liked. When faced with seeing Prom or Water for Elephants, I opted for the later.  And I loved it.

There are those that have critiqued the acting, but I have to say, the movie was lovely. I especially liked the way the violence implicit in the story was handled. Yes, it was PG-13, but considering some of the horror flicks with that rating, it wasn’t that bad. Even though I’d only read a bit of the book before seeing the movie, I could see where some changes had been made, but I also recognized some dialog lifted directly from the manuscript. It was a very good blend, from what I could see.

I do intend to finish the book, by the way – it’s my “carrot” for finishing my next chapter’s worth of writing. I’ll be looking for that part of the story I didn’t see in the movie, including more about present-day Jacob. But I’m glad I got to see it when I did.

What do you think? Do you always read the book first? Does that set your expectations for the movie? What about vice versa? If you’ve seen the movie first, does the book disappoint, or give you more story than you expected? Remember, your comment gets you entered in the Share the Wealth Giveaway.

And whether you’ve read Water for Elephants or not, I highly recommend the movie.

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