May 11, 2012 by Kiersi
A Friday round-up.
Relaxing with some yerba maté, Argentinian-style
It’s been a truly fabulous two weeks staying with my parents in Colorado. The high-altitude sun has turned my skin a nice medium-brown, and I’ve finally gotten a chance to spend quality time with my two best guy friends from high school–the ones who made me who I am today and taught me that it’s okay to be a girl who likes to do guy stuff.
I decided to put off my blog post about writing racial and ethnic perspectives in lieu of a more relaxing Friday Roundup. Here are the links that made my week.
A Writer’s Guide to The Hunger Games – Though updates have mostly ceased, writer/blogger Jenna Cooper breaks down the first 8 chapters of The Hunger Games into categories of “what you can learn”: how Collins utilizes dialogue, characterization, tension and more to keep the story moving right along. Learn from a master storyteller!
An in-depth review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone – This Ain’t Livin’ dives deep into the plot of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I reviewed earlier this week. Check it out for a slightly contrasting opinion, and a great analysis of the Chimaera social stratification. Reminds me of India.
Category Uncategorized | Tags: Daughter of Smoke and Bone,Friday Roundup,Laini Taylor,Suzanne Collins,The Hunger Games | 3 Comments
April 14, 2012 by Kiersi
Recently I started re-watching Veronica Mars, arguably one of the best young adult television series ever created*. It’s a film noir-style private detective show, starring Kristen Bell as high school pariah Veronica Mars. My only complaint about the show (besides having a terrible third season and thus, getting cancelled) is that, while attempting to portray a high school junior, Kristen’s age sometimes shows too much.
Kristen Bell was 24 years old when the first season of Veronica Mars was filmed in 2004. In flashbacks to her freshman and sophomore years, director Rob Thomas dresses Kristen up in straight, long hair, apparently to make it clear this was another time in her life–before she went rogue and chopped it all off. She looks simply comical, like a grown woman in a wig (which, if I were to a hedge a guess, she is). (more…)
Category Commentary, Uncategorized | Tags: Hollywood,Jennifer Lawrence,Kristen Bell,movies,The Hunger Games,TV series,Veronica Mars | 2 Comments
April 5, 2012 by Kiersi
I have finally participated in my very first podcast! The host is my YA-writing pal and cohort in silliness, Jon Yang. We discuss:
-Fifty Shades of Grey and I give some insight into the fan-fiction universe
-The Hunger Games after a second viewing, and an exchange of opinions
-Lenny Kravitz being too cool to play Cinna
Long story short, money talks! Jon is a great podcaster and I guarantee that you’ll have a good laugh (probably at my expense).
You, Me, Us - Your Gold is Welcome Here
Category Commentary, Podcasts | Tags: fanfiction,Fifty Shades of Grey,Lenny Kravitz,podcast,The Hunger Games | No Comments
March 26, 2012 by Kiersi
The question I went into The Hunger Games movie asking myself was, “Is this movie just for me–a fan of the books, or could it be loved for what it is?” That, I feel, is the truest test to the mettle of a movie based on a book. Could it stand alone and still be powerful? And while doing so, will it also please the die-hard fans?
I’m still on the fence as to whether The Hunger Games succeeded in either of these ventures. As I am a die-hard fan myself, I asked two people who are close to me (and who had not read the book prior to seeing the movie) for their opinions. (more…)
Category Book Reviews | Tags: Finnick,Katniss,movie adaptations,movie reviews,Peeta,The Hunger Games | 2 Comments
December 18, 2011 by Kiersi
It’s a great question.
In the publishing industry and academic literary world, “YA” is a term that gets thrown around for everything from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games to Twilight. Generally, it means “young adult,” or literature aimed at an audience somewhere between thirteen and twenty years of age. These are readers that have outgrown Lemony Snicket and The Golden Compass, but seek the same kind of fast-paced action and coming-of-age themes from those middle-grade years. (more…)
Category Commentary, How-to | Tags: Harry Potter,middle-grade,The Hunger Games,Twilight,YA | No Comments