Movie poster for The Hunger Games!!!

If you’re a fan of young adult literature at all, I’m going to assume you’ve read all three books in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy and that you know the movie adaptation of the first book will be released on March 23, 2012. (If you haven’t read these amazing books, I’m going to assume there is something seriously wrong with you.)  Anyway, the newest movie poster was just released, and I’m so pleased to share it with all of you now.

Clearly, this poster is made of awesome, and it only makes me anticipate this movie even more.  (I’m really hoping that the movie industry doesn’t let me down on this one…like it did with I Am Number Four, The Lightning Thief, and a few others.  I–and many other HG fans–need this movie to be very close to the book.  I have high hopes.)

If you’d like to see more about The Hunger Games movie, I urge you to visit  Watching the trailer alone is reason enough to visit this site.  Have fun, and “may the odds be ever in your favor.”

Thoughts on the final Harry Potter movie

As many people know, I am a huge fan of Harry Potter, so it should come as no surprise that I was at last night’s midnight premiere of the final film in the series, part two of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  I’ve been waiting a long time for this movie, and, let me tell you, it was totally worth the wait. I really think this is the best movie of the entire series. Were there some things different from the book? Yes. Did that take away from the awesomeness of the movie? Not a bit.

The movie was truly outstanding, and I think other people in the audience would agree with me. There was applause during several scenes, obvious crying at others, and cheering at the end.  I was especially moved by the scenes depicting Snape’s memories.  (I actually had to take off both my regular and 3D glasses so that I could wipe my eyes.  I cried a lot.)  I absolutely adored every scene with Neville, and I thought Professor McGonagall and Molly Weasley just rocked.  I was heartbroken by the deaths of some favorite characters.  (Yes, I knew what was coming, but it still made me sad.)  In the end, though, this movie provided a very satisfying conclusion to the series I’ve loved for the past ten years, and I plan to see the film at least a few more times.

I am sorry to see this series come to an end, but I have the awesome job of sharing Harry Potter with young readers who have never experienced this magical world. I hope they enjoy the journey as much as I have.

Have you seen this movie yet?  What do you think?  How do you think it compares to the book?  Are you as sad about the end of Harry Potter as I am?

The Lightning Thief – Movie reaction

I had such high hopes for the movie adaptation of Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief. I knew that, if the powers that be stuck to the book, there would be a lot of happy book nerds out there who would love this movie. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened.

As I was in the theater watching this movie, I kept saying to myself, “That didn’t happen in the book,” or “Why did they leave this out?” or “Why was that changed?” It was almost like my Watchmen experience all over again. (If you didn’t already know, the movie adaptation of Watchmen is an absolute mockery of the wonderful graphic novel by Alan Moore.) Okay, maybe it wasn’t that bad, but this still wasn’t what I’d call a happy movie-going experience.

If I hadn’t read the entire Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, I may have enjoyed the movie more, but true fans of the series will be upset that so much was changed. Were there some things that were true to the book? Yes. There were also some kick-butt special effects in this movie, but the negatives, in my opinion, outweighed the positives by a lot.

I don’t know if Hollywood has the sequels to The Lightning Thief in the works. If they do, I would highly recommend sticking to the amazing stories written by Rick Riordan. They don’t need to be changed.

Just my two cents…

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Thoughts on the movie

After seeing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince twice, I think I’m now ready to offer my thoughts on the movie.  As one would expect, it is nowhere near as good as the book (but movies seldom are).  That being said, the movie was quite good.  The actors were absolutely phenomenal.  If you’ve followed these characters from the first movie, it is easy to see how much the young actors have grown into their roles.  Ron (played by Rupert Grint) was particularly fun to watch, and Draco (Tom Felton) played the part of a torn individual beautifully.  I also enjoyed seeing Daniel Radcliffe bring a new light-heartedness to his portrayal of Harry Potter.

There were, however, some things about the movie I didn’t like.  I thought way too much time was spent on the lovey-dovey stuff at the expense of more important things.  I thought the movie could have paid at least some attention to Tom Riddle’s parentage as this was a significant part of the book.  The scene at the cave seemed to be missing something, and the battle at Hogwarts was completely left out.  Maybe I’m being picky and expecting too much out of a 2.5 hour movie, but I thought some of these things could have been handled better. 

(I also didn’t like how the relationship between Tonks and Lupin was handled.  I know I said too much time was spent on the lovey-dovey stuff, but those two struggled to be together, and the movie just asked us to accept that they were a couple with no evidence from previous movies to support it.  People who’ve read all the books know that they’re going to end up together, but those who have only seen the movies have no reference for this.)

I think this movie is definitely worth seeing, but I strongly recommend reading all of the Harry Potter books first.  (I really don’t know why you’d even see the movies if you hadn’t read the books anyway.)  The books are much more detailed, and they explain many things that all of the movies simply gloss over.

Going to the movies!

For all of you who keep up with this blog, I apologize for not posting anything in a while.  I’ve been taking a little vacation from young adult literature.  That, however, will change abruptly at midnight tonight.  I will be at the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!  (Insert little girl squeal here.)

I’ve been waiting on this movie for a while, and I really hope it’s worth the wait since HBP is my favorite of the Harry Potter books.  Hopefully, I’ll post a quick review sometime tomorrow (if I’m not too tired from staying out so late…I’m getting a little too old for this kind of stuff).

New Twilight Trailer!!!!

Well, it’s almost four in the morning, and I can’t sleep, so I decided to watch the newly released Twilight trailer.  Let me just say…OH MY GOD!!!!!!  I cannot freakin’ wait until this movie comes out (and it’s coming to a theater near you on November 21st)!  I admit I was a little concerned about the casting for this film, but my worries have been put to rest.  This movie is going to rock! 

(Please bear with me as there will probably be a few more exclamation points in this post.) 

The chemistry between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart is amazing!  I almost needed a fan after catching a glimpse of that kissing scene.  The fight scenes are going to be awesome!  I can’t wait to see my man Emmett in action.

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, go to, and click on the links provided.  It is well worth your time!  Now we beging the countdown to November 21st!

Twilight Movie Alert!

For those of you who are living under rocks, it was announced last week that the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight will be released on November 21st, 2008. 

Twilight was previously scheduled for December 12th, but the powers that be at Summit Entertainment took advantage of the gap left when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince got pushed to the spring.

I plan to be at the midnight showing of Twilight at my local theater.  I then plan to go home and sleep a few hours before my alarm wakes me at 5:30 am so that I can go to work the next morning.  Yes, I am a dedicated Twilighter (or just crazy)!