So Catching Fire the second movie in the Hunger Games franchise raked in a whopping $161 million dollars this weekend. WOW!!!
I am trilled that a book series turned movie franchise generates this kind of fan base. So I am even more thrilled when students are emailing me over the weekend and telling me
“Dear Mrs. S
You have to see Catching Fire! It was wonderful. Please see it this weekend so we can talk about it on Monday.”
This was the best movie ever! So much better than Hunger Games.”
“Hi Ms. S
Catching fire was great. And I still think Peeta is cuter.”
These are just some of the emails I received over the weekend. And even if some of the people who are seeing the movies have never read the book, I’m ok with that…because 9 out of 10 have and that makes me smile.
So to answer the emails…
I will be seeing the movie, just before Thanksgiving. I am waiting until Friday.
I hope it is as good as the first movie because they did a great job with that.
Both Gale and Peeta are cute…but Gale is a tad cuter. Just my opinion.
Face it, some times the delivery of lessons can be boring. I know I have seen students drift off from time to time. And besides from me jumping up and down or dancing around like a lunatic, some lessons just fall flat. Now if we feel this way, imagine how the students feel. We know that the more vibrate a presentation is, the more positive reaction you will get from the viewers. And what is more vibrate than a cartoon?
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So I have finished reading the final installment of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. And I am taking this moment to give me thoughts. I am not going to give anything away, or at least I will try not to, but I will give my honest opinion.
Allegiant was surprising. Surprising in the fact that though I was able to see where the author was taking our main characters, I was still surprised by the outcome. It was a well written story (not like some series I have read or should I say tried to read), but it was one that forced me to go back and reread some parts to make sure I read it right. I understand why the author did what she did, but it doesn’t mean that I am by any means thrilled. All in all though Ms. Roth developed a cast of characters that faced down their demons and emerged wiser and stronger. I commend her on creating a world that both teens and adults were able to get lost in.
So now, with that being said, here are some other books I am looking forward to reading some have come out, others will be out soon.
Second book in the series
I have heard a lot of good things about this one
I read the first three books in this series last year during Hurricane Sandy. Not the best time to read about the world losing power and suffering through nothing being able to get food, water, or communicate with the outside world. Especially since that it what I was experiencing personally.
I love her writing
I can’t keep this series on my shelves. My students (and myself) love it.
I have stated before that I am a fan of the graphic novel. I do. I love them. They are so much fun. I discovered many amazing artists and writers when I worked in publishing but it was when I got to visit the Comic Con in San Diego a few years back that really made me a fan. They just have that element that novels don’t. Now I know people are probably saying, “That element is that they have pictures. Duh!” I know they have pictures, but it was those pictures represent to the narrative of the story that really helps drive my love of the medium. Don’t get me wrong I love standard novels as well. In fact I am usually at any given time reading three or more at a time. But how the standard novel relies on describing every detail in order for you to develop the image in your mind, the graphic novel is able to use in beautiful fashion drawings to help convey what they want to story to tell. And in many times, words just don’t do it justice. A picture can say so much more.
And let me tell you, I can’t keep graphic novels on my shelves. My students crowd around the shelves and fight over who gets to read what, and why one series is better than the other. As soon as one comes in, it is immediately finding its way into another student’s hands. I am thinking I have to order multiple copies of each graphic novel. Even the nonfiction ones. I highly recommend anyone to take a look graphic novels, they are an interesting way to experience a story. To help here are some of my favorites:
1) Blankets by Craig Thompson
2) Maus by Art Speigelman
3) Smile by Rania Telgemeir
4) Americus by MK Reed
5) Feynman by Jim Ottaviani
6) Bone series by Jeff Smith
7) Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
8) Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
9) The Storm in the Barn
10) Y: The Last Man series by Brian Vaughan
11) American Splendor series by Harvey Pekar
12) The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti by Rick Geary
14) Laika by Nick Abadzis
15) The Imposters Daughter by Laurie Sandell
16) Are you my Mother? and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel