The Hunger Games. OMFG.

Yes. It happened.
I watched. The first show in the city, in the wee hours of the morning.
Did you? Did you? 15+ hours later, I’m still overwhelmed.

And…WOW. It was SO good. The book came alive and there was Katniss with her bow and arrow and the Capitol and – OH SHUCKS, I’M JUST GONNA LIST IT COS I CAN’T HELP IT. (This might get spoiler-ish, so be warned).

  • JENNIFER LAWRENCE. She was born to be Katniss. No exaggeration. How could I EVER doubt her? She was amazing. I can’t imagine anyone else taking her place. Oh God. I think I’m pretty much in love with her. Who cares about the boys – yes, they were delectable, but heck, TEAM KATNISS!
  • The Capitol and it’s clothes. It was like an avant-garde rainbow parade. And holy moly, THOSE EYELASHES.
  • Effie’s appearance reminded me of the Queen of Hearts from Alice In Wonderland. Elizabeth Banks is a delight to watch. I was a little bummed that she wasn’t as despicable as I found her to be in the first book, but, oh well, she’s very watch-worthy.
  • If beards can give you boners, watch out for Seneca Crane’s. His is the shizzle. And that scene with him in the end? Perfection. I wish he didn’t have to die, so I could drool over his beard some more. (WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?*shakes head*)
  • Also, WHO KNEW CATO WOULD BE SUCH HOTNESS? By God, the Witch Mountain kid grew up and how. Major. Swoon. Alert.
  • I was wrong about Josh Hutcherson. He made an adorable Peeta. I wanted to bring him home with me the entire time. And he should go blond permanently.
  • Liam Hemsworth as Gale? STUDMUFFIN. Keep that black hair dye on. You lucky girl, Miley!
  • And no, I’m not going to go into the whole Team thing ‘cos I like both boys but I also think Katniss made the right choice. The only thing that bothered me about the movie is that Real/For show love between Katniss and Peeta didn’t seem to be emphasized upon much. A non-reader of the books could easily miss the fact that Haymitch uttered a couple of words about putting on a ‘show of love’ to  make an impression on the sponsors and the gamemakers. I thought that was a very important aspect of the Katiniss-Peeta relationship – how that Love For Show becomes Love For Reals – so the underplaying of that was a little, um…jarring? If I think of it independent of the book, though – which I can’t, the obsessive fan that I am – I guess it works well.
  • I bawled my eyes out when Rue died. My brother cried, too, I know, although he had his hands over his face. A 15 year old boy crying in the theatre should tell you there was a lot of perfection involved in the shooting of the scene, in spite of the whole thing about the little kid dying being so very, very wrong.
  • The other tributes? I don’t know how many times I have to repeat the word ‘perfection’ in this post. Yes, that. Special toast for the Careers. You’ve gotta agree they’ve got style.
  • District 12 and Katniss’ home. EXACTLY how it should’ve been.
  • Yes, there were a few things I would’ve liked to see. Like, you know, Madge. Even though she’s probably not that important but – she gave Katniss the mockingjay pin! And that had a lot of significance which was kinda lacking in the movie. Umm, yeah. And I thought that President Snow would be more sinister and not look like a dystopian-Dumbledore-with-a-shorter-beard. And Haymitch would be, well…drunker. STILL. It turned out to be a really good movie with a cast of uber-talented actors. And guess, what? I, for one, cannot wait for Catching Fire. (also, that happens to be my favourite book of the series).
So.
Have you watched it yet? Are you going to?

On a drool-worthy note, I’m gonna leave you with a photo of the beautiful cast of tribute when they aren’t at each other’s throats. Psssst, look at that sexy blond in the middle!

In which I come back with news.

Don’t even ask me about that unexplained hiatus.
I have no idea what happened. Or…wait, maybe I do. You know those days when things just start happening and happen so much they just can’t stop? Well, THAT happened. Life did. It turns out that I now find myself knee-deep in a thing I didn’t even see coming, with a Boy who wasn’t even on the List (you know, one that consists of Tom Felton and the Winchester brothers and all those pretty boys on tv) and well, it’s been craaazy. This would’ve kinda made for an interesting high school story, except for the fact that we are both in university. Teehee.

ANYWHO. Enough with the personal talk. Like I said, I have news. Tra-la.

Firstly, guys, guys, guys. Remember that cover contest all of you helped me with? The one where you helped me choose one among several covers I made for Holly Cupala’s Don’t Breathe A Word? Not once but TWICE? Guess what, all your amazing input went into making me win that contest. And this was my first cover contest in, like, ever. THANK YOU! I wish I could send you guys something, all of you, to show how grateful I am for all your help, but, alas, being a poor college student has it’s disadvantages. But, really, if it means anything at all, thank YOU.

So you wanna see what I got?

So that’s a copy of Don’t Breathe A Word and an audio book of Tell Me A Secret and bookmarks and a graphic novel excerpt and um, stickers? Because of you guys, I now own an audio book. My first one ever. I’m not even kidding.
The best part?

Yes, personally signed! Gotta love that. And Holly’s got such nice handwriting, hasn’t she? *cuddles book*

In other news, which you must all be aware of by now, unless you’ve been living under a rock, JK ROWLING HAS A NEW BOOK! (that’s just one of the many links Google will take you to if you simply type in ‘J.K. Rowling’). So we don’t know much about the book, but we know something. We know that:

  • it’s NOT Harry Potter
  • it’s an adult novel
  • it will be published by Little, Brown
  • more details will be revealed later in the year

godimsoexcitedidontevenknowwhattodorightnow*wringshands*itcrazyohmygodohmygodohmygodthequeenofmychildhoodiscomingbackinmyadulthood!

Also, Maureen Johnson (yes, our very own Maureen Johnson) wrote an amazing article in the guardian asking naysayers to dispose their doubts about THE bestselling children’s writer venturing into adult territory. I mean, c’mon, you can’t really expect another Harry Potter, but don’t put her down before you even know what she’s coming up with this time. OH GOD, I’M SO EXCITED. *does jagger dance* (don’t laugh, okay? i know you’re laughing. stop. STOP)

Moving on (ohmyfreakinggodrowlinghasanewnovel!).
*deep breath*
My friend from college, Paro has a new blog! I’ve known her for more than 3 years now and she’s a wonderful person, a lot of fun to talk to and by god, just look at Leafturner Tales! Isn’t it cute? She’s brand, brand new to the blogging world and she’s already gathered some followers (because she’s awesome that way), but it would be wicked cool of you guys to head that way and say ‘hi’. Show her how awesome and nice the blogosphere is 🙂

Random:

(so did the oscars go according to your prediction?)

Also, I came across this one on my aunt’s Facebook profile and it made me smile 😉

and, it’s 25 DAYS TILL THE HUNGER GAMES!
*hyperventilates*
ohgodohgodohgod

The Christmas Post

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home  ~ Charles Dickens


It’s Christmas eve in my part of the world.
Which means I’m full of that giddy joy that accompanies the 24th of Dec. Which also means that I’m so bubbling with, well, feelings, that I don’t quite have the words, for a proper post.

So I’m gonna let other things do the talking.
Like Safe & Sound – the Taylor Swift ft The Civil Wars song from the official The Hunger Games soundtrack. WHO KNEW? I mean, I’d never associate Taylor with HG (c’mon, she’s so sweet and fairy tale-ish, while HG is..well, HG) but..GAH, THIS IS PERFECT.

I can imagine so many instances for this song to be featured. Like, when Katniss tries to console a crying Prim before leaving for the Hunger Games – I don’t remember if there’s such a scene in the book, but if there’s one in the book, and this song is played in the background, it would be so fitting. Or after Rue dies and Katniss sings her a lullaby, this could be the background score – it has such a lullaby-like quality to it. Also, I just know it’s going to rip my heart to shreds. In fact, this song can even fit in when Katniss and Peeta are alone together and Peeta’s certain that he would die. I just this song would be compelling anywhere.
I only, really, hope they actually use the song in the movie. Unlike what was done with Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years from Breaking Dawn (it was part of the official soundtrack but didn’t feature anywhere in the movie).

It’s crazy, but this song just made Christmas a little more perfect 🙂 And if for some reason you are down and sad and lonely, I hope these photos make you smile. Because photos kinda do that.

Don’t tell me that last one didn’t crack you up 😉

My comfort read for this Christmas is Trisha Ashley’s The Magic of Christmas.





In the pretty Lancashire village of Middlemoss, Lizzy is on the verge of leaving her cheating husband, Tom, when tragedy strikes. Luckily she has welcome distraction in the Christmas Pudding Circle, a group of friends swapping seasonal recipes – as well as a rivalry with local cookery writer Nick over who will win Best Mince Pie at the village show… 

Meanwhile, the whole village is gearing up for the annual Boxing Day Mystery Play. But who will play Adam to Lizzy’s Eve? Could it be the handsome and charismatic soap actor Ritch, or could someone closer to home win her heart? Whatever happens, it promises to be a Christmas to remember! 



(And that cover? It’s got sparkly bits all over it!)




Have a great Christmas, blogstars! And make sure you’re under the mistletoe when there’s a smexy boy/girl (whichever you prefer) around 😉


(All photos taken from here)