Saturday, March 24, 2012

I Broke the Cardinal Rule

Yes, readers, I did it.  I broke the one rule that can never be broken... I watched the movie before I read the book.  You can do the shame-on-you head shake right about now.

Okay, so the movie that I'm talking about is The Hunger Games.  If you haven't heard of it, then you officially live under a rock. I personally liked it and would probably watch it again if given the chance.  It was a little action-y for my taste, but the romance was good :D Anyway, I thought the plot was pretty thrilling, invigorating, and exciting in an on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of way, though it was perhaps not the best I've seen thus far.  One thing that you may or may not be surprised about: I actually cried at one point.  I won't tell you for what part, since that would be a MAJOR spoiler, but I did it.  I'm not usually that much of a sappy crier when it comes to movies, but... well, if you end up seeing it you'll know what I mean. All in all, I give the movie a four-star review.

The movie turned out so good that I'm more than ready to read the series now.  My dad already has a copy, so hopefully I'll get started today.  I will post my book review as soon as I've finished it.  Later, bloggers!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Huck Finn ~ My Book Review

I just finished reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for my AP English class, and I have to say, props to you, Mark Twain!  I know some of you guys haven't even read this book (yet), so you can pretty much skim over this post if you haven't.  But just so you know, Tom Sawyer is NOT a particularly likable character (at least in my opinion).  If someone asked me who my book crush was, I'd be stuck between Aidan from The Door Within, Peter Pevensie from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Huck Finn.  Pointless character crushes aside, I really enjoyed reading about Huck and Jim's escapades and Huck's overall ethical development.  He was an awesome character, and I was somewhat disappointed by his slight backtracking at the end of the book.  His moral growth was like a circle - his moral position went right back to where it started by the time the book was over.  Still, I enjoyed Twain's satire between the Grangerfords & the Shepherdsons, the king & the duke, and any other representation of the ridiculous aspects of society.  The local color about the southern way of life in Twain's time was also interesting to analyze and explore in my reading.  On a scale of one to ten, I would definitely give this book a nine.  So, if you haven't already done so, I would suggest checking out The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and see for yourself how humorous and how real Twain's satire is.