The movie Catching Fire came out in theaters on November 22, 2013. Being a Hunger Games fanatic, I thought the movie was absolutely phenomenal.
Oftentimes a movie is made about a specific popular series of novels– however, the movie is not always an absolute representation of the novels. This commonly angers the fanatics of certain series, because the movie should and could have been better. For example, many times the film industry skips important scenes or even worse- they add their own scenes in the movie. This is tragic for the series fanatics because we do not get to experience the exciting novels fully with the movie. In most cases, the novel is always better than the movie, due to its abundance of detail.
Keeping this thought in mind, Catching Fire was a fascinating movie. I have never seen a more accurate representation of a novel until this movie got released. Especially since the first movie, The Hunger Games, was great but still excluded some important scenes, I was extremely surprised by Catching Fire.
Catching Fire included all of the important elements of the series, including enough background information so that viewers who had not read the novel understood the movie. This is often a problem that a movie does not provide the viewers with enough background information. However, this is not the case with the hit Suzanne Collins series. The Catching Fire was an absolutely satisfying movie representation of the novel.
-Nirmeet B., 10th grade
Editor’s note: This book-to-movie adaptation is getting so much love on the Mission Viejo Library Teen Voice! There’s plenty to discuss, so check the previous posts here and here for other bloggers’ viewpoints and let us know what you thought of the movie!
I wrote a blog a couple of months ago about author Lauren Oliver’s visit to the Mission Viejo Library, which was absolutely phenomenal. It was a great opportunity to meet the author of a really prestigious series. While I was there, I received a free copy of the final novel in her Delirium series, Requiem. This series was absolutely marvelous. I have read a lot of novels, but this is definitely going to remain my favorite for a long time.
This series is about a girl, Lena Haloway, who lives in a world where love, or deliria, is a disease. In this world, when you turn 18, you get cured from deliria, and you get assigned a husband and a job for the rest of your life. There is a community of “Invalids” beyond the border of Portland, Maine, that are individuals who have never been cured of deliria. However, Lena Haloway’s life takes a turn for the unwanted.
Soon, before her cure day, Lena meets a perplexing boy named Alex, who she soon develops feelings for. A budding romance flourishes, however Lena is coming closer and closer to her cure day.
In this uniquely written novel series, Lauren Oliver puts her readers through a rollercoaster of an unwanted life in a different world.
-Nirmeet B., 10th grade
“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” This quote is from the Tainted Truth written by Cynthia Crossen, and if you think about it, this quote represents what we come across almost on a daily basis. Every day, we humans rely on the Internet and media extensively to get updated information.
This book is about statistics, and the fact that we get experienced with millions and millions of them every day. It goes into depth of how the media hides the real statistics and persuades our minds by advertisements. Crossen also discusses how different studies are performed, and how the media portrays it as something else to the public.
There are some very interesting facts in this book! For you insight-lovers, this is definitely a good pick for you. It shows you the tainted truth, literally, by uncovering what the media actually presents us with. Crossen describes how what we hear on the media, or read on the Internet is very much manipulated. Most of the surveys and polls that are out there for the general public are influenced and tweaked, without us realizing it. For example, “‘76% of independent microwave oven technicians surveyed recommended Litton,’ said an ad for the appliance company. The survey included only Litton- authorized technicians who serviced Litton and at least one other brand. Those who serviced other brands but not Litton’s were excluded.”This piece of text clearly tells the readers that the surveys that you are introduced to are usually biased.
Facts such as these are introduced and gone into depth in The Tainted Truth. It gives you a new perspective and way of thinking in your everyday life. The next time you watch an advertisement on the T.V., you will be wondering what tainted truth the media is hiding from you!
-Nirmeet B., 10th grade
I got this book a couple of years ago, and ever since then, I have been dying to write a book review on it. This book is short and sweet, yet it has an unique plotline. Typically, I do not read novels over and over again; though this is one that I have practiced this on.
A homecoming queen with a beauty crisis comes in a pouting fit to Lucy Desberg’s family’s drugstore. The Desberg family’s drugstore is struggling to stay in business, however Lucy fixes this threating problem-temporarily. Although after the homecoming queen’s “disaster,” the drugstore becomes a center for beauty and makeup tips, Lucy is still not able to restore the drugstore into the state where it is the central hub of the town. Eventually, Lucy finds a solution that will keep the environment green, and ensure the capability of the drugstore. However, Lucy’s family is in a personal crisis themselves, with debt for expenses and a sister in college. Will the drugstore ever become “the place” again? Will Lucy’s family have to leave town?
This debut book is a great one indeed. While showing the usual ups and downs of being a teenager, a sense of responsibility and independence is introduced.
-Nirmeet B., 10th grade
The novel When We Wake by Karen Healey is intriguing. This book contains an alternate world that is supposed to be Earth, sped up to the future. Karen Healey has introduced this concept very interestingly, using cryonics as her main background story.
Cryonics is the freezing of the entire body. It is performed in order to instill preservation. So, from this background story, Karen Healey had decided to make her main character, Tegan Oglietti, the only survivor from the past Earth years. The book starts by a snippet of Tegan’s past life; her cherishes and dearly loved, when suddenly an event leads to her unexpected death.
Tegan wakes up a hundred years in the future, stored in a government building, without knowing how she ended up there. Technology has advanced, and all sorts of rules have been enforced since the time she was gone. On top of that, she has lost everybody she loved, and knows nobody in this foreign world. How does she adjust?
As you can guess, this book is unlike one you have ever read, literally. Also an interesting fact, Karen Healey has written The Guardian of the Dead and The Shattering, for you people that have read her other works. She is very inspiring, and I feel that the genre of a “new world” concept is only becoming more popular. There are all sorts of novels coming out about a future Earth, or perhaps a different planet of some sort.
In conclusion, this book is a must read. It surprises you in no way as another.
-Nirmeet B., 10th grade
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to attend my first author event! New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver’s visit to the Mission Viejo Library helped me look at writing with a newer and fresher perspective.
I loved hearing how Lauren Oliver got her inspiration. She had many factors and ideas that popped in her brain and inspired her to write something. She also related to me and many other individuals in the story time room by talking about how she figured out she wanted to be an author. She gave us many helpful techniques that she performed in her childhood. They helped her with her writing skills and the multiple genres that she can now write.
Fans arrived as early as one hour ahead of the event’s start time; a very exciting environment in the room. Lauren Oliver talked to the audience about how she’s been writing ever since she was a child. She loved to read, and she learned that technique from her parents, who are literature professors. Her father, especially, was a big influence in her writing methods.
Lauren has been writing every day since she was nine years old. She first started to compose long novels in her freshman year of high school. In her senior year of college, she completed her first accomplishment of a long novel. She currently has an MFA in creative writing from NYU. After her years at NYU, Lauren started to work at Penguin Books, a major publishing company.
She got the inspiration for her hit book series, Delirium, when she took a trip to the gym. She was thinking about the swine flu epidemic going around and knew that she wanted to write her next novel about love. So, she created the series Delirium, which is about people living in a world in which love itself is a disease. Continue reading
The Host, written by Stephenie Meyer, is a science fiction and romance novel. This is an excellent read for teenagers because it involves compelling mystery and thrill. This book is about a different species, alien to any in our Earth. The species is called a Host. A Host is a framework for a soul on the planet Earth. They remain in human bodies and serve as a structure for the soul that is assigned to them. One of the last humans alive, Melanie Stryder fights for the lives of herself and her brother, Jamie. She then meets Jared, another remaining human being, and falls deeply in love with him. Chased by souls looking for mischief humans, Melanie avoids getting captured by jumping down an elevator shaft.
The soul named Wanderer is inserted into Melanie’s body after this tragic incident. The souls do this in order to look into Melanie’s mind and look for more humans that might still be alive. Forming a symbolic connection with Wanderer, Melanie leads her soul into the desert in hope of finding Jamie and Jared. Dehydrated and starved, Wanderer is found in the desert by Melanie’s uncle Jeb. Disregarding the fact that his niece is now stuck in a soul, Jeb takes care of Wanderer and leads her into the last of the human’s hideout. Wanderer recognizes Jamie and Jared as soon as she sees them in the hideout, causing Melanie to jump for joy inside her head.
Soon, the group of humans that live in caves accepts Wanderer and they start to nickname her Wanda. But can an alien being ever be truly accepted among humans?
-Nirmeet B., 9th grade
Meg Cabot is an author who writes specifically for adolescents, teenagers, and sometimes tweens. Being a #1 New York Times best selling author, her multiple series and works have accomplished numerous awards.
I have read all of Meg Cabot’s books. She is so amazing; Meg Cabot themes her books based on her past experiences. She states, “I hope readers will realize that they are not alone in feeling the way I did when I was in middle and high school- like a great big freak! Also that “normal” is not what you see on TV. Being true to yourself, and to your friends, is way more important than being part of the “in crowd.” I am living proof that it is possible to profit from being a middle and high school freak.”
Her method of writing truly inspires many teenagers across the nation. Some books of her that I specifically have enjoyed are: The Princess Diaries series, the Avalon High series, Jinx, the Underworld series, and the Airhead series. These books are truly fascinating, themed on regular teenage girls who go through different complications in their lives.
Avalon High, especially, is one of my all time favorites because of the techniques that Meg Cabot infuses into the series. She mixes history with modern day cultures, and makes a surprising twist. The series is based on the legend of King Arthur; this is a must-read! Also, particularly because I prefer the paranormal romance genre, the Underworld series is a marvelous collection. Truly, Meg Cabot is a wondrous author, and I am looking forward to her future works.
– Nirmeet B., 9th grade