Movie: “The Fault in Our Stars” Genre: Young Adult (YA) and Romance
I have to establish a few facts before I go on writing an article on this movie. One, I unfortunately was unable to read the book so I will be unable to comment on how well the book transitioned into film (something that is often an important thing for me to do). Secondly, the first thing I said about this movie was “I don’t like cancer movies”.
The heavy medical talk and constant knowledge that your beloved characters will, most likely, die at the end is something that I am not a fan of to be completely honest. I’m not a fan of sappy happy endings, but sad ones are even worse. Movies such as these just turn me into a puddle of tears in the movie theatre.
However, The Fault in Our Stars, which was adapted from John Green’s best seller, surpassed my expectations. With all these YA novels being turned into movies, it would seem that Green’s book is just one drop in a sea. Yet, the unique plot and deepness of this story drew
me in in a more mature way, even if it did turn me into a puddle of tears at the end.
When we lay together in bed,
forgetting the present,
you chose to relive the past.
And I lay,
paralyzed by the heat of your body,
Ever since I was little, dragons have been a fantastical part of my daydreams. Giant reptilian creatures gliding and battling in the air above me and, if I was extra creative that day, me riding upon their backs. When the first How To Train Your Dragon movie was announced, I found myself super excited by the trailers. I even read the first book to prepare for the movie, even though I was most likely fifteen at the time. Although the films do not really follow the plotline in Cressida Cowell’s books, the imaginative world of Berk brought in audiences with the tale of Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless.
Any sequel trying to follow up fantastic originals are often up to much criteria. Fans do not want to be disappointed and the film company most likely will have a lot of weight on their back. However, How To Train Your Dragon 2 lived up to its expectations as we follow our older heroes on a quest to bring down a dragon warlord.
The genre of Young Adult (or, as I refer to it, YA) has become one of the most popular book genres of the present. These stories, starring teenage protagonists and directed towards a teenage audience, have become quite big due to the appearance of several gems. The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer may be considered the first to inspire other writers to take up this popular genre.
But sometime there is too much of a good thing. For several years after Twilight sprouted up and was just beginning to die out, I was forced to look in other areas of bookstores in order to avoid the mediocre reproductions of YA that came to fulfill the need for this specific genre.
I thought most hope had been lost in that genre…until the arrival of the The Hunger Games Seriesby Suzanne Collins. With the publishing of her first book, Collins had breathed new life into the genre with her unique story about a girl trying to protect family and loved ones from a corrupt dystopian world.
While watching Catching Fire, the second movie made into film based on her book series, I began to think about the success of this book and film series and wondered about how it had emerged from the cess pool of YA novels that all seemed to be cloned from one another. For this article, that is just what I will be exploring as I try to figure out the formula for curing the YA genre.
Coming Soon: Horns / Theme: Horror / Anticipation Levels: 4.6/5
I first became interested in the genre of horror literature after reading my first Stephen King novel. My mother, a primary school teacher, does not look like one who would boast a large library of King’s greatest works but when she suggested The Gunslinger to me when I was only thirteen, it all started from there.
I became intrigued by his classics, such as It and Needful Things, and also became interested in the genre of horror writing itself. You won’t see me sitting in a movie theatre watching a horror movie without lots of persuasion, but there’s something about a horror novel that I can settle into.
After becoming acquainted with King, my research into him revealed that one of his sons, writing by the pen-name Joe Hill, was a horror writer himself. I knew at once that I needed to get a hold of this son’s work, who had gained success without his father’s help, and I haven’t regretted it.
Hill’s writing is refreshing and unique, much like his father’s, and features such extremes in human behaviour as well as horror. The first novel I read by him was Horns, the tale of Iggy Perrish who is blamed for the death of his girlfriend. On the anniversary of her death, Ig wakes up with a pair of horns on his forehead and finds that they have devilish (yes, I just used that pun) effect on the people around him. It to this day remains my favourite novel by him.
What I’m Listening To: Welcome to Night Vale / Rating: 4/5
They say video killed the radio star…then who’s that still chattering in the background. Welcome to Night Vale.
That was my lame attempt to create a Nightvale-esque introduction as heard on these radio shows. I was just introduced to these shows this weekend during a camping trip with friends. With a bit of driving to the campsite, my friend played the first couple episodes of this podcast series and I’m afraid I am now hooked.
Welcome to Nightvale is a podcast that is supposed to be a news segment for some small unknown town where mysterious events and happenings are just a part of everyday life. The news anchor for this radio show, Cecil guides you through this crazy town with a voice that would make the phone book sound beautiful.
Reasons to listen in? For those who are fans of The Twilight Zone or X-Files, it offers a lovely array of supernatural and sci-fi themes that, of course, got me hooked almost instantly. As well, the company that produces this show, Commonplace Books, admits openly to
Movie: The Expendables 3 / Genre: Action / Rating: 2.9/5
Even though I prefer films with a bit of a higher calibre when it comes to storylines and finesse, seeing an occasional action movie is not uncommon for me. What can I say, sometimes everyone needs a bit of an adrenaline rush at the movie theatres. And if you’re one of those people who enjoy a rush like that then The Expendables 3 is right up your alley.
Following the group of guns for hire once more, this film does not fail to bring action and classic action stars in a fun mix that is ultimately entertaining. As long as that’s all you’re after though…anything more is asking a little too much.
The plot, as in most action movies, is failing in its development and how it runs. It’s a pretty predictable plot; Barney Ross (Sylvester Stalone) decides he’s going to cut off the old crew in order to “save them” and hires some new guys, spends most of the movie in denial of taking his old crew back. Off and on like this until finally, in the film’s finale, the old crew joins him again to take on the baddie and help save the new crew. This was an ending that was expected from the get-go.
What Got Me Pissed Off: 37 Things Gamers Say by IGN
Was not expecting to get pissed off today by a simple Youtube video, but I guess stuff happens like that. IGN is a channel on Youtube used to promote different video games and other aspects of gamer culture. When I saw the title of one of their older videos, I thought it sounded like a fun video to see and I’ll admit I was enjoying it….until about 23 seconds in. In case you don’t feel like watching the video, a guy dressed up as a girl comes on screen to throw in some “girl gamer” sayings (one of them created the title of this article) and ultimately creates a giant sexist hole in the entire video.
I wouldn’t say that I’m well-educated about feminism as some of my friends but I’ve heard many basic arguments about it from them as well as from many social-justice blogs that I follow. This section of the video contains the worst sexism that I have seen in a long while and, seeing as this video is from 2012, I hope that this is not an on standing belief held by the staff of IGN.
It got me thinking about my own experiences with sexism in the sphere of gaming. Of course, any female gamer is aware of the use of sexualisation of female characters that has been apparent in video games from the very beginning. However, being a female gamer in the gaming community can be just as offensive.
The ever common retort, “go back to the kitchen”, as well as being told to go back to more “girlier games” is often commentary that female gamers are faced with while playing in online multiplier environments. I myself, luckily, have not had such things said to me while playing but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t feel threatened.