Daily Archives: April 26, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Review (Plus, Why I Support This YA Series)

First, a brief overview of the series, and why I was a fan long before I read a single page. [Edit: I review the second book, Catching Fire, here. My review for the final book, Mockingjay, here. Also, for my initial thoughts on this novel, check out my Book Beginnings post here. ]

The Mockingjay series by Suzanne Collins has taken the Young Adult literature world by storm. The film rights were sold before the book appeared in stores, so you can guess the impact this series has had on the YA audience.

The series features a strong female protagonist in Katniss Everdeen, which is admittedly a terrible name. Hearing about this book’s success enthused me; the main character is the polar opposite of Bella in Twilight. I’m not quite the target audience for any of these books or movies, but I appreciate the younger generation having the option of following an intelligent, plucky heroine instead of a faceless girl who relies solely on male figures.

I’ve read so many great reviews from authors and critics I trust, that I gifted this series to many of my female relatives and friends interested in YA fiction, long before I read it for myself*.

After finishing the first novel in a manner of hours, I am happy to report that the book lives up to expectations.

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COLCOA Film Festival Review

This year was my third year enjoying the fruits of the COLCOA Film Festival. That’s City of Lights – City of Angels, i.e., Paris – Los Angeles.

COLCOA is an annual French film festival featuring the best of new French film. Many films being screened premiere for the first time on the West Coast, or in the U.S., or in North America, at this festival. Tickets are inexpensive, and the crowd is always lovely.

To whet your appetite, here’s a clip from one of my favorite shorts screened at the festival. Not quite as funny without context (and without an entire theatre pealing in laughter), but you get the gist.

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Nikita “Girl’s Best Friend” S1 E19 Review

Let’s be honest here. Nikita is not an amazing show. However, viewing the show against typical CW fare, I dare say it’s not half bad–enjoyable, even, and it has been improving by leaps and strides in its first season.

If you haven’t watched the show, and you’re interested in it, please do yourself a favor and skip the first 5-7 episodes. Really. Especially the disastrously bad season opener. The show has been picking up pace since right before the mid-season break, and it’s settling into a nice groove as we move into the home stretch.

It’s easy for a new viewer to get into the show, as every episode’s opening bit includes an overview of all key plot points.  I’m glad the show realized it didn’t need the lengthy exposition of the first few episodes. Yes, we know the Nikita franchise is long and storied, but really we don’t need any background.

All we need to know is there is a secret organization that is questionably bad. The main player is a rogue former agent named Nikita. She now has two associates secretly working in the organization. Done.

Anyway, to get back to the episode:

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