Tag: Harry Potter

Video: Harry Potter: How It Should Have Ended

by on Sep.13, 2011, under Books, Entertainment, Novels, Videos, Visual Media

I love that line. “Honey Badgers take what they want.”

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Harry Potter Criterion Collection

by on Aug.25, 2011, under Art, Books, Entertainment

 

What if there was a Criterion Collection of the Harry Potter films? What would it look like? This website has the answer. Including shots of individual movie backs and in case you were wondering, both parts of the seventh movie are stored in the last case.

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Young Adult novels… for adults.

by on Mar.16, 2011, under Articles, Books

The evolution of young adult novels over the past ten years has caught me off guard. I started reading a little later than most children but unlike most of my generation I continued reading voraciously though out my school years, when trips to the library were no longer mandatory.

During those times young adult novels seemed to fall into two or three categories. The short “horror” books, the budding of the urban fantasy/vampire romance genre, and all the girly books I never read.

The Harry Potter came along and changed the face of young adult reading. I heard recently that readership among adults in their early twenties is higher than the previous generations because of Harry Potter. It has become a grossing market for writers and publishers. You only have to compare the state of young adult bookshelves in book stores and with today to see how much has changed. Thin paperbacks that took up one, maybe two whole shelves and replaced with hardbound editions with artistic renderings made to catch the eye that take up an entire corner of a bookstore.

I admit I read young adult novels prior to the popularity of Mr. Potter, even past the years where it was considered socially appropriate. Young adult novels take the themes of life and distill them. The problems are the same but then context can be so much simpler. That simplicity is enjoyable because it allows you to feel the story without the excessive need for more adult distraction, as I am sure many found when they finally got to book four of J.K. Rowling’s series.

And now recently I’ve read The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. A three book trilogy set in a far future where twelve districts serve under the heel of the Capitol and each year, as homage to a failed rebellion years in the past, each district must send a tribute, one boy and one girl, to the Hunger Games, a blood sport where only one of the twenty-four tribute children will survive.

And honestly, that is only the beginning of the story that spans three novels and takes you on an emotional roller coaster. I write a full review here if you are interested but I gave this synopsis to show an example of the type of content that is in young adult novels. The stories are young adult because the heroes and heroines are teens and young adults and they lack some of the more “adult” content one might find in some novels of similar genre or style but that makes them no less a story worthy of adult attention.

So keep that in mind next time you’re looking for something to read. You don’t necessarily have to wait for a young adult novel to become insanely popular with other adults to pick one up and see if it worth your time.

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G.I. Joe

by on Aug.10, 2009, under Articles, Films, Reviews

Cause knowing is half the battle.

Let me preface this by saying that when I first saw the previews, I thought the idea was awesome, and I thought the movie was going to be awesome. Not because of the action, special effects, or plot, but because it looked like it was going to be cheesy as hell. It looked like it was going to be G.I. Joe.

Let me say that I was plesantly surprised and very glad that I went to see that movie. Unlike most of the summer flicks I saw this year, this one didn’t leave me with a bitter after taste that I had to explain away or dump myself in a video game in order to ignore. And yes I do include Star Trek in that assessment.

So now that you understand where I’m coming from, let me be somewhat unbiased in my non-spoiler review. If you liked G.I Joe the comic. Sure, why not? If you liked G.I. Joe the TV series, yeah definitely. If you liked G.I. Joe the commericals? You probably have already seen this film, but maybe not with so much budget? This movie knew exactly what is was and who it was targeting and it went for it with no apologies and managed to hit that sweet zone of action movie that was sorely missed at the beginning of the summer. Whats worse, it managed to be surprising in its level of depth and storytelling.
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