I’m Taking a Break

As you can see from the title, I’ll be taking a break. I know I just came back from a hiatus that lasted from mid-2016 to the end of the year. I also realise that I just started a new blogging schedule and this break can’t come at a worse time.

Thing is, as important as my blog is to me, I have other important things to focus on as well i.e. my studies and my life.

My blog helps with my mental health but I don’t think this outlet is going to help me when I’m stressing about deadlines and whether or not I’m doing well enough to pass. I have to prioritise, you know.

In saying that, I’m sad to be stepping away but it’s what I need to do if I want to excel in achieving my goals.

Any posts that go up while I’m gone were scheduled beforehand and I don’t think I’ll be scheduling any more for the moment. I won’t be reviewing novels/comic books for the foreseeable future and I’ve already updated my review policy.

Good luck to those currently writing exams and happy reading,

See you when I get back,
Caron xx

Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#31): The Chamber of Secrets

The Book

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. The plot follows Harry‘s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during which a series of messages on the walls of the school’s corridors warn that the “Chamber of Secrets” has been opened and that the “heir of Slytherin” would kill all pupils who do not come from all-magical families

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As tiny as this book is, the movie has nothing on it. I too want a flying car because that sounds totally awesome. What I don’t want, is to get beaten up by the Whomping Willow. Again, this book sets off all the switches in your head and opens up that door to imagination. This wasn’t my favourite in the series but there was a lot of suspense and I think as the years go on, I felt more sorry for Harry. Poor kid just couldn’t get a break.

The Movie

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 British-American fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.[2] It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the second instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman.

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When I first watched this movie, I was scared to death. I was alone in mine and my sister’s bedroom and all the lights were off so that added to the effect. Of course now, it being years later and me having watched the movie many more times, I’m not scared anymore but jeez, that snake though. I always did like that they made the movie version of Dobby so adorable.

The Decision

Book, book, book. Loved the movie and I will gladly watch it again. I’m actually due for a HP marathon but the book wins for me.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#30): The Fellowship of the Ring

The Book

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)

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The Fellowship of the Ring
is the first of three volumes of the epic[2] novel The Lord of the Rings by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It is followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King. It takes place in the fictional universe of Middle-earth. It was originally published on 29 July 1954 in the United Kingdom.

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I read the book soon after finishing The Hobbit (twice) and this world that J.R.R. Tolkien created…wow. I remember thinking as I read the book that this man created a whole other world, threw in these various creatures and created a language that many people can actually speak today! That’s just something else man. I’ve only ever read the book once because hot d*mn, it’s huge! Very intimidating. The LoTR was one of the first fandoms I joined and it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. I actually feel like reading the series all over again because this post, it brings back great memories.

The Movie

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings (1954–1955).[4][5][6] It is the first instalment in The Lord of the Rings series, and was followed by The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003), based on the second and third volumes of The Lord of the Rings.

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I grew up watching The Lord of the Rings even though I didn’t know it at the time. I remember vaguely how I’d beg my mom to let me stay up Sunday evenings because this awesome movie about a man whose ring makes him invisible was coming on…again. I didn’t know at the time that it was the LoTR, but I think it’s safe to say that even though I’d forgotten, my love for it was set at an early age. My sister is a major fan so she told me to watch the trilogy and when I did…all the memories came back. I’ve watched the unextended version once, and all times after that…well, it’s not like those 208 minutes of my life were ever wasted. I get this feeling of happiness when I hear and see that opening scene. It sends shivers down my spine. If it were not because of the fact that I’m a wimp and chose to hide under the Fidelius Charm in the Harry Potter world, LoTR would’ve definitely been on the top of that list.

The Decision

I think it’s rather obvious what my decision is going to be. The movie, duh! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s better than the book or that the book was not amazing, I just connected with the movie more and as mentioned above, I grew up with it. I’m a bit of a sentimentalist and my granny, my sis and I would come together and watch this. The book can’t beat the time I spend with my granny. It is what it is.

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eARC Book Review: Dream Me by Kathryn Berla

Dream Me

Goodreads Synopsis

Every night Babe dreams of a boy she s never met before named Zat. But Zat is no ordinary daydream. He s actual a human from the distant future, who has travelled back in time to be with Babe in the only way that he can be in her dreams. But the dreams leave Babe more and more tired and pained each morning. Zat is determined to help her, even if it means never sharing dreams with her again.


I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dream Me is a book that is a love story of sorts told through a science fiction point of view.

I’ll start right off by saying that most of this book was confusing to me. I don’t know what message was trying to be told and it irked me that I couldn’t tell because I felt like I was missing out on some joke.

Here’s what I did get. Zat was from a future Earth where the world and humans had evolved so much that even their appearance was changed. He was often referred to as a dreamer because even though people stopped dreaming ages ago, he was fascinated and obsessed with it, so much so that he was willing to live in and through someone else’s dreams.

As much as Babe spoke throughout the book, I didn’t much get the feel of her as a person. She was kind of the main character but I understood her through Zat’s eyes. The way he spoke about her and expressed his feelings about and towards her helped me know her better.

Even though this book threw me for a loop, I can’t deny that the author’s writing is amazing. Maybe there wasn’t much world building and certain points did seem either slightly forced or rushed but I wouldn’t write her off as yet.

Read: 2 April 2017
Rating: ★★.5

Publication Date: 11 July 2017
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Kathryn Berla

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Expected Releases for July 2017

Goodreads synopsis included.

4 July

The Reason You're Alive

The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick

The New York Times-bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook offers a timely novel featuring his most fascinating character yet, a Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war.

After sixty-eight-year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard—that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear. It might be the only way to find closure in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect. It might also help him finally recover from his wife’s untimely demise.

As David confronts his past to salvage his present, a poignant portrait emerges: that of an opinionated and goodhearted American patriot fighting like hell to stay true to his red, white, and blue heart, even as the country he loves rapidly changes in ways he doesn’t always like or understand. Hanging in the balance are Granger’s distant art-dealing son, Hank; his adoring seven-year-old granddaughter, Ella; and his best friend, Sue, a Vietnamese-American who respects David’s fearless sincerity.

Through the controversial, wrenching, and wildly honest David Granger, Matthew Quick offers a no-nonsense but ultimately hopeful view of America’s polarized psyche. By turns irascible and hilarious, insightful and inconvenient, David is a complex, wounded, honorable, and loving man. The Reason You’re Alive examines how the secrets and debts we carry from our past define us; it also challenges us to look beyond our own prejudices and search for the good in us all.

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Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina, #3) by Robert Beaty

The storms are coming….

Something has happened to Serafina. She has awoken into a darkness she does not understand, scarred from a terrible battle, only to find that life at Biltmore Estate has changed in unimaginable ways. Old friends do unthinkable things and enemies seem all around.
A mysterious threat moves towards Biltmore, a force without a name, bringing with it violent storms and flooding that stands to uproot everything in its path. Serafina must uncover the truth about what has happened to her and find a way to harness her strange new powers before it’s too late.
With only days to achieve the impossible, Serafina fights to reclaim herself as the Guardian of Biltmore, friend of Braeden, daughter of her Pa, and heroine of the Blue Ridge Mountains and all the folk and creatures that call it home.
In the epic third installment of Robert Beatty’s #1 bestselling series, Serafina takes her rightful place among literary champions as she battles fiercely to defend all she loves and become everything that she is meant to be.

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Made for LoveMade For Love by Alissa Nutting

Hazel has just moved into a trailer park of senior citizens, with her father and Diane—his extremely lifelike sex doll—as her roommates. Life with Hazel’s father is strained at best, but her only alternative seems even bleaker. She’s just run out on her marriage to Byron Gogol, CEO and founder of Gogol Industries, a monolithic corporation hell-bent on making its products and technologies indispensable in daily life. For over a decade, Hazel put up with being veritably quarantined by Byron in the family compound, her every movement and vital sign tracked. But when he demands to wirelessly connect the two of them via brain chips in a first-ever human “mind-meld,” Hazel decides what was once merely irritating has become unbearable. The world she escapes into is a far cry from the dry and clinical bubble she’s been living in, a world populated with a whole host of deviant oddballs.

As Hazel tries to carve out a new life for herself in this uncharted territory, Byron is using the most sophisticated tools at his disposal to find her and bring her home. His threats become more and more sinister, and Hazel is forced to take drastic measures in order to find a home of her own and free herself from Byron’s virtual clutches once and for all.

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11 July

Worlds Collide (The Land of Stories #6)Worlds Collide (The Land of Stories, #6) by Chris Colfer

The epic conclusion to Chris Colfer’s #1 New York Times bestselling series The Land of Stories!

In the highly anticipated conclusion to the Land of Stories series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters–heroes and villains–are no longer confined within their world!

With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to win their biggest battle yet. Can the twins restore order between the human and fairy tale world?

Breathtaking action mixed with laugh out loud moments and lots of heart will make this a gripping conclusion for many fans!

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Ash and Quill (The Great Library #3)Ash and Quill (The Great Library, #3) by Rachel Caine

The unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire unite to save the Great Library of Alexandria from itself in this electrifying adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealousy guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny….

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library….

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The Zodiac Legacy: The Age of Bronze (Zodiac, #3)The Zodiac Legacy: The Age of Bronze (Zodiac, #3) by Stuart Moore

It s a heavy-metal battle royale when Maxwell head of the Vanguard organization with the evil powers of the Dragon Zodiac sends an army of robots against Steven Lee, the teenaged Tiger, and his team. Using their new and mysterious powers of the ancient Zodiac, Steven and his teammates must work together like never before to defeat the robotic invaders!”

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18 July

The Library of FatesThe Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

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25 July

Vanguard (Razorland, #4)Vanguard (Razorland, #4) by Ann Aguirre

The Razorland saga continues. Since the war ended, Tegan has dreamed of an epic journey, so when she has the opportunity to sign on as ship’s doctor, she can’t wait. It’s past time to chart her course. Millie Faraday, the kindest girl in the free territories, also yearns to outrun her reputation, and warrior-poet James Morrow would follow Tegan to the ends of the earth.

Their company seems set, but fate brings one more to their number. Tegan will battle incredible odds while aiding Szarok, the Uroch vanguard, who has ventured forth to save his people. Szarok is strange and beautiful, like a flower that blooms only in the dark. She shouldn’t allow him close, as such a relationship is both alien and forbidden. But through stormy seas and strange lands, she will become stronger than she ever knew.

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The Intuitives by Erin Michelle Sky & Steven BrownThe Intuitives

IMAGINATION JUST BECAME OUR GREATEST WEAPON.

A lost tomb full of mythical statues… a strange test with impossible answers… a mysterious institute hosted by Homeland Security. Only six students will receive invitations. But nothing is as it appears to be, including the students themselves.

Roman Jackson, 11—the lonely artist.
Samantha Prescott, 16—the sarcastic nerd.
Daniel Walker, 17—the shy musician.
Ashton Hunt, 17—the frustrated gamer.
Mackenzie Gray, 17—the spiritual fighter.
Kaitlyn Wright, 15—the bubbly engineer.

But why is the U.S. government so interested in six outcasts? And what, exactly, is it teaching them to do? Now, they must band together to uncover the true purpose behind the institute—and the ancient secrets that lie hidden beneath its surface.

Before history catches up to them.

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Little MonstersLittle Monsters by Kara Thomas

For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#29): Civil War

The Book

Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event

Civil War is a 20062007 Marvel Comics crossover storyline consisting of a seven-issue limited series of the same name written by Mark Millar and penciled by Steve McNiven, and various other tie-in books published by Marvel at the time. The storyline builds upon the events that developed in previous Marvel storylines, particularly “Avengers Disassembled“, “House of M“, and “Decimation”. The tagline for the series is, “Whose Side Are You On?”

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I read the Civil War prose novel by Stuart Moore before I started this one. I had the sense while reading that something was missing…I was right. Once I picked up Civil War by Mark Millar and read the tie-ins that come along with the Event I realised that a prose novel couldn’t have possibly given the full effect of what goes on in this story. I’m a die-hard Captain America fan so imagine my surprise when I ended up siding with Tony for this one. I stand by my decision still. I’m sure I spoke about it a little in my review.

The Movie

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Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the thirteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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When a brief outline of the plot was given out and that first trailer was released, I was pissed. Again, this Event is no small thing and the fact that they took so much away from it and changed a lot I went in extremely skeptical. The movie was good, of course. I have no doubt in the MCU but I was thinking of the story from the comic book side and it didn’t quite match up. It’s fine, it’s fine. I’m over it now. *narrows eyes* We’ll see how Infinity War plays out.

The Decision

I don’t think I’ll read the entirety of the Civil War Event again, maybe only the main 7 issues but that’ll be a while. As much as I wasn’t a fan of the changes made in the movie, that movie was really good and I am glad that they clearly showed the different sides and the point of views of Iron Man and Captain America. That said, movie it is for me.

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Why I Chose Librarian as My Future Career Choice

I love books and I love learning and oftentimes for me, those two go hand in hand. I sometimes wonder how it could’ve taken me so long to realize that Librarian was the obvious for me.

A bit of back story: When I was 7, I wanted to be a Policeman (man, not woman), then an Artist, a Writer (kind of achieved that in a sense), and a Nurse -for a hot second. I didn’t put much thought in career choices after that; I liked everything. In grade 5, when I was 11, I was told I’d make a good Psychologist because I was a good listener. I thought that building things would be fun so I decided that I was going to be an Architect and hope to get in on the actual building. That lasted till 8th grade when I had to decide what stream I wanted to go into: Commerce or Science. I found out that you need Physics for Architecture and I wasn’t about that life so I changed my career choice to Chartered Accountant. I kind of suck at Math and Accounting wasn’t as fun as it was in the beginning for me so I was now in 11th grade without a clue on what I was going to be.

I became an active reader a few months after I graduated high school (2013) and my love for books was ignited and now, 4 years later, it’s shining brighter than ever. It wasn’t until last summer when I was freaking out about my non-existent future when I came across an article about librarians online. I can’t remember what it was exactly but I did some researched and tried to gather as much about Information Science as I possibly could.

In an instant I discovered what I wanted to be. A librarian. And I’m extremely ecstatic about this plan.

This takes me to my favourite quote in one of my favourite TV Shows, Doctor Who:

 

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In 3rd grade I was at this school that had this motto: Knowledge is Power. I never knew what it meant at the time but I thought they were trying to tell me that school was important so I took it at face value and carried on with my day.

Of course now I know that knowledge is in fact power and what you do with that power is entirely up to you. Knowledge can be dangerous because I think it’s one of those things that you can’t fight. It just is.

I should’ve seen this coming to be honest but I’m glad that it took me a while to figure out. I was taken by complete surprise and it was an epiphany and a half. Books means so much to me and they’ve helped and carried me through the worst of times and I am so thankful that these things exist. That authors decided to pick up a pen and share their worlds with us. People think that books are dying out but I think not. I want to teach the younger generations the importance of books. Pass on the knowledge that they hold. Maybe they’ll fall in love with them the way I did.

I read this book a little while ago and I really suggest you check it out. This is What a Librarian Looks Like by Kyle Cassidy.

When people ask me what I plan on studying, I get so happy because I’ve never sounded surer about anything than when I answer: Library and Information Science. I’m ready for this journey and I may love learning but I’m not a fan of studying. I’m willing to put that dislike aside because this is a goal that needs to be achieved. I got this!

Just the thought that I started reading as a means to help me with my anxiety and now I’m doing so much better and books are still active and present in my life. Words can’t even express how I feel right now.

I’ve made my choice. I’m happy about it. I’m looking forward to it. Let’s go!

The picture below is the Cape Town Central Library. It’s located in town, opposite the parade, next to City Hall. It’s an amazing library but here’s the catch…I’ve never been inside.

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I’ve passed by it probably a hundred times but I never knew of its existence. I used to go to the parade a lot as a kid (they sell almost everything there. It’s like a sort of fair that’s pop up shops and basically the community coming together), but I didn’t know of this amazing library that was right across the street.

See, whenever I went to town I always marvelled at the castle- never been there either- but never noticed the library. I swear, it was under the Fidelius charm this entire time!

The moment I have a spare moment, I want to go there and just take a deep breath and bask in the beauty that is this library filled with all that knowledge.

P.S. I’m hoping to make the Central Library my ‘grand’ return to the library. 10 years is way too long.

I found this online and I had to laugh. It’s the rules and stuff of the library.

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I swear I got a bit emotional while writing out this post. It’s been almost a year since my epiphany and the excitement is still as real as the day I figured it out. I’m so so so excited. I have no idea what awaits me but I’m ready. Or as ready I can be anyway.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#28): Catching Fire

The Book

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

Catching Fire is a 2009 science fiction young adult novel by the American novelist Suzanne Collins, the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. As the sequel to the 2008 bestseller The Hunger Games, it continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem.

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I read this after I watched the movie…and then re-watched the movie because I couldn’t get enough of this. I don’t think it took me very long to finish book. Suzanne Collins’ writing is friggin’ awesome and the world she created…I wouldn’t want to live in it but I think the idea was amazing and very well executed.

The Movie

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction adventure film based on Suzanne Collinsdystopian novel, Catching Fire (2009), the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The film is the sequel to The Hunger Games (2012) and the second installment in The Hunger Games film series, produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, and distributed by Lionsgate. Francis Lawrence directed the film, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt.

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The Catching Fire movie was my introduction into The Hunger Games trilogy. I made a deal with a friend. I’d go watch Catching Fire with him if he watched Thor: The Dark World with me. Obviously the movie franchise is just as popular as it’s novel counterpart and at the time I stayed away from overhyped things, so I was quite reluctant to watch this movie. I came out of the cinema needing to read all the books because I fell in love. Also, out of all the movie adaptations of the trilogy, this one is my favourite because it was almost exactly like the book.

The Decision

Hmm…tough choice to make. I’d go with the movie for this one since that is where my love for this series started.

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