Monday, November 14, 2011

The Hunger Games Trailer!!

First things first- Squeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

Ok, now that I've gotten that out of the way here comes the more detailed gushing.

I am in love with this trailer!! I've watched it more times that I can count today. It brings tears to my eyes every single time I watch it. There are key moments that bring the tears- the Reaping and the salute.

The Reaping- This is the scene that starts it all.
  • Elizabeth Banks looks perfect as Effie. Her hair isn't as pink as I thought it would be but she still looks perfect. I can just hear her saying "May the odds be ever in your favor." I think they left that part out of the trailer on purpose. It's her trademark line, I bet we don't hear it until the actual movie. 
  • What gets me in this scene is the desperation in Katniss's voice as she volunteers to take her little sisters place. It's so real. Jennifer won me over in just that moment.
  • And Gale carrying off a screaming Prim? Gah!! Rip my heart out!!!
  • I also love the look of shock and disbelief on Peeta's face as his name is called. How did Josh become Peeta in a blink of an eye? Wow! I'm amazed.

The Salute. I had forgotten the exact details of it so I looked it up. When we see the crowd do it, it is this moment:

At first one, then another, then almost every member of the crowd touches the three middle fingers of their left hand to their lips and holds it out to me. It is an old and rarely used gesture of our district, occasionally seen at funerals. It means thanks, it means admiration, it means goodbye to someone you love.
When we see Katniss do the salute in the arena, this is the moment:
"Bye, Rue," I whisper. I press the three middle fingers of my left hand against my lips and hold them out in her direction. Then I walk away without looking back.
These moments are so significant in the story and the upcoming revolution. I'm so glad we got to see them in the trailer.

A few other thoughts from the trailer:
  • Donald Sutherland- he's so creepy and evil in the small glimpse we got of him. He even has a white rose on his lapel- he's perfection!! 
  • Cinna!! I've declared my great admiration for Cinna many times. I'm so relieved that it looks like he will be the subtle, brilliant madman I was hoping for. “It crosses my mind that Cinna's calm and normal demeanor masks a complete madman.”
  • How perfect is Willow Shields as Prim?!?! She's exactly like I pictured her.
  • Stanley Tucci- I need MORE!! I'm so excited to see him. The glimpse we get in the trailer is no where near enough.
  • Peeta's speech about wanting to stay himself in the arena. He's my boy with the bread ♥
  • Rue peeking around the corner. My heart is already breaking.
I've been nervous about this movie adaptation from the start. Even though there is still the possibility there may be something I don't like the trailer makes me feel much better. I'm really looking forward to the movie!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Book Launch Party for Ally Condie's Crossed

Last Tuesday, November 1st, I had the chance to escape real life and go to the book launch party for Ally Condie's new book, Crossed. The event was at the The King's English in Salt Lake.

Ally talked about Crossed, read a expert from the book and took questions from the audience. Here are my notes on what she said.
  • Crossed was the hardest book she's written. If people hadn't been waiting for it, it probably would not have ever been finished.
  • The setting of Crossed is Outer Provinces, which are based on Southern Utah where Ally grew up.
  • This is Ky's book
  • Because it's Ky's book it was more complicated to write because he's a very private person. Getting inside his head was difficult, even for her.
  • There are several new characters in Crossed- they caused Ally a lot of grief but then joy.
  • Vick was easy to write because he is based on Ally's brother and brother-in-law. They are both natural hunters/fishers.
  • Indie was a loose cannon. She was like the tiger in the backyard- she was ok until all of a sudden she wasn't.
  • The painting that Xander gives Cassia at the end of Matched- Chasm of the Colorado by Thomas Moran is what the landscape in Crossed looks like.
  • Matched focuses on poems, Crossed focuses on paintings.
  • Ky's mother was a painter. None of her work lasted very long but she still did it.
  • Ally's mother is also a painter. She paints in watercolor- Ally asked her once why she didn't paint in something more permanent. She told her that she didn't care how long they lasted, she just wanted them to be beautiful. This is the same way Ky's mother felt.
  • Matched influenced by George Orwell's 1984 and Ray Bradbury's There Will Come Soft Rains.
  • Book three is still in progress and is currently title-less
  • Ally has nothing to do with the book covers, but she loves them.
  • Ally has always been a reader. Her favorite authors are Agatha Christie, Wallace Stegner and Ann (didn't catch the last name- sorry!)
  • Her favorite national park is Zion's because she grew up hiking there
This is the Thomas Moran painting Chasm of the Colorado

After she was done speaking and answering questions Ally signed books. As she always is, Ally was kind and gracious with every single person that stopped at the table, even though the line was long.

Book signings make me happy. There is something magical about listening to an author speak about the characters and world that they have created. It makes the book reading experience even better. I'm extremely lucky that Utah has a large community of authors so that I can get my fangirl fix often. I'm also lucky there are amazing bookstores like The King's English to host these events.