Category: Young Adult

Hunger Games Prequel Has Shocking New Protagonist

There has been some exciting new information about Suzanne Collins’ new Hunger Games book, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Not only will the story be set sixty-four years before The Hunger Games, but it will follow the series’ antagonist, President Snow! However, it looks like the tables have turned, because he is now the hero of Collins’ new series!

The picture below shows a young Coriolanus Snow looking very dapper.

 

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More information about the book claims that Snow is a young teenager who is very wealthy. Even though Snow has it all, he wants more than wealth.  It seems like we are going to see a very different side of Coriolanus Snow.

Entertainment Weekly released an excerpt from the book. So far, we know that Coriolanus Snow has to be a mentor in the Hunger Games in order to graduate from the Academy.

In the first look at the official artwork, Coriolanus is looking young and very charismatic. Before we know it, we might even be rooting for President Snow this time around!

 

 

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3 Anticipated Spring Book Releases in 2020

1.) The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Many Hunger Games fans were surprised to find out that Suzanne Collins, the author of the popular young adult series The Hunger Games, is going to be getting a prequel novel! The prequel, which is titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, takes place 64 years before Katniss Everdeen and her story. This prequel is about the tenth hunger games. Not much more has been said about the plot or who the characters are going to be. The release date for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is set for May 19, 2020.

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2.) Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare

If you are a Shadowhunter fan, then you will be excited about Cassandra Clare`s new trilogy, The Last Hours. This new series is perfect for any longtime Shadowhunter fan. It is also perfect for any new reader`s. Chain of Gold follows the characters Cordelia Carstairs, and James and Lucie Herondale. Set in Edwardian London, the three friends are thrown into chaos when danger finds the Shadowhunter world. Chain of Gold is set to be released March 3rd, 2020.

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3.) House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1)

The #1 New York Times bestselling young adult author, Sarah J. Maas is debuting her first New Adult series, Crescent City.  Many Sarah J. Maas fans won`t be surprised to know that Maas is writing about more faeries. However, this time, Maas has added in demons and angels! The story follows the character Bryce Quinlan, who wants revenge for her friends murder by a demon. Bryce then meets the Fallen Angel Hunt Athalar, who is supposed to help Bryce find the murderer. House of Earth and Blood is going to be filled with steamy romance! It is set to be released March 3rd, 2020.

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The Chaos of Chaos Walking

Stay strong, Chaos Walking fans, one day our film will come – maybe.

The Chaos Walking adaption has been a long time in the making. The first book in the series by Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go, was published in 2008 by Walker Books. In 2011, Lionsgate acquired the rights to a film adaption of the entire trilogy. As a massive fan of the series I, like many others, was excited. The original story was well-written, fleshed out, exciting, all the ingredients of a stellar film version were there.

 

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What’s more, news about the adaption was gaining traction, especially after some of the cast was announced. Tom Holland was brought on board as Todd, the story’s 12-year-old protagonist, alongside Daisy Ridley as Viola. Filming started in August 2017 in Montréal, Québec, with a tentative release date of 2019 that quickly became 2020. The movie underwent re-shoots after the first cut was considered “unrealeasable” and since then, the fate of the film has been somewhat uncertain.

 

 

A big part of the issue with the re-shoots lies in the actors’ schedules. For one, Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland have had a busy few years. Between saving distant galaxies and the less distant Manhattan as Rey and Spiderman, both were unavailable for shooting for a number of months. When they returned, it seemed that making audiences believe either of them were in their early teens would be no small feat.

 

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The real kicker of the saga is that the times have simply changed. In 2011, dystopian fiction was huge. The world was ending left, right and center! Katniss was volunteering for The Hunger Games, Tris was jumping on trains, Bella was… well we’re still not entirely sure what Bella was doing. Point is, the tidal wave of dystopia has since passed and it simply isn’t the same market that it once was. Allegiant, the third film adapted from the Divergent series, didn’t receive a great critical response and Rotten Tomatoes awarded it a meager 11%. Ouch. The final movie was scrapped, too.

A Chaos Walking film could have been a massive success back in the era of apocalypses, factions and romance-against-the-odds. Now, it may not have the same appeal. Fans of Ness’ work may fill cinema seats but the question of profit is sticky. Between re-shoots and the constant pushing back of the release date, Lionsgate may find themselves with long term consequences.

 

 

The good news is that fans remain hopeful that the film will eventually see the light of day. Plus, the constant change in release date means that traction is still there as audiences wait for a final deadline. If nothing else, the drama comes as a great excuse to re-read the series from the beginning.

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Watch Out! The Witches Are Back!

The Witches have made a comeback! It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 30 years since Roald Dahl’s masterpiece book was first adapted into a movie back in 1990, starring the fabulous Anjelica Huston!

 

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You’d think we’d be safe this time around, but the clan of evil women have joined forces with the fabulous Anne Hathaway as the The Grand High Witch and Octavia Spencer as additional cast! Spooky, we know!

 

 

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Director Nicolas Roeg did a spectacular job with the movie in 1990, because it still has a cult following to this day. But rumor has it, Roald Dahl did not approve of the film, as the ending was changed from the book, so lets see how things turn out this time around.

 

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Even though the book came out in 1983, I remember reading it as a kid much later and being downright terrified. And the movie was perhaps one of the single most horrifying and equally thrilling children’s movies to have ever been released, in my opinion!

 

 

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So, safe to say, we are quite excited and thrilled for the upcoming adaptation, and hope it does justice to the previous fantastic 1990 movie, as well as the timeless book. And maybe this time around, Roald Dahl would finally be content!

 

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Fighting Through The Tears

When we were born, the first thing we did was cry. We came out looking for food and then used our tears to control our parents to give us what we want; be it changed a diaper, a bottle, or just plain old attention. As we developed into the men and women that we are today, we now save our tears for the big heartbreaks, pain, and sadness. If you’re like me and you laugh way too hard, then you tend to cry in moments of joy as well.

The award-winning poet, Heather Christle, dives into dissecting how crying can both help and hurt us, using history and science. Dealing with her own struggles with depression and the birth of her child, Christle faces “her joy, grief, anxiety, impending motherhood, and conflicted truce with the world.”

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The Crying Book describes the delights and surprises of crying by bringing understanding to mental illnesses and the expressions of women’s agency. Christle explores this human behavior not only within herself, but how crying has been represented within the world. One of which is “the ways in which white women’s tears have been used to persecute people of color.” For me, that brings up the story of Emmett Till, who was accused in 1955 of whistling at a white woman and was beaten to death. It brings tears to my eyes to even think of something like that, but that’s the point of Christle’s book — to help you face your emotions head-on and the thoughts they evoke.

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As a new mother, Christle fears postpartum depression as it may affect her abilities as a parent. Instead of suppressing those emotions, she continues to dive into them in order to make them less strange. “Rather than denying that self-pity can be pleasurable, she reveals how that pleasure comes from enfolding oneself in imagined care.”

Instead of denying your tears, gain a better understanding of how people in history have dealt with them, and maybe it will help you do the same.

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