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Five Fiery Hunger Games Memes

Oh the Hunger Games. Truly the best of the pack from the dystopian craze, at least in my opinion. It had everything. Fire, social commentary, death, crazy outfits. More movies than you can count. It’s been a while, but I know we’re still hype, and the second Mockingjay movie came out four years ago today, so let’s open some old wounds and have some laughs.

 

I’m Just Saying

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Look. If we were married, we would live in the same place, and therefore we’d have tons of time to work on the project. Just smart thinking, right? The only group project anyone ever wants to do. Yeah, this part of the story was insanely depressing, but don’t we all sometimes feel like we’re tap dancing just a few inches ahead of death? Just me? And if you’re asking someone to marry you in literally any other situation, you need to look happier about it. Just a tip.

 

No Games

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The Hunger Games didn’t invent killing all your characters and breaking everyone’s hearts. If anything, The Hunger Games was more metal about it, because those books were directed at a younger audience. I mean, maybe younger people thank I think watch GOT, but the audience for this was potentially young. I was a teenager when the last book came out, probably, but imagine reading it and being Prue’s age, younger. Rooting for her. Too soon?

 

Advice vs. Execution

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If it ain’t me. He’s just lucky he didn’t fall over. I know the act natural trope is crazy overused, but I just can’t be mad when it’s always so funny. As someone who’s never succeeded at seeming unbothered in my life, I can just relate on a really deep level. Sure, I’ve never gotten to the point of wearing a white suit about it, but I did once back into a table and fall over trying to act calm and professional. That might just be a me thing. Peeta does look awkward, though. Maybe because that collar’s clearly stabbing him.

 

Why?

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Look, I like to think I’d say to hell with the capital too, but at the same time, cushy job, probably some crazy hats, literally more food than you can eat… Sure, it worked out for him, but he really rolled the dice, didn’t he? For most of the rebellion it was like, hmm, do we fight or do we accept death? They could only profit. Maybe he saw an opportunity, maybe he was just a really good dude deep down, but his character really shows you the limits of first person narrative.

 

So Punny

 
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*air horn sound* Alright, it’s probably not that funny. I just love it when people laugh really hard and I don’t get it like that. Look at the reaction image! Is it that funny to someone? Is it ironic laughter? Either way I’m amused. I also have a bunch of questions about snow. He was basically omnipotent, and he couldn’t make that work for him. For all he seemed clever in the books, I really don’t know how he let himself get killed by an excited crowd. What a fall from grace.

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5 YA Genres That Are Totally Dead

Young adult fiction is undeniably one of the most popular genres of all time. It was first categorized around the 1930s with Lauren Ingalls Wilder’s series Little House on the Prairie. Teachers and librarians were slow to accept books intended for younger readers, but young adult books today focus on issues in society with such a passion that even older adults love to read them.

YA subgenres have ebbed and flowed over the years, and the two ever-reigning subgenres seem to be fantasy and contemporary fiction. You can always find a unique new release of a fantasy novel or a self-aware contemporary love story. But what genres are so dead that publishers in 2019 will rarely publish them and why did young adults stop reading them?

 

 

1. Dystopian

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Ah, yes. Dystopian. Nostalgia for 2012, anyone? Maybe it was because everyone was talking about the Mayan calendar and the end of the world, but people were in a craze over dystopian society books like The Hunger Games and Divergent. Books about post-apocalyptic societies like The Maze Runner weren’t too far behind in the craze, either. Most dystopian subgenres are based on sci-fi and these particular subgenres started to oversaturate the sci-fi genre. Because of the immense popularity of books like The Hunger Games, every author wanted to replicate that fame and success. Understandably, readers got bored.

We became sick of tropes like “the chosen 16-year old who has a special ability that allows him or her to rebel and change dystopian society.” Readers began to pay attention to different genres and new authors, and the dystopian genre and its tropes slowly died out as YA readers found more relevant books. With the upcoming release of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakesit’ll be interesting to see how this dystopian writer tackles this so-called “dead” genre.

 

2. PARANORMAL / URBAN fantasy

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When you think of paranormal YA, think vampires, werewolves, and zombies. So basically Twilight minus the zombies. For a while, the Twilight series was the reigning series for the paranormal subgenre. Teens were obsessed and buying t-shirts to show off their pride in Team Edward or Team Jacob. So what happened? Well, other authors tried to replicate the success of Twilight, and teens kept reading vampire and werewolf books until they wanted a taste of something different. Once the movies were released, Twilight stirred up even more controversy as readers began to release that Bella and Edward were an unhealthy relationship portrayal for young teens.

 

 

Still, it seems a bit disappointing that the whole vampire subgenre should die out because of one bad portrayal— especially when there’s so many amazing vampire stories, like Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. But never fear for those readers who were into paranormal or urban fantasy books other than Twilight, or even those who were into Twilight (no shame here)— these subgenres are making a slow return, starting with Renee Ahdieh’s new vampire novel The Beautiful.

 

 

3. STEAMPUNK

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Steampunk is one of a few YA genres that has never taken hold of a readership. Any successful steampunk books are technically classified under other YA subgenres and only have small steampunk elements. Those books that did attempt to focus solely on steampunk, an attempt that surged around the early 2000s, were usually adult books and were just too similar to each other to claim a place as a real subgenre.

 

4. Superhero

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Superheroes certainly have a presence in comic books and movies, but this genre just isn’t present in YA. There’s no clear reason why superheroes are more popular in movies than books— maybe viewers would rather see sexy superhero actors and actresses blow stuff up rather than reading about them. Or maybe, like steampunk, superhero YA books have just been too similar with dead YA tropes like “the chosen one.”

 

5. TIME TRAVEL

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Time travel in YA sci-fi hasn’t been as successful as you might think, although time travel in YA fantasy has more of a presence. Maybe it’s because sci-fi books like H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine were written way back in 1895 and readers’ fascination with time travel has died out since then. Yet time travel is still popular in movies and TV, so it’s also up to speculation as to why this genre hasn’t taken off in YA.

If you’re interested in more about the book market or dead genres in publishing, check out this video by Alexa Donne, author of Brightly Burning. She explains all of these dead genres and tropes in-depth and also has some fascinating insights about the publishing world as well as advice for new writers.

 

 

 

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‘Y: The Last Man’ Series Gets New Showrunner…Again

I wrote an article called “Y: The Last Man’ TV Adaptation Will Be Made…Eventually,” and that certainly rings true today. The show will be made, but first all the dominoes need to fall in place instead of blowing across the table like a torn up piece of tissue.

 

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In that article, dated April 16th, I wrote that Aida Croal and Michael Green had announced on the 15th via Twitter that they were exiting the show.

 

 

To conclude the article, I wrote that “…Aida Croal and Michael Green are out. FX is still moving forward with the project, marching forth. Hopefully the next development is a good one and not another setback.”

 

 

In retrospect, these few sentences are genius. Not only do they state the obvious, but they provide a neat transition to our latest update: Eliza Clark, executive producer on Animal Kingdom, has been hired as the writer, executive producer and new showrunner for the TV adaptation of Y: The Last Man.

Let’s get the basics out of the way:

 

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Y: The Last Man is a post-apocalyptic science fiction comic book series that centers around Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, Ampersand, the only males who survived the apparent global androcide. The series was authored by Brian K. Vaughan, also known for his work on Saga, Ex Machina, and Pia Guerra, has worked in the comics industry since the 1990s for both DC and Marvel comics. It was published by Vertigo from 2002 through 2008.

The series received three Eisner Awards, but before it was even completed, the film rights to the series were acquired by Vertigo’s sister company New Line Cinema.

Fast forward to over a decade later and Deadline is reporting that Eliza Clark is the newest showrunner on the project.

 

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Executive producer Nina Jacobson, who produced Hunger Games and Crazy Rich Asians, is quoted as saying, “We were chasing Eliza Clark as a writer long before we knew that she shared our obsession with Y: The Last Man.”

Well they got her, now let’s hope they keep her.

 

 

For the record, in addition to Clark and Jacobson, Brad Simpson, also a producer on Crazy Rich Asians, author of Y: The Last Man Brian K. Vaughan, and Melina Matsoukas, director for the TV series, Insecure, are all executive producing. Matsoukas also directed the pilot episode, although that episode is expected to undergo changes given that Clark is now on board.

FX President of Original Programming Nick Grad noted that, “We are thrilled to have her on board and partner with this stellar cast, Brian, Nina, Brad and Melina.”

 

Barry Keoghan

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For the record, Barry Keoghan, from The Killing of the Sacred Deer and Dunkirk has been already cast as Yorick Brown, the last surviving human with a Y chromosome.

 

Diane Lane

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According to Flickering Myth, Diane Lane, the mom in Inside Out and Martha Kent in Man of Steel, will play Yorick’s mother Senator Jennifer Brown.

 

Imogen Poots

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Imogen Poots, who portrayed Amber in Green Room, will play Yorick’s sister Hero Brown.

 

Lashana Lynch

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Lashana Lynch, who portrayed Maria Rambeau in Capital Marvel, will play Secret Service operative Agent 355.

 

Juliana Canfield

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Juliana Canfield, who portrayed Jess Jordan in Succession, will play Yorick’s love-interest Beth.

 

Marin Ireland

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Marin Ireland, who portrayed Debbie Howard in Hell or High Water, will play Nora, right hand to the president.

 

 

Clark herself has said that, “I’m thrilled to tell this story and to be working with this immensely talented cast.”

Well, let’s hope she works out, and let’s all remember that when the show premieres in 2020, even if it’s terrible, it’ll still be a miracle that this adaptation was even made.

 

 

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