Tag: the hunger games

Katniss Everdeen

Lionsgate Brings ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Divergent’ Attractions to NYC

Lionsgate Entertainment City is coming to Times Square in NYC. They have an attraction opening in the Motiongate Theme Park in Dubai this Fall. The attraction in Times Square will feature some of its highest grossing projects including The Hunger Games and Divergent. 

 

Deadline reports “a Hunger Games flying simulator attraction, [and] a Divergent themed obstacle course” will be coming to the area. The attraction will house dining options including “Peeta’s Bakery,” whose name is drawn from Katniss Everdeen’s love interest, Peeta, in The Hunger Games. 

 

Peeta

Image Via Giphy

 

All of this information has just been released, with a vague date of 2019 announced. Even still, we can’t wait to check this out! 

 

Feature Image Via The Daily Dot

Katniss Everdeen shooting bow and arrow

Ready for the Ride of Your Life? A Hunger Games and Twilight Theme Park Is Coming…

If you’re still mourning the conclusions of your favorite YA sagas ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Twilight,’ the good news has been two-fold for you this month. Bookstr recently reported on the fact that Lionsgate have more movies planned for both franchises. Pretty cool right? The only thing that could possibly be cooler? THEME PARK.

 

 

Bella Swan happy

Via Playbuzz

 

That’s right. A ‘Hunger Games’/’Twilight’ theme park is in the works. Lionsgate announced on Tuesday that its first branded outdoor theme park will open at Jeju Shinhwa World, in South Korea.

 

The attraction will span 1.3 million square feet and will be split into seven movie zones, each themed around blockbusters such as ‘The Hunger Games,’ ‘The Twilight Saga,’ ‘Now You See Me,’ and the upcoming 2018 movie ‘Robin Hood.’

 

In a statement, Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer said:

 

“We’re pleased to partner with our friends at Landing International, one of Asia’s premier developers, on our first branded outdoor theme park and one of our largest and most exciting location-based entertainment destinations.Our partners are creating a world-class resort that will be the perfect home for our theme park.”

 

Construction is planned to start in 2018, with an opening date in 2019. Flights to South Korea will be pretty cheap if we book them two years in advance right?

 

 

Featured Image Courtesy of Archery 360

 

f scott fitzgerald and jacobim mugato

5 Books That Deserve A Sequel

There are some books out there that are just so damn good we cannot get enough. Literally. As readers we are often spoiled with sequels left and right (particularly in the young adult genre). Yet, when we know that an author has established that a story is over and no sequels are in sight, we feel disappointed, confused, angry, baffled…you get the picture.

 

Whether it’s because we wanted the answers to a mystery that we spent 400 pages awaiting, but never received (I’m looking at you, Tim O’Brien), or simply cannot abandon a character we feel inherently close to, here are some of the books we WISH had a sequel…or two.

 

1. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins

 

hunger games

Via Goodreads and Lionsgate

 

“The Hunger Games” is one of the most ground-breaking young adult novels to reach shelves. It challenged political and social norms through its portrayal of a fierce and independent woman who persevered through societal pressures. Though the trilogy went deep into conflicts, and, for the most part, wrapped up the central problems, this is one series that would have benefitted from one more book.

 

Why it needs a sequel…

 

I think I represent many fans when I say that  Katniss and Gale, her childhood friend who created a new level of romantic angst, should have ended up together (spawn protests from Peeta supporters). Don’t get me wrong, the common experience that Katniss and Peeta shared brought an intimacy to their relationship that couldn’t exist between Katniss and Gale. However, the ending which saw Katniss and Peeta settled down together, with a child in tow, seems a little too…unsatisfying.

 

Given everything that they endured, did they really live happily ever after? And, on top of that, did the Hunger Games really cease to exist in the years to come? There is so much more to this story that readers would love to see. It’s been 7 years since the last book in the trilogy was released. And yet, the angst and unanswered/unbeliebavle resolutions puts “The Hunger Games” trilogy on the list of books that deserve a sequel.

 

2. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

 

gone girl

Via Goodreads and Twentieth Century Fox

 

This suspense novel filled with shocking twists and puzzling turns captivated readers. The plot follows the disappearance of Amy Dunne and the subsequent persecution of husband Nick Dunne. While Nick struggles to clear his charges and public image, readers are baffled to be met with the point-of-view of a very-much-alive Amy. The duo’s unreliable nature and questionable motives provide a truly breathtaking ride.

 

Why it needs a sequel…

 

While the two main conflicts of the plot are resolved by the end of the story (we do find out what happened to Amy and who was involved), we’re still incredibly puzzled! It’s not so much that there are gaps left unexplored, it’s more so that the ending is so insane that we are dying to find out what happened next.

 

In the end, Nick and Amy are still married (though not necessarily by choice), leaving us wondering: how long will these crazy partners-in-crime last? It’s hard to believe that after everything (I mean everything) they still find themselves married. Will they find a weird-yet-romantic happily ever after? Will their contempt for one another eventually lead to a murder…or two? We need answers, Flynn!

 

3. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

 

pride and prejudice

Via Barnes and Nobles and Focus Features

 

Jane Austen’s novel can undoubtedly turn any cynic into a complete romantic! “Pride and Prejudice” can be both enjoyed by feminists and old-fashioned hopeless romantics. The novel which led to countless adaptations (the 2005 film is the best, by the way) is a classic and timeless read that any generation can enjoy. The plot follows Elizabeth Bennet who lives in a society that pressures young women to marry, ultimately measuring them by their lineage, values, education, and more. As she endures such pressure and witnesses how the pressure affects the women around her, she is forced to challenge her notions about love, gender, and wealth when she becomes acquainted with the brooding Mr. Darcy.

 

Why it needs a sequel…

 

While the ending ties up the major conflicts (i.e. romantic pairings), it appears a little too perfect. Before you start yelling at me, let me explain! Austen gives us everything we want with the ending. However, based on the personalities of main characters Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, it’s a little difficult to picture life for the couple after the final pages of the book.

 

Yes, I know that it’s just a story but it’s stuck with me. Elizabeth won readers over through her independent nature and defiance against sexist and restrictive cultural norms. While it’s incredible that she found love with Mr. Darcy, especially without oppressing her independent identity, I can’t help but question what their marriage would look like. Would Lizzie just conform to expected domestic roles? Would she have children and raise them with the appreciation of gender equality? Imagining their marriage, and, in particular, the development of her character really makes us wish we could see it on page. 

 

4. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

handmaids tale

Via Amazon and Hulu

 

If you binge-watched the Hulu series as I have, you’ve seen the incredible yet frightening story that “The Handmaid’s Tale” depicts. In the original novel, Atwood paints a startling representation of gender, equality, religion, and more when she invites readers to see how all these elements can imprison members of society, in particular women.

 

Why it needs a sequel…

 

This read is hard to put down, captivating readers in every word on every page. Readers cannot stop themselves from devouring every word until…the plot abruptly stops. The ending of “The Handmaid’s Tale” does not offer fans a resolution, rather a huge cliffhanger that makes us yell obscenities, cry (maybe both at the same time), and scratch our heads in confusion.

 

Similar to the TV series, the book abruptly ends right as Offred, the narrator, enters a large black van driven by armed guards whose intentions are not entirely clear. Though another character reassures Offred that the van will lead her to safety, his sketchy characterization throughout the text makes her, and us, question the accuracy of his words. Furthermore, she is never reunited with her husband, leaving readers both saddened and left wondering if he managed to find safety or otherwise. Come on, Atwood! Though it’s been just, you know, 32 years since the books release, there is still time to give us some answers in a new sequel!

 

5. “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell

 

Gone with the wind

Via Amazon and Silver Screen Collection

 

Though some (very unfortunate) modern readers may have no idea what “Gone with the Wind” is, or the fact that its film adaptation is one of the hallmark American films, Mitchell’s novel is one of the best American novels ever written. Set during the Civil War Period, and subsequent Reconstruction Era, the story follows aristocrat Scarlett O’Hara as she deals with the loss of her home, identity, and loved ones. Readers follow O’Hara as she picks up the pieces of her life and tries to save her home, Tara, while dealing with the many men in her life (including literary hunk Rhett Butler). 

 

Why it needs a sequel…

 

“Gone With the Wind,” which is told over the course of 1,000+ pages, really digs into the story and the character development of O’Hara, Butler, and many other characters. We see the ups and downs of relationships and political conflicts, and find many resolutions toward the end of the novel. The relationship between O’Hara and Butler suffer a lot of strain in the end, and the ending sees him walking out on her, ignoring her plees, and making the infamous statement, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Ouch.

 

Stubbornly optimistic, O’Hara vows to win Rhett back. Though her famous words, “After all, tomorrow is another day,” give readers a warm fuzzy feeling, we wish we knew if she was successful. Did she win him back? Did he feel guilty and return? We need to know! While the book technically already has a sequel (Alexandra Ripley published Scarlett in 1991, following Mitchell’s death), it isn’t an extension of Mitchell’s incredible literary mind. Ripley’s sequel was written through her vision which could have differed drastically from Mitchell’s. 

 

Featured Image Courtesy of Focus Features

Cast of Twilight and Cast of Hunger Games

The Hunger Games and Twilight Aren’t Over

Lionsgate, the film production company behind billion dollar franchises ‘Twilight’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ have said that they are interested in taking both stories further.

 

The Twilight Saga raked in $3.344 billion over its five movies, while The Hunger Games grossed $2.968 billion. 

 

 

Bella and Edward in Twilight

Image Courtesy of Freeform

 

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said:

 

“There are a lot more stories to be told, and we’re ready to tell them when our creators are ready to tell those stories.”

 

He went on to say that the studio would only proceed with plans for more installments with the permission of ‘Twilight’ author Stephenie Meyer and ‘The Hunger Games’ author Suzanne Collins.  

 

 

Featured Image Courtesy of The Emory Wheel and CinemaBlend

Rick and Morty

7 Stories That Must Get the “Rick and Morty” Treatment

“Rick and Morty” repurposes tropes from sci-fi stories, fantasies, and all manner of adventures. Creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon have an eye for what’s familiar to their audience, and the irreverence to dismantle those familiarities. But that doesn’t mean they don’t need help. Here’s a list of both famous and lesser-known stories that need to, in the words of Rick Sanchez, get schwifty.

 

7. “Kaleidoscope” by Ray Bradbury

 

Kaleidoscope artwork

via Short Story Log

 

Bradbury’s short story (appearing in the 1951 collection “The Illustrated Man”) follows a free-floating astronaut whose vessel’s been decimated. With no hope of rescue, the story chronicles the astronauts final existential despair. Fun, right?

 

Why it needs to get schwifty:

 

“Rick and Morty” knows all about existential despair. I mean, Jerry.

 

via GIPHY

 

6. “We Love Deena” by Alice Sola Kim

 

We Love Deena

via Strange Horizons

 

You can read this speculative fiction short here. The lead character here can inhabit any person, and she uses this ability to, you know, stalk her ex.

 

via GIPHY

 

Why it needs to get schwifty:

 

Roiland and Harmon seem to be hung up on body displacement (e.g., Pickle Rick, Tiny Rick, etc.), and Kim has managed to do something totally unique with the concept. In “We Love Deena,” body displacement isn’t the star of the show, just a tool the main character uses to get what she wants…or maybe doesn’t get what she wants. Read the story to find out!

 

via GIPHY

 

5. “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll

 

"Alice in Wonderland" illustration

via Medium

 

Carroll’s “Alice” books may be the archetype of trippy literature (hereafter trip-lit). Once down the rabbit hole, all that’s up is down, all that’s coffee is tea, and all that’s sense is nonsense.

 

Why it needs to get schwifty:

 

As irreverent as “Rick and Morty” is, the rules of each episode are never in question. Maybe Rick can spawn universes within universes for infinity, but the audience is never mystified by his ability to do so. There are rules. For Carroll, though, there really aren’t. Imagine “Rick and Morty” without rules.

 

Or maybe don’t. / via GIPHY

 

4. “Enemy Mine” by Barry B. Longyear

 

"Enemy Mine"

via Amazon

 

 

When two soldiers from feuding factions get stuck on a dangerous planet together, they have to overcome their differences for survival.

 

Why it needs to get schwifty:

 

Rick and Morty have made a bunch of enemies over the past couple of seasons. It’d be interesting to see one return, and have to live in seclusion with one of our leads. Perhaps a Krombopulous Michael from the multiverse will return to avenge the Gromflomite assassin.

 

via GIPHY

 

3. “The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula K. Le Guin

 

"Left Hand of Darkness"

via Amazon

 

In Le Guin’s sci-fi classic, androgyny takes center stage. This book becomes a rumination on the effects that gender and sexuality have on societal institutions. When nobody has a fixed sex, what does society look like? Le Guin has some thoughts.

 

Why it needs to get schwifty:

 

It would be fascinating to see Roiland and Harmon explore this idea. It’s a big topic at the moment, and the always-playful philosophy of “Rick and Morty” would be interesting to say the least.

 

via GIPHY

 

2. “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne

 

20000 leagues under the sea

via LRM

 

Captain Nemo’s aquatic voyage has captured imaginations for over a century. A variety of underwater locales are explored, all through the lens of the bizarre lifestyle led by those in the Nautilus.

 

Why it needs to get schwifty:

 

We’ve seen Rick everywhere from space, to foreign planets, to wacky spaceships, and even inside human bodies. But what about discovering the mysteries of the deep blue sea? Who knows what Roiland and Harmon will bring us from the abyss…

 

via GIPHY

 

1. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

 

"Hunger Games" cover

via Amazon

 

In a futuristic dystopian version of the U.S., tributes from across the dozen districts must battle to the death. Romances bloom, feuds are born, and the ravenous Capitol audience is satiated.

 

Why it needs to get schwifty:

 

Seeing Rick and Morty stripped of their gadgets, forced to make the most of very little would be supremely enticing. Plus, we might get to see what Rick would do with a bow and arrow. Could he beat Katniss Everdeen?

 

via GIPHY

 

Feature image courtesy of Den of Geek.