By Nicole Thivierge
Divergent, another YA-novel-to-the-big-screen movie, scored $56 mil its opening weekend. Divergent is the first in a trilogy by Veronica Roth about a strong young woman, Tris, (played by Shailene Woodley) fighting for freedom and her survival in a dystopian society.
Harry Potter, Twilight, Percy Jackson and The Olympians, The Mortal Instruments, The Hunger Games, and up-and-coming The Maze Runner are some big name movie series which were once Young Adult novels.
The movie adaptation was hit or miss with some fans of the Divergent series, but every critic can agree on at least one thing: Divergent is no Hunger Games. Despite the many comparisons to Suzanne Collins’ hit trilogy the Hunger Games, the Divergent series still measures. Seeing the characters and setting fleshed out gives the story an extra element the novel doesn’t. And despite the dystopian setting, the scenery is beautiful in its decay.
Many parts of the script were different from the novel, but that’s to be expected with fitting a 500 page book in under three hours. Some scenes were cut short, while some were scraped out all together, including a couple of characters.
Uriah, Marlene, and Lynn, three important characters in the sequel Insurgent that are introduced in Divergent, were removed from the movie. There is also new condensed ending that is still action packed and intense.
The movie was full of never-ending action, interesting characters, and the struggle of finding out where one belongs and getting over fears. Fans of the novel will definitely enjoy the movie.
All in all, Divergent, while not the next Hunger Games, still stands strong with it’s ferocious female protagonist, action-packed plot, and beautiful scenery. The Divergent series is one that will hold up in theaters with its sequel, Insurgent, being given the green light from Lionsgate.
By Nicole Thivierge and Phoenix Ashman
The Hunger Games trilogy is one of the most widely known and revered book and movie series of all time, placed alongside with big box office names such as Harry Potter and Twilight. The newest movie release of Catching Fire shows that the hype is still burning strong.
For those that don’t know, The Hunger Games, a 2008 science fiction novel by author Suzanne Collins, depicts a post-apocalyptic nation called Panem that holds a competition every year known as “The Hunger Games.” Each year 24 tributes, children of the 12 districts of Panem, get sent to the Capital to fight to the death. The series follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen and her fight for survival through the games and the fallout.
The book series has become one of the bestselling Young Adult series of all time, and the film adaptations do not disappoint.
The Hunger Games, released Mar. 2012, opening weekend gross was $152.5 million. It was ranked at #6 most grossed all time. Catching Fire, which was released on Nov. 22 this year, had a $158.4 million gross debut for its opening weekend. Only five movies have surpassed Catching Fire: The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Dark Knight.
The Hunger Games series also applies to a wider audience. The percentages of those under 25 and over 25 who watched Catching Fire was evenly split, and although there were more females than males watching, there were more males watching The Hunger Games than the Twilight trilogy.
Franks Theater in York offered a double feature experience for the opening of Catching Fire, which was aired before its midnight release at around 8. Views obtained lanyards and passes for the event.
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A Closer Look: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire burned up the movie screen with its release on Nov. 22. and in the process has broken previous Thanksgiving records set at the box office.
Catching Fire is the second movie in what is planned to be a four-part movie saga, which is based on the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Stars Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen) and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Melark) make their returns in the fiery sequel that gives the audience a real look into the autocratic society in Panem works.
We see President Snow’s true scheming self along with a few other important figures in the twelve districts of Panem. The audience also sees Katniss Everdeen’s raw emotion when her life, and the lives of the people she loves are in danger.
Jennifer Lawrence is amazing in her role as Katniss Everdeen. Lawrence expresses the emotions of Katniss so well, one can truly feel what it is like to be in the life or death situations that she often faces.
“This sequel is definitely better then the first. It was amazing!” Fellow moviegoer Cindy Donahouh said.
The movie straps you into an emotional rollercoaster of anger, sadness, and joy. For those emotional ladies out there, bring your tissues along. You’re going to need them.
The third movie, Mockingjay Part One is to be released Nov. 21, 2014, and it is safe to say that the fans of the Hungers Game cannot wait to see how Katniss and Peeta’s life play out on-screen.
By Ben Logan
Dreading the first day of school is natural for most teenagers. In fact, a lot of students dread school in general. Cons outweigh the pros by a wide margin...but there is one plus that many people can look forward to and that is the abundance of both new and old television series beginning to air in the fall.
Kicking off in early September, the season of “TV” welcomes a variety of brand new, returning, or otherwise familiar shows, ranging from dramatic openers, raunchy/quirky comedies, and the all but familiar action-packed thrillers. It leads one to believe that there is practically something for everyone.
Networks such as ABC (Lost), NBC (30 Rock), Fox (Fringe), and CBS (Big Bang Theory), are looking to uphold their reputation as big-time TV studios, and are sure to bring the best to the table this year.
Among the 20+ shows premiering this fall, quite a few stand out as curiously interesting pieces. The Goldbergs from ABC, is one of them. Starring Jeff Garlin and Wendy Mclendon-Covey, the Goldbergs revolves around an average American family living in the heightened scene of the 1980s. As a sitcom, it may spark a familiar feel to that of the wildly successful That 70’s Show whereas the same approach is used to evoke the viewer’s interest.
Hailing from Fox, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, another comedy, also seems to show some promise. Brooklyn Nine-Nine dwells into a wild, out of control New York police department where a young, immature detective gets a surprising wake-up call from a newly transferred, no-nonsense captain.
Featuring an all-star cast of Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, and Andy Braugher, any fan of raunchy comedy should be sure to check it out when it premieres on September 17.
Other eye-catchers include Lucky 7, a drama from ABC that follows a group of poor N.Y. car wash employees that win the lottery jackpot, as they face the many challenges presented from it.
Believe, a brand new sci-fi series set in the future, where a young death row inmate agrees to protect a small girl with psychic abilities to prevent others from using her powers for evil, premieres on NBC in early 2014.
Finally, the return of Whose Line Is It Anyway, from CW. A comedy starring Ryan Stiles, and Wayne Brady where the cast members make fun of each other while following crazy comedy skits supplied by the audience, already airing episodes as of late July.
Whether someone may be wanting to cure a heavy case of boredom, have a few laughs, or be engulfed in a heart-pounding “didn’t see that coming” twist, there should be a little something for everyone to get sucked into this fall.
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