The Book, the Movie, and the Story of The Hunger Games

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Last weekend’s release of The Hunger Games movie has generated a lot of fan discussion about the differences between the book and the film. Some fans have expressed disappointment, even outrage, at various aspects of the book that were “left out” or “changed” in the movie. Other fans have praised the new material in the movie for expanding the story or increasing its impact compared to the book. And some, like a parent with two children, love them both just as much, but in different ways. . . . → Read More: The Book, the Movie, and the Story of The Hunger Games

X-wings and Honeymoons

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The last week or so has been teaserific for Star Wars Expanded Universe fans. . . . → Read More: X-wings and Honeymoons

Geek Girls Losing Their Heads

Thoughts on the resurfacing of the “fake geek girls” discussion and the controversy over DC’s New 52 Wonder Woman. . . . → Read More: Geek Girls Losing Their Heads

March’s Strong Females – By the Numbers

A few months back, when talking publicity strategy and planning for the blog, I predicted March would be a big month. I already knew Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse had given the female characters some opportunities to really shine and I anticipated that the theatrical release of The Hunger Games would prove to be a game changer. There’s actually a lot to digest from this past weekend, so how about just the numbers for now. . . . → Read More: March’s Strong Females – By the Numbers

REVIEW: The Hunger Games (Movie)

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After much anticipation, it was delightful to see The Hunger Games movie succeed so brilliantly. Check back later this week for more thoughts and analysis of the film, but in the meantime you can start with the movie review. The short version: it’s a 9/10. . . . → Read More: REVIEW: The Hunger Games (Movie)

Stories from a Certain Point of View

A young hero from a desolate and isolated region, torn from that life by the evil machinations of an oppressive regime, mentored by a wise-yet-weary warrior, forced into new alliances and a rebellion, a singular life-defining shot that hits its mark… I bet you thought I was talking about Star Wars. . . . → Read More: Stories from a Certain Point of View

The Hunger Games: Midnight Movie Premiere Recap (Spoiler-Free)

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Last night I attended the midnight movie premiere of The Hunger Games at my favorite local theater. Here’s my preliminary, spoiler-free recap. . . . → Read More: The Hunger Games: Midnight Movie Premiere Recap (Spoiler-Free)

NEWS: Star Wars + Ocean’s Eleven = Scoundrels

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Exciting news in the Expanded Universe today. Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive reveal of the title and cover for Timothy Zahn’s next Star Wars novel. . . . → Read More: NEWS: Star Wars + Ocean’s Eleven = Scoundrels

REVIEW: Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Revenge

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The Clone Wars wound to a close last Friday and Megan has her last review of the season. . . . → Read More: REVIEW: Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Revenge

Star Wars, The Hunger Games, and the Storytelling Power of Thematic Resonance

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Good stories always have great characters. The great stories always have something more. What sets them apart are themes that resonate deeply with the reader, viewer, or audience. Great stories don’t just entertain – they make us think, challenge our assumptions or beliefs, or inspire us to do great things ourselves. . . . → Read More: Star Wars, The Hunger Games, and the Storytelling Power of Thematic Resonance